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2019 Guelph Jazz Festival: an immersive week of live music and conversation

By Scott Thomson

The 2019 Guelph Jazz Festival (September 11-15) once again brings a wide range of world-class creative music to the city. The event features a series of ten ticketed concerts (including five multiple bills), free concerts on September 13-14 in Market Square, an educational colloquium (convened by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation), and the ‘Around Town’ program featuring live music in local restaurants, bars, and other establishments.

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Meet Mallory Tolcher during Culture Days weekend - Guelph’s Artist in Residence

By Jen Rafter

Mallory Tolcher is the City of Guelph’s 2019 Artist in Residence. Tolcher’s project, called #GuelphMovesMe, promotes physical fitness on Guelph’s trails through an outdoor art exhibition.

The project kicked off by asking the community to submit photos of individuals getting physically active as inspiration for 12 hand-drawn portraits. The portraits will be installed at six points along the Silvercreek and Eramosa River trails at the beginning of September and changed out halfway through the project.

The project ends with an artist talk and trail walk at 1 p.m. on September 29 at McCrae House during Culture Days weekend.


Mallory Tolcher. Photo Credit: Jennifer Frayne

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2018 Jane Graham Memorial Recipient- Jessica Masters

By Jane Litchfield

You might know Guelph artist Jessica Masters for her images of waves that roll right off the canvas, or her iconic jumping swimmer from the 2018 Art on the Street poster. Masters was a co-recipient of GAC’s Jane Graham Memorial Award in 2018, and since applications are now open for the 2019 award, we thought we’d check in with this GAC member.

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Jessica Masters in front of her Wave Series at R.I.C.A Gallery, Sept 2018

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Guelph Arts Council Invites Doors Open Guelph 2020 Site Submissions

Guelph, ON – August 8, 2019 – Guelph Arts Council is excited to announce a call for site proposals for Doors Open Guelph 2020. Doors Open is a celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and historically or architecturally relevant sites. Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our community’s architecture, heritage, creativity, and innovation. The 2020 event takes place on Saturday, April 25 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Application instructions and criteria can be found here: https://form.jotform.com/92194296327970. Sites will be assessed on their architectural, cultural, historical or social significance; innovative design or technology; thematic relevance; and capacity to contribute to a successful event. Across the province, Doors Open 2020 events will explore the theme of Environment.

In announcing the call for site proposals, Guelph Arts Council’s Executive Director Patti Broughton said: “On behalf of the Doors Open Guelph Steering Committee, I am pleased to invite potential sites in Guelph to apply to be part of 2020’s event. Participating in Doors Open is a great opportunity to share the story of your special place with residents and visitors who are keenly interested in this community.”

Doors Open Guelph is one of Guelph Arts Council’s longest-running programs. Its success is due to the hard work of volunteers, who work as Steering Committee members, site captains, tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, and more, as well as the support of event sponsors. Guelph Arts Council invites immediate expressions of interest from potential Steering Committee members, who provide strategic oversight to this important community celebration, and Site Captains. If you are passionate about sharing Guelph’s stories, and would like to be more involved in Doors Open Guelph, please contact Patti Broughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

For more information about site selection, volunteering, or event sponsorship, please contact Fan-Ling Suen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

Since its inception, Doors Open Guelph has been part of Doors Open Ontario, a province-wide initiative that celebrates community heritage. Doors Open Guelph has had the distinction of being the kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario each year.

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