Arts, culture, fun in London this weekend and beyond (June 27-July 3)
What’s happening in and around London this weekend and next week:
Canada Day at Byron Optimist Park: Annual Canada Day event with music, clowns, face painters, speeches, fireworks, Monday, gates open 6:30 p.m. at Boler Road and Optimist Club Drive; donations accepted; presented by the Optimist Club of Byron.
Canada Day at the Museum: Featuring children’s duo Sonshine and Broccoli, Crafty Canada Studio drop-in activities, crafts, giveaways, pop exhibition tours, Indigenous art-making and short films, Monday, noon-4 p.m. at Museum London, 421 Ridout St. N.; free admission, all ages event.
Canada Day Carnival: Celebrate Canada’s birthday with historical games, carnival food and entertainment, Monday, noon-4 p.m. at Eldon House, 481 Ridout St. N.; free admission; 519-661-5169.
Canada Day Celebrations: Dancing, karaoke with host Rick Guay, prizes, Monday, 1:30 p.m. at Forest City Eagles, 500 First St.
Canada Day London: Day-long family-friendly event will feature live music, free entertainment, food trucks, craft beer garden, artisans and vendors, interactive kids’ zone, a giant red chair, free giveaways, a synthetic ice rink, ‘chill zone’, and fireworks, Monday, noon-11 p.m. in downtown London (Dundas Place, Talbot Street and Covent Garden Market Square); free event; 519-930-2140; presented by Canada Life.
Call the Office: Devilz By Definition, Bloodless Child, Poor Judgement, Quiet Mind, Thursday, 9 p.m., $10, 19+; ’63 Monroe, Evil Elvis, They Call It Chaos, Friday, 8 p.m., $10, 19+; Raygun Sundays 25 Year Anniversary Party, Sunday, 10 p.m.; 216 York St.
Eastside Bar And Grill: Full Petty Fever, Friday, 9 p.m.; Zed, Saturday, 10 p.m.; Blues Jam, Sunday, 3 p.m.; Eastside Open Jam Night, Wednesday, 8 p.m.; 750 Hamilton Rd.; 519-457-7467.
Gables In The Bend: Neon Party with DJ Charlie B, Thursday, 9 p.m.; The Side Deal, Friday, 9 p.m.; Keep the Faith (tribute to Bon Jovi), Saturday, 9 p.m.; Canada Day with Practically Hip, Monday, 9 p.m.; tickets online at www.ticketscene.ca/gables; 5 Main St. W., Grand Bend; 519-238-2393.
Jimbo’s Pub And Eatery: Evening Karaoke hosted by Maggie, Fridays, 10 p.m. and Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; Backyard Beer Band, Saturday, 9 p.m.; 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit www.jimbospub.ca.
Mustang Sally’s: The Do-Overs, Friday, 9 p.m.; Acoustic Jam with Alan Lynch, Smokin Dave, Don Oullette and Friends, Tuesdays, 10 p.m.; Lonnie Chicago, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.; 99 Belmont Dr.; 519-649-7688.
London Brewing Co-op: Oliver Whitehead Jazz Trio with Oliver Whitehead, Patrick Dubois and Rick McLelland, Saturday, 7 p.m., pay-what-you-can; 521 Burbrook Pl.; 226-667-6363 or visit http://www.londonbrewing.ca.
London Music Club: Neil Young’uns (tribute), Saturday, 6 p.m.; 470 Colborne St.; 519-640-6996.
London Music Hall: Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul featuring Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band and The Sopranos, Tuesday, 8 p.m., $50, all ages; Static-X 20th Anniversary Tour with DevilDriver, Dope, Wednesday 13, Raven Black, Wednesday, 7 p.m., $29.50, all ages; 185 Queens Ave.; 519-432-1107.
