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Five Reasons To Visit The Beer and BBQ Show This Year


The Beer & BBQ Show is a seriously fun way to spend a weekend. It falls on Father’s Day Weekend, so if you’re at a loss about what to get dad this year, a memorable day sampling delicious beer, eating tantalizing BBQ dishes, and enjoying the incredible entertainment may just be the perfect gift.

When the warm weather starts to hit, people flock to their backyards to enjoy all kinds of delicious BBQ meals, and when they do, nothing pairs better than a nice, cold beer. This event will get you prepped and excited for the season of BBQ by showcasing (and serving) all kinds of incredible beers and foods that will get you pumped to host your own BBQ party. There are plenty of great reasons to visit the show this year. If you’ve been before, you already know how great it is, but keep on reading because this year is bigger and better than ever. If you have never experienced the Beer & BBQ Show, well, here are five reasons why you’re going to want to try it out:

Quick Look

Location: Western Fair District Agriplex
Address: 845 Florence Street
Dates: Friday, June 14th + Saturday, June 15th 
Times: Friday 6:00pm-11:00pm, Saturday Afternoon 12:00pm-5:00pm Saturday Evening 6:00pm-11:00pm

*This is a 19+ only event, so get a babysitter and enjoy the Beer & BBQ Show without worrying about the little ones.

Ticket Information

Friday – Featuring Sloan
General Admission Advanced: $16.00
General Admission at the Door: $20.00
Wingman Package: $60.00 (Available in Advance ONLY) *Includes 30 sample coupons ($30 value!)

Saturday Afternoon
General Admission Advanced: $12.00
General Admission at the Door: $16.00
Wingman Package: $52.00 (Available in Advance ONLY) *Includes 30 sample coupons ($30 value!)

Saturday Evening – Featuring the Reklaws
General Admission Advanced: $25.00
General Admission at the Door: $30.00
Wingman Package: $80.00 (Available in Advance ONLY) *Includes 30 sample coupons ($30 value!)

Sample Coupons
30 Sample Coupons: $30
(On average, drinks are 2 coupons, and food samples are 4)

Click here to buy your tickets! 

Reason #1: The Food

What is the number one thing that is going to determine if a party or event is going to be worth going to? The food. Good food is king, and the Beer and BBQ Show is the king of kings for food. Whether you’re looking for something fresh and healthy or something deliciously deep fried, you’re going to find the perfect pairing for your nice, cold beer here. The show features an incredible variety of flavours and types of food. The vendors are the best around. Make sure to come hungry, because there are going to be so many great options, it’ll be hard to pick just one thing to try!



Here is what is in store for you for the food portion of the Beer and BBQ Show:

For the Sweet Tooth

Udderly Ridiculous will be serving up delicious goat milk ice cream.
Cream Beanery Café has delicious brioche buns with gelato – an interesting combination, but one we’re sure you will enjoy!
Chef Bill Presents will be showcasing “Drunken Jams, Jellies, and Marmalades”, with delicious options like Peach Tequila Surprise.
Heavenly Dreams Ice Cream will satisfy your craving for soft serve

Pub Food

Bavarian BeerNuts will be their signature sweet/salty crunch.
Fionn MacCool’s will be sure to have their famous beer bread and cheese sauce!

Food Trucks & BBQ

C’Angelina’s porchetta on a bun with salsa verde is going to be full of flavour!
Field to Truck Mobile Eatery is all about healthy, local, sustainable food that is convenient and quick. Be sure to sample their pulled pork tacos and philly cheese steak!
Felony Fries will be serving up delicious pulled-pork poutine.
Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse will be on side with a signature BBQ dish, burgers, fries and a variety of deep-fried options.
Lou Dawg’s Southern BBQ knows how to slow smoke their meat, and will be serving authentic southern.
BBQ Sali’s European Style Chicken will be serving up grilled chicken and veggies in a wrap, salad, or plate and will have perogies and poutine as well!
Spectra Food Services will have options for meat eaters AND veggies lovers, including:

Smoked & Packaged Meats 

Carmichael Smoked Meats makes incredibly delicious jerky and smoked meats, and uses specialty meats like Kangaroo, Bison, and Venison.
Rokeby Farms offers hormone-free, farm-raised meat that comes from happy animals that are cared for by the Ryan Family.
Stafford Brothers Meats will dazzle with their great tasting salami, pepperettes and jerky!
TruLOCAL will bring the meat to you – learn about their clean, locally sourced meat products

Other

Garlic King will be there with delicious spreads and butters.
Mr. Knife Guy learn knife techniques for that perfect cut.
Salt + Mustard is a small batch company that will dazzle with their infused finishing salts and artisal mustard.

Reason #2: The Drinks

The Beer and BBQ Show is bringing you insanely delicious drinks all under one roof so that you have the chance to try out beers and cocktails that you’ve never experienced before. You’ll get the chance to talk directly with the representatives to learn about where they get their ingredients, what sets them apart from competitors, and how they got started. Ask them what pairs well with their drinks, or what ones they would recommend. Or, if you’re not in the mood to learn, just grab some refreshing beverages to pair with your savory snacks and enjoy the great entertainment that the Beer and BBQ Show is bringing this year.


The Beer

Nothing pairs better with summer than a nice cold one. As soon as the sun comes out, people flock to patios and docks with delicious cold beers in hand. It’s a social drink. It’s a drink that pairs so well with whatever you want to throw on your bbq.

While beer is always delicious on a hot summer day, local craft beer takes things to a whole other level. The Beer & BBQ Show will showcase some of the most delicious beer out there, from stouts, IPAs, and lagers to sours, ales, and pilsners.

London’s Own
London is well represented at the Beer & BBQ Show, with five of the beer vendors being our very own local craft breweries. Make sure to stop by and sample some of London’s best brews at Anderson Craft Ales, Labatt Breweries of Canada, London Brewing Co-Operative and Powerhouse Brewing Co. 

