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Student Choice Initiative threatens CFRU and Guelph Community

by Lauren Taylor

In March, the Ontario government released the official guidelines for the Student Choice Initiative, a provincial mandate to give university students an opt-out option for certain “ancillary fees” – fees that fund student unions, clubs, and associations on campus. The SCI provides a document outlining which fees and services are essential and which are ancillary, and the option to opt out of fees must be presented to students before paying fees each semester. Several student groups and organizations on campus will be affected by anticipated budget cuts due to the SCI, including Guelph Arts Council member CFRU. I spoke to Vish, CFRU’s station manager, Andrea, CFRU’s marketing and outreach director, and Bruce, a CFRU volunteer, about their work with the CFRU and the impact that it has had on their lives and on the campus and community.

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Vish and Andrea at the CFRU headquarters.

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GAC Welcomes Lauren Taylor

Guelph Arts Council is thrilled to welcome our new Communications and Event Assistant for summer 2019, Lauren Taylor. Lauren has been helping to promote GAC members through social media and maintaining guelpharts.ca. Lauren has also been interviewing and writing advocacy articles to promote key cultural organizations in Guelph while supporting in the organization and implementation of one of GAC’s signature events – Art on the Street.

Lauren Taylor. Photo credit Will Snyder web
Lauren Taylor. Photo credit Will Snyder.

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Royal City Studios – Guelph’s newest music rehearsal and recording studio space

By Preetam Sengupta

“Wow!” said (GAC summer student) Lauren. She may have been talking about the well-stocked fridge to properly dress her coffee, but the sentiment echoed throughout our tour of the newly opened Royal City Studios in Guelph. It’s a beautiful space; modern, accessible, functional, and professional. There is a reception desk at the entrance where Lauren and I were warmly greeted when we arrived, which is in stark contrast to some studios I’ve visited in the past (which certainly have their own charm) where instructions may have included “call or text me (or some other random stranger) when you’re close, and I’ll come and find you so you don’t get lost or scared”. I’m exaggerating slightly of course, but the point is that we could tell from the moment we arrived that we were in a professional music studio, a first impression that carried through during our visit.

Royal City Studios. Located at 930 Woodlawn Road West Unit 1. Photo credit Ken Sutherland web
Royal City Studios. Located at 930 Woodlawn Road West, Unit 1. Photo credit Ken Sutherland

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Edgy Theatre Takes Off in Downtown Guelph

By Jane Litchfield

Starting a theatre company isn’t easy. Along with a high tolerance for risk, you need multiple skill sets and a lot of hours, plus some money, a venue, and a willing audience. Yet four Guelph theatre junkies have pulled all that off with The Downtown Theatre Project. Since its launch in March 2018, they have produced five plays in the intimate space at The Making Box in downtown Guelph, selling out many shows. And apparently they’re all still friends.

Founders of Downtown Theatre Project. Left to right. Tim Clark Trevor Smith Diggins Jen Barson Paul Barson web
Founders of Downtown Theatre Project. Left to right. Tim Clarke, Trevor Smith Diggins, Jen Barson, Paul Barson. Photo credit Dana Bellamy

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