John Galt Day celebrates Guelph’s civic holiday in Market Square

CORPUS Dance Company to perform Camping Royale

Guelph, ON, Friday, July 25, 2014 – On Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. everyone is invited to Market Square in downtown Guelph to celebrate John Galt Day.

Contemporary dance company CORPUS brings their latest show, Camping Royale, to Market Square at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. The show offers a surreal and comical look at a pair of royal queens as they experience camping and must use their creativity to survive in the wild. The show is presented with the support of The Ontario Arts Council. A video demo of Camping Royale can be seen at

The celebration also offers free family-friendly activities such as face painting, water play, and hands-on crafts. A variety of Guelph Farmers’ Market craft and food vendors will also be on site.

“It’s a great mid-summer opportunity to gather friends and family for some lighthearted entertainment, food, crafts and water play in celebration of our city and community,” says Ella Pauls, manager of Cultural Development. There will be free parking at the Fountain Street parking lot for the duration of the event.

As part of the civic celebrations, Locomotive 6167 will be unveiled at 11 a.m. at its location on Farquhar Street, east of Wyndham Street. The ribbon cutting ceremony marks the end of restorations of Locomotive 6167 and its handover to the Guelph Museums.

About John Galt

John Galt was a prominent Scottish novelist who founded Guelph in 1827. As the superintendent of The Canada Company, a large land company in London, England, he conceived the idea of building a town to stimulate and direct the agricultural settlement of the area. Galt planned the community with its distinctive radial design, quite different than the gridiron plan of most cities, making Guelph a unique and special place.


For more information

Danna Evans
River Run Facility Manager
Culture and Tourism
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2621

For more information about Locomotive 6167
Tammy Adkin
Manager, Guelph Museums
Community & Social Services
City of Guelph