Category Archives: Arts and culture

Talented youth in the spotlight at River Run

April 19, 2018

Mentorship program hosts free performances for National Youth Week Guelph, ON April 19, 2018 – Guelph’s youth performers will showcase their talents in two different shows at River Run Centre on May 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. during National Youth Week. The shows are part of MusicWorks|StageWorks, a mentorship program presented by River Run Centre in partnership with Guelph Youth Council and sponsored by TD Bank Group. Now in its sixth year, the program offers youth, real-life experience in putting on a professional-style show, from concept development to performance. The two evening performances showcase close to 50 performers, from 14 different schools throughout Guelph and surrounding area. Artists will dazzle audiences with solo and duet routines featuring guitar, piano, ukulele, as well as group… Continue reading Talented youth in the spotlight at River Run


Construction notice: Museum masonry repairs begin April 16

April 16, 2018

Notice date: April 16, 2018 About the project The City is starting planned interior and exterior masonry repairs at the Guelph Civic Museum. Programs and activities at the museum will continue with little to no interruption during the work. Interior repairs first Scaffolding will be put up around the exterior of the museum starting April 13. Repairs to the interior will begin first, with repairs and re-pointing of the limestone exterior starting later in the spring. All repair work is expected to be complete by the end of 2018. Museum access and parking The museum will remain open and accessible throughout construction. There is no anticipated impact on pedestrian access during the renovation project. A few museum parking spaces will be unavailable while repair work… Continue reading Construction notice: Museum masonry repairs begin April 16


To our volunteers; we thank you!

April 15, 2018

Please join the City in thanking its volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 10-16 and throughout the year. Continue reading To our volunteers; we thank you!


A night of laughs with comedy legend Roseanne Barr

April 12, 2018

Star of television, film and stand-up performs at River Run Centre April 27 GUELPH, ON April 12, 2018 – Spend an evening with a titan of comedy when Roseanne Barr brings her hilarious stand-up act to River Run Centre on Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the GuelphToday.com Comedy Series. From acclaimed stand-up performances, film appearances and best-selling books to her award-winning work during nine seasons on the hit sitcom Roseanne, Barr has unquestionably become one of the world’s best-known entertainers. “Her greatest asset is her gravitational pull,” the New York Times says of Barr. “It is the power of a whole planet, pulling everything around it inexorably into its orbit.” Barr began her rise to… Continue reading A night of laughs with comedy legend Roseanne Barr


Experience the magic of Cinderella

March 26, 2018

Members of Guelph Symphony Orchestra bring beloved fairy tale to life at River Run Centre April 7 GUELPH ON March 26, 2018 – Experience the magic of Rossini’s famous telling of a beloved fairy tale when members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra perform kid-friendly concerts of Cinderella on Saturday, April 7, at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The performances are presented in Co-operators Hall 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 Guelph Symphony Orchestra play samplings of works by great composers, which provide the soundtrack to fun, interactive stories that plant the seeds for a lifelong appreciation of music. Kinderconcerts are hands-on… Continue reading Experience the magic of Cinderella


Micah Barnes brings his jazz stylings to River Run Centre

March 23, 2018

Canadian crooner, former member of a cappella group The Nylons performs April 6 GUELPH ON March 23, 2018 – A treasured voice on the Canadian music scene for decades, Canadian crooner Micah Barnes will bring his silky jazz stylings to River Run Centre on Friday, April 6, at 8 p.m. The Co-operators Hall performance is presented as part of the Borealis Music Series; celebrating the strength and diversity of Canadian musicians. After cutting his teeth in the cabarets and jazz clubs of Toronto, Barnes rose to fame on the global music scene as a member of the a cappella pop group The Nylons. A return to jazz-oriented songwriting during recent years has seen him called an “artist to watch” by Rolling Stone magazine. “A highly… Continue reading Micah Barnes brings his jazz stylings to River Run Centre


Open House: Have your say on three concept designs for the Ward to Downtown Bridge

March 22, 2018

The City of Guelph is hosting a public open house to share and discuss three concept designs for a pedestrian bridge over the Speed River from St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown. The bridge will run parallel to the Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) train tracks, located just east of Wellington Street. Thursday, April 12, 2018 2–4 p.m. and 5:30–7:30 p.m. City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view and provide input on three bridge concepts. The City is looking to better understand what concepts are preferred, how the bridges will be used, and any impacts the bridge may have on individuals or the neighbourhood. City Staff and project consultants will be available to answer your questions.… Continue reading Open House: Have your say on three concept designs for the Ward to Downtown Bridge


