Arts, culture, fun in London this weekend and beyond (Aug. 15-21)

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

Chelsea Preston, as Sandy, and David Cotton, as Danny, star in Drayton Entertainment's production of Grease at Huron Country Playhouse until Aug. 31. Hilary Gauld Camilleri

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


765 Old East Bar And Grill: Robbie G, Nu Breed, Yung B, Dukes, Rowdy City, Villain, Mr. Romeo, Thursday, 9 p.m., $15 advance or $20 at the door; Regina West, Phoenix Black, Galaxy Rose, Luna Eclipse, Butterfly Knifley, Miss Shaneen, Anti Christiana, Trix Spacial, Saturday, 9 p.m., $5 cover only, $10 dinner and show; Reifer Madness, The Skraggs, The Barrel Rejects, Dylan Tykolis Band, Spinster Jones, Sunday, 8 p.m., $5 advance or $10 at the door; 765 Dundas St.; 226-268-5097.

Call the Office: The Nailheads, The Stragglers, From Waves to Shore, The Back Nine, Dave Rocket and the Jobbers, Thursday, 9 p.m., $10, 19+; Alex Kazam, Fenyxfyre, The House of Haunt, The Therapists, Friday, 9 p.m., $10, 19+; Autumna, Peronicus, Kavara, Talbotville Gore, Saturday, 6:30 p.m., $10, No Scrubs Millennium Dance Party with DJ Wolf Pup, 9 p.m., $5, 19+; Adversus, Trapped in Thought, Moltar, Sunday, 6 p.m., $10; Keep Flying, Otherwives, Cheapside, The Moore Ave Underground, Tuesday, 7 p.m., $10; 216 York St.

Eastside Bar And Grill: Chersea and Royal Oak, Allodays, Thursday, 7 p.m.; Defbombs, Friday, 10 p.m.; Geoff Masse Band, Saturday, 10 p.m.; Eastside Open Jam Night, Wednesday, 8 p.m.; 750 Hamilton Rd.; 519-457-7467.

CJ Ramone plays Rum Runners on Friday.

Gables In The Bend: The Road Hammers, Thursday, 10:30 p.m.; Lee Aaron, Friday, 9 p.m.; Sarah Smith, Sunday, 9 p.m.; 5 Main St. W., Grand Bend; 519-238-2393 or visit

Jimbo’s Pub And Eatery: Karaoke Party, hosted by Maggie, Fridays at 10 p.m., Tuesdays at 8 p.m.; 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit

London Music Club: Bill Chambers, Pete Denomme, Friday, 7:15 p.m., Cadillac Jack and The Midnight Swingers, Tabitha Clark, Isaac Atfield, 7:30 p.m.; 470 Colborne St.; 519-640-6996.

London Wine Bar – Downtown: Simple Joy, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., no cover; 420 Talbot Street, for reservations, call 519-913-3400 or e-mail; walk-ins welcome.

Lou Dawgs: North of Nashville country showcase, Thursday, 8 p.m.; 20 Flight Rockers, Friday; Kalyna Rakel Duo, Sunday, 2-5 p.m.; 519 Richmond St.; 519-204-0822 or visit

Norma Jean’s: Live Band Rockaoke, Thursday, 10 p.m.; Ladies Night with Mad Moxxis, Another Crush Band and Nostalgic Bright Lights, Friday; Titanium Blade, No Name Band and Southern Cross, Saturday; Karaoke night, Wednesday; 519-455-7711 or visit

Pierside Pub: Sunday Funday with Retrospect, Sunday, 4 p.m.; 370 Richmond St., Port Stanley; 519-679-9777.

Richmond Tavern: G.C. Garinther, Fridays, 5-7 p.m.; 172 King St.; 519-679-9777.

Rum Runners: CJ Ramone, Dog Party, Ditchbanger, Friday, 8 p.m., $15, all ages; Royal Tusk, Lost Arts, The Wrong Brothers, No Exceptions, Sunday, 8 p.m., $10, all ages; 178 Dundas St.; 519-432-1107.

