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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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Arts, culture, fun in London this weekend and beyond (Nov. 21-27) – The London Free Press




Emm Gryner. Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press file photo


Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club: Archie Fisher, Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling St.; tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door, available at Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade (725 Fanshawe Park Rd W), The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer’s/Marienbad Restaurant and at

Eastside Bar And Grill: Sarah Smith, Friday, 10 p.m., $20 and $25 at the door; Foreigner Meets Journey, Saturday, 10 p.m.; Blues Jam, Sunday, 3 p.m.; Eastside Open Jam Night, Wednesday, 8 p.m.; 750 Hamilton Rd.; 519-457-7467.

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Fox and Fiddle: Three Penny Piece, Thursday, 9 p.m.; Karaoke, Friday, 9 p.m.; 2 Man Advantage, Saturday, 9 p.m.; Comedy Open Mic, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.; 355 Wellington St.; 519-679-4238.

Jimbo’s Pub And Eatery: Karaoke with Maggie, Fridays, 10 p.m. and Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; Orlando Valenia Latin element dance band along with DJ Gambino, Saturday, 10 p.m.; 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit

London Music Club: Acoustyle Open Mic, 7:30 p.m., Corin Raymond & band with Broomsticks & Hammers, 7 p.m., Friday; Shut the Front Door Impove, Saturday, 7 p.m.; SOUP Ukulele jam, Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.; 470 Colborne St.; 519-640-6996.

London Music Hall: Death Angel, Exmortus, Hell Fire, Monday, 8 p.m., $25; In Flames, Red, Arrival of Autum, Tuesday, 8 p.m., $39.50; 185 Queens Ave.; 519-432-1107.

London Wine Bar: Oliver Whitehead, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., no cover; 420 Talbot St.; for reservations, call 519-913-3400 or e-mail

Lou Dawgs: North of Nashville showcase, Thursday, 8 p.m.; MW Trio, Friday, 10 p.m.; Little Magic Sam, Saturday, 8 pm.; Live Blues & Southern Brunch, Sunday, 2 p.m.; Open Mic, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; 519-204-0822 or visit

Mustang Sally’s: Geoff Masse Band, Friday, 9:30 p.m.; Wheel House, Saturday, 9:30 p.m.; Acoustic Jam with Alan Lynch, Smokin Dave, Don Oulette and Friends, Tuesdays, 10 p.m.; Lonnie Chicago, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.; 99 Belmont Dr.; 519-649-7688.

Norma Jean’s: Live Band Rockaoke, Thursday, 10 p.m.; Pterodactyl Problems, The Young Collective and Rachel and her Kind, Friday, 9:30 p.m.; London Fire Fights, 1-4 p.m. and Sandman: the only Metallica Sanctions tribute, 10 p.m., Saturday; Karaoke nite, Wednesday; 1332 Huron St.; 519-455-7711 or visit

Richmond Tavern: Tom Dunphy’s Classic Country Music Show, Saturday, 4-7 p.m., pay what you can; The Stetson Brothers, Sunday, 4-7 p.m.; 172 King St., 519-679-9777.

Rum Runners: Lost in Japan, Brighter Green, Huttch, Dime, Thursday, 8 p.m., $7; Hiroshima Hearts & Run Coyote, Five Oceans, The Hypnotics, Friday, 9 p.m., $5; CID, Siconic, Mikey The Kid, Saturday, 10 p.m., $10; ; 178 Dundas St.; 519-432-1107.

St. Regis Tavern: Musical Chairs with Grackles, Saturday, 9 p.m., pay-what-you-will; 625 Dundas St.; 519-432-0162.

Wortley Roadhouse: Second Chance, Friday; Hot Tub Hippies, Saturday; Rev. Doug and The Old South Boys, Sunday, 4-8 p.m.; 190 Wortley Rd.; 519-438-5141.


Come Dancing: With Robert and Patricia, dance to ballroom, Latin and swing, Friday, 8 to 11 p.m., $10 includes cake and coffee; Polish Hall London, 554 Hill St., 519 421 7234.

Royal Canadian Legion – Dorchester: Dance to the music of 2 4 The Road, Friday, 5:30 p.m., $2; 1227 Donnybrook Dr.; free; 519-268-8538.

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

Royal Canadian Legion – Victory: Dance to the music of Guydith Jamboree, Sunday, 4:30 p.m., $5; Wednesday Night Opry with Band Landry, Wednesday, 8 p.m., $8; 311 Oakland Ave.

