คาสิโน เก็นติ้ง pantip_รูเล็ต ออนไลน์ pantip_คา สิ โน ออนไลน์ ไม่มี ขั้น ต่ํา https://www.google.com/https:/d73 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:14:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Grants totalling $1.2M target vital social needs https://www.google.com/https:/d73/news/local-news/grants-totalling-1-2m-target-vital-social-needs https:/d73/news/local-news/grants-totalling-1-2m-target-vital-social-needs#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:57:39 +0000 https:/d73/news/local-news/grants-totalling-1-2m-target-vital-social-needs The mulling is over and the tally is in, the London Community Foundation has announced the recipients of its Community Vitality Grants – awards that total over $1.2 million aimed at tackling some of London’s most pressing issues, while supporting some game-changing and innovative programs that are making big differences.

From over 40 applications, four organizations that address issues such health, the environment, homelessness and recovery were awarded funding. Recipients include The London Community Dental Alliance Dental Clinic, Green Economy London, Prevention of Homelessness Among Families (PHAF), and Recovery Centre London.

“The goal is to support all areas that make our community healthy and vibrant, but poverty and the need for affordable, decent housing continue to be London’s most pressing issues,” says Lori Runciman, director of grants at the London Community Foundation.

The vetting process for the grants is stringent. Runciman says that need is a top selection indicator, but that innovation ranks just as highly.

“With these awards we really wanted to support a game-changer, which LCF defines as an innovative solution to a proven community need that is strategically-planned and resourced,” says Runciman.

The Community Vitality grant program launched in 2011 and to date has granted over $6 million to 35 initiatives. And so far the results have been far-reaching and tangible.

Runciman cites the London Community Workshop, an initiative that provides access to woodworking tools, skill and business development, while alleviating social isolation.

“The Woodshop opened in the summer of 2017 and today is a busy place where friendships bloom, businesses incubate and woodworking skills develop,” says Runciman.

This year’s award recipients are expected to generate similar positive change.

“These groups are tackling issues in ways that have never been done before. Breaking down silos and addressing the root of our community’s most challenging issues, we believe these groups will create systemic change,” says Martha Powell, president and CEO of the London Community Foundation.

Take for example Mission Service’s Rotholme Women’s and Family Shelter. Its Prevention of Homelessness Among Families (PHAF) program was awarded $250,000 to be distributed over two years.

“We are really the only shelter of its kind within a half an hour driving radius of London,” says Ericka Ayala Ronson, director of development and communications for Mission Services of London.

And the stats show that the number of homeless families in our city is staggering and growing.

“We are at 185 per cent capacity. These are unprecedented numbers. It is a pattern that has been holding for a number of months now. There is a family homelessness crisis in London,” says Ronson.

But while shelter provides emergency housing and meals for families, the PHAF program takes that work several steps further.

The program addresses the issue of family homelessness with a three-pronged approach: shelter diversion, housing selection and housing stability.

Of the families who participate in the shelter diversion program, 97 per cent are successfully redirected from entering emergency shelter altogether. Shelter diversion starts with a conversation.

“Families often work differently than singles. They call first before arriving on the doorstep. That allows us to have a conversation,” says Ronson.

Many families may not realize that they have options or alternatives to emergency shelter. Options like working with landlords to grant lease extensions while lateral-housing moves can be implemented, or legal reviews of leases and eviction papers to ensure that everything is lawful.

“There are so many determinants of family homelessness — lack of understanding, not realizing the rules, not understanding how to negotiate with a landlord, language barriers, lower education,” says Ronson.

The PHAF has its finger on the pulse of affordable housing options for families, and assists in placing them in long-term and stable homes.

“We essentially journey alongside of them; helping them every step of the way,” says Ronson.

The final step is to work with the families to up the ante on their life skills — everything from learning to shop on a budget to conflict resolution skills.

The program is working.

Of those 97 per cent of successfully diverted families, 90 per cent remain housed 18 months after attaining stable housing with PHAF’s support.