City shortlists teams for Baker District redevelopment

March 16, 2018

Guelph, Ont., March 16, 2018 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce the results of the request for pre-qualifications (RFPQ) process for the Baker District redevelopment project. The four development teams, shortlisted from the 10 proposals received, are: HOK Inc. Turner Fleischer Architects Inc. Windmill Developments Triovest Reality Advisors Inc. “The successful candidates have demonstrated exceptional experience and capabilities, and we’re confident that any one of the four teams, if chosen as our preferred partner, would bring world-class development and design expertise to this important downtown project,” says Scott Stewart, deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise. Last November, the City embarked on an open and competitive process to pre-qualify development teams who have the financial capability, master planning and design expertise, and… Continue reading City shortlists teams for Baker District redevelopment


Music with an environmental message

March 8, 2018

Scrap Arts Music brings dazzling pop-percussion experience to River Run Centre Saturday, March 24 GUELPH, ON March 8, 2018 – Transcending language and culture, Scrap Arts Music offers a wildly theatrical and thoroughly entertaining pop-percussion experience. The acclaimed troupe with an environmental message will bring its high-energy show to River Run Centre on Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the Miijidaa Family Series. Featuring original music performed on instruments created with recycled materials, Scrap Arts Music offers a dazzling show firmly rooted in a green sensibility. “Emotionally stirring music,” the Topeka Capital-Journal said of Scrap Arts Music. “Recycling can pay rich musical dividends.” Scrap Arts Music performers will stage the troupe’s much-anticipated new show, Children of… Continue reading Music with an environmental message


Journey to the Emerald Isle with Rhythm of the Dance

March 7, 2018

Internationally acclaimed Irish step dance and musical production staged at River Run Centre March 23 GUELPH, ON March 7, 2018 – Be whisked away to the Emerald Isle when the internationally acclaimed production Rhythm of the Dance arrives at River Run Centre on Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the RBC Showcase Series. Featuring the most accomplished Irish dancers in the world, Rhythm of the Dance marries the contemporary and ancient, combining the traditions of Irish step dancing with modern dance and musical performances. Renowned as one of the best Irish step dance shows in the world, Rhythm of the Dance has been enjoyed by millions since the show was created in 1998. “A toe-tapping and… Continue reading Journey to the Emerald Isle with Rhythm of the Dance


Tom Cochrane with Red Rider set to rock River Run Centre

March 5, 2018

Iconic Canadian musicians perform Sunday, March 18, 2018 Continue reading Tom Cochrane with Red Rider set to rock River Run Centre


Deadline extended for chance to perform at River Run Centre

February 26, 2018

Guelph, ON February 26, 2018 – Aspiring performers, ages 13 to 19, have until Monday, March 19, 2018 to apply for an opportunity to perform on stage at River Run Centre as part of MusicWorks|StageWorks. This deadline extension gives students until after March Break to apply for MusicWorks|StageWorks, 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. NEW for 2018 – River Run is pleased to announce the very talented Nathan Coles, a Guelph musician… Continue reading Deadline extended for chance to perform at River Run Centre


And then there were three!

February 21, 2018

Finalists have been selected for the Wilson Street art project Guelph, Ont., February 21, 2018 – Three finalists out of 53 applicants have been chosen for the next stage of the Wilson Street art project; they are: Brandon Vickerd of Hamilton, Ont. Robert Cram Workshop (Robert Cram and Eldon Garnet) of Toronto, Ont. Polymétis Projects (Nicholas Croft and Michaela MacLeod) of Toronto, Ont. One artist/team from the selected three will create an art piece for the corner of Wilson Street and Gordon Street just below the highly anticipated Wilson Street Parkade. The final art installation is a part of the Wilson Street reconstruction project. “We were overwhelmed with the response to our call for artists and are thrilled with the final three selections,” says Stacey… Continue reading And then there were three!


