Community Events

Community Events

Date Event Description Time / Location


ANIMAL OUTREACH CAT RESCUES adoptions for January 2015. 

All are 12-3pm.

Sat Jan 17th  Pet Valu-Highbury & Huron

                    Pet Valu-Oakridge Mall

Sat Jan 24th  Parish Hall-Windermere on the Mount (@Richmond). This is a BIG adoption day-up to 20 cages-some kittens, but mostly cats (over 1 yr old) this time of the year. Entrance to parking lot is from Windermere-just follow the signs & arrows.

Sat Jan 31st Pet Valu-Sherwood Forest Mall

Kittens are $75 & cats (over 1) are $50. All are spayed/neutered & have 1st shots. Also treated for fleas & worms.

If you are unable to adopt, please consider a donation (food/litter/cash). All donations go back to the rescue 100%.

Like us on FACEBOOK & check out the photo section. Or go to to view all adoptees.


INFO 12-3pm, Various Locations

Bell Let's Talk Day

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will contribute $.05 for every text message and long distance call sent by Bell and Bell Aliant customers to mental health related initiatives. In addition to phone and text, people will be encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health through social media and access information about the mental health community via the Bell Let’s Talk portal.

Recognizing that simply talking makes a significant impact in breaking down the barriers to mental health, the campaign encourages people to “start the conversation” about mental health and engage in dialogue with friends, family and co-workers.

INFO All Day, Canada Wide

Disney On Ice 2015 - Worlds of Fantasy

Thursday January 29th, 2015 - 7pm 
Friday January 30th, 2015 - 10:30am, 7pm 
Saturday January 31st - 11am, 3pm, 7pm
Sunday February 1st - 11am, 3pm 

INFO Showtimes Vary, Budweiser Gardens

Sail Away With Us - Musical

Tickets now on sale! Ingersoll Choral Society invites you to “Sail Away With Us” on a gala musical journey featuring songs from around the world. Our Dinner Theatre ‘cruise’ sets sail at the Elm Hurst Inn, Ingersoll, Fri. Jan. 30 and Sat. Jan. 31 with a full dinner theatre at 7 pm and a Sat. Dessert Buffet Matinee at 1 pm. Tickets available at Patina’s, Ingersoll or contact Glenn at 519-485-1938 or Tickets make great Christmas gifts! or find us on FB.

INFO see description, Elm Hurst Inn, Ingersoll

Art with Heart

Join us for 2 weeks of Art with Heart! 

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is pleased to announce two great weeks of local art! The week starts off at the Westland Gallery with a group exhibition by local and area artists on theme of matters of the Heart. During this time please there will also be a special afternoon hosted by Chartwell Royalcliffe Retirement Residence featuring an Art Fair and Silent Auction. 
The two weeks comes to a close on Valentine’s Day with a final reception at the Westland Gallery. 

Proceeds from both events go to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation. After a successful Art with Heart event last year, this year’s event promises to be an even bigger celebration of local arts and February Heart Month, which is the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s annual month of awareness. 

The Art with Heart art fair and silent auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 from 1:30pm-4pm at the Chartwell Royalcliffe Retirement Residence. The residence is located at 609 Wharncliffe Road South. Ticket are $5 and available at the door or in advance at the Heart and Stroke office located at 633 Colborne St Suite 180. The fair will feature art from emerging and established local artists of all ages. The event is an amazing opportunity to acquire some local art through these vendors and from this event’s silent auction. Light refreshments will be served. This event provides the community with a chance to enjoy local art while supporting a great cause. 

Keeping up with the Art with heart spirit, the Westland Gallery has joined the team to host an Art from the Heart exhibition being held from January 27th to February 14th, 2015. The Westland Gallery is located at 156 Wortley Road. The Gallery is having a group exhibition by local and area artists on theme of matters of the Heart. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each work will go to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 

The closing reception is on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 4-7pm. 

For more details on any of these events, please contact Denise Love at the Heart and Stroke Foundation at 519-679-0641. We look forward to seeing you at both the Chartwell Royalcliffe Retirement Residence Art Fair and Silent Auction and hope you can check out the Westland Gallery group exhibition. 

