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Arts, culture, fun in London this weekend and beyond (Jan. 9-15) – The London Free Press



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

Harrow Fair performs Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre

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


Call the Office: Fortune Cove, Bad Words, Youngest and Only, The Bartops, Thursday, 8:30 p.m., $10; The Weirdo Rock Show featuring Trophy Knife, Patrick Powers, Nervous Men, Friday, 9 p.m., $10; #Havehopeshows with Twin Rivals, Mourn, Swearcrow, 4hateu8, SIX2s, Saturday, 8 p.m., 19+; 216 York St.

Eastside Bar and Grill: Rev. Freddie and The Distillers, Friday, 10 p.m.; Dave Doerksen B-Day Bash, 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: Shut The Front Door Improv, Friday, 7 p.m., Acoustic Open Mic, 7:30 p.m.; Safe As Houses, Saturday, 7 p.m.; momondays, Monday, 6 p.m.; SOUP Ukulele Jam, Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.; 470 Colborne St.; 519-640-6996.

London Wine Bar: Guitar and vocals with Patrick James Clark, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., no cover; 420 Talbot St.; call 519-913-3400 for reservations or e-mail; walk-ins welcome.

Lou Dawgs: Patrick James Clark, Thursday, 8 p.m.; Thorn and Roses, Friday, 10 p.m.; The Stanley Brown Blues Band, Saturday, 10 p.m.; Big Rude Jake, Sunday, 2-5 p.m.; Open Mic Night, Tuesday, 8 p.m.; Darren Powers, Wednesday, 8 p.m.; 519 Richmond St.

Michael’s on the Thames: Oliver Whitehead Jazz Trio, featuring Oliver Whitehead, Rick McClelland and Sandy MacKay, Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; 1 York St.; 519-672-0111 or visit

Mustang Sally’s: The Fish, Friday, 9:30 p.m.; Chris Trowell Band, Saturday, 9:30 p.m.; Acoustic Jam with Alan Lynch, Smokin Dave, Don Oullette and Friends, Tuesdays at 10 p.m.; Lonnie Chicago, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.; 99 Belmont Dr.; 519-649-7688.

Rum Runners: #TheLateShow with Somehow Hallow and Snacks?, Ridgeway, The Moore Ave Underground, Friday, 9 p.m., $7, all ages; 178 Dundas St.; 519-432-1107.

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

Wortley Roadhouse: Coming of Age (Cheryl Hardy), Friday and Saturday; HiLife, Sunday, 4-8 p.m.; 190 Wortley Rd.; 519-438-5141.


50s and 60s Dance: Music by Wolfeman DJ, Sunday, 7 p.m. at Aylmer Optimist Club, 30 Queens St. S., Aylmer; admission: $13, includes late lunch; all welcome; 519-765-1828.

A.N.A.F. 229 Veteran’s Club: Dance to the music of The Stetson Brothers, with sister Galea, Friday, 5-9 p.m.; 38 Adelaide St. N.

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

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

Royal Canadian Legion – Byron: Dance to the music of Organized Kaos, Saturday, 8 p.m., $5; 1276 Commissioners Rd. W.; 519-472-3300.

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 Bridlington Road, Saturday, 2-5 p.m., free; 7097 Kilbourne Rd.; 519-652-3412.

Royal Canadian Legion – Victory: Dance to oldies and country with Les Holmes, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $10 at main floor door; Wednesday Night Opry with Band Landry, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., $5 at main floor door; 311 Oakland Ave.

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

Thursday Tunes and Dancing: Musicians, dancers and spectators welcome, every Thursday, 1-3:30 p.m. at Libro Hall, 239 Fleming Dr., Clinton; admission by donation; 519-476-5922 or e-mail

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


Art Emporium: Work by regional artists and artisans working in many mediums and disciplines; winter hours: Saturday, Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment; 177 Main St., Port Stanley; 226-658-1888 or visit

Art With Panache: Artists featured for January include Julia Armstrong, Audrey Cooper, Margaret Crosby, Kit Cutting, Nic DeGroot, Lois Fuchs, Tony Furlong, Andrew Gillett, Mary Lillyman, Lynne Pinchin, Paul Snoddy, Lyn Tremblay and Lisa Verbakel; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Talbot Centre, 140 Fullarton St.; 519-870-7218.

