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Calls to Artists

All calls are limited to the Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge (KWCG) region. For provincial or national calls, please view our Helpful Links page.


Check out https://www.facebook.com/groups/opencallkwc/ for calls in KWC area


If you would like to have your call posted on this page, here's what to do:

Members: Email all details in text form (include your call's deadline) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. addressed to Sarah Goldrup and requesting the call be added to the Calls to Artists page.
Non-members: Your call must be a paid gig for artists, or offer tangible benefits to artists who participate. Email in same format as above.




Volunteer Photographers Guelph and District Multicultural Festival - April 26, 2017, & June 9, 10, 11, 2017
Overzealous 2017 - Deadline May 20
Wall of Art: O Canada - Deadline: May 29
DatBe Art Haus - Deadline June 15








WALL OF ART SERIES: Upcoming Themes and Key Dates - Deadline: May 29, 2017

The Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from Guelph Arts Council’s membership. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience.

For the upcoming exhibition, we invite artists to explore the theme O Canada. A nation’s anthem tells the story of its history, traditions, and the struggles of its people. What does O Canada mean to you? We can’t wait to see what our local artists have in store for O Canada.


This opportunity is open to artists living and practicing in Guelph, as well as members of the Guelph Arts Council*, who produce two-dimensional work in any medium, including painting, drawing, photography, mixed media and fiber. A maximum of two original artworks may be submitted by each artist: submissions exceeding two works will not be considered. Works for this call must address the theme. All works must be ready for hanging, not be excessively heavy, and must be able to fit through an entrance of 6.5 ft. by 4 ft. Any technical needs for works must be provided by the artist.

*An artist membership for a year is only $30 (which is less than most entry fees). Membership is not juried; everyone is welcome. Plus, you get all the other benefits that come with being a Guelph Arts Council member… come join us and see!

Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $139 CAD and an invitation to an exhibition reception at the museum on  April 28, 2017, 6:30 p.m. No need to email your application with attachments. Instead, please submit online through our handy form! Or, download or pick up a paper form from our office.

Find the application form here. See below for key dates, themes and deadlines.

April 11 - June 18
Theme:                          Fresh
Reception:                    April 28, 2017
Closing Date:               June 18, 2017
Art Pick Up:                   June 20 – 23, 2017


June 20 - September 17
Theme:                         O Canada
Call Goes Out:            Week of April 24, 2017
Submissions Due:     May 29, 2017
Selection:                     Week of June 5, 2017
Art Drop Off:                  June 13 – 16, 2017
Installation:                   June 20, 2017
Reception:                    June 23, 2017
Closing Date:               September 17, 2017
Art Pick Up:                   September 19 - 22, 2017


September 19 - January 7, 2018
Theme:                        Standing Guard
Call Goes Out:           Week of July 24, 2017
Submissions Due:    August 28, 2017
Selection:                    Week of September 4, 2017
Art Drop Off:                September 12 – 15, 2017
Installation:                 September 18, 2017
Reception:                  September 22, 2017
Closing Date:             January 7, 2017
Art Pick Up:                 January 9 - 12, 2018


Country Heritage Park: Call for Entry-Art-in-the-Park

Sunday, August 13th , 2017, 10 am-5 pm
Country Heritage Park, 8560 Tremaine Road, Milton, L9T 2X3
Call for ARTISTS!
Back by popular demand! Art-in-the-Park is a one-day outdoor/indoor juried, art show and sale featuring high calibre, original only, art work by local and regional artists in the Park’s unique heritage facilities and gorgeous 80 acre setting. Artists will display and sell their work under the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment in the beautiful Country Heritage Park’s Milton area location.
Call for Entry deadline is June 12, 2017. Go to website under Events-Art-in-the-Park to download application or use fillable form.
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$2.00 admission fee
For more info: www.countryheritagepark.com          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.          Country Heritage Park            905-878-8151

CFE ART@ebar "conTEXTual"

Drop off Sunday June 4th, 11am to 1pm.
Show opens Tuesday June 6th 8-11pm and runs until July 9th.
The eBar
41 Quebec Street, Guelph, ON
“Babble, burble, banter... Brouhaha, balderdash, ballyhoo. It’s all just TALK.”
“In the Beginning there was The WORD.”   “Word”   “A Picture is worth a Thousand Words.”
But what of a picture that contains words? Or an altered book? Or the Art of Handwriting?
ART@ebar is looking for artists in all media - paint, photography, mixed media - that explores the use of text, fonts, literary or lyrical references, altered books or pages, etc. Work must be original (prints and digital copies are acceptable), and must be READY TO HANG.
All work will be wall mounted, so 2D is preferred but low relief 3D will be considered.
Please be aware that The ebar takes 30% of sales that take place.
Contact ART@ebar curator Eric Allen Montgomery - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with digital images of representative work and for submission requirements.
Drop off SUNDAY JUNE 4th, 11:00am until 1pm.
Show opens TUESDAY JUNE 6th, 8-11pm.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/589410067880584/         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      Eric Allen Montgomery  

Artists wanted for Summer Art Markets: Table, tent and chair provided!

