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Kiwanis Festival Gala Celebrates 10th Anniversary

by Paul Baker


The annual Kiwanis Festival Gala celebrates in 10th anniversary Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Guelph Youth Music Centre.

In  its 38th year, the Guelph Kiwanis Festival began its current format in 1981, and offers performance and adjudication opportunities to about 3000 young people each year.  Over 160 students received awards and scholarships in 2018, valued at over $13,400. 

The Festival is a non-profit event, and all monies raised are used to cover Festival expenses and cash awards.  Student registration fees have been held at a relatively low level to encourage participation - we have made only occasional modest increases in registration fees over the years, in line with other Kiwanis festivals in similarly-sized Ontario communities. 

Registration fees only cover about 1/3 of total Festival costs, and the Festival relies on sponsorships, programme ads, and most importantly, the Festival Gala in February each year to raise the funds required to operate the Festival. 

Those attending the Gala will enjoy an elegant evening of beautiful music, live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a chocolate fountain, wine & beer, and raffle and door prizes.

For tickets and information, please contact Festival Coordinator Heather Fleming at 519-821-4365 or visit www.gkmf.ca

When you support Guelph Arts Council, you support people like Jay S. Lefler Rosenberg

by Jane Litchfield


At this giving time of year, we especially thankful for our donors. When you support Guelph Arts Council, you support people like Jay S. Lefler Rosenberg.

Jay S. Lefler Rosenberg is a warrior -- a mental health warrior, that is. He is also a painter and graphic designer, and one of those people who makes connections wherever he goes. He is a trained peer support worker. And, he is open about his personal journey with mental illness. His latest initiative, “Coming Full Circle,” brings all that together.

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Guelph Black Heritage Society Announces New Heritage Hall Rehearsal Studio



The Guelph Black Heritage Society is pleased to announce that we will be opening a new, inclusive music rehearsal space for rent in the basement of Heritage Hall. The space will feature a PA system, full drum kit, piano keyboard, and microphones, as well as gender-neutral washrooms and a kitchen for patrons to use.

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The initiative was proposed by GBHS volunteer and local musician Laura Bailey, who identified a lack of inclusive rehearsal space geared toward diverse musicians who are women, people of colour, LGBTQIA, gender non-binary, and more. “There are very few rehearsal spaces for bands in general,” said Bailey, “and the ones that do exist are usually very male dominated. Some have even taken the whole ‘man cave’ thing to a new level.” Her vision for this new rehearsal space is to “create a safe and welcoming place for musicians who might not be able to find that elsewhere.” She believes that the historic building—a church built by refugee slaves from the Underground Railroad—makes Heritage Hall the perfect place for a diverse array of people to make music.

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