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Music Weekends Warm up Winter

by Downtown Guelph


Music Weekends is back for a third year to carry you through the post-holiday stretch. Mixing languid, relaxing afternoons with foot stomping, hip wiggling ones, Music Weekends is a 10 week series taking place every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from January 5th to March 10th. All downtown, all organized by local promoters, and all great quality. We’ve even thrown in an extra special one for the kids at The Making Box on Family Day.

Thanks to Celebrate Ontario and Hillside, the series is extra special in 2019. You can enjoy an added arts element at every performance such as live art, spoken word, dance instruction, singalongs….a mixed bag of goodies awaits the audience at each venue.

Launched in 2017, the series brings together local promoters and is aimed at music lovers who can’t always stay up late enough to enjoy Guelph’s lively late night music scene. Music Weekends welcomes people of all ages who want to sing with their friends, dance with their children, and still be home in time for supper. These events are all ‘Pay What You Can’, and all monies collected go directly back into the local music industry.

Here's what you can look forward to:

Saturday, Feb 2 at 3PM
Dog Drive Mantis at Brothers Brewing Company

GAIN Music & Eleven Presents are proud to present Dog Drive Mantis on this Music Weekends in Downtown Guelph showcase at Brothers Brewing Company. 

Sunday, Feb 3 at 3PM 
Ginger St James Duo at The Penny Whistle Pub

With her sultry and powerful voice, her sassy and commanding stage presence, and a repertoire that blends country, rock n’ roll and blues, Ginger St. James packs a lot of entertainment into her 5-foot frame.

“A sassy and dynamic rockabilly singer, songwriter and guitarist, creating a national buzz with some slightly cheeky music and a captivating charisma fueled by her roaring voice and model beauty.” – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star

Movie "Rink" by Guelph multi instrumentalist, musician (Cowboy Junkies, Tamarack) and filmmaker will be shown at this event. The film follows the life and death of this most Canadian of places, the outdoor neighbourhood skating rink.

Friday, Feb 8 through Sunday, Feb 10
Hillside Inside in Downtown Guelph

A winter celebration of music, art, literature, and diversity in beautiful downtown Guelph. Everyone welcome. Ticketed and free events. See www.hillsidefestival.ca for details.

Saturday, Feb 16, at 2PM
Avery Racquel at the Royal Electric

What do you do on a cold February Saturday? Eat great food, spend time with friends, and listen to amazing music. Join Avery Racquel along with Jill McKenna on Bass, Joel Haynes on drums and Nick Tateishi on guitar, for an afternoon of RnB, Soul and a little bit of Jazz.

Sunday, Feb 17 at 2:30PM
LUVR and Averages at Brothers Brewing Company

LUVR's "dreamy indie pop" and Averages' "femme fronted Soda Pop Rock" come to the stage on Sunday afternoon. Proudly presented by GAIN Music.



Guelph Arts Council Announces Doors Open Guelph 2019 Sites

Guelph, ON – January 17, 2019 – Doors Open Guelph is a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites. Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases and celebrates Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our great resources, businesses, and creative spaces.

The 2019 event will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 10 am to 4 pm. Site details are listed below, and will be posted with event updates on guelpharts.ca.

This year Doors Open Guelph will be enhanced by Sharing Guelph’s Stories, an event-within-an-event that will increase the role the arts play in Doors Open. Visitors can experience dramatic storytelling at the Gow Bridge with artist Jay Wilson, guided public art and downtown gallery walks, and arts activations at Doors Open sites.

Launching the weekend, Guelph Museums’ Doors Open After Dark will celebrate Guelph’s 192nd birthday, and commemorate the 240th birthday of Guelph founder John Galt, with history and art activations at and around the Civic Museum from 9 pm April 26 to 1 am April 27. Artists and historians can respond to a Call to Artists for Doors Open Guelph and Doors Open After Dark by visiting guelphmuseums.ca.

