Category Archives: River Run Centre

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


Engaging in ‘friendly’ competition

January 6, 2017

Kenny vs. Spenny comes to River Run Centre Saturday, January 21 GUELPH, ON January 6, 2017 – Best friends Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice will continue where they left off in their over-the-top television series, Kenny vs. Spenny, when they take the stage at River Run Centre on Saturday, January 21, at 8 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the GuelphToday.com Comedy Series. In the tradition of their hit series, Hotz and Rice’s live performance of Kenny vs. Spenny will feature the pair competing for victory in insane challenges that see the best friends try to humiliate each other on stage. Each of their shows is unpredictable, with Hotz and Rice having no idea what challenges they’ll face each night. Kenny… Continue reading Engaging in ‘friendly’ competition


‘Real country music’ at River Run Centre

January 5, 2017

Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack performs on Main Stage Thursday, January 19 Note to editors: The below story has been prepared for your use. Guelph, Ontario January 5, 2017 – Time away from music can offer a fresh perspective. That was certainly the case for country artist Lee Ann Womack, who took a seven-year break from recording before the release of her most recent album, The Way I’m Livin’. “Getting away from the business allowed me to think more creatively,” Womack says. “It was very freeing to stop watching what was going on on Music Row in Nashville and just listen to my inner creative voice.” After earning Grammy nominations for The Way I’m Livin’ in two consecutive years – Best Country Album in 2015 and… Continue reading ‘Real country music’ at River Run Centre


Max and Ruby bring the Nutcracker to life

December 9, 2016

Famed bunny siblings star in Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite December 30 at River Run Centre GUELPH, ON December 9, 2016 – Beloved bunny siblings Max and Ruby will bring a holiday tradition to life this Christmas season during Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite at River Run Centre on Friday, December 30, at 6 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the Miijidaa Family Series. It’s Christmas Eve and Ruby is busy trimming the tree while Max is chasing the scent of Grandma’s freshly baked gingerbread cookies. A knock at the door reveals a large parcel from the bunnies’ Great Uncle Drosselmeyer. As the package is unwrapped, Ruby excitedly realizes that each toy inside is a part of… Continue reading Max and Ruby bring the Nutcracker to life


Celebrating A Celtic Family Christmas – SOLD OUT

December 2, 2016

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy share in joy of the season at River Run Centre Friday, December 16 Continue reading Celebrating A Celtic Family Christmas – SOLD OUT


Matthew Barber & Jill Barber make music a family affair

October 28, 2016

Award-winning siblings bring The Family Album tour to River Run Centre November 12 GUELPH, ON October 28, 2016 – Jill Barber is an award-winning singer whose jazzy performances evoke feelings of a bygone era. Her brother Matthew is one of Canada’s most respected and admired singer-songwriters. The siblings came together earlier this year to create The Family Album, a recording that weaves original works and timeless classics in a display of their unique musical talents. “Matt and I have always been close musical friends and confidantes, but we’ve each been focused on building our respective solo careers over the last 15 years,” Jill says. “We’ve always talked about collaborating on a sibling musical project and the stars and schedules finally aligned.” Music fans can hear… Continue reading Matthew Barber & Jill Barber make music a family affair


An interactive introduction to the symphony for children

October 24, 2016

Members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra perform Jack and the Beanstalk at River Run Centre Saturday, November 5 Guelph, Ont. October 24, 2016 – Children’s appreciation of classical music will grow during fun-filled, interactive performances of Jack and the Beanstalk at River Run Centre on Saturday, November 5, at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra will perform the classic tale in Co-operators Hall as part of the Wooly Kinderconcerts series. River Run’s kid-friendly 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 An interactive introduction to the symphony for children


Limited seating left for Séan McCann show

October 21, 2016

Founding member of Great Big Sea performs at River Run Centre November 4 GUELPH, ON October 21, 2016 – Séan McCann won over audiences from coast to coast and around the world as a founding member of the award-winning East Coast band Great Big Sea. Today, McCann is using his music as a means to change lives for the better. The award-winning Newfoundland-born artist will take the stage in Guelph on Friday, November 4, at 8 p.m. when River Run Centre presents An Evening with Séan McCann of Great Big Sea. The Co-operators Hall performance is part of the centre’s Borealis Music Series. McCann’s recent music has seen him charting his own course with a new sound, while also breaking his silence about past addiction… Continue reading Limited seating left for Séan McCann show