Council approves staff recommendations to include new Main Library as part of the Baker District development

February 14, 2018

Development partner will be chosen this summer Guelph, Ont., February 14, 2018—Last night Council approved four recommendations from staff related to the Baker District development including the size of and costs to design and build a new Main Library as part of this major capital project. The Guelph Public Library’s (GPL’s) business case identified the need for an 8,175 square metre (88,000 square foot) space to meet current and future library needs. Staff supported GPL’s business case in its report to Council and requested that Council approve the size as well as $1.9 million in capital funding to design and build the library as part of the Baker Street development. A development partner is expected to be chosen this summer. Currently the City is evaluating… Continue reading Council approves staff recommendations to include new Main Library as part of the Baker District development


Do you want to be Guelph’s 2018 Artist in Residence?

February 1, 2018

Guelph, Ont., February 1, 2018 – The City of Guelph invites artists to apply for a chance to become the City’s 2018 Artist in Residence. The successful artist will develop a community-based project that engages residents and visitors, adds significance to civic spaces, and promotes an appreciation of contemporary art practices. “The outcome of the project is in the hands of the artist,” says Stacey Dunnigan, the City’s culture and tourism manager. “We’ve seen community art, oil paintings, temporary installations and large scale exhibitions. The common thread is that they’ve all created shared artistic experiences while animating public spaces.” The program is open to artists practicing in all art forms including visual, literary or performing arts, architecture and design, or media arts such as sound,… Continue reading Do you want to be Guelph’s 2018 Artist in Residence?


Celtic invasion at River Run Centre

January 11, 2018

Tartan Terrors bring acclaimed high-energy performance to Guelph January 25 GUELPH, ON January 11, 2018 – Experience North America’s premier Celtic event when Tartan Terrors invade River Run Centre on Thursday, January 25, at 8 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the Richardson GMP Music Series and sponsored by SmithValeriote Law Firm LLP. Tartan Terrors are their own “Celtic Invasion,” featuring performers who mix the energy of rock ‘n’ roll with traditional Celtic folklore, dance and humour. With a musical arsenal featuring outstanding players on pipes, fiddle, drums and guitar, it’s no wonder the Tartan Terrors’ faithful audiences keep coming back for more. “A high-energy, fun-filled and musically exciting evening,” Colorado’s Lone Tree Theatre said of Tartan Terrors. Tartan Terrors have… Continue reading Celtic invasion at River Run Centre


City seeks artist for Wilson Street public art project

December 18, 2017

Guelph, Ont., December 18, 2017—The City of Guelph invites artists  to apply for the  Wilson Street public art project— a commissioned project  to create a permanent outdoor art installation at the corner of Wilson Street and Gordon Street — an initiative of the Wilson Street reconstruction project. “We are very excited about the launch of this public art project,” says Stacey Dunnigan, the City’s manager of culture and tourism. “This opportunity furthers our goals of animating public space and creating new opportunities for the appreciation of public art while growing the City’s official collection.” This is a commissioned art project in two stages: Request for Pre-Qualifications (RFPQ) where artists (individuals or teams) submit their resume and references, digital images of past works, and a letter… Continue reading City seeks artist for Wilson Street public art project


Verney water tower will display city’s name

December 1, 2017

Community votes to keep look of water tower as is Guelph, Ont., December 1, 2017—The results of the community vote for the Verney water tower design competition have been counted. Out of a total of 2,546 votes, the majority—38 per cent—were in favour of not displaying either of the final designs on the water tower. The water tower will be repainted in white with the name “Guelph” in blue next spring. “While we were eager to explore the possibility of displaying community art on such a well-known Guelph landmark, we’ve listened to the voice of the community and will respect what we’ve heard,” remarked Stacey Dunnigan, manager of Culture and Tourism for the City of Guelph. “We want to thank everyone who entered the competition,… Continue reading Verney water tower will display city’s name


McCrae House renovations start November 28

November 30, 2017

The McCrae House National Historic Site is undergoing renovations that start on November 28. Renovations include electrical and technology upgrades to the coach house to support educational programming, a storage room and repainting, exterior lighting projects and washroom renovations. City staff are also considering the replacement of perimeter fencing in the backyard of McCrae House. The City’s Heritage Planner, forestry advisers and accessibility staff have been engaged with the process. Every effort will be made by the City to protect and preserve shared neighbourhood trees and historical features. Construction schedule Construction starts on November 28 and will wrap up in March 2018, weather permitting. The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project. For more information Tammy Adkin, Manager of Guelph… Continue reading McCrae House renovations start November 28