London Wine Bar – Downtown: Mark Henning Jazz Duo with Rob Weatherstone, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., no cover; 420 Talbot St.; for reservations, call 519-913-3400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
London Wine Bar – Wortley: Live Music on the patio with Rick Taylor, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., no cover; 175 Wortley Rd.; for reservations, call 519-518-3455 or e-mail email@example.com.
Lou Dawgs: North of Nashville live country music showcase, Thursday, 7 p.m.; 519 Richmond St.; 519-204-0822 or visit loudawgs.com/london.
Norma Jean’s: BerKnarlies blues set, Thursday, 2-5 p.m., Nasty Alex live band rockaoke, 10 p.m.; Buckife, Jailbirds and Cakeface, Friday, 9:30 p.m.; Evn Flo, Cailey and The Giant, No Expectations, Ocean’s Wave, Saturday, 9:30 p.m.; Open Mic Jam, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; Karaoke Night with Pat and Mike, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.; 519-455-7711 or visit www.normajeans.ca.
Pierside Pub: Sunday Funday with Loveless, Sunday, 4-8 p.m.; Retrospect, Monday, 4-8 p.m.; 370 Richmond St.; 519-679-9777.
Restaurant Ninety One: Tara Dunphy and Larry Smith, Friday, 7-10 p.m.; Chris Norley, Saturday, 7-9 p.m.; 200 Collip Circle; reservations by calling 519-858-5866.
Richmond Tavern: Glenn Garinther, Fridays, 5-7 p.m.; 172 King St.; 519-679-9777.
Rum Runners: System Sunday with Christian Smith and Drunken Kong, Sunday, 8 p.m., $12.50, 19+; Ziggy Alberts, Garrett Kato, Tuesday, 8 p.m., $25, all ages; 178 Dundas St.; 519-432-1107.
Wortley Roadhouse: Geoff Masse Band, Friday, Saturday; 190 Wortley Rd.; 519-438-5141.
Come Dancing: Dance to ballroom, Latin and swing music with Robert and Patricia, Friday, 8 p.m. at Polish Hall, 554 Hill St.; admission: $10, everyone welcome; cookies, cheese and crackers; 519-421-7234.
Friday Night Social Dance: By RPM Sound with Pete Howard music DJ, Friday, 8 p.m. on main floor at Victory Legion, 311 Oakland Ave.; admission: $8 at the door, all welcome.
German Canadian Club: Dance to the music of Sweetwood Mac (tribute band to Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks), Saturday, 8 p.m. at 1 Cove Rd.; tickets: $8 members, $10 non-members advance through onstagedirect.com or $12 at the door; 519-433-2901 or visit www.germancanadianclublondon.com.
London Dance Festival: Multiple performances by artists from London and beyond; Awaken Summer, Friday, 7 p.m. at Eldon House, 481 Ridout St. N., tickets: $15-$20; Community Showcase and Dance Mob, Saturday, 5-7 p.m. at Ivey Park, 331 Thames St., free admission; Movement Fair with vendors, demonstrations, family dance party, Sunday, noon-4 p.m. at Ivey Park, 331 Thames St., free admission; visit www.londondancefestival.ca.
Royal Canadian Legion – Lambeth: Dance to the music of Bridlington Road, Saturday, 2-5 p.m.; free; 7097 Kilbourne Rd.; 519-652-3412.
Singles Dance: Join us for a special singles dance night with Wolfeman DJ, Saturday, 8 p.m. in Big Hall, Marconi Club London, 120 Clarke Rd.; admission: $15, includes late lunch; all welcome; 519-433-2579.
Developmental Disabilities Town Hall: MPP Terence Kernaghan and MPP Lisa Gretzky discuss recent changes to ODSP, passport funding, SSAH, and residential concerns for adults and children with FASD and other developmental disabilities, Thursday, 7 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church,280 St James St.; free admission; 519-432-7339.
Movie Night at The Squire: The Goonies, Tuesday, 8 p.m. at The Squire Pub and Grill, 109 Dundas St.; free admission; 519-204-0173.
