LOLA (London Ontario Live Arts) Festival returns for a third year: September 18-20, 2008

    LONDON, ON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - For a third consecutive year, LOLA (London
Ontario Live Arts) Festival is back to transform London Ontario's downtown
core. Live musical performance, visual art, and creative technologies, will
take to the streets over the span of three days, beginning September 18-20,
    More than 20 musical acts, including headliners: Holy Fuck, Do Make Say
Think, Plants and Animals, Off The International Radar, will perform. Live
music will revolve around the band shell in illustrious Victoria Park, London
    The visual art component will feature downtown canvasses with four-sided
light boxes and billboards, plus various building walls and store fronts.
Visual artists feature local talents, David Merritt and Michael Chapin, along
with nationally renowned artists Kelly Mark and Dave Dyment.
    Festival Director, Andrew P. Francis, is thrilled that in three short
years, the festival has garnered the support of the city of London, Mayor's
office, tourism London, and has acquired provincial support from the Ontario
Cultural Attractions Fund.
    "We're excited to bring LOLA back for another year," says Francis.
"Londoners are very passionate about their music and art, so it's fantastic
that the local community has embraced the festival and that other communities
are beginning to get involved."
    Since its inaugural year, LOLA has caught international attention and
praise from press members of the BBC (UK) Der Speigel (Germany), and Hollywood
Today (USA).
    Past years have set the stage for Canadian indie favourites including
Tokyo Police Club, The Constantines, Final Fantasy, Basia Bulat, Shad, and
    LOLA aims to physically move citizens into creative zones that
emotionally move and inspire people. Officially recognized by the city of
London as an integral part of its vision as a creative city, LOLA is part of
London's new cultural renaissance. With more than 70,000 students pouring into
London each September, LOLA acts as an important cultural ambassador to the
incoming student population, inviting them to create and participate in its
contemporary vision of their community.

    All outdoor events are free to the public.

    For more information on LOLA, scheduling and involvement opportunities:

For further information:

For further information: For interview requests and media accreditation:
Darin Addison - (London, ON) (519) 679-5848 or;
Esther Garnick - (Toronto, ON) (647) 221-7874 or

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