Event name: Song and Fire: Metalwork Performance
Location: Old east village Grocer - 630 Dundas street east
Brief description: performative metal work using blow torches, welding rods and stream lifts
Event name: Culture Days @B13
Time: 6pm- 10pm
Location: 613 Dundas street East
Brief description: Artists and arts collectives from Old East Village and beyond come together to showcase a number of eclectic and interactive activities—featuring dance, live music, movie screenings, workshops, community mural creations, and more!
Event name: Talking Mosaics and Making Frames
Time: 12pm - 5pm all three days
Location: 664 Dundas street East (Find this activity in the east parking lot in front of London Clay Art Center’s newly constructed mural.)
Brief description: London visual artist Susan Day facilitates a ceramic frame-making workshop in the east parking lot in front of London Clay Art Center’s newly constructed mural.
Forest City Culture Crawl
The Event: This St. Patrick’s Day, the third annual Forest City Culture Crawl is stitching together London’s cultural entities to celebrate what the city has to offer and to present a “doors open” experience for participants. Each stop along the way will be unique and enticing, from an interactive zine at Museum London to a panel discussion with Voices.com staff and finishing with a “Canada 150” exhibit at the ARTS Project curated by Western and Fanshawe students. Participants are also encouraged to join at the time and location that works for them out of the five different stops that are part of the crawl. Did I mention it’s completely FREE? For more information, like the Forest City Culture Crawl on Facebook, and click ‘going’ on the event.
1:30 – 2:45 Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North
3:00 – 3:45 Voices.com, 100 Dundas Street, Suite 700
4:00 – 4:45 Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, 258 Dundas Street
5:30 – 6:30 Satellite Gallery Echo Festival, 121 Dundas Street
7:00 – 9:00 Canada 150: The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas Street
When: Friday, March 17th, from 1:30 – 9 pm (or any time that you can join).
Rocky Horror Show
October in musical theater calendar is ROCKY HORROR MONTH. As we prepare to spook each other out on Richmond Row, the cast of Rocky Horror was busy putting together songs and dance to spook their audience.
What is Rocky Horror about? Let’s ask John Pacheco, artistic director of London’s very own Pacheco theater, back again this year by popular demand for the very last time. “Brad and Janet are a simple engaged couple whose lives get turned upside down by Frank 'n Furter and his household of strange Transylvanians on a stormy night.” It is “ a humorous musical tribute to science fiction and horror B movies that developed a huge cult following.”
Personally I’d describe Rocky Horror as a mix of a Frankenstein parody and a musical theater version of the Purge. Though for a rocky virgin, John said you don’t need to bring anything as they are selling prop bags for $5 at the door, though you can dress up and sing along like most people do.
Lastly I asked John, “why should we come see your show?”, and he said “It'll be the most fun you'll ever have seeing the show live! They get to dress up as their favourite characters and get to yell all sorts of things at the characters all show long. It's probably the most interactive you can be with actors on stage. Because the crowds keep asking us back year after year...and ever after I've said this is the last year, people are still pleading I do it again next year.”
I would say Pacheco’s production this year is ROCKY SOLID. Showcasing artists from the community scene, the show puts fourth a version of Rocky unseen elsewhere.
Concert at East Village Arts Collective
Concert at East Village Arts Collective
The Event: The East Village Arts Collective is hosting four main headliners: Kenneth, a local London rock band, Sound of the Mountain, trekking out from Montreal, Hawthorne/Cereghini Duo, one on guitar the other on drums, and finally Hunter Gatherer, another local band and another duo. The price is on a “sliding scale” from $5-$10, and these four features aren’t going to be acts you want to miss. Spend your first Thursday back from reading week listening to what they have to offer. More details on Facebook.
Where: East Village Arts Collective, 755 Dundas Street.
When: Thursday, March 2nd from 8 pm to 11 pm. Must end by 11.
Video Health Sundays at East Village Arts Collective
The Event: The East Village Arts Collective is hosting their 9th Video Health Sundays: a relaxing event designed to launch people into their nostalgia for the 90s through a film screening. The film delves into the 90s-grunge themes of Beavis and Butthead as they travel across America. Don’t miss out on the first Video Health Sunday of 2017 as a way to de-stress after the weekend and settle into reading week. Check out the Facebook event for all the details.