Movie Night in the Park: The Princess Bride, Thursday, 9 p.m. in Victoria Park; free admission, bring a chair; presented by The City of London.
Night Market London: Event features live music and entertainment, local craft beer and drink vendors, food trucks, local artisans, and more, Sunday, 7-11 p.m. in downtown London (Dundas Place, Talbot Street, and Covent Garden Market Square); all ages, free admission; presented by London Heritage Council; 519-930-2140.
Poetry Book Launch and Open Mic: If water breathes, reading by Monika Hope Lee, with harp by Kathleen Gahagan, interpretive dance by Ruth Douthwright, followed by open mic, Thursday, 7 p.m. in Room 3110, Conron Hall, University College, Western University; free admission; launch copies $15; 519-432-8353 ext. 28032.
Strawberry Social: An Evening of Delightful Delights with special guests Fred Lewis and Michael Warren, Saturday, 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 1320 Wilton Ave.; tickets: $10 by calling 519-455-8160, limited seating.
Summer Tea Program: Afternoon tea on the beautiful lawns overlooking the Thames River, Tuesday to Sunday, 1-3:30 p.m. (starting July 2) at Eldon House, 481 Ridout St. N.; cost: $15 light tea or $26 full tea (with lunch) ; register in advance by calling 519-661-5169 or visit www.eldonhouse.ca/events.
Port Stanley Train Rides: Train runs Wednesday to Sunday and holidays, departing at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. through 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 www.pstr.on.ca.
Wellness Day: Baby and Tot Yoga, talk with a dietitian, giveaways, crafts, all-day play, Thursday at Kidscape Indoor Playground, 1828 Blue Heron Dr.; no registration required.
GALLERIES AND MUSEUM
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.
ArtLab Gallery: Johnathan Onyschuk: Bone Meal, runs till July 4; John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, Western University; hours: Monday to Friday, noon-5 p.m.; 519-661-2111 ext. 85855.
Artspace: Exploring Grecian Vases, exhibition by Bernie Hrytzak, runs till July 20; 165 1/2 King St. W., Chatham; 519-352-1064.
Art With Panache: Difference Strokes by Peter Tatham and Debra Bailey, ends Friday; also, new works by Panache artists always on display; 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.
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 www.eldonhouse.ca.
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.; 460 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas; 519-631-1460.
Excavo Fine Art: The Passionate Artist’s Palate Cookbook, group exhibition featuring works by Agneta Dolman, Doug Dolman, Patrick Landsley, Gerald Pedros, Leslie Sorochan, Pat Thibert and Jeff Willmore, runs till July 11; 711 Central Ave.; hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 1-5 p.m.
Fringe Custom Framing and Gallery: Perennial: Group Art Show and Sale, pollinator sustainability is the inspiration for a group show featuring artists Annette Dutton and Susan Florian, ends Sunday; 1742 Hyde Park Rd.; 519-204-0404 or visit www.fringecustomframingandgallery.com.
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; summer hours: Thursday to Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 131 Queen St., Komoka; 519-657-1912 or visit www.komokarailmuseum.ca.
McIntosh Gallery: Exhibition of historic artworks from the Peter Lamb Becher Collection, opening reception Thursday, 5 p.m., runs till July 26; Ido Govrin: Philosophical Archeology Space, opens Thursday, runs till July 26; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; free admission; Western University, 1151 Richmond St.; 519-661-2111 ext. 87576.
Michael Gibson Gallery: Dorothy Knowles: Flowers in the Landscape, ends Saturday; hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 157 Carling St.; 519-439-0451 or visit www.gibsongallery.com.
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 museumlondon.ca.
Portside Gallery: Sue Shurish, Patti Fisher and Gail Jongkind are featured for June, Pat Curtis, Diane Dobson and Catherine Goodmurphy for July; 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 portsidegallery.ca.