Nearby
St. Thomas’ Railway City Brewing will also be represented at the event!

Ontario Craft Goodness
Ontario is full of amazing craft breweries, from Windsor and Sarnia to Vankleek Hill and Blyth, there are incredible flavors to be discovered up and down this amazing province, and the Beer & BBQ Show is bringing them all to you. The Ontario craft breweries represented at the show include: Cowbell Brewing Co., Hop City Brewing Co., Lake of Bays Brewing Co., Moosehead Breweries, Molson Coors, Singha Lager – FWM Canada, Upper Thames Brewing Company, Waterloo Brewing, Brew Windsor Microbrewery, Shiny Apple Cider, Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House and Wasaga Beach Brewing.

The Spirits

While it’s called the BEER & BBQ Show, don’t worry if you’re not a beer drinker, there are PLENTY of delicious options for you at this event. From cold brew coffee and Canadian whisky and ready-to-drink cocktails, to hard sodas and sparkling fruit drinks, you won’t be missing out on the delicious beverage side of things at this show. If you’re a fan of a gin smash, margaritas, hard cream soda, seriously sweet fruit drinks, or barely sweetened drinks that highlight the spirit, you’re going to find the perfect drink for you here.

They’ve got a great line up of spirit vendors, including Black Fly Beverage Company, Breezer, Crafty Elk, Dark Horse Estate Winery, Founder’s Originals, Junction 56, Mojitos Lounge, Mike’s Beverage Co. and SoCIAL LITE Vodka.

The Non-Alcoholic

If you’re looking to re-hydrate between samples, there will be plenty of refreshing, cold water for all, or for those die-hard coffee drinkers, your favourite caffeinated beverage at the Cream Beanery Café.

Reason #3: Beer Yoga

If you’ve never experienced Beer Yoga, then you’re missing out. It combines the relaxation and strengthening of yoga with delicious, delicious beer. This event is free for anyone attending the show, but it’s a good idea to register ahead of time so that you’ll have mat space and a beer sample to sip on. Cheryl, who is a certified yoga instructor, will take those participating through some yoga poses while they hold and taste their yummy beers.



Beer yoga has a fun and casual atmosphere. If you’ve never done yoga before, this is a great, easygoing way of getting introduced to it. If you have done yoga before, trying it while holding a beer will be a new and fun experience.

If you want to participate, the yoga times are Friday June 14th at 7PM, and Saturday June 15th at 2PM and 4PM.

Reason #4: The Music

There is very little out there that can beat the energy and atmosphere that live music creates. Having talented performers playing their songs right in front of your eyes takes an event to a whole new level. The Beer and BBQ Show has the distinct pleasure this year of having incredibly talented musicians to entertain us with their incredible energy, fantastic music, and dance-inducing music.



Friday
Friday’s musical talent brings a mix of pop, rock, and indie with catchy songs that will leave the event-goers wanting to sing along and bop to the music.

The headliner for Friday is Sloan, whose incredibly talented band members all share equally in the writing, the singing, and the playing of their music. They’ve been nominated for Junos nine times and have won a Juno! They’ve had over 30 singles throughout their time making music. Their catchy anthems will get stuck in your head for days to come.

The supporting bands for Friday are Texas King and Taylor Knox. Texas King is known for their high-energy shows and getting the crowd lost in their rock music. Taylor Knox will be serving up some fresh power pop songs with a distinctive sound.

Saturday
Calling all country lovers! Nothing pairs better with beer and bbq than the distinct twang and soul of country music. Saturday brings three incredible country bands that each have a unique and different sound.

The Reklaws will be headlining on Saturday. This brother/sister duo are award-winning artists that have a country-pop sound that will have your cowboy boots stomping and your jean-covered hips swangin’. It’s incredibly exciting to have this Juno nominee performing for us at the Beer and BBQ Show!

Sons of Daughters and Cory James Mitchell Band will be the supporting bands on Saturday night. Sons of Daughters is a modern country band that has silky-smooth vocal harmonies between Chrystal and Jimmy. Contrastingly, the Cory James Mitchell Band combines country blues with southern rock n’ roll in a gritty and emotion-charged sound.

Reason #5: Dueling BBQ

Competitions are fun to watch, but food competitions are even better. For those who can easily spend hours watching Food Network shows, the Beer and BBQ Show is giving you a chance to watch that kind of delicious fun live and in person.

This grilling competition will be pitting local radio show hosts against each other as they try to create and serve stacked-high burgers that are similar to those served at Paradise Cream (which is an incredible restaurant in downtown London that you really should check out if you haven’t already). Of course, as with any cooking competition, there is a twist! As with the show “Nailed It”, anyone watching this competition will probably walk away feeling better about their own grilling skills. Co-hosts will be narrating the entire duel, while we get to sit back, watch, and be entertained!


Bonus Reasons: Even More Entertainment

Those five reasons are enough incentive alone, but because the Beer & BBQ Show is giving attendees the most bang for their buck, there is plenty more fun and entertainment to be had.



Grilling Stage and Broil King Giveaway: Home Hardware and Home Hardware Building Centres are bringing you the chance to win a Regal S590 Pro Broil King Barbeque. That baby, which is valued at $1699.00, will be at the Broil King Booth, so make sure to stop by and enter the draw – no purchase necessary! The Draw will be held at 9 p.m. on Saturday June 15th, 2019. Looking to get a BBQ or learn more from our grill-masters? Check out our stage demonstrations, including four demonstrations from the Broil King team Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

20 Questions Trivia: Think you’re an expert of all things beer and BBQ? Take part in the 20 Questions Trivia show that is both interactive and engaging. Show off your skills as Steve, the trivia guru, sees who really knows their stuff. This event will be happening on Friday June 14th at 8PM, and Saturday June 15th at 1PM and 3PM.

