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Happy Canada Day from Royal City Rag!

On July 1 2009, Royal City Rag headed out to Riverside Park to celebrate Canada Day on location with storytellers Sya Van Geest and Brad Woods, and singer-songwriter Sam Turton. Despite the poor weather, all turned out sunny on a fun show.

Our storytellers were on fine form;  Sya explaining the origin of storytelling and Brad regaling us with his experiences in the cockpit during his first flying lesson.

Sam sang several songs on the show, including another new one, “You’re my home, Canada”, written especially for Royal City Rag. He also threw in a soulful version of O Canada to finish the show.

Unfortunately we had to beat a hasty retreat at the end of the show after Brad got a bit carried away helping out with the firework display.

Catch the show if you missed it. It was a great one!

We’ll be back with another live show, this Saturday from 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm.

Music:
Sam Turton, What’s So funny About Peace, Love And Understanding? (Live)
Sam Turton, Annapolis Farm (Live)
Sam Turton, Right Here (Live)
Sam Turton, You Are My Home, Canada (Live)
Sam Turton, O Canada (Live)

Storytelling:
Sya Van Geest, The Birth Of Stories
Brad Woods, Flying Lessons

Listen to the show:

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We were broadcasting from the basement at CFRU 93.3fm on October 30. All part of the station’s fundraising drive, Raise Your Voice, apparently. Evidently I hadn’t raised enough money. Fortunately some good folk from radioland bailed me out however we could still do with some more pledges. If you enjoy Royal City Rag, please consider donating to CFRU 93.3fm during our on-going fundraising drive, Raise Your Voice. 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 portable recording equipment, updating the CFRU website, and building the station’s capacity for spoken word content.

At the start of the first hour, we talked to Tristan Dineen about the Canada-Bolivia conference and solidarity event: “Canada-Bolivia Relations in the Next Decade” taking place at the University of Guelph on Saturday, November 6 in McNaughton room 113 at the University of Guelph. The conference runs from 9.30 a.m. until 5.30 p.m. and features guest speaker Hugo Salvatierra Gutierrez, former Bolivian Minister for Rural Development, Agriculture and the Environment in the Evo Morales government and Judy Rebick with an evening of traditional Bolivian culture to follow.

Later in the first hour, Jude Vadala joined us to talk about her new CD, Do You Ever and the launch release taking place on November 6 at the Guelph Little Theatre 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. She 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.

Jude Vadala and Band – CD Release
Saturday November 6, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Guelph Little Theatre, 176 Morris Street, Guelph
Tickers: $20
AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR OR AT:
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.

Finally to wrap up our first hour, Magee McGuire from Guelph-Wellington Health Coalition joined us on the phone to chat about their townhall meeting on November 2 in War Memorial Hall at the University of Guelph regarding the impact of private health insurance on Medicare and featuring guest speaker Marie-Claude Premont.

Politics Medicare And The Law: Chaoulli v. Quebec
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 7.00 p.m.
War Memorial Hall
(Corner of College Avenue and Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario)

Listen To The Show:

Music:
Alice Cooper, Hello Hurray from Billion Dollar Babies
Henry Hall And His Orchestra, Hush, Hush, Hush Here Comes The Bogeyman
Jude Vadala, Cross Over My Mind from Do You Ever
Jude Vadala, Little Bird from Do You Ever
Jude Vadala, Molly from Do You Ever
Dave Rawlings Machine, I Hear Them All from A Friend Is A Friend

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We were privileged to kick off CFRU 93.3fm’s annual fundraiser, Raise Your Voice, on Royal City Rag on October 23.

We started off the show with an interview about Raise Your Voice with Sarah Mangle, Outreach Coordinator at CFRU. The goal for the 2010 funding drive is to raise $15 000 to update the CFRU website, and help build the station’s capacity for spoken word content through the purchase of  a user-friendly production board that will give volunteers the opportunity to be involved in the technical aspects of the station with ease.

Listen to the interview with Sarah Mangle:

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.

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

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.

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!!!

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.

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

Later in the hour Rob Case, from the Guelph International Resource Centre (GIRC), joined us to chat about the program for the 2010 Guelph Festival of Moving Media (GFOMM) taking 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, including the 2010 programme, visit the festival’s website www.festivalofmovingmedia.ca.

Special thanks to Rob and GIRC for agreeing to donate a rainbarrel to Raise Your Voice and two tickets for the opening gala at GFOMM, “Real Injun” . The rainbarrel went to Mike Darmon for a $50 pledge (Thanks, Mike!). The two tickets for the opening gala (a $30 value) are yours for a $30 pledge to CFRU. A great deal. E-mail us at info@royalcityrag.ca if you’d like them.

Listen to the show:

Music:
Trooper, Raise A Little Hell from Hot Shots
Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian Railroad Trilogy from Best of Gordon Lightfoot

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Ian Reid

The Rockwood singer-songwriter with ukelele and guitar, Ian Reid, was our special guest on when we kicked off CFRU 93.3fm’s Raise Your Voice on Saturday, October 23.

CFRU receives most of its funding through student levies and fundraising activities, such as the “Raise Your Voice” drive. CFRU 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.

The goal for the 2010 funding drive is to raise $15 000 to update the CFRU website, and help build the station’s capacity for spoken word content through the purchase of  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.

Ian Reid Live

You can catch Ian Reid live locally on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 21 – Foster Parents Appreciation Gala, Ariss Valley Golf Course, 5700 Highway 86, Ariss, ON 5 p.m.
  • Friday, November 19 – Lighting of the Christmas Tree, St. George’s Square, Guelph, ON 6-8 p.m.

Learn more about Ian Reid at www.ianreid.ca.

During the hour we also had time to talk to Virginia Gilham from the Friends of the Guelph Public Library about their huge book sale taking place in the former FastForms building at Massey and Imperial Roadsriends from Friday, October 29 through Sunday, October 31.

  • Books, Hardcover & Softcover: Children’s books, Cookbooks, Coffee Table Books, Foreign Language, Comic Books
  • Media: VHS Videos, DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks
  • Music:  Sheet music: CDs, DVDs
  • Puzzles & Games: Complete Jigsaw puzzles, Board games, Handheld electronic games

Friends of the GPL Fourth Annual Giant Book Sale
30,000 books and counting
Halloween Weekend, October 29 – 31
Friday evening: 6 – 9 p.m
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Sunday afternoon: 12 noon – 4 p.m

Listen to the show:

Music:
Ian Reid, Banh Mi Opalet from Tiger School
Ian Reid, Baker Street (Cover)
Ian Reid, Sunday Blue from Tiger School
Ian Reid, Patsy’s Place from Tiger School
Ian Reid, Green Glass (Demo)

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Wayne Johnston, Head of Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication at the University of Guelph Library joined us on CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag on Saturday October 16 to talk about Open Access Week

Open Access Week is an annual international initiative designed to promote and advance changes in access to information. A global event now entering its fourth year, it provides an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

Guelph Voices of Open Access
Should scholarly research be freely accessible online to everyone?
October 21 from 3 – 5 p.m.
10 Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario

Whether you imagine a researcher seeking to reach scholars in developing countries, a community practitioner needing up-to-date data, or a recent university graduate seeking scholarly information on a topic, it becomes easy to see how free online access to peer-reviewed scientific information and discoveries benefi­ts our communities and society as a whole.

Guelph Voices of Open Access will connect scholars and community members to this global movement that seeks free open sharing of research ­findings.

Speakers include:

  • Mike Ridley: Chief Information Officer, Chief Librarian, University of Guelph
  • Beverley Hale: Associate Dean, Ontario Agricultural College, Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph
  • Ajay Heble: Professor, School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph, Artistic Director, The Guelph Jazz Festival, Project Director, Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
  • Sarah Hook: PhD Candidate, Animal & Poultry Science, University of Guelph
  • Sarah Haanstra: Social Planning Director, United Way

Talks will be followed by discussions and refreshments. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP to: researchshop@uoguelph.ca. Unfortunately, this venue is not wheelchair accessible.

There will also be three noon hour lectures at the University of Guelph Library in the Florence Partridge Room 384:

  • Open Access 101 – Exploring the background and concepts of the open access movement.
    Monday October 18, 2010, Noon -1.00 p.m.
  • Creative Commons Licence – What is it? How do we use it?
    Tuesday October 19, 2010, Noon – 1.00 p.m.
  • The Google Book Settlement – What does this mean for Canadian authors?
    Wednesday October 20, 2010, Noon – 1.00 p.m.

For more information visit: www.openaccessweek.org.

Listen to the show:

Music:
The Band, I Shall Be Released from Music From Big Pink
Richie Havens, Freedom (2009) from Taking Woodstock
John Lennon, Power To the People from Shaved Fish
Overture, Mozart, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)

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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Community activist Laura Murr joined us on Royal City Rag on October 16 to discuss the real cost of growth.

Growth is an  issue that is barely getting a mention in a municipal campaign clogged by discussions of fiscal accountability and candidates trying to out do each other with rash promises of zero tax increases and tax moratoriums.

Few people seem to understand that growth, especially residential growth costs the city money because of infrastructure costs, and few seem to realize that the cost of that growth will be born by the current taxpayer base. The city will grow, and the current city residents will pay for it through higher taxes.

Guelph is scheduled for a development boom under the provincial growth plan, Places To Grow, with a population increase from 115,000 to a staggering 165,000 by 2031. All these people will need somewhere to live, never mind work. Say hello to some large scale residential development and extensive infill.

Places to Grow mandates intensification within current limits which is is a good thing to curb sprawl but it is important to realize that infill development costs FOUR times as much as green field development. The taxpayers of Guelph will have to pay for this smart growth even if city services are drastically curtailed to make tax increases palatable.

