About Us

Mission

“Spreading music, changing lives”

We believe that the Arts can enlighten inspire and transform. We believe in Universal Access to Music, Art, Culture, Education and Community. We believe that volunteerism is the highest form of giving back to community.

We present excellence in performance and create revolutionary arts programs to build better communities. To do this, we are brave, rebellious, justice seeking and innovative.

Vision

“Music everywhere, everyone”

In our future world everyone has the highest value for Music, Art, Culture, Education and Community. The Aeolian becomes a leader inspiring people to connect to their creative abilities.

Values

Transformation

We believe participation in music, art, culture, education and community leads to transformation by:

  • Inspiring
  • Motivating
  • Enlightening

Diversity

We believe that creativity can bring us together fostering:

  • Interdependence
  • Inclusivity
  • Community

Social Justice

We believe that our world must foster:

  • Equality
  • Universal Access
  • Supporting and Advocating
  • Volunteerism

Self Actualiation

We believe that we can all become better people through:

  • Learning and Teaching
  • Courage, Bravery and Perseverance
  • Building Self

Heritage

We believe in preserving, reflecting and celebrating our past through:

  • Historical Preservation
  • Cultural Preservation
  • Teaching and Presenting

History of Aeolian hall

 

The Early Years

The story of the Aeolian Hall begins in 1882. The London East Town Council bought a plot of land from David E. Glass, former mayor of London. The Council then authorized the expenditure of $7,000 towards the construction of a town hall, in the hope of thwarting any attempt at annexation by the City of London.

The renowned architect George F. Durand designed the building. It is a combination of High Victorian and Italianate design, a masterpiece of tall traceried windows and biochromatic brickwork. Construction took place between September 1883 and June 1884. The project went over-budget by double the original estimate. A year later (1885) East London found itself in severe financial trouble and was forced to amalgamate with the City of London. The building has served a number of intriguing purposes over the decades.

Upon amalgamation with the City of London, the main floor of the building was converted into Fire Station No. 2 (until the station was moved to Florence Street in 1946) while also serving as the Ninth Divisional Court in the 1880’s and 1890’s.

From 1888 to 1890 the hall was also home to a public school. In 1901, Samuel Francis Wood had a workshop at the Hall and later became president of the Hobbs Hardware Company and the Hobbs Manufacturing Company.

Turn of The Century

Around the turn of the twentieth century many outdoor concerts and plays were held in the evenings on stages and in tents behind the building. Such events were often sponsored by traveling herb doctors, who would hawk their so-called “cure-all” medicines to the audience.

On December 23, 1915 the London Public Library opened the East End Branch – the first branch location for the library – on the ground floor. The Oddfellows Lodge held its meetings on the second floor and Mrs. Reuben Short was the Noble Grand of its Rebecca lodge sometime during the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Goodwill Industries of London occupied part of the main floor from 1945 to 1947 with Margaret Glass as director.

After Fire Station No. 2 was moved to its new location the City of London sold the East End Town Hall to the National Appliance Limited, who in turn sold it to Imperial Fuels Ltd in 1954.

The hall was also home to the London School of Telegraphy. In 1949 the school ran an ad in the city directory promoting: “Classes in telegraphy and railway clerks graduate in five months into interesting, profitable, lifetime employment.”

For 32 years (1950-1982) Frank C. Warder Radio Limited occupied this site, offering sales and services for radios, refrigerators and washers. Eventually the line of products also included closed circuit televisions, intercommunication systems, telephone systems, mobile systems, sound systems and televisions.

Enter Gordon Jeffery

In 1947, Gordon D. Jeffery purchased the First Congregational Church (later Beecher United Church) and refurbished it as a concert hall renamed Aeolian Hall. Jeffery was among the first individuals in London to promote local chamber music.

The term “Aeolian” comes from the Aeolian Islands found northeast of Sicily. The root of the word is derived from the god Aeolus (keeper of the winds, son of the god Hippotas). Aeolian is also a technical music term associated with a number of organ, piano and player piano manufacturing companies. There was an Aeolian Hall in London, England (which opened in 1904) and an Aeolian Hall in New York City as well.

On May 20, 1968, the Aeolian Hall was destroyed by arson. (The London Tower, a heritage site located at 379 Dundas Street, is all that remains of the original building.)

In 1968, Jeffery purchased the former London East Town Hall for $42,000 as a temporary headquarters until the original could be rebuilt. In 1969, the old town hall was refurbished as a fully equipped musical performance center. To improve the acoustic of the Hall, the original ceiling – which was fastened to the base of the dark beams – was removed. The original stage was raked, but the orchestra pit was added in hopes of staging small operas and musicals.

On opening night in September 1969, Jeffery conducted the Aeolian Town Hall Orchestra in a program of three Brandenburg Concerti and the Violin Concerto in E Major by Bach.

