Category Archives: Arts and culture

Free Culture Days activities starting September 28

September 25, 2018

Guelph will host 46 free activities, events and exhibitions across the city as part of the ninth annual Culture Days celebration from September 28 to 30. Continue reading Free Culture Days activities starting September 28


Thanksgiving Day holiday hours for City facilities and services

September 25, 2018

Holiday hours for the City of Guelph facilities and programs. Continue reading Thanksgiving Day holiday hours for City facilities and services


River Run Centre brings Tyler Shaw to Guelph

September 10, 2018

Rising star takes the stage to launch River Run Centre’s new Magic Music Now series GUELPH, ON September 10, 2018 – With his sophomore album Intuition dropping at the end of the month, Canadian pop-rock star Tyler Shaw adds the River Run Centre to his lineup on Friday, October 26 at 8 pm. The Main Stage performance launches the new Magic Music Now Series sponsored by Magic 106.1, which showcases up-and-coming stars making a stop in Guelph on their way to the top. Shaw is making a name for himself with singles that consistently climb the charts and quickly become fan favourites. Starting with his debut single, Kiss Goodnight spent 22 weeks on the Top 10 lists and ended up going Platinum, landing him opening… Continue reading River Run Centre brings Tyler Shaw to Guelph


Dean Brody performs Dirt Road Stories Acoustic Tour

August 22, 2018

Canadian country music superstar gets up close and personal at River Run Centre November 10, 2018. Continue reading Dean Brody performs Dirt Road Stories Acoustic Tour


Celebrate John Galt Day at Market Square on August 4

July 23, 2018

Guelph, Ont., July 23, 2018 – Over the Civic long weekend, on Saturday, August 4, the City will host its annual John Galt Day festivities featuring free activities and family-friendly entertainment in Guelph’s Market Square. “John Galt Day is a true community celebration,” says Bill Nuhn, manager of Theatres and Civic Events for the City. “We invite the community to join in the festivities and celebrate our great city!” From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the City invites the public to experience: Comedy and tricks by Bob Cates, the Canadian juggling champion Aerial theatrics by Theatre Arcturus KIAM, this year’s Artist in Residence team Face painting by Cleo the Clown and her Painting Pals T-shirt printing by Jeff Mann of TREAD ON IT! (bring an… Continue reading Celebrate John Galt Day at Market Square on August 4


Stephanie Clarke leading Market Mornings art project starting August 4

July 17, 2018

Guelph, Ont., July 12, 2018—Join Stephanie Clarke for fun, outdoor art activities at the Guelph Farmers’ Market this August. Market Mornings runs every Saturday in August from 10 a.m. until noon in the Farmers’ Market parking lot. Patching Guelph Together invites you to create fabric patches with iconic Guelph images. Creating patches lets you reflect on what it means to be a Guelphite—past, present and future—as a part of our Commuity Plan project. After creating your patch, we’ll take a picture of it before you take it home. We’ll share the photos on social media using #patchingguelphtogether, and during Culture Days at the Culture Hub and Makers Market on September 29 in Market Square. About Stephanie Clarke Stephanie Clarke is a Guelph-based artist who has… Continue reading Stephanie Clarke leading Market Mornings art project starting August 4


Notice of intention to designate: Hart farmhouse

July 11, 2018

The Hart farmhouse is located within what is currently known as Lot 58 in the Draft Approved Plan of Subdivision for Hart Village. Continue reading Notice of intention to designate: Hart farmhouse


Guelph Transit’s Special Event Fare program here to stay

June 27, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 27, 2018 – It’s official. Bus rides to and from ticketed events at River Run Centre and Sleeman Centre will continue to cost riders $1 for each one-way trip. On Monday night, City Council voted unanimously in favour of making the Special Event Fare program permanent. The program was introduced last September as a pilot program to increase ridership and assist in alleviating parking and traffic pressures in Guelph’s downtown core. To receive the $1 special event fare, riders must show their event ticket to the transit operator at the time of boarding. This is a savings of $2 per trip. The special event fare begins three hours prior to the event start time and continues until end of bus service on… Continue reading Guelph Transit’s Special Event Fare program here to stay


