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Guelph Speaks Final Cover poster2Andra Zommers and Laura Tolzer from the Editorial Collective behind Guelph Speaks joined us for tonight’s show. We also had live music in the studio from poet and CFRU spokenword programmer (Hoofbeats) Kim Logue and a reading from the anthology by Olivia Brown.

Guelph Speaks Volume II has inspired the creation and submission of nearly one hundred stories, songs, photographs, and other pieces of artwork from the people of the city of Guelph.

The 2008 Edition of Guelph Speaks will be unveiled at the Guelph Youth Music Centre (75 Cardigan Street in Guelph) on September 20, 2008.

The launch event will include readings by several of the authors included in the anthology, as well as live musical performances by local artists Kim Logue, Kevin Barnhorst, Live Action Fezz and Chris Yang. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. for an exhibition of local artwork and social reception catered by the Salsateria. Live performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.  I have the privilege of introducing the artists. It promises to be a great night.

Everyone present at the launch will be given a free copy of the book and CD. Copies of the book and CD will also be given to local libraries.

For more information on Guelph Speaks visit www.guelphspeaks.ca

The audio for this show is no longer available on the website.  If however you wish to hear it again, please contact us at info@royalcityrag.ca. Thank You.

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The Guelph Civic League in partnership with the Columbia Institute presents: Communities in Action.

Non-profits groups, neighbourhood groups and community advocates from across Canada will meet to share effective tools and strategies and to present exciting new models of community engagement.

If you want to create a group, improve your group, start a new project, bounce around ideas or explore what’s worked and what hasn’t – this day is not to be missed.

Communities in Action

When: Saturday, June 14, 2008

Where: Rozanski Hall and Landscape Architecture Building, University of Guelph

Cost: $25.00 (includes lunch)

Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Participants will attend a morning workshop and an afternoon workshop.

When registering, please nominate 4 workshops in order of preference. Workshop confirmation will be sent out in early June. Register early, as workshops will fill up quickly.

“People who seek progressive social change must begin to debate how more people can be included in the political system in a meaningful way.”
– Judy Rebick

Judy Rebick will kickstart the day by offering her recipe for participatory democracy. Judy is an internationally renowned social justice activist, writer, academic and speaker. She currently holds the Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University, and is the author of several books, including Imagine Democracy.

Join in lively discussions, learn new concepts and take new skills home with you:

  • New Community Groups – What It Takes to Succeed
    Come to hear the lessons learned from new and successful community groups involved in heritage, citizen engagement and the environment.
  • Developing Messages That Stick
    Professional writer Tony Leighton will teach you at least 10 practical things you can do to give your communications impact. Bring a draft message and see it transformed into greatness in this interactive workshop.
  • So You Want to Change the World?
    Norman Gludovatz, a strategic campaign consultant based in Vancouver, will offer insights into creating strong organizations founded upon community values, attracting and growing your membership and putting effective governance structures in place from the start.
  • Getting the Grant – Build Your Organization’s Capacity with the Support of Foundations
    Find out what it takes to write a successful grant proposal by going through the process with staff from the Trillium and Maytree Foundations.
  • Between the Ballots – Real Change Takes Place BETWEEN Elections
    Hear how citizen groups and elected officials are working together for positive change. Learn how relationships are made and sustained even when opinions or politics differ. A must-see session for any citizen group looking to build a better relationship with your elected officials.
  • Engaging Youth – Our Youngest Minds Lead the Way
    Participate in a youth led dialogue offering strategies and showcasing successes in youth engagement.
  • City Staff and Citizens – Working Together
    Learn how two different cities have made citizen engagement work by opening up the system and encouraging public participation from the inside.
  • Diversity and Inclusion
    Two successful pioneers involved in social inclusion will raise our awareness and discuss strategies you can use to engage all of your community. Take ideas home to help overcome bias, access and language barriers.
  • Building Strong Community Partnerships
    In this panel discussion, learn where to find good partners, how to build and maintain relationships, and hear about the successes and why collaborative multi-stakeholder processes are working.
  • Deepening Democracy
    Joining us to lead this engaging discussion is Daniel Schugurensky, one of the leading thinkers on participatory democracy and community development. Daniel is an Associate Professor at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Associate Director of the Centre for Urban and Community Studies. In this discussion, you will come away with new ways to relate to each other and to the government – learning democracy by doing it.
  • Neighbourly Engagement – Change your Neighbourhood From the Ground Up
    The driving forces behind Friends of Dufferin Grove Park and Hespeler Neighbourhood Group will lead this panel discussion on place-making. Hear how incremental changes had lasting impact, how the ‘place’ became the community, and learn how you can do this in your neighbourhood.

