Archive for the ‘Cultural Events’ Category

The fourth edition of Hillside’s winter festival, Hillside Inside, is taking shape. 2011’s indoor festival takes place from February 4-5 2011 and this year moves from the Sleeman Centre to a variety of downtown Guelph venues.

As usual, it promises to provide a great winter fix for those who can’t wait for the summer festival to come around again.

Artists announced so far include summer 2010 favourites Sarah Harmer, Matt Andersen and Shane Koyczan.

This year there will also be some Hillside style workshops, including a songwriting workshop, on Saturday February 4 from 10.00 a.m. – 2. 00 p.m. and craft workshops where you can make gifts for Valentine’s Day (TBD). 

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.

  • Hillside Inside Festival Pass – $80 including HST. SC extra (Only 150 available)
  • Sarah Harmer + Special Guest TBA @ River Run Centre (All Ages/Licensed)- $39.50 including HST and SC charge
  • Matt Andersen + Shane Koyczan @ St. George’s Church (All Ages/Licensed)- $24 including HST, SC charge
  • Arkells + Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans Band @ Mitchell Hall St. George’s (All Ages/Licensed) – $26 including HST, SC charge

*250 summer weekend passes will also be available from the Hillside office*

* Hillside Inside Festival Pass includes entrance to all 3 shows including reserved seating at the River Run Centre.

* SC is $2.50

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After a SIX year hiatus the Ground Floor Music Concert Series returns on December 7 with a reprise performance by John Huston portraying Charles Dickens, as he tells his classic yuletide tale, “A Christmas Carol” at St. James The Apostle Anglican Church in Guelph.

This is NOT a reading, nor a recitation, but a dramatic tour de force. In the guise of the famous Victorian author, professional stage actor Huston performs a dramatic retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol exactly as the author himself used to do during his popular lecture tours. Between the story’s scenes, a small group of choristers will perform a half-dozen carols of the period.

If you have an interest in drama, literature or storytelling you really should see this show.

“Huston is a consummate storyteller… mesmerizing.” – Winnipeg Free Press

“A one man powerhouse performance.” – Globe and Mail

“His character voices are nuanced and colourful, his sense of the dramatic excellent.” – Ottawa Citizen

“Huston is a masterful narrator… an unusually fine performance.” – Robert Enright, CBC Radio

“Absolutely Fabulous… brings the work to life. Magnificent.” – Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio

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

Charlie Cares from Ground Floor Music will be our special guest on Royal City Rag on December 4 between 8-9 a.m.

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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David Bourque

Guelph Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 10th Anniversary season, featuring five concerts and five guest conductors . One of these will be selected as the new resident conductor of the GSO, starting in the 2011-12 season. Audience members are invited to contribute to the selection process, through a survey available after each concert!

“Christmas Choral Fantasy” with the Grand River Chorus, will be performed 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!

For more information, visit the Guelph Symphony Orchestra website, www.guelphorchestra.ca

Guelph Symphony Orchestra
Christmas Choral Fantasy
Sunday December 12, 2010 at 3 p.m.
River Run Centre, Guelph
Tickets: River Run Centre box office, 519-763-3000.

Simon Irving, Artistic Director with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra will be one of our guests during the second hour of Royal City Rag (9-10 a.m.) on Saturday December 4 on CFRU93.3fm.

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 Youth Singers

Guelph Youth Singers present their annual seasonal concert This Frosty Tide 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.

The 76 choristers, aged six through 18, will be accompanied throughout the evening by instrumentalists on flute, violin, percussion, tone chimes, other percussion, and, of course, organ and piano. This is a heartwarming evening for the entire family.

Founded in 1991 and now celebrating its 20th year, Guelph Youth Singers has reached national prominence through provincial and national awards at the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals.  They have released three CDs of their work  including a brand-new anniversary release entitled Into the Breeze.

GYS is always looking for new choristers who love to sing.  Choristers enjoy the chance to learn to sing well, to read music, to do drama workshops, to perform…and to enjoy the company of other talented youth.  Auditions are now being scheduled for entry into January 2011 season.  Audition appointments are designed to give the child a “mini lesson” and an enjoyable experience. Singers are invited to enter the choir in September and in January. Prospective choristers and their parents are welcomed to contact the GYS office at 519-821-8574 for more information, to watch a rehearsal, or to register for an audition.

For more information, visit the GYS website at  www.guelphyouthsingers.com.

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

Linda Beaupre, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Guelph Youth Singers will be one of our guests during the second hour of Royal City Rag (9-10 a.m.) on Saturday November 27 on CFRU93.3fm.

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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The 2nd Canadian Labour International Film Festival will be coming to Guelph on November 28 for a special Festival-in-a box screening at the Guelph and District Labour Council, 141 Woolwich Street, (Matrix Building, Woolwich and Eramosa) starting at 2.00 p.m.

CLiFF aims to increase awareness about labour issues worldwide by screening short films about workers and the conditons under which they live in over 50 locations across Canada about workers and the conditions under which they live and work.

Twenty-two Canadian and international films have been selected for the festival, nine are Canadian, four American, two British, and one each from Australia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Turkey and the Netherlands.

The featured films to be shown in Guelph are:

  • The Union Song (2010). A short video featuring a bluegrass song about how all members of the education community work together to keep the public school system strong (3 minutes).
    DIRECTOR: Daniel Fewings
    PRODUCER: Daniel Fewings, Canada
  • The Delano Manongs – Forgotten Heroes Of The UFW (Trailer, 2010). The story of farm labour organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labour movement’s finest hours – The Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). While the movement is known for Cesar Chavez’s leadership and considered a Chicano movement, Filipinos played a pivotal role that began it all. Filipino labour organizer, Larry Itliong, a five foot five cigar-chomping union veteran, organized a group of 1500 Filipinos to strike against the grape growers of Delano, California (6 minutes 57 seconds)
    DIRECTOR: Marissa Aroy
    PRODUCER: Niall McKay, USA
  • Neoliberalism As Water Balloon (2009).  A DIY experiment illustrating the impact of neoliberal economics on class, race and gender equality (12 minutes)
    DIRECTOR: Tim McCaskell
    PRODUCER: Richard Fung, Canada
  • Work In Progress (2009). The life of an injured worker is seen through her challenges, both personal and the bureaucratic (11 minutes 33 seconds)
    DIRECTOR: Chavisa
    PRODUCER: Chavisa, Canada
  • Special Pass (2009). A documentary about a group of foreign workers in Singapore who attempt to seek shelter and support themselves while out of work. This is the lesser-known story of foreigners who receive little support in a country that, ironically, was built by the work of immigrants (24 minutes).
    DIRECTOR: Vicknesh Varan
    PRODUCER: Rupture Films, Singapore
  • The Curious Case Of The Missing Recovery (2010). “Stanfordo” searches far and wide for answers to a mystery that continues to baffle hard-working Canadians. How can the federal government and Bank of Canada proclaim an economic recovery when hundreds of thousands of workers are still jobless, and millions are still reeling from one of the worst downturns since the Great Depression? (13 minutes 25 seconds)
    DIRECTOR: Michael Connolly
    PRODUCER: CAW, Canada
  • Silent Voices: Home-based Women Workers In Pakistan (2010). The stories of home-based women workers in Pakistan, told in a gritty and realistic style (14 minutes)
    DIRECTOR: Aisha Gazdar
    PRODUCER: Films D’Art, Pakistan/France
  • Sudden Wake (2009). The story of the struggle of Egypt’s first independent trade union – the Real Estate Tax Authority Union (RETA). RETA was formed in December 2008, one year after tax collectors there held a two-week sit-in in front of the Cabinet Building. They face constant harrassment from the Egyptian government as well as the country’s official labour federation, the ETUF.
    DIRECTOR: Mahmud Farag
    PRODUCER: Hamza Ashraf, Egypt
  • Red Dust (2010). The incredible story of resistance, courage and hope by women workers in China battling cadmium poisoning and demanding justice from the local government and their employer, a multi-national battery manufacturer (20 minutes).
    DIRECTOR: Karin T. Mak
    PRODUCER: Karin T. Mak, USA