FCSSC Games Area: Backyard games are an essential addition to any BBQ party, and the Beer and BBQ Show is no exception! There will be a whole area set up and hosted by the FCSSC team that will have a ton of fun and unique backyard games that you’re going to want to have at your next BBQ party! Enjoy a little friendly competition and see if you can reign supreme at these great, casual games.

LeafFilter Foosball Lounge: To further the fun and games, all foosball fanatics will enjoy heading to this lounge to play a rousing game or two. Face off against friends and see who has what it takes. Labatt Lounge: Of course if you need a little break from the fun and games and want a space to relax and enjoy your beer, you can head over to the Labatt Lounge and take a load off while you enjoy your cold one.

Click here to buy your tickets! 

The Pizza And Wine Project


It takes hard work to try and find someone who doesn’t like pizza. It’s just such a lovable food. Whether you enjoy the thick, fluffy, chewy, tender crusts, or the crispy, thin, topping-vehicle crusts, there is a pizza out there for you. What pairs perfectly with the hot, gooey mozzarella, the perfectly balanced sauce and your favourite fresh toppings? Wine. If I didn’t have to worry about health or nutrition, I could eat pizza and drink wine every night for the rest of my life and die happy. It’s that good. When it comes to pizza (and wine), we can get stuck in a rut of ordering the same pie from the same place over and over again. But there is a big city out there full of hot, delicious pizza pies that are just begging to be put to the taste test. You can’t truly know what your favorite pizza joint is until you’ve tried them all. So by that logic, Stereo Caliente Entertainment is bringing to London, The Pizza and Wine Project. If you’re wondering if you should go, the answer is an absolutely YES, and here is why: delicious food, incredible drinks, a beautiful location, great people, a worthy cause, and the chance to have your opinion count. Let’s take a look at exactly what The Pizza and Wine Project is so that you can mark it off on your calendars and prepare your body for the delicious experience.

The Quick Details

Where: Dundas Place, between Ridout Street and Talbot Street
When: June 1st, 2019
What time: 3:00pm until 11:00pm
Ticket Cost: $10 per person and kids under 16 have free entry
Part of the ticket sales will be going to support Bethany’s Hope Foundation.

What’s It All About

The Pizza and Wine Project is all about bringing local pizza places (as well as a couple of other food vendors) and delicious wine to you, all in one, entertaining space. It’s also about letting your opinions count, because those attending the event can vote for who they think made the best pizza. So you’ll be taste testing delicious ‘za and pairing it up with incredible beverages.

The Food

Of course when it comes to an event that is all about finding out which local joint has the best pizza, you’re going to want to know that the players coming to the table are the best of the best. And, oh boy, does this event deliver. The Root Cellar is the surprise pizzaria here, mostly because it’s not a pizzaria per say. Do not let that fool you. The Root Cellar makes seriously stellar pizzas that are going to have you questioning why they don’t just sell pizza since they do it so well. This local restaurant makes everything from scratch and believe in sustainability. They support local farmers by using fresh, local, and organic ingredients to create their delicious meals. Johnny Rocco’s Pizza Wagon is a mobile, wood-fired pizza catering company. They bring delicious, fresh, hot pizza, hand-crafted and baked in a hot wood-fire oven to your party. Anyone who knows really good pizza will tell you that the hotter the oven, the better the pizza crust, and their oven gets between 600 to 800 degrees! Italian House Pizzeria is a beloved London pizza joint. They only use real Canadian Mozzarella, source their produce from local farmers, and use free range chickens from Tillsonburg. When a pizza place can tell you exactly where their ingredients came from, you know you’re getting seriously fresh and seriously delicious. On top of that, from their dough and sauce to their meatballs and pasta dishes, they make as much stuff as possible from scratch. If you don’t like pizza (are there real people out there who don’t like pizza?), don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Field to Truck Mobile Eatery will be serving up non-pizza Italian dishes that are seriously going to satisfy your tastebuds. This food truck goes beyond by offering fresh, local, and healthy ingredients in their delicious meals. Ontop of that, they use sustainable businesses practices, which is exactly the kind of thing that we love to hear! With all of that delicious food and drinks, you didn’t think we would send you away without the chance to satisfy your sweet tooth did you? Coppa di Gelato will be at The Pizza and Wine Project, serving up their mouth-wateringly delicious gelato, which will give you the perfect ending to a delicious time. They only use the highest quality ingredients, like 100% Canadian milk, and natural cane sugar (and absolutely NO artificial sweeteners), to make sure that every spoonful is creamy and full of flavour.

The Drinks

If you’re not a fan of wine (no judgement here), you’ll still enjoy this event because there are a variety of tasty drinks available here. There will be three drink lounges: The Wine Lounge, The Mojito Lounge, and The Beer Lounge. The Wine Lounge is going to feature a ton of tasty wines from all around the world. Whether you’re a red wine and pizza person, or a white wine and pizza person, you’re going to find a delicious wine to suit your pallet here.

The Mojito Lounge is going to be serving up some seriously tasty sangria, as well as fun and flavourful cocktails from Crafty Elk. Crafty Elk crafts seriously delicious cocktails that are made with real juice and natural ingredients, because they believe in giving their consumers the best, which comes from nature and not from artificial preservatives, chemicals, and sweeteners. You can feel good about just how delicious these drinks are, knowing that it’s created from great ingredients.

While wine and pizza is the perfect match, beer and pizza is an incredibly close second contender. The Beer Lounge is going to have four of London’s own local, craft breweries serving up their most delicious, cold beers for your delight. One of the local breweries there is Anderson Craft Ales is a family owned business that uses Canadian-grown barley and North American hops. They’re known for hosting beer and bike events, as well as beer and yoga events. The London Brewing Cooperative is another brewery serving up tasty beers at The Pizza and Wine Project. They are all about using local, organic ingredients and ensuring that they’re using sustainable practices. Forked River Brewing Company is the third of the four breweries that will be bringing you seriously delicious cold ones. This company was started up by three University of Western Ontario graduates, who had been award-winning home brewers. They came together to create flavourful beers for our great city. Last, but certainly in no ways least, come Powerhouse Brewing. If you haven’t heard of this brewery yet, don’t feel bad! They’re the newest kid on the block, but they’re coming in strong with delicious, artisan brews.

