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GAC Welcomes Lauren Taylor

Guelph Arts Council is thrilled to welcome our new Communications and Event Assistant for summer 2019, Lauren Taylor. Lauren has been helping to promote GAC members through social media and maintaining guelpharts.ca. Lauren has also been interviewing and writing advocacy articles to promote key cultural organizations in Guelph while supporting in the organization and implementation of one of GAC’s signature events – Art on the Street.

Lauren Taylor. Photo credit Will Snyder web
Lauren Taylor. Photo credit Will Snyder.

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Royal City Studios – Guelph’s newest music rehearsal and recording studio space

By Preetam Sengupta

“Wow!” said (GAC summer student) Lauren. She may have been talking about the well-stocked fridge to properly dress her coffee, but the sentiment echoed throughout our tour of the newly opened Royal City Studios in Guelph. It’s a beautiful space; modern, accessible, functional, and professional. There is a reception desk at the entrance where Lauren and I were warmly greeted when we arrived, which is in stark contrast to some studios I’ve visited in the past (which certainly have their own charm) where instructions may have included “call or text me (or some other random stranger) when you’re close, and I’ll come and find you so you don’t get lost or scared”. I’m exaggerating slightly of course, but the point is that we could tell from the moment we arrived that we were in a professional music studio, a first impression that carried through during our visit.

Royal City Studios. Located at 930 Woodlawn Road West Unit 1. Photo credit Ken Sutherland web
Royal City Studios. Located at 930 Woodlawn Road West, Unit 1. Photo credit Ken Sutherland

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Edgy Theatre Takes Off in Downtown Guelph

By Jane Litchfield

Starting a theatre company isn’t easy. Along with a high tolerance for risk, you need multiple skill sets and a lot of hours, plus some money, a venue, and a willing audience. Yet four Guelph theatre junkies have pulled all that off with The Downtown Theatre Project. Since its launch in March 2018, they have produced five plays in the intimate space at The Making Box in downtown Guelph, selling out many shows. And apparently they’re all still friends.

Founders of Downtown Theatre Project. Left to right. Tim Clark Trevor Smith Diggins Jen Barson Paul Barson web
Founders of Downtown Theatre Project. Left to right. Tim Clarke, Trevor Smith Diggins, Jen Barson, Paul Barson. Photo credit Dana Bellamy

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Jagdeep Raina: Archiving memory and migration

The quiet surface of paper and soft fabrics echoes the humble archives Jagdeep Raina draws from - the history and documentation of pioneering Kashmiri and Punjabi Sikh communities in the South Asian diaspora. 

Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, artist Jagdeep Raina has a research based studio practice. For Jagdeep, the history of pioneering Kashmiri and Punjabi Sikh communities “live in overlooked materials: books, oral history manuscripts, VHS tapes, records and cassettes tucked away in cardboard boxes, yellow photographs in peeling albums stuffed in cupboards and shelves, in basements, on online databases and in the research of scholars who have dedicated their lives to recording a history in the margins.”

 

Jagdeep Raina.To my friend Baljit thank you. Lets rediscover the evocative power of our sweet Punjabi music 2015 mixed media on paper 68 x 50in
Jagdeep Raina.To my friend Baljit, thank you. Let's rediscover the evocative power of our sweet Punjabi music, 2015, mixed media on paper, 68 x 50in

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