Category Archives: River Run Centre

Youth mentorship program puts the spotlight on Guelph’s young performers

April 16, 2019

River Run Centre hosts free performances for National Youth Week Guelph, ON April 16, 2019 – Guelph’s youth performers showcase their talents at two performances at the River Run Centre on Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. during National Youth Week. The Co-operators Hall performances are presented as part of the TD Bank Group Youth Programs. The two events are part of MusicWorks|StageWorks, a mentorship program organized by River Run Centre in partnership with Guelph Youth Council. Now in its seventh 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 over 60 performers, from 19 different schools throughout Guelph and surrounding area. Members of River Run Centre’s… Continue reading Youth mentorship program puts the spotlight on Guelph’s young performers


A Life in Song with Ian Thomas

March 6, 2019

Famed musician and author talks about life in the arts at River Run Centre GUELPH, ON March 6, 2019 – Musician and author Ian Thomas rose to fame with his 1973 hit Painted Ladies and has enjoyed an illustrious career, winning a Juno award, four SOCAN awards and the prestigious UNICEF Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award. The internationally acclaimed songwriter will discuss his life and career as part of River Run Centre’s Miijidaa Life Stories speaker series on Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. During this Co-operators Hall presentation, Thomas discusses his more than four-decade career, from winning the 1974 Juno Award as Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year to penning songs performed by artists including Santana, America, Chicago, Bette Midler and Anne Murray. A… Continue reading A Life in Song with Ian Thomas


Guelph youth invited to apply for chance to shine in the spotlight

January 28, 2019

Guelph, ON January 28, 2019 – 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 Centre’s technical, programming and marketing staff and with support from Guelph Youth Council members, participants will learn about the various aspects… Continue reading Guelph youth invited to apply for chance to shine in the spotlight


Music ‘with an otherworldly edge’

January 23, 2019

Raine Hamilton String Trio brings ethereal sound to River Run Centre, February 6 GUELPH, ON January 23, 2019 – Featuring violin, guitar, cello and double bass, Raine Hamilton’s music has been described as “acoustic chamber folk with an otherworldly edge.” Experience the power of Hamilton’s ethereal voice and outstanding songwriting when the Raine Hamilton String Trio performs at River Run Centre on Wednesday, February 6, at 8 p.m. The Co-operators Hall performance is presented as part of the Borealis Music Series. Released in 2018, Hamilton’s second full-length album, Night Sky, features her outstanding talents on vocals, violin and guitar at the forefront of powerful and relatable songs written in both English and French. Night Sky’s 10 tracks balance between the earthly and otherworldly, reaching into… Continue reading Music ‘with an otherworldly edge’


A magical introduction to classical music

January 18, 2019

Members of Guelph Symphony Orchestra perform kid-friendly performances of Sorcerer’s Apprentice at River Run Centre, February 2 GUELPH, ON January 18, 2019 – Experience a magical introduction to classical music for kids when members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra perform Sorcerer’s Apprentice at River Run Centre on Saturday, February 2, 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 kids learn from and remember, with audience participation highly… Continue reading A magical introduction to classical music


Dan Hill opens up about his life and work

January 9, 2019

Famed performer and songwriter comes to River Run Centre January 23, 2019 GUELPH, ON January 9, 2019 – Dan Hill is best known for his classic hit, Sometimes When We Touch, and has also shared his songwriting talents to help create countless gold and platinum recordings. The famed Grammy and Juno-Award winner will discuss his life and career as part of River Run Centre’s Miijidaa Life Stories speaker series on Wednesday, January 23, at 8 p.m. During an intimate Co-operators Hall conversation, audiences will get the chance to meet the award-winning singer, songwriter and author. With more than four-decades in the business, Hill enjoyed great success as a performing singer-songwriter and “behind the scenes” songwriter for many music superstars. Celine Dion performed his songs Seduces… Continue reading Dan Hill opens up about his life and work


Experience daring, bold and captivating ballet

January 7, 2019

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen brings acclaimed production Coppélia to River Run Centre Sunday, January 20 GUELPH, ON January 7, 2019 – Experience daring, bold and captivating ballet when Canada’s Ballet Jörgen brings its acclaimed production Coppélia to River Run Centre on Sunday, January 20, at 2 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of River Run Centre’s Showcase Series. First performed in 1870, Coppélia is one of the world’s oldest ballets. Renowned as a “comedy with love,” the ballet takes audiences into the mysterious mind of Dr. Coppélius, a lonely and disillusioned toymaker who wishes he could bring his creations to life. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s production of Coppélia features emotional, fantastical storytelling presented through original choreography by Bengt Jörgen, the company’s co-founder and artistic… Continue reading Experience daring, bold and captivating ballet


Dean Brody stops in Guelph on his cross-Canada tour

October 26, 2018

Country music star performs at River Run Centre GUELPH, ON October 26, 2018 – CCMA Fan’s Choice and 2-time Juno Award winning artist, Dean Brody, brings songwriting and storytelling to the stage on his Dirt Road Stories Acoustic Tour. The Canadian country music superstar performs at River Run Centre on Saturday, November 10 at 8 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the Richardson GMP Music Series and sponsored by Country 106.7. This compelling, intimate acoustic performance showcases Brody’s depth as a songwriter and his unparalleled ability to bring storytelling to the forefront of country music. Three of Brody’s sixteen CCMA Awards are for Songwriter of the Year, highlighting his reputation for penning thoughtful, articulate, original narratives in music, guaranteeing a memorable… Continue reading Dean Brody stops in Guelph on his cross-Canada tour


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


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!