Free summer events in Market Square

June 20, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 19, 2018 – We’ve got great events in Market Square this summer from July 6 to August 24 — all for free! Movies in the Square Movies in the Square take place on Wilson Street and at Exhibition Park to free up parking on Carden Street. Movie nights start at 9 p.m. on Fridays. This year we’re showing: July 6 – The Lego Movie (on Wilson Street) July 20 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (on Wilson Street) August 10 – Ratatouille (on Wilson Street) August 24 – Finding Nemo (in Exhibition Park) On rainy days, the movies shown on Wilson Street will move inside City Hall, but the movie at Exhibition Park will be cancelled. John Galt Day On Saturday,… Continue reading Free summer events in Market Square


Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge

June 19, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 19, 2018 – The community has selected the final design for the Ward to Downtown Bridge. Option one, featuring a bench, wide deck for river viewing, and a lookout area was voted as the favourite design option. “We’re very excited to see this project come to life,” says Luke Jefferson, manager of Open Space Planning with the City of Guelph. “Our community has waited a long time for a safe and vibrant bridge that connects one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods with the downtown.” Three designs were presented at a community open house on April 12, 2018 and 37 residents filled out a survey in person and online to select their favourite option. Option one was the most popular, with over 60… Continue reading Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge


Bus tickets available at Guelph Public Library branches

June 14, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 14, 2018 – Starting June 18, you can buy Guelph Transit single bus tickets or monthly passes at any of the Guelph Public Library branches in the city. Main library, 100 Norfolk Street Bullfrog Mall, 380 Eramosa Road East Side, 1 Starwood Drive Scottsdale Centre, 650 Scottsdale Drive West End, 21 Imperial Road South Westminster, 100-31 Farley Drive “We’re excited to extend our vendor locations to include Guelph’s library branches; giving you more options on where you can purchase tickets and passes,” says Robin Gerus, interim general manager of Guelph Transit. The Guelph Public Library accepts debit, credit and cash as payment for tickets and passes. Monthly bus passes can be purchased at any vendor location about two weeks prior to the… Continue reading Bus tickets available at Guelph Public Library branches


City hosts National First Nations, Inuit and Métis celebration June 21

June 13, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 13, 2018 – On June 21, the City of Guelph will host a free, family-friendly event in Market Square celebrating First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada. Share in this national celebration  from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Guelph’s Market Square. “This celebration is a day for Guelph residents, and all Canadians, to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to our community and communities across our country,” says Bill Nuhn, manager of Theatres and Civic Events with the City of Guelph. This event offers music,  a territorial welcome, drum circles, dancing, as well as food and craft vendors and children’s activities. Members of the Wiiji Numgumook Kwe, Guelph Women’s Drum Circle, will… Continue reading City hosts National First Nations, Inuit and Métis celebration June 21


Artist wanted for Market Mornings program

June 8, 2018

City initiative features hands-on, art-making opportunities Guelph, Ont., June 8, 2018 – The City of Guelph invites local artists to submit proposals by June 29 for this summer’s Market Mornings program. Market Mornings features artist-led opportunities for the community to get creative at Guelph Farmers’ Market during the month of August. Interested artists will create an art program that collaborates with the community, brightens public spaces, creates appreciation for contemporary art and considers sustainability— including the reuse of materials. This year artists are asked to explore the four key questions of the City of Guelph’s Community Plan: How would you want this community to change, evolve and grow over the next 10 years? What are Guelph’s greatest strengths? What are the biggest obstacles or challenges… Continue reading Artist wanted for Market Mornings program


Artists selected for 2018 Artist in Residence program

June 4, 2018

KIAM looking for images of the six wards for #YourWard project Guelph, Ont., June 4, 2018 – Kiel and Amanda Wilson-Ciocci (KIAM) have been named this year’s Artist in Residence team. KIAM’s project, titled #YourWard, will use images of each of Guelph’s wards to create six large-scale paintings that explore transitions in the urban environment. Their artistic style uses thick layers of acrylic paint and gel mediums, photographs and washes to create mixed-media paintings that draw attention to the contrasting perspectives on one canvas. “KIAM’s proposal ticked all of the boxes,” says Stacey Dunnigan, manager of culture and tourism for the City of Guelph. “Their project will foster collaboration and connection with Guelph’s historic wards.” To complete the pieces, KIAM is asking the community to… Continue reading Artists selected for 2018 Artist in Residence program