INFO see description, see description

Black History Month

Every year Canadians are invited to take part in the festivities that commemorate the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present, during Black History Month. This is a time to celebrate their many achievements and contributions that have allowed Canada to become the multicultural and diverse nation it is today. It is also a time to learn about the experiences of Blacks in Canadian society.

INFO Varies, Varies

Rogers Sports Celelbrity Dinner & Auction

Hockey legend Paul Henderson will be keynote speaker at the 2015 Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction at the London Convention Centre on Monday, February 2.

The Canadian hockey hero best-known for scoring the game-winning goal in the 1972 Summit Series will be joining sports celebrities including Gregg Zaun, Kurt Browning and more at the annual dinner. 

The event, now in its 59th year, is organized in support of the Thames Valley Children’s Centre in London. This year, the centre is celebrating 65 years of serving as a regional rehabilitation centre for children and young adults with physical disabilities, communication disorders, developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders, living primarily in Southwestern Ontario. TVCC serves more than 7,000 clients in the region.

The 2015 Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of London that evening.

For a complete list of attending sports celebrities, please visit Please follow us on Twitter at @LdnSportsDinner

What: 2015 Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction in support of the Thames Valley Children’s Centre

When: Monday, February 2, 2015

Where: London Convention Centre, 300 York Street, London, ON N6B 1P8

Tickets for the dinner are now available and can be purchased at

INFO 5:30pm, London Convention Centre

Toronto Sportsmen’s Show

The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show has introduced many generations to Canada’s outdoor heritage during its 66-year history. Many youth and adults alike had their first fishing, archery and outdoor experiences at the show.

That tradition continues with parents bringing their children to experience the same, while outdoor enthusiasts gather to learn about the latest tips and techniques from the pros while experiencing the latest in new products.

INFO Varies, Direct Energy Centre Exhibition Place

London Lightning vs. Windsor Express

INFO 7:00 pm, Budweiser Gardens

Fight for Sight Dodgeball Invitational Tournament


A Dodgeball Canada fundraiser to support Canadian Council for the Blind. This co-ed dodgeball tournament is comprised of teams with 6 to 10 participants in three divisions - to suit all levels of skill and age. Funds raised to to support CCB research and future initiatives.

For more info and to register a team please visit

Sponsored in part by Today's Country BX93

INFO 9:00 am, Saunders Secondary School

Valentines Dance

Valentines Dance Gerald Davidson And The Country Versatiles Kirkton Community Center Sat. Feb. 07/2015 8-12 pm. Lunch Provided 10.00 a Person 

INFO 8-12 pm, Kirkton Community Center

Cabin Fever Reliever Dinner and Auction

The Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex's annual Cabin Fever Reliever Dinner & Auction brings together friends, families, business and community leaders to advance the fight against dementia while raising funds for local programs and services. Over 350 attendees will join us for complimentary wine-tasting, dinner, an auction and the premiere of our new documentary short film that captures the personal journey experienced by several ASLM clients and caregivers.
Tickets include: a wine tasting reception with hors d'oeuvres, a four course dinner with complimentary wine and the opportunity to bid on exciting silent and live auction items all for $125! Order your tickets below.

INFO 5:30pm, Best Western Lamplighter Inn, 591 Wellington Rd, London, N6C 4R3

Taste of Canada! Trivia & Food Fundraiser

Taste of Canada! Trivia & Food Fundraiser Spend Valentine’s Day with your friends & family; reserve your spot (s) now for a n evening of Canadian themed trivia & food! All proceeds to fund The East London Optimist Club Canada Day Celebration. Raffles and door prizes, licenced under LCBO. Tickets are $30 per person Saturday, February 14, at 6:00 p.m. Trinity United Church & Community Centre Corner of Hale St. & Doulton St. Call 519-451-5930 or email for more info. 

INFO 6:00 p.m., Trinity United Church & Community Centre Corner of Hale St. & Doulton St.

Fundraising Event

For many years East London Optimists have hosted a great Canada Day Event open to the whole community. We are gearing up for another great event on July 1. The event is free of charge with great activities, music, fireworks and more.

