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

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

The Changing Face of Detroit

  I’ll admit to being nervous. My image of Detroit was locked into 1967 and the riot, or trips to Florida when we couldn’t get on I-75 fast enough. Then the city was a shadow of its heyday, when it was known as the Paris of the West. But now it seems Motown’s dark days … 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

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

Out of the Orchard

  September, my favourite month, is a little mixed up. It brings a relief from the heat of the summer one minute and a promise of winter to come the next. It’s the time of year when I want barbeque, beer and ice cream on Saturday and roast chicken dinner with gingerbread and hot chocolate … Read More