Scotty Hertz, host of The Working Week on CFRU 93.3fm and one of the organizers of the CLiFF Guelph screening will be one of our guests on Royal City Rag during our second hour on Saturday November 27 (9-10 a.m).

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 audiences have a one-time opportunity on December 4 to experience the joy of “Wassail!”- a celebration of old-fashioned Christmas and solstice traditions that has been entertaining London (Ontario) audiences for 20 years.

The show features traditional songs and carols sung by a 13-member choir, elegant English dances and rollicking Morris dancing accompanied by live music, a mummers’ play, seasonal readings from Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, and a special guest appearance by local Guelph acoustic folk group Relative Harmony.

The concert takes place at Harcourt Memorial United Church on December 4 at 7.30 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased from Ground Floor Music on Quebec Street for $18.00, Students and seniors $13.00.

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Royal City Rag has two sets of two tickets to give away for the show by Lights (with special guests, Michou) at Cowboys on Wyndham Street on November 26. A third set of two tickets has already been claimed by Gerry D. Tickets are the all-ages show are $25 each and available via all Ticketmaster outlets.

If you’d like the tickets all you need to do is drop us a line to info@royalcityrag.ca.

Twenty-two year-old Toronto singer and multi-instrumentalist LIGHTS has been crafting unique, otherworldly synth-pop since she was 14. LIGHTS’ songs have already garnered over 22 million plays on MySpace, and she has racked up a #1 hit on MuchMusic, inclusion in a series of Old Navy commercials, and airtime on The Hills. On the strength of her 2008 self-titled EP alone, LIGHTS won the 2009 Juno Award for New Artist of the Year, joining the ranks of Feist and Nelly Furtado. 

Raised in the Philippines and Jamaica, LIGHTS finally settled in Timmins, Ontario.  In her bedroom, dubbed Starry Night Studios, she began experimenting with her sound.  At first it was just her and a guitar, then she moved on to drums, piano, and then the keyboard.  LIGHTS became fascinated with the limitless possibilities synthetic instruments could offer and began to create her “inter-galactic electro“ sound, which she describes as “simple lyrics juxtaposed with sounds harvested from the far reaches of my alternate universe.”

LIGHTS’ first full-length collection of music, The Listening, expanded on that sound. The album includes a few songs already familiar to die-hard LIGHTS fans, as well as plenty of new material. “Saviour”, a propulsive pop anthem that represents the essence of LIGHTS, and “Ice”, an 80’s-influenced, irresistibly catchy crowd-pleaser, are standouts. The Listening was released to critical acclaim in North America in fall 2009. Rolling Stone called LIGHTS a “retro new wave…keytar-rocking pixie,” Billboard declared, “[The Listening] comes on like a more accessible version of the current buzz-worthy wave of U.K. electronic artists including Little Boots and La Roux. Exuberant…irresistibly catchy,” and the Toronto Star praised her as “the very epitome of D.I.Y. pin-up cool.” 

LIGHTS was also selected as an inaugural artist for MySpace’s new Introducing program, and she stars in her own short-form motion-comic series Audio Quest: A Captain LIGHTS Adventure, which aired on MTV and MTV.com. In fall 2009 she wrapped a North American headline tour, which included sold-out performances at New York’s Mercury Lounge and the Troubadour in Los Angeles.  Most recently, LIGHTS completed a 6 week, sold-out, international tour with Owl City, as well as select dates on this summer’s Lilith Fair tour.

Don’t miss Lights when she performs at Cowboy’s on November 26!

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Guelph artist Sarah Elaine Quick has an opening reception at the Red Brick Cafe on Douglas Street, Downtown Guelph this evening, Saturday November 13 at 7.00 p.m.  The exhibition runs till the end of the year. Check out the portrait of Guelph singer-songwriter Tannis Simmon, one of Royal City Rag’s favourites at the back of the exhibtion space!

Also, don’t forget that the fourth edition of the winter season songfest Wintersong featuring Tannis Slimmon with Jude Vadala and Katherine Wheatley take place on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at  8.30 p. m. and  Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 2.00 p.m. The shows take place at Folkway Music,163 Suffolk Street West Guelph, Ontario. To reserve tickets or more info, call 519- 824-5524 or 877-763-5524 (toll free) or e-mail info@folkwaymusic.com.

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Royal Wood On The Island Stage At Hillside 2010

Singer-songwriter Royal Wood is back in Guelph on November 24 for a show at Dublin Street United with special guest, Vancouver based pop/roots performer, Hannah Georgas.

Royal  is currently on a Canadian headline tour in support of his latest recording, The Waiting.  The album appropriately begins with a song entitled “You Can’t Go Back.”  Based on the success of his career to date,  who can argue with that. One of the hot acts at this year’s Hillside Festival, its pleasing to see that Wood finds time to come back to the Royal City on each tour.

“This record is about the duality of life and how at times, I seemingly waited for the mirrored experience to return,” says Wood. “I went through so many severe shifts personally and all of that turbulence led to serious thought and reflection. That is why these songs were born and why they are my most personal and introspective to date.”   
Royal Wood’s voice, songwriting and musical prowess has caught the ear of Pierre Marchand and led to Wood’s decision to let others into his creative universe. On previous albums (Lost And Found EP, A Good Enough Day, Tall Tales, and The Milkweed EP), Wood self-produced, arranged and played the vast majority of the instruments. Pierre Marchand, a heavy hitter best known for his work with Sarah McLachlan and Rufus Wainwright, produced three of The Waiting’s tracks. “I wanted someone who was going to push me artistically, get me out of my comfort zone”. 

Through word of mouth, critical acclaim and impressive musical achievements, Royal Wood is quickly gaining an international audience.  He has toured Europe, the UK and the United States. He was named iTunes’ Songwriter of the Year, supported national tours with David Gray, Serena Ryder and Sarah Slean and landed song placements in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. 