On October 12, 1972, the Historic Sites Committee of the London Public Library Board unveiled its thirteenth plaque at the Hall. In March 1977, Jeffery abandoned his plan of rebuilding the original Aeolian Hall. Later that year the new Aeolian Town Hall hosted Theatre London which performed a reduced playbill under the directorship of William Hutt for its 1977-78 season while the Grand Theatre was being renovated. In 1989 the Forest City Gallery – the oldest artist-run gallery in the London region – also moved into the building.

Gordon Jeffery died in 1986 leaving the Gordon Jeffery Trust to oversee and maintain the Aeolian as a musical venue for London. The Trust was nearing the end of its mandate in 2003 and decided to put the building up for sale.

Clark Bryan

Mr. Clark Bryan, concert pianist, bought the Hall in July 2004 and expanded its mandate to include multi-genre music and art presentation as well as community events. In 2009, Bryan shifted the governance of The Aeolian to a Registered Charity/Non-Profit Corporation called The Aeolian Hall Musical Arts Association. Mr. Bryan transferred ownership of the building to this charity in February 2011 to ensure its future in the Public Trust.

The Aeolian Hall Musical Arts Association (AHMAA)

The Aeolian Town Hall is currently the home the Aeolian School of Music and Aeolian Hall. It has twice been awarded “Best Live Venue” at the Jack Richardson Music Awards, and has been selected as one of the Top 10 Halls in Canada by the CBC Radio 3 Searchlight Contest. In 2010, The Aeolian was given a Pillar Award by The Mayor of London for outstanding Community Contribution. The Aeolian Hall has become a centre for research and development of arts programs with focus on social justice, social inclusion, and community development.

Clark Bryan

Executive and Artistic Director

As a award winning concert pianist, Clark Bryan has performed internationally, recorded 14 CD’s and has been featured on radio and television. As a teacher, Mr Bryan has taught thousands of students, adjudicated 65 festivals coast to coast in Canada, given dozens of workshops and written a book “Gateways to Learning and Memory”.

The founder of The Aeolian Performing Arts Centre, Clark believes that everyone should have universal access to music, art and culture. Because of this belief, he launched El Sistema Aeolian in 2011. This free, intensive music program has offered more than 200 children and youth an opportunity to experience the joy of a rich musical experience. Recent programs Mr. Bryan co-founded and launched under the Aeolian umbrella include Pride Men’s Chorus London and Rebelheart Collective.

Mr. Bryan is engaged in community activism and speaks regularly at events, on radio and television and has given a TED talk about the power and joy of music study.

Bryan Gloyd

Curator, Jazz Programming

Bryan Gloyd brings a vast array of skills to the Aeolian. His musical career has many facets including working as a church musician, recording artist and jazz pianist. Bryan has accompanied many local musicians and organized jazz programming at The Aeolian. He has also accompanied two-time Grammy Winner Matt Alber, the legendary songwriter Marc Jordan and the Canadian National Jazz Award Winner Denzal Sinclaire. Bryan has a strong business background having worked for a world-wide animal nutrition company. He uses these skills to help maintain and grow systems at The Aeolian.

Matt Wannan

General Manager

Born in small town southwestern Ontario, Matt’s musical roots are found somewhere between the classical country masterworks of Ian & Sylvia Tyson and Johnny Cash and the folk revival stylings of Peter, Paul & Mary and Canadian folk legends like Stan Rogers. Introduced to music at a very early age by two siblings in the radio business, Matt has a passionate ear for music and an insatiable palate for new talent. Matt has been in senior management in education and healthcare for nearly 20 years. Joining the Aeolian in 2017 as General Manager, Matt brings his experience in human resource management, change management and program evaluation to the team. Matt is a music lover and a proud member of the Pride Men’s Chorus London as well as a Director for Pride London.

Michael Del Vecchio

Production & Marketing Coordinator

An active member of the London music community, Michael Del Vecchio has been playing, booking, and promoting music in London over 5 years. Michael is a member of the Board of Directors for LondonFUSE, a local arts not-for-profit, and also sits on the Steering Committee for the Jack Richardson London Music Awards. Beside his passion for music, Michael is also an advocate for social justice, community and diversity. These qualities led him to his current role at the Aeolian.

Monica Ha

Marketing Assistant

Monica Ha is the Marketing Assistant and is currently a third year student at Western University in the Media, Information, and Technoculture program. By being at the Aeolian she is able to live the best of both worlds, working in marketing and working in an environment full of amazing music and those working towards social justice. In her free time you can either find her researching new recipes to cook or relaxing while watching movies.