Artists - it's summer exhibition season so make sure your artwork gets out there.
At the Final Fridays Art Markets in Waterloo Public Square, we provide exhibitors with a free tent, table and chair, and marketing graphics ahead of time. You come with a great display of art/fine craft and a willingness to share your work with the public on your choice of 5 summer evenings.
See full details and apply by April 13 to secure your spot!
Contact Katie Wilde This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.
For more info: http://www.waterloo.ca/en/living/ArtistandMakerRoster.asp            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.            Katie Wilde     519-747-8769

Call for artists - Overzealous 2017

Overzealous Juried Show
Theme: Out of Place
Submission deadline: May 20th, 2017
Cost: $10 for first image, $5 for each additional image
Maximum entries: 3
Entry Fee: By cheque, payable to John McGill or contact for other methods of payment.
Cheques mailed to:
Attn: Overzealous
10 Carden St, Guelph, ON, N1H3A2
Registration & Entry
Images and information (Artist Name, Title & size, Medium, Selling Price)
to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Images titled in the following format:
Notification of Acceptance
May 22nd
People’s Choice Awards
1st Prize $100 (cash)
2nd Prize $50 (Gift certificate)
Dates & Location
10C Art Gallery
10 Carden St, Guelph, ON
June 1st - July 28, 2017
For more info: overzeealous.ca           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      John McGill   

Co-op Gallery Space - Studio 404

Artist Run Co-op Gallery

Studio 404 is looking for a self motivated gang of artists to occupy, maintain and promote a self run Gallery Space to showcase the visual arts in Guelph commencing Fall 2016.

If you are looking for gallery space to show your work or are interested in a Co-operative venture with an eclectic group of like minded artists send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gudied tours and meeting dates and times to be announced.

Gallery 404
404 York Rd
Guelph ON


The East Side Library is a branch of the Guelph Public Library, located at 1 Starwood Dr. We are able to provide display space for wall art only on a monthly basis.
Hanging capacity is 10-30 pieces, depending on size. Individuals or groups are welcome to submit a proposal.

Please keep in mind that the work should be suitable for a family-oriented, community space. Artists are responsible for hanging and removing work. There is no charge for this space.

When submitting, please include:

-your full name and email address
-4-8 images of work representative of what you intend to display (per participant, if in a group)
-a brief bio/artist statement
-proposal of available dates, with alternatives if possible

Please submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CALL FOR ARTISTS - Kloepfer Gallery

The Kloepfer Gallery is currently accepting applications for solo and group shows. Gallery commission is a low 30%. Submit applications online at http://kloepferframing.com/gallery-application/.

ARTS HOTHOUSE - Deadline Ongoing

Boarding House Arts is also introducing the Arts Hothouse, which provides career-minded visual artists with high quality and affordable co-working studio space. Along with shared studio space there will be opportunities for exhibitions, networking and professional development. The program also aims to build exposure and a client base among local and regional art lovers for the artist’s work.

Arts Hothouse is open to professional working artists at any stage in their career. Entry to the program is by application and is granted for one year. After the first year participation may be renewed for subsequent one-year terms by mutual agreement.

For more information, click here

CAPACITY 3 GALLERY - Deadline Ongoing

Open call for submissions - Capacity 3 Gallery (C3G) shows the works of emerging, mid-career and established artists, showcasing both regional and national works. Priority will be given to projects that foster community dialogue, assist in the development of an individual's artistic practice, and inform the current state of contemporary practice.

The Gallery is located at 6 Dublin St, Guelph, in the basement of Boarding House Arts - a historic stone building with three floors of galleries and studios. C3G is a non-profit artist run space; this non-commercial venue provides artists with a space to publicly display their work and engage with the community.

Capacity 3 Gallery is currently looking for exhibition proposals from artists. C3G will provide the space, installation assistance, insurance and promotion, but no artist fees. Exhibitions will typcially be one month in duration but there is space within the schedule for short and longer-term works such as performance and site-specific projects. The space is approximately 80 sq ft. There is also a large entrance hall that can be utilized for events and openings. 