Experience the magic of Peter Rabbit™ Tales

October 20, 2016

Beatrix Potter’s beloved characters come to life on stage at River Run Centre Sunday, November 6 Guelph, On October 20, 2016 – The magical and marvellous world of beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter will come alive on stage Sunday, November 6, at 2 p.m. when River Run Centre presents Peter Rabbit™ Tales. The Main Stage performance is a part of the centre’s Miijidaa Family Series. Featuring fantastic costumes, whimsical puppets, breathtaking sets and original music, Peter Rabbit™ Tales sees Potter’s much-loved characters Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny all grown up. The production, staged by Enchantment Theatre Company in collaboration with the Estate of Beatrix Potter and Penguin Books UK, celebrates 150 years since Potter’s birth and her influence over generations of young readers. “The energy… Continue reading Experience the magic of Peter Rabbit™ Tales


Brent Butt brings funny business to Guelph

October 13, 2016

Renowned Canadian comedian returns to his standup roots at River Run Centre October 27 Guelph, On October 13, 2016 – From humble roots in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Brent Butt has risen to iconic status in the Canadian comedy world. Looking back, he believes growing up in the town of 3,000 people influenced his standup style. “In my hometown, kids start going for coffee at a very early age – just going for coffee and shooting the breeze with your pals and trying to make them laugh,” Butt says. “And around the dinner table with my family – very conversational. The result is a very chatty style.” Butt will bring his unique brand of comedy to River Run Centre’s Main Stage on Thursday, October 27, at 8… Continue reading Brent Butt brings funny business to Guelph


BAM! Percussion brings pulsating energy, side-splitting comedy

October 7, 2016

Talented trio perform ‘eXplosion’ at River Run Centre Oct. 23 GUELPH, ON October 7, 2016 – Side-splitting comedy and savage drumming virtuosity will combine to create a pulsating energy when BAM! Percussion performs eXplosion at River Run Centre on Sunday, October 23, at 3 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the RBC Showcase Series. Through powerful rhythms and deliriously funny sketches, the three performers who make up BAM! Percussion take their audience on a cross-cultural journey. It’s a show presented in the group’s unique language, “BAM! speech,” spoken solely by its members but universally understood. “Audiences are drawn to the turbo-charged trio’s explosive drumming, hilarious miming and the unique BAM! nonsensical language,” The St. Albert Gazette said in a review. Formed… Continue reading BAM! Percussion brings pulsating energy, side-splitting comedy


Lighthouse set to shine at River Run Centre

October 6, 2016

Iconic Canadian band performs Friday, October 21 GUELPH, ON October 6, 2016 – After a long and illustrious career featuring radio hits, chart-topping records and performances around the world, the members of Lighthouse remain passionate about creating live music. The band’s loyal fans couldn’t be happier. “We are very driven to continue performing because of our audiences,” says Paul Hoffert, a founding member of the iconic Canadian group. “Audience members contribute to every performance and Lighthouse has been very fortunate to be able to connect with generations of fans over the years.” Guelph fans can see the band whose hit songs include One Fine Morning, Sunny Days and Pretty Lady when Lighthouse takes the stage at River Run Centre on Friday, October 21, at 8… Continue reading Lighthouse set to shine at River Run Centre


Matt Dusk forges new musical ground

September 29, 2016

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


Talented youth in the spotlight at River Run

April 26, 2016

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Joel Plaskett set to rock the stage

April 14, 2016

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


Learning about the orchestra with Three Fabulous Little Pigs

March 29, 2016

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


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

March 24, 2016

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


The Devin Cuddy Band makes its musical mark

March 22, 2016

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


Showcasing their new sound with The Leahys – In Song

March 18, 2016

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


Deadline extended for chance to perform on River Run stage

February 23, 2016

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


Learning all about the orchestra with Little Red Riding Hood

February 16, 2016

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