Some interesting facts about Guelph:

Population growth

Population growth

  • From 2001 to 2008, Guelph population went from 106,170 to 119,909
  • From 2001 to 2006, Guelph’s population growth was 8.3% – the average Ontario growth was 5.7 %
  • From 2006 to 2008 , Guelph’s population grew by 4.3% – the Ontario Average was 2.3%
  • In total Guelph grew  by 12.9% from 2001 to 2008  –  the Ontario Average was 9.3%

Numbers are taken from the BMA Management Consultants Municipal Study 2008

Land Area

  • Guelph Land area is 87 square KM.
  • Guelph population density per square km = 1,355 persons. In the BMA report this is considered to be high density.
  • Guelph has a higher population density than Hamilton, Whitby, Oshawa, Burlington, Oakville, Markham

Consultant CN Watson has indicated that growth will cost between a 4.5 to 5.0% increase in property taxes each year in order to pay for the so called soft services in the Capital Budget required by new residents and businesses. This amount is not recoverable through development charges.

“While I do not have the specific statistics you are looking for readily available, the Council has taken the position to recover the costs of growth from development charges, to the extent permitted by the Development Charges Act. There were some losses of revenue through phase-in strategies before recovering full rates, to help developers transition, and through a few exemptions to promote certain types of growth. There are also certain costs like waste management that are impacted by growth, but are not recoverable through the Development Charges Act.”
– Margaret Neubauer, CFO/City Treasurer (by e-mail)

It was a great discussion. You really need to check it out if you missed it.

Listen to the show:

Music:
Pretenders, My City Was Gone from Learning To Crawl
Andy White, If You Want It? from Songwriter
Sunnyland Slim, Be Careful How You Vote from Be Careful How You Vote

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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Blacksmith Graeme Sheffield

In the first hour (8-9 a.m.)  on October 9 we again focused on the upcoming Guelph Studio Tour. This time we dusted off some interviews from 2008 with blacksmith Graeme Sheffield, painter and printmaker Margaret Peter and painter Josef Kratochvil.

Art by Graeme Sheffield

The tour takes place from October 15-17 in studios and exhibition spaces in and around Guelph.

Featuring the work of 41 of Guelph’s finest artists, it is the perfect way to support our local arts community, providing not only a chance to visit and chat with the artists in their studio or exhibition space but also an opportunity to shop for something very special.

Whether you are looking for a special gift, doing some early holiday shopping or choosing a beautiful object or piece of art for your home you will find a wonderful selection of unique fine art and craft at a very reasonable prices.

Painter and Printmaker Margaret Peter

The tour is open on Friday October 15 from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday October 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday October 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is also a group show at Artisanale, 41 Quebec St., Guelph that runs through October 21, 2010. Admission is free.

For more information on the studio tour visit www.guelphstudiotour.ca.

Listen to the show:

Music:
Ella Mae Morse, The Blacksmith Blues from House Of Blue Lights
Nora Jones, The Painter’s Song from Come Away With Me
Harry Chapin, Flowers Are Red from Living Room Suite
Tanya Davis, Art from Gorgeous Morning

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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Michelle Miller

The second hour of Royal City Rag on October 2 was devoted to the upcoming Guelph Studio Tour and featured interviews with local jewellery designer and crafter Michelle Miller, potter Iris Dorton and painters Michelle LeBlanc and Larry Lawrence.

Iris Dorton

The tour takes place from October 15-17  in studios and exhibition spaces in and around Guelph.

Featuring the work of 41 of Guelph’s finest artists, it is the perfect way to support our local arts community, providing not only a chance to visit and chat with the artists  in their studio or exhibition space but also an opportunity to shop for something very special.

Michelle LeBlanc and Larry Lawrence

Whether you are looking for a special gift, doing some early holiday shopping or choosing a beautiful object or piece of art for your home  you will find a wonderful selection of unique fine art and craft at a very reasonable prices.

The tour is open on Friday October 15 from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday October 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday October 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is also a group show at Artisanale, 41 Quebec St., Guelph that runs through October 21, 2010. Admission is free.

For more information on the studio tour visit www.guelphstudiotour.ca.

Listen to the show:

Music:
Peggy Lee, Baubles, Bangles And Beads from Magic Hits Of The 50s
John Denver, the Potter from The Best Of John Denver
Neil Young, The Painter from Prairie Wind
Eh Train (featuring Larry Lawrence, vocals), Ain’t Misbehaving
Art For Art’s Sake, 10 C.C. from How Dare You!
Humphrey Lyttleton, The Old Grey Mare from The Very Best of Humphrey Lyttleton

 

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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We were pleased to welcome Norah Chaloner (from the Council of Canadians, Guelph Chapter and Guelph Urban Forest Friends) and Judy Martin (Sierra Club and Guelph Urban Forest Friends) back to Royal City Rag on October 9.

Both Guelph Urban Forest Friends and the Council of Canadians, Guelph Chapter have sent questionnaires to candidates with respect to issues they see as very important for voters to consider before heading to the polls on October 25.

Tree Protection
Guelph Urban Forest Friends is a local group that advocates for better protection of urban trees and canopy. We make delegations to City Council, hold events to raise awareness about the importance of urban trees, and distribute information about the many benefits of trees, and the threats to trees, through our web site.

We have serious concerns about the continued loss of mature trees in our City and hear frequently from upset residents about tree removals. We are submitting these questions to candidates for City Council and respectfully request your response by October 18. The responses we receive will be posted on our web site and e-mailed to our list of some 500 supporters.

The responses from candidates to the questions from Guelph Urban Forest Friends regarding tree protection can be found here.

CETA, Cities and Water
With 80 per cent of Canadians now living in urban areas, our cities and towns are a foundation of the social economy, innovators of public policy, environmental first responders, and stewards of our shared waters. Across Canada, we need to support municipal leaders who will who understand that progressive economic and environmental policy should be fostered. We can’t let the future we want for our communities be threatened by international trade regimes and privatization.
 
In Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations, the EU is trying to restrict or ban municipalities from applying local preferences or local hiring conditions on public contracts, from directing projects to social enterprises and low-income communities, and from favoring the purchase of local foods in public buildings. Even the right to choose the public delivery of essential services such as water and electricity is threatened by CETA. For more information on CETA, see our website: http://www.canadians.org/CETA.
 
Because CETA and other new trade deals put public water at risk, the best way to protect water is for cities and towns to become “Blue Communities”. This happens when a community agrees to adopt water commons framework that:

  • recognizes water as a human right
  • promotes publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services
  • bans the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events

The responses from candidates to questions from the the Council of Canadians, Guelph Chapter regarding water protection and the proposed Canada European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) can be found here.

Listen to the Show:

Music:
Dave and Ken Hills, Pipeline Blues (Demo)

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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We continued our coverage of the upcoming municipal election during the first hour of Royal City Rag on October 2.

Erinn White, President of the Guelph Labour Council joined us to chat about the role of labour council within the city as well as political endorsements and contributions.

It’s an excellent interview and well worth checking out if you missed it. During the interview Erinn explained the process the labour council used to make the recently announced endorsements.

For the record, although the GLC has made candidate endorsements for the 2010 election, they will not be making a financial contribution to any candidate this time around.

For more information on the Guelph Labour Council visit www.guelphlabourcouncil.ca.

Later in the first hour we discussed why we believe changes should be made to the municipal elections act in relation to financial contributions.

We would prefer that financial contributions from unions and corporations are banned, as they have been in Toronto. These groups are not individuals – they cannot vote. Why should they then be able to influence the election outcome through their financial support?

We would also like to see candidates make their financial contributions public before election day, not five months afterwards. Voters should have the right to see who is supporting a particular candidate’s campaign.

For more on this issue, check out Funding city Politics on the www.voteguelph.ca website.

And finally, we tackled what we are now calling Blog-gate, an outbreak of multiple blogging personality disorder on the Guelph Mercury city council blog 59 Carden St

Unfortunately former councillor, Cathy Downer, the campaign manager for mayoral candidate Karen Farbridge seems to be one of the most severe cases that have been identified to date.

Not only was she using five different anonymous identities on the blog (Mark, Patty, Bob, ‘Hide & Seek’ and ‘Real Facts’) but she even had them contradicting each other in an effort to make a particular point.

Apparently it was all intended to correct misinformation on the blog and protect the good name of Farbridge who has since claimed she knew nothing of the blogging disorder.

Inexplicably, Farbridge has not asked Downer to resign. It is hard to imagine a candidate at the federal or provincial level handling an issue of deception in such a casual way.

To make the situation even more interesting we have since learned that this disorder has also afflicted mayoral candidate David Birtwistle in the past (Grunt and Stinky Winky). Fortunately he managed to get his condition under control before the election campaign got under way in earnest. However Ward 4 candidate Cam Guthrie seems to also have been severely affected (according to the Mercury – Karl, Linda, Sandy, Ken, Jim T., Holly and “Bookworm”). He even had the identities encouraging him to run for council. Bizarre. See “Something ‘Stinky-winky’ In Election Blogosphere” for more details.

Which raises the question, are we holding our politicians to a lower ethical standard than we expect from ourselves?

Is it any wonder that there is so much cynicism out there. Perhaps we do need to add none of the above to the ballot.

Check out www.voteguelph.ca for more information on this issue. We will definitely be talking about it on Municipal Election Radio, Tuesdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm.

Listen to the show:

Music:
Jack Teagarden, I Swung The Election from Jack Teagarden And His Orchestra
Billy Bragg, There is Power In A Union from The Essential Billy Bragg
Pinky And The Brain TV Theme
Ry Cooder, One Cat, One Vote, One Beer from My Name Is Buddy

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 Food School

Chef Instructor Chris Jess was our guest on CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag on Saturday September 25.

Chris is one of the visionaries behind Centre Wellington High School’s culinary program, Food School. Chris is also a champion of Slow Food, the anti fast food – fast lifestyle movement that focuses on creating your own food using predominantly locally grown, unprocessed ingredients. Its great to think that students are being exposed to this live local, buy local philosophy. Long may it continue.

Chris is well known to listeners of CFRU 93.3fm as host of, the sadly missed, Food In Your Face.  The good news is that although Chris may not be on local radio at the moment you can still check out Food In Your face on twitter here.

It was a great interview as well as an opportunity to play some very cool songs about food. Definitely worth checking out and more so for singer-songwriter Greg Brown’s epic live version of his song Slow Food!