A mid-week show it may be, but at a very reasonable cost for tickets, you won’t want to miss it. Catch him while you can!

For more on Royal Wood visit www.royalwood.ca and www.myspace.com/royalwood.

For more on Hannah Georgas visit www.hannahgeorgas.com.

Royal Wood With Special Guest Hannah Georgas
Wednesday, November 24 at 8.00 p.m. (Doors 7.30 p.m.)
Dublin Street United Church
68 Suffolk St West, Guelph
Advance tickets $18 general, $14 U of Guelph students on sale at Ground Floor Music
Out of town ticket reserves at milanovichlil@hotmail.com

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Jude Vadala at Hillside 2008

Jude Vadala releases her 5th album “Do You Ever” at the Guelph Little Theatre on November 6 at 8.00 p.m.

Jude, currently a member of the “WinterSongs” trio with well-known singer-songwriters Tannis Slimmon and Katherine Wheatley, has been involved in the Guelph music scene for over 30 years.

Jude was a member of The Bird Sisters with Tannis Slimmon and Sue Smith. She has produced four albums (Flo, Different Stories, She and She and She and Angel Songs) and has worked on 50 musical projects with artists which also include: James Gordon, Harri Palm, Jah Youssouf, Lewis Melville, Lynn Miles and Suzie Vinnick.

Jude’s band for this CD release concert features Sam Turton, Jane Lewis, Jesse Turton, Sam Cino with special guests Jane Ellenton, Rob Kerr, Lewis Melville, Tannis Slimmon, The Harmony Honeys. The support act will be The Hoofbeats.

“She sings easily in all ranges, complimenting her own beautiful voice in an ethereal blend.”
Sing Out! Magazine

“A crystalline voice against a backdrop of beautiful arrangements.”
Kitchener-Waterloo Record

“Vadala’s songwriting shines “
Northwest Arkansas Times

Jude Vadala and Band – CD Release
Saturday November 6, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Guelph Little Theatre, 176 Morris Street, Guelph
Tickers: $20
The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec Street,
Wild Rose Consignment Shop, 23A Macdonnell St.,
Ground Floor Music, 13 Quebec St. (cash only).
This is a licensed event.
Partial proceeds to the “Steve Potter Gift of Music”

To learn more about Jude visit her on Myspace.

Jude Vadala will be one of our guests between 8-9 a.m. on a very special Royal City Rag on Saturday October 30 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 on this website a day or so later.

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The Guelph Festival of Moving Media (GFOMM) takes place in a variety of downtown Guelph venues, on the weekend of November 5 to 7, 2010.

GFOMM features films and videos that offer a global perspective and provide a broader viewpoint on day-to-day events than normally covered in the news media. The 2010 festival includes dozens of documentaries, two collections of animated shorts for children, and panel discussions.

GFOMM’s goal is to serve as a catalyst towards increasing community understanding of the world and its diversity. In the 1980s, GFOMM ran for seven consecutive years, drawing large audiences to its unique mix of international feature films and documentaries. After a 13-year hiatus, the festival was revived in 2003 by the Guelph International Resource Centre (girc.org), a 30 year-old non-profit, non-governmental organization that educates Canadians about global issues as well as their local links. The festival gratefully acknowledges the support of Ontario Arts Council.

For more on GFOMM, visit the  festival’s website www.festivalofmovingmedia.ca.

Catch Rob Case and Bill Barrett from GIRC talking about the program for the 2010 Guelph Festival of Moving Media on CFRU93.3fm ‘s Royal City Rag on Saturday October 23 between 8-9 a.m.

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Guelph Symphony Orchestra

Guelph Symphony Orchestra kick off their10th Anniversary season on October 23 with Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. In their 10th season they will be offering five concerts by five guest conductors. One of whom will be selected as the new resident conductor of the GSO, starting in the 2011-12 season.

Mozart’s MARRIAGE OF FIGARO launches the new season on Saturday October 23, 2010 at 7.30 p.m. at Guelph’s River Run Centre. Conducted by Kristian Alexander, this will be a concert performance of Mozart’s comic masterpiece, featuring a strong cast including such Guelph favourites as Andrew Tees as Figaro, Michael York as the Count and Marion Samuel-Stevens as the Countess. Brian Otto will narrate this trimmed-down performance which will include all your favourite music, sung in English. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Guelph Symphony Orchestra
Concert: Marriage of Figaro
Date: Saturday October 23, 2010 at 7.30 p.m.
Venue: River Run Centre, Guelph
For more information visit www.guelphorchestra.ca

Royal City Rag has two tickets to giveaway for the Guelph Symphony Orchestra performance of the Marriage of Figaro. If you would like them, please e-mail us at info@royalcityrag.ca. First person to e-mail us, gets them!

UPDATE, October 16, 2010: The two tickets for the Marriage of Figaro have gone to Stephanie Tucker. Congratulations, Stephanie!

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Euphoric Flight

Last September, Guelph Symphony Orchestra stalwart Ed Malison achieved a lifelong dream when his rock band Euphoric Flight teamed up with the GSO to play classic rock at the E.L. Fox Auditorium.

This year, “Rockin’ with the GSO” moves to a bigger venue with a show on the River Run Centre main stage on Saturday September 25, 2010 at 8 p.m.

To enhance this year’s show, Guelph­-born vocalist and composer Lynzie Kent will be featured vocalist on several of the rock classics. Lynzie will also sing one of her own original compositions, ‘New Red Shoes’.

Malison, the show’s producer, will again move from his GSO trumpet to bass guitar and vocals. Returning with the band are John Tonin (guitar and vocals), Dominic Dinino (drums), Tony Hastings (lead vocals), Jessica Cano and Anita Smith (vocals) and Steve Malison (guitars, keyboards, sax, vocals). Amy Wark, also with the GSO, has joined Euphoric Flight and will play keyboards and provide backing vocals. Chris Cigolea will again be Music Director and Carol Sammut returns as Concert Master.

The concert will feature covers of classic pop and rock songs. “35 musicians will share the stage to perform the biggest pop and rock songs, those that have already made a lasting impression on music lovers, for teens to seniors – from Beattles to Heart to Bon Jovi. We’ve done our homework and replaced many of the songs with new ones that are even more powerful.”

Malison again hired Dawn Selby from South Africa to arrange all of the pieces for the 2010 concert, and like last year, she will travel to Canada to share in the experience. Glen Keleher will also return as MC. A portion of the proceeds will go to support Addictions Ontario.

For more details on the concert and artists, visit www.rockinwiththegso.com. For more information on Lynzie Kent visit  www.lynziekent.com.  For  more  information  on  the  Guelph Symphony Orchestra visit  www.guelphorchestra.ca.

Tickets for this event can be purchased from River Run Centre Box Office at 519-­763-­3000.

Catch Ed Malison (Bass guitar/Producer) with Tony Hastings (Lead Vocals) and Sarah Garrett (from the GSO) on CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag this Saturday, September 11 between 8-9 a.m.