Submissions must include: 
1. Project proposal: a brief description of your exhibition, performance, or other event. Include technical requirements and site specifications if applicable. 
2. A brief bio
3. Documentaion of your work: up to ten images or five minutes of audio-visual material. Must be Mac compatible. 
4. Current curriculum vitae
5. Other supportive documents or web links (optional)

Send submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carolyn Meili, Gallery Coordinator 
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One Thousand Trees: An opportunity to get the word out!

One Thousand Trees is an online monthly magazine, the mandate of which is the facilitate wellness through connection, creativity and community service.
We are always looking for articles, either on the monthly theme, or for our regular departments. One of those departments is Creativity & The Arts.
If you are interested in submitting an article, or if you have a project or event you’d like to promote, please email Lisa Browning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For more info: www.onethousandtrees.com 
Lisa Browning, 519-362-5494, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ART@ebar 2017 show schedule

for more details and information on submissions contact curator
Eric Allen Montgomery - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May 2nd – 8pm Opening Night (Tuesday)
- a celebration of diversity through COLOUR

June 4th – noon – 2pm: drop off/pick up accepted work
June 6th – 8pm Opening Night (Tuesday)
- artwork containing words, text, including altered books etc

July 9th – noon – 2pm: drop off/pick up accepted work
July 12th – 8pm Opening Night (Wednesday)
“Falling In Love Every Second Song”
- artists celebrate MUSIC and it’s incredible influence over us

Aug 13th – noon – 2pm: drop off/pick up accepted work
Aug 15th – 8pm Opening Night (Tuesday)
It’s all about ME!
- artists express themselves through SELF PORTRAITS

Sept 10th – noon – 2pm: drop off/pick up accepted work
Sept 13th – 8pm Opening Night (Wednesday)
GUELPH STUDIO TOUR members exhibit

Oct 22nd – noon – 2pm: drop off/pick up accepted work
Oct 25th  – 8pm Opening Night (Wednesday)
 - from Caped Crusaders to Politicians… you know who they are.
(**hoping to have a DRESS UP opening night for this w/ Halloween so close**)

Nov 26thth – noon – 2pm: drop off/pick up accepted work
Nov 29th – 8pm Opening Night (Wednesday)
- we’ve celebrated “all creatures winged”… now for the rest of our friends.

DatBe Art Haus - Deadline June 15

DatBe Art Haus is a new gallery and retail store opening in the summer of 2017 in the heart of downtown Kitchener. We would like to invite artists’ to submit two and three-dimensional works of art in all media including jewelry.
The following materials should be included in your application:
1.   Proposal: Briefly describe your work. Provide complete details of your spatial, physical, and material requirements, including any special equipment and/or technical needs.
2.   Artist Statement: Discuss your current artistic practice and the broader context of your work, research, and interests.
3.   Support: Please include up to fifteen pieces of additional support material, including digital images, videos, or audio clips alongside a corresponding numbered image list detailing the artwork’s title, medium, physical size, date of completion, and any other necessary descriptors.
4.   Curriculum Vitae: Describe your artistic background to a maximum length of three pages. Please include all relevant contact information.
Datbe only accepts digital submissions via e-mail. Please format all written materials as a single .PDF document. Images must be numbered RGB .jpeg files with a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels at 72 DPI and no larger than 1 MB in size. Datbe accepts links to video and audio work hosted online. E-mailed applications must be submitted in a single .zip folder containing both documents and images.
Send completed submission packages to:
(Your full name) ATTN: Programming Committee
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Deadline is June 15th, 2017 and successful applicants will be notified by July 1st 2017 the latest. Regrettably, Datbe does not contact unsuccessful applicants due to high volumes of submissions. If you have not heard from us by early July and would like to request feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


(Get paid to exhibit, contract your work, win a prize, residency or grant, etc.)

Guelph Young Artist Mentorship Project - Call for Young Artist Participants

Deadline Wednesday, May 17, before 11:59 p.m

 Emerging visual and media artists, musicians, and cultural managers in Guelph and Wellington County are invited to apply to the Guelph Young Artist Mentorship Project. This opportunity will support young artists aged 18 to 25 in the critical transition from post-secondary education to professional life.

Through the project, young artists will work with established-artist mentors and community curators to develop the professional networks and business and management skills needed for creative careers in Guelph.

The participants in the project will intend to base their professional practice in Guelph or Wellington County. They will include SOFAM fourth-year students and recent grads, as well as young Guelph artists from other schools. Young artists interested in the project may apply here.

