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See how industry experts cook, mix & pair at the 2020 Wine & Food Show! Don’t miss the many tasting seminars, cooking demonstrations & more! 

entertainment bios  |  entertainment schedule  |  Entertainment exhibitors

Featured Entertainment 

Sarina HaggartySarina Haggarty (Thurs. Jan 16 @ 6PM)

Sarina Haggarty is an inspirational figure for many. With the wide amount of support and fans, Sarina has performed in many venues in her hometown such as London Music Hall and Aeolian Hall. Successfully selling out London Ontario’s top venues, her music branches out into every genre possible. She has had encounters with artists such as Sarah Smith, Kim Churchill, George Fox, Tyler Shaw, Shawn Mendes and Mark Schulman.

Being involved with FCLMA (Winning Fan Favourite 2018), Bethany’s Hope Foundation, Make-A-Wish, LHSC, she always uses her music ability to raise money for various charities in any way possible. Sarina frequently gets interviewed on National Radio stations and has had many articles written on her journey. Radio stations such as Country 104, CFPL 980, 103.1 Fresh Fm, Fm 96.7, Jack Fm, CBC London, Easy 101 and CHYM 96.7. She has shared her journey with companies such as CBC and Rogers. Her music has gained attention from many in the music industry for her soulful songs that are beyond her years. She is looking forward to releasing new music this year.

 


Yodas KitchenYoda’s Kitchen (Thurs. Jan 16 @ 6:30PM)

Yoda Olinyk is the chef and owner of Yoda’s Kitchen - London’s only plant-based catering company! Vegan cooking has taken Yoda on the road (and internationally) catering plant-based weddings and corporate events. She focuses on creating innovative recipes, healthy food from scratch and zero-waste cooking classes. You can find Chef Yoda at monthly cooking classes at Jill’s Table, pop-ups around the city, speaking at Veg Fests around the country, summer festivals and this year. Watch for Yoda on the London Food & Wine Show cooking stage, where she’ll be making a vegan cheese fondue with thick-cut bread for dipping!

 


Great SpiritsGreat Spirits (Thurs. Jan 16 @ 8:30PM) 

Al Aguilar, Joel Jacobs and Todd Taylor collectively known as Great Spirits, is a three-piece fusion group founded in London, Ontario with members hailing from Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver, respectively. Their sound can be described as an eclectic mix of Rock, Funk, Jazz, and R&B. Formed in late February of 2017, the band has already gained a loyal following of music aficionados within London and The Greater Toronto Area. The group’s inception began when Al Aguilar, a seasoned bass player new to London from Los Angeles, met Toronto-based drummer Joel Jacobs at a Jam at East 765 Bar. The two hit it off almost immediately with an intuitive interplay of bass and drums. Shortly after, Vancouver guitarist Todd Taylor met Al at a show at the London Music Hall. The two talked about common musical interests and both being new in town, decided to set up a jam with Joel, who had also moved back to London to open his music school Junction Beats. As they say, the rest is history. The three musicians were in sync. Playing off each other effortlessly, they made their debut and almost immediately caught the attention of London’s musical elite. The name Great Spirits comes from a love of good company, great drinks, positive energy and a reverence for those that have come before.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/greatspiritsmusic

 


PMA John MacPhersonPMA Spirits - John MacPherson (Thurs. Jan 16 & Fri. Jan 17 @ 8:30PM)

John MacPherson, Scotch Specialist for PMA Canada, represents 12 of the world’s most prestigious brands of Scotch Whisky, including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, The GlenDronach, Bunnahabhain and more. A Scotch fan for life, John has immersed himself in the lore, craft and history of this fascinating world. He enjoys nothing more than sharing these stories along with a few drams of these amazing Scotches!

 

 

PMA Aaron MalePMA Spirits - Aaron Male (Sat. Jan 18 @ 4PM)

Aaron Male is an award-winning Toronto-based bartender, mixologist, and sous chef, with almost twenty years of industry experience. Recently stepping into the role of Canadian Brand Ambassador for Disaronno and Tia Maria, he has worked at some of Toronto’s more popular establishments. He started off as Head Bartender and Mixologist at Brassaii, a popular supper club in the entertainment district. He then ran the cocktail program at beloved Italian restaurant Campagnolo. He also worked at Miss Thing’s, an extremely popular tiki bar and restaurant as well as being the bar manager at the cozy speakeasy style cocktail bar, The Cloak. He also spent several years at Hamilton’s legendary and longstanding restaurant, La Cantina.

