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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.


Hitting the Trails with Western's President Alan Shepard

Your host Daniel Bennett and Western’s President Alan Shepard start at the iconic University College building on campus, then hit the trails with canine companion, Meisha in tow. Alan talks about his unexpected path ‘through the looking glass’ to the field of academia and his arrival in London from his roots in Minnesota. Daniel and Alan share their thoughts on the impact of the pandemic and whether the changes we have seen and experienced are, in fact, permanent. Alan reflects upon the question of how we can engage younger generations to in-person art and culture experiences in the face of a digital world and speaks passionately about the history of the University – its buildings, the campus, the experiences – that shape the Western experience and community. Not to be outdone, Meisha demonstrates the relaxing value of a full stretch out in the middle of an intersection (not recommended for our walkers), and makes sure that Daniel and Alan not only take in the sights of the Thames River trail, but also the scents! Keep your eyes peeled for the groundhogs …!

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

How to Walk the Walk:

1. Locate the walk map on our website 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.

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

Episode 3:  Saturday October 10 -  Kicking It Through Kipps Lane  with special guest Marie Williams, owner and chef – Reggae’s Caribbean Restaurant.

Did you miss Episode 1 with Emma Donoghue? Click here for A Walk Through Wortley with Emma Donoghue.

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