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Welcome to the original website for Royal City Rag.

Royal City Rag started in Guelph in August 2005 as a Tuesday morning mixed music and spoken word (politics and current affairs) show. After a brief stint in the Wednesday 6-7 p.m. slot we found our way to our current home on Saturday mornings from 8-10 a.m.

And now… we’ve split into two different radio shows!

The musical side of Royal City Rag is now known as Folk Roots Radio. We’re still on the air on Saturdays, from 8-10 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm.

Folk Roots Radio
If folk, roots, country and blues are your thing you’ll find them all on Folk Roots Radio. Grab your favourite morning brew and settle down for two hours of music and more to start your Saturday! If you are a musician and you want to play live in the studio, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

To contact us:  jan@folkrootsradio.com.

Our current affairs and politics output is now part of Beyond the Ballot Box. Beyond the Ballot Box takes place on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. on CFRU 93.3fm.

Beyond the Ballot Box
Beyond the Ballot Box is your home for politics and current affairs. You can find us on CFRU 93.3fm in Guelph every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. Join us for The Gang of Four roundtable as we humorously tackle the big political stories of the week. Stay with us for one on one interviews and our sister show Accessibility Matters or join us for The Guelph Hour, a roundtable discussion featuring a special guest, dedicated to the Royal City. Beyond the Ballot Box is produced by Jan Hall and hosted by Jan Hall with Oliver Rockside.

Politics and current affairs: jan@beyondtheballotbox.ca.

We’re keeping this website as a resource so feel free to visit and check out the archive.

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Coming Up... A Long Winter's Nap

Royal City Rag will be taking a much needed rest this winter. CFRU’s Migrant Matters will be filling our time slot on December 11 and 18. Thanks to Mary-Carl for helping us out.

We’re expecting to be back on the air on January 8.

In the meantime, please take advantage of our archive.

Don’t forget to support local business and Guelph’s great artisans this holiday season!

Happy Holidays everyone.

Jan Andrea Hall

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Royal City Rag on December 4 will have a distinctly seasonal theme and lots of guests.

John Huston As Charles Dickens

Charlie Cares from Ground Floor Music will be joining us during the first hour to chat about “A Christmas Carol”,  a dramatic tour de force featuring John Huston portraying Charles Dickens as he tells his classic yuletide tale. The show takes place at St. James The Apostle Anglican Church in Guelph on December 7.

A Christmas Carol… As Told By Charles Dickens
St. James The Apostle Anglican Church, 86 Glasgow St. N., Guelph, ON
Tuesday, December 7 at 8.00 p.m. (doors open at 7.30 p.m.)
Tickets: $20 at the door/$18 in advance from Ground Floor Music, 13 Quebec St., Guelph, ON, 519-827-1444 info@groundfloormusic.ca

Later in the hour we’ll be touching base with Marie Zimmerman, Exectutive Director of the Hillside Festival as the first tickets for Hillside Inside go on sale. Hillside Inside takes place February 4-5 2011 at a variety of downtown venues. Artists announced so far include summer 2010 favourites Sarah Harmer, Matt Andersen and Shane Koyczan. Tickets go on sale this coming Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 9.00 a.m. from Hillside ticket outlets Ground Floor Music in Guelph, Encore Records in Kitchener and Soundscapes in Toronto as well as online via TicketPro.

In the second hour of the show Simon Irving, Artistic Director of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra will be joining us to chat about the GSO’s seasonal concerts. “Christmas Choral Fantasy” with the Grand River Chorus, takes place on Sunday December 12 2010 at 3 p.m. at River Run Centre with conductor David Bourque. The Christmas offering is a blend of classics and festive seasonal music. Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, with the Grand River Chorus and Amy Wark (piano) is the major work, together with the dazzling opening chorus from Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”, and Brahms’ “Christmas Day”. There will be lots of carols and opportunities for audience sing-along and the King George School choir will add to the festivities. Delightful music for the season, with something for everyone!

The GSO complete their seasonal offerings with “Dreams of Vienna” on New Year’s Day, Saturday January 1, 2011 at 3 p.m. at River Run Centre with conductor candidate Michael Newnham.  This annual GSO Viennese-style musical feast is now a popular Guelph New Year’s Day tradition. Two terrific soloists give double the pleasure! – Guelph’s own soprano Donna Ellen Trifunovich, now resident in Vienna with the State Opera, and mezzo Julie Nesrallah, of CBC fame. These duelling divas will be a lot of fun! And the orchestra plays waltzes, marches and polkas, complete with elegant dancers gliding over the stage.

