Tuning Up for a New Season

  It’s been almost two years since Orchestra London Canada crumbled under the weight of its accumulated debt. But while the organization called Orchestra London died, the music never did — thanks to the efforts of a core group of musicians who continued performing under the moniker #WePlayOn. The sudden end of Orchestra London came … Read More

A Feast for the Ears

  This Autumn, there’s something for all musical tastes. Country Music week, culminating in the Country Music Association of Canada Awards shindig, is over September 11, sadly. But never mind, London, there’s more great music to come. The next couple of months promise a bonanza for classic rock fans – and down-home folkies too. Budweiser Gardens … Read More

Tripping… Over the Border

  I’ve literally travelled around the world, visiting countries on five continents. But sometimes the quick trips we take across the border to Michigan, usually for factory outlet shopping, yield lasting memories. On our most recent trip, the US border guard asked to see my passport and then with a wink said, as he looked … Read More

Restaurant Ninety-One

  Windermere Manor’s Restaurant Ninety One launched in the late spring. Situated on a secluded acreage, in a building that formerly housed Windermere Café, the venue has been extensively remodelled, and blends the allure of a century old manor house with contemporary style and modern amenities. A natural refuge, roaming wildlife, including deer and wild turkeys, … Read More

Small Batch Distilleries Are Thriving

Our writers visit Junction 56 and Wolfhead Distilleries   Think of moonshine and you might picture places such as Woodbury, Tennessee, or New Straitsville, Ohio. But Stratford, Ontario? Tennessee’s famous Short Mountain Distillery is in the hills outside Nashville, and Ohio holds the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival every Memorial Day weekend. Now Stratford, sitting in … Read More

A New Theatre Season in Southwestern Ontario

  As summer slides to fall, like back to school, the professional theatre season switches from summer playhouse offerings in cottage country to urban stages. It’s time to organize your calendar, make some pre-theatre dinner reservations and anticipate being entertained. The Arts Project in downtown London kicks off the fall season with an eye-opener: The … Read More

Tastes from Pelee Island, Canada’s...

  Pelee Island is Lake Erie’s largest island. Located 26 kilometres south of the mainland of Essex County, getting there is part of the fun! The hour and a half ferry ride on the M.V. Jiimaan departs from the Kingsville dock at 10 a.m. and returns from the island at 4 p.m. providing day trippers … Read More

A Toast to the Classics

    Did you hear about the English major who walks into a bar? His name is Tim Federle and his book, Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (Running Press, 2013, $17.50), marries classic literature to alcoholic beverages. If you like reading and drinking equally, this book adds some fun to home bartending antics. … Read More

Open Your Mind to Satisfying Flavour

    Beer and the Bard go hand-in-hand in Stratford, where a pair of craft breweries has taken different routes to satisfy the thirsts of locals and theatre patrons alike. The original is Stratford Brewing Company, launched 12 years ago by Joe Tuer to specialize in brewing a craft pilsner, his favourite style. After graduating … Read More

The Rise of Plant-based Cuisine

  Pre-conceived perceptions of vegetarianism, veganism and plant-based dining are changing very quickly. Again this year we will be celebrating the popular VegFest London in November. The ground-breaking festival presents plant-based and vegan food and products, health and wellness vendors, special guest speakers, cooking demos, and a children’s activity at the Progress Building at the Western … Read More