Janice Mark

Administrative & Volunteer Coordinator

Janice Mark enjoys the satisfaction that comes from interacting with Patrons, Volunteers and Artists on a daily basis. Coordinating the Aeolian volunteer team – as well as being a volunteer herself – is both exciting and challenging. Previously, Janice was a Property Manager with around twenty-four condominium corporations in her portfolio. In her “free” time, Janice sings in two choirs and has attended the Celtic College in Goderich each year for the past sixteen years. Janice is also a dancer, having learned many styles including ballroom, jive, Appalachian clogging, Morris and Sword dance from England, and of course Scottish Country dance.

John Wiebe

El Sistema Aeolian Assistant Administrative Coordinator

John is thrilled to be part of the musical fabric in London, remaining in the city after undertaking graduate work at Western University. He performs frequently around Southwestern Ontario, maintains a private teaching studio, and has also enjoyed working with many of London’s young string players from various organization. Drawing on his experiences, he seeks to inspire the next generation of musicians at El Sistema Aeolian.

Mike Wittich

Caretaker

Now retired from a career with the RCAF, Mike Wittich putters around Aeolian Hall as a custodian – cleaning dirty things, repairing broken things, moving things – lots of moving things. He’s also a musician, but that’s not why he’s here – he’s here because we are a ‘value-added’ music facility – integral to Old East Village with a rich history in the community, providing niche programming that significantly contributes to our community’s colour, well-being, education and vibrancy. All of us here take pleasure and pride in what we accomplish here.

Steve Hobbs

Program Assistant

Tom Siess

Chair

Tom Siess brings a wealth of experience having sat on the boards of many organizations including the Grand Theatre, Fanshawe College and Home County Folk Festival. Tom is a retired psychology professor and was the University’s Director of Student Services at The University of Western Ontario. He has served on London City’s Council and brings a great deal of wisdom to our organization.

Dave Southen

Vice-Chair

Dave Southen is a businessman with an MBA and a passion for fundraising. He is also an amateur musician with a particular affinity for songs and songwriters.

Glen Farrow

Treasurer

Glen has an MBA from the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario and has CFO experience. He brings a strong financial background to our organization.

Dr. Paul Cooper

Secretary

Paul is Chair of the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at The Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry UWO. Paul has a strong music background and brings to the Aeolian a tremendous administrative and fund development background.

Sandra Neubauer

Member

Sandra is a Professor at Fanshawe College and brings wonderful connections and expertise from this organization.

Darryl Fabiani

Member

Darryl is the owner of D&S Pianos in London Ontario. Darryl studied music at The University of Western Ontario. His company is our partner in our 88 Keys to Inspiration Program. This program places free pianos in the homes of families who cannot afford them.

Jack Malcolm

Member

Jack is a consultant in real-estate development and has been a leader in the London Multicultural Community Association.

Elana Johnson

Member

Elana is passionately involved in London’s Music Scene and has background serving as Chair of the Board member for Ontario Association of Midwives and coordinator of The Canadian Federation of Midwives.

 

CAREERS

The Aeolian is 13 years young with plans to grow, grow, grow!

Life here is exciting and demanding. We’re breaking new ground and learning how to serve our community better.

Our staff maintains a busy hall production schedule that includes Aeolian productions and rentals. Our music teaching program is poised to expand. And the great El Sistema children’s music program is testing our ability to find more studios and teachers. A number of new initiatives have just been added including Pride Men’s Chorus London and Rebelheart Collective. Add fundraising, accounting, maintaining an historic site… it’s all happening here.

If you’d like to explore a career at The Aeolian and have demonstratable skills and experience in any areas of our business, we would like to get to know you.

You can start by sending a completed resume to our General Manager (matt@aeolianhall.ca). All correspondence will be held in strict confidence.

Available Roles

There are no available roles at this time. Thank you for your interest.

INTERNSHIPS

The Aeolian offers unique learning opportunities in a very stimulating environment. Two important facets of our Mission are:

  • to give back to the community.
  • to provide arts educational opportunities.

We have had co-op student placements from various high schools participate in learning about the music industry with goals of gaining valuable experience within our workplace.

Interns from Western’s MIT program and the Music Administrative Studies Program have been placed steadily at the Aeolian for a number of years. Students from Fanshawe programs have also had successful placements. The Ontario Institute of Recording Technology has provided many interns to assist our House Sound Technician, Chris Babin..

If you are interested in pursuing a placement at The Aeolian, please contact us: clark@aeolianhall.ca

annual report

Our 2016 Annual Report can be viewed by selecting the PDF file below.

Rent The Aeolian

The Aeolian is a beautiful, unique, award-winning location to host your event.

While particularly renowned for its acoustic/live music presentations, the Aeolian is a versatile facility and can host all sorts of events from weddings and parties to conferences and fundraisers.

Give to Culture

Explore the arts. Support your community. Discover yourself.

The Aeolian relies heavily upon a strong base of community support that benefits many projects and events. All contributions, whether small or large, make a huge difference and will help sustain The Aeolian Musical Arts Association’s mission and future.