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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This Saturday, CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag will be focusing on the Eden Mills Writers Festival in our second hour (9-10 a.m.).

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival takes place from September 17-20, 2010 in the beautiful riverside village of Eden Mills and features readings from some of North America’s best-known authors as well as music workshops and writing seminars. Giller Prize winner Linden MacIntyre, bestselling novelist Joy Fielding, mystery writer Linwood Barclay, The Wayfinders’ author Wade Davis and young adult author Shane Peacock are just a few of the writers who are attending this year. For more information, visit www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca.

This evening, Wednesday August 18 the Bookshelf in Guelph will be hosting the media launch for the 2010 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. This free event features short readings from 2009 Trillium Award finalist Nino Ricci (The Origin of Species), as well as from three 2010 Trillium finalists: Cordelia Strube (Lemon), Alexandra Leggatt (Animal) and Susan Holbrook (Joy Is So Exhausting). The evening will also celebrate the life of the late Paul Quarrington, who was a good friend to the festival.

Royal City Rag will be attending the launch and will be bringing the flavour of the event to Saturday’s radio show. You won’t want to miss it!

Eden Mills Media Launch & Quarrington Remembrance
featuring readings by Nino Ricci, Cordelia Strube, Alexandra Leggatt and Susan Holbrook
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec Street (in the EBar)
Guelph, ON
7 p.m.
Funding and some refreshments will be provided by Eden Mills Writers Festival and the Trillium Book Awards. Donations to help with the cost of putting on the Eden Mills Writers Festival will be gratefully received.

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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The 2nd Annual Sunlight Music Festival takes place at the Riverside Park Bandshell on August 14 from Noon till 11.00 p.m., rain or shine.

This free SOLAR powered music festival features local, up and coming musicians. As it is also a fundraiser for Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis, donations are encouraged.

The festival headlined by Danny Michel, also features Lynzie Kent, Rusty Waters and The Broken Troubadours, Ian Reid, Jesse Parent, Christen Zuch, Lime Parade, Doug Clayfield, Richard Laviolette and the Oilspills, Stereola and closing act, Sapphire City.

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The third Fresh Water Jamboree takes place this Saturday, August 7, from noon to 11 p.m. at the Riverside Park Bandshell.

The Fresh Water Jamboree is a free, annual one-day music festival established to help raise awareness about “fresh water” in Wellington County, the province of Ontario and across Canada. Be The Artist, a Guelph-based organization that promotes musicians and environmental initiatives, launched Guelph’s first “green” music festival in 2008.

“We’re expecting to see 600 or 700 people at the event this year,” says festival organizer Chris Williams. “We’ve had so many local musicians and artistic communities become involved in this event, it’s quite exciting.  The Fresh Water Jamboree was created to help bring focus and awareness to our depleting fresh water supply, and also to help promote local musicians and artists.”

The day-long event will feature musical performances by Sam Turton, Peter Slack, Carmela, Mike Sharp and many more. A presentation about  the importance of fresh water by Wellington Waterwatchers, with support from The City of Guelph, will take place at 7.00 p.m. Food and refreshments will also be available.

The water in Canada is at risk. We need to act now before it is too late. Our water resources are being depleted so fast that the possibility of no water resources here in Canada could become a reality. There are many countries that have been getting water from our resources and there are many more companies and countries who are in need because they don’t have fresh water in their own country. We need to act locally and think globally.

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Hillside is here… well, just about. The festival takes place from July 23-25 at Guelph Lake.

Headliners Calexico, Laura Marling, and The Hidden Cameras will be kicking off the festival on the Friday night at the Main Stage! Also be sure not to miss out on Brasstronaut, First Rate People, Flashlight Radio, or Guelph’s own Minotaurs!

Then come and enjoy the Saturday featuring great acts throughout the day like Los Lobos, Sarah Harmer, Japandroids, Jason Collett, Basia Bulat, The Acorn, The Canned Goods, Harry Manx, The Good Lovelies, and that’s just for starters

And finally, we’ll say ‘Goodbye’ to the festival on Sunday with Stars, Gord Downie and The Country of Miracles, Easy Star All-Stars, Shad, Hayley Sales, Alex Cuba, Corb Lund, The Skeletones Four and a whole bunch more!

Check out the full schedule of performances and workshops HERE

If you are still trying to get a ticket, Friday and Sunday passes are available at Hillside ticket outlets Ground Floor Music in Guelph, Encore Records in Kitchener and Soundscapes in Toronto as well as online via TicketPro. The first 500 seniors can get weekend passes for just $49.50!

Although weekend passes are long gone you may be able to track one down via Kijiji or Craigslist.

Ticket prices are:

  • Friday – $49 + HST
  • Saturday – $69 + HST
  • Sunday $99 + HST
  • Seniors $99 + HST however, the first 500 seniors to purchase a weekend pass will receive a half price rate of $49.50 + HST

Culture vulture Marie Zimmerman, currently the executive director at the Hillside Festival, will be joining us on CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag Saturday July 17 between 8-9 a.m.

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This event was in danger of slipping past without any fanfare. Sounds like it should be a great show.

PEACEFEST – a day of celebration & music
Riverside Park Bandshell
Woolwich St., N., Guelph

A sensually rich event full of art, music, spoken word, poetry, organic food, craft/clothing/business vendors, drum circles, workshops, face-painting, henna tattooing, networking, fundraising, peacebuilding, and more!

This event is for those who care about creating an environmentally sustainable, socially just, spiritually fulfilling presence on earth, for those who know that these movements, our planet, and we ourselves are all interconnected. Through joining together and uniting good intentions with creativity we can only speed up our progress to peace and health for all.

Peacefest Guelph is a catalyst, a hub and our playground…lets have fun changing the world!

11.30 a.m. Theo Simms, 12.30 a.m. Shannon Kingsbury & Andrew McPherson, 1.30 p.m. Heidi Ann Crocini, 2.00 p.m. Tomy Bewick, 3.00 Charlotte Fielden, 3.45 p.m. Nabi Loney, 4.30 p.m. Dennis Gaumond, 5.30 p.m. Jenikz, 6.45 p.m. Sam Turton & Jane Lewis with special guests, 7.45 p.m. Prince Bamibele Bajowa

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On Saturday June 19, the first ever Guelph Poetry Slam team will be determined by the citizens of Guelph.  Before a live audience, the top ten local slam poets will perform original spoken word pieces that share stories of the heart; love, politics, art, struggle, and the intricacies of our many relationships.

A poetry slam is a friendly spoken word competition where the audience chooses the best poet, but in this case, they will pick not just one poet but a team of five to represent Guelph in the finals taking place 2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Ottawa later this year. The team will also perform at Hillside and the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival.

This new form of poetry; a combination of theatre and written word has been wowing Guelphites and inspiring writers to join in the competitions since November 2008.