“The funding is really helping to bridge a gap. The program costs $200,000 each year to run and the LCF has given us a good long runway that will allow us to function for just over a year, while we make the push for private donor funding,” says Ronson.

The other 2018 Community Vitality Grant recipients

Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre 每 London Community Dental Alliance Dental Clinic
Amount: $230,000 over one year
What is it: A nonprofit social enterprise free/low-fee dental clinic to be located at Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre that provides dental services to marginalized households. Partners include: Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre, London Intercommunity Health Centre, Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre, London and District Dental Society, North Park Community Church, The Salvation Army, Western University’s Schulich Medicine and Dentistry, Fanshawe College, Middlesex-London Health Unit

London Environmental Network & City of London 每 Green Economy London
Amount: $200,000 over two years
What it is: A target-based voluntary sustainability program for London businesses and organizations to track environmental sustainability metrics, set performance-improving targets, and take action.

Salvation Army Centre of Hope 每 Recovery Centre London
Amount: $280,180 over one year.
What is it: A holistic approach to people seeking recovery from problematic substance use and who may have concurrent mental health issues. Using formal services and peer support to provide persistent engagement, it’s a strategy to prevent and interrupt relapse periods with a robust peer-led, peer-driven approach to recovery.

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Sister Act all about friendship https://www.google.com/https:/d73/entertainment/local-arts/sister-act-all-about-friendship https:/d73/entertainment/local-arts/sister-act-all-about-friendship#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:55:22 +0000 https:/d73/entertainment/local-arts/sister-act-all-about-friendship Teens dressed as mobsters dressed as nuns? Oh the fun they’ll have.

Students at Mother Teresa Secondary School are inviting the public to join in when they perform Sister Act Nov. 23 and 24.

The musical, based on the 1992 movie with Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, features show-topping tunes by Alan Menken. The plot twists a mob murder, kidnapping, and a nightclub singer on the run with a cluster of off-key singing nuns, a disapproving Mother Superior, and a priest who wants to save the neighborhood and the church. Shenanigans ensue.

Drama teacher Ed Mac Neil chose the production to fit this year’s students.

“Last year we did School of Rock, which was a mainly male cast,” he said. “This has female leads. I always see who I have coming up and choose a show that’s appropriate for that group.”

Students from all grades audition in the spring and begin rehearsals four times a week after school in September.

Keren Kayembe plays Deloris, the singer who finds refuge in the convent assuming the name Sister Mary Clarence.

“It’s a beautiful story,” she said. “I try not to be too influenced by the movie (and Whoopi Goldberg). I try to do my own version of Deloris. I did research to bring the character to life. The cast is great.”

Cassandra Allen has performed in all the big productions at the school (a spring and fall show each year). But the role of Mother Superior (Maggie Smith in the movie) challenged her because it runs opposite her own.

“I’m not at all like the character,” she said. “She’s stern and mean. I wanted a challenge in my (final) show.”

The set transforms the stage into a nightclub and a convent called The Holy Order of the Little Sisters of Our Mother of Perpetual Faith. The nuns’ costumes are rented, and the rest are purchased or assembled by the students.

Mother Teresa Catholic secondary school students Forbehn Fossungu (left), Juan Torver, Brock Lanctot, Shemar Rodriguez, and Keyon Jerome rehearse a scene from Sister Act. CHRIS MONTANINI\LONDONER

“People underestimate how much effort (students) put in — the crew, the actors. One class built the set,” Allen said. “Everyone in the cast is amazing and hard working. We strived to put on the best show.”

That includes hours of singing and dancing during rehearsals.

“The music by Alan Menken is high energy,” said Mac Neil. “It’s tremendous. Getting the harmonies in the music was very challenging.”

He also praises the dedication of the cast and crew. “These guys are great kids and they’ve worked really hard. They do a great job.”

Sister Act is Mac Neil’s 26th show at the school.

Both Kayembe and Allen are in Grade 12 and considering their paths after graduation. Kayembe plans to pursue political science and Allen wants to become a psychologist.