Wassail!

To wrap up the show Rick and Judy Avery from local acoustic group Relative Harmony will join us to play live in the studio. Relative Harmony will be taking part in “Wassail!”- a celebration of old-fashioned Christmas and solstice traditions taking place at Harcourt Memorial United Church on December 4 at 7.30 p.m. Wassail! has been charming audiences in London Ontario for over twenty years. The show features traditional songs and carols sung, elegant English dances and rollicking Morris dancing accompanied by live music, a mummers’ play as well as seasonal readings from Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy.  Advance tickets can be purchased from Ground Floor Music on Quebec Street for $18.00, Students and seniors $13.00.

And wrapping up that seasonal theme, don’t forget that the Guelph Youth Singers annual concert, This Frosty Tide, takes place at St. George’s Anglican Church on December 4 at 7.30 p.m. Traditional carols in beautiful choral arrangements will mix with songs of frosty winter. Guest soprano soloists, Marion Samuel-Stevens and Sandra Tucker, will add to the concert with solos including Mozart’s “Exultate Jubilate,” Adolph Adams’ classic, “O Holy Night” and Pietro Yon’s “Gesu Bambino”–the last two accompanied by beautiful children’s voices.

This Frosty Tide
St. George’s Anglican Church
Saturday, December 4 at 7.30 p.m.
Tickets: River Run Centre box office, 519-763-3000.
Adults $25 / Students & Seniors $19/eyeGO.org

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or on this website a day or so later.

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Guelph M.P. Frank Valeriote

Royal City Rag will be back on CFRU 93.3fm this coming weekend with a busy show featuring a follow up interview with Guelph M.P. Frank Valeriote (complete with his Movember moustache) and a visit from The Working Week‘s Scotty Hertz to update us on the Wood’s Site/Downtown redevelopment plan and the 2nd Canadian Labour International Film Festival taking place at the Guelph and District Labour Council, 141 Woolwich Street, (Matrix Building, Woolwich and Eramosa) on November 28 at 2.00 p.m.

Later in the show we’ll chat by phone with Linda Beaupre Conductor and Artistic Director of the Guelph Youth Singers about their annual seasonal concert This Frosty Tide at St. George’s Anglican Church on December 4 at 7.30 p.m.

As usual we’ll wrap it all up with some great music. It promises to be a great show; you won’t want to miss it!

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or on this website a day or so later.

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We’re taking a break from Royal City Rag this weekend for a well-earned rest. CFRU’s Migrant Matters will be filling our time slot this week. Thanks to Mary-Carl for helping us out.

We’ll be back on the air again November 27 when Guelph MP Frank Valeriote, complete with his Movember mustache, will be our guest.

In the meantime, please take advantage of our archive. We’ll be kickstarting the blog again next week and expect to be back on the air next weekend.

Until then, have a great week!

Cheers,
Jan Andrea Hall

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We have a busy, recreation-based, Royal City Rag planned for CFRU 99.3fm this Saturday morning, November 13 between 8-10 a.m.

In the first hour, we’ll be talking to Jack Frimeth about the Reel Paddling Film Festival. The Centre Wellington DHS Aboriginal Program presents the 5th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at the E.L. Fox Auditorium (JF Ross CVI), 22 Meyer Dr., on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 7.30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m). Tickets: Advance from the Bookshelf – $10/ Door – $15.

With 37 inspiring paddling films short-listed for the World Tour, including the nine festival category winners, audiences can expect to see hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, coast-to-coast canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, grueling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life. The Guelph show will also include a segment devoted to family paddling as well as an hour long environmental segment focusing on waterways that are soon to be dammed.

Later in the hour, Carin Headrick from Guelph Barrier Free Committees will be joining us again with an update on the activities of the accessibility focused committee. One of their current projects is to find out what recreational activities are available to help people with disabilities participate in recreationwithin the community. Since the focus  of the committees is activities that are not run by the city, they are interested in recreation provided by gyms, churches and clubs, etc.

They plan to survey people with disabilities to find out what recreational activities they would like to get involved in. Are you looking for sledge hockey? What about wheelchair basketball, Goalball or curling?  They are also interested in knowing what barriers people with disabilities have encountered in participating in sports and other recreational activities. Feedback can be sent to headrick2001@rogers.com.

Company Blonde

In the second hour, we’ll be discussing the first Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival‘s first performance of the season, a free one-hour performance on November 16, 2010 at 12.00 noon in the University Centre courtyard at the University of Guelph featuring Toronto’s Company Blonde.

