Animating our city



a partnership of the London Arts Council and London Free Press




Due to the COVID-19 crisis people around the world are facing unparalleled financial and social challenges. The question is, how do we here in London Ontario rise up to these challenges? How can we, as a community overcome the barriers created through the necessary collective act of social distancing?


The London Arts Council in partnership with the London Free Press is meeting this challenge head on by initiating a new online program called London Arts LIVE - Online (LAL-O). There are three important goals of LAL-O. First, LAL-O will provide local artists with paid work – something they now desperately need. Second, LAL-O will provide Londoner's of all ages and backgrounds, with a wide variety of LIVE arts-based performances and educational activities. This will enable Londoner's to connect, in real time, with members of the London arts community, and with each other. Moreover, this will provide families with experiential creative opportunities such as drawing, dancing, signing and writing.

LAL-O will also act as a fundraising base where Londoner's can send donations to support artists impacted by COVID -19. Visit to make a donation today, charitable receipts are issued online. Thank you for your support.

Schedule of Artists will be updated daily:

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Artists performing on Facebook Live: (click for links)


Antony Hare, Artist 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Londomblé, Musician 2:00pm - 3:00pm


James Kirkpatrick, Artist 7:00pm - 8:00pm


Doug Varty, Musician 8:00pm - 9:00pm


Live performances by professional local artists can animate events & engage the public, turning your space into a story.

London Arts Live has partnered with over 40 charitable organizations, businesses, and events. If you are interested in collaborating, please send an email to Jeremy Jeresky (Curator, Public Programs and Learning) at


London Arts Live showcases London’s artistic talent across all performative disciplines—dance, multimedia, music, theatre, visual arts, and more. There is no deadline to apply: we are always accepting applications to join our roster.

Artists performing as part of London Arts Live earn $50/hour (with multi-artist acts earning $50/hour per person) and can also collect tips during their performances.

Step 1: Online application process

You must be a resident of London, 18 years of age or older, and a professional artist (meaning you have developed skills through training or practice and continue to actively practice, you are recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, you have a history of public presentation, and you seek payment for your work).

Step 2: Jury process

Artist applications are reviewed by a jury, composed of senior arts professionals, that will select those artists who are best for our roster. At this stage, you may be asked to perform at one of our periodic, public auditions at Innovation Works (201 King Street).

Welcome to the London Arts Live roster!

If your application is successful, you'll join our growing roster of artists.

During our summer season, we will ask you to provide your monthly availability for regular and frequent gigs.

During our quieter winter season, we will contact you directly with specific gig offers.


For more information about London Arts Live,

please contact Jeremy Jeresky (Curator, Public Programs and Learning)



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