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9 Days of Documentaries: Social Justice, The Environment, Community Building. Guelph Film Festival Nov 1-9

By Guelph Film Festival Staff

For over 2 decades now, the Guelph Film Festival has been presenting engaging, terrifying, and joyous stories, through documentary film, that demonstrate the varied nature of our human experiences.

These days, more than ever, these stories are critical. For our societies to move forward in a fair, sustainable, and equitable way, all stories need a space to be told and to be heard. The Guelph Film Festival offers that space.

This year’s festival focuses on breaking boundaries, fighting for your experiences to be recognized, and claiming your own voice. It is about the stories of who we are and how community, social justice, and the environment are intertwined in the fight.

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Da Vinci program Youth Filmmakers after their post-screening talk. Photo credit, Guleph Film Festival

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The Downtown Theatre Project Revives The Guelph Fringe Festival

By The Downtown Theatre Project

Members of Guelph’s independent intimate theatre company, The Downtown Theatre Project (DTP), are the new organizers of The Guelph Fringe Festival. After being dormant for the past two years, previous management of the festival was happy to have DTP come on board to take the reins.

DTP has been producing professional level theatre out of The Making-Box improv and comedy club at 43 Cork Street E. since March of 2018. A mix of edgy, thought-provoking, topical and funny, the DTP has been on a roll. Fortunate to have multiple sold out runs in their short existence so far, the company has been able to continue bringing local talent to this intimate space in downtown Guelph. 

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DTP's sold out comedy this past spring wtih 5 lesbians eating a quiche in The Winning Quiche! Photo credit, DTP.

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F*ck Perfect – Creating Brave Spaces at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

By Garreth Arenburg-Duchesne

This year’s Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) took place in Guelph from October 13 - 19. As part of the festival, Guelph Arts Council partnered with Art Not Shame to run a F*ck Perfect workshop. This collaborative art-making experience is typically offered as a 13-week program that has been co-created by Michelle Peek founder of Art Not Shame, a non-profit community based arts organization in Guelph.

Michelle has a passion for both mental health advocacy and for the arts. When interviewing Michelle, I asked her what the values of the organizations are, she responded “one thing that’s really important for (Art Not Shame) is knowing that no space is truly safe for everyone, we strive for a safer space, a brave space, an anti-racist space, a space for all abilities, genders, sexualities, body shapes and sizes, and above all space to practice radical self-love where we can learn and un-learn together.”

Michelle Peek. Founder of Art Not Shame, a non-profit community based arts organization in Guelph.
Photo credit, Nik MacMillan

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Guelph Chamber Choir's New Artistic Director Charlene Pauls Delighted With First Concert

By Brenda Lewis

"I felt the positive energy in the room, and felt buoyed by the music throughout the afternoon." 

These are the words of Charlene Pauls, Guelph Chamber Choir (GCC)'s new Artistic Director after conducting the well-established choir and their guest artists for the concert "Bob Chilcott's Five Days That Changed The World and Other Works" on the bright, lovely stage of Harcourt Memorial United Church last Sunday afternoon, October 27th.

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Charlene Pauls, Guelph Chamber Choir's New Artistic Director. Photo Credit, Sandra Pitts

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