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“Late Nites with Guelphites” at Folk Music Ontario Conference

by Doris Folkens

The Folk Music Ontario Conference is an annual event that brings together people from around the world to celebrate Canada’s folk music industry. This includes artists, concert promoters/presenters, media, festival artistic directors, music publicists, music industry organizations, and anyone else involved or interested in folk music.

At the 2019 conference, local Guelph musicians hosted a private showcase (in a hotel room) for the first time, taking the opportunity to promote our own talent on a national/international stage. Guelph is home to a number of accomplished and award-winning musicians, and this venue promoted ours as a music city. The room was decorated with Guelph-related swag: Hillside Festival posters, “I heart downtown Guelph” T-shirts, vintage books, and toques. Thanks to some wonderful local businesses, we were able to offer our patrons complimentary beverages (from Laza Catering and Wellington Brewery), as well as the hugely popular “Honorary Guelphite” buttons (donated by Silence), and we did our part as responsible Guelph citizens by setting up recycle bins up and down the hallway of the hotel.

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Jane, Tannis and Laura. Photo credit: Shari Campbell

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Guelph Arts Council Announces Deadline for GAC Youth Opportunities Award

Guelph, ONOctober 22, 2019 – Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce the deadline for the Youth Opportunities Award, which is made possible through the GAC Youth Opportunities Fund at The Guelph Community Foundation. The 2019 application deadline is Friday, November 15 at 5:00 pm (paper application) or 11:59 pm (online application). The award’s terms of reference and application instructions are posted at guelpharts.ca/gac-awards-bursaries. Apply online here.

Local artists, not-for-profit groups, and youth are eligible to apply for programs that initiate, enhance or expand opportunities for children and youth under age 25 to experience or become engaged in the arts in Guelph or Wellington County. Local youth are particularly encouraged to apply.

Guelph Arts Council’s Youth Fund was established through the financial success of Youth in Performance presentations that GAC sponsored between 1980 and 1990. Additions to the fund were made over the years, and in 2005 Guelph Arts Council turned over the capital of the fund to The Guelph Community Foundation to create the GAC Youth Opportunities Fund. Since 2009, with revenue generated by the fund, GAC has supported arts opportunities for youth.

The amount of the award(s) varies annually. For 2019, up to $500 may be available for awarding to one or more applicants. To review the applications and select the award recipient(s) each year, Guelph Arts Council appoints a volunteer award jury composed of community representatives, including arts professionals and youth. The awards are announced by the end of the year.

The 2018 Youth Opportunities Award was awarded to Queer Youth Arts for assistance in presenting an arts showcase event for young queer artists aged 13 to 20 from all backgrounds and skill levels of art. The event created a space where queer youth felt recognized, important, and part of a community. 

For more information about the Youth Opportunities Award and Guelph Arts Council, please visit guelpharts.ca, phone 519-836-3280, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or drop by 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street, Guelph.

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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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Inspiration Guelph – Supporting Youth and Children in Music, Dance and Visual Arts

By Lisa Browning

Inspiration Guelph 2019 takes place on November 7. In anticipation of what is always an awesome event, I conducted the following interview with Founder and Chair, Brenda Gibson.

LB: What is Inspiration Guelph?
BG: Inspiration is a concert held in November that brings together professional and local talent for an annual performance that raises money for children and youth in Guelph and Wellington County.

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Madison Galloway Music. Winner of the Battle of Performers. Photo credit: Inspiration Archives

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