Aaron transitioned to mixology after being inspired at the Canadian Restaurant and Food Association trade show by three experienced bar tenders who taught him about mixology, fresh juices, and infusions. He has been widely acknowledged as one of Toronto’s most talented bartenders, Male was formally recognized as the Ontario Grey Goose Pourmaster champion in 2014. A strong cocktail competitor, he regularly places in the top two in both provincial and national mixology competitions.

Aaron’s bartending style focuses on maximizing flavor with the fewest number of ingredients, always focusing on freshness. Career highlights include the creation of custom cocktails for Global Television’s The Morning Show and running multiple cocktail classes and competitions. He has also created custom cocktails for an Oscar-nominated actor.


Melissa MeganMelissa Megan (Fri. Jan 17 @ 6PM)

Melissa Megan is a Country Soul artist with a little honey, a touch of lace, and a lot of love for her community. Melissa was the first Country artist to ever be selected to represent Honey Jam Canada at Honey Jam Barbados where she performed at the prestigious Frank Collymore Hall in Bridgetown, Barbados. From there, she has landed performances at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN, Trackside and Parkjam Music Festivals in London, ON where she shared the bill with Thomas Rhett, Brett Kissel, Meghan Patrick and Brothers Osborne, and numerous stages across Canada. She earned an Honourable Mention in the Canadian Songwriting Competition for her original song “Grow Up” co-written with Beth Marie Anderson. Melissa is fuelled by passion, grit, and determination. She has carefully crafted a debut project and, with the help of a strong team of Grammy and Juno nominated producers, will debut her hard work in 2020. Join Melissa’s team and be a part of her journey by following her on:

Website: www.itsmelissamegan.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/itsmelissamegan 
Instagram: @ItsMelissaMegan
Twitter: @ItsMelissaMegan

 


Northern ClearingNorthern Clearing (Fri. Jan 17 @ 6PM | Sat. Jan 18 @ 1PM & 2:30PM in the Sparkling Lounge)

Northern Clearing is a new London-based folk trio, built on the foundation of many eclectic musical styles. Having played with previous groups in London, Corey, Lauren, and Trevor each bring unique experiences, resulting in a grassroots type of sound with a focus on vocal harmonies and composition. Although they’re busy writing new music and exploring creative ways to feature each of their talents, the trio loves to find clever or unique ways of celebrating other artists’ music during their performances.

The trio is excited to continue finding ways to create unique and engaging music, and is delighted to play for the Wine and Food Show. Please feel free to ask any questions or say hello, they’re always happy to chat!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/northernclearingband  |  Instagram: @northernclearing


Phoenix Fitness for the ArtsPhoenix Fitness for the Arts (Fri. Jan 17 & Sat. Jan 18 @ 8PM)

Discover your inner power while watching a dance showcase performed by the team at Phoenix Fitness for the Arts. The theme for their performance is Powerful - tapping into the power of human connection/ physical power/emotional power!

More About PFA:
The happy beginning of PFA began in the early spring of 2019, owners Kayla & Sarah found themselves searching for the same thing, a studio to call home. Coming from fitness backgrounds, as well as instructing jobs, and having the desire to continue their love of movement throughout their 30’s, they both came to chatting one day about these aspirations and goals. Kayla had been one of the performers in Sarah’s performance Heels company and each one admired the others creativity, strength and drive, the harmonious balance within the friendships was immediately apparent. Merging the aerial world with the dance world seemed to be a perfect collaboration and, in the summer of 2019, they dove in head-first and began renovating the beautiful studio we now call PFA. Come February, they will be starting the very first adult Aerial & Dance Performance Company and will have their first show as BLK STILETTOS in June 2020.

 


Patrick James ClarkPatrick James Clark (Fri. Jan 17 @ 9:15PM)

2019 brings a debut to the country music scene, with Canadian born singer-songwriter Patrick James Clark. His brand-new release crosses genres and pushes boundaries to infuse groove, rhythm and story-telling with a fresh and modern country sound. This new music is just a small sample of what’s to come from this independent artist who spends the majority of his time writing music for both himself and others. Having already had the opportunity to share the stage with Canadian country acts such as Chad Brownlee, The James Barker Band and The Reklaws, this newest release is just the beginning. Don’t miss your chance to catch his next live performance and stay up to date on all of the latest news by the following him online on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.

