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Arts, culture, fun in London this weekend and beyond (Feb. 6-12) – The London Free Press



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

London’s New Cumberland perform their bluegrass, rock and folk flavorings Sunday at Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling St., presented by Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available online at or in person at Centennial Hall box office, 550 Wellington St., Long & McQuade, 725 Fanshawe Park Rd. West, The Village Idiot in Wortley Village, and Chaucer’s/Marienbad Restaurant.

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


Chaucer’s Pub: Blue Valentines 3 with Paul Langille and Paul Sims, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., $20 advance or $25 at the door; New Cumberland, Sunday, 7:30 p.m., $20 advance  or $25 at the door; tickets available at Centennial Hall, Long and McQuade North, Village Idiot and Marienbad Restaurant; 122 Carling St.; 519-319-5847 or visit

Eastside Bar and Grill: The Defbombs, Friday, 10 p.m.; The Fish, Saturday, 10 p.m.; Blues Jam, Sunday, 3 p.m.; Eastside Open Jam Night, Wednesday, 8 p.m.; 750 Hamilton Rd.; 519-457-7467.

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

London Music Club: Trainwreck Dup and Fog Blues, Brass Band, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Larry Smith and Tara Dunphy, 8 p.m.; Shut The Front Door Improv, Friday, 7 p.m., Acoustic Open Mic, 7:30 p.m.; Arrogant Worms, Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Manzee, 7 p.m.; momondays, Monday, 6 p.m.; SOUP Ukulele Jam, Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.; 470 Colborne St.; 519-640-6996.

London Music Hall: Share the Land, Wednesday, 7 p.m., $20 available at Grooves Records, all ages; 185 Queens Ave.; 519-432-1107.

London Wine Bar: Jazz, blues, and folk with Lori Read, no cover; 420 Talbot St.; reservations by calling 519-913-3400 or e-mail; walk-ins welcome.

Mustang Sally’s: Electric Pop, Friday, 9:30 p.m.; Smile ‘N’ Wave, Saturday, 9:30 p.m.; Acoustic Jam with Alan Lynch, Bobby Keener, Jack Coveney, Don Oullette and Friends, Tuesdays, 10 p.m.; Lonnie Chicago, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.; 99 Belmont Drive, 519-649-7688.

Rum Runners: System Saturday with Cloverdale, Joel Demoor, Mikey the Kid, Saturday, 10 p.m., $10 available at Grooves Records, 19+; 178 Dundas St.; 519-432-1107.

St. Regis Tavern: Musical Chairs with Psalm Trees, Trusty Fox and Jenny Rensby, Saturday, 9 p.m., pay-what-you-will; 625 Dundas St.; 519-432-0162., Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., no cover; 420 Talbot St.; call 519-913-3400 or e-mail for reservations; walk-ins welcome.

Wortley Roadhouse: Hot Tub Hippies, Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m.; Journeymen of Soul, Sunday, 4-8 p.m.; 190 Wortley Rd.; 519-438-5141.


Coffee, Cake and Cha Cha Cha: An afternoon of live music, dancing, homemade cake and coffee, Sunday 2-5 p.m. at German Canadian Club, 1 Cove Rd.; admission: $7; 519-433-2901 or visit

Come Dancing: Ballroom, Latin and swing dancing with Wolfeman music host, Friday, 8 p.m. at Polish Hall, 554 Hill St.; admission: $10, snacks on tables; all welcome; 519-433-2579.

Forest City Eagles: Spot dances with prizes, karaoke, spaghetti dinner, Sunday at 500 First St.; tickets: $10, reserve by calling Agnes, 519 455 9270.

Latin Dance Night: Come out and do the Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton and Bachata with DJ Alexander, Saturday, 9 p.m., no cover; Jimbo’s Pub, 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit

Royal Canadian Legion – Dorchester: Karaoke with the 2T’s, Saturday, 1-5 p.m. at 1227 Donnybrook Dr., Dorchester; free admission; 519-268-8538.

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

Royal Canadian Legion – Victory: Dance to the music of Blackstone, Saturday, 8 p.m., $10 at main floor door; Wednesday Night Opry with County Road, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., $5 at main floor door; 311 Oakland Ave.

Singles Dance Party: Dance to music by Wolfeman DJ, Saturday, 8 p.m. in Big Hall at Marconi Club, 120 Clarke Rd.; admission: $13, all welcome; 519-433-2579.

Strathroy Jamboree: Play, dance, sing or listen, Thursday, 1-4 p.m. at 137 Frank St., Strathroy; lunch available for purchase from 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.; everyone welcome; Harry and Elaine Hardy, 519-245-0906 or e-mail

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


Breakfast for YOU: Join business, community and government partners to help address our youth’s most pressing needs, Thursday, 7 a.m. at RBC Place, 300 York St.; tickets: $65 by calling 519-432-1112 ext. 351.