Notice of Passing of Designation Bylaw: 13 Stuart Street

November 30, 2017

In the matter of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18 in the City of Guelph, in the Province of Ontario. Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph has passed the following bylaw to designate portions of the property as being of cultural heritage value or interest under Part IV, Sec. 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18: Bylaw Number (2017–20227) to designate portions of the property known as 13 Stuart Street dated at Guelph, Ontario, November 27, 2017. Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk City Hall, 1 Carden St. Guelph, ON N1H 3A1 November 30, 2017 For more information Stephen Robinson, Senior Heritage Planner 519-822-1260 extension 2496 stephen.robinson@guelph.ca


Angelic voices, glorious harmonies welcome the snowy season

November 17, 2017

Boreal brings holiday cheer to River Run Centre with performances December 1 and 2 GUELPH, ON November 17, 2017 – Guelph songstresses Jude Vadala, Katherine Wheatley and Tannis Slimmon will welcome winter with angelic voices and glorious harmonies when Boreal performs Songs for a Snowy Season at River Run Centre on Friday, December 1, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, at 2 p.m. The Co-operators Hall performances are presented as part of the Borealis Music Series; celebrating the strength and diversity of Canadian musicians. Vadala, Wheatley and Slimmon have teamed up each winter for more than a decade, performing their collection of winter-themed original songs and holiday classics throughout Ontario. In Guelph, the trio’s seasonal concerts have become an annual tradition, celebrating the coming… Continue reading Angelic voices, glorious harmonies welcome the snowy season


Guelph makes Culture Days’ top 10 list for third year

November 13, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 13, 2017– Guelph has made the Culture Days Top Ten Cities and Towns list for 2017. Guelph moved up two spots in the ranking, placing eighth in the Populations of 50,000 to 499,999 category, tying with Thunder Bay. This is Guelph’s third year in a row as a top 10 city. “Guelph’s creative community has, once again, pulled out all the stops for Culture Days,” says Patti Broughton, executive director for Guelph Arts Council. “Guelph deserves this recognition as one of Canada’s great creative cities, full of year-round opportunities for residents and visitors to engage in the arts.” Guelph hosted over 40 different activities, events and exhibitions during the eighth annual Culture Days weekend in late September. Each year, Culture Days releases… Continue reading Guelph makes Culture Days’ top 10 list for third year


City of Guelph expands cenotaph Roll of Honour

November 9, 2017

Cenotaph names remember soldiers who died during active military service Guelph, Ont., November 9, 2017 – The names of 31 soldiers who served and died during the first and second World Wars will be added to the Guelph Roll of Honour cenotaph in 2018, decades after making the ultimate sacrifice. In 2014, the City of Guelph received inquiries from community members regarding names of military personnel they considered to be missing from the cenotaph.  This prompted the City to put a call out to  the community to submit names of members of the Canadian Forces from Guelph, who died as a result of their military service, and who are not  already identified on the Roll of Honour. The call for submissions generated 78 names that… Continue reading City of Guelph expands cenotaph Roll of Honour


Notice of Intention to Designate: 122 Cardigan Street

October 31, 2017

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 122 Cardigan Street as a property of cultural heritage value or interest under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18. Continue reading Notice of Intention to Designate: 122 Cardigan Street


Notice of Intention to Designate: 43 Arthur Street South

October 31, 2017

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 43 Arthur Street South as a property of cultural heritage value or interest under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18. Description of property The property at 43 Arthur Street South is situated on the east side of the Speed River and south of the Guelph Junction Railway tracks in the City of Guelph. The legal description of the subject property is: Part of the Grist Mill Lands East side of River Speed, Plan 113, more particularly described as Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 13 & 14, Reference Plan 61R-21139. Statement of cultural heritage value or interest (Why the property is being designated) The subject… Continue reading Notice of Intention to Designate: 43 Arthur Street South


Paramedics and library staff raising funds to help save lives

October 2, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 2, 2017 – Today, the Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) Ride for Heart bike team and Guelph Public Library announced a joint fundraising initiative to help save lives in the community. Donation boxes have been set up at all library branches in Guelph for community members to donate to Heart & Stroke. Monies collected between now and May 31, 2018 will be used to purchase AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for Guelph and Wellington County. According to Heart & Stroke, every 13 minutes in Canada a person experiences cardiac arrest and up to 85 per cent occur in public spaces or homes. “For every minute that defibrillation is delayed the chance of survival drops by seven to 10 per cent. But when early CPR… Continue reading Paramedics and library staff raising funds to help save lives


