Category Archives: Arts and culture

Gord Bamford showcases ‘Neon Smoke’

January 22, 2018

Canadian country music icon brings cross-Canada tour to River Run Centre February 4 Guelph, On January 22, 2018– A distinctive sound, outstanding songwriting and commanding stage presence have helped make Gord Bamford a Canadian country music icon. Bamford will showcase his talents at River Run Centre as part of his cross-Canada Neon Smoke tour on Sunday, February 4, at 7 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the Richardson GMP Music Series and sponsored by 106.7 Country. Bamford’s current 29-city tour is in support of his latest album, Neon Smoke, which includes the recently released hit singles Livin’ On Summertime and Ain’t It Grand, a duet with Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy. It’s a record that lives up to Bamford’s reputation as a… Continue reading Gord Bamford showcases ‘Neon Smoke’


A fairytale performance for kids

January 19, 2018

Members of Guelph Symphony Orchestra bring Hansel, Gretel and the Witch to the stage Saturday, February 3 GUELPH, ON January 19, 2018 – Take part in a fun-filled adventure in the deep dark woods when members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra perform kid-friendly performances of Hansel, Gretel and the Witch on Saturday, February 3, 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… Continue reading A fairytale performance for kids


Preetam Sengupta showcases melodic storytelling talent

January 18, 2018

Guelph-based singer-songwriter performs at River Run Centre Friday, February 2 GUELPH, ON January 18, 2018 – Guelph-based singer-songwriter Preetam Sengupta will bring his moving brand of melodic storytelling to the stage at River Run Centre on Friday, February 2, 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. Known for finely crafted songs that offer a glint of hope and touch of melancholy, Sengupta has been compared to Paul Simon, gaining a reputation on the strength of outstanding performances at venues from major festival stages to house concerts. Most recently, Sengupta spent November touring Canada’s East Coast, performing 17 shows over 25 days. Sengupta’s latest album, Patience, showcases his vocal… Continue reading Preetam Sengupta showcases melodic storytelling talent


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


The magic and mystery of Anastasia

January 8, 2018

Celebrated Canada’s Ballet Jörgen production staged at River Run Centre January 21 GUELPH ON January 8, 2018 – Canada’s Ballet Jörgen will bring the magical and mysterious tale of Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia to life on River Run Centre’s Main Stage on Sunday, January 21, at 2 p.m. The performance is presented as part of the RBC Showcase Series. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s current production of Anastasia will mark the 100th anniversary of Anastasia’s story and 10th anniversary of their original production of the celebrated ballet. The drama of a young girl born to privilege and cast into a world of immense challenge following the Russian Revolution serves as the basis of an extraordinary and gripping performance. The mystery surrounding whether Anastasia – the teenage daughter… Continue reading The magic and mystery of Anastasia


Submerse your family in the magic of Bubblelandia

December 19, 2017

B-The Underwater Bubble Show: A modern-day fairy tale GUELPH, ON December 19, 2017 – Take a break from the everyday and journey to the magical underwater world of Bubblelandia during a performance of B – The Underwater Bubble Show at River Run Centre on Saturday, January 6, at 7 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the Miijidaa Family Series. Blending drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, contortion and magic, B – The Underwater Bubble Show is a modern-day fairy tale that brings fantasy to colourful reality. After a long day filled with countless things to do – meetings, deadlines and distractions – Mr. B finds himself transported to a magical land where seahorses, starfish, mermaids and clownfish lead him on an unforgettable… Continue reading Submerse your family in the magic of Bubblelandia


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


Guelph Farmers’ Market’s Merry Making Night Market

December 14, 2017

Join us for an evening of shopping, food and music Guelph, Ont., December 15, 2017 – Celebrate the festive season at the Merry Maker Night Market at Guelph Farmers’ Market on December 20 from 4 – 9 p.m. This special seasonal market is the perfect chance to shop for last minute gifts and local food for your holiday festivities. The event will feature a variety of regular and new vendors selling seasonal produce, local meat and cheese, preserves, artisan crafts, baked goods, holiday beverages and handcrafted gifts. The back parking lot will be transformed into a festive outdoor pavilion. Picnic tables and outdoor heaters will be set up for guests to sit and enjoy fare from four amazing local food trucks. Live entertainment will light… Continue reading Guelph Farmers’ Market’s Merry Making Night Market


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


Celebrate the season with Sons of Serendip

December 1, 2017

Acclaimed quartet performs at River Run Centre GUELPH, ON December 1, 2017 – Sons of Serendip will perform classically infused arrangements of pop favourites and holiday classics when the soulful quartet takes the stage at River Run Centre on Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the Richardson GMP Music Series. Well-known for powerful live performances and outstanding musicianship, Sons of Serendip consists of lead vocalist Micah Christian, harpist Mason Morton, cellist and second vocalist Kendall Ramseur, and guitarist and pianist Cordaro Rodriguez. From Massachusetts, Georgia and North Carolina, the members of Sons of Serendip first came together at Boston University in 2014. They went on to garner international attention as finalists on the ninth season of… Continue reading Celebrate the season with Sons of Serendip


