Whether you are looking to shop for art, enroll yourself into an arts related activity or enjoy a night of fine entertainment, be sure to browse the many artistic establishments in London, Ontario. You are bound to find exactly what best suits your desires. London has plenty to offer in the arts industry, so instead of looking into an expensive home to be closer to the Toronto entertainment scene, take a closer look at the arts community in London.
Museum London has been an important part of the local art scene for decades and it is a great place to spend the day, meet other artists in the visual art field, or learn more about the community of artists in London. Featuring an impressive permanent collection of fine art as well as artifacts, Museum London also offers regularly changing exhibitions of prominent national and regional artists showing charcoal drawings to abstract pieces, as well as short and feature length films, lectures and live concerts. Antique photos, documents and rare artifacts displayed together tell the story of London's history and that of the region of Thames Valley. Eldon House, which is London's oldest surviving home, is also part of Museum London, and tours are available year round.
The main building of Museum London is located in the heart of the downtown core, just next to the beautiful Thames River, a feature that has no doubt inspired local artists for decades. Furthermore, museum grounds are beautifully done with amazing landscaping. Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal clearly has no rival for this incredible museum! This serene setting makes this a great place to visit and have a picnic lunch beside the river to ponder and discuss all of the amazing art that you witnessed at the museum.
London Community Players is well known throughout the community, and is known as London's pivotal community theatre. These industrious thespians take time from their day jobs to present 6 shows a year, and their season runs from September to June in the 350-seat Palace Theatre, which is located in the east end of the city. Tickets to their many shows can be bought through the Palace theatre box office or via their website. The Palace Theatre in conjunction with the London Community Players are planning to launch a Million Dollar Capital Campaign in order to refurbish the beautiful heritage building and commence the Youth Theatre Programme as soon as funds allow for it to happen; perhaps you could donate some funds to this worthy cause.
And finally, The Grand Theatre, which is perhaps the most famous London arts establishment, has been an integral part of the London artistic community for well over a century. London's senior professional theatre presents major Canadian and international plays as well as musicals from September to May in the recently renovated 839-seat main stage. Alternative adult fare as well as fabulous family entertainment is also done separately in the intimate 150-seat McManus Studio Theatre. Theatre and reception spaces are also available as rentals when there is not a production being mounted, and the facilities that are available to rent are far more spacious and modern than most condos in Toronto. This theatre is also home to many diverse shows, such as local dance recitals and high school musical productions.
With all of the amazing arts facilities in London, there is never a shortage of plays to see, musicians to enjoy or classes to take. For more information on classes and workshops, visit any of the above establishments and they will fill you in on the inside information.