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What’s happening in and around London this weekend and next week.

Chelsea Preston, as Sandy, and David Cotton, as Danny, star in Drayton Entertainment’s production of Grease at Huron Country Playhouse until Aug. 31.

Hilary Gauld Camilleri

What’s happening in and around London this weekend and next week:


765 Old East Bar And Grill: Robbie G, Nu Breed, Yung B, Dukes, Rowdy City, Villain, Mr. Romeo, Thursday, 9 p.m., $15 advance or $20 at the door; Regina West, Phoenix Black, Galaxy Rose, Luna Eclipse, Butterfly Knifley, Miss Shaneen, Anti Christiana, Trix Spacial, Saturday, 9 p.m., $5 cover only, $10 dinner and show; Reifer Madness, The Skraggs, The Barrel Rejects, Dylan Tykolis Band, Spinster Jones, Sunday, 8 p.m., $5 advance or $10 at the door; 765 Dundas St.; 226-268-5097.

Call the Office: The Nailheads, The Stragglers, From Waves to Shore, The Back Nine, Dave Rocket and the Jobbers, Thursday, 9 p.m., $10, 19+; Alex Kazam, Fenyxfyre, The House of Haunt, The Therapists, Friday, 9 p.m., $10, 19+; Autumna, Peronicus, Kavara, Talbotville Gore, Saturday, 6:30 p.m., $10, No Scrubs Millennium Dance Party with DJ Wolf Pup, 9 p.m., $5, 19+; Adversus, Trapped in Thought, Moltar, Sunday, 6 p.m., $10; Keep Flying, Otherwives, Cheapside, The Moore Ave Underground, Tuesday, 7 p.m., $10; 216 York St.

Eastside Bar And Grill: Chersea and Royal Oak, Allodays, Thursday, 7 p.m.; Defbombs, Friday, 10 p.m.; Geoff Masse Band, Saturday, 10 p.m.; Eastside Open Jam Night, Wednesday, 8 p.m.; 750 Hamilton Rd.; 519-457-7467.

CJ Ramone plays Rum Runners on Friday.

Gables In The Bend: The Road Hammers, Thursday, 10:30 p.m.; Lee Aaron, Friday, 9 p.m.; Sarah Smith, Sunday, 9 p.m.; 5 Main St. W., Grand Bend; 519-238-2393 or visit

Jimbo’s Pub And Eatery: Karaoke Party, hosted by Maggie, Fridays at 10 p.m., Tuesdays at 8 p.m.; 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit

London Music Club: Bill Chambers, Pete Denomme, Friday, 7:15 p.m., Cadillac Jack and The Midnight Swingers, Tabitha Clark, Isaac Atfield, 7:30 p.m.; 470 Colborne St.; 519-640-6996.

London Wine Bar – Downtown: Simple Joy, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., no cover; 420 Talbot Street, for reservations, call 519-913-3400 or e-mail; walk-ins welcome.

Lou Dawgs: North of Nashville country showcase, Thursday, 8 p.m.; 20 Flight Rockers, Friday; Kalyna Rakel Duo, Sunday, 2-5 p.m.; 519 Richmond St.; 519-204-0822 or visit

Norma Jean’s: Live Band Rockaoke, Thursday, 10 p.m.; Ladies Night with Mad Moxxis, Another Crush Band and Nostalgic Bright Lights, Friday; Titanium Blade, No Name Band and Southern Cross, Saturday; Karaoke night, Wednesday; 519-455-7711 or visit

Pierside Pub: Sunday Funday with Retrospect, Sunday, 4 p.m.; 370 Richmond St., Port Stanley; 519-679-9777.

Richmond Tavern: G.C. Garinther, Fridays, 5-7 p.m.; 172 King St.; 519-679-9777.

Rum Runners: CJ Ramone, Dog Party, Ditchbanger, Friday, 8 p.m., $15, all ages; Royal Tusk, Lost Arts, The Wrong Brothers, No Exceptions, Sunday, 8 p.m., $10, all ages; 178 Dundas St.; 519-432-1107.

Wortley Roadhouse: Tom Cat Prowl, Friday and Saturday; Wortley Jazz and Blues Festival, Sunday, 2-6 p.m.; 190 Wortley Rd.; 519-438-5141.