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


Experience India with A Passage to Bollywood

November 16, 2017

Internationally acclaimed musical by Navdhara India Dance Theatre performed at River Run Centre Saturday, December 2 GUELPH, ON November 16, 2017 – The colourful culture of India will come alive on stage when the internationally acclaimed musical A Passage to Bollywood by Navdhara India Dance Theatre arrives at River Run Centre on Saturday, December 2, at 8 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the RBC Showcase Series. Featuring toe-tapping music, colourful costumes and a gripping plot, A Passage to Bollywood brings audiences into the world of Indian culture. A vibrant production featuring drama, action, romance and dance, it’s an authentic and unforgettable experience guaranteed to dazzle. “Insane energy,” Israel’s leading newspaper, Haaretz, noted in a review of A Passage to Bollywood.… Continue reading Experience India with A Passage to Bollywood


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


Symphony Sounds of The Nutcracker for Preschoolers

November 13, 2017

Kid-friendly performances take place Saturday, November 25, as part of Wooly Kinderconcerts Series GUELPH, ON November 13, 2017 – Members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra will bring a timeless tale to life at River Run Centre during fun-filled, kid-friendly performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on Saturday, November 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. Featuring the music of Pyotr Ilyich… Continue reading Symphony Sounds of The Nutcracker for Preschoolers


An evening with ‘mandolin master’ Andrew Collins

November 9, 2017

Andrew Collins Trio brings award-winning brand of traditional music to River Run Centre Friday, November 24 Guelph, On November 9, 2017 – Andrew Collins and his trio find themselves at the centre of a burgeoning Canadian acoustic music scene. They will bring their award-winning brand of traditional and bluegrass music to River Run Centre when the Andrew Collins Trio performs on Friday, November 24, 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. A prolific composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist, Collins’ music is inspired by bluegrass, jazz, swing, blues, Celtic and classical traditions. His inspired playing on instruments including mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitar and fiddle make for memorable, must-see performances. “A… Continue reading An evening with ‘mandolin master’ Andrew Collins


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


Vote now for the new Verney water tower design

November 6, 2017

Community invited to vote on final two designs by local artists Guelph, Ont., November 6, 2017—Starting today, Guelph residents can vote for one of two designs for the Verney water tower. Earlier this fall, the City of Guelph held a public competition for original artwork to be incorporated into the repainting of the water tower, near Exhibition Park, in spring 2018. The City’s Public Art Advisory Committee reviewed all submissions for the competition and narrowed the selection down to three finalists who were invited to develop and refine their original concepts for the final vote. Late in this design refinement stage the City discovered that one of the finalists was ineligible, and their submission was pulled. The two finalists in the running for the grand… Continue reading Vote now for the new Verney water tower design


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


Remembering wartime sacrifice

October 24, 2017

Award-winning, poignant production Jake’s Gift staged at River Run Centre Friday, November 10 GUELPH, ON October 24, 2017 – Share in a performance about remembrance and the story behind one soldier’s sacrifice when the award-winning play Jake’s Gift is staged at River Run Centre on Friday, November 10, at 8 p.m. The Co-operators Hall performance is presented as part of the RBC Showcase Series. Jake’s Gift was inspired by playwright and actor Julia Mackey’s travels to Normandy, France in June 2004 for ceremonies commemorating the 60th anniversary of D-Day. Mackey spent a week touring the Normandy coast, interviewing Canadian, British and U.S. veterans, as well as tourists and locals along the way. The one-woman play she created tells the story of a Canadian Second World… Continue reading Remembering wartime sacrifice


Spidey taps into the ‘Magic of your Mind’

October 13, 2017

Acclaimed hypnotist, mentalist and magician performs at River Run Centre Friday, October 27 GUELPH, ON October 13, 2017 – Expect a mind-bending show that will leave the audience awestruck when acclaimed hypnotist, mentalist and magician Spidey performs his much-anticipated mind-reading show, Make Believe – Magic of your Mind, at River Run Centre on Friday, October 27, at 8 p.m. The main stage performance is presented as part of the RBC Showcase Series. Spidey has captivated audiences around the world with his live tours, five international television programs and online videos watched by more than seven million viewers. Described as a “Wicked Sorcerer!” by People Magazine, he has also conquered the stages of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and Canada’s Got Talent as a finalist, wowing judges… Continue reading Spidey taps into the ‘Magic of your Mind’