Where: East Village Arts Collective – 755 Dundas Street
When: Sunday, February 19th, from 8:30 to 11 pm.
Photo created by Leah Gooyers, and courtesy of the East Village Arts Collective.
Silent Film Series
The Event: Looking for a quick study break this week? The McManus Theatre is hosting a Silent Film Series, complete with live piano scores composed by Robert Bruce. There will be four different films, one each day, starting at 7:30 pm and made between the years 1919 and 1927. Take a break from the Oscar buzz and relax watching some classics. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.
Where: McManus Studio Theatre - 471 Richmond Street
When: Wednesday, February 1st until Saturday, February 4th at 7 pm.
Photo courtesy of the Grand Theatre’s website.
The Event: For the 15th year in a row, the Grand Theatre is presenting the PlayWrights Cabaret, featuring local artists’ work through staged readings. After successful applicants have submitted their work, they undergo a workshop process to deliver a final product to the public performed by a cast of four talented actors. Tickets are $22.60, and there are 16 different plays to watch over the course of two days. For a full list of playwrights (including the AHSC’s very own Play Coordinator Camille Inston), and to buy tickets, please visit the Cabaret’s website.
Where: McManus Studio Theatre – 471 Richmond Street.
When: Friday, January 20th at 8:00 pm and Saturday, January 21st at 8:00 pm.
Photo courtesy of the Grand Theatre’s website.
Poetry London Reading with Michael Prior & Nyla Matuk
The Event: Poetry London is starting off the New Year with two amazing poets who will be performing readings and pre-reading workshops this coming Wednesday. Michael Prior is a Japanese Canadian writer pursuing an MFA in poetry at Cornell University, where he also teaches, and boasts multiple awards, including The Walrus’s Poetry Prize, having his work published in multiple journals across North America and the UK. Nyla Matuk has published two books of poetry, one of which was named a National Post best book of poetry in 2012, and has been published in several journals and magazines in North America and the UK, including The New Yorker and Best Canadian Poetry in English. Both of these writers are two visitors to London that you don’t want to miss – keep in mind Poetry London readings only happen once a month, so don’t miss out! Check out the Poetry London website for more information on the monthly readings and this week’s two featured poets: http://www.poetrylondon.ca
Where: Landon Branch Library – 167 Wortley Road.
When: Wednesday, January 18th. Pre-reading workshops at 6:30 pm, readings at 7:30 pm.
Photo courtesy of the Poetry London website.
Fireatfive, The Stereo Division & the Savilles at Call the Office
The Event: Call the Office is hosting another night of bands, featuring London’s very own indie/folk/blues rock band FIREATFIVE alongside The Stereo Division, who describe themselves as “Jeff Buckley meets the Travelling Wilburys, meets Radiohead with a side of Tom Petty” on their Facebook page, and finally The Savilles, travelling all the way from Toronto. Celebrate 2017 and battle the January blues this Friday for only $5 – discover some local bands. Visit the Facebook event page for more details about the event and the bands themselves.
Where: Call the Office – 216 York Street.
When: Friday, January 13th, from 9 pm to 1 am.
Express Yourself: Open Stage #2
The Event: Every second Sunday of each month, East Village Arts Collective is hosting a Open Mic for any type of expression. Guests are invited to come as audience members and also performers – email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on getting involved. For more information, visit the Facebook
Where: 755 Dundas Street.
When: Sunday, November 13th from 8 to 11 pm.
Photo courtesy of the Express Yourself: Open Stage #2 Facebook page.
Forest City Film Festival
November 11th- 13th
The Event: What better way to spend the first weekend post-American election than at the Forest City Film Festival where you can immerse yourself in a wide variety of films, ranging from features to documentaries to shorts. The Opening Night Gala will feature a Q&A with writer and screenwriter of Room, Emma Donoghue. Saturday will feature an expert panel on scoring your own short film, while Sunday will host the Festival Awards and final films. Each day this weekend is jam-packed with the cultural stimulation that the week seems to lack thus far, and will be a great place to get lost and learn. Tickets range from $8- $12 on Saturday and Sunday with weekend packages starting at $70, and all the way up to $100 for the opening night gala. For more details on events, times, and how to purchase tickets, visit http://www.forestcityfilmfest.ca/schedule
Where: The Wolf Performance Hall – 251 Dundas Street.
