Poetry collection published in Guelph wins national accolades

By Jane Litchfield

A poetry collection published by Guelph’s Gordon Hill Press has won multiple accolades this month. Unmeaningable by Roxanna Bennett is an “uncanny collection of ‘crippled’ sonnets [that] features a thrilling display of cannibals, chimeras, and the crucial question: What meaning can be made of a life lived in pain and isolation?”

The book won The Raymond Souster Award (national) and was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award (also national) and the Ontario Trillium Book Award. (The Trillium award winner will be announced at the end of June.) That’s a lot of success for Guelph’s self-branded “feisty upstart publisher.”

We checked in by email with Jeremy Luke Hill, the founder and publisher of Gordon Hill Press. A fixture of the Guelph literary scene, Hill is also founder of Vocamus Press, “a local-centric micro-publisher,” and Vocamus Writers Community, a non-profit organization that promotes book culture in the Guelph area.

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A poetry collection published by Guelph’s                                   Roxanna Bennett
Gordon Hill Press. Cover design by Gordon Hill Press             

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GAC JOB OPPORTUNITY: Communications & Events Assistant (Summer)

Guelph Arts Council (GAC) is a charitable organization that champions and grows opportunities for Guelph’s creative community through communications, resources for learning, and cultural programs and partnerships. We are currently seeking a dynamic individual to work with staff and volunteers as a Communications & Events Assistant.

Do you have a strong working knowledge of digital and social media strategies, online marketing and communications, and event planning? Do you have a passion for the arts and community?

The successful candidate will support and promote Guelph’s creative community through event support, communications, and administration. Specific duties will include: supporting program development and delivery, including online experiences; promoting and supporting local artists; communications including writing, editing and posting; website maintenance; reception; and other administrative duties.

Strong organizational and computer skills are required, including proficiency with Microsoft Office suite. The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently and to seek assistance/clarification when required. Experience with social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, is also required. Experience with website and graphic design software and online video conferencing platforms is an asset. Some administrative and/or customer service work experience is also an asset.

We expect the position to begin June 19. The hourly rate is $14.00. The position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs and youth aged 15 – 30 are eligible. The hours will total 280 but the hours/week and end date will be determined. Due to COVID-19, some work from home may be required, but a laptop will be provided. Guelph Arts Council is located in downtown Guelph, Ontario.

Please submit your resume with cover letter by email only no later than Sunday, June 7, 2020.

Send applications to:
Patti Broughton, Executive Director
Guelph Arts Council
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Guelph Arts Council invites applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to employment equity and welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, people of colour, Indigenous people, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

18th Annual Art on the Street to go ahead online

May 13th, 2020, Downtown Guelph - Art on the Street, Guelph’s flagship art sale and exhibition, is going online for 2020!  A summer staple that showcases regional talent and the beauty of Downtown Guelph, Art on the (Virtual) Street will launch on Saturday June 20th.  A bespoke website will allow art lovers to browse select works and purchase their favourites online.  Visitors will also be encouraged to order food from Downtown Guelph eateries and listen to music from local musicians, just as they would if they were at the event in person.


The juried application process is open to artists within Guelph and Wellington County from now until Monday May 25th.  There is no fee to take part and applicants must have the ability to accept online payment and offer delivery or curbside pick up.  Apply here.


Executive Director of the Guelph Arts Council Patti Broughton says “Art on the Street is such a summer staple and we are excited to be able to continue it’s 17 year tradition. We’re also proud to celebrate and promote the creativity and talent of our local artists.”


Now in it’s 17th year, Art on the Street is co-presented by Guelph Arts Council (GAC) and the Downtown Guelph Business Association, Art on the (Virtual) Street.  Featuring contemporary fine art and craft, the event spotlights multi-disciplinary talent within the regional arts community.


For questions in regards to applying for Art on the (Virtual) Street, please contact Fan-Ling Suen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Artists...Let Your Lights Shine

By Marina L. Reed and Marian Grace Boyd

Fear has a great ability to dwarf our spirits, especially our creative spirits.  And yet it is precisely at these times, when fear abounds, that artists are needed by all.  Artists have always shown us the way through dark times, into the light. Artists create and that alone is a powerful message and reminder to all.  As an artist, I was initially buried in the avalanche of media information and isolation.  But then I remembered a key teaching of  Thich Nhat Hanh; we must be cautious about what we feed our souls. And so I turned off the TV, stopped listening to news on the radio and was selective in what I read on social media.  And slowly, I could hear my artistic voice again.  I began to paint, to express the pain and hope through my art; I began to write, to help others make sense of our situation and myself in the process.  We are making music to soothe our souls.  We need our artists. They are finding ways to give concerts on different platforms, perform on Instagram, write us stories we can find links to, see art on Facebook.  They are finding ways to engage and comfort our souls and it is truly breathtaking and marvelous. And in these times when grief is knocking at every door in some way, we need comfort, breathtaking moments and light.


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Promise, painting. By Marina L.Reed                                 Shimmer, mixed media. By Marian Grace Boyd.

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