Matt Zaddy’s journey through life and music

October 12, 2017

Award-winning singer-songwriter performs at River Run Centre Friday, October 27 GUELPH, ON October 12, 2017 – Canadian singer-songwriter Matt Zaddy will present songs that tell personal stories of his journey through life and music when he performs at River Run Centre on Friday, October 27, 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. Zaddy has been on tour across Canada in support of his latest release, the Perfect Moments EP, an album met with rave reviews. Just in time for summer, he re-released the title track from the recording and hit the road to share his musical vision with the nation. “It was a great experience to revisit the… Continue reading Matt Zaddy’s journey through life and music


Up close and personal with Emilie-Claire Barlow

October 5, 2017

Juno Award-winning jazz singer performs at River Run Centre Sunday, October 22. Continue reading Up close and personal with Emilie-Claire Barlow


An evening with the ‘King of Canadian Comedy’

October 4, 2017

Famed funnyman Mike MacDonald performs at River Run Centre Friday, October 20 GUELPH, ON October 4, 2017 – Hailed as the “King of Canadian Comedy,” Mike MacDonald will deliver an evening of laughs when he performs at River Run Centre on Friday, October 20, at 8 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the GuelphToday.com Comedy Series. In addition to acclaimed standup performances across North America, MacDonald has been featured on the Comedy Network, HBO, Showtime and Late Night with David Letterman. He’s also made 25 appearances on the CBC Television program Just For Laughs, more than any other comedian. A master of turning adversity into laughter, MacDonald has lived life like an open book, never shying away from talking about his… Continue reading An evening with the ‘King of Canadian Comedy’


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


Windjammers Celebrate 25 Years

September 25, 2017

Tickets Now On Sale at River Run Centre GUELPH, ON September 25, 2017 – River Run Centre is pleased to announce 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 of 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… Continue reading Windjammers Celebrate 25 Years


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


Celebrating River Run’s 20th with Carroll Baker

September 20, 2017

Canadian country legend performs October 4 as part of River Run Centre’s 20th anniversary celebration GUELPH, ON September 20, 2017 – Canadian country music legend Carroll Baker will help River Run Centre return to where it all began when she performs as part of the centre’s 20th anniversary celebration on Wednesday, October 4, at 7 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented by River Run Centre and includes a VIP experience post-show anniversary event in Canada Company Hall. Renowned as Canada’s “First Lady Of Country Music,” Baker has travelled the world during a more than 40-year career. In 1997, she performed as part of River Run Centre’s opening night gala. The Guelph resident will return to the River Run stage to showcase her talents as… Continue reading Celebrating River Run’s 20th with Carroll Baker


An Evening with Robert Bateman – Artist, Naturalist and Conservationist

September 19, 2017

Join internationally acclaimed artist Robert Bateman on Wednesday October 25, 2017 at 8 pm on a journey across the seven regions of Canada and see through his eyes the beauty of our country. River Run Centre continues to celebrate Canada 150th through the presentation of an iconic Canadian artist. With a desire to truly know the place he calls home, Bateman has spent his life painting the Canadian landscape. From the historic eastern shores to the cold endless north and the luscious west coast, he shows us the land that has captivated artists and nature lovers for decades. Full of paintings from every region in Canada, Robert Bateman’s Canada celebrates the history, diversity, and natural wonder of our country. This is Robert Bateman’s vision of… Continue reading An Evening with Robert Bateman – Artist, Naturalist and Conservationist


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


Everyone can play a role in Culture Days

August 29, 2017

Guelph, Ont., August 29, 2016 – The deadline is fast approaching for prospective organizations, individuals and groups wishing to participate in the upcoming Culture Days festivities. Anyone wanting to participate in this year’s celebrations is urged to register their event or activity on the Culture Days website before Wednesday, September 13 to ensure they are listed in the Culture Day’s program. A full listing of Guelph-based activities will also be posted on the City’s website, guelph.ca/culturedays. The Culture Days website provides tips, tools, swag and training for those who register. All events will be promoted nationally and locally. So far, Guelph Potters’ Guild, Silence, The Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership, Guelph Public Library, The Royal City Ukulele Ensemble, Guelph Museums and The Loft Children’s Library… Continue reading Everyone can play a role in Culture Days


Celebrating John Galt Day August 5

July 25, 2017

Guelph, Ont., July 25, 2017 – On Saturday, August 5, the City will host its annual John Galt Day celebration featuring free activities and family-friendly entertainment in Guelph’s Market Square. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the public is invited to take in live entertainment featuring the Silly People, who incorporate comedy, juggling, yo-yo, balloon art and fire manipulation into their act; the Trulee Odd Show, featuring unicycle riding, juggling, stilt walking, balloon twisting and general buffoonery; and the Balloon Maestro’s slapstick, special effects and large scale balloon sculptures. Also onsite during the festivities is Cleo the Clown and her Painting Pals, the Guelph Water Wagon, and Jeff Mann of TREAD ON IT! T-shirt printing. Attendees are invited to bring along an old T-shirt for… Continue reading Celebrating John Galt Day August 5


