The London Fringe Festival
June 16-26, 2011
The London Fringe Festival is a ten-day multi-disciplinary Arts Festival in Downtown London. Featuring 45 theatre companies, 30 visual artists, and 15 short films. A complete program is available online and in print one month prior to the festival. Ticket prices range from pay-what-you-can to a maximum of $10.00.
July 7 - 10, 2011
Voted one of the TOP 100 destinations in North America for 2011 (The American Bus Association), TD Sunfest is Canada's Premier FREE-admission Celebration of the Global Arts. Every July, more than 220,000 visitors from near and far gather in Downtown London's beautiful Victoria Park to savor performances by 30+ top professional world music & dance and jazz headliners representing nearly region on Earth, including Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and First Nations Territories. This summer's red hot acts range from Nomfusi & The Lucky Charms (South Africa) to Berrogueto (Spain) and Sexteto Tabala (Colombia). Our special programming component is Suntronica '11 - a feast for fans of cool, electronica-oriented bands like Vancouver's Pacifika and Delhi 2 Dublin. Returning favourites are the WestJet Jazz Stage (featuring recent JUNO honorees Laila Biali, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Kellylee Evans & many more) and Le village québécois (highlighting la crème de la crème of Quebec talent). TD Sunfest guest artists perform on two main stages (at night) and several side stages (during the day), introduced by some of the most engaging MCs in Canada, including Philly Markowitz, Diego Fuentes and Tim Tamashiro.
TD Sunfest's funky, sunsplashed rhythms and laid-back, family-friendly vibe are complemented by over 275 unique food and craft/visual art exhibitors carefully selected from across Canada. But whatever one's preference - from the electrifying desert blues to authentic Afghani cuisine - the real magic of Sunfest is its distinctive cultural ambience: the "diversity in the crowd, thousands of voices, hundreds of languages - elbow to elbow - under the hot summer sun and stars".
Home County Folk Festival
July 15 - 17, 2011
Home County Folk Festival, July 15 - 17, 2011 presents their 38th 'Retro Revolution' festival in a beautiful heritage district in downtown London, ON. Victoria Park, the festival site, is wheelchair accessible and close to Richmond Row shopping and downtown hotels. This 'admission by donation' event features 25 of Canada's best roots, traditional and indie folk/pop acts. Blues, bluegrass, Celtic and country-influenced artists are also presented. Home County is renowned for its juried craft show, showcasing 120 Canadian artisans. Craft booths include pottery, glass, jewelry, fine art, textiles, metal, wood, photography and gourmet foods. The festival also features 30 food vendors from a variety of cuisines. New this year, a Green Village will showcase innovative organic and sustainable products. Hear some of Canada's finest songwriters sharing the stories behind their songs on three afternoon workshop stages. Evening bandshell concerts will feature headliners Sarah Harmer, Hawksley Workman, Basia Bulat, & Emm Gryner. The Children's Area this year features a hands-on folk instrument display. Perfect for all ages - families, boomers, seniors and young singles - who want to explore the work of some of Canada's best independent songwriters, folk musicians and craft artisans, come and discover why this is a cherished summer tradition for Londoners.