Category Archives: River Run Centre

Matt Dusk forges new musical ground

September 29, 2016

Celebrated Canadian crooner performs at River Run Centre October 15 GUELPH, ON September 29, 2016 – While it’s well known Chet Baker served as one of Matt Dusk’s greatest musical influences, the celebrated Canadian singer says Frank Sinatra also helped open his eyes to a world of possibilities. “When I first heard Frank Sinatra’s voice when I was 17 or 18 years old, it immediately captured my attention,” Dusk says. “It was an eye-opener and I fell in love with the genre.” Dusk, who will perform on River Run Centre’s Main Stage on October 15 as part of the Richardson GMP Music Series, is expanding on his crooner roots after forging an international career that includes gold and platinum recordings, No. 1 radio hits and… Continue reading Matt Dusk forges new musical ground


River Run announces 2016-17 season

June 1, 2016

River Run Centre launched its 2016-2017 season of professional entertainment today at a public announcement and celebration. Continue reading River Run announces 2016-17 season


Talented youth in the spotlight at River Run

April 26, 2016

Mentorship program hosts free performances for National Youth Week Continue reading Talented youth in the spotlight at River Run


Joel Plaskett set to rock the stage

April 14, 2016

Canadian musical veteran performs with The Emergency at River Run Centre Friday, April 29 GUELPH, ON April 14, 2016 – After two decades making music, Nova Scotia’s Joel Plaskett continues writing meaningful songs that resonate with audiences across the nation. The Canadian rock veteran will perform with his band, The Emergency, on River Run Centre’s Main Stage Friday, April 29, at 8 p.m. as part of the Richardson GMP Music Series. A Juno Award winner, Plaskett is considered one of the most innovative and prolific artists in Canadian music. During a 20-year career, he’s won admiration from coast to coast for his unique style, outstanding songwriting and electric performances. Plaskett is on tour in support of his critically acclaimed ninth album, The Park Avenue Sobriety… Continue reading Joel Plaskett set to rock the stage


Learning about the orchestra with Three Fabulous Little Pigs

March 29, 2016

Members of Guelph Symphony Orchestra take inspiration from classic tale in kid-friendly performances April 9 at River Run Centre GUELPH, ON March 29, 2016 – Members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra will take their inspiration from a classic tale during kid-friendly performances of Three Fabulous Little Pigs at River Run Centre on Saturday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The performances take place in the intimate setting of Co-operators Hall and are presented as part of the Wooly Kinderconcerts series. Wooly Kinderconcerts introduce children aged five and under to the rich variety of instruments and sounds of the symphony. Members of the orchestra play samplings of works by great composers, which provide the soundtrack for fun, interactive stories. Kinderconcerts are hands-on… Continue reading Learning about the orchestra with Three Fabulous Little Pigs


Limited seats remain for Cape Breton’s Men of the Deeps

March 24, 2016

Iconic coal miner’s choir performs at River Run Centre Sunday, April 10, as part of 50th anniversary tour GUELPH, ON March 24, 2016 – The Men of the Deeps coal miner’s choir has certainly struck a chord with Guelph audiences during its 50-year history. That’s why it’s no surprise the choir’s Sunday, April 10, performance at River Run Centre is nearly sold out already. The Main Stage performance takes place at 2 p.m. and is presented as part of the RBC Showcase Series. A choir of working and retired coal miners from Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, The Men of the Deeps are both East Coast ambassadors and a Canadian institution. During its Guelph performance, the 28-member group, under the direction of Stephen Muise, will… Continue reading Limited seats remain for Cape Breton’s Men of the Deeps


Just for Laughs Road Show rolls into River Run Centre

March 23, 2016

Comedians Ivan Decker, Graham Chittenden, Jon Reep and Gina Brillon perform Saturday, April 9 Continue reading Just for Laughs Road Show rolls into River Run Centre


The Devin Cuddy Band makes its musical mark

March 22, 2016

Critically acclaimed group performs at River Run Centre Friday, April 8 GUELPH, ON March 22, 2016 – Inspired by Dixieland jazz, Grand Ole Opry honky tonk and the roots of rock ‘n’ roll, The Devin Cuddy Band is making a musical mark all its own. The critically acclaimed group will perform in River Run Centre’s Co-operators Hall on Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m. as part of the Borealis Music Series. Channeling musical influences from the past, Cuddy adds a country twist and dash of distinctive Canadiana to his music, creating a unique sound that’s won over audiences from coast to coast. Since first arriving on the Toronto music scene in 2010, he has gained a reputation as a talented songwriter and captivating live performer.… Continue reading The Devin Cuddy Band makes its musical mark


Showcasing their new sound with The Leahys – In Song

March 18, 2016

Members of iconic musical family perform at River Run Centre Saturday, April 2, 2016. Continue reading Showcasing their new sound with The Leahys – In Song


Deadline extended for chance to perform on River Run stage

February 23, 2016

Guelph, ON February 23, 2016 – Aspiring performers, ages 13 to 19, have until Monday, March 21, 2016 to apply for an opportunity to perform on stage at River Run Centre as part of MusicWorks|StageWorks. MusicWorks|StageWorks is a hands-on performing arts mentorship program for youth offered by River Run Centre in partnership with Guelph Youth Council and with sponsorship support from TD Bank Group. Under the guidance of River Run’s technical, programming and marketing staff, and with support from Guelph Youth Council members, participants will learn about the various aspects of putting on a professional-style show. The mentorship program is inclusive of music, theatre, spoken word, dance, short film and comedy, and offers aspiring performers real life experience in concept development, production and stage presence.… Continue reading Deadline extended for chance to perform on River Run stage


