Hot venues around London

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Alex P. Keaton

There’s so much to do in London that it would be shameful to stay trapped inside the Western bubble. Get out of your dorm room and explore; the hardest part is hopping on the bus and flashing your pass to the driver. Are you wondering where to go and what to see? Here’s a list of crucial venues and other places to check out outside of campus:

Concert Venues
Call The Office (216 York St.) " Memorize the name. Call The Office may be dingy but some of the biggest bands have played its small stage. The Tragically Hip, Our Lady Peace, Sam Roberts, and even Radiohead have all played at CTO while indie bands like Mobile, The Stills, The Constantines, and Stars have also graced its stage. The shows are all-ages unless noted otherwise. If you’re looking for an alternative to the downtown bar scene, CTO will be your second home.

The Alex P. Keaton (580 Talbot St.) " APK’s intimate setting is the quintessential venue for hipsters and artistes alike. There’s always something new at APK, whether it’s the latest indie band like Tokyo Police Club, a local rootsy rock band or an old school hip-hop DJ playing a set. Don’t leave without trying their infamous sweet potato fries while taking it easy out on the patio.

John Labatt Centre (99 Dundas St.) " The JLC is the biggest venue in London, hosting sporting events, big name concerts and broadway musicals. Past events this summer included the musical Hairspray, My Chemical Romance, Gwen Stefani, The White Stripes and Cirque Du Soleil. This month, RUSH, Rihanna, Akon and Bloc Party will be making a stop at the JLC.

The Grand Theatre (471 Richmond St.) " You don’t have to be a hardcore theatre buff to appreciate a great play. The Grand Theatre offers a series of musical productions, dramatic performances, and ingenious one-man acts that are sure to capture your eye. Visit for updates.

The Grand Theatre

Palace Theatre (708 Dundas St.) " Support local theatre by heading to the Palace Theatre, home to London Community Players. This season, look out for witty comedies, one-act plays, and emotional dramas that will satisfy your craving for arts and culture.

The ARTS Project (203 Dundas St.) " Not only does the ARTS Project house a theatre space, it’s also a visual arts gallery for some of the most unique and abstract pieces in London. Drop by and discover the hidden creative talent outside Western.

Museums / Visual Art
Museum London (420 Ridout St. North) " Skip history class and view London’s historical collections and artifacts displayed at Museum London. With new exhibits showcased every few weeks, it’ll be worth the trip.

Community Outreach Gallery (101 Stanley St.) " Anyone interested in contemporary art should look no further than Community Outreach, which opened just last year. Funky illustrations, gritty photography and vibrant interpretive artwork make this gallery stand out. Make sure to check out the Lost and Found Slide Show exhibit opening this month.

Forest City Gallery (258 Richmond St.) " Jumping from its previous location on Talbot Street to Richmond, FCG has more space to display its contemporary art. With past successful exhibits like the Box Social, FCG is sure to cook up more shows for our viewing pleasure.

Other Must-See Places
Yuk Yuk’s London (340 Wellington Rd.) " They say laughter is the best medicine, so what better way to treat your homesickness than by going to Yuk Yuk’s downtown? Take your floor with you and laugh at some of the funniest comedians onstage. It’ll be a bonding experience.

Labatt Brewery (150 Simcoe St.) " Take a crash course on beer by booking a Labatt Brewery Tour. You’ll be surprised at the intricacy and careful process of beer brewing. You’ll learn to appreciate beer so much more.

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