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Wally Duffield’s 2007 Chris Doty Award citation

By , November 3, 2014

The gentleman I’m honoured to introduce to you this evening, on behalf of the Brickenden Awards Committee, is known to everyone who attends almost any arts event in London! And I can tell you that he is loved by everyone. The accolades I’ve heard have been unanimously glowing in praise of his contributions to the arts and also of his delightful personality.

I’ve known Wally Duffield since the early …

JUDY: Stonewalled!

Reviewed by , October 24, 2014

JUDY: Stonewalled! was shown to a full house last Friday at McManus Studio at the Grand Theatre.

As soon as the audience enters the theatre, they are inside a vintage bar in New York City. There are three chandeliers on the ceiling and about six strands of Christmas lights of various sizes. The mood is warm and festive, with musicians playing at the back of the stage while the public sits down.

JUDY: Stonewalled! was originally showcased in a bar, and while McManus Studio is definitely not a watering hole, …

Northern Daughter

Reviewed by , October 23, 2014

A person’s roots can define everything they are in ways they least expect. This play is a gorgeous one-person show where Donna Creighton illustrates that truth with evocative stories and songs about life in Northern Ontario.

For a one-person show, this is among the most immersive I have ever experienced, with Creighton providing a wealth of characters on a beautiful canvas of the mind. Using a semi-autobiographical approach, Creighton uses those creations to create a powerful story rife with joys and sorrows that pulls you into the northern bush, avoiding cliche while tapping into a deeper truth. Whether it’s the romanticism of …

Blue Suede Shoes — The King, The Colonel, The Memories

Reviewed by , October 18, 2014

Elvis is in the Building

Elvis is in the building, and he has the passionate audience to prove it. Blue Suede Shoes — The King, The Colonel, The Memories kicks off the new season at the Grand Theatre, and if opening night is any indication, this show will bring in enthusiastic crowds.

The show is basically Elvis in concert, with the story of his life narrated by his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Roy LeBlanc, originally from London, is well known in the competitive world of Elvis impersonators. He first won the Collingwood Elvis …

Lost Soul Stroll 2014

Reviewed by , October 7, 2014

With October coming around again, London has another visitation of ghosts telling lurid tales of the Forest City’s past. This year’s version features some vivid storytelling and drama, but is hampered with a radically different venue that dissipates much of the atmosphere of the show.

Starting with an opening act hosted by the ghost of the notorious theatre impresario, Ambrose Small, as he, with his secretary and his sister, playfully attempt to solve the …