In launching this project, GAC and SOFAM are grateful for support from the Ontario150 Partnership Program.

The project aligns with the Program’s goal of celebrating the sesquicentennial with collaborative projects that engage youth and encourage cultural expression.

Apply here.

Click here for more information.

The Elora Arts Council: ‘Elora en Plein Air – a Grand River Painting Festival’ from May 18th to May 21st.

Artists and visitors are welcome to our open 4-day art event. This outdoor painting festival showcases the heritage charms of the village of Elora and the town of Fergus as well as the stunning natural settings all around the Grand and Irvine River gorges.
The festival includes 3 days of painting outdoors and an art show and sale with juried awards going to the top three paintings as well as a People’s Choice award.  Awards include a 1st prize of $1000, a 2nd prize of $500, a 3rd prize of We$300.00. The People’s Choice Award is $200.  We’ve also added some subject category awards as well.
To add to the fun, there will be a quick draw event in Bissell Park during the farmers’ market.
Our juror for the show is Doug Mays, an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour and an award winning and well-respected artist and instructor in water colours, oils and acrylics.
Early bird entry fees are $50 per person, $65 after May 10th. Artists can register and pay online, by mail or in person. Once registered, participants may commence painting anytime between Thursday, May 18th and Saturday, May 20th.
 An information package will be provided at check-in, including local maps and recommended painting locations.
The home base for our Plein Air event is the Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville St., Elora, Ontario. Our team will be on hand daily between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. from Thursday, May 18th through Saturday, May 20th for registration check-in and intake of paintings each evening.  The show and sale is on Sunday, May 21st, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The submitted work will be juried on Sunday morning.   Awards will be presented at 2:00 p.m. during the show and sale.
The Elora Centre for the Arts is collaborating with the Elora Arts Council in the plein air festival. They will be offering Plein Air courses with qualified instructors.  This is a wonderful opportunity for those who would like to learn and develop their plein air painting skills.
During the festival there will be entertainment and social events available to participants, including a film/food art evening, music in local pubs and a Sunday morning breakfast social for al artists to gather and chat.
Participants in the Plein Air Festival can find information, register online or download the registration form and rules & regulations from our website: www.elorapleinair.ca  or contact us by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
To register for the plein air classes contact the Elora Centre for the Arts:  www.ecfta.ca

Jay Wilson: Auditions Backyard Theatre

Attention actors. The Guelph Museum Backyard Theatre Project is looking for 4 actors (2M&2F) to play multiple roles in this summer's production of "Guelph In Postcards-The McCrae years 1872-1918."
Audition requirements can be found at www.jaystheatre.weebly.com
Please call to arrange an appointment. Honorariums paid.
For more info: jaystheatre.weebly.com           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.           Jay Wilson       519 820-3269

The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) Announces the 2017 Call For Artist Submissions

Offering $30,000 Worth Of Awards

The Salt Spring National Art Prize is pleased to launch its second biennial juried competition of Canadian 2D and 3D visual art.

The intent of the Salt Spring National Art Prize is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity, and creativity, resulting in significant work with a real visual impact and depth of meaning.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are eighteen years and older (as of January 1, 2016) are invited to submit their two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for consideration.

Approximately 50 finalists will be chosen by an independent jury from across Canada. All artists' submissions will be anonymous to the jury.

SSNAP Awards Totaling $30,000:

THE JOAN McCONNELL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING WORK; $17,000 ($12,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)

THE JUROR'S CHOICE AWARDS; three awards of $2,000 selected by each juror

THE ROSEMARIE BEHNCKE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS; three awards determined by a vote of visitors to the exhibition;

1st prize - $3,000
2nd prize - $2,000
3rd prize - $1,000

THE ASA (Alliance of Salt Spring Artists) AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SALT SPRING ARTIST; $1,000

Guidelines and submission details to be found on our website www.saltspringartprize.ca

Calendar of Events:

The call for artist submissions opens January 12, 2017 and closes May 31, 2017

The list of finalists will be announced by July 15th

Original works will be exhibited and presented for sale at the Finalist Exhibition at historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island, from September 22 to October 22, 2017 (Open daily from Saturday, September 23)

Gala Opening, Friday, September, 22 2017

Winners announced at the Gala Awards on Saturday, October 21, 2017

This exciting endeavour is an initiative of the Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC), which represents the arts for Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, known as one of Canada's premier arts communities.

Please may you share this announcement and join our social media for updates! To easily share on Facebook click http://tinyurl.com/SSNAP2017Call to share!

