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No more mundane Mondays

Music Mondays continue all year round. Stay tuned for seasonal lineup announcements!

Music Mondays is a series of free lunch time concerts at the Central Library. Each show will feature London artists covering an array of musical genres throughout the year.

Music Mondays is proudly presented by the Wolf Performance Hall and the London Public Library, in partenership with CBC London, and the London Music Office.

Escape the mundane lunchroom and discover talented London artists!

Carly Thomas

Carly Thomas is an accomplished singer/songwriter who was born in Thailand and raised in Argentina, France, and various parts of North America. Aside from her powerful lyrics, Thomas' music is characteristic of various sub-genres including modern folk, rock, and country. Having played everywhere from street festivals in Paris to the folk circuit in Manhattan, Thomas is a seasoned performer with 3 studio releases under her belt. Her albums to date include Distance (2003), Up This High (2009), and Explode (2014). Spending almost a decade on Canada’s west coast, Thomas has recently returned to familial roots in London, Ontario where she received the 2015 Jack Richardson Music Award for Contemporary Singer/Songwriter. The return to Ontario’s music scene has been a welcome homecoming. Explode, which Thomas co-produced in London with Michael Marucci of Sonic Zen Studios, was nominated for EP of the Year by CHRW.

Esther's Family

Esther's Family is the musical embodiment of ugly sweaters and awkward photos. Based in London, Ontario, this collective of musicians boasts high energy shows and quirky personalities. They primarily play indie folk-rock music, but have been known to break out the odd 80s dance hit from time to time. After only a short period of time of performing together the group have already received high praises for their work, being awarded Fanshawe’s Music Industry Arts "Artist of The Year" award (2018), as well as winning he Youth Discoveries Road To Summerfolk contest (2018). The latter recognition gained them the opportunity to perform at the Georgian Bay Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival where they released their debut EP High Fantastical.

Jason Mercer

With a new single in the works, London’s Jason Mercer Band is ready to hit the country scene in a big way. After over a decade in the music business, the singer/songwriter has found himself on a new path, one that has him front and centre. And it’s been a long time coming. Known for bridging genres as the former frontman of both rock band Metro4, and country group Them Dang Rattlers, Mercer’s tastes continue to be eclectic, something that continues to be apparent in his work, even today. Now, the singer/songwriter has struck out on his own with his latest track I Choose You, encompassing a story that came from a very personal place. “It’s basically about a person who is nomadic — they travel here and there and move place to place, but at the end of the day they come home to the person they’re meant to be with,” he explained. “After travelling the world and living that life, they choose love.” Writing from the heart is nothing new for the musician, whose songs continue to draw from memories, feelings, and conversations.

Ben Hefferman

In both his songwriting and in his performing, the London, Ontario-based award-winning solo artist Ben Heffernan displays a maturity well beyond his 19 years of age. Over the past four years, Heffernan has worked hard to hone his performance skills, playing over 150 shows around Canada, sharing the stage with artists such as Justin Nozuka and Donovan Woods. Heffernan started 2019 strongly. He toured Ontario and Quebec in February, showcased at Folk Alliance International, played JUNOfest in March, and recently announced an Irish tour throughout April. The future appears to be bright for Ben Heffernan, as he looks to cement himself as a exciting emerging artist in the Canadian music scene.

Denise Pelley

Denise has performed with many great artists including acclaimed trombonist Ray Anderson, Gospel/Blues legend Jackie Richardson and Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook. She has opened for Aretha Franklin at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario. Denise has performed with symphony orchestras and festivals which have included the du Maurier Downtown Jazz Festival (Toronto), Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Royal Canadian Big Band Festival (London), Bluesfest (London), Waterloo Jazz Festival and Sunfest (London), among others. Denise also enjoys acting and has been part of The Grand Theatre (London) seasons performing in the Fats Waller musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, Wang Dang Doodle with Denis Simpson and A Streetcar Named Desire. Denise’s one-woman show, Jazzabel premiered in September 2004 at the McManus Theatre (Grand Theatre), London, Ontario to sold out audiences! In October 2005 Jazzabel was performed in Washington, DC at the National Museum for Women in the Arts and in February 2006 to audiences in New York City at Urban Stages Theatre. As well, she was premiered in the February 2006 issue of O (Oprah Winfrey) Magazine. Denise’s recording credits include seven CD’s. She is honoured with being the recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Deni Gauthier

Quietly building his own scene for the last 10 years or so, Deni Gauthier has been delighting audiences all over Canada, the United States, and Europe. His beautiful voice and lush ambient guitar playing, layered with just the right amount of understated live looping create a sonic soundscape quite like his last two studio albums: Quiet Town and Passenger. From a quiet whisper, sometimes with a firm nudge, Deni is able to somehow connect musically and lyrically with songs that wander along the path of the strangely beautiful things in life. Old love, broken relationships, people trying to find their way. Dark yet beautiful, simple yet entangling. Deni can be heard all over CBC and independent radio and has charted throughout Canada and the States with several #1 positions to his name. If he is not working in his own studio he can be found on the road, sharing stories and songs to listening audiences sitting quietly and comfortably somewhere.