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Arts, culture, fun in London this weekend and beyond (Dec. 5-11)

Arts, culture, fun in London this weekend and beyond (Dec. 5-11)

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


Call the Office: The Road to New Year’s Eve featuring The Kate Channer Band, Tell It To Sweeney, Patrick James Clark, Casper Marcus and Nameless Friends, Friday, 7 p.m.; Stop/Drop Saturdays with Brain Music, 10 p.m., $3, 19+; 216 York St.

Eastside Bar and Grill: Sylvrado, Friday, 10 p.m.; Bender, Saturday, 10 p.m.; Ghost Town Blues Band, 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 www.jimbospub.ca.

London Music Club: SheWolves of London (Chuckee Zehr, Kim Doolittle, Sarah Smith, Dale Anne Brendon, Cheryl Lescom), Thursday, 7 p.m.; Shut The Front Door Improv (Resting Grinch Face), Friday, 7 p.m., Acoustic Open Mic, 7:30 p.m.; SOUP Ukulele Jam, Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.; 470 Colborne St.; 519-640-6996.

London Music Hall: Tim Baker (of Hey Rosetta!), The Franklin Electric, Thursday, 8 p.m., $31, all ages; 185 Queens Ave.; 519-432-1107.

Simple Joy

London Wine Bar: Simple Joy, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., no cover; 420 Talbot St.; for reservations, call 519-913-3400 or e-mail info@londonwinebar.ca.

Lou Dawgs: North of Nashville Showcase featuring Chris Strei, Trevor Dubois and Ben Heffernan, Thursday, 8 p.m.; TGS, Friday, 9 p.m.; Greg Williams, 9 p.m.; 519 Richmond St.; 519-204-0822 or visit loudawgs.com/london.

Mustang Sally’s: Hurtin Merv, Friday, 9:30 p.m.; Classy Wrecks, Saturday, 9:30 p.m.; Acoustic Jam with Alan Lynch, Smokin Dave, Don Oullette and Friends, Tuesdays, 10 p.m.; Lonnie Chicago, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.; 99 Belmont Dr.; 519-649-7688.

Norma Jean’s: Live Band Rockaoke, Thursday, 10 p.m.; Bobnoxious and the Brad Gibb All Star Band, Friday, 9 p.m., free admission, cash and toy donations accepted; Hunger City, David Bowie tribute, Saturday, 9 p.m.; Karaoke nite, Wednesday; 1332 Huron St.; 519-455-7711 or visit www.normajeans.ca.


Rum Runners: Pkew Pkew Pkew, Ramona, Stuck Out Here and Ridgeway, Thursday, 10 p.m., $10, all ages; Banners, The Man Who, Sunday, 8 p.m., $22.50, all ages; Born of Osiris, Oceano, Car Bomb, The Last Ten Seconds of Life and Adversus, Wednesday, 7 p.m., $25, all ages; 178 Dundas St.; 519-432-1107.

St. Regis Tavern: Musical Chairs with Age of the Vegetation, Cave Acid and Three Step Snake , Saturday, 9 p.m., pay-what-you-will; 625 Dundas St.; 519-432-0162.

Wortley Roadhouse: Soul Tripper, Friday and Saturday; Holiday Food Drive benefit concert for London Food Bank with Chris Murphy Band, Sunday, 4-8 p.m., no cover, donations of non-perishable food items appreciated; 190 Wortley Rd.; 519-438-5141.


Coffee, Cake and Cha Cha Cha: Join us for an afternoon of live music, dancing, homemade cake and coffee, Sunday 2-5 p.m. at German Canadian Club, 1 Cove Rd.; admission $5; 519-433-2901 or visit www.germancanadianclublondon.com.

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

Danceland Lakeside Resort: Dance to the music of the Country Versatiles, Saturday, 8 p.m. at 256440 Sunova Cres., Lakeside; everyone welcome; 519-349-2820.

Elgin International Club: Dance to the music of TC Alpine Echo, Sunday, 2-6 p.m. at 11070 Kerr Rd., West Lorne; with meal to follow; for reservations, call Donna, 519-354-2254 or e-mail bill.eenink@teksaavy.com.

Latin Dance Night: Come out and do the Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton and Bachata with JaviDj, Saturday, 10 p.m., free; Jimbo’s Pub, 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit www.jimbospub.ca.

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 Cathy and Dale, Saturday, 2-5 p.m., free; 7097 Kilbourne Rd.; 519-652-3412.

Royal Canadian Legion – Sarnia: Dance to the music of Mark Blayney, Rick Powell and the Lounge Lizards, Friday, 8 p.m.; 286 Front St. N., Sarnia.