Royal Canadian Legion – Woodstock: Dance to the music of Midlife Crisis, Saturday, 8 p.m. at 642 Dundas St., Woodstock; $5.

Social Dance: Sunday, 2-5 p.m. with Pete Howard music, doors open at 1:45 p.m.; $10; Dutch Canadian Club, 1738 Gore Rd.

Strathroy Jamboree: Play, dance, sing or listen, Thursday, 1-4 p.m., purchase lunch, made on location, 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. soup, fish & chips, sandwiches, pie; contact Harry and Elaine Hardy, 519 245 0906 or emailto:; 147 Frank St., Strathroy.

Thursday Tunes: Senior dances, 1-3:30 p.m., Libro Hall, 239 Fleming Dr., Clinton; musicians, dancers and spectators welcome, donations at the door; 519-476-5922 or e-mail

Tuesday Tunes: Old time fiddle and traditional style country music, 1-3:30 p.m., Seaforth Community Centre, 122 Duke St.; singers, musicians, dancers and listeners welcome, bring your own instruments; admission by donation; 519-357-1016.


Beal Robotics Science Expo: HB Beal Secondary School Raider robotics team hosts an annual science expo, Saturday, 1-3 p.m.; Interactive displays, experiments and robotics demonstrations is fun for all ages. Donation of a canned food item appreciated. Any questions please email:; 525 Dundas Street.

Yuk Yuk’s: Comedy Night with Jeff Elliott, Friday and Saturday, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; 19+, Grandstand building, Western Fair District.


Tourists line up to board the Port Stanley Terminal Rail train

Port Stanley Train Rides: Ride the Santa Train and meet Old Saint Nick at Union Station, Saturdays and Sundays, departing at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 pm., till Dec. 22; $15 adults, $9 for child 2-14 years; no advanced tickets, first come, first served; 519-782-3730 or visit


I Heart Beer Holiday Festival: Ugly Sweaters and Mac & Cheese, Friday, 6-11 p.m.; RBC Place London, 300 York St., visit


1st Hussars Museum: Illustrating the history of the Regiment during the South African War, Great War, Second World War and Peacekeeping; hours: by appointment only, call 519-455-4533.

Art Emporium: Featured for November are Ron Pearce, Gianni Martino, Candy McManiman, Micheal Yates, Wilf Chappell, June-Anne Reid, Tom Scanlan, Shirley Mihlik Thompson, Kathy McKay; hours: Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 177 Main St., Port Stanley; 226-658-1888 or visit

Brigitte Granton’s Winter Creek is included in her exhibition Landscape Reflections at ArtWithPanache, Talbot Centre, 140 Fullarton St., until Nov. 30.

Art with Panache: Featured artist for November is Tony Furlong; Fine Artists, Fine Art Show and Sale, ends Friday; Panache Artists’ Folk Art Challenge, ends Friday; Landscape Reflections: solo show by landscape artist Brigitte Granton, till Nov. 29; Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Talbot Centre, 140 Fullarton St.; 226-378-2587.

Aylmer-Malahide Museum: Stir the Pot looks at dining through the ages and the history of local restaurants, till Nov. 29; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., evenings and weekends by appointment; 14 East St., Aylmer; 519-773-9723.

Eldon House: London’s oldest residence contains family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures of the 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: Voices from the Engraver: Canadian stamps and bank notes – design to printing – features original art, printing plates, videos, interactives, stamps and money, till Jan. 11; hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 460 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas; 519-631-1460 ext. 193; or visit

Fringe Custom Framing and Gallery: Bloom – Unveiling the Figure: group art show and sale, till Nov. 30; 1742 Hyde Park Rd.; 519-204-0404 or e-mail Excavo Fine Art: Breakneck Glimmer, solo exhibition by Lauren Pelc-McArthur, till Dec. 14; hours: Tuesday to Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m.; 711 Central Ave.; 519-719-3190;

Gallery in the Grove: Annual Gifts of the Season featuring handmade art and gifts, till Dec. 7; 2618 Hamilton Road, Brights Grove; 519-869-4643 or visit

Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre: Other Voices, sculptural clay work by Jeff Lounsbury, extended until Sunday; hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 2:30-5:30 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; 125 Centennial Lane in Victoria Park; 519-485-4691 or 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; fall hours: Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon or by appointment; 131 Queen St., Komoka; 519-657-1912 or visit

McIntosh Gallery: Angela Grauerholz: Ecrins Ecrans, till Dec. 14; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; free; Western University, 1151 Richmond St.; 519-661-2111 ext. 87576.