Kayembe sees her character develop during the show, learning from experiences she doesn’t expect. Reluctantly thrust into the convent as a safe house after witnessing the murder of her mob beau, Deloris discovers the support of the nuns as they gain confidence and become an admired “sister act” under her choral direction.

“Friendship brings out the best of everybody. Love is the answer to just about everything,” said Kayembe.

Her favourite scene is at the end of Act II when the cast sings Sister Act.

“It is so beautiful. It is all about friendship.”

Now that’s a lesson the audience can take home from this school production.

What: Sister Act
When: Nov. 23, 24 at 7 p.m.
Where: Mother Teresa Secondary School, 1065 Sunningdale Rd.
Tickets: $15. Available by calling 519-675-4433. Press 5 for the box office.


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Driller turned fitness exec flexes entrepreneurial muscles https://www.google.com/https:/d73/sports/local-sports/driller-turned-fitness-exec-flexes-entrepreneurial-muscles https:/d73/sports/local-sports/driller-turned-fitness-exec-flexes-entrepreneurial-muscles#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:45:09 +0000 https:/d73/sports/local-sports/driller-turned-fitness-exec-flexes-entrepreneurial-muscles Londoner Ethan Williams didn’t need a gym membership to keep in shape while working as a driller in Saskatchewan and across Ontario. But that didn’t stop the 26-year-old Ingersoll native from questioning the traditional fitness club membership structure, and eventually creating a new way for anyone to gain access to multiple fitness facilities across Ontario.

In January, Williams, along with partner and childhood friend Evan McHugh, launched Gym Fleet, an online source providing multi-facility access for independent gym and studio owners through a mobile app and at its website, gym-fleet.com.

Designed to increase internal membership options, and to provide external members the ability to purchase discounted gym passes throughout Ontario, Gym-Fleet has given Williams some muscle as an area entrepreneur. He’s one of 20 up-and-comers to be recognized on November 22 at Business London Magazine’s Twenty In Their 20s celebration.

This isn’t the first accolade for Gym-Fleet. Williams and McHugh were named co-winners of Community Futures Oxford’s 2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. The organization granted the duo $1,000 to assist in the launch of Gym-Fleet.

“Before I came home, I worked in deep well drilling — water well drilling — as well as geotechnical drilling, geothermal drilling and also environmental drilling,” Williams explained. “My job sites ranged from the middle of a farm to mansions at Lake Joseph in Muskoka. When I returned, Evan and I reconnected, and in 2016 we launched the idea of Gym-Fleet.

“I realized that there was a real business opportunity here,” Williams continued. “The traditional yearly subscription-based model has become less attractive to consumers. People want the ability to work out wherever and whenever, rather than being locked down to a single gym location.”

Gym-Fleet provides flexible fitness access to a wide variety of workout styles, including weight room, CrossFit and yoga studios. Said Williams, “This makes it easier to find a gym that best suits the user, while also giving them access across the board to experience all that fitness has to offer.”

Offering pay-as-you-go and monthly memberships, but with no contract obligations, Gym-Fleet allows you to search cities for fitness club options. A London online search, for example, delivers five facilities with options of one-day, five-day and monthly memberships.

Gym-Fleet is constantly expanding its offerings, and plans to double its current staff of five employees. As company president, Williams said he relies both on the work ethic learned while working as a driller, and on lessons taught by his parents.

“We absolutely put a lot of thought and planning into our business before we launched, and we’re passionate about what we do. Our parents taught us to be the best that we can be, and taught us how to take the correct path in life,” he said.

“Today, entrepreneurship is very popular, so there’s so much information out there from various sources to help steer you in the right direction,” Williams added. “You can listen to podcasts, watch YouTube videos and read blogs about being an entrepreneur. And the good ones will all tell you the same thing about strategizing and executing a game plan.”

