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New Guelph-Based Canadian Literary Press Launches First Season

By Jeremy Luke Hill

The city of Guelph now has its very own literary publisher. Gordon Hill Press, launched by Jeremy Luke Hill (publisher) and Shane Neilson (editor), is a feisty upstart publisher of exemplary poetry, literary fiction, creative non-fiction, and criticism. It strives to include a wide diversity of writers and writing, particularly writers living with disability. Its inaugural season, to be launched in September 2019, includes three beautifully written titles.

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Youth-Led Arts Initiative by Queer Youth Arts – GAC’s 2018 Youth Opportunities Award Recipients

Art has the power to create opportunities and spaces for underrepresented voices to be heard.  In 2018, Queer Youth Arts utilized their creative skills to do just that.  Feeling “frustrated by the lack of youth-focused pride events”, members Victoria Johnson, Charlotte McAren-Cayer ,and Carling Serran used the money from their GAC Youth Opportunities Award  to organize a weeklong art show for youth who identify as LGBTQ+.


Since applications are now open for 2019 award, we thought we’d check in with Queer Youth Arts to reflect on their experiences and see where they are today.

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Queer Youth Art Members. From left to right,Charlotte McAren-Cayer, Carling Serran, and Victoria Johnson.
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Election 2019: Where do local candidates stand on the arts?

By Jane Litchfield

To help you be informed for the October 21 federal election, Guelph Arts Council asked local candidates from the four main parties to answer a few questions about their position on the arts. The Guelph candidates are Ashish Sachan (Conservative), Steve Dyck (Green), Lloyd Longfield (Liberal), and Aisha Jahangir (NDP). Their responses, unedited, follow.

You can also check for party platforms on the arts via The Canadian Arts Coalition.

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Guelph Arts Council Announces Deadline for GAC Jane Graham Memorial Award

Guelph, ON – September 12, 2019 – In memory of Guelph visual artist Jane Graham, Guelph Arts Council offers an annual award to a regional visual artist(s) to pursue professional development opportunities. The 2019 application deadline is Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm for paper applications and 11:59 pm for online applications. Any visual artist residing and actively practising in Guelph or Wellington County is encouraged to apply for opportunities that will be pursued after January 1, 2020. The award’s terms of reference and application instructions are posted at guelpharts.ca/resources-overview/gac-awards-bursaries. The award(s) will be announced in late fall 2019.

Jane Graham was a much loved and respected visual artist who lived and worked in the Guelph area for many years prior to her untimely death early in 2005. Working closely with the Graham family, later the same year Guelph Arts Council established a fund with donations made in Jane’s memory. The fund is managed by The Guelph Community Foundation. With annual fund revenue, Guelph Arts Council offers this award to support artists who wish to pursue opportunities that will contribute to personal artistic growth.

Annually, Guelph Arts Council appoints a volunteer award jury with representatives from the local visual arts community, Guelph Arts Council, and the Graham family. The jury reviews the applications and selects the award recipient(s).

Over the years, award recipients have included an audio-visual collective, a scientific illustrator, an artist blacksmith, printmaker, multidisciplinary artist, bead artist, art quilter, filmmaker, photographer, illustrator, and painters. All of these individuals have indicated that the award helped them take their artistic work to the next level.

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