While enjoying lunch you can meander through our Ideas Gallery and shop for concepts, campaigns and strategies to bring home.

If your group would like to be part of the gallery please e-mail conference@guelphcivicleague.ca.

At the end of the day, Dave Meslin will launch the final plenary session. Founder of the Toronto Public Space Committee and the Toronto Cyclists Union, Dave has inspired a new generation of activists. His “City Idol” and “Who Runs this Town” campaigns, brought a new level of engagement to municipal politics in Toronto. Dave’s energy and bold new directions for community action will both inform and inspire.

So roll up your sleeves, bring along your friends and invest in a day that guarantees results.

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Rise Up Singing for Women

I received this from my friends Ashley Condon and Jane Lewis. Join them for an introductory weekend workshop where you can explore your voice through exercises, sharing and discussion in a safe, suppportive environment. 

Facilitators: Ashley Condon and Jane Lewis

May 24-25, 2008
Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $95

Website and registration info: www.riseupsinging.ca
e-mail: riseupsinging@sympartico.ca
phone: 519-763-5881

 

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Royal City Rag on April 30 was our first show in CFRU’s amazing new studio.

We’ll call this one “The Community Singalong Show” in honour of the start of Singalong Fridays at the Pantry Cafe, and featuring Sam Turton, Jane Lewis, Heather MacRae, Monique Vischschraper and a cast of thousands (well, hopefully a few more singing at home!)

We had the special pleasure of having Sam singing our theme, Nick Lowe’s “What’s so Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?” live in the studio with Jane, Monique and Heather on backing vocals. What a great job he did too. An amazing way to kick things off in the new space. The new studio has a great feel to it. When you listen to the podcast version below, you’ll realise what a great time we all had. Quite the singalong, and quite the community event.

Later in the show, I played an interview with author/phographer and retired U of G Geography Professor, Fred Dahms, about his new book, “Wellington County”. Fred has a launch party in The Bookshelf E-bar on May 5 from 7-9 p.m. He will be giving a short slide presentation followed by a book-signing. The book is gorgeous. I hope as many people as possible will buy a copy. A great gift for long-lost Guelphites, family members of Guelphites or anyone new to the area. We’ll be doing a book review of “Wellington County” on Royal City Rag sometime soon. I’m hoping to have Fred back in the studio for a chat later in the year.

In the final third of the show we had a chance to talk to Andra Zommers about the second installment of Guelph Speaks. The goal of the project is to provide our community with an anthology that affirms the diversity of the City of Guelph. The Guelph Speaks project aims to provide a platform for some of the many stories that are not commonly heard, in an effort to create a collection of dynamic and inclusive city narratives. Submissions may be any length, however to ensure that as many different voices are included as possible published written works will be limited to 1000 words, and audio and film submissions to 10 minutes.

The community anthology will be released to the public on September 20th, 2008, during a free and catered gathering of story-telling and multi-media presentations at the Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street, featuring excerpts from this year’s submissions.  Additionally, the free, not-for-profit compilation will also be made available to interested individuals, resource centres, and public libraries throughout the city.

Stories can be submitted via email attachment to guelphspeaks@gmail.com, or by mail to 32 Edinburgh Road South, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 5N9. The deadline for story submission is May 16th, 2008.

Music:
The Sam Turton Singalong Band
“What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?” (Nick Lowe) – Lead vocal, Sam
“You Ain’t Going Nowhere” (Bob Dylan) – Lead Vocal, Jane
“I’ll Fly Away” (A.E. Brumley, Traditional Style as in “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”)
“With A Little Help From My Friends” (Lennon and McCartney)
“Lean On Me” (Bill Withers) – Lead Vocal, Sam

Listen to the show:

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I received this from the Guelph Civic League. Sounds like a great idea.

Jane’s Walk in Guelph May 3-4

Jane’s Walk is a celebration of urban living in recognition of Jane Jacobs, urban visionary who believed that we learn most about your city by getting out and walking.    Her ideas on urban planning and healthy neighbourhoods inspired millions. Jane’s Walk is an event geared to inspire and re-inspire us about the city we call home. 

Guelph has been chosen amoung eight Canadian cities that will be conducting free walking tours throughout the weekend of May 3-4.    Guelph will be out walking with Ottawa, Toronto, Charlottetown, Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Calgary. The CBC will be covering the event.

Guelphites, who have currently committed to show off their part of the city include Mayor Farbridge, Councillors Hofland, Beard, Piper and Burcher, Brian Holstein, Susan Ratcliffe, Betty Mottin , David Corks, Mark Rodford and folks from Two Rivers, Howitt Park and Old University Neighbourhood Groups. 