River Run announces 2018-19 Season

May 23, 2018

Guelph, ON May 23, 2018 – River Run Centre launched its 2018-19 Season of professional entertainment today at a public announcement and celebration. This season has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and their Season Sponsor The Co-operators. “Today we are thrilled to share with you not only what stars we have aligned in our coming season, but also to share our thanks towards our very generous partners for their dedication to River Run and our community,” announced Theatre Manager Bill Nuhn. Hot off the heels of their 20th Anniversary Season and happy to share what is coming to the stage, staff, volunteers and community partners all joined in the festivities this afternoon. The launch showcased VIP experiences on a number… Continue reading River Run announces 2018-19 Season


Artists selected for Wilson Street public art project

May 16, 2018

Nature and the urban combined in new installation Guelph, Ont., May 16, 2018– Robert Cram and Eldon Garnet have been commissioned to create the Wilson Street public art project — a permanent, outdoor art installation — at the corner of Wilson and Gordon streets. “We couldn’t be happier with the winning proposal,” adds Stacey Dunnigan, manager of Culture and Tourism for the City of Guelph. “This artwork will come to life alongside the Wilson Street Parkade and give natural animation to the streetscape.” Their project concept features four standing, polished bronze deer contrasted against urban downtown Guelph. The deer will be embedded with simple architectural shapes that reference the Basilica of Our Lady, the historic Priory residence, Guelph Farmers’ Market and the former Carnegie Library.… Continue reading Artists selected for Wilson Street public art project


River Run Centre: 2018-19 Season & SO much more!

May 10, 2018

GUELPH, ON, May 10, 2018 – River Run Centre will announce its 2018-19 Season of professional entertainment at a FREE PUBLIC LAUNCH on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Several exciting additions to the season will be announced along with confirmation of a line-up that will offer the community a rich diversity of performing arts experiences from Guelph, across North America and from around the world. Discover what stars River Run Centre has aligned for you with the launch of their 2018-19 Season! The launch event will also feature a brief preview performance showcasing the quality, artistry and diversity of the coming season. WHAT Announcement of River Run Centre’s 2018-19 Season WHO City of Guelph Councillors Corporate sponsors and advertisers River Run Centre staff, volunteers, donors and… Continue reading River Run Centre: 2018-19 Season & SO much more!


Come onboard with the Windjammers

April 26, 2018

Pops Wind Ensemble celebrates 25 years GUELPH, ON April 26, 2018 – River Run Centre is pleased to present the return of Windjammers, Canada’s Finest Pops Wind Ensemble, on May 29, 2018 at 7 pm. This much anticipated concert will mark the group’s 25th Anniversary and the dedication of more than forty talented volunteers that have contributed to the success of the ensemble over all these years. Harry Currie, the founder, artistic director and conductor of Windjammers, is thrilled with the success over these 25 years. “The principal reasons for this are the dedication of the players, their high standards, and the music which appeals to the audiences,” he said. “We’ve filled halls to capacity in Mississauga, Brampton and many others, including the River Run… Continue reading Come onboard with the Windjammers


Notice of Intention to Designate: 55 Delhi Street

April 24, 2018

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 55 Delhi 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. Description of the property The property at 55 Delhi Street is located on the northeast side of Delhi Street, north of Eramosa Road and directly to the southeast of the Guelph General Hospital. The legal description of the subject property is: Lot 34 & Part Lot 35, Plan 133 , as in MS2192; S/T MS2192, S/T Right in MS2192 & Part Lot 40, Plan 133, Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4, 61R20329; T/W CS8635; Together with an easement over Part Lots 35, 36, 40 & 41, Plan 133 Des as Parts 1 to… Continue reading Notice of Intention to Designate: 55 Delhi Street


Notice of Intention to Designate: 72 Farquhar Street

April 24, 2018

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 72 Farquhar 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. Description of the property The property at 72 Farquhar Street is located at the southeast corner of Farquhar Street and Wyndham Street South. The current legal description of the entire subject property is: Part Market Place, Plan 8, Designated as Parts 1 and 4, Reference Plan 61R-21059. Statement of cultural heritage value or interest (Why the property is being designated) The subject property is worthy of designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act as it meets three of the prescribed criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest, according to Ontario Regulation… Continue reading Notice of Intention to Designate: 72 Farquhar Street


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


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 Development Group Triovest Realty 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,… 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