Listen to the show:

Music:
Hank Williams, Hey Good Lookin’ from The Complete Hank Williams
Tami Neilson, Cookin’ from The Kitchen Table Sessions Volume 1
Greg Brown, Slow Food (Live, 2000) from In The Hills Of California

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We gave the second hour (9-10 a.m.) of Royal City Rag on September 25 over to municipal election coverage, replaying an interview with Mayoral candidate Ray Mitchell. Ray joined us on Municipal Election Radio (Tuesdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm) on September 21 for an interview regarding his reasons for running for council and platform.

Ray may not be everyone’s idea of a mayoral candidate but he did step up to the plate, and is making an effort to raise issues that do need an airing. You may also not agree with everything he says but like all of the candidates in this election he deserves an opportunity to make his case. It was a good interview, and if you missed it, you should definitely check it out. For more on the municipal election campaign visit www.voteguelph.ca.

The three other mayoral candidates have been lined up for interviews on Municipal Election Radio (Tuesdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm; Scott Nightingale is scheduled for September 28 (8-9 a.m), David Birtwistle will be with us on October 5 (8-9 a.m. ) and Karen Farbridge will be our guest on October 12 (8-9 a.m.).

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Mary Gauthier, The Foundling from The Foundling
Thrift Store Owner, Barmitzvah Brothers from Lets Express Our Motives
Tex Fletcher, The Old Grey Mare from Riding The Range
Vote For Mr. Rhythm from The Complete Ella Fitzgerald

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Euphoric Flight

On  September 11 , Royal City Rag was pleased to welcome Ed Malison (Bass, Sarah Garrett back to the show with Tony Hastings to talk about “Rockin’ with the GSO II” taking place at the River Run Centre on Saturday September 25, 2010 at 8 p.m.

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 Beatles to Heart to Bon Jovi. We’ve done our homework and replaced many of the songs with new ones that are even more powerful.”

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 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.

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We were pleased to welcome Professor Rob MacDermid from York University to Royal City Rag on September 18 to talk about the Funding of City Politics. Rob MacDermid is an Associate Professor of Political Science at York University and a member of the boards of the Centre for Social Justice and Vote Toronto. He researches and writes about political parties, election campaigns and political finance at all levels.

As part of CFRU 93.3fm’s election coverage we are asking all candidates whether they are willing to report contributions to their campaign before the election takes place on October 25.

The current Ontario Municipal Election Guidelines require only that all donations greater than $100 are recorded and reported in a financial statement, however that information is only made public long after the election has taken place. We do not believe that this is in the public interest. To ensure election transparency, we believe the information on who is donating to individual campaigns should be available to the public before they go to the polls.

This was a great interview, you won’t to miss it.

Later in the hour, we talked to Andrew Noble from the Canadian Cancer Society about why cancer prevention should be part of the municipal election discourse.

The Canadian Cancer Society is advocating for a municipal community right-to-know bylaw that would require local facilities to track and report their use and release of priority toxic substances, provide the public with information on key toxic substances in their communities and provide support for local facilities to help them become more aware of their use and release of priority toxic substances as well as way find ways to prevent this pollution.

They have received some encouraging responses from candidates in other municipalities and are hoping that candidates in Guelph will follow suit and make it part of their platform. They are encouraging voters to raise the issue with candidates during the election campaign.

You can get download  information on the Canadian Cancer Society Campaign HERE.

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Sunnyland Slim, Be Careful How You Vote from Be Careful How You Vote
Andy White, Come Down To The Sea from Compilation

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Councillor Ian Findlay

We were pleased to welcome Ward 2 councillor Ian Findlay to CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag on Saturday, September 14. Councillor Findlay. This interview was originally planned for August 28, but had to be rescheduled because of circumstances beyond our control.

As part of our pre-election coverage, we invited all of the current city council, including the Mayor, to join us on the show for an end of term report. An opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, this was the last in the series.

During a wide ranging discussion Ian touched on growth and development, the new composting plant, the community energy initiative, conserving our water vs. a pipeline to Lake Erie, the downtown entertainment taskforce, downtown pissoirs v. washrooms as well as the great Ward 2 blog.

It was a great conversation and well worth checking out.

You can listen to the audio from all of our conversations, by following the audio links below:

Also, visit www.voteguelph.ca for coverage of the Municipal Election 2010.

Music:
Arcade Fire, The Suburbs 1 from The Suburbs
Paul Quarrington, A Waltz at 3.00 a.m. from The Songs

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CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag on Saturday August 21 focused on the launch of the 2010 Eden Mills Writers Festival in our second hour.

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.

On Wednesday August 18 the Bookshelf in Guelph hosted the media launch of the 2010 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival featuring 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 also celebrated the life of the late Paul Quarrington, a good friend to the festival.

All of the songs in this hour of the show were from the great posthumous Paul Quarrington album, The Songs.

Music:
Paul Quarrington, All The Stars from The Songs
Paul Quarrington, This Old Body from The Songs
Paul Quarrington, Celestial Navigation from The Songs
Paul Quarrington, Wherever You Go from The Songs

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Mayor Karen Farbridge

We were pleased to welcome Mayor Karen Farbridge back to CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag on September 11. As part of our pre-election coverage, we invited all of the current city council, including the mayor, to join us on Royal City Rag for an end of term report.

Mayor Farbridge joined us on July 31 however we were unable to cover as much ground as we hoped in what proved to be a very interesting conversation. The mayor graciously agreed to come back for another chat before the election campaign gets going in earnest.

This week’s conversation focused on the upcoming municipal election campaign, fiscal responsibility, growth and sustainability, governance, accountability and transparency.

Music:
Bob Dylan, Political World from Oh Mercy
Janis Ian, The Great Divide from Folk Is The New Black
Billy Bragg, NPWA from The Essential Billy Bragg

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In our interview on July 31 , Mayor Farbridge discussed growth and its impact on municipal taxation, the Ontario government growth plan Places to Grow, Guelph’s Natural Heritage Strategy, the new tree bylaw and the protection of Guelph’s urban trees. Check out that interview HERE.

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Councillor Karl Wettstein

Royal City Rag’s end of term reports from city council continued on Saturday, August 21 with a visit from Ward 6 councillor Karl Wettstein.

As part of our pre-election coverage, we have invited all of the current city council, including the Mayor, to join us on the show for an end of term report. An opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, it also gives us a chance to ask some important questions of them. Check out our previous interviews with Councillor Lise Burcher, Councillor Leanne Piper, Councillor Maggie Laidlaw, Councillor Vicki Beard and Mayor Karen Farbridge.

During our discussion we chatted about issues affecting the south end of Guelph, growth and infill development, the thorny subject of municipal taxation as well as the importance of good governance.

As always, it was great conversation. Definitely worth a listen, if you missed it.

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Katherine Wheatley, One True Kiss from Landed
Billy Joe Shaver, Live Forever from Greatest Hits

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Councillor Vicki Beard

We were pleased to welcome Ward 2 councillor Vicki Beard to CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag on Saturday, August 14.

As part of our pre-election coverage, we have invited all of the current city council, including the Mayor, to join us on the show for an end of term report. An opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, it also gives us a chance to ask some important questions of them. Check out our previous interviews with Councillor Lise Burcher, Councillor Leanne Piper, Councillor Maggie Laidlaw and Mayor Karen Farbridge.

As a change from our previous interviews this interview focused more on the work of a councillor and the importance of accountability and transparency. We also had a chance to chat about the new composting plant. Definitely worth a listen if you missed it on Saturday.

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Ferron, Cactus from Impressionistic (compilation)
Warped 45s, Progress from 10 Day Poem For Saskatchewan
James Gordon, This Canoe Runs On Water from This Canoe Runs On Water

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Councillor Laidlaw

We continued our end of term reports from Guelph’s current city council with a return visit from passionate Ward 3 Councillor Maggie Laidlaw to CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag on August 7 during our second hour, 9-10 a.m.

As part of our pre-election coverage, we have invited all of the current city council, including the mayor, to join us on the show. An opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, it also gives us a chance to ask some important questions of them.

Check out what Councillor Laidlaw has to say about truly sustainable growth, infill development, creating a bike friendly city and encouraging the use of public transit.

Also, check out our previous interviews with Councillor Lise Burcher, Councillor Leanne Piper and Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge.

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Frazey Ford, Firecracker from Obidiah
The Weakerthans, One Great City from Reconstruction Site
Peter Gabriel, Solsbury Hill from Peter Gabriel

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We wrapped up Hillside 2010 during the first hour of CFRU’s Royal City Rag on August 7 (8-9 a.m.) with some short interviews with Hillside Access Support, Michou’s Mike Hargreaves and Guelph’s Tannis Slimmon as well as music from some of this year’s featured artists.

Access Support does a great job at ensuring that Hillside is accessible for individuals with disabilities. Also, check out Ability Adviser Susan Wheeler’s reviews of accessibility at Hillside and London Ontario’s Home County Folk Festival

Its hard to let Hillside 2010 go but move on we must. We have some great memories to sustain us. Check out our photos here as well as the fabulous work from some of Guelph’s talented photographers on Blog Guelph. The good news is that we have this fall and winter’s, Doug Larson inspired collaboration with Manhattans, MASH Mondays and the replacement for Hillside Inside, Hillside Downtown 2011, to look forward to.

Later in the hour, we talked about two day-long music festivals taking place this summer, the Fresh Water Jamboree taking place on Saturday August 7 at the Riverside Park Bandshell as well as the Sunlight Music Festival taking place, at the same venue, a week later.

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

A free festival, the environmentally friendly festival  is also solar-powered. 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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Corb Lund, No Roads from Made In Alberta
Reid Jamieson, Rail from Staring Contest
Jason Collett, Roll On Oblivion from Here’s To Being Here
Royal Wood, In The Garden from A Good Enough Day
Michou, Still Wandering from Cardona
Tannis Slimmon, Around Him from Lucky Blue
Danny Michel, Maybe You Can Find It In Your Heart, from Sunset Sea
Ian Reid, Sunday Blue from Tiger School
Ian Reid, Banh Mi Opalet from Tiger School
Sam Turton, I Wanna Go Downtown from Guelph Speaks Volume 2

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Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was in Guelph on July 26 as part of his Liberal Express cross-country bus tour. Michael was accompanied by Guelph MP Frank Valeriote and a variety of other Liberal representatives and student members. Royal City Rag was invited along for the ride.

