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London Fringe Festival 2015 – Show Recommendations

For the first time in its 16 year history, London Fringe Festival is coming to the Old East Village and is already off to a fantastic start! There wasn’t an empty seat in the house at the Palace Theatre for the Performer Showcase last night as the artists took to the stage to promote their shows in three minutes or less. If the reactions of the house say anything, this is going to be a FANTASTIC Fringe!

Whether you are a first time festival goer or a seasoned pro, you will find this year’s Fringe promises something for everyone. From explicit comedy to family friendly fun, Fringe is spread across seven venues including three in the Old East Village: The Main Stage and Procunier Hall at the Palace Theatre, and the newly acquired space called “The Bank” at 762 Dundas Street.

Based on tonight’s showcase and performances I’ve been lucky to review in the past, I’d like to give you a few early recommendations on shows I feel you might not want to miss. I will be posting reviews with Theatre In London over the opening weekend, so check back for more recommendations later!

Family Friendly Fringe

AbraKIDAbra – The Bank
– Peter Mennie presents a comedy magic show that is fun for all ages. You can’t go wrong at $8 per ticket!
Only 3 shows: June 6, 7 and 13th.

Caws & Effect – McManus Studio
– Described as large scale shadow theatre from a bird’s eye view. The three minutes we saw at the preview were highly intriguing!
June 3, 6, 7, 9, 12 and 13th. – $12

Holka Polka – Palace Theatre Main Stage
– From the Palace Theatre’s very own LYTE program comes this delightful tale about a good little witch. It’s always a great show when it’s put on by Theatre LYTE.
June 4, 5, 8, 10, 12 and 13th – $10.

James & Jamesy in the Dark – McManus Studio
– Okay, based on past performances I find they aren’t quite my cup of tea but the kids (and the crowd!) go wild for them. Highly silly humour that drives the kids wild! $12 per ticket.
June 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11th.

Dance Adventures – Palace Theatre Main Stage
– I love dance, so this one was a given for me to add. This is an energetic and entertaining group of young dancers from London that you don’t want to miss. Tickets are $10 and they perform June 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13th.

Adult Fringe

Some of these aren’t strictly adult, but most would be suitable for older children/teens. Check the Fringe program for more details on content that may be questionable in each show.

God is a Scottish Drag Queen II – Palace Theatre Main Stage
– I was fortunate to review the first installment of this at last year’s Fringe festival. Not only did I bust a gut, I bust a move with God! Be careful raising your hand at a comedy show….
June 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. – $12

Die Roten Punkte: Best Band in the World – Palace Theatre Main Stage
– They had me busting a gut in just 3 minutes. I can’t wait to see what they do with an hour!
June 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 – $12

Grade 8 – The Bank
– Raw and heartfelt stories told through spoken word and monologues. I highly enjoyed the preview and can’t wait to review this one for you. Stay tuned!
June 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. – $10

Underneath the Lintel – Spriet Family Theatre
– I reviewed this show in 2012 and loved it. Can’t wait to see it again this week! Don’t tell Patrick O’Brien, but I think I’ve got a strange little crush on his character. You’re going to love this one. (You’re welcome!)
June 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13. $12.

Lest We Regret – The Arts Project
– I’m choosing this one for several reasons. 1) The subject is compelling. 2) The preview was fantastic. 3) I’ve worked with Tim Bourgard and Tim Condon and I adore them. and 4) The woman in the show walks her dog past my home. Keepin’ it OEV!
June 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13. – $12.

Northern Daughter – McManus Studio
– Keeping it with OEV, you must, must, must see our very own Donna Creighton’s presentation of Northern Daughter. Compelling, funny and absolutely gritty, you will run the gambit of emotions with this one I think. Enjoy!
June 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13. – $12

I could go on, I’m sure, but there is a start for you. Come back and let me know what shows you check out and what you think of them.

Don’t forget about the Old East Village Street Festival and Sidewalk Sales on June 6th between Dundas and Rectory Streets, and the Dundas Street Festival on June 13th followed by Nuit Blanche! Happy Fringing, everybody!


What’s Happening?? OEV Listings to June, 2015

Get out and support the arts and entertainment scene in this incredible neighbourhood. There is so much good in this ‘hood!