Website: www.patrickjamesclark.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/patrickjamesclark
Instagram: @patrickjamesclark
Twitter: @PJClarkMusic

 


Connor MorandConnor Morand (Sat. Jan 18 @ 3PM)

“Fitting a mold is not something I’m interested in.”

In many ways, Connor Morand has broken his own barriers throughout his musical journey. Originally born in London, Ontario, Morand developed an appreciation for all musical genres very quickly. Beginning as a folk artist, he searched to find his own artistic identity while still maintaining his love of diversity.

Enter Morand’s 2017 release of “Everything Is Gold / Believe”, a double-single project that showcased his ability to transcend into the alternative pop realm. The release was promoted with a stunning around-the-world music video for the lead single, “Everything Is Gold”, which spans 60 locations and four continents over six months of filming. This caught the attention of multiple TV and radio networks across Canada, including MuchMusic, CBC, CTV and Global News.

While many suggest that Morand continue to ride on the success of that release, he is more interested in continual craft development, the mark of a true artist. His newest single, “94 Corolla”, is a hip-hop infused pop track that explores the idea of life’s biggest moments happening in familiar, average spaces. Specifically, two lovers entrenched in a moment of potential heartbreak in a 1994 Toyota Corolla.

The song was co-written and co-produced with fellow Canadian artist UNBLOOM, whom Morand has also worked with to co-write and perform as guest vocalist on UNBLOOM’s 2019 release “Best Believe”, a hook-driven electro-pop banger that has been described as “impressive (Atwood), “outstanding” (LeFutureWave), and “thoughtfully crafted” (The Music Mermaid).

Morand has a lot to be thankful for, and continues to create thought-provoking, powerful records that are a breath of fresh air in the vast musical landscape.

 


SaveriaSaveria (Sat. Jan 18 @ 6:30PM)

Saveria is a 22 year old singer, songwriter and producer from Ottawa, Canada. During her formative years she was exposed to many flavours of music— accordingly, her voice reflects a smooth rhythmic R&B quality, with the infectious precision of pop music, and an unmistakable psychedelic soul. Saveria began singing at the ripe age of 8, and took to it quite naturally— by age 14, she had already developed a competence for guitar and songwriting. 

To date, Saveria has performed all over North America: making several notable radio and television appearances along the way. In 2017, Saveria complimented her musical prowess by graduating with a diploma in Music Industry Arts from Fanshawe College. She credits this experience with sparking her love for music production, a skill that she has only continued to refine. She eventually joined (co-founded) a collective band called “Daytrip.” Their EP “Sleep Through the Madness” dropped in May of 2018— its soulful vocals and psychedelic pop fusions have garnered wide-ranging appeal. Saveria is poised for success and accompanied by a fresh body of work, this year has already broadened her horizons, she has graced the stages of iHeart Radio Fan Fest in Toronto, Festival D’ete in Quebec City, and the Cavendish Beach Festival in P.E.I.

Now, fresh off winning CTV’s The Launch Season 2 (EP3), Saveria’s single “Down to the Roots” has charted #3 on iTunes Canada, and plays nationwide on Hot AC radio. Saveria is poised for success and accompanied by a fresh body of work, this year has already broadened her horizons, she has graced the stages of iHeart Radio Fan Fest in Toronto, Festival D’ete in Quebec City, and the Cavendish Beach Festival in P.E.I.

 


Lobby Aerialists (Performances on the hour, every hour throughout the event)

Paige WoodburnPaige Woodburn
Paige Woodburn is a grade 12 student at H.B Beal Secondary School. She began dancing at the age of five, and joined a competitive team at the age of seven. Paige also trains in the circus arts; aerial hoop, trapeze, and contortion at Studio Cirque. She has competed as an aerialist with Team Canada at the World Championships of Performing Arts, where she won a gold medal. Paige has performed across the USA including Disneyland, Disney World, and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Most recently, she was selected as dance captain for a week-long dance intensive with Be Discovered, an entertainment company for performers. She is thrilled to provide entertainment at the London Wine and Food Show again this year.