The evening will also include a feature performance from Fringe acclaimed troupe The Dream Chasers, special guest Unstruck (aka Kevin Sutton) and host Truth Is …

Competing poets include: David James Hudson, Beth Anne Fischer, Alice Lee Munroe, Macer, Kathryn, Matthew Dryden, Livingston, Faith In Words, Symon, & Sean Richardson.

For more information check out www.guelphspokenword.com.

You won’t want to miss it!

Guelph Poetry Slam FINALS!
E-Bar 41 Quebec St
Saturday June 19, 2010 @ 7 p.m.
Cover: $10
Youth Welcome

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Ken Whiteley (Photo: Art & Light Studio Gallery)

This summer, Folkway Music (163 Suffolk St W, Guelph) are offering a very special series of Saturday morning music workshops in the store.

The workshops, featuring special guests as well as Folkway staff, kick off on June 12 when master musician and Canadian blues legend Ken Whiteley will be in town to share tips and tricks relating to slide work, chords and open tunings that are often used in blues.

Each workshop takes place from 10.30 – 11.30 a.m. There is no charge and no registration is required.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own instruments.

Promises to be entertaining as well as educational. This sounds like a great deal!

Folkway Saturdays in Summer Series:

  • June 12: Ken Whiteley
  • Jun 19: Finding Your Soulmate (Folkway Music)
  • Jun 26: Cool Hand Chris (Chris Coole)
  • Jul 10: Fingerstyle Fowler-style (Jason Fowler)
  • Jul 17: Finetuning Tunes (Jory Nash)
  • Aug 7: Maintaining The Love (Folkway Music)
  • Aug 14: Finding Your Soulmate (Folkway Music)
  • Aug 21: Ukelele Blues (Manitoba Hal)
  • Aug 28: Tonebuilding (Folkway Music)

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Did you know that the average family is exposed to 72,000 different chemicals?

Catch Andrew Niskar’s latest film, Chemerical at 10 carden on June 10 @ 7:30 p.m. and learn more about the toxic soup we live in.

Following the screening there will be a discussion about how we can all decrease our toxin exposure.

As only 45 place are available for this screening so it is best to reserve in advance.

Reserve your seat online

Suggested donation of $5.00 at the door. All proceeds will go to support 10 Carden.

Filmmaker Andrew Nisker puts a new spin on the story of how we treat our planet in his latest film Chemerical. He asks a family to purge their home of everyday chemicals and adopt a chemical-free lifestyle. Chemerical then takes the audience on an eye-opening journey through the lifecycle of everyday chemicals the family uses.

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The Guelph Symphony Orchestra presents its 7th Music in the Park outdoor concert on Sunday, June 27 at Riverside Park Bandshell, beginning at 3 p.m.

The concert  featuring a selection of light classics for the entire family is entitled “An Afternoon at the Proms”. Expect to hear a varied selection of  the English music you might hear at a Prom concert in London. That means, everything from Elgar to the Beatles.

This is the GSO’s “thank you” to the community for its continuing support.

Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. You won’t want to miss it!

Guelph Symphony Orchestra’s Music in the Park
When: Sunday June 27, 2010 at 3 p.m.
Where: Riverside Park Bandshell

Visit the Guelph Symphony Orchestra website, www.guelphorchestra.ca for more information about upcoming performances.

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Manhattans Music Club and the Hillside Community Festival are pleased to announce a new kind of cultural experience for the fall and winter of 2010 and 2011.  Taking leads from three existing popular live shows – Spectacle, Inside the Actor’s Studio, and Q, this new show is to be called M.A.S.H. Mondays: Music, Art, Science, & History.

The goal of the series is to explore the different aspects of culture that currently are recognized under different names but are really all the same thing.  Music, art, science, and history are all fuelled by the same human spirit and many of us know that our lives depend on borrowing from one ‘area’ to fuel the ‘others’.  Yet society and the media tend to pigeonhole people into single categories: artist, scientist, musician, and historian. Once placed in a category society then tends to discredit the advice or opinions offered by people perceived to be outside of their area of expertise. M.A.S.H. Mondays will try to destroy this by showing the joy and utility that can come from multilateral living.

The shows will be held at Manhattan’s Music Club, 951 Gordon St., Guelph and run from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. The first show will run Sept. 13, 2010 to be followed on the first Monday of every month (Oct.4, Nov.1, Dec.6, Jan.10, Feb.7, Mar.7, Apr.4).  Tickets: TBA.

The shows will be hosted by University of Guelph Professor Emeritus Doug Larson who will bring to the stage his long experience in science plus an intimate familiarity with music, art, and history.

The guests for the series will include:

  • Craig Norris:(host of CBC R3-30, lead singer of the Kramdens)
  • Mike Ford:(musical historian, Canada in Song / Moxy Früvous)
  • Bob McDonald:(host CBC’s Quirks and Quarks)
  • Samir Baijal:(artistic director, Hillside Festival / musician)
  • Alan Wildeman: (President, University of Windsor)
  • Jay Ingram: (host, Daily Planet, best selling author)
  • Mark Stutman & Matty Cooper: (instrument builder and teacher)

The two hour long shows containing a mixture of talk, visuals and song will be filmed in high definition by award winning scientist and film maker Melanie Wills.  DVD’s will be made available for later purchase.

Catch Doug Larson with the Guelph Guitar on Royal City Rag on June 5 between 8- 9 a.m.

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Guelph Youth Singers (Photo: Guelph Youth Singers)

The award-winning choirs of Guelph Youth Singers present their annual spring concert, Whistle While You Work, a lighthearted exploration of work and leisure on June 5 at The River Run Centre.

The four choirs, with 90 singers aged six through eighteen, will include a variety of appealing selections designed to showcase their outstanding singing talent and to provide an evening of excellent entertainment.  Songs of carpenters, clowns, goatherds, sailors, and pirates will mix with art song and madrigal.  Special highlights will be a choreographed set of cowboy songs (think hats!)  and the senior choristers presenting Manhattan Transfer’s “Operator.”

Founded in 1991, Guelph Youth Singers have reached national prominence through provincial and national awards, most recently winning two first place awards in the 2009 Canadian Federation of Music Festivals at the national level.  Their two solo CDs are sold throughout North America and are regularly played on Canadian radio stations.

The annual spring concert is the major event of the spring season for Guelph Youth Singers, and will follow a tour in late May by Choir III to Whistler, BC where they will be hosted by the Whistler Children’s Chorus.

GYS is always looking for new choristers who love to sing.  Choristers enjoy the chance to learn to sing well, to read music, to do drama workshops, to perform…and to enjoy the company of other talented youth.  Guelph Youth Singers is seeking new members for its award-winning choirs I, II and III. Guelph Youth Singers is holding auditions in May and June for entry in September 2010.

If you’d like your child to be part of Guelph Youth Singers, or you’d like more information on the organization, please contact Cathy Meggison at 519-821-8574 or send an e-mail message to admin@guelphyouthsingers.com.