Part photo op and chance to discuss policy, the main goal of the trip across Canada is, according to the Liberals,  an opportunity for Canadians to meet the real Michael Ignatieff.

In Guelph, Michael visited the The Elliot Community retirement home on Metcalfe Street and the rehabilitation centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Westmount Road.

During the trip we were able to secure interviews with both John McCallum (MP Markham-Unionville) and our own MP Frank Valeriote.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that the goal of the tour was to show how approachable Michael Ignatieff is, we did not manage to get any personal face time. We were able to ask a question or two during what was described as a media scrum at St Joseph’s – though as there was only the Guelph Tribune, Guelph Mercury and Royal City Rag there, I’m not sure the term ‘scrum’ did justice to the interaction. Nonetheless, it was fun to be asked to join the visit. If nothing else it was good to be able to observe politicians in their natural habitat.

Michael Ignatieff, despite a reputation for being aloof (and, according to the Conservatives, an elitist) warms up considerably when he gets to chat about social justice issues and talk from personal experience. It was however disappointing not to get a real interview.

If the Federal Liberals really want to let Canadians get to know their leader they need to cut down on the stage-managed media appearances. By comparison, Guelph’s affable and outgoing MP, Frank Valeriote is a breath of fresh air… a true populist who clearly enjoys meeting people, and by his own admission, won’t leave until all questions have been asked and answered.

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Music:
Lee Harvey Osmond, The Love Of One from A Quiet Evil
Matt Andersen, Magnolia from Live At Liberty House
Divine Comedy, The National Express from Fin de Siecle
The Twang, Another Bus from Jewellery Quarter
Johnathan Richman, Your Crazy For Taking The Bus from Action Packed The Best of Jonathan Richman
The Who, Magic Bus from Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy
Frazey Ford, Lost Together from Obidiah

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Mayor Karen Farbridge

We were pleased to welcome Mayor Karen Farbridge to CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag on July 31. As part of our pre-election coverage, we have invited all of the current city council, including the mayor, to join us on the show for an end of term report. This is an opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, talk about the successes of the current term as well as their hopes for the future. It will also give us a chance to ask some questions of them.

As there was so much to talk about we were unable to cover as much ground as we hoped. Hopefully we’ll get the mayor back for another chat before the election campaign gets going in earnest.

This conversation focused on growth and its impact on municipal taxation, the Ontario government growth plan Places to Grow, Guelph’s Natural Heritage Strategy, the new tree bylaw and the protection of Guelph’s urban trees.

A great discussion. Definitely well worth checking out.

Keep sending all of your questions in. We’ll endevour to get all them all answered, one way or another, before the election campaign heats up. Questions can be sent to info@royalcityrag.ca.

Music:
Andy White, If You Want It from Songwriter
Stephen Fearing, The Longest Road from So Many Miles

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Councillor Leanne Piper

On July 17 we were pleased to welcome Ward 5 Councillor Leanne Piper to CFRU93.3fm’s Royal City Rag.

As part of our pre-election coverage, Royal City Rag has invited all of the current city council, including Mayor Karen Farbridge, to join us on the show for an end of term report. An opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, their successes (as they see them) as well as hopes for the future.

Our wide ranging conversation covered a lot of different areas; Councillor Piper’s experience, sustainable development and the controversial WC Woods condo development, accountability and transparency for city council members, encouraging all election candidates to make campaign donations public during the election, the Community Energy Initiative, waste management,  the recession, municipal taxes and managing the city budget as well as the protection of Guelph’s urban trees.

It was a fascinating discussion. Definitely well worth checking out.

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Warped 45s, Radio Sky from 10 Day Poem For Saskatchewan
Flashlight Radio, Every Road from Flashlight Radio EP
Tannis Slimmon, Ernest, Charlie and Allan from Lucky Blue

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Culture Vulture Marie Zimmerman on Royal City Rag

We were pleased to welcome our culture vulture Marie Zimmerman back to Royal City Rag for our monthly chat during the first hour  (8-9 a.m.) on July 17. Marie is currently executive director of the Hillside Festival.

The Hillside Festival takes place from July 23-25 at Guelph Lake. During the usual wide ranging and relaxed conversation we were able to talk about some of the artists you can expect to enjoy.

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.

There are also still weekend passes for seniors available at a reduced rate of just $49.50!

Although weekend passes for everyone else are sold out you may be able to track one down via Kijiji or Craigslist.

Ticket prices are:

  • Friday – $49 + 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

Congratulations to Caroline Lentz who won two taickets for Friday evening during the show!

Check out the show here. A good primer for those heading up to Guelph Lake this coming weekend.

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Alex Cuba, Agua Del Pozo from Agua Del Pozo
Calexico, House Of Valparaiso from Carried to Dust
Harry Manx, Good Morning Stranger from Dog My Cat
Horse Feathers, This Is What from House With No Name
Gord Downie And The Country Of Miracles, The Dance And It’s Disappearance from The Grand Bounce
Brasstronaut, Death Of A Scene from Old World lies EP

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Councillor Burcher

In the second hour of CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag on July 10 we were pleased to welcome Ward 5 Councillor Lise Burcher to the show.

As part of our pre-election coverage, Royal City Rag has invited all of the current city council, including Mayor Karen Farbridge, to join us on the show for an end of term report. An opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, talk about the successes of the current term as well as their hopes for the future.

Our wide ranging conversation covered among other topics; growth and sustainability, the Community Energy Initiative, Water Supply Masterplan, the controversial WC Woods condo development and the importance of good process and community input.

It should give you a clear indication of the complexity of being a city councillor in a face-paced and rapidly changing world.

A fascinating discussion. You won’t want to miss it.

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Del McCoury Band, High On A Mountain from Handpicked: 25 Years Of Bluegrass On Rounder Records
Paulo Nutini, High Hopes from Sunnyside Up
Sarah Harmer (with Gord Downie), Silver Road from All Of Our Names

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In the first hour of CFRU93.3fm’s Royal City Rag on July 10, Judy Martin from Sierra Club Canada joined us with an update on some important environmental issues affecting the city.

1291 Gordon  Street is a proposal for a condo development at the corner of Edinburgh Road and Gordon Street, and impinging on a provincial significant wetland that forms part of the Hanlon Creek Watershed Complex.

This development is very significant for the community because it will give us the first indication of how seriously the city will protect our natural areas, as it comes to terms with the huge amount of growth that Guelph will experience under the provincial growth plan Places to Grow. By 2031, under Places To Grow, which mandates intensification within current city limits in an attempt to curb sprawl, Guelph’s population will grow from 105,000 to 165,000.

As Judy pointed out in her elegant address to the council planning meeting on July 5… this development proposal provides inadequate wetland buffers and is contrary to the Provincial Policy Statement in that it does not show that there will be “no negative impact” on the provincially significant wetland.

Indeed although the report prepared by city staff states that the 30-metre wetland buffer is appropriate for the site and that wetland function will not be impacted by this development… the (city prepared) Hanlon Creek Watershed Plan recommended 120 metre — not 30 metre– buffers for this wetland stating that this is “an area of rare plants & aquatic vegetation sensitive to disturbance.  Wide buffer required to protect vegetation from influx of salts and nutrients.  The buffer should include upland open area next to road to provide upland habitat for wildlife.”

Simply put, 30 metre buffers will not protect wildlife habitat. Wood frogs and spring peepers have been found in this wetland.  These frogs spend most of their lives on land, not in the water.

Fortunately, when this development file came to a planning meeting on July 5, council had the fortitude to send the proposal back to staff with a request for more information on the environmental impact of this development.

Although intensification and infill development are important to make sure that the city does not sprawl uncontrollably, the question is at what price?

According to Judy, adequate buffers (minimum 100 metres according to Environment Canada) are essential if we are to retain our natural areas, greenspace and biodiversity.

It is for this reason that the final arbiter on development with the province, the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), recommends a buffer of 120 metres.

That legislation is governed by ‘the precautionary principle’ which states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action.

The intent is to protect… all of the biodiversity, all of the functions of our valuable remaining wetlands.   If this means 100 metre buffers or more,  and puts some areas off limits for development, that is the imperative.

Even the Places to Grow Act recognizes that the environment should take priority:

“if there is a conflict between a direction in a growth plan and a direction in a plan or policy . . . relating to the natural environment or human health, the direction that provides more protection to the natural environment or human health prevails.”

Unfortunately you have to question what the priority is here.

Read the full text of Judy Martin’s address to City Council HERE (right click to download)

You may also want to check out Royal City Rag contributor Bob Gordon’s article on using buffers to minimize the environmental impact of development.

The City of Guelph Natural Heritage Strategy comes back to city council on July 27.

Our conversation with Judy Martin was not restricted to the 1291 Gordon St. development proposal. Judy also outlined why it is important that city council pass a stronger tree bylaw. Many municipalities have stronger and more comprehensive tree bylaws than Guelph.

Guelph citizens have been waiting for a stronger tree bylaw for more than 20 years. In the meantime, the city continues to lose canopy. Currently Guelph’s urban forest canopy sits at 25%, while the desired level is 40%.

Clearcutting on the Carson Reid Property, June 2009

Unfortunately the current tree bylaw, from 1986 (view), states that it is an offence to injure or destroy any living tree in the City of Guelph but does very little to actually protect them.

The new bylaw (view the current draft) will be a significant improvement  however it is in danger of being weakened by intensive lobbying from the development community.

As Judy pointed out, the city’s intent is not to prevent homeowners from removing problem trees, but, rather,  to bring our bylaw in line with municipalities, such as Toronto and Richmond Hill, that are using best practices to protect their mature urban trees.

City Staff will be bringing an updated draft of ther proposed bylaw to the Community Development and Environmental Services (CDES) committee on July 19.

