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Ear Candy for Roots Crowd

Essig Taylor Gifford Miron [caption id="attachment_456" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ian Gifford, David Essig, Rick Taylor and Richard Miron[/caption] Slush left from the Valentine's Weekend snow streamers is scraped away noisily as I sit to listen to Essig Taylor Gifford Miron’s self-titled release, calling for the circumaural Sennheisers to block the noise. Instrumentally, this is a collection which…
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Irish Mythen Returns to London for Home County Fundraiser

Fresh from a successful tour of Australia, Prince Edward Island based musical powerhouse Irish Mythen returns to London for a special concert in a unique and intimate venue. Local singer-songwriter Marty Kolls will open the night. “I was moved by an emotionally powerful performance the first time I saw Irish live,” says Home County Artistic…
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London Youth Symphony brings true harmony to London’s classical music scene

Ahhh, London, ON. Between bouts of argument over buses versus LRT, pedestrian-only versus open to traffic, green bins versus landfill – we wrangle about our embarrassingly rich music scene as well. It’s always an amateur/professional…rock/country/classical…town/gown…school programs/private lessons…popular/elitist…round of sniping. But at Dundas Centre on Sunday afternoon- the atmosphere of true harmony reigned. It was the…
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Review – The Grand Old Lady: A History of Hotel London

The Grand Old Lady: A History of Hotel London by Vanessa Brown The London and Middlesex Historical Society, 2015, 378 pages. For 45 years, the south-west corner of Wellington and Dundas was dominated by the large red brick building known as Hotel London. Built in 1927, the hotel was the place in London Ontario to…
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Texture is key word in Westland Gallery exhibition

TEXTURAL "Representing our physical world, our experiences and ourselves is the constant challenge of the artist. 'Textural' draws our attention and admiration to those who continue to develop unusual strategies of art creation throughout their careers. This show is a celebration of those who have embraced texture and three dimensionality in order to communicate their…
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UWOpera’s Falstaff a funny, fabulous afternoon at the opera

The Beat Magazine's Nicole Laidler reviews UWOpera's Falstaff. It’s hard to believe that Verdi was almost 80 years old when he wrote Falstaff – the last of his 28 operas, his second comedy, and his third work based on a Shakespeare play (following Macbeth and Othello.) And it’s equally hard to believe that the production…
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The Beat Magazine is Back!

In October 2009, on the eve of the publication of the first issue of The Beat Magazine (then known as The Beat: Arts In London), I posed this question: "Why does London need a new arts magazine?" Today, in February 2016, I am posing the same question about the revived online only publication, The Beat…
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