We look forward to celebrating the talent of Canadian artists!

Call to artists: Commission

Looking to hire an artist to do a simple painting on outdoor bistro table. Surface is glazed tiles that form the top of a bistro table, so consideration should be given to weatherproofing. Interested artists please contact Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss.

Roots & Routes - Routes et raciness

Ontario Culture Days is seeking expressions of interest from established artists across the province for our Canada 150 project called Roots & Routes and in French Routes et raciness.

Looking for FIVE established artists who will be commissioned to make new works that will premiere at UNION STATION in Toronto during Culture Days 2017. The five artists will also be mentoring next year’s cohort of Youth Arts Ambassadors, who will also be making projects in the theme of Roots & Routes in their own communities and will be linked via livestreaming or other means to the Union Station projects.



(Sell work already created, or take on commissions/projects to create new original work)

Cambridge Arts Festival Call for Artists - Deadline May 15

We are inviting visual artists to apply by May 15, 2017, via the application form here. As always, participation in the festival is FREE! Space is limited so be sure to get your application in early.


(Activities, events, and programming happening in and around Guelph)

Beer League Theatre - Guelph Fringe Festival

Competitive acting in a bar. Companies will be given plays to read and will be judged on the spot by critics in the audience, including the secret "hell critic".

Winning companies advance to the next round, working towards Beer League championships!

No cover, but a hat will be passively aggressively passed around.

Third sunday of every month at DSTRCT Lounge. All welcome to watch or participate, pwyc.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for info.

Guelph Fringe Facebook page will carry occasional updates.




The Guelph Youth Music Centre Wall of Fame exists to honour individuals whose career or volunteer activities in music and/or the arts exemplify the philosophy of the Guelph Youth Music Centre. Individuals so honoured will have an outstanding history of achievement in the Guelph area, directed toward creating in young people from all walks of life, a life-long appreciation of music and/or the arts.
Nominations are invited for individuals believed worthy of this honour. Nominations received will be evaluated by the Wall of Fame Committee, and those deemed appropriate will be retained in the Committee’s databank for consideration for the annual award.  Each year’s award decision is announced in the spring, but nominations are accepted throughout the year. Nominations will not necessarily be considered in the year that they are put forward.
Individuals selected will be honoured by having their photograph and an account of their achievements displayed on the Wall of Fame in the Guelph Youth Music Centre building.
Please direct nominations including supporting detail and documentation, or requests for further information about this honour, to:
Josephine Horton, Chair
Wall of Fame Committee
Guelph Youth Music Centre
75 Cardigan Street
Guelph, Ontario, N1H 3Z7
Tel:     519 837 1119
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guelph Film Festival: Call for Film Participants

Filming begins in March and the finished works will be showcased at the Guelph Film Festival in November.

'Transported: Significant Objects & the Immigrant Experience' is a film project under production and the film festival is looking for first generation Canadians to participate as subjects. It will be a series of short films focusing on a significant object brought on the journey. We are looking for all ages and may include a range of experiences from recent arrivals to those that have been here for decades.

For more info: guelphfilmfestival.ca   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Carolyn Meili  519-836-4993

Guelph Youth Singers: Auditions

Call for an appointment.
75 Cardigan Street
Guelph ON N1H 3Z7
Love to Sing? Ages 6 to 18 years old. Audition now to join Guelph Youth Singers in January 2017. Call 519-821-8574 to book an appointment or for more information.
For more info: www.guelphyouthsingers.com           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       

Guelph and District Multicultural Festival - Volunteer Photographers

Festival - June 9, 10, 11, 2017

All photographs will be published on their website and on social media with the photographer(s) credited.

For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rainbow Chorus - Come Sing With Us!

The Rainbow Chorus is starting our new term and we look forward to welcoming new members!

Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo Wellington is a community chorus that welcomes members of all genders, sexualities, and gender expressions - and allies of the LGBTQ+ community. We invite members from all levels of experience who enjoy singing a diverse repertoire of choral music, no audition required. We strive to create a supportive community for our members to join together in song and have fun. We promote inclusion and awareness of the LGTQ+ communities of Waterloo-Wellington throughout concerts and community involvement. We accept new members at our first three rehersals of the term (Sept 7, 14, 21). Our theme for the Fall 2016 term is Flash Foward/Flashback - songs from the 30s-50s and songs from the 90s-2000s.  Find out more on our website: http://rainbowchorus.ca or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

$150/125 for new/returning members (payment plans and bursaries available.

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