Finding Your Way: A lecture series on the psychology of everyday life, Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Stevenson and Hunt Room A at Central Library, 251 Dundas St.; free, no registration required; Thrive: Positive Psychology Workshop, 9:30 a.m., Misconceptions of Psychopathy, 11 a.m., Recognizing the Effects of Trauma on Brain and Body, 11:30 a.m., Distress Tolerance, 1 p.m., The Complexity of Weight, Health and Well-Being, 1:45 p.m., Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety, 2:30 p.m., Navigating the Forensic Mental Health System, 4 p.m.; 519-661-4600 or visit

Murder Mystery Fundraiser Dinner: Brief walk through main house before entering Interpretive Centre, dinner by In Home Chef, Friday, 7 p.m. at Eldon House, 481 Ridout St. N.; tickets: $95, with proceeds to kitchen renovations to ensure continuation of education and programming events; call 519-661-5169 or visit to register.

The exterior of London’s oldest home, Eldon House (Free Press file photo)

Share the Love: Fundraiser featuring entertainment with Flamenco del Sur and Shout Sister Choir, food and refreshments, silent auction and more, Thursday, 7-9 p.m. at Innovation Works, 201 King St.

White Cane Week: Open house to learn about social activities, technology, and lifestyle of the blind and low vision community, Saturday, 2-4 p.m. at CNIB community hub, 171 Queens Ave. (entrance on Richmond Street); sponsored by Canadian Counsel of the Blind, London Ontario chapter; 519-357-5380.


Art Emporium: Work by regional artists and artisans working in many mediums and disciplines; featured artists for February are Deb Dicker, Ethel Mitrovic, Jacqueline Kinsey, Robin Baratta, Christa Oglan, Judy Ross and Michelle Boyer; winter hours: Saturday, Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment; 177 Main St., Port Stanley; 226-658-1888 or visit

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

Forest City Gallery: Through Clenched Teeth exhibition, ends Friday; 258 Richmond St.; visit

Gallery in the Grove: Connexions, exhibition celebrates artists who have shared in our 40-year evolution, runs till Feb. 22; 2618 Hamilton Rd. at Wildwood Park, Bright’s Grove; visit

The Great Beyond by artist Val Sabo is part of a new exhibition on at ArtWithPanache until Feb. 14.

Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre: Recent work by the Wild Woollies Rug Hooking Group, opening reception Sunday, 1-4 p.m. with opening remarks at 2 p.m., runs till March 1; free admission; hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 125 Centennial Lane in Victoria Park, Ingersoll; 519-485-4691 or visit

Jet Aircraft Museum: Cold War era jet aircraft and historic displays honouring Canadian aviation heritage; hours: Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; admission by donation; 2465 Aviation Lane, Unit 2; 519-453-7000 or visit

McIntosh Gallery: Gerard Pas: Broken Body exhibition, runs till Feb. 22; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; Western University, 1151 Richmond St.; 519-661-2111, ext. 87576.

Museum London: Realisms: Canadian Art, 1850 to the Present, runs till May 3; Dean Carson, runs till May 17; 100 Years of Nursing Education in London, runs till May 24; hours: Tuesday to Sunday, noon-5 p.m., Thursdays till 9 p.m.; admission by donation; 421 Ridout St. N.; 519-661-0333 or visit

Portside Gallery: Featured artists for February are Kit Cutting, Patricia Johnson and Gail Jongkind; 18 area artists displaying original paintings, photography, jewelry, hand-painted scarves and cards; hours: Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (weather permitting); 187 1/2 Main St., Port Stanley; 519-782-7066 or visit

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

Geoff Farnsworth’s Figure at a Picnic Table, is part of a new group exhibition, Winter Collection, on at Westland Gallery in Wortley Village until Feb. 15.

Westland Gallery: Winter Collection: London and more, featuring works by Dana Cowie, Geoff Farnsworth, Angie Quick, Maryann Hendriks, Curtis Doherty and Sam Chilvers, runs till Feb. 15; 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: Walk On: ongoing sculpture project of John McEwen, runs till June 27; 449 Dundas St., Woodstock; 519-539-6761.


Adrian Raso: Saturday, 8 p.m. at Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St.; tickets: $28 advance available at box office, Centennial Hall, Long and McQuade North, Village Idiot, online at or $33 at the door; 519-672-1522 or visit

Beer Store Money: Live in-store performance, Friday, 7-9 p.m. at Cheeky Monkey, 130 Christina St. N., Sarnia; also on display, Coastal, art show and exhibit by W. A. Walters; free admission; 519-332-0978.