Michael Gibson Gallery: 35 Year Milestone Exhibit features selected works by Graham Coughtry, Greg Curnoe, Roly Fenwick, Betty Goodwin, Harold Klunder, Wanda Koop, Robert Markle, Michael Snow and Takao Tanabe, till Nov. 23; hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 157 Carling St.; 519-439-0451 or visit

Museum London: Esmaa Mohamoud: To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat, till Jan. 5; Ways of Being: Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Belmore, till Jan. 5; London Lens: Ian MacEachern and Don Vincent, till Jan. 19; The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John, till Jan. 26; 421 Ridout St.; 519-661-0333.

Oil Museum of Canada: Christmas Open House, Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., our costumed staff will be taking our visitors back to the days of yore with treats and fun Christmas crafts; free admission with canned good for food bank; 2423 Kelly Rd., 519-834-2840 or visit

Portside Gallery: Sue Shurish, Patti Fisher and Janice Howell are featured for November; 18 area artists displaying paintings, photography, jewelry, hand-painted scarves and cards; hours: daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 1871/2 Main St., Port Stanley; 519-782-7066 or visit

St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre: Contemporary Selections from the Permanent Collection: Celebrating 50 Years, till Feb. 15 in Gallery One and Two; White Walls and Substantial Forms: Small Sculpture from the Permanent Collection, till Feb. 15 in Gallery Three; hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, noon-3 p.m.; 301 Talbot St., St. Thomas; 519-631-4040.

Sunset Arts Gallery: Acrylic, oil, pastel, photography, pottery, watercolour, silk painting, fused glass, wood-turned art, non-representational abstract art; hours: weekends, noon-5 p.m. (until Dec. 15); 63 River Rd., Grand Bend; 519-238-6914.

The Art Exchange: Celebrating Autumn, group show of 15 Ontario artists reflects a variety of styles and methods of art making, till Nov. 30; hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 247 Wortley Rd.; 519-434-0000 or visit

Westland Gallery: Space Between: shared abstract art exhibit by Lisa Johnson and Johnnene Maddison, till Saturday; hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; 156 Wortley Rd.; 519-601-4420 or visit

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


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Big Wreck: Saturday, 8 p.m. with Texas King, ; 19+ event, $39.50; London Music Hall, 185 Queens Ave., 519-434-1601.

bülow: Friday, 7 p.m. with Verzache, Ashs; admission $25; London Music Hall, 185 Queens Ave., 519-434-1601 or visit

Christmas Gospel Concert: Roy LeBlanc’s A Tribute to Elvis Presley, Saturday, 7 p.m.; tickets $20, at the door and at church office, Monday through Friday or can be ordered online at; Exeter United Church, 42 James St., Exeter, 519-235-0860.; for more information follow us on Facebook or visit

Don Wright Faculty of Music: Opera at Western: The Secret Gardener, Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m., tickets available by calling 519-672-8800; Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University.

bülow, Friday, 7 p.m. at London Music Hall. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press file photo

Emm Gryner: Saturday, 8 p.m. with special guests Deni Gauthier; tickets $25 advance, $30 at the door; Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., 519-672-7950 or visit

Fortunate Ones: Thursday, 8 p.m. with special guests Sherman Downey; tickets $25 advance, $30 at door; Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., 519-672-7950 or visit

Gospel Music in the Church: Featuring The Gee Gee’s Sing Gospel from St. Marys, Sunday, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 235 Thames St. S., Ingersoll; free will offering.

Jazz for the People: Wednesday, 7:15 p.m.; London Public Library, 251 Dundas St., 519-661-4600, visit

Jennifer Thorpe: Sunday, 2 p.m. part of Aeolian Heritage series; tickets $20 advance; Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., 519-672-7950 or visit

Karen Schuessler Singers: Shining Night concert, Saturday, 8 p.m.; tickets: adult $25, senior $22, student $10 ($28/$25/$10 at the door); Wesley-Knox Church, 91 Askin St., visit

Leahy: Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m.; tickets $40 advance, $45 at the door; Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., 519-672-7950 or visit

London Singers & H.B. Beal Singers: A Choral Masterworks Concert, Sunday, 3 p.m.; tickets $30 at the door, $20 students; Dundas Centre Church, 482 Dundas St., 519-852-0916, visit

Marty Kolls: Play Too music video, and accompanying EP release, Friday, at Museum London, 421 Ridout St., 6:30-9 p.m.; tickets sold in advance for $10 at Grooves Records, Odyssey Records, Forest City Records and Marty Kolls and at the door for $15, all ages event.