Royal Canadian Legion – Victory: Dance to the music of Norm Ackland, Saturday, 8 p.m., $15; Wednesday Night Opry with County Road Band, Wednesday, 8 p.m., $8; 311 Oakland Ave.

Strathroy Jamboree: Play, dance, sing or listen, Thursday, 1-4 p.m. at 137 Frank St., Strathroy; lunch available for purchase from 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.; everyone welcome; Harry and Elaine Hardy, 519-245-0906 or e-mail harryandelainehardy@gmail.com.


Argyle BIA Santa Claus Parade: Saturday, 11 a.m. starting at Home Depot’s south entrance on Dundas Street East, proceeding west to Highway Motors/MacMaster Auto Body at Dundas and Hale Street; volunteers needed, e-mail parade@argylebia.com.

Santa Claus parade. (File photo)

Christmas in the Village: Breakfast With Santa at Normal School (tickets: $3 from Landon Library); free activities include: Mad Science show, Dixieland Jazz Band, Maureen Franze, Between the Keys, Celtic Shift at the library, Scavenger Hunt throughout village, horse and buggy rides (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), wandering magicians, carolers, games, Christmas tree sale at Valu-Mart, Christmas Bazaar at Wesley Knox United Church (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), cookie decorating and crafts at Elmwood Ave Presbyterian Church (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), Christmas Market in front of YMCA (10 a.m.-8 p.m.), choir and music performance at corner of Bruce and Wortley (3-5 p.m.), Lighting of the Tree at Wortley and Elmwood; event runs Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in Wortley Village; visit www.facebook.com/ChristmasInTheVillageOldSouthLondon/.

Meet Father Christmas: Enjoy self-guided tours of Victorian Christmas exhibit, hands-on activities for children, pictures with Father Christmas in the Drawing Room, Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; admission by donation; Eldon House, 481 Ridout St. N.; 519-661-5169 or visit www.eldonhouse.ca.

Paw Patrol Live

PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue, shows Saturday, 6 p.m., Sunday at 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. at Budweiser Gardens, 99 Dundas St.; tickets: $20-$125 available at budweisergardens.com.

Photos With Santa: Cineplex is hosting free photos with Santa, Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. during Community Day (free movies from 9-11 a.m.) and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. at Westmount Cinemas and VIP; also Dec. 14, 15, 1-5 p.m.; visit www.cineplex.com/Promos/free-photo-with-santa.

Port Stanley Train Rides: Ride the Santa Train and meet Old Saint Nick, Saturdays and Sundays, departing at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 pm., till Dec. 22; tickets: adults $15, children ages two to 14 $9, first come, first served; 519-782-3730 or visit www.pstr.on.ca.


Art Emporium: Featured artists for December are Catherine McCoy, Annette Martin, Jane Walker, Earl Brown, Amanda Caldwell, Jim Koudounis and Robert Reid; hours: Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 177 Main St., Port Stanley; 226-658-1888 or visit www.ArtEmporium.ca.

Eldon House: London’s oldest residence contains family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures of the Harris Family; hours: Wednesday 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: Voices from the Engraver: Canadian stamps and bank notes – design to printing – features original art, printing plates, videos, interactives, stamps and money, runs till Jan. 11; 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 www.elgincounty.ca/museum.

Excavo Fine Art: Breakneck Glimmer, solo exhibition by Lauren Pelc-McArthur, runs till Dec. 14; hours: Tuesday to Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m.; 711 Central Ave.; 519-719-3190 or visit www.excavo.ca.

Forest City Gallery: Annual Members’ Show and Sale featuring more than 50 London, Toronto, Windsor and surrounding region artists, opening reception Friday, 6-9 p.m., runs till Dec. 20; 258 Richmond St.; visit forestcitygallery.com.

Gallery in the Grove: Annual Gifts of the Season featuring handmade art and gifts, ends Saturday; 2618 Hamilton Road, Brights Grove; 519-869-4643 or visit www.galleryinthegrove.com.

Angela Grauerholz, Light Well. 2014. Printed using inkjet on Hahnemuehle Fine Art paper and mounted on Sintra.

McIntosh Gallery: Angela Grauerholz: Ecrins Ecrans, runs till Dec. 14; 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: The Hockey Show, hockey-themed exhibition features 20 Canadian artists, runs till Jan. 4; hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 157 Carling St.; 519-439-0451 or visit www.gibsongallery.com.

Museum London: Esmaa Mohamoud: To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat, Ways of Being: Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Belmore, both exhibits run till Jan. 5; 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: Pat Curtis, Diane Dobson and Sandy DeLuca are featured for December; 18 area artists displaying original paintings, photography, jewelry, hand-painted scarves and cards; hours: daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 1871/2 Main St., Port Stanley; 519-782-7066 or visit portsidegallery.ca.