Twenty In Their 20s will allow others to network with bright young minds like Williams. When yours truly launched his corporate communications office in 1989, the genesis of my business resembled more of a swim-or-sink venture, rather than a well-planned career move. Sure, I relied on my education and my passion, but as Williams explained, today there are many more tools available to young upstarts.

I’m guessing a longer chat with Williams and his Gym-Fleet partner McHugh would prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Jeffrey Reed is a long-time member of the London sports media, and publisher/editor of LondonOntarioSports.com, and LondonOntarioGolf.com. Have a story idea for Jeffrey? Reach him at jeff@londonontariosports.com.


What: Twenty In Their 20s
When: November 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Design House London, 186 York Street
Tickets: $30 Visit Eventbrite.ca, use search word &20s*


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Creative sisters join forces in Old East Village https://www.google.com/https:/d73/news/local-news/creative-sisters-join-forces-in-old-east-village https:/d73/news/local-news/creative-sisters-join-forces-in-old-east-village#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:35:37 +0000 https:/d73/news/local-news/creative-sisters-join-forces-in-old-east-village Yet another example of the transformation happening along Dundas Street in Old East Village is one of the neighbourhood’s latest creative offerings — Picta Creo, a gallery of gorgeous chalk-painted vintage furnishings, home accessories, and original artwork.

Its storefront shines with all of the designer pizzazz of something you would see in Montreal’s up and coming, hip and laid-back Mile End district or even in Toronto’s Queen Street West.

Loosely translated, Picta Creo means painted creatively.

Owners Kerry Rajotte and Beth Pimm, who are sisters, cobbled the store’s plans together in January of this year, first thinking they would simply combine their artistic prowess (Kerry refinishes vintage furnishings, breathing new life into classic pieces with chalk paint and hand wax, and Beth is an artist specializing in animal portraits) at local markets. But they soon realized that they wanted a more permanent storefront and began looking in various areas in London, initially thinking that Wortley Village would have the right vibe.

“It was just too expensive and we couldn’t find the right space. What we found here in the Old East Village is amazing and it’s such a great price point, plus the Old East Village business community has been so supportive,” says Beth.

The store showcases unique furnishings refinished by Kerry — she calls them “farmhouse chic” — along with home décor items and work by other local artists including live-edged furniture, paper quilling, and abstract expressionist pieces.

Beth’s animal portraits also take centre stage in the store.

“We love the pieces that we have in here. Our goal was to build a store that we would want to shop in,” she says.

Beth Pimm (left) and Kerry Rajotte are the co-owners of Picta Creo, a new shop on Dundas Street. CHRIS MONTANINI\LONDONER

Beth paints from her home studio and spends time sourcing cool vintage furnishings from local antique markets, while Kerry works in-store in the ample workshop space, designing one-of-a-kind pieces and custom work for clients.

“All of my work in the store is for sale, but it is really there to give people an idea of what can be done. So often people say to me, ‘I’ve had this forever,’ or ‘I got this from my grandma,’ or ‘this was my mom’s,’ and they have an emotional attachment to the piece, but they just don’t know how to make it part of their daily lives,” says Kerry.

And that’s where her artistic expertise comes in. She’ll sit down with the client to discuss colour palettes and custom-design a new look for the heirloom piece. As a woodworker, she will first repair any imperfections — broken legs, squeaky bits, drawers that don’t seamlessly move — and then she will work her magic with paint and wax.

“If you’ve got something just sitting in storage in your basement, then do something with it; pieces can become something else,” says Kerry. “There is already some sort of relationship with a piece of furniture, why not add some paint so that you can use it in your everyday life? Why shouldn’t you have a beautiful set of drawers to store your dishes or towels in? Or use a refinished sideboard as a television stand?”

Picta Creo quietly opened its doors mid-September, with a grand opening launch that followed at the end of October.

Plans are in the works to host a variety of onsite workshops from learning how to chalk paint and hand wax to fused glass design and paper quilling.

Stop in and have a chat and take a look around. You’ll love it.

The store is located at 761 Dundas Street and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can also find Beth and Kerry online: pictacreo.com.