Blue Rodeo: With Elliott Brood, Saturday, 8 p.m. at Budweiser Gardens, 99 Dundas St.; tickets: $48.50-$92.50 available at

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Blue Valentines 3: Paul Langille and Paul Sims, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling St.; tickets: $20 advance available at Centennial Hall, Long and McQuade North, Village Idiot and Marienbad Restaurant or $25 at the door; 519-319-5847.

Gailey and Noseworthy: Featuring India Yeshe Gailey, cello, and Andrew Noseworthy, guitar, Friday, 7:30 p.m. at St. James Presbyterian Church, 280 Oxford St. E.; admission: $15/pay-what-you-can at the door.

Giants of the Piano: Mark Payne celebrates the greatest piano artists of all time including Billy Joel, Elton John, Burton Cummings, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nat King Cole, Liberace, Fats Domino, Floyd Cramer and more, Saturday, 7 p.m. at Church of the Ascension, 2060 Dundas St. E.; tickets: $20 by calling 519-451-7780 or e-mail; proceeds to support Youth Opportunities Unlimited and the Ministry of the Church.

London Jazz Society: The Stephen Holowitz and Barry Usher Quartet featuring vocalist Laurraine Segouin, Sunday, 2 p.m. at Mocha Shrine Centre, 468 Colborne St.; tickets: members $7, non-members $14 at the door; all are welcome; visit

Midwinter Gala: Fundraising evening features gastronomical delights and eclectic song set about weather events, silent auction and more, Saturday, 7 p.m. at Western’s WindEEE Dome, 2535 Advanced Ave.; tickets: $135 advance only available online at; hosted by Amabile Men of Primus.

New Cumberland: Sunday, 7:30 p.m. at Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling St.; tickets: $20 advance available at Centennial Hall, Long and McQuade North, Village Idiot and Marienbad Restaurant or $25 at the door; 519-319-5847.


Field Naturalist Meeting: A Yukon River Canoeing Adventure with speaker Joe Stephenson, Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Knox Church, St. Thomas; 519-633-5440.

Kettle Creek Conservation Authority General Meeting: Studying the Lake Erie Shoreline in a Changing Climate, with guest speaker Peter Zuzek, president of Zuzek Inc., Feb. 19, 9:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Public Library; RSVP before Wednesday to Jessica, 519-631-1270 ext. 221 or e-mail

Nature in the City: Predator – Prey Interactions, illustrated talk by Western Professor Liana Zanette, Department of Biology, to help us understand healthy human and animal relationships in our urban ecosystems, Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas St., free admission; co-sponsored by Nature London and London Public Library.

Saturday Morning Walks: Walk through Westminster Ponds, meet behind the Information Centre, 696 Wellington Rd.; walks are approximately one hour; families with children are welcome, no dogs; John Clark, 519-641-0442 or visit

Winter Wonderland: Pull on your winter gear and get in on the fun – scenic wagon rides, broomball, see trees being tapped, stop by the Blacksmith Shop, take photos in a sleigh, make snow angels, build snowman or for, try snowshoeing (weather permitting) and snow painting, do winter science experiments, and play the winter games, Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fanshawe Pioneer Village, 2609 Fanshawe Park Rd. E.; admission: $5 or $15 per family; refreshments available for purchase (cash); 519-457-1296 ext. 811.


Art Show: Exhibition features acrylic, oil, and water colour paintings by London artist Richard Thompson, runs till April 1 at Hillside London’s cafe space, 138 Thompson Rd.; free admission.

ArtVenture Art Studio: Fusion – a journey through paint and textile, featuring works by Cynthia McNair, runs till Feb. 29; hours: Monday to Thursday, 4-8 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 1438 Aldersbrook Rd.; 519-471-4278 or visit

John Labatt Visual Arts Centre: Launch of Femme Art Review’s inaugural print issue as well as the launch of the Western University Museum Studies Collective’s 2020 winter journal, Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. in Cohen Commons; 604-396-3355 or visit


Aylmer Community Theatre: Secrets of a Soccer Mom by Kathleen Clark, Thursday to Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m., runs till Feb. 15; tickets: adults $20, students $15; Old Town Hall Theatre, 38 John St. S., Aylmer.

