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

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

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

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

Guelph Youth Singers

Guelph Youth Singers present their annual seasonal concert This Frosty Tide at St. George’s Anglican Church on December 4 at 7.30 p.m.

Traditional carols in beautiful choral arrangements will mix with songs of frosty winter. Guest soprano soloists, Marion Samuel-Stevens and Sandra Tucker, will add to the concert with solos including Mozart’s “Exultate Jubilate,” Adolph Adams’ classic, “O Holy Night” and Pietro Yon’s “Gesu Bambino”–the last two accompanied by beautiful children’s voices.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The featured films to be shown in Guelph are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until then, have a great week!

Cheers,
Jan Andrea Hall

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

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