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

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, ends Saturday; 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

Gallery in the Grove: Connexions, exhibition celebrates artists who have shared in our 40-year evolution, opening reception Sunday, 1-3 p.m., runs till Feb. 22; 2618 Hamilton Rd. at Wildwood Park, Bright’s Grove; visit

Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre: Altered States, photography by Werner Braun, opening reception Sunday, 1-4 p.m., runs till Feb. 2; hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; 125 Centennial Lane, 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

Museum London: London Lens: Ian MacEachern and Don Vincent, runs till Jan. 19; The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John, runs till Jan. 26; 421 Ridout St.; 519-661-0333.

Portside Gallery: Featured artists for January are Jean Johnson, S’ine Maule and Len Hughes; 18 area artists showing original paintings, photography, jewelry, hand-painted scarves and cards; hours: Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 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.

Westland Gallery: The Gallery Artists Group Exhibition, runs till Jan. 25; 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

Andrew Sookrah’s Epic Ice is part of a new group exhibition at Westland Gallery in Wortley Village.

Woodstock Art Gallery: Dancing on the Grave: Dil Hildebrand and Patrick Thibert and Life on the Back of a Turtle: Woodlands and Plains Indigenous Art, both exhibits run till Jan. 25; Walk On: the ongoing sculpture project of John McEwen, runs till June 27; 449 Dundas St., Woodstock; 519-539-6761.


Harrow Fair: Aylmer Performing Arts Council present musical duo Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre, 38 John St. S., Aylmer; tickets: $25; visit

Reflections and Remembrances: The FSA Strings, conducted by Igor Saika-Voivod, with soloists Suzanne Witt, violin and Madeline Hall, guitar, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. at First-St. Andrew’s United Church, 350 Queens Ave.; free will offering; visit

The Uptown Dixieland Jazz Band: Presented by London Jazz Society, Sunday, 2 p.m. at Mocha Shrine Centre, 468 Colborne St.; tickets: members $7, non-members $14 at the door; all are welcome; 519-681-6767 or visit


London Fanshawe Horticultural Society: Trends of Disease Resistant Trees, with guest speaker David Richardson of Parkway Garden Centre, Thursday, 7 p.m. at Siloam United Church, 1240 Fanshawe Park Rd. E.; all welcome to attend.

Nature in the City: Best Places to Bird in Southwestern Ontario with Mike Burrell, Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas St.; free admission.

Saturday Morning Walks: Walk along Thames River, south branch park east end, meet behind Pottersburg Pollution Control Plant, 1141 Hamilton Rd. at Gore Road; walks are approximately one hour; families with children are welcome, no dogs; John Clark, 519-641-0442 or visit


Read. Learn. Live.: Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, CODE has launched this photography exhibit by internationally renowned Canadian photojournalist, Peter Bregg, ends Monday at Central Library, 251 Dundas St., 1st floor Library Commons; free admission.

Surroundings: Art exhibition by local artist Cassie Morris, combines text, embroidery, and textile through varying levels of abstraction, runs till Jan. 31 at ArtVenture Art Studio, 1438 Aldersbrook Rd.; hours: Monday to Thursday, 4-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 519-471-4278 or visit

Artwork by Cassie Morris


Behind the Ropes: Explore rarely seen sections of Eldon House and its carriage house, as an expert historical interpreter will guide you through “nooks and crannies” including attics and cellars, Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon at Eldon House, 481 Ridout St. N.; tickets: $20, register online at; refreshments served after tour; 519-661-5169.

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South River's sound art group hosting 19th annual festival –



SOUTH RIVER — New Adventures in Sound Art, also known as NAISA, is presenting the 19th edition of its Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art from now to March 30 at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River.

Deep Wireless opens with Art’s birthday celebrations in mid-January and continues to the end of March with performances, special radio broadcasts, interactive installations and workshops.