Culture Days descends on Guelph this weekend

September 27, 2017

The annual three-day celebration takes place September 29 to October 1 Guelph, Ont., September 26, 2017 – Close to 40 free activities, events and exhibitions will take place across the city as part of the eighth annual Culture Days celebrations running from September 29 through October 1. Culture Days will be celebrated in Guelph through visual arts, music, storytelling, architecture, heritage, film and video, literature, crafts, culinary arts and new media. Activity organizers and event hosts include Silence, Wyndham Art Supplies, Royal City Uke Fest, Art Gallery of Guelph, The Loft Children’s Library at The Salvation Army, ART@ebar, The Royal City Ambassadors and more. “Guelph’s creative community is a big part of what helps our city thrive,” says Jen Rafter, Cultural Program and Event Coordinator… Continue reading Culture Days descends on Guelph this weekend


Guelph Transit introduces special event fare

September 20, 2017

Guelph, Ont., September 20, 2017 – Guelph Transit is making it easier to catch an event at the Sleeman Centre and River Run Centre by offering $1 bus rides, starting with the Guelph Storm’s home opener against Sarnia Sting on Friday, September 22. The one-year Special Event Fare pilot program, approved by Guelph Council last June, allows event attendees, with proof of ticket, to ride Guelph Transit to and from an event for $1 for each one-way trip. Riders must show their event ticket to the transit operator at the time of boarding to receive the $1 special event fare. This is a savings of $2, per trip. Christine Laithwaite, supervisor of Transit Business Services, says it’s important to note that riders must pay the… Continue reading Guelph Transit introduces special event fare


City launches design competition for Verney water tower repainting

September 12, 2017

Community will vote on design to beautify Guelph landmark Guelph, Ont., September 12, 2017—The City of Guelph is holding a design competition for the repainting of the Verney water tower, scheduled for 2018. The City is inviting Guelph-based artists and designers aged 18 and over to submit preliminary designs to be included in the repainting of the water tower near Exhibition Park. “The Verney water tower is a highly visible Guelph landmark,” remarked Stacey Dunnigan, manager of Culture and Tourism. “People can see this tower from Exhibition Park which hosts many events and is a very popular park, so it will be great to have beautiful artwork that reflects our community on the tower.” The design competition will follow a two-stage process based on the… Continue reading City launches design competition for Verney water tower repainting


Whimsical sea creatures coming to Guelph Farmers’ Market

July 24, 2017

Seascapes art project planned for RBC Market Mornings Guelph, Ont., July 24, 2017 – Local mixed-media artist, Sarah Mousseau, will lead four outdoor art-making activities that are open and free to the public during the month of August at the Guelph Farmers’ Market. Her project, entitled Seascapes, is an opportunity for the community to aid in the creation of whimsical sea creatures, which will then be installed in the trees and greenspace in front of the Farmers’ Market over Culture Days weekend, September 29 to October 1. Each Saturday, participants will work together to construct various creatures using repurposed materials. The final installation will create a magical underwater garden where octopus tentacles hang low, crustaceans crawl through the grass, schools of fish flutter in the… Continue reading Whimsical sea creatures coming to Guelph Farmers’ Market


City celebrates Aboriginal Day June 21

June 14, 2017

Guelph, Ont., June 14, 2017 – On June 21, the City will host Guelph’s annual Aboriginal Day celebration in Market Square. Members of the public are invited to share in the celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aboriginal Day invites Canadians from all walks of life to celebrate the rich culture, unique heritage and notable achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Canada. June is also designated National Aboriginal History Month. This year’s event offers music and sharing that includes a territorial welcome, drum circles, dancing, as well as food and craft vendors and children’s activities. 10 Carden will host an open house for its Indigenous Art Show during the celebration, and the City’s 2017 Artist in Residence, Carolyn Meili, will launch her… Continue reading City celebrates Aboriginal Day June 21


River Run announces 20th Anniversary Season

May 25, 2017

Guelph, ON May 24, 2017 – River Run Centre launched its 2017-18 season of professional entertainment today at a public announcement and celebration. “This season marks a milestone, as the River Run Centre celebrates its 20th Anniversary on October 4, 2017,” said General Manager of Culture, Tourism and Community Investment Danna Evans. River Run Manager Bill Nuhn added that the season is packed with “your favorites old and new, with acts from near and far.” They also noted the VIP experience on a number of shows, perks for In the Spotlight subscribers, and the savings and benefits for those who PACK-IT-UP and purchase tickets to four or more shows. Carroll Baker performed as part of the opening night gala on October 4, 1997, and it… Continue reading River Run announces 20th Anniversary Season