When: Friday, 7-10:30. Saturday, 9am until midnight. Sunday, 9 am to 9:45 pm.
Words Literary and Creative Arts Festival
November 4th- 6th
The Event: Back again and running as strong as ever, Words Literary and Creative Arts Festival is being hosted at Museum London this weekend. As London’s renowned literary festival, audiences and attendees can expect to experience panels, interviews, readings, music, and much more from award-winning authors and artists. Emma Donoghue, author of Room, will be performing a reading, and 2015 Giller Prize-winner André Alexis will be interviewed, just to name a few highlights. Also, don’t forget that Saturday and Sunday’s events are all FREE while Friday’s Opening Reception tickets are only $15 for students! Like the Facebook page for more details
Where: Museum London, 421 Ridout St N.
When: November 4th until November 6th: for times, tickets, events, and more, visit http://wordsfest.ca
Photo courtesy of WordsFest London Canada Facebook page.
The London Storytelling Festival by London Fringe
November 3rd – 5th
The Event: This year, award-winning authors are coming to London to share their work with the community at The London Storytelling Festival presented by London Fringe. This year’s artists include Corin Raymond, who has been commanded for his powerful storytelling technique, Ivan Coyote, author of 10 books who has performed at a variety of literary festivals for eighteen years, and many more! Tickets are $22, and each author has their own unique location and time, so please refer to the event website for specific locations and times.
Photo courtesy of the London Fringe Festival.
Fright Night at Museum London
The Event: Bringing back a sold-out event, Museum London is presenting Fright Night: a costume party with live music, interactive displays, and hundreds of Halloween partiers. Featuring music from Maylee Todd, New Zebra Kid, and Empyrean Production, there will also be a Tarot card reader, a Photo Booth, candy bars, and cash bar. This event is 19+ and costs $30 per person. Bring your friends, have some fun, and even win the costume contest (individual, couple, and group categories). The event sold out in record time last year so get your tickets early! More info can be found on Facebook.
Tickets can be found here.
Where: Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North.
When: Saturday, October 29th, from 9 pm to 1 am.
October 28th- 31st
The Event: This year, one of London’s oldest buildings is transforming into a Haunted Basement for Halloween. The price is $10 per person OR $8 per person in a group of four or more. All proceeds will be going towards Altohsa Native Family Healing Services Inc. to support families, men, women, and children who are at risk, experiencing, or fleeing domestic violence. Advanced tickets can be purchased on campus in the Student Services Building, room 2100. More information can be found on Facebook. Are you brave enough?
Where: 343 Richmond Street.
When: Guests have 4 nights to choose from: October 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st from 6:00pm to 11:00pm.
The Event: Join the Write Now: Speaker Series on campus as they present two-time Governor General and Griffin Poetry Prize winning poet Don McKay! Hailing from St. John’s Newfoundland, Don McKay will be presenting a reading and a Q&A for students and the greater London community alike. His books, including his most recent book of poety Paradoxides which won the E.J. Pratt Prize for Poetry, will all be available for sale at the on-campus bookstore.
Where: Western University, UCC 56. (On Campus yay!)
When: Wednesday, October 26th at 4:00 pm. Also, don’t forget that this event is FREE!
Write Now: Speaker Series presents Don McKay
Photo courtesy of Write Now: Speaker Series.
London Poetry Slam
Photo courtesy of London Poetry Slam – Canada.
The Event: The London Poetry Slam is back again, and this time with Wes Ryan. Hailing from Peterborough, Ontario, Wes Ryan is an innovative poet that mashes together performance and writing styles and has represented Peterborough twice in the Canadian Independent Poetry Slam. Come be inspired by Wes Ryan and the other amazing performers, or sign up by 7:30 pm the night of to join the group of talented poets in performing your own original work. The event is only $5, memorization is optional, and everyone is encouraged to take part as an audience member. For more information on the event and on Wes Ryan, visit the Facebook page.
