City to participate in music, culture panel discussion Friday

Guelph, On, April 25, 2013 – Tomorrow, April 26, the City of Guelph will participate in a panel discussion on ways Guelph can leverage music from an economic, cultural and social perspective.

The discussion—what music contributes to a community—will take place at River Run Centre during a luncheon hosted by the City of Guelph and Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Graham Henderson, president of Music Canada, will moderate the discussion.

Panel members include:
Colleen Clack, General Manager, Culture and Tourism, City of Guelph
David Peacock, CEO, Regional Tourism Organization Four Inc.
Marie Zimmerman, Executive Director, Hillside Festival
Royal Wood (performing at River Run in the evening)

Tickets to attend the luncheon are $30 and can be purchased in advance through the Guelph Chamber of Commerce’s website at

Following the luncheon, the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, who is spending Friday in Guelph visiting local schools and touring the CFRU radio station, is expected to make a special announcement about music tourism. Mayor Karen Farbridge and the Honourable Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, will be present to comment on this announcement and the impact to the community.

There is no cost to attend the announcement, with doors open to the general public at 1:15 p.m.

Minister Chan’s visit to Guelph is the culmination of several collaborative discussions between local organizations including the City of Guelph, Guelph Chamber of Commerce, Guelph Arts Council, the Downtown Guelph Business Association, and the Hillside Festival.

For more information

Colleen Clack
General Manager, Culture and Tourism
519-822-1260 extension 2588