For more on this very important issue please visit Guelph Urban Forest Friends at www.guffguelph.ca.

If you missed the interview with Judy, you can find it via the link below. Its well worth a listen. If it inspires you then please speak out. Your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will thank you for it.

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The Unthanks, Because He Was A Bonny Lad from Here’s The Tender Coming
Loudon Wainright III, High Wide And Handsome from High Wide And Handsome, The Charlie Poole Project
Danny And The Champions Of The World, Henry The Van from Streets Of Our Time

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CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag on July 3 focused on SLAPP suits and the proposed high rise condo development for the WC Woods site.

In the first hour we talked to environmental activist Louisette Lanteigne about her firsthand experience with a SLAPP suit, or, to give it its full name, a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation lawsuit.

No Hard Hat, No Pants, No Shirt, No Rope (Photo: Louisette Lanteigne)

According to Wikipedia, SLAPPs are “intended to censor, intimidate and silence critics’ by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.”

SLAPPs are frequently used to stifle community resistance to controversial development projects. This recently happened in Guelph when the City of Guelph and their development partner, Belmont Equity Partners brought a $5 million lawsuit against five individuals involved in the peaceful occupation of the environmentally sensitive Hanlon Creek for 17 days last summer.

Louisette was given a SLAPP because she raised concerns about labour and environmental law infractions on a construction site within her own (new) subdivision in Waterloo. Despite appealing to her municipality and the provincial government she ended up having to apologize to the developer concerned.

Oil patches seeping into the earth (Photo: Louisette Lanteigne)

Why? Because she didn’t have the financial wherewithal to defend herself against a $2 million lawsuit brought by a developer who didn’t like the information she introduced into the public domain via a website.

The irony in all this is that she was right to bring the infractions to the attention of the municipal and provincial governments, and, for that reason, the developer was reprimanded accordingly. It seems they didn’t want the public knowing about their violation of labour and environmental law.

It’s unfortunate that unlike Quebec and 50% of US states, Ontario does not have an anti-SLAPP legislation to protect concerned citizens such as Louisette. If Ontario did have such legislation, the onus would be on the plaintiff (typically a developer or corporation) to prove that their (SLAPP) lawsuit is legitimate, rather than as it stand now where defendants must prove that it is NOT justified.

According to Environmental Defence, SLAPPs are a growing threat to meaningful citizen participation in issues of public interest in Ontario. This significantly limits the ability of communities to protest against development in environmentally sensitive areas.

Environmental Defence is working with partners Ecojustice and Canadian Environmental Law Association to put a stop to SLAPPs in Ontario.

As well as pushing for new legislation, their campaign has been supported by more than 70 community groups who have written to Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty requesting to end SLAPP suits.

To add your support to a petition to stop SLAPPs please do so and  sign HERE.

The Environmental Defence have also managed to get approximately 70 municipalities to pass a resolution asking the Province to pass anti-SLAPP legislation. Unfortunately The City of Guelph, despite its green reputation, has yet to join that group.

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In the second hour of the show, Ward resident Scotty Hertz from CFRU 93.3fm’s The Working Week (Fridays 6-7 p.m.)  joined us in the studio to give his personal perspective on the proposed redevelopment of the WC Woods site on Arthur Street South.

WC Woods (Photo: Bob Gordon)

In February 2010, Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund acquired the 9-acre WC Woods site and is planning to redevelop the site with a mix of high-rise, mid-rise and townhouse residential units. According to the company website, Kilmer’s plans for the site include brownfield remediation and site-planning before selling the site to one or more developers.

The city is very keen to see high density residential development on this site because it supports its plan to revitalize the downtown area while still meeting the objectives of Ontario’s Places To Grow Smart Growth intensification initiative. It will also significantly improve the city’s tax base.

For these reasons, the WC Woods site was moved into the downtown four years ago so that it could become part of Guelph’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) area and therefore eligible for a variety of financial incentives to assist in its redevelopment.

This was one of the things that made it very attractive to Kilmer who are are looking to make this site as profitable as possible with a quick return on their investment.

Interestingly The Kilmer Group, parent of the four year old Kilmer Brownfields Equity Fund, has significant interests in Toronto’s major sports franchises including the Maple Leafs . The Kilmer group is also part of the really sweet deal from the Ontario government to makeover the 401 rest stops at taxpayer’s expense. A venture that will make $9 billion for the companies involved in 50 years it takes the Ontario taxpayer to get its $200 million (two thirds cost of renovation) investment back!

The local community only caught wind of the full extent of the residential development proposal when the city started their Downtown Secondary Plan meetings in March this year. By then the property had been sold and the new owner given $10,000 in incentives through Guelph’s brownfield strategy and a three year tax break (worth slightly more than $700,000) while remediation takes place.

Since then the city has held several meetings with the local community to discuss the project including, most recently, a workshop on June 29.

Although the city indicated that they were willing to listen to the community regarding plans for the site, at the last meeting, the Guelph Mercury, in an article bluntly titled “Get Ready For High-Rise Developments,  Consultant Tells Weary Neighbours”,  reported that Tim Smith from city consultants Urban Strategies told the community… that the Arthur Street site is zoned for approximately 500 to 550 units.

“While the final number remains unknown”, the consultant said, “that’s the ballpark.”

…that is the number required to meet provincially-mandated growth targets “but also to make the project feasible” for the landowner.

The Guelph Mercury also reported that the site… is zoned for high-density residential, but currently has a restriction capping buildings on the site to six storeys.

So where do things stand on this development? If you listen to the consultants, city planners and the developer you’d say that this is a done deal; the high rises are coming.

In fact David de Groot, an urban designer and manager of the Downtown Secondary Plan project tried to put a positive spin on a high rise development by noting…

if buildings are built higher it allows more green space to be created at street level.

De Groot has also said the Downtown Secondary Plan should be completed by the end of July, with another public session in late August or early September to discuss the “built form” to be located on the site. This is even though the final approval for the site has been postponed until after the next election in October.

So what do you do if you are unhappy with the plans for this development?

First up, you should  join the Ward Residents Association and second, as its an election year, you really need to get involved in the political process.

The least satisfactory aspect of this development proposal is the way that the Woods site conveniently and quietly finds its way into the downtown in time for this deal to go through. Yet again, the developer seems to get what they want.

Its also well-known that developers get great access at City Hall. Its time that gets redressed.

Hopefully the next city council will find time to deal with some accountability and transparency measures including a lobby register, something that was conveniently put aside this time around.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know who’s schmoozing who at City Hall?

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Music:
Paulo Nutini, 10/10 from Sunnyside Up
Finlay Quaye, Your Love Gets Sweeter from Maverick A Strike
Jimmy Cliff, Hard Road To Travel from The Ultimate Collection
Gypsy Kings, A Mi Manera (My Way) from Gypsy Kings
The Acorn, Misplaced from No Ghost
Roky Erickson and Okkervil River, Goodbye Sweet Dreams from True Love Cast Out All Evil
Merle Haggard, Big City from 16 Biggest Hits
Thunderclap Newman, Something In the Air from Hollywood Dream

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Royal City Rag on June 26 focused on community advocacy and municipal politics.

In the first hour we played an excerpt from a great presentation by Liz Benneian, President of Oakvillegreen and a very effective advocate for environmental protection, sustainable planning and building resilient communities.

Liz was in Guelph on April 10 for a talk hosted by the Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians entitled “Organizing to Win!”.

An inspiring speaker, her presentation should be required listening for all community activists, especially prior to advocating on a particular issue before city council.

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In the second hour of the show we replayed an interview with Mayor Karen Farbridge from February 2006. The interview is interesting as it was recorded while the Mayor was still teaching at the university, and prior to her decision to run for office again.

Food for thought for all of us as we move towards another municipal election.

We have asked Mayor Farbridge for another interview. Hopefully we will be able to confirm a date for that fairly shortly.

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Music:
Mumford and Sons, Sister from Communion
Basia Bulat, I’m Forgetting Everyone from Heart Of My Own
Nabi Loney, Bright Square from Myspace
Eddie Vedder, Society from Into The Wild
A Camp, Love Has Left The Room from Colonia
Zeus, I know from Say Us
Julia Fordham, Where Does The Time Go from Julia Fordham
Billy Bragg, NPWA from The Essential Billy Bragg

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CFRU’s Royal City Rag on June 19 was dedicated to the great Guelph arts and culture scene.

In the first hour, Simon Irving, artistic director of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra joining us to discuss the orchestra’s upcoming 10th season, 2010 – 2011. Tickets can be purchased from the River Run box office, 519-763-3000.

The orchestra is also presenting its 7th Music in the Park outdoor concert on Sunday, June 27 at the 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. Don’t forget to bring your own lawn chair and rug. Feel free to bring flags, costumes and funny hats!

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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Culture Vulture Marie Zimmerman on Royal City Rag

In the second hour, we were joined by our culture vulture Marie Zimmerman for our regular monthly chat about the Guelph art scene. This month we focused on Toronto’s Artscape and the mentoring program they are setting up for Guelph, the new Guelph Civic Square and the upcoming Art on the Street on July 17. We also included some cool music from artists appearing at this year’s Hillside Festival. Day tickets are still available for the festival and can be purchased by following the links on the festival website.

One event that we didn’t have a chance to mention is the retirement of Sally Wismer from the Guelph Arts Council after 22 years as Executive Director. To celebrate her contribution to the organization as well as the larger community, the Board of Directors is hosting an informal reception on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street in Guelph.  The public is warmly invited to drop between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to share memories with Sally.  Official remarks will begin at 5.15 p.m.  An RSVP is encouraged.
 
In lieu of gifts, Sally has asked that a fund be created to support Guelph Arts Council in the years ahead.  Anyone wishing to make a contribution towards the fund can visit the Guelph Arts Council website Donations page or contact the office at 519-836-3280 or gac@sentex.net.  Forms will also be available for at the June 29 event.  All contributions are tax receiptable.

