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February 26, 2019

CRAIGACTIVE Slave Chapel Lecture

A CraigActive event.  Join us for a soup and sandwich lunch.  We start gathering around 11:30 am for coffee and social time.  Lunch (pay what you can, suggested price is $6.00) is served at noon followed by an interesting program led by Genet Hodder who was on the board dedicated to rescuing the Fugitive Slave Chapel which was a part that London played on the Underground Railroad.

More about the chapel as quoted in an article from 1926: ”

In what is the oldest district of London, in a place which in the early years of the last century was thoughtlessly and unfairly referred to as Nigger Hollow, from the fact that many colored people had made their homes there, stands a house known as No. 275 Thames street, which is hallowed with memories. It was the original African Methodist Episcopal Church — made over into a dwelling when the colored congregation improved its social and financial position, and they abandoned the old edifice to occupy the then new and handsome structure known as the British Methodist Episcopal Bethemanuel Church on Grey street, between Colborne and Maitland streets.

For many years it had been accepted that the original African Methodist Fugitive Slave Chapel of London had been torn down, but the writer was able, with the assistance of some old-timers, including Mrs. Robert Mawhinney, whose husband was for many years janitor of the city hall, and who previous to that appointment had been a policeman in London. Her nephew, Mr. Bradley, also assisted in the identification.

To Mr. R. H. Dignan, city registrar, the writer is also indebted for the tracing of the property back to the deed from the crown. The records in Mr. Dignan’s office show that William Clark, a carpenter, secured the original deed for a lot, 30 feet frontage by 110 feet deep, on Sept. 8, 1847, and that a month later, on Oct. 14, 1847, he “gave, granted, bargained, sold, released, confirmed and conveyed” this lot, comprising 3,300 square feet, for the sum of £ 22 10s, to the following, in trust for the African Methodist Episcopal Church: William Hamilton, Benjamin Harris, John Osburne, Henry James, Henry Logan, Thomas Wingate and George Winemiller”

Start: February 26, 2019 11:30 am

March 9, 2019

Rant Maggie Rant

Join us for a performance by Stratford’s own Rant Maggie Rant.  These Aeolian Hall regulars are pleased to perform here on Saturday, March 9, at 8:00 pm.  Legion Bar service. Ticket Price: $20.00 in advance and $22.00 at the door.   While Rant Maggie Rant sticks close to the musical roots of Ireland and Scotland, as well as the other 5 Celtic nations and Canada’s East Coast traditions, these melodies are usually supported by the band’s unique fusion of hand-drumming, dub/jazz bass, soaring vocals, harmonies and folk/blues/rock guitar. Led by fiddler Lindsay Schindler, the band is supported by centre stage vocalist Glen Dias, who also plays recorder and percussion, Barry James Payne on guitars/bouzouki, Daev Clysdale on whistles and accordion, Rob Larose on percussion and Steve Clark on bass.

In September, the band released its third CD, a self-titled effort that was recorded at its sold-out performance at the highly regarded Hugh’s Room in Toronto on St. Patrick’s Day, unbeknownst to the musicians and the crowd.

Start: March 9, 2019 8:00 pm
Tickets: 20.00
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March 23, 2019

DeDee and the O’s

Performing in the Hall for the first time we are pleased to present DeDee and the O’s.  Lightning can be found in a bottle; the moons can align; and a unique sound can be spawned from many genres, if the players are capable and committed to achieving something unique. Is it Jazz? Is it Folk Rock? Is it Speak Easy Blues? Is it A-Go-Go? Dedee and the O’s are all of those and so much more. Beautiful vocals, inspired lyrics, stand up bass; melodic guitar and Juno award winning drums combine to deliver some old classics; B-Side specials and new tunes all arranged and presented in a way that will transport you to an uncharted musical space; familiar, comfortable, finger snapping and fun. Are you ready for something new, something old, something different and something bold? Ladies and Gentlemen, please discover DeDee and the O’s.  Legion Bar service.

Start: March 23, 2019

April 6, 2019

Mudmen: Celtic Rock Warriors

Legion Bar Service.  Always entertaining and definitely unique, The Mudmen are a blast of Celtic energy whose members are known to be characters both on and off the stage. First discovered in 1993 as “The Campbell Brothers”, the band signed a deal with EMI Records and changed their name to “Mudmen” in 1998. Their music has been featured on Xbox and PlayStation games, NBC’s television show “Black Donnellys”, WWE Wrestling, Don Cherry’s  9, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27,29 hockey videos, The Mackenzie Brothers TWO-FOUR Special on CBC, HBO’S Shameless TV show, HNIC Coach’s Corner (Dale Hunter tribute), 6 music videos on Much Music, and they’ve reached top 20 on the Edge radio.

With nearly 3000 shows to date, The Mudmen Robby Campbell, Sandy Campbell, Jeremy Burton, Mike Meacher and Dan Westenenk believe that nice guys can finish first. While enjoying life & what you do translates to all audiences.

The Mudmen are building a legion of fans from young to old with career highlights such as 12 Canada Walk of Fame Ceremonies, the Leaf & Bruins Game at The ACC, opening performance for ZZ Top & The Guess Who,  over 40 cross Canada Tours, festival dates in America & Europe and a performance at TSN’s “For the Love of The Game” Canadian gold ring presentation with Sidney Crosby.

Start: April 6, 2019