Website: www.hoopcontortionist.com
Instagram: @hoop_contortionist

 

Julia Aerial ArtistJulia
Julia has trained since the age of 3 in tap, jazz, ballet and acro under the syllabus of British Association of Teachers of Dancing. In 2016 Julia had the privilege of being awarded their Associate Diploma of Acrobatic Dance. In 2010, her dream of becoming a professional circus artist began its journey. Fortunate to have been invited, she attended the École Nationale De Cirque in Montreal, for two intensive summer programs. In 2016, as a solo aerialist, Julia succeeded in becoming a finalist in the Rise 2 Fame Youth Talent Search. In 2018, as a partner in a duo aerial act, Julia became runner up in the Rise 2 Fame Youth Talent Search. Fall of 2019, another dream began its journey. Julia along with her sister, commenced their first class of dance students at their own Dance Studio, “JK Dance”.  Julia continues to pursue her aerial and acrobatic training at the Toronto School of Circus Arts. She specializes in aerial hoop, trapeze and silks. She also maintains skills in partnering, tumbling, handstands, floor acrobatics and contortion. Showing her passion to reach out and inspire the lives of others through her performances, Julia has showcased her acts at summer fairs and private/corporate functions throughout Southwestern Ontario. It is a privilege to be asked to return to the Western Fair District Food and Wine Show for a second consecutive year!

Website:  www.julia-withers.com
Instagram: @julia.aerialist


Guided Sommelier Tours with Jamie West 
 

Jamie West

Locally grown wine, beer, and spirits aficionado! Jamie West is a certified Sommelier and Beer Specialist, Jamie teaches in the School of Culinary Arts, Tourism and Hospitality at Fanshawe College and worked in private members’ country clubs across Ontario. For the past 5 years, Jamie has been training the next generation in hospitality at the London Training Centre. Jamie is passionate about sharing her wine knowledge and ready to elevate your tasting experience! Only available Thursday/Saturday Afternoon.

 

Group package for 6 individuals - $210.00 tax incl, and includes:

  • One hour guided educational experience for wine lovers with Jamie West
  • 6 Admission Tickets
  • 4-5 Samples of wine per person

6 Sessions Total

  • Thursday @ 6PM -  SOLD OUT
  • Thursday @ 7:30PM 
  • Thursday @ 9PM 
  • Saturday Afternoon @ 12:30PM - SOLD OUT
  • Saturday Afternoon @ 2:00PM - SOLD OUT
  • Saturday Afternoon @ 3:30PM - SOLD OUT
**PLEASE ARRIVE 5 MINUTES PRIOR TO SCHEDULED TIME AND MEET AT Guest service booth at booth 724x**

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Entertainment Schedule

TIME EVENT LOCATION
Thursday, January 16th    
5PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
5:30PM Fanshawe - Cooking Demo Cooking Stage
5:30PM Salt and Swine - Charcuterie Pairing Sampling Room
6PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
6PM Sarina Haggarty Entertainment Stage
6:30PM Yoda’s Kitchen Cooking Stage
6:30PM Fanshawe - Pairing Sampling Room
7PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
7:30PM Field to Fork  Cooking Stage
7:30PM Salt and Swine - Charcuterie Pairing Sampling Room
8PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
8:30PM Great Spirits Entertainment Stage
8:30PM Fanshawe - Cooking Demo Cooking Stage
8:30PM PMA  Spirits  Sampling Room
9PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
9:30PM Windermere Manor/Restaurant Ninety One Cooking Stage
9:30PM Fanshawe - Mixology Sampling Room
10PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
Friday, January 17th    
5PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
5:30PM Fanshawe - Cooking Demo Cooking Stage
5:30PM Salt and Swine - Charcuterie Pairing Sampling Room
6PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
6PM Melissa Megan Entertainment Stage
6PM Northern Clearing Sparkling Lounge
6:30PM

Field to Fork

Cooking Stage
6:30PM Fanshawe - Pairing Sampling Room
7PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
7:30PM Chef Bill Presents Cooking Stage
7:30PM Salt and Swine - Charcuterie Pairing Sampling Room
8PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
8PM PFA Showcase Entertainment Stage
8:30PM Fanshawe - Cooking Demo Cooking Stage
8:30PM PMA  Spirits Sampling Room
9PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
9:15PM Patrick James Clark Entertainment Stage
9:30PM

