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We have another hectic Royal City Rag planned for January 23. This week we’ll be focusing on the 29th Organic Conference, and their theme, Our Canadian Identity. The conference takes place at the University of Guelph from  January 28-31.

We’ll be talking to Mike Driscoll from the organising committee about the conference and following that with an interview with Shannon Lee Stirling (formerly with Backyard Bounty, and now at Foodshare) about urban agriculture.

Kristi Mahy will also be popping by to talk about how you can grow your own fresh food during the winter months. Kristi has a workshop on January 26 at the Guelph Youth Music Centre at 7.00 p.m.

Later in the show we’ll be talking to Paula Perri from the Hillside Festival about Hillside Inside, the archetypal summer festival’s younger cousin taking place on February 6 in the Sleeman Centre.

As usual, we’ll be mixing it all up with some cool music and event listings.

Sounds like another fun show. Hope you can join us!

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Urb Ag Symposium posterShannon Lee Stirling from Backyard Bounty joined us during the first hour of November 14 to talk about the Urban Agriculture symposium taking place at the Arboretum, University of Guelph on November 20.

Urban Agriculture: Opportunities for Action will bring together the movers and shakers in the Urban Agriculture scene.  The conference aims to not only inspire action but address key issues and provide connections that enable the Urban Agriculture movement to advance.
 
The symposium is presented in partnership with Guelph-Wellington Local Food Initiative, The City of Guelph’s Healthy Landscapes project, The Organic Conference and Chris Jess‘ Food School project.

Later in the first hour, we caught up with Norah Chaloner from Guelph Urban Forest Friends at The Big Umbrella community information table at the Guelph Farmers Market. The Ontario Urban Forest Council was in Guelph this past week for a very successful annual conference that focused on the importance of protecting trees during the developmental planning process.

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In the second hour of the show, Marie Zimmerman Royal City Rag’s culture vulture was back in the studio to chat about two summer festival related events, the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (GCDF) Off-site series and Hillside Inside.  

The GCDF Off-site series performance takes place on November 17 at noon in the University Centre Courtyard and again at 7.00 p.m., in the Alma Gallery, Wyndham Street, Downtown Guelph.  Canada’s oldest modern dance company,  Canada’ oldest contemporary dance troupe, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD). are the featured artists.

Hillside logo-whiteHillside Inside, the iconic summer festival’s winter cousin taking place for the third time on Saturday February 6, 2010 at the Sleeman Centre, downtown Guelph. Performers confirmed to date include Ani DiFranco (her only Ontario appearance), Hawksley Workman, Martin Sexton, Final Fantasy, Basia Bulat, Bahamas, Woodhands and Delhi 2 Dublin. 

Check out the live version of Smiling Underneath by Ani DiFranco in the podcast  if you missed the show.

Hillside Inside will also feature local food and craft vendors and a selection of community organization booths. A wide range of volunteer opportunities are also available for Hillside Inside 2010.  Visit www.hillsidefestival.ca for more details.

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Music:
Terry Tufts, Dorval’s Descent from Six Strings North Of the Border Volume 2
Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band, Texas Eagle from The Mountain
Levon Helm, Growing Trade from Electric Dirt
Jean Elliott Manning, Family Farm In My Front Yard
Tegan and Sara, Our Trees from Under Feet Like Ours
Proclaimers, Sing All Our Cares Away from Notes and Rhymes
Stephen Fearing, One Flat Tire from Yellowjacket
Andrew McPherson, Phoenix At the Wheel from Lefty Singer
Ani Difranco, Smiling Underneath (Live) from Red Letter Year
Basia Bulat, My Heart Is A Warning from Friends In Bellwoods 2

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Urb Ag Symposium posterWe’re welcoming Shannon Lee Stirling from Backyard Bounty back to Royal City Rag on November 14. Shannon will be talking about the Urban Agriculture symposium taking place at the Arboretum, University of Guelph on November 20.

Urban Agriculture: Opportunities for Action will bring together the movers and shakers in the Urban Agriculture scene.  The conference aims to not only inspire action but address key issues and provide connections that enable the Urban Agriculture movement to advance.
 
The symposium is presented in partnership with Guelph-Wellington Local Food Initiative, The City of Guelph’s Healthy Landscapes project, The Organic Conference and Chris Jess‘ Food School project.

In the second half of the show, Marie Zimmerman Royal City Rag’s culture vulture will be joining us with a festival update.  

On November 17, the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival are having another of their Off-site series events, this time featuring Canada’s oldest modern dance company,  Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD). The evening”s performance, “On The Road”, takes place at 7.00 p.m. in the Alma Gallery, Wyndham Street, Downtown Guelph. 

Hillside logo-whiteWe’ll also be chatting about Hillside Inside, the iconic summer festival’s winter cousin taking place for the third time on Saturday February 6, 2010 at the Sleeman Centre, downtown Guelph.

Performers confirmed to date include Ani DiFranco (her only Ontario appearance), Hawksley Workman, Martin Sexton, Final Fantasy, Basia Bulat, Bahamas, Woodhands and Delhi 2 Dublin. Hillside Inside will also feature local food and craft vendors and a selection of community organization booths. A wide range of volunteer opportunities are also available for Hillside Inside 2010.  Visit www.hillsidefestival.ca for more details.

