By Will McGuirk
with Adam Sturgeon
The annual movable musical feast that is the Junos travelling from coast to coast to coast, city to city to city, provides an opportunity to spotlight the host city, its music, arts, food and heritage.
However a machine that big takes up space and can cast a shadow on the work of those already present, building, creating and making in their hometown, long before and long after the country pays and stops paying attention.
Adam Sturgeon is one of those builder folks in London Ontario, the 2019 JUNOs host,. We asked Adam for a guide to the city he has been involved in and he kindly agreed.
So if London is calling you this weekend, make room for some of Adam’s suggestions and mos def checkout his band of pals, WHOOP-Szo at the Toboggan Brewing Company, with Howzat and Voivod. And when his band comes to your town, pay attention to them then too.
Thank you Adam, so what should a visitor check out to get the Londoner’s London?
”For galleries you gotta check out Forest City Gallery and it's neighbour Good Sport. These are the most community minded spaces. FCG has an illustrious history, not only is it one of Canada's first artists run centres and a main player in establishing artists fee's (via CARFAC) it is also the home to the Hear Here Music Series and also the home to the Nihilist Spasm Band. During the Junos I'd also hit up Museum London for their "women to the front" exhibit, Print Pop at DNA Artspace (123 Dundas St) happening all day Saturday.”
”Call the Office remains a staple, rain or shine, and new spaces like the Baker's Dozen (B13) play host to a number of community events and organizations. One of the longest running venues nowadays happens to be home at the corner of Oxford and Adelaide. It's been many things from the Out of Sound House, to the Foam Doam and now simply the DOAM. It's great that the neighbours have never cared and offers a bit of seclusion for young bands to let fly. Luckily, this week is London Girls Rock Camp at TAP (The Arts Project). These lucky ones are the next generation getting the type of support and empowerment this city truly needs right now.”
One thing London definitely has is awesome record shops: Speed City, Grooves, Village Idiot and Odyssey are all totally unique to themselves and bringing in the right digs for all the different music lovers in London.
Finally, you gotta get some JOE; Rebel Remedy Health bar might swoon you with their herbal tonics, kombucha's and etc, but sure do make a mean latte. Same goes for Back Roads, Juicy Tings and Bicycle Cafe.“