Whistle While You Work
Where:  River Run Centre
When:  Saturday, June 5 at 7.30 p.m.
Tickets:  River Run Centre box office at 519-763-3000. Adults $25 / Students & Seniors $19/eyeGO.org

Want to win tickets to the show?

We have TWO pairs of TWO tickets to give away (a $50 value). To win the tickets, all you need to do is answer the following simple question:

When was the Guelph Youth Singers founded?

Send your answer to info@royalcityrag.ca.

Good luck!

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Poor Howard Stith’s 12 string guitar has the solid, propulsive groove of a steady-moving freight train; and he has the uncanny way of singing classic blues tunes as if their hard-luck stories were happening today. Poor Howard will be performing live at Folkway Music on May 28 in an intimate setting that you won’t want to miss.

“His Droll patter, outrageous jokes, tall tales, and bald-faced lies feel as if they grew from the same rich folk soil that the songs did. Somehow, he delivers it all – ancient blues, modern ballad, and wild-eyed pun – in a way that makes you think you’re just sitting around his kitchen table, passing a jug and whiling away an easy Saturday night.” 
Boston Globe

Friday, May 28, 2010
8:00 Doors, 8:30 Showtime
Tickets $15 (GST incl.)

Poor Howard will also be running a workshop the night before his show. This workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced guitar players interested in further developing their finger picking styles.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
7:30, Tickets $20 (GST incl.)
Limited to 12 participants

To reserve for either or both events, please phone Folkway Music at: 519-763-5524, 163 Suffolk Street West, Guelph.

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Tickets for the Hillside Festival, taking place at Guelph Lake from July 23-25, go on sale Saturday May 1 at 10.00 a.m.

Seems like summer is just around the corner!

Tickets for Hillside 2010 can be purchased at the Hillside Office, on Woolwich Street in Guelph, at Ground Floor Music in Guelph, Encore Records in Kitchener and Soundscapes in Toronto.

Ticket prices are:

  • Weekend – $99 + HST
  • Friday – $49 + HST
  • Saturday – $69 + HST
  • Sunday $99 + HST
  • Seniors $99 + HST however, the first 500 seniors to purchase a weekend pass will receive a half price rate of $49.50 + HST


The Hillside Volunteer Program Is Also OPEN!

Volunteers in good standing from 2009 will be sent an e-mail with username and password, and instructions on how to use Hillside’s new volunteer program software.  Returning volunteers will need to visit myvolunteerpage.com to update this information.

All NEW volunteers (anyone who did not volunteer in the summer of 2009) will be required to create a profile. 

Click HERE to view Hillside opportunities and sign-up.

If you have any questions during the sign-up process, please contact Jessie O’Donnell at volunteer@hillsidefestival.ca.

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Ivan Rosenberg (Photo: Patrick Satterfield)

Acoustic duo Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg are in  Guelph on Friday April 23 for a CD Release show at Folkway Music. This promises to be an outstanding show featuring two incredibly talented individuals.

“It is only a matter of time until Ivan Rosenberg becomes universally recognized as one of the more prolific masters of the resonator guitar.”  Bluegrass Unlimited

“Chris Coole’s banjo playing is frankly incomparable.” Penguin Eggs

World class Dobro, Clawhammer and Banjo duo, Ivan Rosenberg and Chris Coole may have lots of geographical territory between them, but they are from the same town, musically speaking.

Rosenberg hails from California and is known throughout the United States as one of the top Dobro players on the scene today. Coole is a Toronto native who is perhaps best known for his work with the award winning bluegrass unit The Foggy Hogtown Boys and for his clawhammer banjo recordings with Arnie Naiman.

Chris Coole (Photo: Chris Coole)

Although both musicians make their living playing bluegrass, it’s their love of old-time traditional Appalachian music that has brought them together.

Coole and Rosenberg met in 2004 and have since played together every chance they get. In 2008 they took to the road as an acoustic duo, and have since toured from coast to coast a few times over.

2010 marks the release of their first CD, “Farewell Trion.” The music is a mix of old-time, bluegrass and country blues played on Dobro, clawhammer banjo and guitar – classic parlour picking by two great musicians.

Tickets are moving quickly for this one, so best to phone to reserve as soon as possible: 519-763-5524. $20 per person (GST incl).

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The Henrys

Toronto kona player Don Rooke and his band The Henrys are in Guelph this coming Friday night, March 26, for a show at Folkway Music.

The Henrys are a Toronto-based ‘nearly-instrumental’ group that performs as a quartet (Don Rooke, Michelle Willis, Mark Mariash, Andrew Downing), but records with a larger stable of players. The band’s goal has always been to compose, record and perform original music that has no obvious genre, but draws on a variety of styles in an original, identifiable way.

In the words of Toronto Star reviewer Greg Quill:

“Toronto kona player Don Rooke and his ensemble of like-minded abstract sound architects stand out on their fourth album as the high-minded intellectuals in their class, the quiet scientists scratching away at the borders of the folk/time continuum. ‘Old instruments, new sounds’ is the way Rooke describes what The Henrys do – they extract from a resonator guitar and other plucked acoustic instruments the harmonics, overtones and oblique noises behind the rustic notes to create landscapes that are astonishingly romantic, frightening, sexual, spiritual – and quite beautiful. Brave new music.”

The music features the sound of an antique slide guitar called the kona (and other slide guitars). Manufactured out of Hawaiian koa wood in California in the 1920s, the kona has a rare tonal purity. It’s played slide style, flat, with a small steel bar. Mixed with vocals, organ, bass and drums – and often unusual elements: conch shell, quarter-tone trumpet, pump organ, chordette, odd percussion pieces, sonar zombie, steel drums, creates an original yet very engaging sound.
The group’s latest CD, “Is This Tomorrow”, is their fifth. It joins four other internationally acclaimed recordings: Puerto Angel (1994), Chasing Grace (1996), Desert Cure (1998), and Joyous Porous (2002), as well as a solo CD, Atlas Travel, by the band’s leader.

The Henrys at Folkway Music
Doors open at 8.00 p.m., 8.30 p.m. show-time.
Tickets: $20. Call (519) 763-5524 to book. Seating is limited to 75.
Folkway Music is a smoke-free, non-licensed, acoustic venue. Coffee and tea are served with the music.

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Canadian Urban Roots Group Po’Girl visit Guelph on March 9 as part of their “No Shame” tour to help prevent child abuse. During the tour they will be raising money for Little Warriors in Canada and the National Children’s Alliance in the USA. Partial proceeds from all Po’Girl tour merchandise will also be donated to these organisations. 

Alli Russell will also be running the Athens, Ohio marathon at the end of the tour on April 11 to further support these groups.

Russell is the survivor of ten years of sexual abuse at the hands of her adopted father.  She wrote the song “No Shame” in 2006 when she found out that he had been released from prison. Po’Girl recorded “No Shame” on their critically acclaimed album Deer in the Night  in 2009.

“No Shame” was featured on CBC’s The Vinyl Cafe in May 2009. Host Stuart Mclean wrote a beautiful piece about the song and Alli’s history; the reception from listeners was overwhelming.

