Arts Top 10: Volume 11

After a brief hiatus to revamp our own company sites and release our annual report, we've returned to share a rundown of arts and culture happenings in London and across Canada!

On a First Name Basis (Port Stanley Festival Theatre)

"A love story, a social commentary, and a mystery wrapped in witty dialogue and vivid imagery" by Canadian playwright Norm Foster. 

Witness Blanket Speaker Series (Museum London)

Inspired by Carey Newman’s Witness Blanket installation. "See this 40-foot memorial comprised of over 800 objects collected from residential school sites." 

The Aeolian Spring Art Show (Tourism London)

Free admission to this exhibit during an Aeolian concert (or in very limited cases, by appointment) until the end of June. "The Nine Fine Artists are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Each artist is a present or former member of the larger group, theBrush and Palette Club. Painting in a variety of styles and medium, each artist has their own unique approach to creating art."

 Cirque du Soleil: OVO (Budweiser Gardens)

"OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement."

 SesquiFest (City of London)

This five day festival is programmed around different Canadian themes. "National headliners, more than 50 musical acts, food trucks, free family activities, Ontario craft beer, and a touring virtual reality projection dome" are a few of the things you can experience.

Nanuk’s Journey Exhibition (AGO)

"Features major sculptures from the AGO’s Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection. Focussed on the subject of Nanuk the polar bear, the exhibition compliments the Stratford Festival’s The Breathing Hole, a new play by Colleen Murphy directed by Reneltta Arluk.

New Director of Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre (Banff Centre)

Reneltta Arluk is appointed as the new Director of Indigenous Arts effective November 1, 2017. "Reneltta has performed in and initiated the creation of Indigenous theatre nationally and internationally for over a decade. She will be responsible for ensuring the programs meet the needs of Canadian Indigenous artists, providing them with a creative environment to facilitate growth and development."

Kopernikus (Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity) 

"A chamber opera written by Montreal-born composer Claude Vivier, Kopernikus is an all-Canadian creative production that explores this message – that we need not fear death."

Opening of the Canada and Indigenous Art Gallery (CBC)

The first major redesign of the space since its opening, "gallery director and CEO Marc Mayer said the decision to combine the close to 800 works of art in the same gallery was made to tell a more complete story of art in Canada." 

The Grand Theatre's New Website (The Grand Theatre) 

The Grand got a brand new website in May! Now it’s easier to explore their season, plan a visit, purchase tickets and discover new programs!