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Slow Greetings

By Ash McAskill

My name is Ash McAskill and I am in love with slowness. I recently graduated from a PhD in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. My doctoral research was with theatre groups and performance programs that work with disabled artists in Montréal, Québec and Vancouver, British Columbia. I participated in their artistic processes exploring how these groups are changing how we understand and make theatre in Canada. One of the ways I learned is through slowness which I define as an important mode of perception of valuing human diversity. Currently, I am working on a postdoc at ReVision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice at the University of Guelph working on a project called “Slow Journeys.”

Ash McAskill
Ash McAskill is an ally and academic in the disability arts and theatre community and slow theatre practioner.
Image provided by Ash McAskill.

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Monthly Musical Member Video Series

Each month we’ll feature a video from one of GAC’s musical members. If you’re a musician and have a video you’d like us to feature, please send a YouTube link our way along with a short bio to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This month, we share one from Boreal, whose annual festive concert at the River Run Centre is coming up soon.

Boreal started in 2006 in Jude Vadala's kitchen. Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala, all with music careers of their own, decided to join forces to do a show of winter songs. After many pots of tea and hours of meticulously working out harmonies and arrangements of winter-themed original songs and holiday classics, Boreal did its first show. That was thirteen years ago. Each November and December since then, they've toured their snowy-season project through community halls and concert series across Ontario. This year however, Jude Vadala is stepping away from the stage. Her humour and heart-wrenching vocals will be deeply missed, but Boreal is excited that Jude will continue composing and arranging for the trio, and also to welcome new member Angie Nussey to the group.

Listen and watch 'Hey Hosanna'

Guelph’s Holiday Market Guide

‘Tis the season for uncovering handmade crafts, local art, tasty treats, and unique finds for everyone on your Nice List! Guelph is home to a flurry of holiday markets, and we don’t want you to miss out. So here is Guelph’s December holiday market guide. Add some sparkle to your holiday gift giving this year and shop local.

Creative Spark Winter Market.  Saturday Dec 7, 10-4pm | Dublin St. United Church. 68 Suffolk St. West
$2 or non-perishable donation to Guelph Food Bank

“With over 30 artisans and makers showcasing and selling their products including jewellery, pottery, painting, mixed media, paper crafts, body care, children's clothing and toys, accessories, home decor and so much more, there's something for everyone on your list this holiday season.” – Creative Spark, website

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Beat the Winter Blues This Year and Get a Healthy Dose of Vitamin A(rt)

The World Health Organization recently released a comprehensive report stating “engaging with the arts can be beneficial for both mental and physical health” of communities and individuals. This report came from analysing evidence from over 900 global publications and 3,000 studies. The studies suggest art can serve to promote and manage health and wellbeing, as well as prevent and tackle conditions such as anxiety, depression and social isolation.

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Image created by Barbara Salsberg Mathews

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