Says Russell,  “Stuart’s piece and the response to it, gave me the idea that perhaps I could be more actively using my past misfortune and our music to increase awareness and dialogue about the endemic issue of child abuse in North America. Whatever I can do to prevent what happened to me from happening to others, that’s what I have to do. It’s my responsibility as a survivor. Not everyone is so lucky.”

Hailing originally from Canada, Po’Girl weave a blend of musical influences, sweetness, grit & soul into their fresh and original sound. The interplay between (Alli Russell, Awna Teixeira, Benny Sidelinger, and Mikey “Lightning” August)is mesmerizing. Distinct voices with incredible harmonies; multiple instrumentalists who bring the perfect sound to each song and songwriters who pen poetic tunes you’ll find yourself humming.

Their latest release, Deer in the Night still includes many of the trappings of the trademark Po’ Girl sound – the echoes of speakeasy jazz, the western lament, the accordion-strapped ghosts of European folk – but it’s all delivered with a soulful clarity and depth only hinted at on previous records.

They recently released a live album, Po’ Girl Live that captures the energy and spirit of the live show, complete with special guests JT Nero and the Clouds. Po’Girl also spent part of January recording new album “Follow Your Bliss” in Chicago, IL. “Follow Your Bliss” will be released in Europe in May and in North America in June.

Po’Girl And The No Shame Tour To Combat Child Abuse
featuring Po’Girl (with special guest JT Nero) and Noise and the Ghost
When: March 9 at 7.30 p.m.
Where: Dublin St United Church, 68 Suffolk St W, Guelph
Tickets: $16/$20

Catch Alli Russell on Royal City Rag, February 27 at 8.15 a.m. Royal City Rag, Saturdays from 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3 fm in Guelph. Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm, or, after the fact, via the website.

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James Gordon

James Gordon CD Release
Friday February 26 at 8.00 p.m.
Guelph Little Theatre, 176 Morris Street, Guelph
Tickets: $18- available at the door or at the Bookshelf

My Stars Your Eyes: “12 new locally grown, organic, fair trade songs”

James Gordon is never at a loss for a lyric. Famous for having written a thousand songs and as a “go-to guy” when a local organization or your national broadcaster needs topic-specific music, James is the one they count on to deliver the appropriate message.

In this special fundraising CD release concert, James will be joined onstage by Jeff Bird, Evan Gordon, Geordie Gordon and Jude Vadala

James is donating all proceeds from the concert to the Guelph Civic League in support of their upcoming ‘Vote Guelph!’ campaign for this year’s municipal election. If you’d like to join the Vote Guelph team, email info@guelphcivicleague.ca or phone 519-780-5030.

“My Stars Your Eyes” is available on Borealis Records

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Guelph Groove
February 20, 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.(Doors close at 8.00 p.m.)
Temple studios, 42 Quebec St, Guelph (Yellow door, Third floor).
$10 sliding scale
This month’s wave will be graced with heartfelt, soulful sounds from Nigel…a magical medicine journey ahead to be sure.  The groove is a scent, conversation, drug, alcohol and shoe free safe space.


Kent MacMillan in Concert
The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N, Guelph
Saturday, February 20 at 9.30 p.m.


Guelph Spoken Word
featuring poet Andrea Thompson
E-Bar, 41 Quebec Street
Saturday February 20 at 7.00 p.m.
Cover: $10 – Volunteers $5
More details, www.guelphspokenword.com


Cornerstone Campfire Sessions
“The Olympic Torch Ain’t Nothin’ Next To This!”
The Cornerstone Cafe, 1 Wyndham street N, Guelph
Sunday, February 21 at 9.00 p.m.
We set out a tray of tea candles (that’s the campfire) and then we sit around the fire and take turns belting out the tunes all night long! It’s all acoustic – no “stage”, no microphones, no P.A., no amplifiers. So bring along your guitars, banjos, accordions, mandolins, mandolas, dobros, fiddles, ukuleles, harmonicas, washboards, voices, ears… sing your own songs, traditional songs, covers…sing along or just come to listen!


SINGALONG with Sam Turton & Jane Lewis!
Sunday, February 21 from  8-11 p.m.
Woolwich Arms
176 Woolwich Street, Guelph

Over 100 great artists, including The Band, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Elvis, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Dolly Parton, John Prine, The Police, Paul Simon, James Taylor, The Temptations, U2, Neil Young…

Over 200 classic songs, including Hey Jude & Twist And Shout; Amazing Grace & Danny Boy; Brown Eyed Girl & Bobby Mcgee; House Of The Rising Sun & Heart Of Gold; Like A Rolling Stone & Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door; Wade in the Water & Man Of Constant Sorrow; My Girl & Blue Suede Shoes; Fire & Rain & Bird On The Wire; Jambalaya & Folsom Prison…

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Hamilton born singer-songwriter and guitarist Garnet Rogers will be making a stop in Guelph on February 19.

The Guelph concert is one of only two stops in Southern Ontario on Garnet’s current tour.

Garnet is widely considered, by fans and critics alike, to be one of the finest singers anywhere.  His music, like the man himself, has been called literate, passionate, highly sensitive and deeply purposeful. 

Hailed by the Boston Globe as a ” … charismatic performer and singer – one of the major talents of our time.

The Boston Globe also called his latest live album, Get A Witness, one of the best Folk CDs of 2007

“On a long awaited concert album, even his torch songs feel like tours de force, sung in a glorious bass that shimmers with danger and grace..”


Audience members are asked to bring donations of non-perishable food and useful personal care items such as shampoo and toothpase to support the Guelph food bank.

The Details:
Garnet Rogers
Friday, February 19, 2010
Dublin Street United Church
68 Suffolk St West, Guelph
8.00 p.m. show (7.30 p.m. door)
Tickets $20 from Ground Floor Music (13 Quebec St). Out of town tickets (519)763-7628 or milanovichlil@hotmail.com

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Guelph-born actor and comedian Daniel Stolfi brings his one-man show about his harrowing experience battling cancer, Cancer Can’t Dance Like This, to the Guelph Youth Music Centre on February 27.  This special presentation is a fundraiser for the Wellington County Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society.

In March of 2008, Daniel Stolfi was diagnosed with Acute Non – Hodgkin’s T -Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer that would need equally aggressive chemotherapy treatment over the following two years of his life. While battling cancer Daniel lost his hair, his appetite, his strength and his sex drive.

In Cancer Can’t Dance Like This, Daniel takes the audience through a number of comedic monologues, musical numbers and character portrayals of his lost attributes to the disease.The question: Can cancer out dance the dancing machine? Only time will tell.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this inspirational performance.

Where: Guelph Youth Music Centre, Cardigan Street, Guelph
When: February 27 at 8.00 p.m. (Cocktail reception, courtesy of F&M Brewery and silent auction at 6.00 p.m.)