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Upcoming events for an old-fashioned good time https://www.google.com/https:/d73/entertainment/local-arts/upcoming-events-for-an-old-fashioned-good-time https:/d73/entertainment/local-arts/upcoming-events-for-an-old-fashioned-good-time#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:24:54 +0000 https:/d73/entertainment/local-arts/upcoming-events-for-an-old-fashioned-good-time Next week will be a good time to be a history buff.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village offers a journey through time to the Christmas truce of 1914. Check out the new movie on Oscar Wilde, then learn about London’s connection to the Irish writer from archivist Deb Majer at the Central Library.

Fans of cartooning and political followers will want to learn about the evolution of political cartoons in Canada at Museum London on Nov. 25. Indigenous physician Dr. Oronhyatekha’s life will be explored in the same series of talks, Terrific Tales of London, on Nov. 27.

The Big Band Era is known for its beat, and the Prime Time Big Band brings that bounce to Aeolian Hall so you can listen or jump up and jive with them. If you and your band want a place in the line-up for New Year’s Eve in the Park, now is your chance to enter the competition. Finally, channel your inner Santa and visit the Fibre Arts Festival for unique local handcrafted ideas.

Christmas truce of 1914

Silent Night wafted eerily in the air as the Great War’s only Christmas truce was marked with an unofficial ceasefire in the First World War’s fifth month. Fanshawe Pioneer Village and History Matters Association honour this event with a memorable experience that includes a replica trench, an Estaminet or casualty clearing station, and a Homefront Christmas display. Reenactors help bring the period to life — a time when soldiers from both sides crossed trenches and exchanged gifts, greetings and games. Joint burials and prisoner exchanges also occurred. Choir and handbell performances add to the experience.

What: Christmas Truce 1914 Commemoration
When: Nov. 16-17, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. with reenactments every half hour 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Tickets $10 in advance at fanshawpioneervillage.ca or $12 at the door. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted for Mission Services of London

Terrific tales of London and area

Local history is the focus of a series of talks at the Central Library. On Nov. 20, archivist Deb Majer uncovers the London connection to Oscar Wilde. With the movie The Happy Prince starring Rupert Everett currently showing, this talk is a timely opportunity to learn more about the life of the Irish poet and playwright. On Nov. 27, Michelle Hamilton, Western’s Public History program director, celebrates Dr. Oronhyatekha, a Mohawk physician and scholar. He was born on the Six Nations of the Grand River, educated at the University of Oxford and practised in several cities, including London.

What: Terrific Tales of London and Area
Where: Central Library
When: Nov. 25 and 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

A history of editorial cartoons in Canada

In a world where everyone has an opinion, editorial cartoons try to use a picture to say a thousand words. Political cartoonists persuade through art and speak truth to power with a few lines. The evolution of their art and purpose is the focus of Museum London’s Culture Club 55+ lecture on Nov. 14. Brescia University College history professor George Warecki will discuss Canadian editorial cartoons, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries.

What: A History of Editorial Cartoons in Canada
When: Nov. 14, 2:30-4 p.m.
Where: Museum London
Admission: $8 or $10 for two people per session, $50 for 10 sessions

Jump, jive and jazz

Get in the swing of it with the Prime Time Big Band, one of Southwestern Ontario’s most popular big bands. The 18-piece group performs dance tunes and modern arrangements under the leadership of George Laidlaw. They’ve recorded three CDs, the last with Grammy-winner Matt Alber, and have won accolades wherever they perform. Aeolian Hall is a great acoustic setting for the band, sitting or dancing.

What: Prime Time Big Band
When: Nov. 16, 7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. performance
Where: Aeolian Hall
Tickets: $25 advance, $30 at the door, $20 student.
More info: aeolianhall.ca or 519-672-7950

Compete for a spot on stage New Year*s Eve

The City of London and Jack 102.3 FM are calling on musicians who want to be part of New Year’s Eve in the Park to submit their demos by Nov. 25. Entry form and two links to songs can be submitted online. Four semi-finalists will be chosen to perform at FitzRays Dec. 5 in front of a panel of music industry judges. Winners will perform Dec. 31 in Victoria Park at the free, family-friendly Start.ca New Year’s Eve in the Park celebration. Everyone is invited to hear the semi-finals.