Come Dancing: Ballroom, Latin and swing dance with Wolfeman DJ, Friday at Polish Hall, 554 Hill St.; line dance lesson with Kathie at 7:30 p.m., dancing at 8 p.m.; admission: $10, all welcome; 519-433-2579.

Danceland Lakeside Resort: Dance to the music of The Pierce Family, Saturday, 8 p.m. at 256440 Sunova Cres., Lakeside; $15 per person; 519-349-2820.

Latin Dance Night: Dance to Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton and Bachata music with JaviDj, Saturday, 9 p.m., free; Jimbo’s Pub, 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit

Mitchell Dance: Dance to the music of County Road Band, Friday, 8 p.m.  at Crystal Palace, 155 Wellington St., Mitchell; admission: $10, includes lunch and door prizes; singles and couples welcome; sponsored by the Mitchell and District Agricultural Society, e-mail or 519-348-4291.

Royal Canadian Legion – Lambeth: Dance to the music of Country Versatiles, Saturday, 2-5 p.m., free; 7097 Kilbourne Rd.; 519-652-3412.

Royal Canadian Legion – Victory: Friday Night Social Dance with Pete Howard DJ, Friday, 8 p.m., $8 at main floor door, all welcome; Country Versatiles, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $10 at main floor door; Wednesday Night Opry with The County Road Band, Wednesday, 8 p.m., $8 at main floor door; everyone welcome; 311 Oakland Ave.


CES Community BBQ: Come enjoy complimentary food, refreshments and games, Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Community Employment Services Fanshawe, 155 Clarke Rd.; presented in partnership with MPP Teresa Armstrong and Metro; 519-432-1220 or visit

Movie Night in the Park: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Tuesday, 9 p.m. and Mary Poppins Returns, Wednesday, 9 p.m., both in Victoria Park; free admission, bring a chair; presented by The City of London.

Neighbourhood Outdoor Movies: Homeward Bound, Friday at Dalkeith Park; Wonder, Saturday at Murray Park, How to Train Your Dragon 3 at Pawnee Park (if rain, moves to Stronach Recreation Centre), Jaws at Greenway Park (at soccer field, south side of TVP); free event; all movies start at 8:15 p.m., bring chairs and/or a blanket; 519-661-5336 or e-mail

Summer Tea Program: Afternoon tea on the beautiful lawns of Eldon House, overlooking the Thames River, Tuesday through Sunday, 1-3 p.m., until Aug. 25; advance tickets by calling 519-661-5169 or visit


Bayfield Fair: Weekend features music, exhibits, parade, animal display building, 4-H shows, horse shows, the Bubble Queen, Bella Magic entertainment, Birds of Prey, dunk tank, mini tractor pull, face painting, and more; runs Friday, 4:30-9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-midnight, Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bayfield Fairgrounds, 4 Jane St., Bayfield; admission: $5/day or $10/weekend, children under 12 free; e-mail or visit

Fanshawe Agricultural Fair: Fields and Forks, featuring Floss and Tann’s Cabinet of Curiosities, fair games and exhibits, demonstrations, train rides, and mini-market, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 1424 Clarke Rd.; 519-457-1296 or e-mail

Ferragosto Festival: Variety of Italian food available, Italian, Latino, rock and jazz music featuring Orchestra Italiana London, Flipside, and Cuban musical diva Karelia Letsos, bocce games, children’s activities, contests, fashion show, vendors and more; Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Marconi Club, 120 Clarke Rd.; free admission; 519-200-6935 or visit

Port Stanley Train Rides: Train runs Wednesday to Sunday and holidays, departing at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. through the summer; special 90-minute line tour, Saturdays at 11 a.m.; Dinner and Murder Mystery trains begin in September; no advanced tickets, first come, first served; 519-782-3730 or visit


1st Hussars Museum: Illustrates the history of the Regiment from 1856 to the present, including involvement in the South African War, Great War, Second World War and Peacekeeping; hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays and holidays, 1-4 p.m.; located at 1 Dundas St., at Forks of the Thames; 519-455-4533.