The experience of radio does not have to be limited to one-way communication (i.e., passive listening). Some of the early innovators of radio thought of it as a two-way interactive medium. This year’s Deep Wireless artists use wireless technology to explore interactivity between participants and the artworks while using the theme of transformation to suggest alternative paths of expression and communication. The installations and performances invite participation, but they also consciously allow for the public’s input to be transformed into unexpected outcomes.

Songs of Ice on exhibit until March 30

Songs of Ice brings together the work of Michael Waterman and Jesse Stewart, two Ottawa-based interdisciplinary artists who have a shared passion for sonic exploration. In this exhibition, they explore the sonic properties of ice in both solid and melting forms while creating a two-way interaction between an outdoor geodesic dome and an indoor exhibition area at NAISA. Elements of the work will be developed through a two-day workshop with students from the South River Public School.

Re-Collect / Re-Told: Your Stories of New And Old until March 30

NAISA will once again present its ongoing collection of stories as told by children, parents and grandparents in the region in this interactive exhibit matched with historic photos of South River to tell the story of our community and our place in the Near North. Come add your voice to the mix. Added to this year’s story collection at the end of February will be A Good Ways North by Peterborough podcaster and radio artist Ayesha Barmania, who will be the first artist-in-residence at NAISA to create a radio art work from the Re-Collect / Re-Told story collection. She will be giving an artist talk and presenting her work on Feb. 29 at 2 p.m.


The 2020 edition of the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art is funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization originally located in Toronto but since 2017 is now based in South River at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre. NAISA produces performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. Included in its productions are: Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art, Springscapes, Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art and the SOUNDplay Festival.

Darren Copeland is the artistic director for the New Adventures in Sound Art. 

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The Outsider Art Fair 2020: 7 Must-See Exhibits – The New York Times



The Outsider Art Fair, up at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea until Sunday, is still one of the best deals in New York: compact, but filled from edge to edge with things to see. You can brush up on the heroes of the genre — work by self-taught artists — with a stunning Henry Darger panorama at Andrew Edlin at booth D14, and a gorgeous, never-before-shown Martín Ramírez drawing of a cowboy on a rearing purple horse at Ricco/Maresca (A11). You can make new discoveries, like the off-center flower paintings of John Maull at Tierra del Sol (B1), or the eye-grabbing shopping-bag paintings of a retired Peruvian parachute trooper who goes by Judá Ben Hur at Gabby Yamamoto/Espacio (B5).

This year, its 28th in New York, the fair has also introduced a diffident handful of curated booths, including the writer and curator Paul Laster’s Relishing the Raw: Contemporary Artists Collecting Outsider Art (A8), in which Mr. Laster teases out suggestive connections between contemporary artists and their own personal collections: It’s like listening to a British Invasion rocker talk about his favorite blues records. Below are seven of my own favorite booths to get you started, but you’re almost guaranteed, just by setting foot in the door, to find something I overlooked.

Booth A5

Philadelphia’s outsider-art titan anchors the front of the house with a formidable selection of work by well-known artists, most notably a spectacular large drawing by the Swiss legend Adolf Wölfli and a group of pastels by the contemporary Australian artist Julian Martin. Pressing so hard that he builds up a layer of brightly-colored dust, Mr. Martin draws bulbous, organic shapes that call to mind an alien typesetter’s case, or pleasantly squishy toys. The top fifth of Wölfli’s circa 1916 colored-pencil drawing is covered in the curious points and loops of old German cursive, but the rest, filled with roads, color wheels, crosses and masked angels, is like a cutaway cross-section of the view under New Jerusalem. The whole universe is there, but it may not be the universe you know.


Everyone’s moving in Yuichiro Ukai’s pen-and-marker crowd scenes. Dinosaurs are marching left; samurai are walking, riding, or being carried to the right. Only the occasional cartoon character with a head full of red-bean jelly really stops to take in the scene. It makes for a wonderfully varied texture, but also for a surprisingly nuanced and cynical take on the world’s richness: With multiple, overlapping cultures unfolding at the same time, more is going on around you than you imagine — but good luck ever noticing more than a fraction of it.


