Here’s the lowdown on the April First Friday walkabout

This photo by Alexa Coupland is part of a new Sarnia Photographic Club landscape exhibition at the Lawrence House, called Windows to the World. Photo courtesy: Alexa Coupland

Journal Staff

Sarnia’s First Friday cultural walkabout is greeting spring with with a full line-up of live music, art exhibitions and downtown shopping on Friday, April 5.

Many stores and galleries are open till 9 p.m., and street and lot parking downtown is free after 6 p.m.


JUDITH & NORMAN ALIX ART GALLERY – 147 Lochiel St., 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Come Explore Chasing Vibrato, with Rita Letendre, who makes the surface of her works vibrate through dynamic tension between colour and form. Show closes April 14.


COFFEE CULTURE – 130 Lochiel St. – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Live music with MACMUSIC.


PARALLEL JUNCTION – 176 Christina St. N. – Handmade gifts & décor, featuring Simply Soy, Haughton’s Hands, All Lathered Up and more. Receive a ballot with purchase for a chance to win a gift basket.


DOWNTOWN MARKET – 140 Christina St. N. – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – live music.


CHEEKY MONKEY – 130 Christina St. N – 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.- live music with Brother Leeds; art show & sale by Bill Walters – Pathfinders selling Girl Guide cookies.


SILHOUETTES BOUTIQUE – 125 Christina St. N – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Spring has sprung with “Live Mannequins in the Windows.”



COWBOYS & INDIANS – 121 Christina St. N – Open until 9 p.m. and featuring works by local First Nations artists.


THE LAWRENCE HOUSE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS – 127 Christina St. S – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Landscapes: Windows to the World exhibition opening by the Sarnia Photographic Club. Photography by Jack Sebben and Rahim Gilani in the Turret Room – Doug Hacking at the Piano.


THE COVE WELLNESS – 140 Front St. S. 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. *Karma Class* – Gentle yoga flow featuring restorative stretch sequence, with Cassandra Smith, RMT. All welcome with minimum donation of $10 towards Noelle’s Gift. Register to save your spot, 519-330-3060 or – See us at Noelle’s Gift of Fitness & Expo on April 27.


RIVER BANK & CO. – 172 Front Street N – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Birds of a Feather paintings by Cathy Earle – New Art, New Vendors, New Look.


ONE TOOTH – 155 Front St N – 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. – Live Music to celebrate Spring – Covers & originals with Demi Krall.


CAFE YOGA: Sarnia Reiki, Meditation & Yoga – 150.5 Front St. N. Suite 7 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Intuitive live music with Annette Dillon. Art Exhibit: Taste of Haiti.


ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, Branch 62 – 286 Front St N. – 8 p.m. to midnight – Music and dancing with The Casuals.


BAD DOG SARNIA – 229 Christina St N – 8 midnight, live music with Bren Dube.

UPS ‘N’ DOWNS – 226 Front St N – 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. – live music with That Whaling Band.


REV-EL-REE NIGHTS – 148 Front St., 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. featuring Ainsworth & Young; then 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. with DJ Phatfingers – Doors open 5 p.m. No cover before 9 p.m., $3 cover after 9 p.m. Charitable partner for April’s event is The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts.


HAWG BAR – 117 Christina St. N – 9 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Live music with The Down River Band.


REFINED FOOL – 137 Davis St. Featured artist Trevor Jamieson. Inspired by Naomi Klein’s book, “This Changes Everything: Climate Change vs. Capitalism,” Jamieson creates paintings that juxtapose the urgency of climate crisis with familiar tropes of pop culture.


ALSO inside the Bayside Centre, Harmony for Youth Fundraiser, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Music: This, That & The Other, featuring Paul Maguire, Rain Bo Light & Paula Arrowsmith. Trade Show and Vendor Event with 23 Vendors.