Art Emporium: Featured artists for August are Deb Dicker, Ethel Mitrovic, Jacqueline Kinsey, Robin Baratta, Walt Klisht, Christa Oglan, Judy Ross; hours: Thursday, Friday, 1-8 p.m., Saturday to Monday, Wednesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 177 Main St., Port Stanley; 226-658-1888 or visit

Art With Panache: Summertime Open House celebrates summer, featuring local and area artists, runs till Aug. 31, with special events each Wednesday; current artists on view include Bonnie Parkinson, Kim Harrison, Lynne Pinchin, Vonnie Snyder, Kit Cutting, John Maurer, Lois Fuchs, Julia Armstrong, Ingrid Connidis, Ilona Burghardt, Sandra Nicolucci, Moira Bruke, Catherine Eichstedt; hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Talbot Centre, 140 Fullarton St.; 226-378-2587.

Aylmer-Malahide Museum and Archives: The Life and Legacy of Thomas Edison, featuring selections from the Edison Museum of Vienna, runs till Aug. 30; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; 14 East St., Aylmer; 519-773-9723.

Backus-Page House Museum: An 1850s Georgian style red brick house museum with heritage outbuildings and gardens; see Anniversaries and Ancestors and Hats Off to History exhibits, both on the second floor; genealogy research help available by appointment; tours available Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; located in John E. Pearce Provincial Park at 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown; 519-762-3072 or visit

Eldon House: London’s oldest residence contains family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures of Harris Family; hours: Tuesday to Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; admission by donation; 481 Ridout St. N.; 519-661-5169 or visit

Elgin County Heritage Centre: The Aerodrome of Democracy: The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, runs till Aug. 31; hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 pm., Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 460 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas; 519-631-1460.

Fringe Custom Framing and Gallery: Marvelous Miniatures Art Show and Summer Social, runs till Aug. 30; 1742 Hyde Park Rd.; 519-204-0404.

Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre: Recent works by members of Oxford Creative Connections Inc., ends Sunday; hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; 125 Centennial Lane in Victoria Park, Ingersoll; visit

Komoka Railway Museum: Visit restored CN railway station, 1913 Shay steam locomotive, CN baggage car, items include telegraph keys, spike hammers, spike pullers, switch lanterns, steam gauges, a railroad safe, a baggage sleigh and a three-wheel velocipede; hours: Thursday to Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 131 Queen St., Komoka; 519-657-1912 or visit

Museum London: Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, runs till Aug. 25; Difficult Terrain and Noongom/Ullumi/Anoch/Anichiish/Non:wa/Today: Recent Acquisitions, both exhibitions run till Sept. 15; hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays till 9 p.m.; admission by donation; 421 Ridout St. N.; 519-661-0333 or visit

Portside Gallery: Jean Johnson, S’ine Maule and Michele Haley are featured for August; 18 area artists showing original paintings, photography, jewelry, hand-painted scarves and cards; hours: daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 187 1/2 Main St., Port Stanley; 519-782-7066 or visit

Satellite Project Space: Please buy me, I’m Lonely, solo exhibition by Joanna Skiba, ends Sunday; hours: Thursday, Friday, 2-7 p.m., Saturday, noon-5 p.m.; 121 Dundas St.; visit

Sunset Arts Gallery: Acrylic, jewelry, oil, pastel, fused art, photography, pottery, silk painting, watercolour, wood-turned art, non-representational abstract art; hours: daily, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., until Sept. 2; 63 River Rd., Grand Bend; 519-283-6914 or visit

TAP Centre for Creativity: The Stillness Within: Mostly Mandalas, exhibit by Patricia Northcott, runs till Aug. 24; 203 Dundas St.; 519-642-2767.

Woodstock Art Gallery: Life on the Back of a Turtle: Woodlands and Plains Indigenous Art, runs till Jan. 25, 2020; 449 Dundas St., Woodstock; 519-539-6761.


Bluegrass Opry Reunion: The Canadian Country Show Band and Winterline Bluegrass kick-off show, Friday; weekend lineup features Granite Hill, the Schotts, the Mahon Family Band, the Nelson Family, Traditionally Wound, Winterline, the Maple Grass Girls, Hector Sturgeon, the Canadian Country Show Band and the Nissouri Boys; runs Friday to Sunday at Purple Hill Country Hall in Thorndale; information and tickets by calling Anna, 519-461-0538.

Gospel Music in the Park: Featuring Mercy, a women’s trio from Port Lambton, Sunday, 7 p.m. in Bonnie Mott Memorial Park, Canterbury Street, Ingersoll; free will offering will be received; bring lawn chairs; in case of rain, concert moves indoors to First Baptist Church beside the park.