The Charity

Bethany’s Hope Foundation was founded in 1995 when a little girl was diagnosed with the Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD), which is a terminal illness. At the time, there was nothing that medical professionals could do and no hope for a cure because there was not enough research on the illness, and not enough funding to support it. The foundation funds research into finding a cure for Leukodystrophy, as well as research into learning what the cause is, as well as how to control it. The foundation also educates the public about MLD, and continues to be the beacon of hope that families and the children with Leukodystrophy needs. They’ve put years and time and money into the research, and believe that they are right on the cusp of their hope being realized. For more information about the charity, and to find out how you can help, check out their website: http://bethanyshope.org/ The Location

The Pizza and Wine Project is taking place at Dundas Place, which is our city’s very first flexible street. What exactly IS a flexible street? It’s a space that allows for seamless transformation from a functional road to the perfect event space. During the year it functions as a regular two-way street, and when downtown events are held, the road gets blocked off and becomes this beautiful, inviting area where people will want to stay and play. If you haven’t had the chance to see it in person yet, you should get out there because it looks fantastic! It’s beautiful and is going to stay that way, as there is a budget in place to support continued maintenance and security there. Dundas Place makes Downtown London feel a little more inviting. So mark your calendars for June 1st and head on over to join us at The Pizza and Wine Project, where you can dine on delicious pizza and help decide who reigns supreme when it comes to delicious, hot pizza, all while enjoying some of the most delicious drinks out there! Have an idea of who you think will have the best pizza? Let us know! Click on any of the social media links below and tell us who you think will have the best pizza, and if you think wine, a cocktail, or beer pairs better with a hot, fresh, slice of ‘za! We’d love to hear your thoughts!

The Home & Outdoor Show Is Exactly What We Need After This Cold Winter

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It has been a long, cold winter. It felt like springtime was never going to get here. But when spring knocks on the door, the Home and Outdoor Show answers and brings with it an incredible event for homeowners, renters, DIYers, and people who love to be inspired by decor. The show has over 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services in 125,000 plus square feet of space. The exhibitors are experts in home, outdoor, gardening, decor, interiors, DIY, furniture, exteriors, and so much more.

No matter what you’re looking for, whether it’s inside the home or outside the home, this show has inspiration for you. You’ll get to see flooring, countertops, tiling, windows, landscaping, backyard oasis pieces, pools, decks, and garden fixes all under one roof. This is the place to learn from experts, find professionals for your next project, be inspired, and buy that perfect piece you’ve been looking for for your living room. For those looking to purchase, you’ll be in the perfect place to find competitive pricing and take advantage of incredible show-specific deals that exhibitors will have running. The Home and Outdoor Show is your go-to one-stop shop for everything your home needs.

We’re calling all DIYers, home owners, renters, builders, and people in need of inspiration to spend a beautiful spring weekend learning from experts, enjoying the entertainment, and even finding delicious treats at the Home and Outdoor Show.


At A Glance

Dates
Friday, April 12th
Saturday, April 13th
Sunday, April 14th

Times
Friday: 12PM – 7PM
Saturday: 10AM-6PM
Sunday: 11AM-5PM

Place
Western Fair District Agriplex
845 Florence Street, London, ON
N5W 6G6

Ticket Price
Advanced: $10.00
At the Door: $12.00
Senior (at the door only): $9.00 Students (ages 13-17): $5 Children (12 & Under): FREE

You can get tickets here.


Who Should Go?

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Whether you own or rent, we all have the desire to live in a space that showcases our personalities and brings us joy. The Home and Outdoor Show brings the excitement of spring into one building and showcases endless possibilities for your home. It’s the perfect place for both DIYers and those who prefer to hire professionals to find exactly what they need for future projects. This event has inspiration for both inside the home and outside the home. Whether you’re looking to create an outdoor oasis, or want to give the exterior of your home a makeover, or are looking to upgrade your flooring, there is something in this show for you. If you want some gardening inspiration, are looking to re-do a room or two in your home, or are looking for beautiful pieces of furniture or decor to add to your home, there is something for you in this show.

It’s the perfect place to talk to industry insiders who are in the know and have the answers to any and every question you have about how to make your home look and feel amazing. You can find professionals for that project you’ve been wanting to do inside your home for so long. You can attend any of the workshops or talks and learn straight from professionals.

This event is also a great place for those with an eye for design. If you enjoy breathing in inspiration and letting that inform your decor choices later on down the road, then this show is a great one to attend. The exhibitors will have beautiful booths on display to showcase their best work and to help fill your head with ideas for design.

The Home and Outdoor Show is a great place to bring the family, too! They have a workshop just for kids, and kids 12 & under have free entrance into the event! You can walk around and get some treats with the little one and let the displays inspire their imagination and curiosity.

It’s also the perfect place for bargain hunters to take advantage of great deals and competitive pricing. There will be multiple exhibitors present for every category imaginable, so you’ll be able to find the products at the right price for your home.


Who Will Be There



Walking through the Home and Outdoor Show you’ll get to experience hundreds of amazing exhibitors that will inspire your next home projects, both indoor and outdoor. People visiting the Home and Outdoor Show will see booths on flooring, custom cabinetry, luxury hot tubs, pools, gardening, gazebos, concrete designs, doors and windows, bath remodeling, granite and quartz accessories, custom wood products, landscape lighting, swim spas, landscaping, patio covers, roofing, interior decorating, mennonite furniture, fences, security, and more.

Experience incredible displays of products and services. You’ll get the chance to talk to the experts at their booths and ask any questions you might have. There will also be food exhibitors throughout the event to tantalize your taste buds.

You can check out the full list of exhibitors here.


The Entertainment

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On top of checking out all of the incredible exhibitors and getting inspired, show attendees can learn from industry pros and get all of the insider tips and tricks for transforming your home, both inside and out.