Learning all about the orchestra with Little Red Riding Hood

February 16, 2016

Guelph Symphony Orchestra musicians  perform classic tale as part of Wooly Kinderconcerts Saturday, February 27 GUELPH, ON February 16, 2016 – Members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra will bring a classic tale to life during kid-friendly performances of Little Red Riding Hood at River Run Centre on Saturday, February 27, at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The 30-minute performances take place in the intimate setting of the Co-operators Hall and  are presented as part of the Wooly Kinderconcerts series. The Wooly Kinderconcerts introduce children aged five and under to the rich variety of instruments and sounds of the orchestra. Members of the symphony play samplings of works by great composers, which provide the soundtrack for fun, interactive stories. Musicians will bring the sounds… Continue reading Learning all about the orchestra with Little Red Riding Hood


Matt Andersen and the Bona Fide debut Honest Man album at River Run February 27

February 11, 2016

GUELPH ON February 11, 2016 – One of Canada’s most soulful and celebrated performers will mark the release of a brand new album at River Run Centre when Matt Andersen and the Bona Fide take the stage on Saturday, February 27, at 8 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the Richardson GMP Music Series. A powerhouse performer and songwriter with a giant soul-filled voice, Andersen has built a formidable following the old-fashioned way – by touring worldwide and letting his reputation grow organically. He’s headlined major festivals, theatres and clubs throughout North America, Europe and Australia, sharing the stage with artists such as Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Randy Bachman, Little Feat and Serena Ryder. “Some artists must be experienced… Continue reading Matt Andersen and the Bona Fide debut Honest Man album at River Run February 27


Canadian Icon Bruce Cockburn at River Run

February 10, 2016

Celebrated singer-songwriter performs on Main Stage February 26 GUELPH, ON February 10, 2016 – Over a nearly five-decade career, Bruce Cockburn has proven one of the most influential and prolific singer-songwriters of his generation. The award‐winning Canadian artist will perform in Guelph Friday, February 26, at 8 p.m. as part of the Richardson GMP Music Series. From his first solo performance at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1968, Cockburn launched a career that has seen him release more than 30 albums, win 12 Juno Awards and named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Revered by fans and fellow musicians for his exceptional songwriting and captivating live performances, Cockburn’s music blends folk, blues, jazz and rock in songs that capture the essence of human experience.… Continue reading Canadian Icon Bruce Cockburn at River Run


Laila Biali leads trio of extraordinary talent at River Run Centre

February 9, 2016

Celebrated jazz singer and pianist performs with George Koller and Larnell Lewis February 26 GUELPH, ON February 9, 2016 – River Run Centre presents jazz singer-pianist Laila Biali with George Koller and Larnell Lewis on Friday, February 26, at 8 p.m. The Co-operators Hall performance is presented as part of the Borealis Music Series. An award-winning Canadian jazz pianist and vocalist, Biali has garnered global recognition for her music, performing at prestigious venues and festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, Tokyo’s Cotton Club and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Biali brings exuberance, creativity and a vast range of expression to her work, infusing traditional jazz with the best of pop, rock and soul to create unique musical arrangements. With the… Continue reading Laila Biali leads trio of extraordinary talent at River Run Centre


Jamie Adkins clowns around in Circus Incognitus

February 5, 2016

River Run Centre presents virtuoso circus performer Sunday , February 21 GUELPH, ON February 5, 2016 – Experience an unforgettable one-man circus comedy when River Run Centre welcomes virtuoso performer Jamie Adkins in Circus Incognitus on Sunday, February 21, at 3 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the RBC Showcase Series. An eclectic clown, juggler, balancing artist and multidisciplinary acrobat, Adkins offers a poetic performance that displays the full range of his talents in Circus Incognitus. Things go awry for his character, who encounters unhelpful props when attempting to present a new show he’s proudly created for the audience. His ladder disintegrates under foot, he wrangles an animated chair, negotiates a precarious slack wire and juggles just about everything. And that’s… Continue reading Jamie Adkins clowns around in Circus Incognitus


Family fun with Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

February 4, 2016

Antic-filled theatre production comes to River Run Centre on Saturday, February 20 GUELPH, ON February 4, 2016 –  A feline friend like no other will entertain young and old alike when River Run Centre presents Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat on Saturday, February 20, at 2 p.m. Based on the book by Dr. Seuss and originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain, The Cat in the Hat sees the famously mischievous top-hat wearing cat come to life on stage in a theatrical interpretation of the classic story. Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell, the production sees a seemingly boring and rainy afternoon turned into a raucous day of fun and adventure for Sally and her brother when a surprise visitor arrives.… Continue reading Family fun with Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat


City to start contract negotiations with paramedics, theatre stage employees

October 14, 2015

Collective bargaining will start this month between the City and two of its union groups. Continue reading City to start contract negotiations with paramedics, theatre stage employees


Mayor’s Statement: negotiating with our paramedics and theatrical stage employees

October 14, 2015

Council’s bargaining mandate directs staff to negotiate contracts that are fair to our employees—whose work we value every day, reasonable and affordable for our taxpayers, and within the City’s capacity to pay. Continue reading Mayor’s Statement: negotiating with our paramedics and theatrical stage employees