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6 EpisodesProduced by Grand Theatre - London CanadaWebsite

Explore new communities and landmarks in London, Ontario through the stories of the people who live and work in our neighbourhoods. Your host, Daniel Bennett, is joined each week by a special guest starting with award-winning author, screenwriter and playwright Emma Donoghue.


There is Always Something New to Discover in Old East Village

In the final episode of this first season, Daniel walks through Old East Village with Adam Sturgeon - proud father, Polaris prize nominated musician and award-winning business owner of Rezonance, a screen printing internship program for Indigenous youth. As their route takes them past many inspiring public art installations, murals and mosaics, they discuss the complex make-up of the businesses, services, homes and residents of OEV community. Adam shares his thoughts with us on the issues of 'houselessness' in London and the growing divide between the underserved and affluent Londoners.  He stresses that culture is always at top of mind for him as a father, in is music, in his work with youth and his advocacy for the First Nations communities. Daniel and Adam pass many iconic businesses whose strong roots in OEV have given the neighbourhood a distinct feel - Aeolian Hall, The Market at Western Fair District, London Clay Art Centre, Libro Credit Union, and of course So Inviting Dumplings - and are quick to share their varying dumpling preparation recipes. Boil? Fry? How do you 'dumpling'? Adam and Daniel open the invitation for you to meet the passionate residents of this amazing part of London and discover the many hidden gems in OEV.

Walk the walk or listen from wherever you are in London, Ontario or across the world.

How to Walk the Walk:

1. Look at the map and learn your route. If you have a printer, download and print the map or simply follow the map from your device when you arrive at the starting position. You can find the map on our website by clicking here.

2. Download the podcast.

3. Travel to starting position located on map.

4. Press play and keep directions close by.

5. Take a selfie along the route and tag us on social media @thegrandlondon

A transcript of the conversation with accompanying photos is posted on our website for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities or for those who prefer to read. Click here to access.

We invite you to access previous podcasts with Emma Donoghue, Dr. Alan Shepard, Marie Williams and Natasha George and Kathy McLaughlin.

This is the final GRAND Walk of this debut season. Let us know what you thought of the series - we'd love to hear from you!. Email us at with your thoughts and comments.

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