Guelph hosted close to 50 free activities, events, and exhibitions during the sixth annual Culture Days celebration held September 25-27, 2015 landing a spot in Culture Days’ top 10 cities and towns.
Rock the Square feat. King Neptune and His Tridents
This free family-friendly outdoor concert in Market Square showcased three local opening acts and headliner, King Neptune & His Tridents, a Guelph-based all-star band featuring Jessy Bell Smith, Andrew Collins, Lisa Conway, Thomas Hammerton, Chris Hierlihy, Jordan Howard, Vish Khanna, Kerry Mullen, Jeff Munro, Tristan O’Malley, Carey West, Bill Whitehead, and Dave Withers.
Photo by HauserWorks Photography
Native Beadwork Workshop
About 20 participants signed up in advance to learn about the art, craft and culture of Aboriginal beadwork. The workshop was held at the Art Gallery of Guelph in an upstairs room holding the “Travelling with the Ancestors,” beadwork exhibition from the gallery’s permanent collection.
The curator of the exhibition, Naomi Smith, a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, facilitated the highly successful workshop.
The Whole Shebang at River Run Centre
Visitors wandered through a series of mini-performances, installations, improvisations and interactive experiences created by River Run’s artists in residence who collaborated with close to 50 members from various community groups.
Shebang Artists in Residence included media artist Jenn E Norton, musician Amadeo Ventura, writer Claire Tacon, belly dancer Ishra Blanco, musician Bry Webb, and dancer Megan O’Donnell, led by Artistic Instigator, Andrea Nann of Dreamwalker Dance Company and guest collaborators Janet Morton, Katie Ewald and Elysha Poirier.