In order to make this a free event for the community to enjoy, we are hosting a fundraising event on Saturday, February 14. We will have several courses of food from all provinces and territories, a Canadian Trivia competition, great prizes and lots of fun. Taste of Canada Trivia & Food Fundraiser Spend Valentine’s Day with your friends & family; reserve your spot(s) now for an evening of Canadian themed trivia & food! Only $30 per person All proceeds to fund The East London Optimist Club Canada Day Celebration! Saturday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. Trinity United Church & Community Centre (Hale & Doulton) Raffles & Door Prizes, Cash Bar

Phone Jack at 519-451-5930 or Larry at 519-860-3434 or email for tickets Best regards, Jack McSloy 

INFO 6:30 p.m., Trinity United Church & Community Centre (Hale & Doulton)

Really Chilly Road Race

Join us all day Sunday for Family Fun! We will be making the very best of the winter season and cold weather. Come out and support your runners while enjoying a day of winter activities. Runners, join us after you complete your 10K, 5K, 1 Mile or Kiddy Trot to enjoy all the fun activities that Family Fun has to offer. There is something for everyone and fun for the whole family!


INFO 9:15am, Western Fair Annex Building (900 King Street)

The London Newcomers' Club - "Get Acquainted" Coffee Night

The London Newcomers' Club is a non-profit organization for women who are new to the London area or are newly alone.  The club is hosting a "get-acquainted" information night for prospective new members on Tuesday, February 17th at 7 p.m. at Westmount Public Library (Ferraro Room B), 3200 Wonderland Road South.  

Please join us to find out about our club and activities.  

If you cannot attend, please visit our website at or call 519-641-5777 for information.

INFO 7pm, Westmount Public Library (Ferraro Room B), 3200 Wonderland Road South

Oxford Women in Networking Presents: What Message Are You Sending?

Oxford Women in Networking Presents: What Message Are You Sending? Find the Inner Essence of the Diva in You February 18, 2015 5:30 pm at Craigowan 595838 Hwy 59 N R.R. # 6 Woodstock, ON Speaker Jean L. Price A 2006 Canadian Women Entrepreneur nominee, known as the "Queen D.I.V.A" at The D.I.V.A COACH, she will take us on a little journey on how our appearance influences everyone we come in contact with, as well as everything we do. Did you know that within the first 30 seconds of meeting someone, they form their lasting opinion of you? Over 90 % of that decision is based on appearance - and you haven't even spoken yet! Come Join Us for this Fantastic Night. Information: contact or see Meet other women in Oxford County, for business networking or just to connect. - Lunch at Ody's in Woodstock at noon every Thursday. - Awesome Women's Tuesday Ladies Night at Kelsey's in Woodstock at 5:30 p.m. every third Tuesday (next: January 20th). - Tillsonburg Meet, Greet, Laugh, Learn Lunch at Kelsey's every second Tuesday (next: February 10th). - Lunch at the Elm Hurst Inn in Ingersoll on Wednesday January 28th at noon. 

INFO 5:30 pm, Craigowan 595838 Hwy 59 N R.R. # 6 Woodstock, ON

London Lightning vs. Brampton A's

INFO 7:00 pm, Budweiser Gardens

London Defeat Depression Walk & Talk

"London's first Defeat Depression campaign, a 'Walk and Talk' for mental health, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, starting at downtown Victoria Park. The event will consist of a 3-4 km walk, followed by a post-walk get-together (at an indoor location!), with a guest speaker, food, fun and a fundraising raffle/draw! The walk begins at 10:00 AM (registration starts at 9:00 AM). Free hot chocolate and tea upon arrival!

To register online, where you can sign up as an individual or as a team and then invite family/friends/coworkers to sponsor you for the event, check out the event website here:

The proceeds of London's first Defeat Depression campaign are going to two local mental health organizations - the London and District Distress Centre and CONNECT for Mental Health. The Defeat Depression campaign is run through Mood Disorders Society of Canada, a registered charitable organization (No. 883984817RR0001).