Take a look at the event schedule before you head to the event to make sure that you don’t miss out on the shows you want to participate in.


BX93 Backyard Bar & Lounge 

BX93 is hosting an indoor backyard Bar & Lounge with delicious BBQ food, drinks and backyard games!


The Performers
Lliam Buckley: Friday 1PM and 2PM & Saturday 11AM, 12PM, and 1PM
Sarina Haggarty: Friday 3PM, 4PM and 5PM & Sunday 12PM and 1PM
Justin Plet: Saturday 2PM, 3PM, and 4PM & Sunday 2PM and 3PM


Sign Party with Invited by Dani

Sunday, April 14th at 1PM
ONLY 20 spots available
Register by April 4th
Cost: $60 Register ​here

You know those paint nights where you choose a design, paint it during the night while you enjoy socializing and the general fun atmosphere, and then you take your design home? Well, this is basically that, but instead of making a painting, you’re making a sign. Those who sign up will get a wooden board, the stencils, the paint, and the wood finish waiting for them there. Dani will be there too, instructing everyone on how to create their perfect, modern, stylish sign. You can take a look at all kinds of stencils for inspiration here.

About Invited by Dani
Dani takes her degree in Graphic Design and her incredible taste and eye for design and creates beautiful and elegant custom invitations and stationary. She also hosts Wooden Sign Paint Nights. With Invited by Dani you get completely custom designs that are stunning, high quality and do not include all the extra fluff and pomp that many other Wedding day invitations come with. Check out her site.


Love Where You Live With Sabrina Smelko

This is a free event
Saturday, April 13th @ 12PM and 3PM

Sabrina Smelko is an HGTV personality, an award-winning illustrator, a blogger, and a designer. In this event, she shares her secrets and tips on how to improve the rooms in your home for cheap! She believes that everyone should be able to love where they live without needing to break the bank.


Home Depot Kid’s Workshop

This is a totally free workshop for kids that attend the Home and Outdoor Garden Show. There will be materials and tools as well as step by step instructions for kids to make either a bunny Easter basket or an airplane.


The Schedule

Here are all of the amazing workshops and presentations from industry experts that you can expect to see at the Home and Outdoor Garden Show.

Friday, April 12th
2:00PM: Safe At Home is an interactive workshop about Smart Home Products by the Home Depot
3:00PM: Just in Time Solutions: “Is it Hoarding or is it Clutter” hosted by Pauline Hoffman
4:00PM: Safe At Home is an interactive workshop about Smart Home Products by the Home Depot


Saturday, April 13th
11:00AM: Safe At Home is an interactive workshop about Smart Home Products by the Home Depot
12:00PM: Love Where You Live: Sabrina Smelko shares tips on how to improve your home on the cheap.
1:00PM: Just in Time Solutions: “Is it Hoarding or is it Clutter” hosted by Pauline Hoffman 2:00PM Learn about Upstaging Homes with Jillian Summers
3:00PM: Love Where You Live: Sabrina Smelko shares tips on how to improve your home on the cheap.
4:00PM: An interactive workshop to go through flooring products with the Home Depot


Sunday, April 14th
12:00PM: Safe At Home is an interactive workshop about Smart Home Products by the Home Depot
1:00PM: Just in Time Solutions: “Is it Hoarding or is it Clutter” hosted by Pauline Hoffman
3:00PM: An interactive workshop to go through flooring products with the Home Depot


Giveaways and Raffles

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The Home and Show has prizes, draws, and raffles and supports great charities with its proceeds.

She Shed He Shed Raffle

This fundraising event is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario. Two local designers are going to take on the shed challenge. One of the designers will decorate a shed for “him” and the other designer will deck out a shed for “her”. As part of the challenge is that they each have to use items from the Habitat ReStore. The finished sheds wil be on display during the Home and Outdoor Garden Show. People can purchase raffle tickets before and during the event. Corus Media will be broadcasting the raffle and the event. 100% of the raffle ticket sales will go towards building homes within the community. Lucky winners will get to take home a one-of-a-kind shed.

The Home Depot Grand Prize
People at the show can enter the giveaway draw for a chance to win an incredible giveaway prize from The Home Depot.

More prizes and giveaways are in the works!

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The Home and Outdoor Show is the best part of spring. It brings inspiration, informative industry experts, and so many great options for your home all under one roof. It’s great place for families to spend some time on the weekends enjoying the booths on display, listening to incredible music, watching the sessions and participating in workshops, and finding delicious treats to eat. Grab your tickets hereand enjoy everything this show has to offer.

Blood Sweat and Spin



Did you know that hematology (blood) cancer is on the rise within Canada? That’s a scary thought. From 2014 to 2016, the number of Canadians that are either living with, or are in remission from blood cancer
increasedby 25%. In fact, in Canada, it’s the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer.

Most blood cancers arenot genetic or inherited, but rather are an obtained mutation to the DNA of blood-forming cells. Those cells multiply quicker than healthy cells and are much less likely to naturally die. People who are diagnosed with blood cancer need treatment. Stats show that the number of people who live five or more years after they’ve been diagnosed with most types of cancer has increased over the past 10 years. Unfortunately, most often, people are not expecting to get cancer. It’s not something that you plan for. It’s something that happens and completely changes your world. Cancer treatment often comes with expenses that you’re just not expecting or able to pay for. In some cases, the burden of these expenses are just too much and people may not be able to receive their recommended treatments simply because of the cost.

When we hear about stuff like this, we have a natural desire to want to help, and while the vast majority of us are ill equipped to help with finding the cure for cancers, we still want to be able to do something.

Blood, Sweat & Spin is an event that is looking to raise money for blood cancer initiatives and the Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund. This event is raising money to be able to help blood cancer patients in very real and very tangible ways. Here is everything that you need to know about the event, including how to donate, how to participate, and what exactly this event is.