City selects Carolyn Meili as 2017 Artist in Residence

May 3, 2017

Guelph, Ont., May 3, 2017 – Guelph artist Carolyn Meili has been named this year’s City of Guelph Artist in Residence. In its fourth year, the Artist in Residence program engages the community in creative experiences and embeds artistic activity in a variety of public spaces. In a public call for entry earlier this year, artists were invited to submit proposals that considered Canada’s 150th birthday and the City’s 190th anniversary while encouraging reflection of Guelph’s collective history inclusive of all ages and backgrounds. Following review of 14 submissions, the City’s Council-appointed Public Art Advisory Committee unanimously recommended awarding the residency to Meili. Her proposal seeks to challenge the traditional off-limits nature of art on display while exploring symbols of Guelph, and by extension Canada,… Continue reading City selects Carolyn Meili as 2017 Artist in Residence


Smile. You’re on camera!

March 29, 2017

Guelph, Ont., Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – A new webcam has been installed on the top of City Hall overlooking Guelph’s Market Square. The camera provides a live, 24-hour feed of the square—a four-season community gathering space. You can watch the feed at guelph.ca/marketsquare. “The camera is an added feature that provides residents and visitors with a simple way to see what is happening in the square,” says Rich Grau, manager of Sleeman Centre and Civic Precinct Facilities. One of the first major events to be captured by the camera is the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour on April 1 and 2. This national event will be followed by the opening of the water feature in May and various City and community hosted events during the summer, fall… Continue reading Smile. You’re on camera!


A fairy tale symphony performance for kids

March 20, 2017

Members of Guelph Symphony Orchestra perform The Four Musicians of Bremen at River Run Centre Saturday, April 1 GUELPH, ON March 20, 2017 – Members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra will present a musical menagerie inspired by the Brothers Grimm during fun-filled, kid-friendly performances of The Four Musicians of Bremen at River Run Centre on Saturday, April 1, at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The performances are presented in Co-operators Hall 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 Guelph Symphony Orchestra play samplings of works by great composers, which provide the soundtrack to fun, interactive stories. Kinderconcerts are hands-on experiences children… Continue reading A fairy tale symphony performance for kids


Funny business with the Just for Laughs Road Show

March 16, 2017

Michael Kosta hosts an evening of comedy featuring stand-up favourites Yannis Pappas, K. Trevor Wilson and Sabrina Jalees at River Run Centre GUELPH, ON March 16, 2017 – Expect a healthy dose of comic relief when the 2017 Just for Laughs Road Show rolls into Guelph on Thursday, March 30, at 8 p.m. The Main Stage performance featuring comedians Michael Kosta, Yannis Pappas, K. Trevor Wilson and Sabrina Jalees is presented as part of the GuelphToday.com Comedy Series. The Just for Laughs Road Show offers an evening of laugh-a-minute entertainment featuring outstanding stand-up comedians from the world-renowned Montreal Just for Laughs festival, which welcomes two million visitors each summer. In its 14th year touring Ontario, the Just for Laughs Road Show offers the perfect way… Continue reading Funny business with the Just for Laughs Road Show


Family fun with Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play!

March 15, 2017

Celebrated children’s characters come to life at River Run Centre April 2 GUELPH, ON March 15, 2017 – Mo Willems beloved children’s characters will come to life on stage when the vaudevillian musical romp Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play! arrives at River Run Centre on Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the Miijidaa Family Series. Elephant Gerald is lumbering and prone to melancholy. Piggie is perky, smiley and full of fun. Total opposites? No way! Just like in Willems’s celebrated children’s books, Gerald and Piggie are best friends. “Elephant and Piggie enthusiasts will enjoy the stellar production,” DC Theatre Scene said in a review of Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play!… Continue reading Family fun with Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play!