Where: 470 Colborne Street -- London Music Club.
When: October 21st, doors open at 7 pm, performer sign up at 7:30, and the actual slam starts at 8 pm!
Write Now: Speaker Series presents Fred Wah
The Event: Presenting a former Parliamentary Poet Laureate, the Write Now: Speaker Series is bringing Fred Wah to Western. Fred Wah has been published since the early 1960’s, writing in forms ranging from poetry to essays to biofiction. His books will be available for sale at the on-campus bookstore, and as always, this event is FREE and open to Western students and the general public. Check out the Facebook page for more details.
Where: Western University, UCC – 56.
When: Wednesday, October 19 at 4:00 pm.
Photo courtesy of Write Now: Speaker Series.
Write Now: Speaker Series presents Renuka Jeyapalan
The Event: Bringing another renowned writer to Western for students and the public to enjoy, the Write Now: Speaker Series is presenting Renuka Jeyapalan – a Toronto-based writer/director of the Genie-nominated and TIFF Best Short Film winner Big Girl (2005), other short films, and TV shows. She holds an Honours BSc in Biochemistry from U of T, and graduated from the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. She is currently doing writing and directing work for CBC. Once again, this event is FREE and more information can be found on Facebook.
Where: Western University, UCC – 56.
When: Wednesday, October 12th at 4:00 pm
Photo courtesy of Write Now: Speaker Series.
Write Now: Speaker Series presents Monica Kidd
The Event: The Write Now Speaker Series is a series of guest speakers that will be speaking about their work as writers throughout the academic year. The Arts and Humanities Faculty at Western presents this event to students, faculty, and members of the London community. This presentation features Monica Kidd: a poet, fiction and nonfiction writer who will be presenting a reading and also partaking in a Q&A. Monica is an award-winning writer for her journalism and essays, she works as a family physician, and she is from Calgary! Her books will also be available for sale at the on-campus Bookstore. Did I mention that it’s FREE? Be sure to check out this event, hosted on campus, or ‘like’ the Write Now: Speaker Series’ Facebook page for info about future events.
Where: UCC – 56, Western University: a very convenient location for students!
When: 4:00 pm, October 5th.
Photo courtesy of Write Now: Speaker Series’ Facebook page.
Doors Open London/ Culture Days
The Event: London’s largest cultural event is back for another year full of amazing art, music, and community engagement for Londoners to experience and explore. Doors Open is an experience that allows patrons to visit areas that aren’t always open to the public or available for viewing. There are self-walking tours of downtown, Art Studio exhibits, international food, and cutting-edge technology, held in venues like the ARTS Project, Attic Books, and Aeolian Hall. Check out the website, where you can search for the type of activities, venues, and more, that interest you the most to capitalize on your own unique experience throughout London here. Also, it's FREE!
Where: All over London – visit the link above for more specific locations that correspond with the activities/events that you’d like to experience.
When: October 1st and 2nd at times specified on the website for specific events.
Photo courtesy of London Tourism.
The Event: Looking for a way to welcome October? Western’s USC is putting on a Fall Festival that features Hot Air Balloons, a Stunt Jump, student performances, and 3,000 pieces of pizza all for FREE on UC Hill. You don’t have to commit to the whole day, just show up and join in for the events that excite you the most. You can find out more information by joining the Facebook group.
Where: UC Hill – Western University
When: 10 am to 3 pm (or whenever you can make it).
Another London: Poetry Launch Party
The Event: Come support local poets and their work at the “Another London” Poetry Launch Party. Published by Harmonia Press, “Another London” is an anthology of poetry about life in London, Ontario: “a city still searching for itself”. All contributions revolve around life in London, making the content relevant to the poets and to local readers. In addition to “Another London” being for sale for only $10 at this event, Harmonia Press is also releasing two new publications, complimented by older works, for purchase. This is will be a night that local poets and readers alike will not want to miss out on. Check out the event page for more information here.
Where: The Root Cellar – 623 Dundas Street
When: Tuesday, September 27th, from 8 pm to 10 pm.