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Music:
Madison Violet, No Fool For Trying from No Fool For Trying
Elisa Randazzo, Can’t Afford My Peace Of Mind from Bruise And Butterflies
James Gordon, Whistlewing from My Stars Your Eyes
Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 (Land Of Hope And Glory) London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Davis Conductor
Elgar, Enigma Variations, No. 9 Nimrod, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis Conductor
Jon Redfern, I Love The Sun from May Be Sometime
Finlay Quaye with William Orbit, Dice from The Epic Years
Grand Analog, Take It Slow (Spaces & Places) from Metropolis Is Burning
Laura Marling, What He Wrote from I Speak Because I Can
Jason Collett, Love Is A Dirty Word from Rat A Tat Tat
Stars, Fixed from The Five Ghosts

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The first hour of CFRU’s Royal City Rag on June 12 (8-9 a.m.) was dedicated to the City of Guelph’s plans for downtown growth. The City of Guelph has scheduled another community meeting at the Italian Canadian Club on June 17 to discuss the proposed Downtown Guelph growth plan, and more specifically the proposed condo development planned for the WC Woods site 1.

In February 2010, Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund acquired the 9-acre site and is planning to redevelop the site with a mix of high-rise, mid-rise and townhouse residential units.

Downtown's Big Dreams... 16 Floor Condos on the WC Woods Site

The site is important to the City of Guelph as it supports its plan to revitalize the downtown area while still meeting the objectives of Ontario’s Places To Grow Smart Growth intensification initiatives. The site (in Ward 1) but now also included with Guelph’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) area is eligible for various financial incentives to assist in its redevelopment.

Kilmer’s plans for the site will include brownfield remediation and site-planning before selling the site to a builder.

Maria Pazzano’s family have lived on Arthur Street South opposite the Wood’s plant for over 50 years. Maria will join us in the studio with Daisy Fedyna to discuss the plans for the condo development and the potential impact on her neighborhood.

The City has recently stated that it will not finalise plans for the Downtown Secondary Plan until after the municipal election in October however it is still very important for community members to make their voices heard regarding the proposals for this site.

As the pace of change is likely to be rapid, it is important to have your say now.

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Thursday, June 17 from 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Italian Canadian Club
135 Ferguson St.

About the Downtown Secondary Plan
The City of Guelph is preparing a new Secondary Plan for downtown Guelph as shown on the map. The area is a provincially designated Urban Growth Centre and includes lands in the Ward neighbourhood. The Plan will govern residential and commercial development, natural and heritage conservation, and the city’s transportation and energy systems in downtown Guelph.

You can view the components of the downtown secondary plan HERE.

For more information:
David de Groot, Urban Designer
Community Design and Development Services
T 519-837-5616 x 2358
E david.degroot@guelph.ca
guelph.ca/downtownplan

We started off hour 2 of Royal City Rag with an interview from 2006 with downtown resident Jennifer Sumner regarding Places To Grow and plans for downtown growth. Jennifer raised some very important issues regarding the myths of growth. If anything, this interview is more pertinent now than it was at the time.

Few people in Guelph seem to understand how much growth the city is expected to absorb over the coming years. By 2031, under Places To Grow, Guelph’s population will grow from 105,000 to a staggering 165,000. Places to Grow mandates intensification within current limits which is why the downtown is particularly targeted for growth.

The city claims that this huge amount of growth will be sustainable. Unfortunately we will have to wait until the growth has taken place to know whether they were right or not.

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As a complete change contrast, in the last quarter of the show we caught up with horticultural therapist Lea Tran on activities at the Guelph Enabling Garden.

The Enabling garden has a lot of interesting events coming up this summer including:

  • June 14 from 7-8  p.m. Flower Pressing Workshop with Marilyn Swaby – Make your own pretty and professional greeting cards.
  • June 15 from 7-8 p.m. Organic Gardening with Cathy Hanson – Learn about soil testing and how to grow healthy food and bodies!
  • June 17 from 10-11 a.m. Kids Garden Workshop – There’s will also be another children’s workshop on Thursday July 15.
  • June 23 at 6.30 p.m. Knit Knite – Bring your knitting or crocheting projects and a mug for fresh garden tea.
  • July 2 from 10.30 – 11.30 a.m.  Tea and Tales with Guelph Guild of Storytellers. A very popular event last year. Please bring your own cup and lawn chair if you can (there are extras available for those who forget). Iced tea will be served.  Continues on Friday mornings until August 27.

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Music:
Ryan Bingham, The Weary Kind from Crazy Heart Original Soundtrack
Laura Marling, Rambling Man from I Speak Because I Can
Alex Glasgow, Mary Baker City Mix from Songs of Alex Glasgow Vol 1 and 2
Sam Turton, I’m Gonna Go Downtown (Demo)
Pretenders, My City Was Gone from Learning To Crawl
Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi from Koyannisqatsi: Life In The Balance
Cat Stevens, Where Do The Children Play from Tea For The Tillerman
Talking Heads, Nothing But Flowers from Naked

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Doug Larson with the Guelph Guitar

The first hour of Royal City Rag on June 5 was devoted to M.A.S.H. Mondays, a new collaboration between Manhattans Music Club and the Hillside Festival.

University of Guelph Emeritus Professor, musician, luthier (creator of the Guelph Guitar) Doug Larson, joined us in the studio with Thomas Aldridge from Manhattans to talk about the monthly event. We also had the opportunity to hear Doug play a few songs live for us in the studio.

M.A.S.H. (Music, Art, Science, & History) Mondays will feature interviews and performance from special guests while in conversation with Professor Larson about their many interests.

Guests lined up for the series 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 shows will be held at Manhattans, 951 Gordon St., Guelph and run from 8.30 – 10.30 p.m. The shows start on 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).  Seating is limited to 85 places. Tickets: $10, $30 (with dinner).  Reservations will be handled through Manhattans at 519-767-2440.

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Construction Damage - Will this tree be there in 5 years?

In the second hour, Judy Martin from Sierra Club Canada and Norah Chaloner from Guelph Urban Forest Friends joined us to talk about the City of Guelph’s proposed new tree bylaw.

Guelph citizens have now been waiting for a new stronger protective tree bylaw for more than 19 years. In the meantime we continue to lose canopy. Guelph’s urban forest canopy sits at 25%, while the desired level  is 40%.

Unfortunately the 1986 tree bylaw (view) said it was an offence to injure or destroy any living tree in the City of Guelph but did very little to actually protect them.

The new draft bylaw (view the draft) still needs public input to make sure that it is truly protective. Among other issues, Judy and Norah expressed concerns that the current language in the draft bylaw is nowhere near firm enough, using words like should when words like shall and must would be more appropriate. They recommended that City Staff should be directed to take a look at municipalities that have strong and comprehensive bylaws such as Toronto and Richmond Hill.

The City of Guelph has held one workshop  (June 3) on the new tree bylaw and has another planned  for June 8. The workshop takes place at City Hall, 1 Carden St. in Meeting Room C from 7–9 p.m. Following a presentation by city staff, participants will have an opportunity to discuss issues and provide feedback.

Trees protect us against harmful UV radiation - They need our protection too.

Remember that even if you can’t attend the sessions, you can still comment. Comments will be received until June 18. To ensure that the decision makers are aware of your concerns, comments should be sent to city council as well as staff.

For more on this important issue please visit Guelph Urban Forest Friends at www.guffguelph.ca.

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Music:
Doug Larson, Little Bird from Nightmares And Dreamers (Live In The Studio)
Doug Larson, Enemy Within from Nightmares And Dreamers (Live In The Studio)
Doug Larson, Whatever Happened To The North End Variety Store (Live In The Studio, demo)
Doug Larson, Who? What? When? Why? (Live In The Studio)
Doug Larson, Recollection from Complete Metamorphosis (Live In The Studio)
James Gordon, Whistlewing from My Stars Your Eyes
Gwen Swick, Grand River from A Pebble Of Mercy
Dave and Ken Sills, Lake Erie Pipeline Blues (Demo)
Bluegrass Patriots, Why Do You Weep Dear Willow? from Springtime In The Rockies
Bruce Cockburn, If A Tree Falls from Anything Anytime Anywhere

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Royal City Rag on May 29 was our last 7.00 a.m. start before we move to our new, more-civilised 8-10 a.m. Saturday slot.

In the first hour we were joined by our good friends Chris and Sally from Transition Guelph. Among other things, we chatted about Canadian Environment Week (May 30 – June 5), Saturday’s ecomarket at Stone Road Mall and the Council of Canadians special townhall style meeting on Growth, Gravel and Groundwater and the threats facing our community that takes place at Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph, ON on June 3 a 7 p.m.

An expert panel featuring members from Gravel Watch, Grand River Environmental Network, FORCE (Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment), CARRA (Cranberry Area Ratepayers and Residents Association),  North Dufferin Agriculture and Community Taskforce (opposing the giant quarry above Luther Marsh, at the top of Grand River headwaters) as well as local hydrologist Hugh Whiteley will discuss the impact of quarries, pipelines, roads and new development on the future sustainability of both our city and the Grand River watershed.

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In the second hour, Royal City Rag Culture Vulture Daniel Poulin returned to the show to discuss the upcoming Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival.

This year the festival runs from June 3-6 at locations throughout our lovely city. On the Stage A, B & C (formerly the Main Stage Series) and Youth Moves will be held at the River Run Centre. In the Park (formerly the Site-Specific Series) will be taking place at Exhibition Park and On the Street (formerly the Noon-time Series) in St. George’s Square. The four days of dance will feature youth performers, local artists as well as acclaimed national performers from across Canada.

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In the third hour (9-10 a.m.) we were pleased to welcome Jay Lefler, co-founder of Spark of Brilliance into the studio.

Spark of Brilliance is a community-based initiative that promotes healing and recovery for people coping with mental health challenges. Creative art programs and services are designed to enhance quality of life for participants, inspire independent thinking and grow self-esteem. Spark programs empower individuals and families with the skills they need help make meaningful contributions to their community.