Grand Bend Summer Sunset Sounds: Jared Lutes, Rant Maggie Rant, Sunday, 7 p.m. on main beach; free event; visit

Mostly Free Jazz: Series of concerts featuring improvisation; this week featuring Bernie Koenig, Emma Wise, and Shawn Munroe, Friday, 6 p.m. at 292 Baseline Rd. E.; admission by donation; 519-433-9050.

Ontario Youth Choir: From Nostalgia to New concert includes a diverse range of repertoire from the Renaissance to the 21st century, Friday, 7:30 p.m. at von Kuster Hall, Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University; tickets: $20-$30 available through Eventbrite; 416-923-1144.

Stratford-based Celtic fusion group Rant Maggie Rant is coming to Grand Bend Friday for Summer Sunset Sounds on the main beach.

Parkhill Carnegie Concerts: Oldies and Originals, Jan and Ernie Harris in concert, Sunday, 2.30 p.m. at 233 Parkhill Main St., Parkhill; tickets: $12, available at the door; 519-294-0109.

Springbank Gardens Concert Series: Take 3 Jazz Vocal Group, Sunday, 2-4 p.m. at the Wonderland Stage at Springbank Gardens, 205 Wonderland Rd. S.; free event.

The Woodstock Experience: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, Saturday, 8 p.m. at Bayfield Fairgrounds; tickets: $25 at the gate; presented by Bayfield Town Hall and Bayfield Agricultural Society.

Wortley Village Jazz and Blues Festival: 10 acts on five stages, Sunday, 2-6 p.m. on Wortley Road, between Askin/Craig and Elmwood and in the Green Space; performers include Adam Lamoureux Quartet, The Music Makers, Rachelle Courtney Band, Chris Murphy and Mardi Gras Mambo, Grant Central Station, Doug Varty and Beatles in Blue, The London Rhythm and Soul Revue featuring Denise Pelley, Delta Stone and the War Dogs, Galea and the Galvanizers, Soul Sausage: admission: pay-what-you-can; visit


Art in the Park: Features artists, artisans wellness and metaphysical vendors, live music, food and more, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Memorial Park in Listowel.

History Walk: Cottages to Castles: learn about Confederation-era cottages, Victorian architecture, and London’s famous court house castle, Saturday at Museum London; meet in the lobby at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (rain or shine); cost: $10 advance; space is limited; 519-661-0333.

Learn to Fish Workshops: Two-hour program teaches kids, teens and adults how to fish; life jackets, fishing rods, bait and promotional fishing license provided; free session included with conservation area vehicle entrance fee; Thursday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at C.M. Wilson Conservation Area, near Blenheim; Friday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Big Bend Conservation Area, near Wardsville; Saturday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m., at Sharon Creek Conservation Area, near Delaware; 519-264-2420 or e-mail

Ojibwe Spirit Horse Gathering: Welcoming the Spirit Horses back to our communities; come listen, learn and heal during open house, with demonstrations, stories, drumming, music, Memory Circle and more, Sunday, 11 a.m. to sundown at TJ Stables, 837 Gregory Dr. E., Chatham; 519-354-7517.

Saturday Morning Walks: Walk through Springbank Park west, Saturday, 9 a.m., meet at 1205 Commissioners Rd. W., west-end parking lot; walks are approximately one hour; families with children are welcome, please leave dogs at home; John Clark, 519-641-0442 or visit

Twilight Tuesdays: Bring the family for a hike down the trail, followed by stories and music by campfire, meet staff at Resource Centre on Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. at Longwoods Road Conservation Area and Ska-Nah-Doht Village, 8348 Longwoods Rd., Mount Brydges; admission: $8/vehicle; rain or shine; 519-264-2420.

