The perfect pairing is just around the corner…

You know them, you love them… perfect pairs. Peanut butter and jam, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Netflix and chill, Dutch people and strange tastebuds. You get the idea. One of these things are always great, but with its complementary other, life becomes complete.

You know what else makes a perfect pairing? Dinner and a show. And where better to experience something like this than at one of London’s greatest concert venues within one of London’s culinary hotspot neighbourhoods? Indeed, I’m talking about Aeolian Hall in the Forest City’s Old East Village.

And we’ve taken it one step further… our good friends at the Aeolian helped us pair four upcoming shows with surrounding restaurants that are but a stone’s throw from the Hall. There’s a little something for everyone so get out there and make a night of it!

1 – Old timey, acoustic folk music & Vietnamese gold

DATE: Saturday, June 24
SHOW: Spencer Burton wsg Dan Edmonds, & Bill Needham

Spencer Burton
Photo via Facebook / @spencerburtonmusic

Classic Canadian folksters and a Vietnamese restaurant. Why you ask? It’s pretty simple: in his 2015 video for “Death of GoldSpencer mows down on some tasty looking Pho therefore, bingo. Chi-Hi, one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in town located at 791 Dundas Street, serves up some of the best Pho, plus incredible banh mi.

Pho at Chi Hi London Ontario
photo via Facebook / @ChiHiRestaurant

And, bonus… it’s directly next door to Aeolian! What a match.

2 – Indie, artsy, jazz & authentic comedor Latino

DATE: Wednesday, June 28
SHOW: Only a Visitor wsg Koine Project

Only A Visitor Band
Photo via Facebook / @OnlyAVisitor

Only a Visitor is a young jazz band from Vancouver, BC en route east to jazz festivals in Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. Koine Project is a local classical/experimental/art ensemble featuring members of Wormwood, You’ll Never Get to Heaven, and more.

So, Let’s call a spade a spade, besides the jazz and classical aficionado, this is a show for hipsters. And what do hipsters love more than anything else? Why, tacos of course! And there’s no other place than True Taco at 784 Dundas Street.

True Taco London Ontario
Photo via Facebook / @truetaco

Check out Only A Visitor’s video right here.

3 – Canadian classic rock & good old Italiano fare

DATE: Thursday, July 6
SHOW: Myles Goodwyn Up Close and Personal
RESTAURANT: Tony’s Pizza

Myles Goodwyn April Wine
photo via Facebook / @MylesGoodwyn

Myles Goodwyn is the front man and founding member of Canadian Classic Rock band, April Wine and is currently on tour promoting his new book Just Between You and Me.

Photo by @MuskokaMan via Trip Advisor

So, why Tony’s? For classic rock you need to have classic London – and few restaurants are more classic London than Tony’s Pizza at 980 Dundas Street. While their pizza is delicious, their deep-fried panzerotti might just be the tastiest football shaped meal in Forest City.

Or get one of their pasta dishes for an authentic taste that takes even the staunchest Italian critics immediately back to Nona’s kitchen. Good thing Aeolian is a seated venue and this is an acoustic show. Rocking might be hard after the gargantuan portions. You might want to make plans for your leftovers.

4 – Celtic goodness & simple, fresh, local grub

DATE: Monday, July 10
SHOW: Runa
RESTAURANT: The Root Cellar

Runa Band
Photo by Isaac White via Facebook / @RUNACeltic Music

Runa is a Celtic super group based in the USA with members hailing from the States, Canada, and Ireland. Watch their video for “The Holy Ground,” and fall in love.

Their music can be likened to the earth itself… its fresh, raw, and good for your soul. Obviously, the natural pairing is The Root Cellar, London’s pioneer in local, organic food that is as tasty as it is good for you. You don’t have to go far, The Root Cellar’s just down yonder at 623 Dudas Street.

The Root Cellar London Ontario
Photo via Facebook / @TheRootCellarOrganicCafe

So there you have it London… some perfectly planned out and paired up evenings just for you. Get out and about to support local in every way you can!

For more information or to buy tickets head to All restaurants featured are accessible.

Feature photo via Facebook / @TheRootCellarOrganicCafe


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