The rapid return of crowds to London venues and events was “entirely foreseeable” in the post-emergency phase of the pandemic, one historian says, as people live out their first restriction-free spring and summer since 2019.
Months after the province rolled back some of its biggest COVID-19 rules on masks, vaccine passport and capacity limits, the crowds attending London Music Week events this week have been at or near pre-pandemic levels, said founder and organizer Mario Circelli.
“We had a good crowd out for the kickoff showcase Sunday and (the) musicians for mental health (event),” Circelli said. “At our Made in London event at Eastside Bar and Grill, the manager told me it was the best Monday night crowd they’ve had in a while. The award show at Aeolian Hall on Sunday was incredibly well-attended. We had just over 200 people.”
London Music Week ends Sunday with an awards gala for rock, pop, country and other genres at London Music Hall, an event Circelli is optimistic will draw a sizable crowd. “We’re seeing a commitment from people to come out and see some live shows and support our own,” he said.
More than 7,000 Fanshawe College graduates flocked to Budweiser Gardens during three days of graduation ceremonies starting Monday. Western University also is holding in-person convocation ceremonies for the first time since 2019. About 8,000 students are…