The Objibwe Spirit Horse Gathering and open house is happening Sunday at TJ Stables in Chatham. (ELLWOOD SHREVE, Postmedia News)


Blyth Festival: The Team on the Hill, runs till Sept. 5; In the Wake of Wettlaufer, runs till Sept. 6; 423 Queen St., Blyth; 1-877-862-5984 or visit

Huron Country Playhouse: Grease, runs till Aug. 31; RR 1, 70689 B Line, Grand Bend; 1-855-372-9866 or visit

Huron Country Playhouse II: Jack and the Beanstalk, runs till Aug. 31; RR 1, 70689 B Line, Grand Bend; 1-855-372-9866 or visit

Stratford Festival: Private Lives, runs till Oct. 26, Little Shop of Horrors, runs till Nov. 2, The Neverending Story, runs till Nov. 3, all at Avon Theatre; The Merry Wives of Windsor, runs till Oct. 26, Othello, runs till Oct. 27, Billy Elliott the Musical, runs till Nov. 3, all at Festival Theatre; Nathan the Wise, runs till Oct. 11, Mother’s Daughter, runs till Oct. 13, Henry VIII, runs till Oct. 20, all at Studio Theatre; 55 Queen St., Stratford; 1-800-567-1600 or visit

TAP Centre for Creativity: The Woolgatherer, Thursday, Friday, 8 p.m., Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m., runs till Aug. 24; tickets: $25; 203 Dundas St.; 519-642-2767 or visit

Victoria Playhouse Petrolia: The New Canadian Curling Club, comedy, runs till Aug. 25;  411 Greenfield St., Petrolia; 1-800-717-7694 or visit

Colm Feore, pictured at the new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre, will play Richard III at the Stratford Festival in 2020. (Photo by Chris Young)

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New community art project tells 350 diverse stories – CollingwoodToday




At the Niibi Gathering on Friday, Aug. 9 and the Sidelaunch Days Harbour Festival on Saturday, Aug. 10, the public was invited to take part in an experiential art project.

Participants of all ages were asked to take a few minutes to think about their personal history, where they come from, what they like about their community, and whom they love and feel most connected to. These thoughts were then marked onto paper that was folded into 350 paper boats and glued onto canvas. The paper boats both reveal and hide the thoughts within their folds.

The result is a 40 foot long community art piece, called Frozen Voyage, that recognizes and celebrates our diverse stories and identities. Frozen Voyage is conceptualized around the idea that we are all individual, with our own stories and journeys, but we are also part of the larger community that we live in.
The concept for the project was developed by Akshata Naik, a Toronto artist who has exhibited her work in Canada, Britain, and India. Akshata lives in Toronto where she is the Program and Gallery Manager at Arts Etobicoke. She also teaches at Art Ignite, Neilson Park Creative Centre, and Vibe Arts.

“After seeing Akshata’s work with the Toronto Arts Foundation last Fall, we were so impressed that we wanted to try something similar in Collingwood. Akshata’s exploration around the theme of water and travel fit perfectly with our events at the Awen’ Gathering Place and the Sidelaunch Days Harbour Festival,” says Arts & Culture Coordinator Tanya Mazza.
“My art practice has grown dynamically over the last few years and community engaged art projects have added another dimension to my work. Being a newcomer to Canada, and a women and an artist of colour, the opportunity to interact with diverse communities through my art projects has allowed me to explore Canada’s rich cultural fabric and diversity. Having the audience interact and contribute to my artwork, weaves together a larger mosaic of individual stories that leaves a lasting impact on me and hopefully the communities I work with,” says artist Akshata Naik.

The public is invited to view Frozen Voyage during open houses being held on Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, Aug. 28 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. At the open house, join the project by folding your own boat that will be added to the artwork.

The public may also see Frozen Voyage, along with the other artwork, in Council Chambers during council meetings.


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For the love of fibre: fibre arts celebrated through demonstrations and market showcasing locally made items – Peninsula News Review




Local fibre arts enthusiasts made their way to Porter Park on Sunday for the ninth annual Fibrations event. Experts and amateurs alike met up behind the Fairfield Community Centre to celebrate all forms of fibre-based art including weaving, knitting, crocheting, and more.

The volunteer-run celebration of fibre began at 10 a.m. and concluded at 4 p.m.

The 2019 event saw a record breaking 80 vendors in the Fibrations marketplace, said organizer Stephanie Papik.

Vendors including Ancient Futures, Elf Leather and Everlea Yarn had booths set up throughout the park. Hand-crafted items such as jewellery, macrame plant hangers and wall hangings could be purchased along with art supplies such as needles and yarn.

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The vendors and several local fibre art guilds also shared their knowledge with attendees through numerous interactive demonstrations of some of the different methods of creating with fibre, including spinning, weaving and felting.

Kids were also invited to try their hands at various fibre art forms at the Kids’ Zone.

Food was available in the community centre. A toonie raffle was also featured and names were drawn for various locally made products.