Information At A Glance

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:30am and 1:00pm (these are two different start times)
Location: The Factory, 100 Kellogg Lane

Register here.
Donate
here.
Back a cyclist
here(scroll to the bottom of the page).

What exactly is it?

Blood, Sweat & Spin is a “Spin-athon”. Basically, people sign up and raise funding to participate in this event. The event takes place with two different sessions on March 30th. The first session starts at 8:30am and the afternoon session starts at 1:00pm. Each session lasts for three hours. Participants will pedal on spin bikes for three 50 minute intervals with 10 minute breaks in between. While participants are encouraged to ride at their own pace, there will cyclist leaders there encouraging the riders!



If the idea of 3 hours of a spin bike sounds daunting, don’t panic! Participants can either sign up as individuals, or they can register in groups of 2 or 3. Groups will be able to split up who is riding each 50 minute interval. So if you sign up as a group of three, you’d only need to ride for 50 minutes.

Since this is a “spin-athon”, riders will have to raise the appropriate amount of funding. Individuals need to raise a minimum of $250 and teams need to raise a minimum of $350, but of course everyone is encouraged to raise as much money as possible.

Their ultimate goal is to raise $25,000 towards blood cancer initiatives, the LRCP Patient Assistance Program and the Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund. Blood, Sweat & Spin is happening on behalf of London Health Sciences Foundation.


What Can Participants Expect?

Participants can expect high-energy. The music will be pumping and the vibes will be all good. There will be cyclist leaders there encouraging you to push your limits and really relish in the “sweat and spin” part of the event name. Plus, there are many helping run this event or even signing up to participate in this event who have been directly affected by Blood Cancer, so spirits will be soaring as everyone comes together to raise this money and fund such an amazing cause.

 




Anyone participating can also expect to get incredible gear that is Blood, Sweat & Spin branded. That way the reminder to donate towards blood cancer initiatives will continue on even after the event as participants wear their cool gear around town and people ask what it’s all about.

Of course those who are sweating and spinning will need to have their strength replenished. Delicious food and beverages have been donated by sponsors, so all participants can expect delicious eats at the event. In fact, Power House Brewing Co, which is the craft brewery that is actually right in The Factory, will be offering cyclists a delicious beer sample after their ride.

There will also be prizes given out! There will be prizes awarded for the top fundraisers, and there will also be prizes awarded for the absolute best team costumes. While the full list of prizes is being kept a surprise, we’ll tell you about one so that you know what kind of awesome

prizes you can expect. If you’ve got a sweet team costume or you’re one of the top fundraisers, you could be walking away with an incredibly stylish Illbury and Goose toque/slouchy beanie.



An official after party will take place inside The Factory at the Powerhouse Brewing Co Brewery! Not only that, but anyone who participated in the event will receive 15% off their purchases at Powerhouse bar and shop. So participants and volunteers alike can get together after the event and celebrate the incredible accomplishments of the day.


How Can I Participate?

If you’ve read enough and know that you want to participate somehow, then there are four ways that you can do that.




Sweat and Spin

One of the ways that you can participate is signing up to be a cyclist at the event and commit to raising the funds needed to participate. Register hereas an individual or as a team. If you don’t have anyone willing to join as a team with you, but the idea of doing all 3 hours on your own sounds way too daunting, you can opt to join a team that has already been started head. Don’t worry about not knowing who your teammates will be, everyone at the event has a common goal and will be friendly and invigorated at the idea of raising money for a great cause. If you want to join another team, head over here, scroll down to the register button, and then click that you want to join a team.

Donate

Another way that you can participate is simply by donating! The factsare harsh: treating blood cancer costs twice the amount that it costs to treat any other kind of cancer. It takes longer hospital stays and the treatment is way more complex than with other kinds of cancer. Donating to this event will help them to reach their goal of raising $25,000 for blood cancer initiatives and patient assistance programs. You can donate here. You have the option of a one time only donation or a monthly donation amount. You can donate right up to (and including) the event day, March 30th!

Back a Cyclist

Imagine taking a three hour spin class. What a feat! You would be sweating buckets and really working your body. The cyclists participating in this event are going to be working hard for every dollar they raise. If you can’t participate in the event but want to support someone who is, then you can totally do that! To help an individual or team reach their fundraising goals, you can click here​, scroll to the bottom of the page. They’ve listed all of individuals and all of the teams that have registered so far. There are a lot of people signed up to sweat and spin that could use your financial support!

Spread the Word

One of the biggest obstacles for events like these is getting the word out there. People are inclined to give and to want to help when it comes to causes like this, but many people simply just don’t know that events like these exist. So try sharing an article, or talking to your friends about it. Spread the word so that more people have the opportunity to give.


Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund

We live in Canada, which means that many of our healthcare costs are covered by OHIP. While that may be the case, there are a number of expenses that come with cancer treatment that are not covered by OHIP that patients must pay for out of pocket. Those expenses are often unexpected and become too much of a burden to bare. Some of those expenses includemedications, wigs, mastectomy bras, equipment rentals, transportation, Lymphedema supplies, nutritional beverages, accomodations, parking, child care, and so much more. The LRCP Patient Assistance Program seeks to help patients who cannot afford this and might otherwise not be able to receive treatment because of this. Patients that are experiencing financial burden because of their cancer and their treatment can apply for assistance with the LRCP. Similarly, they can also apply for assistance with the Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund. The Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund program was created by Susan Goodreau to honor her husband who died because of cancer and works in a similar way to the LRCP Patient Assistance Program.



Blood cancer is a scary reality for so many Canadians. In fact, every 25 minutes a new Canadian is diagnosed with blood cancer and almost 20 Canadians per day die from blood cancer. Blood cancer isn’t something that you expect to happen. For Jocelyn, a 21 year old woman in her 4th year at UWO, two weeks of a sore throat that she couldn’t shake led to her doctor taking some tests. From those test they found out that she had Acute Myelomonocytic Leukemia. You can learn about her story here. For 29 year old Cristian, the news of his diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphona came as an unbelievable and devastating surprise as he was a young, healthy, and active individual. Cristian will be participating at the Blood Sweat & Spin event. You can hear about his story here.