Royal City Rag, Saturdays from 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm. Don’t miss it!

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Urb Ag Symposium posterOn Friday November 20, Backyard Bounty and the University of Guelph will be hosting the first conference on urban agriculture in Guelph. Urban Agriculture: Opportunities for Action will bring together the movers and shakers in the Urban Agriculture scene.  The conference aims to not only inspire action but address key issues and provide connections that enable the Urban Agriculture movement to advance.
 
The morning will start with a keynote presentation from Dr. Karen Landman who will inspire us with stories of her summer tour of urban agriculture projects across North America. A panel discussion will follow that brings together experience and ideas from those near and far working in the field of urban agriculture.  During the afternoon participants will take part in an interactive facilitation process to identify common barriers, seek feasible solutions and set achievable actions.  A local lunch and snacks will be provided.
 
In partnership with Guelph-Wellington Local Food Initiative, The City of Guelph’s Healthy Landscapes project, The Organic Conference, Chris Jess and his army of locavores.

We invite you to join us!

Please register at:
www.backyardbounty.ca
 
Shannon Lee Stirling
Project Co-ordinator
Backyard Bounty
info@backyardbounty.ca

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Royal City Rag on March 25 focused on environmental issues including Backyard Bounty, activites for Earth Hour 2009 (March 28) and why Guelph’s urban forest needs greater protection.

We started the show with some interviews recorded at the  launch of  Backyard Bounty, Guelph’s urban farming initiative, at the Evergreen Centre on March 22. Interviewees included Guelph singer-songwriter and community activist James Gordon, Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph and Shannon Lee Stirling from Backyard Bounty.

Transition Guelph will be having a candlelight potluck at the Guelph Youth Music Centre on March 28 between 7.30 and 10.00 p.m. to celebrate Earth Hour 2009. Bring a friend or neighbour, a light dish (hors d’ouvres, snacks, dessert, finger food), and a candle in a safe holder,  flashlight or lantern, and enjoy good food, good company and live unplugged music! For more information, visit: www.transitionguelph.org/earthhour .

Ric Jordan, Manager of the Arboretum, University of Guelph

Ric Jordan, Manager of the Arboretum, University of Guelph

Later in the show we played an interview recorded at the University of Guelph Arboretum with manager Ric Jordan and Guelph Urban Forest Friends‘ Norah Chaloner and Judy Martin.

Trees in Guelph need far greater protection than afforded by the current city bylaw. Guelph has far less than the ideal 40% tree canopy cover recommended for cities. A strategic plan for Guelph’s urban forest has been in the works at city hall for over a decade now yet progress has been slow to say the least. In the meantime more and more trees are lost from our urban landscape. For more on this important issue, visit the Guelph Urban Forest Friends website at www.guffguelph.ca.

Music:
James Gordon, Scam Of The Century from Just West Of Something Big (CFRU Compilation)
James Gordon, Another Silver Maple Comes Down from Nine Green Bottles

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Royal City Rag will again focus on environmental issues on March 25.  

This past weekend we attended the launch of Guelph’s urban farming initiative Backyard Bounty at the Evergreen Centre. We’ll start the show with some excellent interviews recorded at the event.

Later on in the show we’ll be talking about trees and why it is important that the City of Guelph enacts a strong bylaw to protect and develop Guelph’s urban forest canopy.

On Monday we spent a gorgeous morning in the Arboretum with manager Ric Jordan and Guelph Urban Forest Friends‘ Norah Chaloner and Judy Martin. Its a great interview. Don’t miss it!

Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus Community Radio Station or, after the fact, via the website.

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Shannon Lee Stirling joined us in the studio on March 18 to discuss the Guelph launch of the innovative urban farming initiative Backyard Bounty. Backyard Bounty aims to provide healthy locally-grown produce from city yards. The launch of the program takes place at The Evergreen Centre, Woolwich Street, Guelph on March 22 from 1.30 – 4.30 p.m. Feature presentations include Liz Nowatschin from restaurant Artisanale, Ali English from Farm Start and music by James Gordon. A number of community organisations, including Wellington Waterwatchers and Transition Guelph, will have informational booths.

Later in the show we had an excellent interview with members of the new Guelph group “Land Is More Important Than Sprawl” (LIMITS) about the proposed Hanlon Creek Business Park. LIMITS  has real concerns that the City of Guelph is moving ahead with this huge business development without due diligence bearing in mind that we are in a deep recession, and both peak oil and climate change are starting to seriously impact the way we live. The group also believe that the full environmental impact of this development has not been fully examined or explained to the public.

The area in question is of important ecological value as it contains an old growth forest with trees of over 200 years old and and an important groundwater recharge area for the local area. As there is no shortage of brownfield land around the city available for industrial development, they believe that disused industrial land should be used first.

With these concerns in mind the Guelph Civic League is hosting a public meeting with community leaders to discuss the Hanlon Creek Business Park (HCBP) on Thursday March 26 from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m.  in Meeting Room 1 at Norfolk Street United Church , corner of Norfolk and Cork St., Downtown Guelph.

Music:
Neko Case, This Tornado Loves You from Middle Cyclone
Mike Mucci, Eramosa from Under The Tulip Trees
Chris Brown, Oblivion from Oblivion

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