Hope to see you out on Feb. 28!" Contact information that may be posted is Todd Devlin at

INFO Registration begins at 9 am, Victoria Park in downtown London

London Lightning vs. Mississauga Power

INFO 7:00 pm, Budweiser Gardens

Toupee For A Day!

Join us for this new, exciting national event!  Wear your Toupee on March 4th and help raise funds for Wellspring.

On March 4, 2015 Wellsprings London and Region will be hosting a reception at Winks Eatery from 5-7pm to celebrate Toupee for a Day. This event will be a chance for Wellspring to recognize and thank sponsors and participants for their involvement. Attendees will be able to network and mingle while enjoying live entertainment.

EVERYONE can participate. There are NO restrictions based on age, location or physical ability. The only requirement is that participants wear their toupee for the day while continuing their normal routine. Large groups, small groups, entire families, entire companies, and school groups are all encouraged to participate. By sporting toupees for a day, participants will raise vital funds and awareness for Wellspring London. They will be “putting it on for the ones we love”.
Participants can register and there is no registration fee. Participants can register as a team or as an individual. Each participant will have a personal fundraising page where they can tell their personal story and collect donations.

The Wellspring “toupee” has been created using 10 different colours of “hair”. The “hair” represents a variety of different coloured cancer ribbons from some of the most common cancers, including a lavender ribbon for supporters. The emotional journey faced by people diagnosed with cancer, as well as those who support them, is very similar regardless of the type of cancer. Wellspring London supports ALL people affected by cancer and all cancer supporters.

INFO 5-7pm, Wink’s Eatery, Inc. – 551 Richmond Street, London

15th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast

The International Women's Day Breakfast is an annual fundraiser that takes place in support of the London Abused Women's Centre. Each year, the community gathers to bid on Silent and Live Auction items and other fundraising activities with the proceeds going directly to front-line services to support abused women in London. All of the items featured in the auctions and activities are generously donated by businesses in London and the surrounding area.

We welcome a keynote speaker each year to share their experiences while focusing on a particular topic that affects women. In our special 15th year we welcome Jasmine, a national advocate and public educator with Sextrade 101, a Toronto-based sex trade survivors organization. She frequently speaks at awareness events and training workshops on prostitution and human trafficking in Canada.

The morning is a great opportunity to connect with fellow community members, raise money for an essential cause and vital services for women, and hear inspired words from our guest speaker. We look forward to seeing you at the London Convention Centre on March 5th, 2015.

If you would like further information about the organization, please visit the website:

Breakfast is included in your ticket purchase.

INFO 7:00am-9:00am, London Convention Centre

Monster Jam 2015

Maple Leaf Monster Jam®, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks! The twelve-feet-tall,ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through! Monster Jam provides a massive night's entertainment tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colourful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. 

Pricing for P3 Seating: 
Regular pricing: $30.75
Discount rate: $25.75

Pricing for P4 Seating: 
Regular pricing: $21.75
Discount rate: $16.75

Show Times:
Saturday March 7th, 2015 - 12:30pm
Sunday March 7th, 2015 - 6pm 
Sunday March 8th, 2015 - 2pm

INFO Saturday March 7th, 2015 - 12:30pm, Budweiser Gardens

The Juno Awards

The JUNO Awards “road trip” is heading back to southern Ontario as The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and broadcast partner CTV, announced today that Hamilton will host The 2015 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week celebrations, March 9-15. The 44th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from FirstOntario Centre on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

INFO Varies, Hamilton, ON

Scott Woods Concert "Fiddling in the key"

Scott Woods Concert "Fiddling in the key"; Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m.; 470 Ontario St., Stratford; Advance tickets only 519-273-1527; Adults $25, Ages 6-12 $10

INFO 7:00 p.m., 470 Ontario St., Stratford

Bust A Move 2015

Bust a Move is a fitness extravaganza, bringing together hundreds of men and women for day of fun, silliness and sweat in support of the Breast Care Centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

With fabulous fitness sessions, dance-worthy beats, crazy costumes, punctuated with a celebrity guest, this is one event you’re not going to want to miss!

Whether you’re a new recruit, or joining us for ‘round two’, it’s time to lace up those runners, flex those fundraising muscles and get movin’ and groovin’ for breast health!