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.

Sunset Arts Gallery: Acrylic, oil, pastel, photography, pottery, watercolour, silk painting, fused glass, wood-turned art, non-representational abstract art; hours: weekends, noon-5 p.m. (until Dec. 15); 63 River Rd., Grand Bend; 519-238-6914.

Westland Gallery: The Big Little Christmas Show, opening reception Saturday, 2-4 p.m., runs till Dec. 29; 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: 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.


A Celtic Christmas – Songs of Joy and Peace: Canadian Celtic Choir’s annual Christmas concert with special guests Celtic Shift (Steve Holowitz, Amy Barten, Dave Nuttall, Greg Mainprize), Sunday, 2:30 p.m. at Lambeth United Church, 4268 Colonel Talbot Rd., Lambeth; $25 advance available at the church, Long and McQuade North, Village Idiot or $30 at the door; 519-319-5847 or visit www.celticchoir.ca.

A Christmas Celebration: Greet the season with St. George’s Senior and Junior Choirs, Kathleen Gahagan and Andrew Keegan Mackriell, Sunday, 3:30 p.m. at St. George’s Anglican Church, 227 Wharncliffe Rd. N.; tickets: aults $20, students $15, families $40.

Amahl and the Night Visitors: Featuring Andrew Richardson, Sonja Gustafson, Jordan Baldwin, Chris Wood and Alastair Smyth, with Terry Head, conductor, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. at First-St. Andrew’s United Church, 350 Queens Ave.; tickets: adults $20, students $10 available online at www.fsaunited.com or at the door; 519-679-8182.

Benefit Concert: Featuring Andre Knevel, organ, and Liselotte Rokyta, panflute, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 716 Classic Dr.; tickets: $10 at the door, with proce to London Parental School.

Carols by Candlelight: Get in the Christmas spirit and start the season off right with a carol sing and some special Christmas music presented by the choirs, Sunday, 7 p.m. at Central United Church, 135 Wellington St., St. Thomas; free will donations, with all proce to The Caring Cupboard; 519-631-3503 or visit www.centraluc.ca.

Christmas Carols and Choirs Concert: Come and greet the holiday season with a concert of choirs, harp, and organ, Sunday, 3:30 p.m. at St. George’s Anglican Church, 227 Wharncliffe Rd. N.; tickets: adults $20, students $15, family $40 by calling the church office, 519-438-2994 or at the door.

Christmas with Kiley Joe Masson: Saturday, 7 p.m. at Old St Paul’s Church, 723 Dundas St., Woodstock; tickets: adults $25, children under 12 $10 available at Merrifield’s Book Shop or Hallmark Shoppe in Woodstock or by calling 519-537-3912 to reserve; concert followed by Christmas treats and beverages.

Community Hymn Sing: Come and sing beloved and new hymns, pick your favourites and participate for the sheer joy of singing, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. at Riverside United Church, 695 Riverside Dr.; 519-472-6071.

Friday Advent Noon Recital: Beal Singers with David Weaver, directing, Friday, noon at First-St Andrew’s United Church, 350 Queens Ave.; free will offering, with lunch following ($8); visit www.fsaunited.com.

Fundraiser for John P. Allen: Featuring the Good Brothers, the Alumini of the Dixie Flyers, the Allen Family Reunion Band, the Canadian Country Show Band, Sunday, 2-7 p.m. at Purple Hill Country Opry, 20903 Purple Hill Rd., Thorndale; tickets: $50 by calling Anna, 519-461-0538.

Holiday Showcase Concert: Presented by Dreams Come True Music Studio, Friday, 7 p.m. at Siloam United Church, 1240 Fanshawe Park Rd. E.; free will offering.

Home for Christmas: Special festive afternoon of music featuring Encore: The Concert Band, Sunday, 2 p.m. at Banting secondary school, 125 Sherwood Forest Square; tickets: adults $17, seniors $14, students $5, children 10 and under free, available at Tuckey Home Hardware or online through Onstage Direct; e-mail encoretheconcertband@gmail.com.

Jazz For the People: Sandy MacKay presents Jingle Jazz, Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. at Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas St.; free admission; 519-661-4600.

London Jazz Society: The London Jazz Sextet, 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 www.londonjazzsociety.ca.

Peanuts and Sleighbells: A joyous celebration to kick off the magical season with International Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Singers, featuring Emily Douglass, soprano, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Bethel Pentecostal Church, 1565 London Line, Sarnia; tickets: adults $35, seniors $33, students $10, children 14 and under $2 available online at theiso.ticketspice.com/peanuts-sleighbells-can; 519-337-7775 or e-mail tickets@theiso.org.