Blood cancer is something that affects the lives of so many Canadians out there. It’s a scary situation to find yourself in. But we can come together as a community and spread awareness for events like Blood, Sweat & Spin, and we can together raise money for the initiatives and programs that help to change people’s lives and give them a chance to be a story of hope. So spread the word, donate, back a cyclist, or register to sweat and spin the day of. Do what you can to raise money and awareness for this incredible cause.

Wolf Performance Hall

The Wolf Performance Hall is London’s most impressive spot to present virtually anything you want, to have meetings, or to gather to view a performance. Located in the Central branch of the London Public Library, the Wolf Performance Hall does a brisk business as the place where London goes to take in an eclectic variety of performances, lectures, and other art forms. Regardless of the season, Wolf Performance Hall offers a lineup that is sure to please Londoners of all interests and walks of life.




History

The performance space that is now Wolf Performance Hall is also a part of the story of the changing face of how Londoners shop and interact with one another. The story of how the performance center came about stems from the efforts to revitalize the neighbourhood of Downtown London. After the optimism of the 1960s, the 1970s had been a rude awakening. Rapidly rising energy costs and expanding global markets meant that competition for jobs had become stiff. People were not just competing with their neighbours in the economy, they were competing with people on the other side of the world who could do their jobs faster and cheaper. The slow loss of manufacturing jobs and related forms of employment meant a reduced tax base, and a reduced tax base meant less money to maintain and improve vital sections of the city of London, including the downtown. As a result, urban decay began to set in, with abandoned storefronts, broken windows, and grime popping up here and there throughout the neighbourhood.

By the mid-1980s, though, the situation stabilized and the city was ready to give the downtown a makeover. Part of this revitalization was the growth of downtown shopping. Since 1960, the Wellington Square had occupied a prime location in the heart of downtown London, with 400,000 square feet of space and a pair of then-big name anchor stores: Eaton’s and Woolworth’s. By the time London needed to revitalize the downtown, Woolworth’s was gone; however, the Campeau company in 1986 announced that they were expanding the Wellington Square into the Galleria Mall, a new, flashy mall space in downtown London that would occupy over a million square feet of space, attract 75,000 customers per day in foot traffic, and feature big retail names like Eddie Bauer, Harry Rosen, and the Gap. It was a big dream and it proved to be quite controversial at the time. Downtown merchants accused the Campeau group of trying to undercut their business by taking foot traffic away from the streets of downtown London into the central space that would be the Galleria Mall. At the same time, it was uncertain whether or not downtown London could support such a gigantic retail space – the largest in the entire region of southwestern Ontario – given the existence of both Masonville and White Oaks Malls, as well as the several neighbourhood malls that London supported at the time.

These concerns proved to be quite true. The Galleria Mall opened in 1989 and immediately was put up as collateral by a suddenly bankrupt Campeau group. The foot traffic failed to materialize; profits remained stubbornly low, or non-existent, for the retailers who had opened up spaces in the revitalized mall. Less than a year after it opened, the brutal global recession of the early 1990s began and decimated retail shopping both in London and elsewhere. The transition from the Wellington Square space into the Galleria Mall had cost $175 million; when the Galleria was finally sold in 1996 it went for a relatively miniscule $51 million. That price tag reflected the circumstances the mall found itself in. It was 35% vacant, and its anchors were on their last legs. Eaton’s closed in 1999, finally deciding that accepting $35 per square foot in retail sales was completely pointless. The Bay followed suit in 2000, relocating to a pair of smaller locations at both Masonville and White Oaks. By the time the 21stCentury got underway there were only 20 stores still operating at the Galleria.

Dead malls have become something of a morbid fascination in recent years – check out Dan Bell’s Dead Malls series on YouTube if you’re interested in how malls across North America have been coping with the decline of shopping malls as a place where we come together to shop. The question always comes down to what you do with a shopping mall when the shopping goes away. How do you deal with a massive, mostly-empty space that costs a lot to maintain but isn’t going to be attracting any new retail business, thanks to suburban supercentres like Wal Mart and the Real Canadian Superstore, as well as the sharp rise in online shopping through sites like Amazon? You can’t very well just waltz in and tear the whole thing down; it would leave an ugly scar on the face of the downtown and would cost far more than it’s really worth. Leaving it empty is just as ugly, though, and attracts unsavoury elements to the area.

Moving The Library

One of the ways that cities have been able to deal with the dead mall problem has been to repurpose them for use by non-retail organizations. The Arcade Providence in Rhode Island repurposed their empty space into micro-apartments for young singles moving to the city to pursue work and education. Closer to home, Westmount Mall has partially solved the problem of declining retail spaces by leasing out their top floor to a collection of medical specialists who operate their practices out of former storefronts. The Galleria went down this path as well. The space that was Eaton’s has since become a call centre. Western University leased a large space in the mall for some of it’s continuing education programs. The Odeon Cineplex that had been one of the centrepieces of the Galleria in it’s mostly-imagined heyday was purchased by Rainbow Cinema (now Imagine Cinema), who moved their operations from their former location at Smuggler’s Alley (the long-since demolished London Mews mall downtown) to the Galleria. Fanshawe College opened up an expansion of the Theatre Arts program in the Galleria in 2004, and Citi Cards Canada– the consumer credit division of banking conglomerate Citi Group – opened 114,000 square feet of office space in the Galleria in 2006. Twenty years after it opened, the Galleria changed it’s name to Citi Plaza, to better reflect it’s new purpose as a vital downtown center of business, with a little commerce thrown in.

