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Five Fun Fall Festivals

by Katie Wilde

Guelph Dance Festival kicked off the season in June, and Hillside kept things buzzing through July. Here are five more festivals to look forward to in 2018.

Five Fun Fall Festivals 2018

1. Discover your next great read at…

Eden Mills Writers Festival
September 7-9

On the second weekend in September the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival celebrates three decades of community and great Canadian literature.

Friday features a 30th anniversary celebration at the Eden Mills Community Hall, with storytelling, music, and a cash bar. There will also be a ten-minute reading from “The Cowgirl and the Indian”, a play by Eden Mills residents Kieran and Teeka Ric about Native/non-Native relations, written in collaboration with their mother, playwright Dale Hamilton, and Coast Salish elder Shane Point. Saturday boasts a slate of sold-out events including writing workshops and Jann Arden: In Conversation. On Sunday, from noon to 6pm, event-goers will gather at a variety of wheelchair-accessible sites along the banks of the Eramosa river, for readings by

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DIYode’s New Digs Could Be Your New Workspace

by Katie Wilde
all images courtesy of DIYode


DIYode is a Guelph-based collective dedicated to re-invigorating the DIY movement in our city. The organization recently made a big move, as they shifted their community makerspace from their long-time location on Wyndham St S, to a new space at 183 Dufferin Street. They currently have creative 'office' spaces available for rent in the new building.

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Former location on Wyndham St South (left), new location at 183 Dufferin St (right).

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Dose of Art: Know Their Art, Know Their Heart

By Emily Hearn

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” 
― Leonardo da Vinci

I have heard many lament the disconnect that people feel amongst one another these days, especially as we suffer the social failures of ‘social’ media. I know you’ve heard this all before. Perhaps, like me, you’re tired of hearing about a problem and being offered very few solutions. I wouldn’t be so bold as to propose that I have a catch-all answer to the social and emotional disconnect that many of us feel, but I do have a few ideas. Allow me to pose just one to you today: art.

I believe (and I’m backed up by some pretty compelling evidence!) that engaging in art can  help us communicate with each other more effectively and build a strong, lasting understanding within our various relationships.

single yellow lines by charlie harrison 2017Single Yellow Lines, 2017, by Charlie Harrison as part of a Created Out of Mind research project.

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Culture Days Kicks into Creative Gear

by Katie Wilde

Guelph, invite your family and friends to visit for the weekend of September 28-30, because your local creative community is offering a cultural smorgasbord to sample during this year’s Culture Days! All events are free to attend, but we encourage you to join, volunteer, or buy when you encounter something inspiring. 


Culture Days lineup 2018Over 30 events are already registered in Guelph - all are free to attend

Guelph artists, businesses and non-profit organizations are hosting a dazzling array of opportunities to try pottery, henna, sewing, and weaving; to make an instrument, mosaic, or good luck charm; to participate in a rhythm circle, an afrofuturist research lab, or a ukulele strum-along; to try paper marbling, take a walking tour (or three); to experience French story time, exhibitions, concerts, maker markets and so much more!

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Print guides will be available later in September, from locations around town including Guelph Arts Council, 42 Carden St.

Are you an artist, organization or informal group that would like to add to the Culture Days lineup? Make sure your event is registered live on the Culture Days website before noon on September 7, 2018, when the City of Guelph will take all live local listings from the Culture Days website in order to produce a print brochure.

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Young Change-Makers Hit the Ground Running

By Jane Litchfield

There’s a new group in Guelph for teens who are interested in arts and change making. “Artsy Activists” is a youth-led safe space and activist collective for teens of all backgrounds.

You may have heard about them from their recent “Keeping Families Together” event at Guelph’s Market Square. The group made posters and signs and invited community members to join them in a gathering to show solidarity with families who were separated after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

flyer imageImage courtesy of Artsy Activists.

GCVI students Sequoia Kim and Elise Kephart launched Artsy Activists in April with funding help from Guelph Arts Council’s Youth Opportunities Award. Their goal is to inspire and empower young people to make a difference through open discussions and working together on community initiatives.

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