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Annie Sumi Kicks Off Doors Open Weekend

by Preetam Sengupta

As we look forward to Doors Open this weekend, we spotlight an artist that will be helping to kick it off with her concert at the Guelph Civic Museum for Fourth Friday. Fourth Friday will lead right into Doors Open After Dark, a free event is aimed at creating opportunities to connect, explore and engage the community with history in unique ways. Visit guelphmuseums.ca for the full line-up for this art-filled and interactive evening.

In 2016, when Annie Sumi was deciding where she wanted to live, she was given the advice to check out Guelph by her good friend (local musician and GAC member) Tannis Slimmon. In doing so, she discovered a lovely couple who were looking for a tenant to help with chores on their urban farm, so there began Annie’s life in our Royal City, feeding chickens...and writing beautiful music.

Annie Sumi

Photo by Fraser Parkes

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Guelph Arts Council Launches Historical Walking Tours Season

Guelph, ON – April 25, 2019 – On the same weekend as Doors Open Guelph, Guelph Arts Council launches its 2019 season of Historical Walking Tours. The tours begin on Sunday April 28 at 2 pm with Where Guelph Began, which leaves from Juice Inc., 25 Waterloo Ave., at the corner of Dublin Street. Cost is $5/person in cash to the guide, or online through the guelpharts.ca event calendar. New this year: buy a six-tour pass (valid on any dates) and get one tour free.

For over thirty years, Guelph Arts Council has promoted the cultural heritage of Guelph by offering six different walking tours on selected Sundays from April to October (excluding July). Delivered by a dedicated group of volunteer heritage enthusiasts, the tours are an opportunity for tourists and locals to learn about Guelph’s history while taking in the beautiful architectural and natural features of the city.

Available on each tour, and at Guelph Arts Council, The Bookshelf, and Guelph Civic Museum are tour-specific booklets of historical information and architectural drawings, perfect for self-guided tours and keepsakes. The booklets are $5 each. Downloadable booklets are also available.

Each tour starts at 2 pm and runs approximately two hours. Tours run rain or shine, with cancellations only in extreme weather. For tour dates, descriptions and departure locations, please view our PDF brochure.

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280 to arrange a private, customized tour perfect for your club, students, or business group. All proceeds benefit Guelph Arts Council.

Historical Walking Tours are sponsored by Sleeman Breweries and Downtown Guelph Business Association.

About Guelph Arts Council:
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, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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Guelph Arts Council and University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music Announce Relaunch of Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project

Guelph, ON – April 4, 2019 – The Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project is a partnership of Guelph Arts Council and the University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music that supports emerging artists in the critical transition to professional life. GAC and SOFAM are grateful for project support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established.

Applications for the fifth round of the project, which begins in May, are now being accepted. Guelph visual and media artists, musicians, and cultural managers are encouraged to apply as mentors or emerging artists. Established artists may apply online as mentors, and emerging artists may apply online to be mentored. Project details are included in the online application forms. The deadline for mentor and emerging artist applications is Sunday, May 19.

In the four previous rounds of the project, 33 emerging musicians, visual artists, and cultural managers were paired with Guelph artist mentors. In each round, the emerging artists’ experience culminates in a group exhibition of their work that they plan, promote, and install with support from their mentors.

For more information about the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project, visit guelpharts.ca or call Guelph Arts Council at 519-836-3280.

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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 sponsor Meridian.

About University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music:
The School of Fine Art and Music’s BA programs in Music, Studio Art and Art History, and the MFA in Studio Art and MA in Art History and Visual Culture, are renowned for their excellence and for the success of their graduates. SOFAM curricula in all areas, delivered by acclaimed faculty, are designed to combine critical thought and creative practice with crucial opportunities for experiential learning.

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An artist and instructor with a passion for Canada, Yulia Balobanova

By Mike Baker

I first met Yulia Balobanova 'digitally' when I was interested in broadening my own artistic talent and decided to enroll in her watercolour class.

We soon spoke, and I knew immediately I would enjoy Yulia’s class. Her support as an instructor was invaluable  as I entered into the world of painting.

            Ukranian church

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