What: New Year’s Eve music lineup competition
When: until Nov. 25
Where: online; semi-finals live at FitzRays Dec. 5
More info: jack1023.com/contests/road-to-nye

Local fibre artists show and sell

(File photo)

Covent Garden Market is the showcase for local fibre artists Nov. 16-18. There will be demonstrations and displays of weaving, spinning, rug hooking, lace making, sashiko (Japanese embroidery), felting and basketry by members of London District Weavers and Spinners, Simply Hooked and Strathroy Pioneer Treadlers.

What: Fibre Arts Festival
Where: Covent Garden Market, mezzanine
When: Nov. 16-18; Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
More info: lwds.ca

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Rooth: There are lessons in Dutch man's unique quest for youth https://www.google.com/https:/d73/opinion/columnists/rooth-there-are-lessons-in-dutch-mans-unique-quest-for-youth https:/d73/opinion/columnists/rooth-there-are-lessons-in-dutch-mans-unique-quest-for-youth#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:33:26 +0000 https:/d73/opinion/columnists/rooth-there-are-lessons-in-dutch-mans-unique-quest-for-youth I read with interest the story of Mr. Emile Ratelband, a Dutch media personality, Buddhist, and a trainer in neurolinguistic programming who is unhappy with his current age and is fighting in court to drop about 24 years from his birthdate. He is 69 years old and wants to declare he is 45.

At the crux of the issue, he feels he is discriminated against because of his age. And in some aspects he may be correct. As we age, the opportunities for employment and credit decrease. Or you face that condescending head pat when your views don’t align with the youth of today. It seems to me that for Mr. Ratelband, it’s a little less about jobs and life experience as it is about attracting women on Tinder. He is comparing his want to those who change their gender. When did shaving decades off of your life for vanity and opportunity become akin to correcting who you feel you are biologically? This is apples and oranges.

Mr. Ratelband claims that his doctor’s say he has the body of a 45 year old. If you were born in 1949, this year you have the body of a 69 year old. No court order is going to change that. Your health may be excellent. You might be running marathons. Your bones, joints, skin and vital organs are still 69. Your body and brain has travelled around the sun 69 times — stamped it, no erasies. It is unclear as to whether this is the same doctor who claimed President Trump would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” but it does sound like they may have attended the same medical school.

We’ve all heard the phrase that “age is just a state of mind.” Mr. Ratelband is a very accomplished individual who in all likelihood has many, many more years to fill with adventure and experiences. He’s also 69, which means an increased risk of many illnesses that affect those who are in their senior years. Being 45 with osteoporosis and the risk of breaking a hip isn’t exactly “good catch” material. Staying young at heart is just as important as being healthy. Changing your age to snag a snog from a stranger on Tinder is a different outcome altogether.

The chase for eternal youth has been around since life expectancy rose above the age of 21. Lotions, potions, surgery, and pills have been proclaiming to be the fountain of youth to anyone willing to listen and fall for the trap. Maybe we should just be proud of who we are and the age we reach and what we contribute. Not every women is looking for a younger man. Not every man is looking for a younger woman. And those that are likely aren’t looking for anything long term. There is something to be said about experience and maturity in a relationship.

London has a growing senior population. I can’t imagine that anyone wouldn’t like to turn back the clock here and there, but to actually rub off the date on your birth certificate seems like a quest for youth that can’t be achieved.

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Euro-style galleria reopens Lilley*s Corners https://www.google.com/https:/d73/entertainment/local-arts/euro-style-galleria-reopens-lilleys-corners https:/d73/entertainment/local-arts/euro-style-galleria-reopens-lilleys-corners#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:30:07 +0000 https:/d73/entertainment/local-arts/euro-style-galleria-reopens-lilleys-corners The corner of Adelaide and Dundas is humming with new life thanks to the entrepreneurial vision and acumen of British expat, William Older.

