Healthy dose of concerts in the Forest City this summer

Constantines, Matt Good, Guess Who members come back to play

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

For those sticking around London this summer, there’s more to look forward to than Barney’s patio and day trips to Grand Bend. Why not keep things interesting with a concert or two and check out some of the stellar acts making their way to the Forest City.

The Constantines (Call The Office)
April 29
Looking for something to do to celebrate the end of exams? Arts and crafts outfit the Constantines will be stopping to share its intricate guitar rifts and outrageous drum solos just as final exams come to a close. Expect an energized performance of songs off its latest album, Kensington Heights, out April 15.

Gigantour (John Labatt Centre)
May 1
While heavy metal may not be a prevalent genre within the Western community, there are some out there who love the stuff. For those, news of the Gigantour heavy metal tour making a stop in London is sure to get them to mark it on their calendar. Metal heavyweights such as Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, High on Fire and Job For a Cowboy are on the bill.

Theory of a Deadman (Cowboys Ranch)
May 27
After finishing up its U.S. tour, British Columbia rockers Theory of a Deadman are returning to Canada and heading to London. The 2003 Juno winner for New Group of the Year has earned a reputation as one of the leading names in Canadian music, entertaining audiences across the Great White North and beyond. Fans can expect a brand new set list and sounds from the band’s newest album, released this past month.

Matthew Good (Centennial Hall)
June 11
After his 2006 acoustic tour of Canada was abruptly cut short when he suffered a nervous breakdown, fans were eager to hear Matthew Good live in concert again. Now, the musician is hitting the road with a clean bill of health and a full band to back him up during what is sure to be an awesome electric show.

Bluesfest International (Downtown London)
July 11-13
If you can’t make it to the Montreal International Jazz Festival this summer " the largest jazz festival in the world " London is hosting a worthwhile alternative in its downtown core.

An annual tradition that started in Windsor in 1995, this year’s Bluesfest International festival features such critically acclaimed and celebrated artists as Rick Derringer " producer of “Weird Al” Yankovic " as well as Richie Havens and David Wilcox. A special tribute is planned for Jeff Healey, the Canadian jazz musician who passed away in March, just a month before the release of Mess of Blues, his first album in eight years.

Rock the Park Festival (Harris Park)
July 24
For lovers of classic rock, the annual three-day Rock the Park Festival is making its way back to Harris Park for its fifth year. This year boasts one of the most impressive lineups to date, including Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and former members of the Guess Who, Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings.

Not only is it a weekend devoted to reliving the glory days of rock, but it’s also an event dedicated to charity. Funds are raised for the Bethanys Hope Foundation, a charity devoted to finding a cure for metachromatic leukodystrophy, a genetic disease that is often fatal in children if not treated quickly.

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