If you have an event in the OEV that you don’t see listed here or an update for one of the events below, get it promoted by sending an email to alicesdiner@gmail.com.


April 25th – Shakuntala – Palace Theatre, Main Stage
A dance drama based on the Indian epic, Mahabharta.

April 30th – May 9th  – One Actmanship – Procunier Hall, Palace Theatre
One Actmanship is comprised of two Foster One Acts: My Narrator and The Death of Me. Laughs abound as Foster pokes fun at human foibles.

May 22nd – 30th – Talley’s Folly – Palace Theatre, Main Stage
“A Victorian Folly becomes the setting for, what many call, the most beautiful love story seen on stage. Filled with comedy and wonderful dialogue, this Pulitzer Prize winning play is set during one of the most delicate times in American History; this is a production you will never forget.”



Musician Mondays – Open mic every Monday night at the St. Regis Tavern

Wednesdays at the  St. Regis Tavern, EV’s Thick Fat Sound Choir – Bar Choir meeting  $5

Saturdays, 11am – 2pm, live music at the Artisan Bakery, 864 Dundas Street.

Sundays, 11am -2pm, live music at The Starving Artist Cafe, Dundas at Elizabeth St.


18 – El Sistema Aeolian – 7pm, Aeolian Hall
19 – CCH Has Got Talent – 7pm, Aeolian Hall
20 – Genticorum – 7pm, Aeolian Hall
21 – Pyscho Daisies – Musical Chairs, 9pm, St. Regis Tavern
21 – Marty Kolls and Fraser Teeple – The Root Cellar Organic Cafe
22 – Remembering Stan Rogers – 6:30 pm, Aeolian Hall
23 – London Food Co-Op Sustainable Food Systems speaker series – 7pm, Aeolian Hall
26 – Hot Music for a Cold Night – 7pm, Aeolian Hall
27 – Heartaches Country String Band – 8pm, St. Regis Tavern
28 – Outcasts – 3pm – 7pm, St. Regis Tavern
28 – Sunfest performer to be announced ** – 7pm, Aeolian Hall


1 – London Concert Band – 2pm, Aeolian Hall
5 – Amelia Curran – 7pm, Aeolian Hall
8 – Alison & Laura – 12:30pm, Aeolian Hall
10 – The Kruger Brothers – 8pm, Aeolian Hall
12 – Marc Jordan Trio – 7pm, Aeolian Hall
14 – Aviva Chernick – 7pm, Aeolian Hall
19 – Valdy, 8pm, Aeolian Hall
20 – Andre Laplante, 8pm, Aeolian Hall
22 – Sara Davis Buechner – 7:30pm, Aeolian Hall
27 – Heartaches Country String Band – 8pm. St. Regis Tavern
28 – Outcasts – 3-7pm, St. Regis Tavern
28 – Tal National – 7pm, Aeolian Hall
28 – Spring Concert of Piano Concertos, 12:00pm,  Aeolian Hall
29 – Harry Manx – 6:30pm, Aeolian Hall


15 – Great Lake Swimmers, 8pm, Aeolian Hall
16 – Great Lake Swimmers, 8pm, Aeolian Hall
17 – Sylvia Tyson – 8pm, Aeolian Hall
19 – Men At Words – 7:30pm, Aeolian Hall
24 – Pierre Bensusan – 8pm, Aeolian Hall
25 – Laila Biali & The Radiance Project – 7pm, Aeolian Hall


1 – Lemon Bucket Orkestra – 7pm, Aeolian Hall
6 – Buffy Sainte-Marie – 8pm, Aeolian Hall
8 – Manteca – 8pm, Aeolian Hall
23 – Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, 8pm, Aeolian Hall