He’s redeveloped and restored the heritage property fondly known as Lilley’s Corners with a European vibe, creating a sense of place by attracting eclectic tenants producing a buzz, including Odyssey Records, and Dundas and Sons Brewing Company, a local craft brewery slated to fling open its doors next week.

And in the heart of it all is B13 or Baker’s Dozen (a nod to former tenant Chapman’s Bakery), an art and retail incubator that houses 20 art-focused businesses in a galleria-type environment.

The grand opening takes place Saturday at 613 Dundas Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expect some delicious eats, live music, a DJ, vendor workshops and demonstrations and even mulled wine, hot cider and craft beer sampling.

“The idea for B13 really sprouted from looking at what was being done in other cities, particularly in Europe — the glass ceiling type of shopping gallery. I wanted to create something like that on a smaller scale,” says Older, who moved to London five years ago with his wife and two young daughters.

He lives in the Old East Village and is heavily vested in making it the coolest area in the city.

“When customers come into B13 here they really get the creative and warm energy,” says Older.

William Older has redeveloped and restored the heritage property on the corner of Dundas Street and Adelaide Street. Bakera??s Dozen celebrates a grand opening Saturday. CHRIS MONTANINI/LONDONER

The lobby area of B13 is grounded with a retro-type feel. Older, who has degrees in fine arts, applied biology, and environmental management, has planted a living wall to add life and greenery, while on the floor, old receipts from Hudson’s Department store are patched together to create an artistic spread rooted in history.

A coffee and juice bar — Juicy Tings — is set to open in the next few weeks, the final piece of the puzzle for Older, who having lived in Europe and Australia enjoys an excellent cup of java.

“I’m really wanting to start stimulating a coffee culture here in the East Village,” says Older, who considers coffee a great accompaniment to browsing through the stores. Future plans for B13 include an urban garden.

The 20 vendors in the galleria are comprised of a variety of artisans, many of whom use the space as both a studio and shop.

Each 100-square-foot shop has an open front that spills into common space. “I really wanted them to be able to stamp their own personality on it by creating their own doors — it’s created this really eclectic mix,” says Older.

Multimedia artist Emilia Wilson runs B13’s Grassroot Goods Gallery, a business that she says came together organically. The shop is both her studio and a storefront for herself and 12 other local artists.

The business structure is unusual. “It’s really a co-op. The lease is in my name but all of the artists contribute to the rent,” says Wilson, who saw a need for this type of venue.

“So many artisans were coming up to me saying this is really cool; we’d really like to do something like this, so I decided to jump the gun and I thought, if I build it they will come kind of thing,” says Wilson.

She and her boyfriend Steven Springer, also an artist, put the man-hours into building the shop and its signature door. They both also man the till and take care of the accounting. “We basically do it all,” she says with a laugh.

The store carries everything from locally made jewelry to handcrafted soaps, essential oils and a collection of artwork, including both Wilson’s and Springer’s.

In celebration of B13’s opening splash, Wilson is organizing an art show at 619A Dundas Street that will run in the evening on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Coined Crones and Conjurers, the art show will showcase artists from across North America, displaying a range of work from photography to installations, mixed media, performance art and painting.
“I’m inviting the artists to do live painting if they wish and there will be an interactive component — we are working on bringing in live tea pot painting too,” says Wilson.

The art exhibit will run through to Nov. 30.


What: Grand opening of Baker*s Dozen
Where: Lilley*s Corners, 613 Adelaide Street
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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What: Crones and Conjurers, an art show by Grassroot Goods Gallery
Where: Baker*s Dozen, 613 Adelaide Street.
When: Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through to Nov. 30
More info: @grassrootgoodsgallery on Facebook and Instagram


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Local artists, local scenes https://www.google.com/https:/d73/entertainment/local-arts/local-artists-local-scenes https:/d73/entertainment/local-arts/local-artists-local-scenes#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:27:37 +0000 https:/d73/entertainment/local-arts/local-artists-local-scenes The Gallery Painting Group is celebrating their 65th anniversary at their annual show and sale this weekend – an opportunity for Londoners to brighten up their surroundings with local art.