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


Free movies and celebrations all summer long

June 19, 2017

Guelph, Ont., June 19, 2017 – The City is pleased to announce its summer lineup of free events in Guelph’s Market Square. This year’s Movies in the Square series offers a variety of family-friendly favourites. Starting at 9 p.m. on selected Fridays throughout the summer, families, friends, and movie fans are invited to bring a lawn chair (and blankets if it’s cool out) and cozy up for a drive-in experience minus the car. The giant screen will show The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl on July 7, Inside Out on July 21, Shrek Forever After on August 11, and Fantastic Four on August 25. If it rains, the movies will be shown inside City Hall’s Atrium. John Galt Day is Guelph’s civic holiday… Continue reading Free movies and celebrations all summer long


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


Celebrate National Aboriginal History Month at Guelph Museums

June 13, 2017

Guelph, Ont., June 13, 2017 — National Aboriginal History Month will be marked at Guelph Museums with several events planned in partnership with local First Nations, Metis and Inuit leaders. On Wednesday, June 14, as part of the Building Canada Lecture series, the Museums and University of Guelph will host a panel discussion about Research relationships with Indigenous communities. Panelists include Brittany Luby, Hannah Tait Neufeld, Steve Crawford, Chief Nadjiwon, Councillor Paul Jones and moderator Malcolm Campbell, vice president of research at the University of Guelph. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. A KAIROS Blanket Exercise is set for Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m. The Blanket Exercise is a facilitated, interactive approach to learning Indigenous history and will be followed by a sharing circle… Continue reading Celebrate National Aboriginal History Month at Guelph Museums


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


Talented youth in the spotlight at River Run

April 26, 2017

Mentorship program hosts free performances for National Youth Week April 26, 2017, Guelph, ON – Guelph’s youth performers will showcase their talents in two different shows at River Run Centre on May 2 and 3 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 fifth 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 21 different schools. Members of River Run’s technical, programming and promotional staff have been working with participants in preparation for the shows. As part of… Continue reading Talented youth in the spotlight at River Run


Thank you, volunteers!

April 21, 2017

Please join the City in thanking its volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 10-16 and throughout the year. Continue reading Thank you, volunteers!


An Evening with Moe Berg, Chris Murphy, Craig Northey and Steven Page

April 5, 2017

Trans-Canada Highwaymen perform at River Run Centre Thursday, April 20 GUELPH, ON April 5, 2017 – They are four musicians who have have played to millions of fans and sold just as many records. Now, Moe Berg, Chris Murphy, Craig Northey and Steven Page have joined forces as the Trans-Canada Highwaymen. The iconic Canadian front men will bring their new musical project to River Run Centre on Thursday, April 20, at 8 p.m. The Main Stage Performance is presented as part of the Richardson GMP Music Series. Distinct singers and songwriters each with a fanatical fan base, the members of the Trans-Canada Highwaymen have performed at the world’s biggest music festivals, sold-out arenas and on top television shows. Over time, the beloved Canadian musicians have… Continue reading An Evening with Moe Berg, Chris Murphy, Craig Northey and Steven Page


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!


Special event notice: Road closures/parking restrictions on Carden and Wilson streets

March 24, 2017

Notice date: March 24, 2017 About the special event The City of Guelph is hosting the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour in Market Square on April 1 and 2. To accommodate event set up and activation, there will be road closures on Carden and Wilson streets. In addition, the Wilson Street parking lot will not be accessible. Event set up begins March 30 Event set up along Carden and Wilson streets will take place on Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31; taking two full days to complete. The streets will remain closed for the duration of the event. Street access Wilson and Carden streets will have closures starting Thursday, March 30 through to Monday, April 3. Wilson Street from Gordon Street to MacDonnell Street will close… Continue reading Special event notice: Road closures/parking restrictions on Carden and Wilson streets


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


Dave Gunning’s continuing musical journey

March 17, 2017

Celebrated East Coast singer-songwriter performs at River Run Centre March 31 GUELPH, ON March 17, 2017 – Dave Gunning takes audiences on a captivating journey that features heartfelt stories, humorous lyrics and stunning musical arrangements. The celebrated East Coast singer-songwriter will showcase his finely crafted songs during a performance at River Run Centre on Friday, March 31, at 8 p.m. The Co-operators Hall performance is presented as part of the Borealis Music Series. An engaging folk-roots performer and world-class songwriter, Gunning has enjoyed a 20-year career that includes 11 albums. Since releasing his debut recording, Lost Tracks, in 1996, Gunning’s body of work has earned him admiration and respect from music fans and fellow musicians, including Canadian folk songwriting legends David Francey, Ron Hynes and… Continue reading Dave Gunning’s continuing musical journey


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!