On average, Doors Open Guelph attracts 6,000 people to its sites each year, 25-50% of whom are visitors to the city. Since its inception, Doors Open Guelph has been part of Doors Open Ontario, an Ontario Heritage Trust initiative that was also launched in 2002 to celebrate community heritage. Guelph’s event has the distinction of being the kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario’s season.

Doors Open Guelph’s success is due to the enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers who serve as site captains, tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, and more. Join us as a volunteer and help make Doors Open Guelph a true community celebration. If you’re interested in lending a hand please express interest online or contact Katie Wilde at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

Guelph Arts Council thanks its event partners, including City of Guelph, Guelph Museums, Ontario Heritage Trust and Downtown Guelph Business Association, Doors Open media sponsor Guelph Mercury Tribune, all participating sites, and its Steering Committee and event volunteers. Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Patti Broughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.


2019 Site Listing:

The Victory School
135 Exhibition Street
Built due to a population spike, the school was named after the Allied victory that ended the First World War. It opened in 1919, with an addition in 1953. Its original brass rails and wooden floors enhance the gracious image presented by its red brick exterior and park setting.

Greenbriar House
92 Speedvale Avenue
Built circa 1865-67, this Neo-Classical Vernacular house set on its lot of heritage trees is a treasure trove of antiques and art. The house features original woodwork and glass. Art by local artists as well as many unique collections are displayed through the house.

Lornewood Mansion
125 Norfolk Street
Lornewood was built by Charles Raymond in 1867 and enlarged later with the Tuscan bays and tower. It was named after an 1879 visit from the Marquis of Lorne and his wife Princess Louise. The house has been restored with its original ornate black walnut trim, ceilings, lead-glass windows, carpets and elaborate furniture.

Marcolongo Heritage Farm
2162 Gordon Street
Settled in 1833, this was one of the first farms in Puslinch. In 1878, James Blair built the granite fieldstone house. The original timber-framed small barn and the large bank barn built in the 1880s or 90s have been restored. The farm property has been designated as a Cultural Heritage Landscape.

Trails Open: The Guelph Hiking Club will run 15-20 minute hikes throughout the day at Marcolongo Heritage Farm.

St. Mary’s Ukrainian Church
115 York Road
The church was built between 1953 and 1962 with three onion domes added in 1963 and a parish centre in 1983.  Beautiful painted liturgical icons are featured throughout the church. The active church community hosts several bazaars, a popular borscht festival, and a weekly mass.

Gow’s Bridge Stories
McCrae Blvd. at the Speed River (near Water St and McCrae)
Built in 1897, this stone bridge is one of only 10 stone bridges remaining in Ontario.  Peter Gow built the first bridge to bypass the toll gate at Gordon Street. Guelph theatre artist Jay Wilson will tell stories of the bridge, the Brooklyn area, and of some of the scandalous events that took place nearby.  Check schedule for performance times.

Heritage Hall
83 Essex Street
Built in 1880, this building served as the British Methodist Episcopal Church. Constructed in Gothic Revival Style with local limestone, it offered a place of safety and community for the black community, including descendants of runaway slaves. In 2012, the building was purchased by the Guelph Black Heritage Society to create a cultural, historical and social centre.

Provincial Offenses Court
59 Carden Street
Built in 1856, this building served as Guelph City Hall until 2009. Designed by William Thomas in the Victorian Renaissance Revival style, it features elaborately-carved stone features. In 2009, it was beautifully restored as a courthouse, featuring original windows, crown mouldings, arched jail cells, and a grand performance hall.

Diyode Community Workshop
183 Dufferin Street
Diyode is a Guelph-based collective dedicated to re-invigorating the do-it-yourself movement. Situated in the former Carson Reid Homes office, the 2500 sq. ft. workshop contains tools and supplies for wood and metal working, electronics, prototyping and crafting. Diyode members will demonstrate uses of the tools and workshop areas.

