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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.

From the Gardeners: Native vs Non-Native Plants

Native Plants vs Non-Native Plants, What’s the Deal?

There has been a recent trend to choose native varieties of plants – especially flowers to use in the garden vs. exotic imports with showy blooms. But is there room for both native and non-native? What would our landscapes look like if we went out today and ripped out all of the ‘non-natives’? How do we even classify native plants if the first European settlers brought seeds for grain and medicine (mixed with weed seeds) with them on their travels? What if a plant is classified as ‘native to Canada’? There are several different ecosystems and micro-climates throughout this vast country, how useful is that label? If you are new to the topic and think what’s the big idea? Then let me explain…


– One (of several) definition of a native plant is: a species that occurs naturally in a particular geographic area

-Native varieties are great because they support the ecosystems flora and fauna – the birds and the bees.

– They have adapted to the regions climate, geography and average rain fall amounts. They can be labelled as low maintenance because of those factors.

But the most import factor for a plant to thrive is to provide it the right site conditions; including the right amount of sunlight, temperature and water requirements. Just because the Trillium is native to Ontario doesn’t mean it will be healthy in a suburban flower bed. Trilliums are found in densely shaded forest conditions, with deep humus layers that are covered in fallen leaves providing a very moist and rich environment. If the trillium is planted in full sun, in a barren flower bed, probably having no leaf layer, chances are it will not thrive and be ‘a low maintenance native plant’.

Importing plants from foreign countries does pose some great ecological risks. Like the Emerald Ash Borer; a native pest to China and Eastern Asia is believed to have killed over a million trees since its discovery here in Eastern North America in 2002. (inspection.gc.ca) This is just one incident of an exotic pest wreaking havoc on native species. In 2013 CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) issued a threat to trees from the Asian Long-Horned Beetle in the Greater Toronto and Mississauga regions.

If everyone went out tomorrow and removed all plants not classified as native the insects and animals that have adapted to them would suffer.

And how good are those native plants that are purchased at the big box stores anyway? Most of them have been treated with neonicotinoids – a synthetic chemical insecticide – that is causing colony collapse in bees. The same bees that are responsible for 85% of the world’s flowering plant reproduction.

So what can we plant? With so many factors it can be overwhelming.

-Purchase plants from your trusted neighbourhood plant sale.

-Swap plants with your neighbouring garden guru.

-You could even save seeds and start your own. The library has a ton of resources on just that.

– Ask your favourite Garden Center if they use seed treatments or insecticides. Here is one that doesn’t.

– Check out the Mantis Arts and Eco Festival for some expert advice.

-Attend a ‘Bee the Change’ workshop this summer; hosted by Food Not Lawns London On

– find out more about native plants at Evergreen and the Carolinian Canada Coalition


Written by: Carina Moyer

From the Gardeners: Beauty in the OEV!

It’s no doubt that there are some wonderful things growing right now in the Old East Village. From bike riding groups, to new businesses, and even flowers! While walking around the OEV, we get to appreciate some vibrant colours that this neighbourhood has to offer, like this clematis at the Aeolian Hall:


The Aeolian Hall has a beautiful garden and it is such a treat to maintain. Here is a pretty Shasta daisy after a nice rainfall:


And this plant at the Dundas/English bus stop. We found out that it’s a very toxic weed called Bittersweet Nightshade,  though we still think it looks neat to have a little colour along the fence. But please know that it is indeed toxic!


Keep an eye out for more flourishing in the Old East Village, and we’ll be sure to post some of our favourites here as well. Stay tuned for our blog on how to create a pallet garden! We hope you are all enjoying the time you get to spend in your gardens and get a chance to appreciate the beauty in the neighbourhood.

Hot Summer Nights & Cool, Classic Movies

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. ~Sam Keen

The Palace Theatre is inviting you to kick back, relax and beat the heat with them this summer. Step into their climate controlled theatre and enjoy a series of cool movies throughout the month of July.

Click on each highlighted film name below for a link to iMDb film information and reviews.

Friday JULY 4: Metropolis 8PM $10 – includes free popcorn

Friday JULY 11: Summer Wars (Anime) 8pm – $8

Tuesday JULY 22: Y tu Mama Tambien/Vanishing Point 1 for $5/2 for $8

Wednesday JULY 23: Now and Then/Thelma & Louise 1 for $5/2 for $8

RESCHEDULED! Friday JULY 25: Weird Science/ Pretty in Pink 7pm – 1 for $5/ 2 for $8

RESCHEDULED! Thursday JULY 24: The Dark Crystal/Labyrinth -1 for $5/2 for $8

Tuesday JULY 29: To Wong Foo/The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert 1 for $5/2 for $8

Did you know?

Air conditioning was born in a Brooklyn, New York publishing company in 1902 by Willis Carrier, a mechanical engineer. Just over 10 years later, the world renowned “Carrier Engineering Corporation” was founded to manufacture and sell this technological marvel that had an almost revolutionary impact on the Americas.

When cinemas began noticing a downward trend in ticket sales during the summer months, Carrier encouraged the use of his air conditioning to cool the theatre and draw in patrons looking to beat the heat. The first to try this cool solution was Paramount Pictures Corporation in 1925, in their flagship Rivoli Theatre. It was a huge success and within 5 years, Carrier’s cooling systems were installed in over 300 theatres across the United States.

Yup! That movie theatre is cold for a reason.

In its early history, air conditioning was an unaffordable luxury that many could not enjoy. When movie theatres began catering to people with a cooled and comfortable environment, the summer movie season was turned on its heels. People were looking to escape the heat in an affordable manner thereby creating a whole new market and sending ticket sales skyrocketing.  The history of movie sales increasing in the summer can ultimately be attributed to air conditioning, as can the advent of what we have come to know as the “summer blockbuster”.

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