Spark of Brilliance is bringing the work of four talented artists to Guelph community space, 10 Carden in an exhibition entitled “Power To The Arts”. This exhibition will demonstrate a broad range of artistic expressions in oil, ink, collage, mosaic, and mixed media. Artists Barb Cohen, Lisa Cosier, Marcey Gray and Jay Lefler hope to raise awareness of how their personal experiences with mental health issues have been overcome. They also want the community to understand how recovery can happen through connecting with the creative spirit.

This special event takes place on Monday, May 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. Local singer-songwriter D Eve Archer will entertain and refreshments will be served.

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Music:
Kate Bush, Hello Earth from Hounds Of Love
Peter Mayer, Blue Boat Home from Earth Town Square
Kermit The Frog, It’s Not Easy Being Green from Muppets Greatest Hits
Ray Charles, Lucky Old Sun from  A Look Homeward
Gord Downie And The Country Of Miracles, The East Wind from The Ground Bounce
Kid Coma (featuring Doug Larson), Little Bird from Nightmares And Dreamers
Los Lobos, Little Things from The Town And The City
M Mucci, Chase Down Alice Street from Time Lost
Kid Coma (featuring Doug Larson), Omar Bradley from Complete Metamorphosis
Don Amero, Hometown from Change Your Life
Darden Smith, The Painter from Native Soil
Spark Of Brilliance Troubadours, Healing Embers from Healing Embers

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Guelph Youth Singers (Photo: Guelph Youth Singers)

Royal City Rag on May 22 had a little bit of everything. After an unavoidable absence last week, we announced the return of the live show with a beautiful three strong set featuring Runrig, Richie Havens and Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter Don Amero.

Don Amero will at the Roxy in Acton on May 29 for a show with MJ Dandenau, Storyteller Brad Woods, and Nabi Loney ($10 at the door).

Later in the first hour we were pleased to join Linda Beaupre, Artistic  Director of the award-winning Guelph Youth Singers on the phone for a chat about their annual spring concert, Whistle While You Work, a light-hearted exploration of work and leisure on June 5 at The River Run Centre.

The concert will feature a variety of selections designed to showcase their outstanding singing talent.  Songs of carpenters, clowns, goatherds, sailors, and pirates will mix with artsong 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.

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

Royal City Rag has a pair of tickets to give away for the concert. If you’d like to get the tickets, answer this very simple question:  When was Guelph Youth Singers founded? Send you answer to info@royalcityrag.ca. Good luck!

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In the second hour of the show, Carin Headrick from Guelph Barrier Free Committees joined us to discuss National Access Awareness Week.

With the introduction of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), businesses and non-profit organizations are being faced with the task of complying with a new set of legal obligations.

The Committee will be handing out resource packages at Stone Road Mall on Thursday, May 27 between 10.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. by the “Chapters entrance”.

The resource package will help businesses develop their own Customer Service policy, and representatives of the Guelph Barrier Free Committees will also be available to answer questions and concerns related to the AODA and the changes that organizations will be facing in the near future.

Community members will have the opportunity to try out one of the City of Guelph’s low-floor buses.  There will also be an opportunity to learn about the activities of the Barrier Free Committees, and speak to representatives from community organizations about services and support available.

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Music:
Runrig, Maymorning from In Search Of Angels
Richie Havens, Back To My Roots from That Cold Black Magic (Compilation)
Don Amero, Life from Deepening
Tracey Thorn, Oh, The Divorces! from Love And The Opposite
Ingrid Gatin, How Did I Get So? from Broken Tambourine
Guelph Youth Singers, Song Of Our City from Song Of Our City
Guelph Youth Singers, Wood River from Wind In Our Sails
Colin Hay, Waiting For My Real Life To Begin from Going Somewhere
Li’l Andy, The Best I Could from All Who Thirst, Come to the Waters!
Eddi Reader, What You Do With What You’ve Got from Mirmana (With The Patron Saints Of imperfection)
Mary Chapin Carpenter, A Place In The World from A Place In The World
Stevie Wonder, Place In The Sun from Love Songs 20 Classic Hits

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Well, that is the sort of week I have had…

I’ll be taking a little time for recuperation this weekend.

I may not be live on the air but, rest assured, I’ll be back as soon as I am able.

Technology is a beautiful thing; so please do check out our archive.

Next Saturday morning I expect to be back in the studio; so until then, have a good week.

Cheers,
Jan Andrea Hall

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In the first hour on May 8 we welcomed Rob Case from local non-profit organisation Guelph International Resource Centre (GIRC) back to the show.

GIRC is celebrating its 30th anniversarythis year. GIRC’s mission is to increase community awareness of global issues, including their local aspects, while encouraging action to promote a just and sustainable future.

For the past 10 years GIRC have been promoting the use of rain barrels to aid in water conservation. GIRC had their first Rain Barrel Sale of the season on Saturday at Planet Bean on Grange. They have another two sales planned for later this month; Saturday May 15 from 10. 00 a.m-1.00 p.m. at the West End Recreation Centre and Wednesday May 19 from 5.00-8.00 p.m. at the Stone Store, 14 Commercial Street, Guelph.

Barrels for these sales are being assembled by volunteers from Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood Group. Proceeds from the sales will support the services and events the neighbourhood group provides to its community, as well as the various non-profit initiatives of the Guelph International Resource Centre including the Guelph Festival of Moving Media taking place in November.

GIRC rain barrels are durable, locally made from used food import barrels and available in three colours. They are easy to maintain, repair and customize. A 220 litre rain barrel is only $60 (while supplies last, Visa and Mastercard accepted). You can pre-order your rain barrels HERE.

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In the second hour of the show, our culture vulture, Marie Zimmerman (currently executive director of the Hillside Festival), was back in the studio for a relaxed chat about the arts focusing on three of the summer festivals the area has to offer; The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (June 3-6), Hillside Festival (July 23-25) and Eden Mills Writers Festival (September 19). We also had an apportunity to play some music from the headliners at this year’s Hillside. Check it out.

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Music:
Buddy Guy, Ain’t No Sunshine from Bring Em’ In
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings from Let’s Frolic
Stephen Fearing, Yellowjacket from Yellowjacket
James Gordon, I’ve Come Along from My Stars Your Eyes
Neko Case, Buckets Of Rain from Live From Austin Texas
Dom Amero, Life Gets Better from Deepening
Sarah Harmer, Escarpment Blues from I’m A Mountain
Gord Downie And The Country Of Miracles, The Grand Bounce from The Grand Bounce
Calexico, Two Silver Trees from Carried To Dust
Los Lobos, Hearts Of Stone from Good Morning Aztlan

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Sally Ludwig and Chris Mills from Transition Guelph were back in the studio on April 24 to talk about Earth Day, and the upcoming visit to Guelph by U.S.-based community advocate Tina Clarke.

First launched as an environmental awareness event in the United States in 1970, Earth Day (April 22) is now a part of the mainstream with events taking place throughout the week worldwide.

Earth Day is the perfect time to make your own commitment to helping the environment. In partnership with Transition Guelph we’d like to collect your Earth Day resolutions or intentions.

How did you mark Earth Day? How do you plan to make a difference to help the planet? Send us your comments.

Tina Clarke will be in Guelph on Monday April 26 to talk about Community Resilience and Social Equity in Changing Times. The presentation will focus on how Guelph can respond to the triple challenge of rising energy prices, climate change disruptions and economic instability while also improving social justice. Tina will outline the problems and suggest some useful strategies to cope with these threats as well as provide real word examples of successful community implementation.

The presentation takes place at 7.00 p.m. at Harcourt Memorial United Church. Suggested donation: $10 waged, $5 unwaged.

Also, check out Transition Guelph’s amazingly informative website at www.transitionguelph.org if you haven’t already done so.

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"The Ward" tour, June 2009 (courtesy Guelph Arts Council)

In the second hour, community heritage activist Susan Ratcliffe joined us for a fun and wide-ranging conversation about the importance of protecting and celebrating the heritage and life of the city we call home and featuring Doors Open Guelph (taking place April 24) and the Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tours and Jane’s Walk.

The  Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tours are offered on selected Sundays between April 25 and October 17, and trace Guelph’s heritage through its architecture, its people, and the stories that contribute to this City’s unique character.

There are normally six walking tours, each of which explores a different area of historic Guelph, although, this year, Where Guelph Began, which encircles the original Market Square area laid out by John Galt in 1827, will not be offered because of construction and road closures in that area of the City. 

The other five  tours offered in 2010 include:

  • Downtown Walkabout which covers Guelph’s current Downtown
  • The Slopes of the Speed which explores the slopes of the Speed River where many of Guelph’s largest and most distinguished historic homes are located
  • Altar and Hearth which covers the area west of Downtown and includes several historic stone churches and many historic homes representing a variety of architectural styles
  • Brooklyn and the College Hill  which focuses on one of Guelph’s early industrial sections on the south side of the Speed River, as well as the area that developed around the Ontario Agricultural College
  • Ward One Guelph  which covers the area southeast of the downtown, between the Speed and Eramosa Rivers, and features a diversity of historic architecture and the diversity of peoples who formed Guelph.

All tours start at 2 p.m. from different locations.  They take about two hours to complete and cost $3 per person. Tour booklets are available for $5 each at the Guelph Arts Council office and several other retail locations.

For other information, please contact the Guelph Arts Council office at 147 Wyndham Street North, Suite 404, Guelph, or phone (519) 836-3280; Fax (519) 766-9212; email gac@sentex.net.

Jane’s Walk takes place on the weekend of May 1 – 2. Created by the Centre for City Ecology (CCE), Jane’s Walk celebrates the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs by putting citizens in touch with their environment and each other.

There are currently 18 Jane’s Walks planned for Guelph. These free guided walks led by community members take place throughout each day beginning at 10 a.m.

Check out the Jane’s Walks for Guelph HERE.