Wortley Roadhouse: Tom Cat Prowl, Friday and Saturday; Wortley Jazz and Blues Festival, Sunday, 2-6 p.m.; 190 Wortley Rd.; 519-438-5141.


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

Danceland Lakeside Resort: Dance to the music of The Pierce Family, Saturday, 8 p.m. at 256440 Sunova Cres., Lakeside; $15 per person; 519-349-2820.

Latin Dance Night: Dance to Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton and Bachata music with JaviDj, Saturday, 9 p.m., free; Jimbo’s Pub, 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit

Mitchell Dance: Dance to the music of County Road Band, Friday, 8 p.m.  at Crystal Palace, 155 Wellington St., Mitchell; admission: $10, includes lunch and door prizes; singles and couples welcome; sponsored by the Mitchell and District Agricultural Society, e-mail or 519-348-4291.

Royal Canadian Legion – Lambeth: Dance to the music of Country Versatiles, Saturday, 2-5 p.m., free; 7097 Kilbourne Rd.; 519-652-3412.

Royal Canadian Legion – Victory: Friday Night Social Dance with Pete Howard DJ, Friday, 8 p.m., $8 at main floor door, all welcome; Country Versatiles, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $10 at main floor door; Wednesday Night Opry with The County Road Band, Wednesday, 8 p.m., $8 at main floor door; everyone welcome; 311 Oakland Ave.


CES Community BBQ: Come enjoy complimentary food, refreshments and games, Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Community Employment Services Fanshawe, 155 Clarke Rd.; presented in partnership with MPP Teresa Armstrong and Metro; 519-432-1220 or visit

Movie Night in the Park: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Tuesday, 9 p.m. and Mary Poppins Returns, Wednesday, 9 p.m., both in Victoria Park; free admission, bring a chair; presented by The City of London.

Neighbourhood Outdoor Movies: Homeward Bound, Friday at Dalkeith Park; Wonder, Saturday at Murray Park, How to Train Your Dragon 3 at Pawnee Park (if rain, moves to Stronach Recreation Centre), Jaws at Greenway Park (at soccer field, south side of TVP); free event; all movies start at 8:15 p.m., bring chairs and/or a blanket; 519-661-5336 or e-mail

Summer Tea Program: Afternoon tea on the beautiful lawns of Eldon House, overlooking the Thames River, Tuesday through Sunday, 1-3 p.m., until Aug. 25; advance tickets by calling 519-661-5169 or visit


Bayfield Fair: Weekend features music, exhibits, parade, animal display building, 4-H shows, horse shows, the Bubble Queen, Bella Magic entertainment, Birds of Prey, dunk tank, mini tractor pull, face painting, and more; runs Friday, 4:30-9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-midnight, Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bayfield Fairgrounds, 4 Jane St., Bayfield; admission: $5/day or $10/weekend, children under 12 free; e-mail or visit

Fanshawe Agricultural Fair: Fields and Forks, featuring Floss and Tann’s Cabinet of Curiosities, fair games and exhibits, demonstrations, train rides, and mini-market, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 1424 Clarke Rd.; 519-457-1296 or e-mail

Ferragosto Festival: Variety of Italian food available, Italian, Latino, rock and jazz music featuring Orchestra Italiana London, Flipside, and Cuban musical diva Karelia Letsos, bocce games, children’s activities, contests, fashion show, vendors and more; Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Marconi Club, 120 Clarke Rd.; free admission; 519-200-6935 or visit

Port Stanley Train Rides: Train runs Wednesday to Sunday and holidays, departing at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. through the 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


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.