Tickets: $40 each or 2 for $70 and can be purchased at The Canadian Cancer Society office at 214 Speedvale Ave. West or call 519-824-4261 ext 3173.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. For more information about the Canadian Cancer Society please visit www.cancer.ca

Catch Daniel Stolfi on Royal City Rag, February 20 at 7.20 a.m. Royal City Rag, Saturdays from 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3 fm in Guelph. Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm, or, after the fact, via the website.

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Like to spend a nice evening enjoying some folk-roots music in Guelph after enjoying a great meal?

Check out Andrew McPherson with his Lefty Singer band and Shannon Kingsbury at Carden Street Cafe on February 12 at 10.00 p.m. 

No less than 7 musicians playing harp, mandolin, tuba, harmonium, harp, guitar, bass and possibly the proverbial kitchen sink.

There will be two sets, featuring material from Shannon’s upcoming release and Andrew’s recent Lefty Singer release.

Promises to be quite a night.

Tickets are $8.

Reservations are highly recommended – especially if you’d like to enjoy some of the great food they have to offer too.

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Yasus Afari


Yasus Afari will be at the E-bar in Guelph on February 8 at 8.00 p.m. 

From Jamaica, Yasus Afari is a Philosopher, International Dub Poet and Author of the critically acclaimed book Overstanding Rastafari – Jamaica’s Gift to the World.  

Yasus was the  first ever Rastafarian to be invited to the Parliament of the World Religions which was held in Australia last month. 

This is Yasus Afari’s first ever visit to Canada after travelling the world and being crowned King in two countries in Africa as well as being honoured with the title of Ambassador in many other countries around the Globe. 

Yasus coined the term “Edutainment” to describe his form of performance in which he discusses the environment, wellness and nutrition, spirituality, anti-racism, politics and of course his Jamaican culture. 

Yasus Afari’s newest “Pomedy” (Comedy Poetry) CD entitled Kiss Mi Neck is receiving International accolades and both Overstanding Rastafari – Jamaica’s Gift to the World as well as Kiss Mi Neck will be available for sale with a personalized autograph. 

Yasus will be joined by Princess Anla, award-winning reggae, jazz and R&B songstress and Ras Bingi Catt, a musician whose heart is so big and his message so honest, you cannot miss him. 

Tickets are available at the door for $13 ($3 discount with a Student I.D.) 

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‘Tis the season when a young man’s fancy, (or a young woman’s, for that matter) turns to love…

Why not spend this Valentine’s Day with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra?

Clayton Scott

This Valentine’s Day, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating some of the most romantic music ever written – Mozart’s Elvira Madigan Concerto, the Warsaw Concerto, both works featuring their own Amy Wark as piano soloist, as well as favourite tunes from South Pacific, and songs by Sigmund Romberg, performed by soprano Mary DuQuesnay.

The timeless story of Romeo and Juliet will also be presented and interpreted by the magnetic Clayton Scott, with thrilling and emotional music by Prokofiev. Guest conductor for Romeo and Juliet will be Judith Yan of the National Ballet. 

The Details:
Concert: Music of Love and Romance
When: Sunday February 14 at 3.00 p.m.
Where: River Run Centre, Guelph

Tickets: Online or at the River Run Box Office, 519-763-3000
Adult/Senior: $30.00
Student: $15.00
Child: $10.00 (12 and under)
eyeGO: $5.00 (High School Student – valid ID required)

Royal City Rag has a pair of tickets to give away to the first person who answers the following question correctly.

Question: When was the Guelph Symphony Orchestra founded?

Please send your answer to info@royalcityrag.ca with “GSO Valentine’s  Giveaway” in the subject line. Good luck!

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We are all planning to be Unlucky in Love at the Eden Mills Writers Festival Fundraiser at the E-Bar on February 13 at 7.00 p.m. Great entertainment and shenanigans are promised. Don’t miss it!

We’ll also be ‘Unlucky In Love’, live on CFRU 93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag, with a cast of thousands (well, a few anyway!), on February 6 between 8-9 a.m. Promises to be lots of fun. Don’t miss it!

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A Guelph benefit for the people of Haiti takes place on February 7 at the River Run Centre. The event features Kevin Breit, Scott Merritt, Jane Burnett, Dionne Brand, the University of Guelph choirs and The Guelph music revue, an ensemble featuring some of Guelph’s renowned musicians and singer-songwriters.

  • Kevin Breit is one of Canada’s most in-demand guitarists (Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, k. d. Lang, Bill Frisell). He will be performing with Guelph’s Ted Warren, one of Canada’s most accomplished drummers.
  • Scott Merritt is an MCA recording artist and an award-winning singer-songwriter and producer with an always growing and fiercely dedicated following.
  • Jane Bunnett is an internationally acclaimed Canadian jazz icon with Juno awards, Grammy nominations, and an appointment to the Order of Canada.
  • Dionne Brand is a renowned poet, novelist, essayist, and film-maker born in Trinidad and living in Toronto.
  • The University of Guelph Choirs, directed by Dr. Marta McCarthy are a powerful amalgamation of both the University Chamber Choir and the University Women’s Choir.
  • The Guelph Music Revue is a stellar gathering of Guelph’s award-winning musicians, band leaders, and singer-songwriters featuring Andrew Craig, Nick Craine, Craig Norris, Shane Philips, Tannis Slimmon, Sue Smith, Sam Turton, Jeff Bird, Adam Bowman, Vish Khanna, Jane Lewis, Brenda McMorrow, Ambre McLean, Harri Palm, Stu Peterson, Jesse Turton, Brenda Lewis, Jude Vadala, The Season Singers – and more to come!

Help Haiti: A Guelph Benefit for Earthquake Relief

Sunday, February 7 at 7.00 p.m.
The River Run Centre
35 Woolwich St., Guelph, ON
Tickets $30 (reserved) available from the River Run Box Office: 519-763-3000 or online

All proceeds to Canadian Red Cross – All services are being donated including the River Run Centre facilities.

Additional donations will be accepted at the event

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The Sadies

Toronto’s cosmic country rockers The Sadies are in town on January 22 for a show at Dublin Street United Church with Ladies of The Canyon.

Their most recent album is New Seasons (2007) produced with the Jawhawks’ Gary Louris. They also recently recorded a fun set of country covers featuring vocals by LA punk legend John Doe, Country Club by John Doe and the Sadies (2009).

The Sadies are currently back in the studio with Gary Louris working on a follow-up to New Seasons. Their blistering live shows live long in the memory. You won’t want to miss them.

Opening the show are Montreal’s Ladies of The Canyon whose sound is as polymorphic, true and passionate as its members. Ladies of the Canyon are candy sweet folk pop one minute and heart-wrenching soulful the next.

The Sadies with Ladies of the Canyon
Friday, January 22, 2010
Dublin Street United Church 68 Suffolk St West, Guelph
$20 ($18 for U of G students)
On sale at Ground Floor Music (13 Quebec Street)
Show 8.00 p.m. (Doors open at 7.30 p.m.)

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