Get ready! It will be a busy weekend in London, Ontario this week. There will be cake, celebrations, commiseration and even Chantal to check out! What does that mean exactly? Let’s take a look!


Homemade for the Holidays

Everyone loves cake, right? Well, sweet-toothed Londoners are in for a major treat come 7 pm on November 11th, 2012. None other than The Cake Boss himself, Mr Buddy Valastro, will be steaming into town with his Homemade for the Holidays Tour. Centennial Hall will hosting his cake decorating extravaganza and lucky Londoners are the first stop on the tour list for this TLC celebrity.

Santa Claus in parade, in Toronto

Santa Claus Parade

Do you know who else is coming to town? Well, you better not pout. You better not cry. You better not shout. I’m telling you why…

The Big Guy will be driving his eight tiny reindeer into town this Saturday, November 10th with the lead-off to events starting at 6 pm. That’s right, Santa is coming to town for the 56th annual Santa Claus Parade! The parade begins at Egerton and Dundas, and winds its way through downtown ending at Dundas and Ridout St. Along with all the bands, floats and of course Santa, there will parade officials collecting non-perishable food, new teddy bears and toonies for the toonie toss collection. Of course other donations are gladly accepted, with charities like the London Salvation Army, Shriners, My Sister’s Place and Women’s Rural Resource Centre benefiting from your generousity. Don’t forget your letters to Santa as well!

Chantal Kreviazuk at the Red Hot Weekend

Speaking of Red, there is someone else coming to town that is Red Hot. She might not have the same clout as the jolly man in red, but she does packs a wallop in the vocal department. Chantal Kreviazuk will be heading to London this week with Orchestra London as part of their Red Hot Weekends. She will be at Centennial Hall on November 9th and 10th, 2012 at 8 pm. This is the two-time Juno award winners début in London, so get your tickets before they are gone!

Lest We Forget

It won’t be all laughs and giggles this weekend though, I’m afraid. The weekend will wind down with a more serious note on Sunday November 11th, beginning at 11:11 am for the annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the Cenotaph in Victoria Park. There will already have been a nod to the veteran’s who served during the Santa Claus Parade (theme this year is Lest We Forget). As the lonely bugle cries, everyone present will also bow their heads in remembrance of all those that have fought to protect this great country of ours – Canada. This is a free event, but donations are always more than welcome and go to a good cause. So remember to pick up your poppies and head down early to make sure you find a space to pay your respects to all that have offered their lives and services for the good of our freedom and country. It is the least we can all do.