Spring Mill Distillery
43 Arthur Street
The limestone building was built in 1835 as Allan’s Distillery, an addition to their grist mill. The Distillery grew with the addition of several buildings. In 1876, the complex became the A.R. Wyatt Company which made lawn mowers and hardware. Over the years, several large manufacturers have used the buildings, now extensively restored to become a restaurant and distillery.

KidsAbility Centre for Child Development
503 Imperial Road North
KidsAbility has provided services to Guelph children and youth with special needs since 2000. The present new hub has 20,000 sq. ft. of space customized to reflect best-care practices. The stunning Canadiana-themed rooms and hall decor create a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere where children can work to reach their full potential.

The Sovereign
66 Macdonell Street
Built in Second Empire style and designed by John Day, The Sovereign stands as an interesting neighbour to the Petrie Building. The mansard roof, ornate dormers, and corner turret create an impressive presence. The original ballroom was once used by the Oddfellows, whose symbols survive in the restored offices. It is now the offices of Williams and McDaniels Property Management.

17 Aberdeen Street
Built c. 1880, new owners hired Evolve Builders in 2016 to reconstruct this Ontario Cottage while leaving intact its external heritage appearance.  It is now among the most energy efficient homes in the city with an air-tight envelope, heat pump, and many water-saving devices to make this a Blue Built Home. Presented in partnership with eMERGE Guelph.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Manager of Programs & Operations

Guelph Arts Council (GAC) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that supports and champions arts and culture in Guelph. We are currently seeking a dynamic individual to work with staff, volunteers, and members as Manager of Programs & Operations. Within a small staff team, the successful candidate will work closely with the Executive Director to achieve organizational goals.

The successful candidate will be passionate about art and community, contribute to GAC’s mission with their creative vision and administrative acumen, and support and promote Guelph’s creative community by managing GAC programs, communications, and operations. Specific duties will include:

Communications: championing GAC members and programs, and supporting awareness of the value of the arts, through e-newsletters, social media, and guelpharts.ca; maintaining guelpharts.ca; supporting the development of communications plans

Programs: supporting the creation, development, implementation, and evaluation of GAC programs and events, including volunteer recruitment and management

Membership: processing memberships, managing renewals, delivering member benefits

Operations: maintaining financial records, administering invoicing and payments, banking, and financial reporting; maintaining electronic and hard files

Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational and computer skills are required, including proficiency with Microsoft Office suite. Experience with social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, is also required. Knowledge of accounting software, preferably Quickbooks, is a strong asset. The ideal candidate will have a background in the arts, and be knowledgeable about the issues, opportunities and challenges in the sector.

This position is 35 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work is required. The salary range for the position is $31,000 - $34,000, dependent on experience. This position could accommodate a job share opportunity. Anticipated start date is March 1, 2019. Guelph Arts Council is located in downtown Guelph, Ontario.

Please submit your resumé with cover letter by email only no later than 12:00pm on Friday, February 8, 2019. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Send applications to:

Patti Broughton, Executive Director
Guelph Arts Council
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Guelph Arts Council invites applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to employment equity and welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

When you support Guelph Arts Council, you support people like Abby Nowakowski and Ahmri Vandeborne.

by Jane Litchfield 


These two young artists are out to change the way people look at the world around them. Both in their final year at University of Guelph’s Studio Art program, they create collaborative artwork together as Ahmri + Abby. They help people notice things they walk by every day, but never really see, like a perfectly square little hole in the wall, or bricks peeking through a crack in plaster. “If you take time to pay attention to your surroundings, you may find something beautiful,” Abby says.

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Ahmri Vandeborne and Abby Nowakowski (image by Jane Litchfield)

Separately, they also explore how people interact with the world around them. Ahmri’s work as an interdisciplinary artist is based on the environment, the landscape, and the human impact on nature. She grew up in an environmentally conscious family and studied geography and environmental science along with her art studies to inform her practice. “I’m interested in why humans do what they do,” Ahmri says. For example, she is interested in the way some people look at climate change and say, ‘I can’t do anything about it,’ and the psychology behind that.

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