All you need to get involved is a pair of walking shoes and a love for your city. Tours can last anywhere from 30 mins to 90 mins and can be lead by one person or a group. 

Visit the national website, www.janeswalk.net for more tips on leading tours, as well as some sample walking tour descriptions.

 

Currently walks planed for Guelph include…

Saturday May 3
 
Downtown’s Nature Trails, with hosts Bill Hulet and Tim Allman starting at 10:00 a.m.
 
Pollinator Trail Walk with host Vicki Beard at 10:00 a.m. 
 
St George’s Park Neighbourhood Stroll with hosts Mayor Farbridge and Martin Bosch at 11:00 a.m. 

Exploring the Shores of the Speed River with host Susan Ratcliffe at 2:00 p.m.

 
Sunday May 4
 
Alleys, Nooks and Crannies with host Dean Palmer  at 9:30 a.m. 

Rivers, Parks and Buildings New from Old with hosts Andrew Lambden and Georgia Simms at 10:00 a.m.
 
Baker Street: Guelph’s Ghost Neighbourhood with host David Corks at 10:00 a.m. 
 
From Days Gone By to New Urbanism in the Old University Neighbourhood with hosts Leanne Piper and Lise Burcher at 10:00 a.m.

Downtown’s Nature Trails with hosts Bill Hulet and Tim Allman at 10:00 a.m.

An Urban Walk with Tom King: “The Homes I Almost Bought” with host Tom King at 11:00 a.m. 
 
Jane Jacobs Walk and Great Tree Hunt with hosts the Youth Advocacy for Park Preservation at 12:00 p.m. 

Walking the Rails, Rivers and Swamp with host Phil Alt at 1:00 p.m.

Sidewalk Ballet Around Howitt Park Neighbourhood with hosts June Hofland and Karen Moore at 1:00 p.m. 

Exhibition Park, Then, now and what next with hosts Brian Holstein and Jim Mottin at 1:00 p.m. 

Historic Downtown Walkabout with host Betty Mottin (a Guelph Arts Council Heritage Walk)  at 2:00 p.m.

Visit the Jane’s Walk website for full descriptions of all the walks talking place in Guelph including information on meeting point etc.

If you’d like to do a walk in your neighbourhood, there’s still time! 

Email your walk title, overview, starting time and place to  info@guelphcivicleague.ca

All walks are free. Rain or shine. Take some time to get out and enjoy your city.

 

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I received this from the Guelph Speaks Editorial Collective. Its a great idea. Lets all get involved.

Guelph Speaks – Call Out for Stories

Last year, a group of graduate students from the University of Guelph published a book and audio CD of stories collected from people living in Guelph.  Guelph Speaks. The goal of the project was to provide our community with an anthology that affirms the diversity of the City of Guelph.

The book was so well received that this year, a group of undergraduate students from the university, have decided to continue the project and publish a second edition, Guelph Speaks Volume II.

As a city, Guelph is interpreted in many different and very personal ways. The goal of the project is to encourage contributors to critically explore the connection between Self and City.

In Guelph, as in every city, some stories tend to gain far more prominence than others. The Guelph Speaks project aims to provide a platform for some of the many stories that are not commonly heard, in an effort to create a collection of dynamic and inclusive city narratives.

The project organizers want to hear from as many different community members as possible, speaking in their own voice using their own preferred medium whether that be literary, musical, photographic, video, or other.

Submissions may be any length, however to ensure that as many different voices are included as possible published written works will be limited to 1000 words, and audio and film submissions to 10 minutes.

While all participants must sign a waiver giving permission for their stories to be used, submissions may be published anonymously. Each submission must be accompanied by a completed waiver, available as a download from their website, www.guelphspeaks.ca.  Waivers will also be available at local downtown businesses and Community Centres as part of a promotional pamphlet. Demeaning or hateful submissions will not be accepted. As this is a juried anthology, not every submission will be published.

The community anthology will be released to the public on September 20th, 2008, during a free and catered gathering of story-telling and multi-media presentations at the Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street, featuring excerpts from this year’s submissions. 

Additionally, the free, not-for-profit compilation will also be made available to interested individuals, resource centres, and public libraries throughout the city.

Stories can be submitted via email attachment to guelphspeaks@gmail.com, or by mail to 32 Edinburgh Road South, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 5N9.

The deadline for story submission is May 16th, 2008.

Contact guelphspeaks@gmail.com for additional information,

The Guelph Speaks Editorial Collective are Mel Walther, Andra Zommers, Jennifer Bechard, Laura Tozer

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