With files from Penny Sakamoto.


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In the newsletter: I don't want summer to be over, but… –




Work by some of the 2019 Toronto Nuit Blanche artists: Jordan Bennett, Director X, Esmaa Mohamoud and Daniel Arsham. Also, a picture of a ball pit. (CBC News/Courtesy of Brookfield Place New York/Courtesy of the artists)

Hello! You’re reading the CBC Arts newsletter, and if you like what you see, stick around! Sign up here, and every Sunday we’ll send you a fresh email packed with art, culture and a metric truckload of eye candy, hand-picked by our small and mighty team. Here’s what we’ve been talking about this week.

Hi, art lovers!

Look, I definitely do not want the summer to be over. There are too many summer movies left to watch! Too many summer outfits I want to wear! (And too many outfits inspired by this particular summer horror movie.) But damn if this week’s Nuit Blanche announcement isn’t already making me desperate for October to get here already.

The all-night event returns to Toronto Oct. 5, and it’ll include a few new far-flung neighbourhoods this time around (e.g. an exhibition zone in East Danforth). And there are so, so many artists involved who’ve been featured on CBC Arts, which is maybe why I’m already overwhelmed by the schedule. They’ve got Hatecopy, Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta, Camille Jodoin-Eng, Director X, Jordan Bennett (who’ll bring Tepkik, which is currently up in New York City), Kent Monkman, Esmaa Mohamoud and Bryan Espiritu. (Esmaa and Bryan are creating a tribute to the Raptors, by the way. Go, sparts!)

Get the full program here. Plus, here’s a short video about one of the event’s tentpole attractions, Lunar Garden. It’s an eerily peaceful installation by Daniel Arsham (read: supersized pink Zen garden on the moon), and it’ll be taking over Nathan Phillips Square to Oct. 14. And because Nuit Blanche always has a certain urban playground vibe, here’s an intriguing long-ish read about the man who invented the ball pit. (There’s a Canadian connection, too. Somebody get this guy a Heritage Minute.)

And because we promised you eye candy


Enough thinking about October, there are things happening RIGHT NOW — things like the Up Here festival in Sudbury, Ont. This year, they’ve recruited international street artist Risk to paint them the biggest mural in Canada. That’s not it in the picture, obvs. (This relatively diminutive wall’s in Miami.) Follow his progress on the festival’s IG.


Do you have a designer’s eye? (I passed, but I’m not about to quit this gig, either.)

(Galerie Cité at La Cité Francophone)

Like aura photos but with pencil crayons. Portraits by Calgary artist Kelly Isaak. (See them in person at Edmonton’s Galerie Cité at La Cité Francophone to Sept. 21.)

(Vimeo/Mike Pelletier)

In case you’ve been wondering what our old Exhibitionist in Residence Mike Pelletier’s been up to

You’ve got to see this

She canoed to Thunder Bay in a big Victorian dress — and the trip’s not over yet – This time last summer, Naomi Harris was scared for her life — over and over and over again. The artist made a 70-day canoe journey, “paddling in the footsteps” of 19th-century painter Frances Anne Hopkins, and while the trip could’ve killed her, she’s retracing her steps later this month. (Live and learn. She’s taking a car this time.) Read about the whole adventure.

Under the bridge – She’s the Canadian choreographer behind your favourite Feist and Carly Rae Jepsen videos (or mine, at least), and earlier this summer, Noémie Lafrance gave Toronto a treat. We head to The Bentway, a unique stretch of park space under the city’s crumbling Gardiner Expressway. That’s where Lafrance debuted Dérives, an outdoor production featuring 50 dancers. Watch highlights from the show and go behind the scenes of its creation.

Fall in love with Saint John – The New Brunswick city is an unusually decent place to see public art. (You’ve scrolled past the new Hula mural on Instagram by now, I trust?) Filmmaker Matthew Brown (a guy who’s contributed a ton of short docs to CBC Arts) knows where to find the best stuff — and there are loads of the usual touristy tips (Food! Sights! More food!) in his guide to the city, too.

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KC Wilcox (@kc.wilcox) – Speaking of Saint John, that’s where KC lives! And we hung out with her at the city’s Tin Can Beach. That’s where she finds the odds and ends (read: litter) that become works of art like this. KC’s big on sculpting discarded objects with rubber latex, which she will explain to you in detail at this handy video link.

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