This weekend, an eclectic mix of music and art shows will keep you entertained. It’s weekends like this — when no single event stands out as the must-see — that reminds me London has something for everyone.
Friday through Sunday, Festa Italiana will take over the Covent Garden Market. This festival always draws a crowd, if not for the delicious food (and food-eating contests), then for the variety of performers.
This year is no exception, with performances by local acts Orlando Valencia and his Pachanga Latin Band, Caroline Ferraro, and Genevieve Fisher.
A new addition to the festival, the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra will perform Verdi’s opera La Traviata on the steps of the market Sunday.
On Saturday, London rockabilly outfit The Allens perform at the London Music Club.
Joined by Sarah Burton, The Allens’ high-energy sets, which feature twangy harmonies and driving guitar riffs, are worth checking out.
The band will be releasing its debut full-length album in the fall, featuring guest vocals on one track by Ron Sexsmith.
Saturday’s show opens at 9 p.m and tickets are $7 at the door.
Also Saturday, Artfusion celebrates its 25th show on Aug. 25. The exhibit, launched by Ryan Mahy in 2009, showcases local artists who specialize in graffiti and urban art.
This month, pieces by Tony Welch, Gabe Griffiths, and Rawn Em will be on display. After Saturday’s event, they will be moved to the Artfusion gallery located in the east wing of Citi Plaza.
Artfusion starts at 7 p.m. on the Third Floor at APK Live, with DJ sets keeping the party going (and people dancing) well into the night.
Artfusion alumus Ryan Irwin opens a show of his own this week at The ARTS Project. Irwin’s pieces illustrate his skill as a graffiti artist, playing with a gothic, pop art aesthetic.
Irwin’s exhibit will be on display until Friday on the lower level of the Dundas Street gallery.
Finally, the Paul McKenna Band performs Friday at the Aeolian Hall. The group has travelled from Scotland to bring the Forest City its contemporary take on folk music.
Not straying too far from its roots, the five-piece band uses a selection of traditional instruments such as the bodhrán and tin whistles. Paired with upbeat fiddle riffs and strong vocals, the Paul McKenna Band is sure to put on a skilled performance.
Tickets are $20 in advance, available at Grooves Records, The Village Idiot or online at aeolianhall.ca. The concert starts 8 p.m.