Sunset Arts Gallery: Acrylic, fused glass, jewelry, oil, pastel, photography, pottery, silk paintings, watercolour, wood-turned art, non-representational abstract art; hours: daily, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; 63 River Rd., Grand Bend; 519-283-6914 or visit www.sunsetarts.info.
The Art Exchange: Painted Landscapes by Erica Dornbusch, Eleanor Lowden and Sheila Davis and Whimsical Wood Engravings/Lithographs by printers Eric Mummery and Gerard Brender a Brandis, both exhibits end Sunday; hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 247 Wortley Rd.; 519-434-0000 or visit www.theartexchange.ca.
Westland Gallery: Out and About, solo exhibition by Jeanette Obbink, runs till July 6; 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 www.westlandgallery.ca.
Woodstock Art Gallery: Picturing Arctic Modernity: North Baffin drawings from 1964, Eating Animals, ends Sunday; Life on the Back of a Turtle: Woodlands and Plains Indigenous Art, runs till Jan. 25, 2020; 449 Dundas St., Woodstock; 519-539-6761.
Gospel Music in the Park: Featuring Jim Gonder and Friends, 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.
Mostly Free Jazz: Series of concerts featuring improvisation; this week featuring Kevin Dunklee, Emma Wise, Shawn Munroe and Bernie Koenig, Friday, 8:30 p.m. at 292 Baseline Rd. E.; admission by donation; 519-433-9050.
Wednesdays’ Familiar Favourites: Sunset concert featuring Michael Vanhevel and Jimmy Stahl Big Band, with Theresa Wallis, Wednesday, 7 p.m. on Rotary Stage at Grand Bend’s Main Beach; pay-what-you-can; presented by West Coast Lions Club of Grand Bend.
Port Stanley Volunteer Gardeners Garden Tour: Self-guided tour of six private gardens,Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Port Stanley; see large beach garden, country garden, vegetable and woodland garden and small urban garden, also see the village gardens that the volunteers plant and maintain; advance tickets: $10 available at Canadale Nurseries, Art and Soul Cafe and Village Square Coffeehouse; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Morning Walks: Walk through Sifton Bog Natural Area, Saturday, 9 a.m., meet at Hazelden Park, on the west side of Hyde Park Road, north of Riverside Drive; walks are approximately one hour; families with children are welcome, please leave dogs at home; John Clark, 519-641-0442 or visit www.tvta.ca.
Twilight Tuesdays: Bring the family for a hike down the trail, followed by stories and music by campfire, meet staff at Resource Centre every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. (starting July 2) at Longwoods Road Conservation Area and Ska-Nah-Doht Village, 8348 Longwoods Road, Mount Brydges; admission: $8/vehicle; rain or shine; 519-264-2420.
SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS
Art Gypsies: Art In The Theatre’s newest exhibit includes themed paintings by London artists Annette Dutton and Lynne Pinchin, show and sale ends Saturday; part of the Port Stanley Festival Theatre’s mystery production ‘Lunenburg’; 302 Bridge St., Port Stanley; e-mail email@example.com.
Brescia Centennial Art Exhibition III: Joy Gives Thanks and Moves Us, showcasing works by seven artists from London and region, runs till Sept. 8 at Beryl Ivey Library, Brescia University, 1285 Western Rd.; free admission; weekday viewing by appointment, 519-432-8353, ext. 28250.
LYTE Performance and Fundraising Gala: Performances by company members of Junior LYTE, Senior LYTE and LYTE Alumni, Thursday, 7 p.m. at Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St.; tickets: adults $25, youth $20 advance or $30-$25 at the door; 519-432-1029 or visit palacetheatre.ca.
Blyth Festival: Cakewalk, opens Friday, runs till Aug. 10; Jumbo, runs till Aug. 10; 423 Queen St., Blyth; 1-877-862-5984 or visit blythfestival.com.
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 www.stratfordfestival.ca.