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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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Tiny worlds spark imagination at Art Gallery of Regina – Regina Leader-Post



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Artists Dick Moulding and Ed Finch will bring their creations to life during Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Moulding makes miniaturized farm machines, among them a baler that makes tiny bales of grass.

Ed Finch stands behind the mechanical rollercoaster he built. BRANDON HARDER/Regina Leader-Post

Finch has fabricated carnival rides, including a tabletop roller coaster, and a replica of the train at Ogema with tiny people inside.

Jason Nelson created a literal tiny world, a globe that rotates on an abstract ocean.

Frans Lotz’s mini jungle gym hearkens to a geodesic dome built for world’s fairs.

Kathleen and Jeff Coleclough made felted bison and horses, which stand among succulent plants. Outdoors, in the gallery’s sunny courtyard, there are more succulents — with more troll dolls hiding among them — and birdhouses in various designs.

These plants are a small consolation for fans of NDH’s annual Secret Gardens Tour, which couldn’t happen last month because of COVID-19.

REGINA, SASK : August 7, 2020  -- A number of planters featuring trolls and succulent plants are on display as part of the Tiny Worlds exhibition taking place at the Regina Art Gallery on Elphinstone Street in Regina, Saskatchewan on August 7, 2020. BRANDON HARDER/ Regina Leader-Post
A number of planters featuring trolls and succulent plants are part of A Tiny Worlds Fair. BRANDON HARDER/Regina Leader-Post

Artists Kristin Mae Evans, Don List, Daniel Paquet and Annalisa Raho also feature in the exhibition, which runs through Aug. 21.

A closing reception will see live performances by Tom Brown, Mohit, Tessa Rae, Aaron Santos, Renz Rivero and Jerry Siphanthong on Aug. 21, 5-7 p.m.

The Art Gallery of Regina is at 2420 Elphinstone St. Current hours are noon to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. The gallery has adapted to the pandemic, installing hand sanitizer stations and one-way traffic arrows.

More information will be available at

REGINA, SASK : August 7, 2020  -- A piece entitled 19 COVID trolls is on display as part of the Tiny Worlds exhibition taking place at the Regina Art Gallery on Elphinstone Street in Regina, Saskatchewan on August 7, 2020. BRANDON HARDER/ Regina Leader-Post
19 COVID Trolls, created by Robin Poitras. BRANDON HARDER/Regina Leader-Post
REGINA, SASK : August 7, 2020  -- A tiny jungle gym is on display as part of the Tiny Worlds exhibition taking place at the Regina Art Gallery on Elphinstone Street in Regina, Saskatchewan on August 7, 2020. BRANDON HARDER/ Regina Leader-Post
A tiny jungle gym by Frans Lotz. BRANDON HARDER/Regina Leader-Post
REGINA, SASK : August 7, 2020  -- A piece entitled Earth Ship is on display as part of the Tiny Worlds exhibition taking place at the Regina Art Gallery on Elphinstone Street in Regina, Saskatchewan on August 7, 2020. BRANDON HARDER/ Regina Leader-Post
A piece entitled Earth Ship is on display as part of A Tiny World’s Fair exhibition at the Art Gallery of Regina. BRANDON HARDER/Regina Leader-Post

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An urban art gallery: House of PainT building crowd-sourced map of murals, graffiti in Ottawa – Ottawa Citizen



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It still happens, but not as much.

I think it’s totally fair to complain about tags and vandalism that don’t add to the beauty of a space, but the red tape around creating art, especially when there’s permission, is really unnecessary and I think is to the detriment of our arts and culture ecosystem in Ottawa.

What do you think has led to the increasing acceptance of this kind of art in Ottawa?

When you look at other world-class cities … their graffiti and their murals are a tourist destination. There are a lot of cities in Latin America, Mexico City especially, where there’s just public art everywhere — mosaic art, installations, murals, graffiti — and it’s beautiful and it’s stunning and people go to see that.

Veronica Roy, House of PainT’s festival director, stands in front of a piece of street art in the Glebe. House of PainT has launched a crowd-sourced map of murals and graffiti in Ottawa so people can explore urban art. Ashley Fraser/Postmedia Ashley Fraser/Postmedia

The existence of public murals and public art adds so much character to a city, and I think that for a long time, Ottawa was missing out on that and the municipal politicians and policymakers are now in a position where we’re recognizing that murals and graffiti are an attraction.

(Also,) as millennials are in their mid-to-late 30s and early 40s and we’re coming into these positions of power and influence in our communities and in our professional spheres, the attitude that we have towards graffiti and public art and a lot of different cultural issues is now being taken more seriously, and we have a voice at the table to influence this change.

To your earlier point, there’s now an obvious commercial incentive to allowing this kind of art in cities — it’s a tourism draw, it draws people to different neighbourhoods. Do you think it’s frustrating to people who’ve been involved with this artistic community for years?

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Therapeutic art for sale at Okanagan show – Salmon Arm Observer – Salmon Arm Observer



The power of art as a therapeutic activity benefiting the mental health of individuals and communities is being showcased at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Vernon and District 17th Annual Awakening the Spirit Art Show and Sale at the Vernon Community Arts Centre.

More than 20 works are featured including photography, acrylic, pen and ink, and watercolour. Artwork on display is from those living with mental illness who have used art to positively improve their mental health.

“Through art and creativity, we hope to break down some of the barriers and stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness,” said Julia Payson, CMHA Vernon Executive Director. “The show celebrates the creative talents of community members living with mental illness and mental health challenges, who use art to improve their mental health.”

For the past two decades, CMHA volunteer Christine Schmidt has been using art to help her express herself and practice self-care.

“My mother is very artistic; I would always do things with her,” said Schmidt. “In 2000, I took a watercolour class and really got into it.”

Schmidt says she enjoys the discovery of making art.

“It keeps the creative juices going, connects me to nature, and is a way of expressing emotion,” said Schmidt, who has been contributing to the show and volunteering for the CMHA Georgette Thrift Shop for three years.

Schmidt said that prior to COVID restrictions, art was also a valuable community activity to share with others at CMHA.

During restrictions at the beginning of the pandemic, Schmidt spent her time walking, doing photography, cooking, baking, meditating with Insight Timer, and connecting with others over the phone.

She dedicated herself to drawing a picture every day for six weeks.

“It was neat to have a focus, to have something on the go during that time to commit to,” said Schmidt. “I decided to stay calm and collected when BC launched its COVID-19 measures.”

Schmidt also decided to create an art calendar.

“My plan was to take a photo for inspiration and do a drawing each day of the month,” she said. “My unused 2014 desktop calendar was easy to adapt for this project.”

The piece has been submitted to the art show and is available for sale.

The Vernon Community Arts Centre, located at 2704A Highway 6, has generously donated its gallery for the show. The Art Sale and Show runs until Friday, Aug. 17, Monday to Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Daily closures take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for sanitizing.

Due to COVID-19, the show and sale is also being featured online at

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