6 – Peter Katz – 8pm, Aeolian Hall

Events For Music Makers

  • Ruby Tuesday – “Song swap, drop-in for hummer, strummers, listeners.” 7-9:30 pm Tuesdays at Life*Spin.
  • Ukulettes – “Music that makes you smile 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  February 6th, Life*Spin
  • Musician Mondays – Mondays at 7pm, St. Regis Tavern
  • Roots & Soul Sundays at the Reeg – Sundays at 4pm, St. Regis Tavern
  • Bi-weekly open mic night at the Root Cellar starting September 11th, 9pm to midnight. All singers, musicians, poets, storytellers, performers welcome–sign up when you arrive.
  • SOUP – Southern Ontario Ukulele Players – 7:15 pm – 9pm at Aeolian Hall. $5
  • Community Jam – Wednesdays, East Village Coffeehouse. Contact the Coffeehouse to get on the performers list.
  • Starting Friday January 23rd – 7-9pm, EVAC Friday Night Music Jam Circles; jam circles at EVAC every other Friday evening. (They are looking for a ringleader to lead the circle this night.)
  • Open Mic Jam Night – Every Thursday, The Town & Country Saloon. 9 pm – 1:30 am Bring your instrument or your voice. Karaoke singing available. Everyone is welcome.



  • February 12th and April 8thIgnite London – The Aeolian’s Ignite London is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea – and the guts to get on stage and share it. Run by local volunteers, Ignite London is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in our city. Ignite is a style of presentation where participants are given five minutes to speak on a subject accompanied by 20 slides.
  • Beginning Friday January 30th 6-7:30pm – EVAC Lecture Series: Jane Jacobs & Urban Design. This is a five-part lecture series on urban design, focusing on the works of Jane Jacobs. The talks will be:
    Friday, January 30th: Streets
    Friday, February 6th: Neighbourhoods
    Friday, February13th: Preconditions for urban diversity
    Friday, February 20th: Landmarks & historic buildings
    Friday, February 27th: How cities change

The talks will be presented by Benjamin A. Vazquez, U.E. Cost will be $10 for EVAC members, $20 for non-members for all five talks. PWYC if need be. The proceeds will go directly to support EVAC.

  • January 25 – March 9th – The Aeolian Winter Art Exhibit – Open to the public from 10am – 3pm weekdays. Featuring the art of Wendy Reid and Don Earle with guest artists, Dawn Johnson and Tracy Root.
  • March 11th, Hopping Into History Art Show Opening Reception. 6:30 pm, Aeolian Hall.
    Hopping Into History, London’s Old East Village art show opening reception and book launch will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2015. We are pleased to welcome the artist Cheryl Radford and the author Kym Wolfe to our newest exhibition. The opening reception will be held between 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at The Aeolian Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, light snacks and refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be open. The book will be a selective glimpse into the history of Old East Village, from the Dundas Street commercial corridor and Heritage Conservation District to the factory district. It includes interesting facts/trivia about the area and a bit about the current culture, accompanied by Radford’s ink and watercolour illustrations.
  • April 17th – 19th – 2015 London Artists’ Studio Tour – Various locations around London. OEV locations include: Metal In Fusion, 630 1/2 Lorne Ave; Amanda Rowe, 630 1/2 Lorne Ave; Jayne Cornelis, 630 1/2 Lorne Ave; Chris Snedded, London Clay Art Centre, 664 Dundas St.

Give a cheer. Summer’s here!

School is almost out for summer! Avoid hearing “I’m bored!” Register your children in a day camp today. Here are a few options for camps and fun activities here in the Old East Village.

LYTE (London Youth Theatre Education) at the Palace

Summer Camp 2014 – Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas Street
Registration Form: http://www.palacetheatre.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/LYTE-2014-Registration-Form.pdf
Subsidies Available

London Youth Theatre Education (LYTE) offers programs throughout the summer months for kids of all ages. The camps offer instruction in stage performance as well as costuming, lighting, sound, music, production and direction. If your child is not comfortable being on stage, they are welcome to learn more about one of the other aspects of theatre that may suit their personality better.

The overall lessons of theatre camp are cooperation and collaboration, both of which are needed to bring a successful stage production together. At the end of each camp there will be a stage performance which parents, grandparents and friends can attend. Your child will learn to take the lead or take more of a supporting role. Most importantly they will learn that every role in theatre is as important as the next, and no matter what they choose theatre is a fun and worthwhile learning experience.

An entire show dedicated to the place where the yellow brick road begins. Meet the Munchkin’s and enjoy those well known songs and classic characters.