One of the key factors in this transformation was the transfer of the London Public Library’s Central Branch to the space that used to be The Bay. Opening the Central Branch at the Galleria required a great deal of exterior work to ensure that the proper architecture was in place. I once overheard someone referring to the original design of the Galleria Mall as “like a fortress” and this was quite an apt description. The architects went with a design that eschewed windows in favour of monolithic concrete. There were no exterior windows or street-facing shops at the Galleria Mall, which was fine for cutting-edge mall design in 1989. For the new, prestigious Central Branch of the city’s library system, however, it would not do. To this end, renovations included cutting actual windows into the building, as well as installing huge clerestories (those big windows that are set closer to the ceiling in buildings that direct light and air into the building and then down, flooding the place with natural light). The end result was an expansive and spacious feeling befitting the city’s main library.

The Wolf Performance Hall

The construction of the Wolf Performance Hall was one of the key features of the new Central Branch. Libraries are more than just a place to check out some books, after all. They are centers of research outside of universities, and they are also places for groups of all sizes to come together to meet and discuss. To this end, Wolf Performance Hall was designed to be the central meeting place, the biggest and best of all of the meeting places in all of the libraries in the City of London. The idea behind Wolf Performance Hall is that a stage is more than just a stage – more than just a plank of wood that you trot out on to do whatever it is you came to do. Fundamentally, a stage is about ideas, and more to the point, about bringing those ideas to life in front of other people. To this end, Wolf Performance Hall is built to accommodate just about any meeting idea that you can think of, including public lectures, trade conferences, group meetings, theatrical and musical performances, film festivals, single film screenings, fundraisers, dance recitals, and even weddings.

            Wolf Performance Hall features 370 seats, each of them fully accessible. Each seat has an attached lecture desk that swings out from under the seat, which makes taking notes during lectures or performances quick and easy. The stage features two separate screens, one upstage and one downstage (the downstage screen being slightly larger); the projection system for these screens is a state-of-the-art laser projection system. The lighting system is also on the cutting edge, with the lights being LED, powered by remote smart technology, and capable of a full range of motion. The digital sound system is a tasty surround sound system, but the Wolf Performance Hall also features a full Grand Piano for those who want to put on an epic acoustic performance as well. The stage floor uses an integrated spring system, allowing for a wide variety of dance and other physical performances to take place on it without having to worry about injuries to performers.




The Wolf Performance Hall is one of the busiest spaces in the entire city of London when it comes to lectures, debates, and performances. Past performances have included the Forest City Film Festival, a film festival dedicated to showcasing the best local and regional films from southwestern Ontario and beyond; films shown at the Wolf Performance hall for the festival have included local filmmaker Andrew Kooman’sShe Has A Nameas well as The Drawer Boyand On Her Shoulders. Children’s creative performances have always been a big draw, with the Little Theatre Company and Original Kids both displaying their skills and wonder on the stage at the Wolf Performance Hall. Comedy is another favourite; DeAnne Smith, a Montreal comic who scored a huge viral video with “Straight Men, Step Up Your Game”, put on a big performance at the hall in 2018. CBC London has also gotten into the habit of hosting performances. One of the biggest events of the year is CBC London’s Sounds Of The Season fundraiser, which aims to bring in donations for the London food bank. 2018’s lineup included jazz singers, chefs, choir music, and the delightful taste of free samples from London’s premier coffee company, Fire Roasted Coffee.

How To Get There

So, if the idea of having a place to see TED-style talks, debates, comics, singers, musical performers, dance troupes, films, and theatrical performances sounds like a good idea to you, the next question will inevitably be “how do I get there and, more importantly, where can I park?” The Wolf Performance Hall is located in the Central Branch of the London Public Library, in the Citi Plaza at 251 Dundas Street. This is the heart of downton London and it’s easy enough to get to by car or public transportation. It’s also within quick walking distance of London’s VIA Rail station. For those driving, parking is available directly at Citi Plaza; with approximately 1,500 parking spaces, you’re likely to find a spot. However, alternate parking is available in lots to the north and south of the London Convention Centre, which is located across the street from Citi Plaza.

If you’re on the other side of the spectrum, and you want to host an event at the Wolf Performance Hall, the Library makes this easy as well. The Hall uses the Eventbrite system to easily set up requests to host performances of any nature; simply fill out the form and wait for approval by the administration of the Hall.

The Cocktail Show

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Looking for fun things to do on the weekend while we wait for winter to end and the good weather to get here? Well, there’s an event coming to London that will help you forget all about the cold weather. The Cocktail Show is coming to London for the second year in a row. This event is all about the art of mixology and learning what exactly goes into making a delicious drink that you’ll want to be sipping on all night. It features cocktails from all over the world with the finest spirits and liquors. You’ll get to enjoy delicious tapas and incredible entertainment throughout the night and learn from experts. Take a look at everything that The Cocktail Show has in store for you and plan to attend this incredible event.


Info at a Glance

Here is all of the need-to-know for you to mark down in your calendar.

Date: March 23rd, 2019
Time: 3PM – 11PM
Place: Budweiser Gardens
Address: 99 Dundas St, London, ON

You can get your tickets here.

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How it Works

Because The Cocktail Show is all about delicious cocktails, this is a 19+ only event. That way you can enjoy the night without worrying about needing to show your ID for each drink you get. But make sure that you bring your ID to the event to get in at the door.

Advanced tickets to the event are $15, but if you wait and buy your tickets at the door the day of the event (if available), the ticket price increases to $20. If you go with some friends or as a double date, a squad pack of four tickets is $50. You can buy your tickets here. Keep in mind that space is limited, so there is only a limited number of tickets available.

Food and beverage tokens can be purchased here. Each drink or food token is $2.50. Drinks and tapas cost anywhere from one to four tokens.

There will be a coat check available at the event.

If you’re planning on enjoying this event to the fullest extent without having to worry about how you’re getting home, there are a number of London Transit routes that are close by to the Budweiser Gardens: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 102, 104, 106, 11, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, and 26. Calling a cab or taking an Uber is always a great choice as well. There is always the option to call designated driverservices to safely get you and your car home.