Windermere Manor/Restaurant Ninety One

Cooking Stage
9:30PM Fanshawe - Mixology Sampling Room
10PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
Saturday Afternoon Session, January 18th    
12PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
12:30PM Fanshawe - Cooking Demo Cooking Stage
12:30PM Ben Heffernan Entertainment Stage
12:30PM Steven DiMora - Vieni Estates Winery Sampling Room
1PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
1PM Northern Clearing Sparkling Lounge
1:30PM Fanshawe - Pairing Sampling Room
2PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
2:30PM Fanshawe - Cooking Demo Cooking Stage
2:30PM Salt and Swine - Charcuterie Pairing Sampling Room
2:30PM Northern Clearing Sparkling Lounge
3PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
3PM Connor Morand Entertainment Stage
3:15PM Fanshawe - Mixology Sampling Room
4PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
4PM PMA  Spirits Sampling Room
Saturday Evening Session, January 18th    
6PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
6:30PM Fanshawe - Cooking Demo Cooking Stage
6:30PM Saveria Entertainment Stage
7PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
7:30PM Windermere Manor/Restaurant Ninety One  Cooking Stage
8PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
8PM PFA London Showcase Entertainment Stage
9PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby
9PM Fanshawe - Cooking Demo Cooking Stage
9:15PM Stacey Kay Entertainment Stage
10PM Paige & Julia Aerialists Lobby

**ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**


Entertainment Exhibitors & More 

Company Name Description Website
Diamondz Designated Drivers Driving service www.diamondzdd.ca/
Eatdrink Inc. Food & Drink Magazine publisher www.eatdrink.ca
Elgin Travel & Cruises TravelPlus Travel Agency www.elgintravel.ca
Mr. Knife Guy Mr. Knife Guy offers a stunning line of Professional Grade Japanese Whetstones by Seuhiro & German Steel Kitchen Knives from the Rhineland Cutlery Line. Shop Online www.mrknifeguy.ca www.mrknifeguy.ca
Music Central Entertainment DJ & Photo Booth www.musiccentral.ca
Oakwood Resort Located in Grand Bend on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron, Oakwood Resort is Southwestern Ontario’s favourite destination for family vacations, getaways, conferences, weddings and group celebrations featuring 124 rooms, suites and cottages, a par 70 18 hole golf course, full service spa, outdoor ice rink, restaurant, dining room, indoor heated saltwater pool and sauna and more! www.oakwoodresort.ca
Pic Me Up Photo Booths Inc. Photo Booth with instant branded prints www.picmeupphotobooths.ca
S & D Rustic Decor Locally sourced One of a Kind handcrafted Live Edge Charcuterie Boards.  
The Perfect Wine Opener - Unidem Sales Inc. The Perfect Wine Opener! This ingenious new wine opener uses air pressure to pop? the cork from the inside out without damaging the cork. Inside The Perfect Wine Opener Gift Set, you?ll find everything you could ever need to open, pour, and store your favorite wines. But make no mistake about it: These are NOT your average wine accessories.
Here?s why: The Perfect Wine Opener Considered by many to be the World?s Easiest Wine Opener,? the Perfect Wine Opener does NOT require you to pull, tug, or rip the cork out of your bottle. Instead, it uses the power of air to pop? it out  with zero spillage and no little cork pieces floating in your first glass. Just insert the needle into the bottle, pump it a few times, and watch as the cork slides out with ease. Push. Pump. Pop. It really is that simple.
https://unidemsales.com/product/smart-living-wine-opener-kit/
The Windermere Manor & Restaurant Ninety One The Windermere Manor is a conference center and banquet hall with an upscale casual fine dining restaurant www.windermeremanor.com
TheWineStuff.CA (Floating Wine Glass & Hide Your Beer Cozie) The Wine Stuff Company. We are a Canada Based company and all items are in Canada $ on our website. We have the world wide patent Floating Wine Glass (The Beach Glass), World WIDE PATENT The Wine Hook. Plus our newest item the KEEP YOUR BEER HIDDEN AND ICE COLD in a stainless steel water bottle. The Beer Cozie. Please refer to our website www.TheWineStuff.CA to review our brands & use promo code Paddle20 for a 20% discount of regular retail. www.TheWineStuff.CA
Vitality Assurance Vacations - Living Stone Golf Resort Mini Vacations: Dine, Spa, Golf, Ski, etc. www.livingstonegolfresort.com

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