City hosts John Galt Day celebration August 1

Wilson Street pop-up new addition to annual festivities

Guelph, ON, July 23, 2015 – On August 1, the City will host its annual John Galt Day celebration featuring free activities and family-friendly entertainment in Market Square.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the public is invited to explore craft zones led by Guelph School of Art and the West End Recreation Centre; take shots on net at the Guelph Storm Hockey Tunnel; play in the interactive water feature; and rock out to the sounds of Envirodrum. Sidewalk chalk, bubbles and temporary tattoos will be provided, and Cleo the Clown and her Painting Pals will be onsite during the festivities. Attendees are also invited to bring along an old T-shirt for re-purposing at the ‘Tread on It’ interactive T-shirt printing booth.

In addition to music, games and crafts, John Galt Day will feature the Wilson Street Promenade—a new placemaking initiative spearheaded by students Cyrille Viola and Calen Hamelin who are enrolled in the University of Guelph Masters of Landscape Architecture program.

The urban design project will include a pop-up park and beach, vendors from the Farmers’ Market, temporary art installations, and activities for visitors.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the City on this project. We want to encourage community members to think about their urban spaces and how they can be further used,” says Calen. The Wilson Street Promenade will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“It’s an ideal opportunity to test out a project like this by leveraging an existing public event,” says Danna Evans, manager of Theatres and Civic Events for the City of Guelph. “Expanding the event space to include Wilson Street aligns with the City’s goal to enliven and animate downtown public spaces.”

More details about the Wilson Street Promenade and John Galt Day festivities can be found at guelph.ca/events.

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

Jen Rafter
Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629
jen.rafter@guelph.ca