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 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.



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