Company Blonde specializes in creating dance works that are accessible to audiences of all ages blending comedy and theatre with classical modern dance.  Company Blonde strives to tell stories and share experiences that speak to our community and our culture, while always keeping the audience at the forefront of their work.

To wrap up the show, we’ll have a studio visit from singer-songwriter Kevin Morse and storyteller Brad Woods. Kevin has a CD release show at The Roxy in Acton on November 27 that will also feature some stories from Brad.

And, as a special treat… we’ll also be giving away 3-pairs of tickets to twenty-two year-old Toronto singer and multi-instrumentalist Lights‘ all-ages show (with Windsor based folk-pop act Michou), at Cowboys Bar. 166 Wyndham St  in Guelph on November 26.

Phew! Promises to be a great show. You won’t want to miss it!

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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It’s that time of year of year again. CFRU’s funding drive “Raise Your Voice” runs from October 23 to October 31.

CFRU 93.3fm is a Campus and Community Radio Station that broadcasts 75 different shows in multiple languages 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.  With a hefty volunteer base that includes students, business owners and a variety of citizens who donate their time to make the station run smoothly, CFRU has been on the FM dial for thirty years.

As Guelph’s alternative media source, CFRU proudly plays local and Canadian music, as well as genres of music that tend to stay far away from Billboard charts.  The station itself is located on the second floor of the University Centre at the University of Guelph.

CFRU receives most of its funding through student levies and fundraising activities, such as the “Raise Your Voice” drive.  It does not operate like typical commercial radio programs where corporations use their stations as sources for advertising revenue.  Instead, CFRU is limited by the CRTC as to how many advertisements can be played, leaving more broadcast time for great music and unique shows.

As with every funding campaign, CFRU has a specific purpose in mind for the money raised.  The station’s monetary goal for 2010 is $15 000, and will be aimed at getting more equipment, updating the CFRU website, and building the station’s capacity for spoken word content.  Specifically, CFRU requires a user-friendly production board that will give volunteers the opportunity to be involved in the technical aspects of the station with ease.

Why Should You Support CFRU?

  • The station gets NO corporate funding.
  • All our programmers are volunteers.
  • We do not bombard you with silly ads!
  • The station supports independent bands and labels, local and Canadian musicians and artists.

How To Pledge

Call us at 519-837-CFRU (2378) to announce your pledge between October 23-31 or e-mail us at info@royalcityrag.ca and we’ll set it all up for you.

How To Pay Your Pledge

When you pledge you will also receive Thank You gifts from us (see the incentive scale below).

You can donate to CFRU by CHEQUE, PAYPAL (via the www.cfru.ca website) or CASH.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept payment by credit card although you can use your credit card for PAYPAL. As we are not a registered charity we cannot give out tax receipts.

How To Donate By CHEQUE

  • Make your cheque out to “CFRU FM”
  • DROP IT BY THE STATION: You can come by the station to give it to us. We are located on the second floor, of the University Centre, just off Gordon Road, north of Stone road in Guelph. The station is open to visitors from 9 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. each weekday.
  • MAIL THE CHEQUE: You can mail the cheque to: CFRU 93.3FM, U.C Level 2, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1. If you have a favorite show or, shows you wish to pledge the money to specifically, be sure to let us know which shows you are supporting. Please note: if you wish to have your gift(s) mailed to you, there will be shipping charges.

How To Donate By PAYPAL

  • Follow the PayPal link located on the front page of CFRU homepage at www.cfru.ca.

How To Donate By CASH

  • You can come by the station to give it to us. We are located on the second floor, of the University Center, just off Gordon Road, north of Stone road in Guelph. The station is open to visitors from 9 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. each weekday.

Incentives: This Is What You Get When You Donate To CFRU

  • $5.00 Sticker (new design!) and a button
  • $25 – $49 CFRU Membership and a CD of your choice
  • $50 – $89 CFRU Membership, CFRU t-shirt (NEW DESIGN!), choice of a CD
  • $90 – $124 CFRU Membership,CFRU hoodie (NEW DESIGN!), choice of 2 CDS
  • $125 – $250 CFRU Membership, Choice of Hoodie or t-shirt, choice of 4 CDs  and special prizes!!!

If you love what we do on Royal City Rag, we’d love to hear from you. Pledge your support for Guelph’s audio alternative today. Catch the special  “Raise Your Voice” Royal City Rag shows on CFRU 93.3fm on October 23 and October 30 from 8-10 a.m.

Real voices, real people, real coverage, real community, CFRU 93.3fm.

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