Timeless classics with the Glenn Miller Orchestra

March 9, 2017

Renowned big band performs at River Run Centre Thursday, March 23 GUELPH, ON March 9, 2017 – More than 60 years after the founding of the world-famous orchestra that bears his name, the music of Glenn Miller is alive and well. The big band’s decades-long tradition will continue when the Glenn Miller Orchestra performs at River Run Centre on Thursday, March 23, at 8 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the Richardson GMP Music Series. Featuring 19 musicians and singers who bring Glenn Miller’s unforgettable sound to life, the Glenn Miller Orchestra remains the most sought-after and celebrated big band in the world. As part of a can’t-miss show for jazz and swing fans, the ensemble will serenade its Guelph audience… Continue reading Timeless classics with the Glenn Miller Orchestra


Deadline extended for chance to perform at River Run Centre

February 28, 2017

Guelph, ON February 28, 2017 – Aspiring performers, ages 13 to 19, have until Monday, March 20, 2017 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 at River Run Centre


Vienna Boys Choir brings music history to life

February 24, 2017

Angelic, youthful ensemble performs at River Run Centre Sunday, March 12 GUELPH, ON February 24, 2017 – With a history dating to the 15th century, the Vienna Boys Choir has stood the test of time. The choir will write another chapter in its rich story during a performance at River Run Centre on Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the RBC Showcase Series. Featuring youthful energy, angelic voices and spectacular musicality, the Vienna Boys Choir is recognized as one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world. Established at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel in 1498 by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, the choir is renowned for both its storied past and moving present-day performances. Today’s Vienna Boys… Continue reading Vienna Boys Choir brings music history to life


City seeks artists for 2017 residency program

February 14, 2017

Guelph, Ont., February 14, 2017 – The City of Guelph invites professional artists and artist teams to submit proposals for its 2017 Artist in Residence program. The successful artist/team will develop an innovative and thought-provoking project that engages the community and encourages reflection of Guelph’s history in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday and the City’s 190th anniversary. “The shape and form the project takes is really up to the artist,” says Stacey Dunnigan, the City’s manager of Culture and Tourism. “The end result could be anything from a temporary installation, to a digital collection, or a live performance. The main goal is to achieve a shared artistic experience with the community while animating public space.” The program is open to all art forms, including visual,… Continue reading City seeks artists for 2017 residency program


A magical introduction to the symphony

February 13, 2017

Members of Guelph Symphony Orchestra perform 1001 Arabian Nights at River Run Centre Saturday, February 25 GUELPH, ON February 13, 2017 – Members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra will take audiences on a magical journey during fun-filled, kid-friendly performances of 1001 Arabian Nights at River Run Centre on Saturday, February 25, at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The performances are presented in Co-operators Hall 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 Guelph Symphony Orchestra play samplings of works by great composers, which provide the soundtrack to fun, interactive stories. Kinderconcerts are hands-on experiences children learn from and remember. In 1001 Arabian… Continue reading A magical introduction to the symphony


A world of sounds with Robert Michaels

February 10, 2017

Renowned guitarist performs at River Run Centre Friday, February 24 GUELPH, ON February 10, 2017 – Robert Michaels remembers the moment he was first inspired to pick up the instrument he would become famous for playing. He was 14 years old when he noticed a guitar in the corner of a room at a friend’s house. “I asked my friend to play me something,” Michaels recalls. “As soon as he strummed the first cord, something came over me that said ‘you will be doing this for the rest of your life.’ With that thought in my head, I ran home begging my parents for guitar lessons and a guitar. “They were reluctant at first, so out of desperation and frustration I went in the basement… Continue reading A world of sounds with Robert Michaels


‘Canadian history in harmony’ with Trent Severn

February 9, 2017

Celebrated folk trio performs at River Run Centre Friday, February 24 GUELPH, ON February 9, 2017 – Trent Severn will showcase “Canadian history in harmony” when the acclaimed folk trio performs at River Run Centre on Friday, February 24, at 8 p.m. The Co-operators Hall performance is presented as part of the Borealis Music Series. The members of Trent Severn – Dayna Manning, Emm Gryner and Lindsay Schindler – perform beautifully crafted songs that continue the poetic legacy of pioneering Canadian songwriters including Gordon Lightfoot, Stompin’ Tom Connors and Ian and Sylvia Tyson. Since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2012, Trent Severn has won over fans from coast to coast. “With songs that extol the virtuous beauty of Canada’s natural landscape, odes… Continue reading ‘Canadian history in harmony’ with Trent Severn


