The Forest City is full of creative and passionate creators making local independent content for you to read, watch, or listen to as you enjoy your summer. 

Whether you’re looking to enjoy some local music, appreciate some artwork, listen to some interviews, or find a hidden gem, there’s a Londoner creating media for you to enjoy. 

So if you’ve run out of things to watch on Netflix and need a new podcast, new music, or something different to read, you’re in the right spot. Check out these fantastic options below to learn more about the people and organizations in your community!

See Collective

See Collective is an online publication founded on “the desire to inspire.” With beautiful visuals and unparallelled perspectives, See Collective focuses on arts, small businesses, creatives, and community events to “immerse you into the very fabric of the Forest City.”

A powerful photo from See Collective’s BLM London Protest gallery. Image via Instagram @see__collective.

Founded and operated by two black women, See Collective is committed to telling diverse and vital stories. Their recent fundraising campaign for the See Collective Black Artists Fund will pay for the contributions of black artists and visionaries as they share their stories through their platform.  

Find See Collective at https://www.seecollective.co/

 

London’s Pretty Cool Podcast

London’s Pretty Cool (LPC) Podcast, hosted by brother-sister duo Erin and Patrick Briggs, is the perfect introduction to the cool folks contributing to the arts, culture, and music scene in London, ON. 

Season two of London’s Pretty Cool launched in June. Image via Instagram @lpcpodcast.

The ideal antidote to the usual London catchphrase “we’re so average,” LPC Podcast sheds light on the many interesting, creative, and fun people, places, and things in the Forest City. 

Find the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you download your podcasts. 

 

Huron & Erie Regional Digest

Huron & Erie Regional Digest (HERD) is a new quarterly print publication produced by London and area artists and writers. There’s something extra magical about holding a print-only piece of work in 2020. 

The Summer 2020 issue of Huron & Erie Regional Digest. Image via Instagram @huron_and_erie.

HERD is full of illustrations, photos, archival images, and beautiful stories that will make you fall in love with our little patch of southwestern Ontario. They just released their second issue, “Summer 2020,” and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! 

Get your copy at https://www.huronanderie.com/

 

94.9 CHRW Radio Western

Radio Western is my go-to for the latest music, community-focused interviews, live shows, and community events coverage. I’m a big fan of their 24-hour theme days, including All Black Everything! during Black History Month, Indigenous Day Radio on June 21, All Women’s Voices Day on the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and Word Up! their 24-hour celebration dedicated to Hip-Hop culture. 

Radio Western is hosted their third annual Word Up! 24-hour Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture on August 8. Image via Instagram @radiowestern.

Almost all of the extensive programming is created by Western students and community members. So no matter what your taste in music is, there’s a show for you to enjoy! 

Tune in at http://radiowestern.ca/

 

The Localist

Brought to you by the fine folks at Good City Co., The Localist is a weekly curated e-newsletter full of London, ON sights, tastes, and experiences. Described as “an insider’s guide to London,” the lists are a useful tool for locals, newcomers, and visitors to explore the city. It’s a must-read for finding new hot spots in London and or if you want to remember classic Forest City favourites. 

The Localist arrives in your inbox each Thursday full of lots of London gems. Image via Instagram @goodcityca.

Enjoy the archive while they’re taking a break for the summer. But, don’t worry, they’ll be back in the fall with weekly profiles of Londoners. 

Subscribe at https://goodcity.ca/projects/the-localist

 

RETWEET 

If you haven’t listened to the podcast RETWEET yet, you’re missing out. Hosted by Londoners Lydia Mehari and Dina Haddish, RETWEET consists of “culturally relevant discussions with real people through an intersectional lens.” They talk about it all, including dating and sex, mental health, anti-black racism, feminism, and allyship.

RETWEET Podcast hosts Dina Haddish (left) and Lydia Mehari. Image via Instagram @retweetpodcast.

Their episodes are usually around an hour-long, so perfect for your lunch hour or commute. With 37 episodes (so far) over two seasons, once you start listening, you’ll wish there were way more! Plus, you can submit questions, suggestions, or comments to their totally 90s-themed Tumblr

Listen with Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you download your podcasts. 

 

Young & Free Press 

Young & Free Press is a new media outlet that features teenage journalists covering local news and events in cities and rural areas in southwestern Ontario. Past stories have focused on St. Thomas, Stratford, London, and Norfolk County. 

Three Young & Free Press teen journalists stop by the Ilderton Farmers’ Market. Image via Instagram @youngfreepress.

From interviews with local politicians and musicians to the pandemic’s impact on teenagers, these young journalists capture and share unique perspectives on arts, culture, and local news.

Find their stories at https://www.youngandfreepress.ca/

And then, last but not least, there’s…

 

LondonFuse 

LondonFuse has been around since 2009, in one form or another, serving as a treasure map for London. We focus on documenting and spreading the word about London’s unique culture and arts scene through our online publication.

We love our buttons here at Fuse. Image via Instagram @ldnfuse.

We love highlighting the local gems that make London, London. Our volunteer contributors write, photograph, and create content about what excites them in the Forest City.

Find us at londonfuse.ca 

 

Are there any local publications, channels, podcasts, or shows that I missed? 

Share in the comments so we can get listening, reading, and watching!

Feature photo by Gerard Creces. 

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