Grand Theatre: Every Brilliant Thing, ends Saturday on McManus Stage; Honour Beat, runs till Feb. 22 on Spriet Stage; 471 Richmond St.; 519-672-9030 or visit

London Community Players: Veritas by Lynda Martens, directed by Dale Hirlehey, Thursday to Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m.; Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St.; tickets: adults $28, seniors/students $26, youth $16 available at box office, by calling 519-432-1029 or online

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National drive-by art show rolls in Victoria on Saturday – Victoria News



A drive-by art exhibition, planned in select cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada, is happening in Victoria on Saturday.

On June 6, artists taking part in The National Arts Drive will be displaying, performing or showcasing their creativity from driveways, balconies, windows, stoops and front lawns during a three-hour period.

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Spectators are encouraged to drive the city blocks to see, hear and support the artists, performers, musicians and designers who live in their communities.

The driving experience is paired with a website and an interactive map where spectators can engage with the artist and support them through three main avenues: like, follow and share their work through social media, donate directly to the artists and visit their online store or website for a future purchase.

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There is no charge for artists wishing to participate in the event, which was created by RAW – the world’s largest independent arts organization.

According to RAW, 95 per cent of artists have lost income as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown and 64 per cent of artists have become unemployed due to the pandemic.

For more information visit

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Art market leaders host charity auction in support of Canadian food banks – Canada NewsWire



The charity auction will take place on Heffel’s Online Auction Partnerships (HO2) platform from June 9 – 23, 2020, and will include 28 works donated by Nicholas Metivier Gallery and a group of well-known artists including Edward Burtynsky, Bobbie Burgers, John Hartman and others. According to presale estimates for the works, the auction is expected to raise between $170,000 and $230,000 to benefit the charities.

“Like many Canadians, we are proud to step up to help those in need during this critical time,” said David Heffel, President of Heffel Fine Art Auction House. “We’re so thankful for the generosity of the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, the RBC Foundation and the artists who have donated their energy and creativity for this important cause, and are eager to get these much-needed funds to food banks in our communities.”

“Canadian food banks are in desperate need of assistance to help those most vulnerable as a result of COVID-19, and demand has grown exponentially in recent months,” said Nicholas Metivier, Founder and Owner of Nicholas Metivier Gallery. “When we suggested the idea of an auction to support food banks, our artists responded with tremendous generosity and enthusiasm. We are also pleased to partner with Heffel and utilize their online auction platform to execute this important initiative.”

To give interested buyers an opportunity to view the available works, the auction catalogue and virtual auction previews will be available on Heffel’s website. Works will also be available for preview by appointment at Nicholas Metivier Gallery (190 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON).

For additional auction details, and to access the online catalogue, please visit The catalogue will be available on June 9, 2020.

About Heffel Fine Art Auction House

Heffel has sold more Canadian art than any other auctioneer worldwide, with sales totaling more than half a billion dollars since 1978. With offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Calgary, Heffel has the most experienced team of fine art specialists in Canada and provides superior client service to both sellers and buyers internationally.

About Nicholas Metivier Gallery

The Nicholas Metivier Gallery, founded in 2004, is one of the largest contemporary galleries in Canada. The gallery represents and promotes Canadian and international artists that demonstrate exceptional quality and originality in all media, with a focus on contemporary painting and photography. 

SOURCE Heffel Fine Art Auction House

For further information: For additional information, to schedule an interview or media viewing, or for high-resolution images, please contact: Rebecca Rykiss, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, [email protected], 416-961-6505 ext. 323

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Vancouver museums and art galleries start reopening next week – Vancouver Sun



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The Museum of Vancouver reopens June 11. Jason Payne/PNG

The VAG will have security guards and volunteers to monitor visitors.

“If there’s a bit of a jam happening, that’s where our volunteers and guards will maybe ask people to move along, and maybe go to another floor,” said Augatis.

Staff at both institutions will be wearing masks in public areas, and it is “highly recommended” that visitors wear masks as well. But is not mandatory.

The Maritime Museum will reopen with a new show, On The Shore, featuring 44 paintings of the B.C. coast from the Bill and Mary Everett Collection, including two by works by Emily Carr and one by E.J. Hughes.

The VAG has a new exhibition culled from works in its collection, The Tin Man Was a Dreamer: Allegories, Poetics and Performances of Power. It was supposed to open in March but was delayed, as was another a new video and photographic installation, Matilda Aslizadeh’s Moly and Kassandra.

The VAG’s big summer show, Modern in the Making: Post-War Craft and Design in British Columbia, is being installed and will be opening July 18.

The Maritime Museum will be opening Thursday through Sunday, while the VAG will be open seven days a week.

“We would love to see the numbers come back to the museum, but we also anticipate that for the first few days or even weeks it might be a bit difficult,” said Schokkenbroek.

“People will be apprehensive, people will be anxious, maybe reluctant, and wait and see how things are being done.”

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