Sweetwood Mac Live: Tribute to Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nick’s greatest hits, Saturday, 8 p.m.; tickets $10 advance or $12 at the door; German Canadian Club, 1 Cove Rd., 519-433-2901.

The Light of the East Ensemble: Sephardic Heart album release, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door, available at Chaucer’s/Marienbad, 519-679-9940, Centennial Hall Box Office, 519-672-1967, Long & McQuade North, 519-439-0101, Village Idiot (Wortley Village) and online at or


O Holy Night Nativity Display: A beautiful display of nativity sets that show the wonder of the birth of Jesus, come visit us and enjoy coffee, tea and cookies, Saturday, 1-3 p.m.; free; 970 Oxford St. W., 519-471-2290.

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Saturday Morning Walks: Through Warbler Woods, 9 a.m., meet at small car park at 1560 Commissioners Rd. W., just south of Oxford St. parking on Chestnut Hill; walks are approximately one hour; families with children are welcome, no dogs; John Clark, 519-641-0442 or visit

Ska-Nah-Doht Village: Season’s Greetings, Sunday, noon till 4 p.m.; take a horse drawn wagon ride through the park, listen to the songs of the season, trim a tree for the birds and more; $8 per vehicle; Longwoods Conservation Area, 8348 Longwoods Road, 6.5 km west of Delaware, just southwest of Mount Brydges, 519-264-2420.


Hindsight is 2020: The past meets the future as Western University History Department faculty deliver weekly talks: Associate Professor Frank Schumacher tackles Trump, Foreign Policy & Global Chaos, Monday, 7 p.m. at Central Library, 251 Dundas St., followed by Q&A; free drop-in event; 519-661-4600.

Stage for Change: About addiction, recovery and change with speakers Aaron Allen, Dani Strong, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., 519-672-7950 or visit SHOWS AND TOURS Hidden History of Hamilton Road: Join James Reaney as he discusses the History of Music in the Hamilton Road Area, Thursday, 7 p.m., free; Crouch Branch Library, 550 Hamilton Road, 519-455-4533.


Stratford Festival: Billy Elliott the Musical, till Sunday at Festival Theatre, 55 Queen St., Stratford; 1-800-567-1600 or visit


33rd Annual Toy and Craft Show and Sale: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Seaforth Agriplex and Community Centre Hall, 122 Duke St., Seaforth; admission $5.

ACW Bake Sale: Baked goods and preserves, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. and noon, after services; St. James Westminster Anglican Church, 115 Asking St. at Wortley, 519-432-1915.

Artisan Bazaar: 20 community vendors, 10 junior high young entrepreneurs, Rosie’s Steetery food truck, hot chocolate bar, door prizes, Saturday, 10 .m. to 2 p.m.; Montessori Academy, 742 Waterloo St.; $2 Christmas Market in Lovely London: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with handmade items; $3; Hellenic Community Centre, 133 Southdale Rd. W.

Christmas Sale & Luncheon: Home baking, jams and candy and jellies, candy and Christmas specialties, silent auction, lunch is soup, sandwich, sweet and beverage $5, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; London Citadel Church, 555 Springbank Dr., 519-472-2500.

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Country Christmas Bazaar: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. including preserves, tearoom, crafts, silent auction, treasurers, jewellery, books and baking; St. John the Divine Anglican Church, 21557 Richmond St. N., Arva, 519-660-8177.

Food Fare & Christmas Craft Sale: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; frozen food, turkey pies, preserves, baking and craft vendors; St. Michael & All Angels Church, 397 Springbank Drive.

Garden Club of London Christmas Boutique: Unusual and unique home decor items all displayed from botanicals, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m..; free; snacks, coffee, tea available; Civic Gardents Comples, 625 Springbank Dr.

Spirit of Christmas: Friday, 6:30-9 p.m. with music by James Masschelein and Gospel Express, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music by Valleyview Male Chorus; event includes a juried craft show, Ten Thousand Villages; admission $5; Nairn Mennonite Church, 26459 Bear Creek Rd., Ailsa Craig, 519-232-4425.