Family-friendly fun with Mini Pop Kids

February 3, 2017

Talented kids perform pop music hits at River Run Centre Saturday, February 18 GUELPH, ON February 3, 2017 – When Raina Harten performs as a Mini Pop Kid, she knows she’s carrying on a proud tradition of talented kids creating family-friendly music. “I wanted to be a Mini Pop Kid since I was really young and used to listen to their albums as a kid,” the 13-year-old says. “It feels great to perform and being a part of it is unbelievable. It’s something I always wanted to do.” A singer, dancer and actor, Harten will be joined by her talented Mini Pop co-performers, as well as 25 members of two local dance studios, when Mini Pop Kids take the stage at River Run Centre on… Continue reading Family-friendly fun with Mini Pop Kids


Guelph youth invited to apply for chance in the spotlight

January 30, 2017

Guelph, ON January 30, 2017 – River Run Centre and the Guelph Youth Council have teamed up again – with the support of TD Bank Group – to offer MusicWorks|StageWorks, a unique hands-on performing arts mentorship program focused on the art of putting on a professional-style show. All youth, ages 13 to 19, interested in gaining new skills and taking part in a public performance are invited to apply. The mentorship program offers aspiring performers real life experience in concept development, production and stage presence, and is inclusive of music, theatre, spoken word, dance, short film and comedy. 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… Continue reading Guelph youth invited to apply for chance in the spotlight


A night of laughs with Shaun Majumder

January 27, 2017

Famed Canadian comedian takes the stage at River Run Centre February 11 GUELPH, ON January 27, 2017 – A familiar face to comedy fans across Canada for his hilarious antics on the hit CBC Television program This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Shaun Majumder is also a well-known star of the standup stage. The renowned Canadian comedian will bring his unique brand of comedy to River Run Centre on Saturday, February 11, at 8 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of GuelphToday.com Comedy Series. An award-winning actor and comedian who never fails to entertain, Majumder promises a night of laughs not to be missed. “Majumder is one of the most sparkling and likeable comedians in the business,” The Georgia Straight noted in a… Continue reading A night of laughs with Shaun Majumder


An enchanted evening at River Run Centre

January 17, 2017

Celebrated singers Ben Heppner, Rebecca Caine, Jean Stilwell, Gary Relyea and David Warrack take the stage February 2 as part of Some Enchanted Evening GUELPH, ON January 17, 2017  – Ben Heppner has gained a reputation as one of the world’s finest operatic tenors during a nearly 30-year career. But his love of singing was instilled much earlier, when he was a boy growing up in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. “In our house, if I couldn’t sing they would have given me to a different family,” Heppner says with a laugh. “My family all sings, particularly my mother’s side.” A Companion of the Order of Canada, three-time Grammy and Juno Award winner and Governor General’s Performing Arts Award winner, Heppner has enjoyed an international career… Continue reading An enchanted evening at River Run Centre


Canada’s Ballet Jörgen re-envisions Swan Lake

January 13, 2017

Uniquely Canadian production staged at River Run Centre Saturday, January 28 GUELPH, ON January 13, 2017 – Featuring lavish sets, incredible costumes and world-class dancers, Ballet Jörgen’s Swan Lake re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. The uniquely Canadian production comes to River Run Centre’s Main Stage on Saturday, January 28, at 2 p.m. as part of the RBC Showcase Series and sponsored by Audi Kitchener-Waterloo. Set in the picturesque seascape of the Fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Swan Lake begins as a beautiful young maiden picks flowers in a meadow, anxiously anticipating her betrothal and marriage. She is soon spotted by Von Rothbartz, a sorcerer and creature of the woods. Struck by her beauty, Von Rothbartz captures the maiden and turns her into a swan for his… Continue reading Canada’s Ballet Jörgen re-envisions Swan Lake


Slocan Ramblers bring boldly creative approach to traditional bluegrass

January 12, 2017

Acclaimed Canadian band performs at River Run Centre Friday, January 27 GUELPH, ON January 12, 2017 – Renowned as among Canada’s best up-and-coming musical artists, The Slocan Ramblers are rooted in tradition yet fearlessly creative. The band will bring its unique brand of bluegrass to River Run Centre on Friday, January 27, at 8 p.m. The Co-operators Hall performance is presented as part of the Borealis Music Series and sponsored by SOCAN Foundation. The members of The Slocan Ramblers – Frank Evans on banjo, Adrian Gross on mandolin, Darryl Poulsen on guitar and Alastair Whitehead on bass – create a bold, dynamic sound that has made the band a favourite among roots music fans. The Ramblers’ reputation continues to grow on the strength of energetic… Continue reading Slocan Ramblers bring boldly creative approach to traditional bluegrass