Sing In The Season: Forest City Singers invite you to get in the Christmas spirit listening to some of your old favourite Christmas songs, a few new ones and a sing-a-long thrown in for good measure, Sunday, 2 p.m. at Rowntree Memorial United Church, 156 Elliott St.; tickets: adults $15, children 14 and under free; 519-432-8075.

Sounds of the Season: Celebrate the joy of music with the Beal Bands and Beal Singers, two shows Wednesday, 12:15 and 7 p.m. in Auditorium, Beal secondary school, 525 Dundas St.; admission by donation, toys also accepted for Emma’s Toy Drive; all welcome.

St. Mary Christmas Concert: A Christmas celebration of vocal and string music, Thursday, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, 550 Wellington St.; tickets: $16.75 available online through Onstage Direct; 519-675-4423.

Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas: Featuring The Jerry Granelli Trio (Jerry Granelli, Simon Fisk, Chris Gestrin) with special guests the El Sistema Aeolian Children’s Choir, Friday, 8 p.m. at Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St.; tickets: $35 advance available at box office, Centennial Hall, Long and McQuade North, Village Idiot or $40 at the door; 519-672-7950 or visit sunfest.on.ca.

The Once Christmas: Thursday, 8 p.m. at Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St.; tickets: $35 advance online at theonce.ca or $40 at the door; 519-672-7950.


Saturday Morning Walks: Walk through Meadowlily Woods, meet at City Wide Sports Park, 1510 Commissioners Rd. E., east of Highbury Avenue; walks are approximately one hour; families with children are welcome, no dogs; John Clark, 519-641-0442 or visit www.tvta.ca.


Christmas Program: Eclectic Christmas music by Karen Morand, reading by short-story writer John Gardiner, Coastal art show and sale by W.A. Walters, Friday, 7-9 p.m. at Cheeky Monkey, 130 Christina St. N., Sarnia; free admission.

First Friday Cultural Walkabout: Seasonal looks, sights and sounds will fill every corner of downtown Sarnia Friday night; Resolution a cappella quartet will be singing throughout downtown; The Nightingale Chorus will be performing in lobby of Imperial Theatre, 6:30-8 p.m.; live music and tours at Judith and Norman Alix Gallery; live painting by Victoria Thomas at Artopia Gallery and Framing; see art by Bill Walters, Lynne Brogden and Chantal Simon at Petite a la Carte; live music by Bill Eldridge, art by Trevor Jamieson, Laura McCanne at River Bank and Co.; open house, live music and apple cider at Cafe Yoga; live music with Ainsworth and Young at The Tin Fiddler and more.

Earthly Energies: Exhibition of paintings, many from a resent journey to caves and mountain peaks of Crete, by Laura Browne, runs till Dec. 31 in Auditorium of Byron Library, 1295 Commissioners Rd. W.

The Story: Sustainable pop-up shop event featuring upcycled fashions by Fanshawe Marketing and Management program students, Thursday, 7-190 p.m. at Goodwill Industries, 255 Horton St. E.; free admission.


A Huron Country Christmas Carol: The Dickens’ Classic, modernized and set in Huron County, runs till Dec. 22; tickets: adults $38-43, students $15; Blyth Memorial Community Hall, 432 Queen St., Blyth; 1-877-862-5984 or visit www.blythfestival.com.

Damn Yankees: Runs Thursday to Sunday; tickets: adults $31, seniors/students $29, youth $19 available at the box office, by calling 519-432-1029 or online at www.palacetheatre.ca; Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St.; 519-432-1029.

Mary Poppins: A Disney musical, runs till Dec. 29 on Spriet Stage, Grand Theatre, 471 Richmond St.; tickets by calling 519-672-9030 or visit grandtheatre.com.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, ends Saturday on McManus Stage, Grand Theatre, 471 Richmond St.; tickets by calling 519-672-9030 or visit grandtheatre.com.

The Cenci: A tragic play written by Percy Bysshe Shelley, performed by Western University’s English 2041F, Thursday to Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas St.; tickets: adults $15, seniors/students $10.

When Christmas Comes to Town: Presented by The Nightingale Chorus and Avolution, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., runs till Dec. 14 at Imperial Theatre, Sarnia; tickets: adults $40, seniors $35, students $22 available at the box office, by calling 519-344-7469 or visit imperialtheatre.net.


Christmas Bazaar and Craft Market: Kinette Club of London annual event, Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Community Living London, 190 Adelaide St. S.; admission by donation.


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