“People will recognize the scenes,” said member Marilyn Kidd. “There are some very accomplished artists in the group. There’s a lot of variety in the subject matter, the size, (and) the style.”

The group’s 70 members submit their work for selection to the juried show. Kidd said more than 300 paintings will be available this year.

“Every year it gets bigger and better,” she said..

Original members formed the group in 1953 after taking classes from Clare Bice and Selwyn Dewdney at the gallery, then housed at the Central Library. Their goal was to continue to improve and paint outdoors, like the Group of Seven.

Today, they meet at Museum London, but paint en plein air from April to October.

“Often people think they want to paint outside, but when they get out, the sun is in their eyes, there are mosquitos and it’s hot, and you have to carry everything,” said Hilda Markson Gray, another member.

But none of that deters her.

“When you’re there you hear all the sounds and when you look at the painting, it all comes back,” she said.

Komoka Ponds, watercolour, by Marilyn Kidd

Gray Country Home, St. Mary*s, watercolour, by Hilda Markson Gray

Jury Farmhouse, Pioneer Village, watercolour, by Amelia Husnik

Kidd compared the experience to fishing.

“It’s meditative,” she said. “The mood you’re in, what you’re seeing – it’s emotionally inspiring.”

At one time, the group set up their easels in backyards but eventually outgrew those venues. Now they trek to farms, parks, historical buildings and interesting streetscapes. Members scout locations and some are offered by property owners.

“People are thrilled to see us come,” said Markson Gray.

“The woods, with a little path and fall colours can be inspiring,” added a third member, Amelia Husnik.

Husnik began painting after moving to London and joined Gallery Painting Group soon after in 2000.

“I wanted to learn everything there was,” she explained. “I like doing streetscapes most. I like perspective.”

On location, artists select a spot and the results are as varied as the painters themselves. They work in acrylics, watercolours, oils, pastels, pen and ink, and even pencil crayons.

“Everybody paints something different,” said Markson Gray. “If we’re at a church, some will paint the church, some the fence beside it, the tombstones or the house.”

Her favourite subjects are buildings and trees and she works in oils, acrylics and watercolour.

“It depends how much I want to carry that day,” Markson Gray said.

After choosing a place, she makes sure she won’t obscure another artist’s view.
Kidd said she tries to find a spot where she can be comfortable for a couple of hours.
“That’s why the show is so varied,” she said of the myriad perspectives the group produces from one location.

This year their work reflects trips to familiar places such as Eldon House, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, Heeman’s, Circle R Ranch, Komoka ponds, and streets in London and St. Mary’s.

Kidd prefers to paint water. “I love water and reflections – a lake, waterfall. That’s what I’m always drawn to. I work in watercolour and it’s great for showing the luminosity coming out of the paper. If I can’t find that, I paint flowers.”

She began painting 10 years ago after retiring. She attributes the strong membership numbers, and the group’s long waiting list, to others like her who have always wanted to paint, or return to it after a busy career.

Some in the group are professional artists. Markson Gray has painted for more than 35 years and teaches, both for the club and in her home studio.

“I began painting when my kids were young. I had an aunt who inspired me,” she said.
She started as a potter, then took painting lessons and achieved her goal of acceptance into the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.

Twice a week for more than half the year, members of the Gallery Painting Group tote their tools and set up somewhere that inspires them to pick up their brushes. They try to capture the light, the feel of being outdoors, unlike working inside from a photograph.

They are sharing the results and 65 years of tradition Thursday through Saturday.


What: Gallery Painting Group Show
When: Nov. 22, 6-9 p.m., Nov. 23, 10-9, Nov. 24, 10-4
Where: Byron Branch Library, 1295 Commissioners Rd. W.
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