Art Emporium: Featured artists for August are Deb Dicker, Ethel Mitrovic, Jacqueline Kinsey, Robin Baratta, Walt Klisht, Christa Oglan, Judy Ross; hours: Thursday, Friday, 1-8 p.m., Saturday to Monday, Wednesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 177 Main St., Port Stanley; 226-658-1888 or visit

Art With Panache: Summertime Open House celebrates summer, featuring local and area artists, runs till Aug. 31, with special events each Wednesday; current artists on view include Bonnie Parkinson, Kim Harrison, Lynne Pinchin, Vonnie Snyder, Kit Cutting, John Maurer, Lois Fuchs, Julia Armstrong, Ingrid Connidis, Ilona Burghardt, Sandra Nicolucci, Moira Bruke, Catherine Eichstedt; 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.

Backus-Page House Museum: An 1850s Georgian style red brick house museum with heritage outbuildings and gardens; see Anniversaries and Ancestors and Hats Off to History exhibits, both on the second floor; genealogy research help available by appointment; tours available Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; located in John E. Pearce Provincial Park at 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown; 519-762-3072 or visit

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

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., Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 460 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas; 519-631-1460.

Fringe Custom Framing and Gallery: Marvelous Miniatures Art Show and Summer Social, runs till Aug. 30; 1742 Hyde Park Rd.; 519-204-0404.

Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre: Recent works by members of Oxford Creative Connections Inc., ends Sunday; hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; 125 Centennial Lane in Victoria Park, Ingersoll; visit

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; hours: Thursday to Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 131 Queen St., Komoka; 519-657-1912 or visit

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

Portside Gallery: Jean Johnson, S’ine Maule and Michele Haley are featured for August; 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

Satellite Project Space: Please buy me, I’m Lonely, solo exhibition by Joanna Skiba, ends Sunday; hours: Thursday, Friday, 2-7 p.m., Saturday, noon-5 p.m.; 121 Dundas St.; visit

Sunset Arts Gallery: Acrylic, jewelry, oil, pastel, fused art, photography, pottery, silk painting, watercolour, wood-turned art, non-representational abstract art; hours: daily, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., until Sept. 2; 63 River Rd., Grand Bend; 519-283-6914 or visit

TAP Centre for Creativity: The Stillness Within: Mostly Mandalas, exhibit by Patricia Northcott, runs till Aug. 24; 203 Dundas St.; 519-642-2767.

Woodstock Art Gallery: Life on the Back of a Turtle: Woodlands and Plains Indigenous Art, runs till Jan. 25, 2020; 449 Dundas St., Woodstock; 519-539-6761.


Bluegrass Opry Reunion: The Canadian Country Show Band and Winterline Bluegrass kick-off show, Friday; weekend lineup features Granite Hill, the Schotts, the Mahon Family Band, the Nelson Family, Traditionally Wound, Winterline, the Maple Grass Girls, Hector Sturgeon, the Canadian Country Show Band and the Nissouri Boys; runs Friday to Sunday at Purple Hill Country Hall in Thorndale; information and tickets by calling Anna, 519-461-0538.

Gospel Music in the Park: Featuring Mercy, a women’s trio from Port Lambton, 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.

Grand Bend Summer Sunset Sounds: Jared Lutes, Rant Maggie Rant, Sunday, 7 p.m. on main beach; free event; visit

Mostly Free Jazz: Series of concerts featuring improvisation; this week featuring Bernie Koenig, Emma Wise, and Shawn Munroe, Friday, 6 p.m. at 292 Baseline Rd. E.; admission by donation; 519-433-9050.

Ontario Youth Choir: From Nostalgia to New concert includes a diverse range of repertoire from the Renaissance to the 21st century, Friday, 7:30 p.m. at von Kuster Hall, Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University; tickets: $20-$30 available through Eventbrite; 416-923-1144.

Stratford-based Celtic fusion group Rant Maggie Rant is coming to Grand Bend Friday for Summer Sunset Sounds on the main beach.

Parkhill Carnegie Concerts: Oldies and Originals, Jan and Ernie Harris in concert, Sunday, 2.30 p.m. at 233 Parkhill Main St., Parkhill; tickets: $12, available at the door; 519-294-0109.