Wellspring Christmas Craft Sales: YMCA Bostwick Branch, 501 Southdale Rd W., Thursday, 4-7 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon; YMCA Stoney Creek Branch, 920 Sunningdale Rd. W.; all proceeds to support Wellspring London programs. Wortley Village Holiday Shopping: Extended hours, one-night-only promotions & special offers, draws and goodies at 14 locations throughout the village, Thursday, 4-8 p.m.; for more information visit or call 519-601-4420 or 519-432-0434.

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Art gallery sending artist from the Rock to the Emerald Isle –




Philippa Jones, executive director of Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, says a partnership between Ireland and Newfoundland and Labrador could benefit the province’s art community. (Alex Kennedy/CBC)

A St. John’s art gallery will be sending an artist to Ireland and welcoming one in return — and it’s all thanks to its new studio space.

Philippa Jones, the gallery’s executive director of Eastern Edge Gallery, says a partnership between the gallery and Donegal art company Artlink began earlier this year, when some of Artlink’s members came to St. John’s for an art conference.

“They were wandering around trying to figure out … where the art centres were,” Jones said. “And they dropped into Eastern Edge and we said ‘hi’ and from there we just formed a really great partnership.”

A recent Eastern Edge expansion gives the gallery the room to do projects like an international residency exchange with Artlink, she said.

As part of this partnership, Eastern Edge will send one artist from Newfoundland and Labrador to Donegal, about 220 kilometres north of Dublin, for a four-week residency in their own studio. The residency is self-directed, meaning it’s up to the artist what they want to do. The artist will also receive 6,000 Euros, nearly $9,000 Cdn, for fees including travel and living costs.

An artist from Ireland will also come to Newfoundland and Labrador, and work in residency at Eastern Edge.

Jones said the residency is a great opportunity for Newfoundland and Labrador to establish itself on the international art map.

“We have a really unique, vibrant arts community with a lot of independent artists making a living and a life here enriching the culture,” Jones said.

“It also then gives the opportunity for Newfoundland and Labrador artists to travel to Ireland and, in the same vein, see how their art industry works and runs. But also make work over there, make connections, form friendships.”

Strengthening relations with Ireland

With WestJet cancelling its direct flights between St. John’s and Dublin last year, Jones says she hopes the art connection between the two countries can carry over to the runway.

“There’s a history of an extremely strong relationship already between Ireland and Newfoundland and Labrador,” Jones said.

“It would definitely be advantageous and make everyone’s life easier if the direct flights were returned. Taking 24 hours to get to Donegal is not going to be as much fun or as easy for our artists when they have to go directly.”

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After Hiatus, Trump Awards National Arts and Humanities Medals – The New York Times




For the first time since he took office, President Trump will award the National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medal, honoring eight recipients including the actor Jon Voight, the novelist James Patterson, the musicians of the United States Military and the conservative think tank the Claremont Institute.

The medals, given annually since the 1980s, were last awarded in 2016, by President Obama, who named about a dozen honorees for each medal, as was typical in past years. This week, in a terse announcement, the administration named four winners each for the arts and the humanities. They will be honored on Thursday at the White House.

In addition to Mr. Voight and the musicians of the military, the winners of the arts medal are the bluegrass musician and singer Alison Krauss and the philanthropist Sharon Percy Rockefeller, who is also president of WETA, Washington’s public television and radio station.

The humanities honorees include Patrick O’Connell, the chef at the Inn at Little Washington, an acclaimed restaurant in Washington, Va., and Teresa Lozano Long, a philanthropist in Austin, Tex., as well as Mr. Patterson and the Claremont Institute.

The lack of awards since he came into office had underscored Mr. Trump’s uneasy relationship with the arts, and his rocky history with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which he attempted to close down shortly after his inauguration.

In 2017, all 16 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned in protest after Mr. Trump made comments in defense of white nationalists after the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. And for the past two years, Mr. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have skipped the Kennedy Center Honors, a major event on the Washington cultural calendar.

The arts and humanities medals are among the country’s most prestigious cultural honors. In 2016, the year they were last given, winners included the comedian Mel Brooks, the interviewer Terry Gross, the trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, the biographer Ron Chernow and the novelist Sandra Cisneros.

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