I grow younger Come out and celebrate local theatre with The Fifth Annual DISH Awards, January 14th at the London Hilton.


Shut The Front Door to make $3000 donation to SARI Therapeutic Riding at January 10th shows


London's Shut The Front Door Improv opens 2014 with a $3000 donation to local charity SARI Therapeutic Riding at their January 10th shows Wits & Giggles at the London Music Club.

"This is certainly the way we wanted to start 2014. We are so pleased that with the hard work from our performers and the great support from our fans we were able to reach this milestone,” says Shut The Front Door's Artistic Director Brandon Rudd.


Jazz pianist Fred Hersch makes only Canadian appearance at The Aeolian Hall Feb. 1

Critically acclaimed jazz pianist/composer Fred Hersch makes his only Canadian solo appearance in 2014 on Saturday, February 1 at London's historic Aeolian Hall.

Recently nominated for his sixth Grammy Award, Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer and bandleader. He also remains an in-demand collaborator with other noted jazz performers.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1955, Fred Hersch began playing the piano at age four and was composing music by age eight and winning national piano competitions starting at the age of ten. He has been awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, his music has been featured on a wide variety of radio programs including NPR’s Fresh Air, and he has taught at prestigious institutions such as The Juilliard School. Mr. Hersch is currently on the Jazz Studies faculty of The New England Conservatory and at Rutgers University.


The Best of 2013 as selected by The Beat Magazine readers and contributors


What follows is The Best of 2013 as selected by The Beat Magazine readers and contributors. Nominations appear in no particular order. A special thanks to those readers who took the time to participate in compiling this year's list.

Hope you enjoy reading the nominations!


Three Part Series - London and the golden era of pro wrestling

Part I: London and the golden era of pro wrestling

It was a typical raucous, ear-piercing, fun-filled Wednesday night back in September 1957. The venerable old London Arena was shaking to its very foundations from the never-ending chorus of cheers, boos and catcalls from the fans and thuds from the glorious gladiators crashing about in the ring.

The near capacity crowd of close to 3,500 screaming diehard professional wrestling fans, men and women alike, young and old, toddlers and grannies among them, either roared their approval or hurled abuse at the antics of the infamous Soviet brothers, the Kalmikoffs and their opponents, the Brunetti Brothers as they did battle in the centre of the squared circle.

This was nothing-out-of-the-ordinary, just standard fare for the Forest City. London stood out as one of the major centres of this wildly popular form of sports entertainment through the 1950s and into the ‘70s. London and cities like Detroit, Hamilton, Toronto and Buffalo, along with smaller communities like Woodstock and Ingersoll, were the places to be along the famous pro-wrestling circuit of the day.

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