June 30-11 **please note there will be no camp July 1 (stat holiday)
9:00 am -12:00 noon if we have more than 25 register we will also implement an afternoon Mini camp
Attendance max 25
Cost $150

** FULL ** JUNIOR (age 8-10) JULY 14-25 JUNIOR’S IN OZ
Follow Dorothy down the yellow brick road as she makes new friends on her journey to the meet the Wizard. The story you know – the characters you love – the places you dreamed about all in a one hour show.

July 14-25
9:00 to 3:00pm
Attendance max 25
Cost $225
(Call to be placed on a wait list.)

A performance to showcase the amazing acting chops of our talented LYTE kids. Sit back and enjoy as the youth transport you from Tennessee Williams’s “Streetcar Named Desire” to Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” all the way to Grease’s Rydell High.

July 28 – August 8 * please note there will be no camp August 4 (civic holiday)
Attendance max 25
Cost $225

Sit back and enjoy the ride through some of Shakespeare’s most famous works. The ball of Romeo and Juliet, the fairy-filled forests of A Midsummer Nights Dream, the battlefields of King Henry V. A collection of large ensemble and small scenes and monologue work.

August 11-22
Attendance max 25
Cost $225



London Potter’s Guild – Summer Clay Camps 2014

Clay Art Centre, 664 Dundas Street
The London Clay Art Centre is wheelchair accessible.
Online Registration Available: http://www.londonpottersguild.org/offer/claycamps.htm

Play in the clay over the summer at the London Clay Art Centre!

Half Day Clay Camps ~ Monday to Friday ~ July

Maximum 10 participants
Cost: $130.00 (incl. all materials & firing)

Choose from six, action-packed, half day clay camps! All levels of experience are welcome. We will be creating treasures, big and small, using our imaginations and a variety of pottery techniques such as pinching, slab-building and coiling. Be prepared to get muddy, as we will also spend some time learning how to use the potter’s wheel. Each student will create between 6-12 pieces of pottery. All work will be slip decorated and finished with a food and dishwasher safe glaze. Students should bring a peanut free snack and drink.

July 7 – 11 (Mon to Fri) 9 am to 12 noon
For ages: 6-11
Instructor: Karen BaileySorry, this clay camp is full, pleae contact the program administrator to be put on the waiting list.
July 7 – 11 (Mon to Fri) 1 pm to 4 pm
For ages: 8-14
Instructor: Kyle Thomson
July 14 – 18 (Mon to Fri) 9 am to 12 noon
For ages: 8-14
Instructor: Marilyn Barbe
July 14 – 18 (Mon to Fri) 1 pm to 4 pm
For ages: 6-11
Instructor: Kaitlyn McGill
July 21 – 25 (Mon to Fri) 9 am to 12 noon
For ages: 8-14
Instructor: Nancy Marshall
July 21 – 25 (Mon to Fri) 1 pm to 4 pm
For ages: 6-11
Instructor: Sandy Harquail

August 11-15 or August 18-22

Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm
Instructor: Beth Turnbull Morrish
For kids & teens aged 11-15
Maximum 8 participants each session.
Cost: $255.00 (includes materials & firing)

All levels of experience are welcome! We will try many pottery techniques such as pinching, slab-building, coiling and the potter’s wheel. We will decorate and glaze all of our pieces and then fire them with a food and dishwasher safe glaze. Each student will create between 6-12 pieces of pottery. Throughout the week we will have fun exploring additional arts-related activities, such as drama, games, and projects in other media. The London Clay Art Centre has a back garden plot which will allow us (weather permitting) to get some physical activity too! Students should bring a peanut free lunch light snack and a drink.

August 11-15

August 18-22

Online Registration

We are pleased to offer online registration through the security of Paypal. Use your Visa or Mastercard to securely register for classes online. (more about security from Paypal) Here is how it works:

  1. Review the classes below, and choose the class or classes you would like to take. You can also register for workshops online. Click the Register Now! button to choose a class. (You can remove it later if you change your mind or make a mistake.)
  2. You will be directed to Paypal’s secure website, where you can set up a Paypal account in a few easy steps. You will enter your Visa or Mastercard number and expiration date.
  3. Paypal will notify the London Potters Guild of your registration, and your payment will be sent to the Guild too.