Most of the fair’s exhibitors are showing multiple artists, but Barron stands out for the self-contained strength of its presentations, most of which could have stood alone: loopy, brilliant acrylics of naked centaurs and coffee cups with breasts by the Tehran-based former professional wrestler Reza Shafahi. The Genoese painter Vera Girivi’s forthright, emotional nudes, in which loose acrylic brushwork orbits precisely expressive eyes. Bold compositions by Winfred Rembert, who learned to tone leather in an Alabama jail. In Mr. Rembert’s rippling panels, crowds of colorfully dressed field hands pick cotton, and men swing hammers on a chain gang. They’re all the heroes of their own stories, but also one another’s context, raising the impulse to fill all available space — a common characteristic of outsider art — to a philosophical pitch.


A few years ago, an antique picker sold the gallerist Duff Lindsay a box of carved wooden figures, blocky but weirdly compelling little men and women with unchanging faces and a range of attitudes and clothes. The picker couldn’t identify them. But eventually, thanks to a single French word carved into one piece and an intuition that the work wasn’t European, Mr. Lindsay traced them to Canada, where a retiree named Cléophas Lachance had built an entire village in his backyard in Lafontaine, Quebec, complete with 300 wooden residents, working streetlights and a brothel. From their wood-shaving hair to their little metal glasses, this booth’s selection of visitors from “Le Village Historique du Nord” is not be missed.


I was surprised to find Vivian Maier at the fair, but of course I shouldn’t have been. Maier, who worked as a nanny in Chicago for most of her adult life, shot thousands of photographs of street scenes, architecture and herself, but she left most of them undeveloped and died in 2009 unknown. It’s the quintessential outsider story. But you’d be hard pressed to find anything naïve or unpolished about the work itself. An empty milk glass sitting on a stoop alongside a takeout soup container, in one gorgeous black-and-white shot, seems like a high-concept meditation on the nature of marriage; an image of a dispirited young couple leaning against the wall at a party, looking in opposite directions as she fiddles with the strings of three balloons, has at least one novel in it, if not a whole series. (According to the gallery director Karen Marks, a lawsuit about Maier’s estate has been settled, and the photographs are back on the market, with a commission from each sale going into an escrow account managed by Cook County, Ill.)


After retiring as a San Francisco municipal bus driver, Robert Kippur (1944-2015) moved to New York and began making enormous, expressionist paintings in a Chelsea loft, ultimately landing on an extreme style of volatile colors and inch-thick, grainy impasto. Four of the five large canvases in this booth’s compelling exhibit date back to the 1980s, though, when the painter’s clanging hellscapes were thinner and more fresh. Motley figures wrestle and dance on what look like blood-red stages and walkways of ice, their colors and features not exactly clashing, but not quite in harmony, either: They’re riots of autonomous details.


The Shipibo artists Sara Flores and Celia Vasquez Yui, both of whom live in the Peruvian Amazon, work with patterns traditionally used for clothing and associated with various healing plants. Ms. Flores’s four large ink-on-cotton paintings, covered in repetitive mazes of thin black lines, are strangely soothing, like quiet serial music. Ten gorgeous ceramic animals, made by Ms. Vasquez Yui, are charming and mysterious, particularly a self-possessed black snake and a dignified squirrel holding out one paw. You want to get to know them better, but you’re not sure they return the feeling. (Curated by the Noguchi Museum’s Brett Littman and the Shipibo Conibo Center.)

Outsider Art Fair

Friday through Sunday, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, 212-463-0071;

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Art Is In Bakery take-out to open in Byward Market – CTV News



From an almond croissant and coffee for breakfast to a pizza slice for lunch, foodies can now visit an Art Is In location in the Byward Market.

Art Is In at at 42 Byward Market Square will be open as of Tuesday, January 21. 2020

The new smaller location will focus on take-out items.

‘This one spoke to us, it was kind of meant to be. Honestly, it just happened. We weren’t looking, we saw it for lease, and we just made it happen, said Emma Desjardins, a co-owner of Art Is In Bakery

The Art Is In high quality breads will be offered there.

And similar to the City Centre location, the Byward Market Art Is In will only take Interac for payment.

No cash transactions.

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