London Comic Con
The Event: Southwestern Ontario’s biggest Pop Culture Celebration Comic Con is back for another year. This year’s guests include Star Trek’s Levar Burton, Magic Mike’s Kevin Nash, The Walking Dead’s Emily Kinney, and many more highly anticipated actors and actresses. Featured artists include Joe Kelly, who created Deadpool, and many other talented artists who are excited to visit London. There are several different categories of entertainment from comic books to film, including several genres of fiction from sci-fi to anime. There will also be a Cosplay contest with over $5000 in cash and prizes, so sign up in advance online if you’d like to be involved. Tickets vary in price and can be purchased online or at the door. For more information about guests, schedules, guidelines, and what to expect, visit www.londoncomicon.ca .
Where: Western Fair District Progress Building, 900 King St. – includes over 4,000 FREE parking spaces.
Friday, September 23rd, 4 pm to 9 pm.
Saturday, September 24th, 10 am to 8 pm.
Sunday, September 25th, 10 am to 4 pm.
Photo courtesy of London Comic Con
Poetry London Reading
The Event: This is Poetry London’s first reading of the season! Poetry London is hosting monthly readings that will include hour-long pre-reading workshops. This debut reading will feature Cecily Nicholson and Jacob McArthur Mooney: two accomplished and award-winning poets with many published works of poetry. For anyone who wants to learn more about the genre and nuance of poetry, or simply indulge in an evening of gifted writers, this is the right event. To find out more about the poets and future readings, visit poetrylondon.ca.
Where: Landon Branch Library – 167 Wortley Road
When: Pre-reading workshop at 6:30pm, and reading at 7:30 pm.
Long Distance Zine Exchange
The Event: Good Sport’s Long Distance Zine Exchange is bringing an international zine-and-friend making experience to London by pairing up with Cat Head Press in Indianapolis for this border-crossing zine exchange. This event is FREE, and each participant will be making a zine that will then be swapped with American zine-makers participating in a similar event at the same time. The two events will be connected via live-stream while participants make zines for each other. While basic supplies will be provided, participants are encourage to bring London-related (and 2D) items with them to incorporate in their zine, such as bus transfers, concert tickets, newspaper clippings, or anything else they can think of. Be there for an enriching, unique, and creative experience. Check out Cat Head Press for more information about who they are! Also, join the Facebook event for more details and info here.
Where: 256 Richmond St
When: Sunday, September 18th from 1-4 pm.
Open Mic for Original Performance
The Event: Do you have an original piece waiting to be performed? Then the Open Mic for Original Performance is definitely for you. This event does not discriminate when it comes to types of performances – they are welcoming individual musicians and bands, but also writers of spoken word and monologues (or whatever else you’re in to). If you decide to sign up, you will be allotted a 15-minute set time and you must sign up in advance by emailing Cailen from Call the Office at email@example.com with OPEN MIC in the subject. Also, there are only 10 spots available, so you should sign up quickly if you’re interested! Keep in mind if you’re not a performer this would be an awesome event to attend to help support local London talent and be exposed to some amazing original work. There will also be a zine/art/merch table available for those interested, and you can even contribute your own pieces by emailing Cailen as well. For more information about submission guidelines and event details, visit here.
Where: Call the Office - 216 York Street.
When: Thursday, September 22nd from 8pm to 1am.
Photo by Megan Arnald
PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET
The Event: Live Free or Die Apparel and Nervous Habits (formerly She The Wolf accessories) are combining forces to debut London’s first Punk Rock Flea Market. With vendors from London, Toronto, Waterloo and more, and items ranging from zines and handmade clothing to screenprinted streetwear, soy candles, and records, the market will not disappoint. Vendors include local record labels Chisel Records and It’s Trash!, as well as local retailers Filthy Rebena and Speed City. The event will be held at London’s favorite punk venue: Call the Office. Also, did I mention admission is FREE?
For more info about vendors (including bios) and items, like the event Facebook page.
Where: Call the Office – 216 York Street.
When: Sunday, September 18th from 11 am to 5 pm.