If you have any trouble with online registration, contact the web administrator. webmaster email

Snail Mail Registration

If you prefer to register by mail, send the class name, dates and time, along with your name and phone number, with a cheque written out to “The London Potters Guild” to:

Program Administrator
London Clay Art Centre
664 Dundas Street
London ON N5W 2Y8

Cheques may be post dated to the starting date of the course. Registration is completed once payment has been made. Students will be accepted on a first-come first-pay basis.

Refund Policy: To withdraw from a course, you must notify the Program Administrator at least two weeks before the course start date for a complete refund.  Within two weeks of the class start date (and before the course has started), 50% of the fee will be refunded.

There will be maximum 10 students in a class.  Should there be less than 6 students registered, the class will be cancelled, registrants notified, and money refunded.

Need more information? Contact:
Program Administrator 519- 434-1664
(Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Friday from 9am to 3pm)
Email: admin@londonpottersguild.org

Or Genet Hodder, Class Coordinator, at 519-433-9550.
class coordinator email

Throwing on the wheel is one of the many things you can try in our camps.




Pocket-Sized Farms – Summer Camp 2014


July 7th to August 22rd
Day-Camp Program for Children aged 7 to 10
Program Registration Packages are now available at LIFE*SPIN


 “Pocket-Sized Farms” mission is to combat child hunger, improve nutrition, and create innovative educational opportunities. This will be achieved by utilizing the combined skills of children, teachers, parents, and neighbours to grow organic food gardens. These gardens will provide a stable source of food, learning, and skills development with children.

“Pocket-Sized Farms” is LIFE*SPIN’s nickname for small areas of property that are used to grow soft fruits, vegetables and other plants. More than just gardens, these mini-farms can become a source of healthy nutritious food, an opportunity for environmental restoration, and a well of inspiration for children, teachers, neighbours, and parents.

Small yards in the Old East Heritage District are often under-used or used for parking. These land resources can be used to enhance child nutrition, improve our health, and create ecologically rich and diverse yards.


Children: The “Pocket-Sized Farms” program is specifically designed to benefit children by allowing them to meet some of their own nutritional, learning, and health needs. This is achieved in a setting that promotes healthy eating, learning-by-doing, teamwork, and an active lifestyle.

Parents: We encourage parents to participate in this project that helps assure good health, education and nutrition for their children. We have noticed that children who grow their own fruit and vegetables are keen to experiment with foods they otherwise might not try.

If you are interested in Pocket-Sized Farming in the Old East Heritage District, or if you would like to volunteer or take part in the program, please contact us at:

LIFE*SPIN “Pocket-Sized Farms”
866A Dundas Street, P.O. Box 2801
London, ON N6A 4H4
Tel: (519) 438-8676, Fax: (519) 438-7983
Email: life@execulink.com


Boyle Summer Playground Program

Boyle Community Centre
530 Charlotte St, London, ON N5W 4A6

This is a FREE drop-in program.  Participate in games, sports, arts, crafts, and great special events.  All activities are supervised by play leaders.   No supervision is provided during lunch hours.  Locations and times are subject to change based upon availability.  Please check often for updates.

Operates: Monday to Thursday, July 2 to August 14.  Program does not run on Civic Holiday (August 4).

Ages: 6 to 12 years old


  • Staff to participant supervision ratio is 1:15
  • Playleaders certified in Standard First Aid and HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development
  • Attendance is monitored. Children are not allowed to leave the program during the program without written permission.


  • Nut-free.  Please do not send nuts, peanut butter or foods that contain nut by-products to the program.


  • Locations include a variety of community sites, including schools and parks throughout the city
  • Our sites are tentative and subject to change. Please continue to check our online listing through the spring and early summer to monitor changes
  • Activities also run indoors at most sites.

Forms:  A Participant Information Form is given the first day attended and must be returned on the second day.  Parents/guardian may also download the form here and bring it on their child’s first day.

Special Events and Trips:  Outings include visits to local points of interest such as:

  • Swimming pools
  • Movie theatres
  • East Park Golf Gardens
  • City-wide Timpany Soccer Tournament
  • District Days

Safety procedures are strictly adhered to and parental permission is required for all excursions.  Some trips may include a small cost.  Please return trip permission forms as soon as possible.  Most trips have a limited number of spots and are first-come, first served.

Boyle Community Centre 9am – 12pm 6-9 years
12:30 – 3:15pm 10-12 years