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GAC NEWS: GAC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & SHAREFEST

Charities’ annual general meetings don’t have a reputation for being super exciting, but you won’t want to miss this one! GAC’s Annual General Meeting will be held at 7 pm at Silence Sounds, 46 Essex St, on Wednesday May 17. Yes, we’ll vote on a few motions, welcome new Board members, share some notes on our 2016 year, and thank some VIPs. Oh, and we’ll present our new strategic plan for 2017-2019 (kind of important!). But the business portion of the meeting will be wrapped up lickety-split, and followed by an open mic session. Come and share the great things you or your organization have been up to! We’ll ask you at the door if you have anything to share, and you’ll have a three-minute limit when you’re called up. Don’t forget to bring your business cards or brochures to share too.

Everyone is welcome to attend, share, and network. However, GAC members must be current (paid up, that is) prior to May 17 in order to vote. Not sure if you’re current? If you get an AGM invitation from us in the mail around May 8, and there’s a renewal form in it, please send it back immediately (or – better yet! – renew online). If you don’t get an AGM invitation from us in the mail, you have not been a current member in the recent past. There are benefits to joining the 300(ish) voices of GAC, and not just that you get to vote at the AGM. If waiting around the mailbox sounds like a drag, just give us a call at 519-836-3280 or shoot us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We love to hear from all our members – whether current, lapsed, or wannabe.

Whatever your member or non-member status, we hope to see you on May 17 at Silence. There’s no charge to attend, but please RSVP online so we know how many people to expect.
Proxy forms are available: Download/print proxy form

GAC News: Guelph Arts Council Celebrates Success of Doors Open Guelph

On the occasion of Guelph’s 190th, Saturday’s sunshine brought out over 8,000 Guelph residents and out-of-town visitors – record attendance for the event’s 16-year history – to the fourteen sites offered at Doors Open Guelph and Trails Open.
 
Among the many highlights of the day were:
  • tales of ghosts and gangsters at The Albion Hotel
  • record attendance of 1,700 at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate
  • lineups for a peek inside some of Guelph’s historic treasures, including The New Petrie Building, Ker Cavan, and The Armoury
  • a glimpse into the fascinating worlds of renowned Guelph innovators RWDI Consulting Scientists and Engineers and The Frank Hasenfratz Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing
  • a special 185th Birthday celebration at St. George’s Anglican Church
  • artist’s talks with Peter Johnston and Ron Shuebrook and hands-on art experiences at Silence.

 
Doors Open Coordinator Susan Ratcliffe said: “This year’s Doors Open Guelph was a stunning success. We thank the site owners and all the volunteers for their commitment to our city’s rich heritage in buildings, arts, landscapes and industries. And we thank the visitors for being so patient and cheerful even with the long lineups at the popular sites.”
 
Doors Open Guelph is one of Guelph Arts Council’s longest-running programs. Its success is due to the enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers who serve as tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, sign crew, and more. This year over 150 volunteers and site participants pulled together to open the doors of Guelph’s remarkable places.
 
Doors Open Guelph 2017 was generously sponsored by Downtown Guelph Business Association, Grinham Architects, and media sponsor Guelph Mercury Tribune.
 
About Guelph Arts Council:
For forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and our annual sponsors Meridian and Gary Stewart of CIBC Wood Gundy.

Find the original press release here.

Doors Open Guelph Draws Over 7000

Over 7000 visitors came out to Doors Open Guelph this past weekend to explore some of Guelph's most architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings. Doors Open is one of Guelph Arts Council's longest running and most successful programs. Community members, visitors from out of town, local volunteers, and participating sites enjoyed a beautiful sunny day of stories, history, and nosy peeking behind normally closed doors!

Doors Open Guelph’s success is due to the enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers who serve as tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, sign crew, and more. This year we had over 150 volunteers and site participants pulling together to create this 13-site event. We would like to thank our volunteers and participating sites from the bottom of our hearts for their efforts. They gave attendees an incredible experience. On a stunningly beautiful day, locals and visitors experienced and connected to our amazing community of Guelph.

Guelph Arts Council would also like to thank Grinham Architects, Site Sponsor of the Armoury, as well as event sponsor Downtown Guelph Business Association and media sponsor Guelph Mercury Tribune for their incredible support of Doors Open Guelph.

For over forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and our annual sponsors Meridian and Gary Stewart of CIBC Wood Gundy.

Guelph Little Theatre - A Major Piece of the Royal City Lifestyle Fabric

By Roxanne Thornton

Recently there has been a lot of buzz about Guelph being one of the best little cities of the future - fourth even in “lifestyle.” But what constitutes lifestyle? Like the Guelph Storm and the Hillside Festival, Guelph Little Theatre is an integral part of the Royal City. GLT has been providing this community with affordable, outstanding amateur theatre productions for over 80 years; quite an achievement when you realize that it is manned entirely by volunteers and relies totally upon the support of Guelph and Wellington County patrons to stay alive and well.

It has not been an easy road and obviously our citizens have felt it important enough to help GLT out in times of need. In 1967, the group was able to purchase the old Salvation Army Citadel on Dublin Street, not only through fundraising activities but also through the generosity of members of the community. On November 16, 1993, ten days to show, their beautiful stone theatre burnt to the ground. But amid the adversity, they again found they were not alone. Space to rehearse, venues to perform in, and funds to start over came through the generous donations of community friends, members and supporters. And when they found a building in 1996, again the challenge was met to refurbish the old factory at a cost of $750,000. The Guelph community did “Share their Dream.” Through fundraising efforts, constant support, and hall rentals GLT has been able to improve their production value even more. They have earned a reputation for producing shows of the highest calibre, and have won several awards at both WODL and Theatre Ontario over the years, yet their house is rarely full. Why? It can’t solely be because they cannot be streamed on Netflix!

The lure of the lights from professional Toronto stages have also cast a spell upon the local audiences who may have once come to see the amateur theatrics but who may now believe that professional is best. Not true, in tight economic times like ours, community theatre is even more valuable, and is worth our effort to try to save. There is nothing more exciting that the relationship one finds with those characters on the stage, as the lights go down and the music begins. Their comic antics help us to forget the troubles we have outside that magical venue and we often laugh with them as the tale twists and turns every which way. We cannot get that same sense of involvement by attending a movie, but for the same price, we are swept up into a very different world of live theatre at a fraction of the professional theatre cost.

So don’t let this precious resource die. It is important to the fabric of our community. The younger generations hurry helter skelter about their complicated lives. It’s hard to find time to stop and smell the roses, or to get involved with volunteer work. As a result, there are fewer bums in seats, and fewer workers behind and on the stage. What can we do? How can we ensure that our children and grandchildren have the chance to experience what we once took for granted? Where has the laughter gone? It does not have to be this way. Get involved. See a show, bring a friend or family member or, better yet, come on out and join the group. Share your expertise with us all. Show everyone that Guelph Little Theatre is one of the reasons our city scored fourth in “lifestyle” in North America.

Next season GLT has an amazing line up of a Gilbert and Sullivan musical, a Christmas family panto, a Canadian comedy, a new Peter Colley thriller, and a wonderful John Guare dramatic comedy. Tickets for these will go on sale soon. But if that is too far in the future, come out and see GLT’s late May/ June main stage show, The Drowsy Chaperone, a wonderful musical that you are sure to enjoy. For tickets or further information please contact the Box office at 519-821-0270 or online at www.guelphlittletheatre.com. Hope to see you soon.

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