Photo courtesy of Nervous Habits
Dundas Street Festival
September 16th - 18th
The Event: The 7th Annual Dundas Street Festival is returning to London for a weekend packed full of music, artist installations, and food trucks. The 2016 headliner is the Toronto-based Colombian-born musician Lido Pimienta. Her work is innovative and intriguing as it deals with race, politics, gender, identity, and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American Diaspora and vernacular. You can listen to her music here. Accompanying Lido is a diverse collection of artists from London, Toronto, and more. This is one of the most culture-packed weekends London has to offer, so maximize on this stellar weather by spending the day outside. The festival is divided into four main events: Kick-Off Party, Street Showcase, Market Lane Showcase, and the Official After Party, all with their own unique locations, costs, artists, and attractions so you can pick and choose when you want to go and who you want to see. For more info about dates, locations, events, and artists, check out the festival’s Facebook page.
Kick-off Party – $10
Street Showcase – FREE
Market Lane Showcase – FREE
Official After Party – $10
Kick-off Party – Hassan Law Community Gallery (142 Dundas Street)
Street Showcase – Octopus Beer Garden (195 Dundas Street)
Market Lane Showcase – Fanshawe College – Centre for Digital and Performance Arts (137 Dundas St)
Official After Party – Hassan Law Community Gallery (142 Dundas Street)
Kick-off Party – 8:30 pm – 1 am
Street Showcase – 2pm – 11pm
Market Lane Showcase – 7:20pm-10pm
Official After Party – 10:30pm – 2am
Photo: Lido Pimienta, www.dundasstreetfestival.ca
Ignite Your Soul Author Event
September 16th - 17th
The Event: Brought to you by two small-city authors with a passion for books, London’s Ignite Your Soul Author Event is connecting different authors from around the world and bringing them to their readers in an intimate setting. There are two pieces to the event: a meet and greet on Friday where readers and writers can meet each other face to face, and a book signing event on Saturday with a dinner and an after party in a more formal setting. Authors J.M. Walker and Crystal St. Clair are hosting the main event, which will feature a cash bar, free photo booth, live entertainment, and more. The best part? 30 authors all in one place at the same time who want to answer your questions, take pictures with you, and sign your books. Check out the photo below containing all of the authors who will be at the event – maybe you’ll see some of your favorites.
***Attendees must be 19+ years of age with a valid photo ID.***
Cost: The meet and greet is FREE while the book singing event on Saturday costs $10 in advance or $15 at the door. You could also upgrade to VIP for $40 which includes the event + the after party AND you get priority at the meet and greet. Proceeds are being donated to Bereaved Families of Southwestern Ontario London Chapter – a non-profit organization that provides support to hundreds of families throughout Ontario who have experienced the death of a child or children.
Meet and Greet: MexiCactus Bar & Grill – 1392 Trafalgar Street
Book Signing/Dinner & After Party: Centennial Hall Lower Level – 550 Wellington Street
Meet and Greet: Friday, September 16th from 7:30pm until midnight.
Book Signing/Dinner & After Party: Saturday, September 17th. The event, including book signing, meet and greet, and more, is happening from noon until 4 pm. Then there will be a dinner from 6-8pm followed by an after party until midnight.
August 30th – September 17th
The Event: Featuring the work of DNA Dodds, Ross Winter, Thomas Hlavacek, Dominique Prévost, and Frances Patella, Urban Exposures is a combination of photography, paper assemblages, and layered photographic composites that offers an intriguing perspective on urban landscapes. These five artists have pretty amazing resumes (from being a UWO alumni to having work showcased in a MoMA reference catalogue) while all being anchored in Canada as they offer a fresh perspective on “the city” as an art form. The ARTS Project space alone is a reason to attend this event, as it assimilates old with new by giving a traditional Dundas building a modern facelift. You can check out a virtual tour of the space here.
Where: The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas Street (non-profit gallery, theatre and studio)
When: This event runs from August 30th – September 17th, with an Opening Reception on September 10th from 1-4 pm
For more information, visit urbanexposuresshow.com or artsproject.ca
(Photo: DNA Dodds “Red Wall” 2014 – courtesy of The ARTS Project)