Rally your friends, challenge your colleagues and register today for an experience of a lifetime, and a chance to make a real difference for those in our community facing medical challenges like breast cancer.

INFO 7:30am-5:30pm, London Convention Centre

Anne Frank & Me Play

On the 70th Anniversary of the end of WW2, Fridge Door Live Theatre Company presents, the award winning play, Anne Frank & Me, by Cherie Bennett. Production runs April 28 - May 2, 2015. Tu - Sa (7:30p). April 24 (School Group Matinees), April 25 (2:00p Matinee). Tickets: $15/17/20. Web: http://www.AnneFrankAnd.Me

INFO see description, YFC Youth Centre Theatre, 254 Adelaide South, London, ON

London Baby Expo (Spring)

Today's Country BX93 is proud to present the Spring London Baby Expo!

Taking place at the Western Fair District, the Expo will be the place to be for the weekend!

Highlighting the finest local businesses and services, the Expo has something for everything from planning a baby to sending them off to preschool! Come check out the latest products, enter to win fantastic prizes, and shop, shop, shop! With over 100 exhibitors, many community resources, a mom-to-mom sale and more, you won’t want to miss the Expo!

Bring the entire family and stay for the day. We hope to see you there!

INFO Time Varies, Western Fair District

Watford Alvinston Optimist Road Race

Watford Alvinston Optimist Road Race Watford Arena Monday May 18, 2015. Victoria Day start time 8:30am, buses to start at 7:15am 8km run and walk 16km run see website for more details

INFO see description, Watford Arena

Huron Country Playhouse: Footloose

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the Grand Bend stage with exhilarating results.

A young rebel moves to a small middle-American town where dance is forbidden, and encourages all young people to defy the strict edict of the local pastor and call for a rock ‘n’ roll party.  In so doing, he brings healing to the heart of a town held back by the memory of tragedy.

Anchored by memorable 80s anthems “Holding Out For A Hero”, “Almost Paradise”, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”, and the self-titled track, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with warm hearts and open minds.

INFO Varies, Huron Country Playhouse, RR 1, B Line, Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0

Huron Country Playhouse: Legends ... of Rock 'n' Roll

From the creators of last year’s sensation, Twist and Shout: The British Invasion, comes another production in the perennially popular Legends series of tribute shows that will put a snap in your fingers and a song in your heart.

Relive the incredible discography from the 1950s through 1970s that forever changed the landscape of modern music.  The most important and influential rock and roll acts of the 20th century are here: Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers, Elton John, ABBA, The Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny & Cher, and many more.

Join us for a nostalgic celebration of the unforgettable sounds that shaped the minds and attitudes of an entire generation.

INFO Varies, Huron Country Playhouse, RR 1, B Line, Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0

London Baby Expo (Fall)

Today's Country BX93 is proud to present the Spring London Baby Expo!

Taking place at the Western Fair District, the Expo will be the place to be for the weekend!

Highlighting the finest local businesses and services, the Expo has something for everything from planning a baby to sending them off to preschool! Come check out the latest products, enter to win fantastic prizes, and shop, shop, shop! With over 100 exhibitors, many community resources, a mom-to-mom sale and more, you won’t want to miss the Expo!

Bring the entire family and stay for the day. We hope to see you there!

INFO Time Varies, Western Fair District




The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA®) is pleased to announce that London, Ontario has been selected to host the 39th edition of Country Music Week, September 8-11, 2016. This four-day music extravaganza will culminate with the Canadian Country Music Association Awards broadcast on Sunday, September 11.

Country Music Week will be held in London September 8-11, 2016 with the CCMA Awards Broadcast being held on Sunday, September 11. Before heading to London, Country Music Week 2014 and this year’s CCMA Awards will be celebrated in Edmonton, Alberta September 4-7. In 2015, Country Music Week and the CCMA Awards head to Halifax, Nova Scotia from September 10-13. For more details about the Canadian Country Music Association, Country Music Week and the CCMA Awards, please visit


INFO ., Budweiser Gardens & Various Locations, London ON

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