Springbank Gardens Concert Series: Take 3 Jazz Vocal Group, Sunday, 2-4 p.m. at the Wonderland Stage at Springbank Gardens, 205 Wonderland Rd. S.; free event.

The Woodstock Experience: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, Saturday, 8 p.m. at Bayfield Fairgrounds; tickets: $25 at the gate; presented by Bayfield Town Hall and Bayfield Agricultural Society.

Wortley Village Jazz and Blues Festival: 10 acts on five stages, Sunday, 2-6 p.m. on Wortley Road, between Askin/Craig and Elmwood and in the Green Space; performers include Adam Lamoureux Quartet, The Music Makers, Rachelle Courtney Band, Chris Murphy and Mardi Gras Mambo, Grant Central Station, Doug Varty and Beatles in Blue, The London Rhythm and Soul Revue featuring Denise Pelley, Delta Stone and the War Dogs, Galea and the Galvanizers, Soul Sausage: admission: pay-what-you-can; visit


Art in the Park: Features artists, artisans wellness and metaphysical vendors, live music, food and more, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Memorial Park in Listowel.

History Walk: Cottages to Castles: learn about Confederation-era cottages, Victorian architecture, and London’s famous court house castle, Saturday at Museum London; meet in the lobby at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (rain or shine); cost: $10 advance; space is limited; 519-661-0333.

Learn to Fish Workshops: Two-hour program teaches kids, teens and adults how to fish; life jackets, fishing rods, bait and promotional fishing license provided; free session included with conservation area vehicle entrance fee; Thursday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at C.M. Wilson Conservation Area, near Blenheim; Friday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Big Bend Conservation Area, near Wardsville; Saturday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m., at Sharon Creek Conservation Area, near Delaware; 519-264-2420 or e-mail

Ojibwe Spirit Horse Gathering: Welcoming the Spirit Horses back to our communities; come listen, learn and heal during open house, with demonstrations, stories, drumming, music, Memory Circle and more, Sunday, 11 a.m. to sundown at TJ Stables, 837 Gregory Dr. E., Chatham; 519-354-7517.

Saturday Morning Walks: Walk through Springbank Park west, Saturday, 9 a.m., meet at 1205 Commissioners Rd. W., west-end parking lot; walks are approximately one hour; families with children are welcome, please leave dogs at home; John Clark, 519-641-0442 or visit

Twilight Tuesdays: Bring the family for a hike down the trail, followed by stories and music by campfire, meet staff at Resource Centre on Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. at Longwoods Road Conservation Area and Ska-Nah-Doht Village, 8348 Longwoods Rd., Mount Brydges; admission: $8/vehicle; rain or shine; 519-264-2420.

The Objibwe Spirit Horse Gathering and open house is happening Sunday at TJ Stables in Chatham. (ELLWOOD SHREVE, Postmedia News)


Blyth Festival: The Team on the Hill, runs till Sept. 5; In the Wake of Wettlaufer, runs till Sept. 6; 423 Queen St., Blyth; 1-877-862-5984 or visit

Huron Country Playhouse: Grease, runs till Aug. 31; RR 1, 70689 B Line, Grand Bend; 1-855-372-9866 or visit

Huron Country Playhouse II: Jack and the Beanstalk, runs till Aug. 31; RR 1, 70689 B Line, Grand Bend; 1-855-372-9866 or visit

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

TAP Centre for Creativity: The Woolgatherer, Thursday, Friday, 8 p.m., Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m., runs till Aug. 24; tickets: $25; 203 Dundas St.; 519-642-2767 or visit

Victoria Playhouse Petrolia: The New Canadian Curling Club, comedy, runs till Aug. 25;  411 Greenfield St., Petrolia; 1-800-717-7694 or visit

Colm Feore, pictured at the new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre, will play Richard III at the Stratford Festival in 2020. (Photo by Chris Young)

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