Yoko Ono’s billboard will be seen in Downtown London as apart of this year’s LOLA Festival. (© Yoko Ono 2010)

Yoko Ono is an award-winning multi-media artist and peace activist, who constantly challenges and stretches the traditional boundaries of sculpture, painting, theater and music. Her seminal performance art in the early 1960’s, experimental films and collaborative music with John Lennon in the 1970’s and international one-woman shows and retrospectives during the 1980’s and 1990’s illustrate her varied career.

Some of Yoko Ono’s achievements include:

Grammy Award 1982 – “Double Fantasy” Album of the Year; Yoko Ono and John Lennon – Artists and Producers

MOJO Lifetime Achievement Award 2009 – from MOJO music magazine. London Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievemeent in Art 2009, awarded by Venice Bienniale, Venice, Italy

ArtTable Award 2010 – Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Yoko Ono is well known for her peace initiatives, first with events created with her husband John Lennon, Bed-In for Peace and War Is Over! (If You Want It), and more recently with her IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Iceland and participatory Wish Trees throughout the world.

Reflecting on her reputation for being outrageous, Yoko smiles and says, “I do have to rely on my own judgement, although to some people my judgement seems a little out of sync. I have my own rhythm and my own timing, and that’s simply how it is.”


If one billion people in the world think peace – we’ll get peace.

You may think “how are we going to get one billion people to think PEACE?”
Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world.

Power works in mysterious ways.
Visualize the domino effect, and just start thinking PEACE.

Thoughts are infectious.
Send it out.
The message will circulate faster than you think.

It’s time for action.
The action is PEACE.
Spread the WORD.
Spread PEACE.

I love you.

yoko ono


WAR IS OVER!: Ridout St & York St

IMAGINEPEACE: Horton St & Richmond St

LOLA (London Ontario Live Arts) is a free four day multi-disciplinary excursion into visual art and sound. Our aim is to transform London’s downtown core through subtle spectacles of the seen and heard.

September 16-19, 2010.

The curatorial theme of LOLA 2010, Conflict//Resolution — stems from an interest in working with the social history and heritage of Victoria Park. A former British Army barrack turned green space, the park is currently home to many war memorials, including decommissioned military equipment. For the past four years, Victoria Park has also served as the central location for the LOLA Festival. In response to this, the art in this year’s festival ofthen simultaneously references war and peace, while when possible referencing the history and culture of the park and London.

The musical trajectory of this year’s lineup was, in a sense, borrowed from the expanded and ever evolving musical oeuvre of the late Arthur Russell. Arthur’s limitless pallet and knowledge of musical languages was nothing short of extraordinary. Disco, the avant-garde, folk, soul, experimental, ambient, contemporary chamber works, and rock were but a few of the genres Arthur explored. In following Arthur and his world of echo through boundless musical landscapes, we’re taught to appreciate new sounds, textures, subtle abstractions, and sonic colorings we’d yet to acknowledge or understand previously.

It’s through these over-arching contexts within the music that we’ve tried to communicate a playful sense of intrigue, exploration, and discovery within the sonic idiom of LOLA 2010.

More info here.

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