Local author makes list for national humour prize for her ‘eavesdropping’ stories

By Jane Litchfield

Guelph author Marion Reidel has made the long-list for the national Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for her second book, Café Conversations, published by One Thousand Trees. It was one of 11 books chosen in April from 85 submissions. A retired high school teacher, Reidel is also a spoken word artist. We checked in with her by email.

Marion Reidel by Trina Koster
Guelph Author Marion Reidel. Photo Credit Trina Koster

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Let’s Keep this: Placemaking, Sharing and Open Collaboration

By Julia Grady, Executive Director 10C

10C is Guelph’s community innovation hub, with 200+ members and thousands of citizens involved in socially engaged changemaking activities per year. As COVID-19 and its impact on Canada and Guelph went from 0-60, our placemaking project experienced contrasting realities. On Wednesday, March 11, 10C was a buzzing hub of activity, with upwards of 300 people on site throughout the day/evening, engaged in a variety of work and civic action. Values platforms were recognized and extended. Food was abundant and shared. Community knowledge lept from thoughtful speakers. There was a wealth of optimism and change in the air.

10C Exterior
10C Shared Space patio on Carden Street in the summer, alive with urban food growing

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The Waverlys - Monthly Music Member Video

Each month we’ll feature a video from one of GAC’s musical members. If you’re a musician and have a video you’d like us to feature, please send a YouTube link our way along with a short bio.

This month, we share one from The Waverlys. Half of this duo is Guelph’s Charlotte Moore, whom people may also know as one of the founders and organizers of Holy Smokes Music Festival that was held in Guelph in 2018 and 2019. The song in today’s video strays from the “guitar, cello, and vintage suitcase” described below, showing versatility from the duo while continuing to deliver powerful lyrics. As a bit of bonus local flavour, this video was made by Guelph artist Garth Laidlaw.

The Waverlys
The Waverlys are an Alternative-Folk duo composed of cellist, vocalist and Guelph native, Charlotte Moore and Toronto based singer/songwriter Kevin Myles Wilson. The two met while playing in the Folk band Wool and Howl in 2016 and slowly began working on a new project that would soon become The Waverlys. With minimal instrumentation; a guitar, a cello and a vintage suitcase transformed in to a kickdrum, The Waverlys, led by smooth, sincere and haunting vocals, tell timeless tales of love, loss and rebellion with a feminist twist. Their first EP is called “Good Girl” and was released in 2018.

Visit The Waverlys on Bandcamp to purchase their Good Girl EP. During the current pandemic, Bandcamp has announced that they will be forgoing their share of artist sales on the first Friday of May (1st tomorrow!), June (5th) and July (3rd), so you will be further supporting the artists with your purchases on these days.

Without further ado, the title track from The Waverlys EP, “Good Girl”


Bidding closes tonight in the Collector’s Dilemma online auction

Today, Thursday, is the last day to bid in the Collector’s Dilemma, our online fundraising auction. It’s not too late to join the fun and scoop up some original art at great prices before bidding closes at 9 p.m.

You can still create an account and bid online. Bidding has been hot on some items, while a few others remain at their minimum bids, and some minimum bids have recently been reduced. Winning bidders will be notified after the auction closes. Payment is by PayPal through the auction site. Art will be available for local pick-up when physical-distancing recommendations are relaxed. (Shipping may also be possible at the buyer’s expense.)

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