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Darden Smith, First Day Of The Sun from Deep Fantistic Blue
Tim Flannery, Farther Down The Road from Highway Song
The Vaughan Brothers, Tick Tock from Family Style
Mark Graham and Orville Johnson, Their Brains Were Small And They Died from The Kings Of Mongrel Folk?
Guelph Youth Singers, Song Of Our City from Song Of Our City
The Eramosa Brass and Of Chords We Are Barbershop Quartet, When St George’s Square Was Pretty from Song For Our City
James Gordon, Home’s Not Just Where The Heart Is from Song For Our City

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Royal City Rag was back on the transit beat on Saturday, April 17. David Graham joined us again for a fun chat about the planned arrival of Go Trains (don’t hold your breath), the Guelph Transit Growth Strategy and the latest report on the GTA West Corridor Project.

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Detour - Anita and Elivia Cazzola

Later in the show we welcomed the young musical duo, “Detour” back to Royal City Rag. Detour features the rich harmonies of the Cazzola sisters; Elivia, 16 yrs (piano) and Anita, 14 yrs (acoustic guitar).

Elivia and Anita have been playing music since they were 3-4 years old and began writing their own songs when they attended a Songwriting Club for Girls offered by local singer-songwriter Katherine Wheatley.

The sisters have introduced their folky-pop style to many venues, such as Church Bazaars, the Big Bay General Store, Planet Bean, school talent shows, the Italian Canadian Club and Shopper’s Drug Mart, not to mention competitions.  Elivia placed first in the Guelph Idol competition in 2007, while Anita placed 3rd.  This fall, the sisters battled it out at their high school’s “Jamean Idol”, with Anita taking the top place and Elivia following in second.

Their choice of band name, ‘DETOUR’ represents taking the road less traveled.  After naming their duo ‘DETOUR’, they competed in “Jamean Jam” and moved on to a performance at Guelph’s inter-school Battle of the Bands this March, which, although they didn’t win, was an amazing and fun learning experience.

Elivia and Anita recently joined another band, the Secret Chords, who will be playing at the St. James Catholic High School Relay for Life on June 4.

Listening to their rich harmonies, you’d never know that these sisters bicker like normal teen siblings when not on stage!

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Madison Velvet, The Ransom from No Fool For Trying
Rufus Wainwright, True Loves from All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu
Dennis Wilson, Thoughts Of You from Pacific Ocean Blue
Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg, Farewell Trion from Farewell Trion
Jimmy Dale Gilmore And The Flatlanders, Waiting For The Train from Unplugged
Jonathan Richman, You’d Be Crazy For Taking The Bus from Action Packed: The Best Of Jonathan Richman
Detour, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding, Live in The Studio
Detour, In My Song, Live in The Studio
Detour, Miles Away, Live in The Studio
Detour, Only A Fool, Live in The Studio
Detour, Wait For You, Live in The Studio
Detour, Perfect Together, Live in The Studio
Detour, Rewritten, Live in The Studio
Detour, If Love Were The Cure, Live in The Studio
Detour, Lucky Day, Live in The Studio

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We started off Royal City Rag on April 10 with a strong first set and a ‘river’ theme featuring music by former Beach Boy, the sadly departed Dennis Wilson from the exquisite 1977 album, Pacific Ocean Blue, James Gordon from his album of river songs commissioned by the Canadian Heritage Rivers System, The Song The River Sings, Brian Eno’s “By The River” and the gorgeous guitar instrumental masterpiece “Eramosa”, by Guelph’s Mike Mucci  from the Under The Tulip Tree album. 

Later in the first hour we featured Gillian Welch’s partner, Dave Rawlings’ outstanding new album “A Friend Is A Friend” as well as Old Man Luedecke who will be bringing his banjo back to Guelph on April 15 for a show at The E-Bar with Jessy Bell Smith and Pat LePoidevin.

We also played an excerpt from “Earth Hour”, a hypnotic ambient composition from composer Frank Horvat‘s new album A Little Dark Music.  The album features four different pieces that take their inspiration from real world themes such as sustainability, poverty and 9/11.

Frank will be in Guelph on Saturday April 17 , as part of his Green Keys tour,  for a performance at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre at 8 p.m.

In honour of Earth Hour, the recital will take place in a completely dark performance space. Admission is free.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Frank’s new CD will go to the World Wildlife Fund. The performance is being sponsored by Bullfrog Power, Braden Homes, and the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre.

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In the second hour, we welcomed into the studio Matts Soltys and Matt Lowell-Pelletier, two of the defendants in the $5 million lawsuit being brought by The City of Guelph and their development partner, Belmont Equity Partners, in relation to the peaceful occupation of the environmentally sensitive Hanlon Creek for 17 days last summer.

The City of Guelph and Belmont Equity Partners statement of claim for damages, initially filed for $5 million, was reduced to $150,000 then increased to $5 million on February 24 2010. At that time they also removed two of the named individuals in the lawsuit. 

Cartoon by Khalil Bendib

According to a city press release released at the time, the lawsuit was intended to ‘recover the actual cost of damages, including damages to the site, resulting from protestor activities, and costs relating to the loss of monitoring equipment’.

Although the plaintiffs would likely claim otherwise, this is really a good old SLAPP suit, a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) that according to Wikipedia, is “intended to censor, intimidate and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.”

View a copy of the amended lawsuit from February 24 2010

View the statement of defence from March 24 2010

According to Environmental Defence, SLAPPs are a growing threat to meaningful participation in issues of public interest in Ontario and significantly affect the ability of communities to protest development in environmentally sensitive areas.

Although SLAPP suits are not uncommon in Ontario, 50 per cent of American states, and most recently Quebec have passed anti-SLAPP legislation.

Environmental Defence is working with partners Ecojustice and Canadian Environmental Law Association to finally put a stop to SLAPPs in Ontario.

As well as pushing for new legislation, their campaign has encouraged more than 70 community groups to write to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty requesting an end to SLAPP suits.

They have also produced a petition to stop SLAPPs that you can sign HERE.

Interestingly, Environmental Defence have managed to get approximately 70 municipalities to pass a resolution asking the Province to pass anti-SLAPP legislation. Unfortunately green Guelph has not yet joined that group!

Please note: The panel discussion regarding SLAPP suits featuring Rebecca McNeil from Environmental defence discussed during the show, and scheduled for April 12, has been postponed to a later date.

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Dennis Wilson, River Song from Pacific Ocean Blue
James Gordon, The Song The River Sings from The Song The River Sings
Brian Eno, By The River from Before And After Science
Mike Mucci, Eramosa from Under The Tulip Tree
Gillian Welch, Winter’s Come And Gone from Hell Among The Yearlings
Dave Rawlings Machine, I Hear Them All from A Friend Of A Friend
Old Man Luedecke, The Rear Guard from My Hands Are On Fire And Other Love Songs
Colin Linden, In The Deep Field from Six Strings North Of The Border
Eliza Gilkyson, Unsustainable from Beautiful World
Mo Kauffey, Know You Rider from Dig It
Frank Horvat, Earth Hour from A Little Dark Music
Neil Young, Mother Earth from Farm Aid 2008
Neil Young, Natural Beauty from Harvest Moon

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We started the first hour of Royal City Rag on April 3 with a beautiful set celebrating springtime and featuring songs by Noah and the Whale, The Acorn, Gillian Welch and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Probably one of the best sets we’ve put together to start a show. We hope you enjoy it.

In the first hour we talked to Simon Irving, Artistic Director of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra about Masterworks and More taking place at the River Run Centre on April 11 at 3.00 p.m. Guest conductor Kerry Stratton will present some of his favourite works including Schumann’s Fourth Symphony in F, plus Canadian composer Lloyd Burritt’s Symphonic Overture. This season’s joint Under-23 Concerto competition winner Brian Yoon will also perform Dvorak’s magnificent Cello Concerto. Tickets are available from the River Run Box Office, 519-763-3000 at $30 Adults ($25, group rate), $15 Students, $10 Kids.

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We started the second hour with yet more music to celebrate the Spring, but this time also with an April theme, and featuring, appropriately, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s gorgeous version of “April in Paris”. We followed that with the Magnetic Fields, and “Love Goes Home To Paris In The Spring”. As there isn’t too much chance of us getting to France at the moment, we’re thinking of Paris, Ontario.

In the second hour we were joined by Andrew Seagram and Jeff Berche for a fun chat about the first Guelph Comedy Festival, “Funny Shorts and Big Garters”, a two day event  taking place at the Guelph Youth Music Centre (75 Cardigan Street), on April 9-10.

The festival features stand-up acts, sketch, improv performances and short films. Comic talents include Pat Thornton, punchDrysdale, Ian “eight inch” Lynch, Ghost Jail, Becky Johnson of Iron Cobra, Nemo Dally, Elephant Empire, Falcon Powder, Project: Project, Andrew Seagram and Jeff Bersche.

Tickets are available for single performances at $10 (at the door only, if there is room!), one-night passes $30, or two-night passes $50.

Tickets may be purchased through Ed Video’s office (40 Baker St, 2nd floor), by phone at 519-836-9811, or on Ed Video’s website www.edvideo.org with Paypal.

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Noah And The Whale, The First Day Of Spring from The First Day Of Spring
The Acorn, Springtime In Centretown from Outaouais Trilogy
Gillian Welch, Acony Bell from Revival
Lucy Wainright Roche, Wild Mountain Thyme from 8 Songs
Richard N Ahlstrom, Celtic Spring from Celtic Spring
Ian Tyson, Springtime In Alberta from And Stood There Amazed
O’Malley’s Folk Players, The Springtime Polka And Primrose Polka from Irish And Celtic Folk Classics
The Relaxation Specialists, Spring Horizon from The Greatest Yoga, Meditation, Healing And Manifestation Collection Ever Made
Czech Philharmonic/Douglas Bostock, Schumann Symphony No. 4 In D minor, Op. 120, Scherzo     
Yo Yo Ma soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic/Lorin Maazel, Dvorák Cello Concerto In B minor op. 104, Allegro from Great Cello Concertos
Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong, April In Paris from Paris For Lovers 
Magnetic Fields, Love Goes Home To Paris In The Spring from The House Of Tomorrow
Robin Williams, Spring from One Night At The Met (Live)
The Producers Cast, Springtime for Hitler from The Producers Original Soundtrack 
Rickie Lee Jones, Rainbow Sleeves from Girl At Her Volcano

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