Copyright @ 2015
- Chris Morgan
Peruse the calendar and you’ll see that summer is not far off.
Soon the cold weather’s slow retreat will be a distant memory, and the days will be filled with outdoor activities of one sort or another.
If there are children or young people in your life, the prospect of a day camp is a high likelihood.
Even adults – on vacation, retired or with casual work schedules - are inclined to learn a new skill, join a team, or sign-up for a workshop in the summer. After all, it’s good to try new things!
Families in London are fortunate to have access to a wide variety of different programs offered by the city, Western University and various community organizations.
What follows is a short overview of several day camps and workshops taking place around the Forest City in summer 2015.
Most camps offered by the municipality are intended for children between the ages of 5-12, except for senior camps at Kinsmen, Earl Nichols, Stoney Creek and Carling Heights, which are open to young people 7-12 years-of-age.....
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- Amie Ronald-Morgan and Chris Morgan
Council OKs four-year strategic plan
London city council approved its newly drafted strategic plan on March 10, exactly 100 days after formally taking office. The plan – in effect between 2015 and 2019 - focuses on four key areas: strengthening the community (through local resources and cultural events), building a sustainable city (with solid infrastructure, connectivity, a healthy environment and prudent land development), growing the economy (by encouraging diversity and resilience, innovation, as well as varied employment opportunities) and leading in public service (which is open and accountable, fiscally responsible and proactive). “We spent many hours working together to define our strategic areas of focus as a council, to identify where we are going and what we want to accomplish during the next four years, and beyond,” Mayor Matt Brow said after the plan’s approval. “It is London’s path forward to a better, more focused and more sustainable future.”
Federal funds bolster London
MP Susan Truppe announced an investment of $1.19 million in A&L Biologicals Inc., a London lab specializing in offering producers molecular .....
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- Rod Nicholson
While he made his official rock and roll bones during his stormy, on-again/off-again tenure with Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland has made his presence felt wherever he’s set down musically. Stylistically, he’s as adept at fully owning hazy blues-based ballads about loss and alienation as he is howling his way through full-throttle rockers. His voice and personality hold sway regardless.
His latest project, Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts has borne fruit with the long-anticipated album Blaster (Universal) and his long-time fans have been lapping up leaked tracks online and taking in the band’s live shows. Although some comparisons of the band’s sound and vibe to that of STP are inevitable, a full listen to the album makes it clear that in the late Jeremy Brown, Scott had at last found a musical foil and powerhouse guitarist able to keep up to him. The record also finds Weiland in full shapeshifter mode as his vocal styles travel across a wide range of lyrical content containing its own aura of mystery.
“That’s something I’ve always been very mindful of. In my creative life, David Bowie is definitely an enormous influence on me, being one of rock’s ....
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- Amie Ronald-Morgan
The world needs The Kids in the Hall - maybe now more than ever.
London fans can get their fix on April 28 when the legendary sketch comedy troupe comes to Centennial Hall.
Their brilliant portrayal of underdogs, outsiders, and the dark side of domesticity won the Kids heaps of acclaim after their television series debuted on CBS and CBC in 1989.
But just how much progress has been made since that time in the journey to embrace the outsiders in our midst?
From the perspective of Kid in the Hall Scott Thompson, society has actually become increasingly sensitive to the point that even comedians are careful to not offend.
"I feel like we're heading towards a tipping point, and I really hope The Kids in the Hall can be part of that," Thompson remarked.
Thompson and fellow members Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald and Mark McKinney have been performing together for 30 years. Despite the changes to the cultural landscape during that .....
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Kumiko comes to the Hyland
From April 10-16, Hyland Cinema (240 Wharncliffe Road S.) will screen Kumiko, a film described as “a wonderfully strange and beguiling adventure story” by Variety magazine. In this dark comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated office lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo to recover it, only to find herself on a dangerous adventure. Directed by Austin-based filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner, Kumiko spins a strangely touching underdog fable, populated by eccentric characters. The film also features a Sundance award-winning score by electro-rockers The Octopus Project. For more information on show times, call 519-913-0313 or visit Hyland Cinema online.
Students show work at film fest
Aspiring auteurs get a chance to screen some of their latest work when Fanshawe College’s Advanced Filmmaking class presents their annual First Take Film Festival on April 25. The event gets underway at 7pm at .....
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