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

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

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

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

Tickets go on sale this coming Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 9.00 a.m. from Hillside ticket outlets Ground Floor Music in Guelph, Encore Records in Kitchener and Soundscapes in Toronto as well as online via TicketPro.

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

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

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

* SC is $2.50

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

The goal of the series is to explore the different aspects of culture that currently are recognized under different names but are really all the same thing. 

According to M.A.S.H. Mondays host Doug Larson: ‘Music, art, science, and history are all fuelled by the same human spirit and many of us know that our lives depend on borrowing from one ‘area’ to fuel the ‘others’.  Yet society and the media tend to pigeonhole people into single categories: artist, scientist, musician, and historian. Once placed in a category society then tends to discredit the advice or opinions offered by people perceived to be outside of their area of expertise. M.A.S.H. Mondays will try to change this by showing the joy and utility that can come from multilateral living.”

The shows will be held at Manhattan’s Music Club, 951 Gordon St., Guelph, a club well-known for its wonderful atmosphere and great food. The show will run from 8.30 to 10.30 p.m. Tickets are $30 with dinner and $10 for the show alone.  Seated capacity will be limited to 60 to ensure  that all of the audience have an excellent sightline. 

The first show will run Sept. 13, 2010 to be followed on the first Monday of every month (Oct.4, Nov.1, Dec.6, Jan.10, Feb.7, Mar.7, Apr.4).  

The guests for the fall series include:

  • Sept. 13: Craig Norris:(host of CBC R3-30, lead singer of the Kramdens)
  • Oct. 4: Mike Ford:(musical historian, Canada in Song / Moxy Früvous)
  • Nov. 1: Bob McDonald:(host CBC’s Quirks and Quarks)
  • Dec. 6: Samir Baijal:(artistic director, Hillside Festival / musician). 

Not all dates are set for the winter series, but the guests so far confirmed include:

  • Alan Wildeman: (President, University of Windsor)
  • Jay Ingram: (host, Daily Planet, best selling author)
  • Mark Stutman & Matty Cooper: (instrument builder and teacher).

The host, Doug Larson, brings to the stage his long experience in science plus an intimate familiarity with music, art, and history.  This background should enable the exploration of the creative background of each performer in a setting that would be entertaining to the audience.  The two hour long shows will contain a mixture of talk, visual display and song.  Shows will be filmed in high definition by award-winning scientist and film maker Melanie Wills.  

Patrons will have the opportunity to participate in the show but be prepared for the on stage guests to ask questions back to the audience!

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Shane Koyczan In Full Flight... And Bringing The House Down

Shane Koyczan And The Short Story Long... A Hillside Standing Ovation

Andy White And Friends On The Lake Stage

From Busking In Times Square to Hillside... Banjo With Passion, Morgan O'Kane

Banjo, Dobro And Cello... Time For A Party... Morgan O'Kane On The Lake Stage

Farewell Hillside 2010

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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Morgan O'Kane And Friends

New Orleans' Sam Doores

Be Good Tanyas Frazey Ford And Trish Klein

Horse Feathers' Justin Ringle Leads Off

Hillside Audience Where's Waldo During The Gospel Hour (Pic: Mike Darmon)

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 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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Music:
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

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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Guelph's Emerald City Rock The Island Stage

Stephen Fearing’s Solo Show On The Lake Stage “The Finest Kind”

Stephen Gets A Little Help From Andy White

Reid Jamieson And His Uke On The Lake Stage

Wayne Buttery Lays Down Some Blues On The Lake Stage

Sarah Harmer Fires Up The Main Stage on Saturday Night

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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English Folk Starlet Laura Marling

The Warped 45s At The Lake Stage

Stephen Fearing And Tom Wilson Let Rip For Lee Harvey Osmond

Lee Harvey Osmond's Brett Titcomb Holds Court At The Island Stage

Royal Wood On The Island Stage

Corb Lund Brings Cowboy Country Back to Hillside

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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Councillor Laidlaw

We are pleased to welcome passionate Ward 3 councillor Maggie Laidlaw to CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag this coming Saturday, August 7. Councillor Laidlaw will be joining us 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 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 and Mayor Karen Farbridge.

It should be a fascinating conversation. You won’t want to miss it.

In the first hour, we’ll be on the music festival beat, wrapping up Hillside 2010 and focusing on two other local music festivals, the Fresh Water Jamboree on August 7 and the Sunlight Music Festival on August 14.

The Fresh Water Jamboree is a free music festival at the Riverside Park Bandshell that run from noon till 11.00 p.m. on August 7. The festival, now in its third year, was established to help raise awareness about  the importance of  “fresh water”  not just in Wellington County, but also across Canada and throughout the world. The day-long event will feature musical performances by Sam Turton, Peter Slack, Carmela, Mike Sharp and many more. A presentation about  the importance of fresh water by Wellington Waterwatchers, with support from The City of Guelph, will take place at 7.00 p.m. Food and refreshments will also be available.

A week later, on August 14, the 2nd Annual Sunlight Music Festival takes place, also at the Riverside Park Bandshell, and again, from Noon till 11.00 p.m., rain or shine. A free festival, the Sunlight Music 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.

As always, rest assured, we’ll wrap it all up with some great music.

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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Susan Wheeler

Accessible Hillside – Thanks!
Susan Wheeler
Ability Advisor, Wheeler Consulting

This past weekend I attended Guelph’s ever-popular Hillside Festival at Guelph Lake. It was my first, and, I can say with certainty, it won’t be my last!

I suspect there will already be countless articles raving about the amazingly talented performers who delighted the large crowd in attendance, both rain and shine. I doubt, however, there will be many reporting about and congratulating the Hillside organizers responsible for the many features of the festival that made it possible for individuals with disabilities to attend with ease.

Being one of the many scooter/wheelchair users I found maneuvering through the park a breeze, except for a few muddy sections, following the rain.

Any first time experience going to public venues is not without concern when you have mobility issues to consider. Yet from the time I crossed over on to the island I felt valued, respected and welcomed as a customer.

Usually I dread lining up for registration. I asked my friend to register for me, however she explained she would be unable to remove my arm to put my wristband on, thus I entered into what I thought would be an onerous task. To my surprise it all went smoothly, without incident.

Moving on from there, I had the additional advantage of having accessible parking privileges. This enabled me to bring along extra health aids… just in case. Speaking of which, the accessibility tent provided me with an extra sense of security; it was comforting to know that should I need attention for some unforeseen disaster there was in fact a designated post.

Whew… fortunately I did not require such services. If anything I had to be mindful to not run  other people down – it was crowded!

Let’s move on to the other good stuff. The designated shaded seating area at the main stage was greatly appreciated, especially because it allowed me to enjoy this shaded elevated platform with my companion.

Believe it or not, when I traveled to the Grand Ole Opry a few years back I was placed in what I call disabled row. Close to the stage – no complaint there, but I was not allowed to sit with my friends.

How crazy is that? Let’s hope things have changed down there since then.

The Hillside folks, however,  have the whole ability enchilada figured out. Okay, I’m not a fan of those port-a-potties (who is?) but even those were more accessible then most restaurants I patronize (I won’t mention any names here …grrr).

Considering all the logistics required to put an event of this magnitude together, I just wanted to say thanks to the Hillside crew for their hard work and for providing me with an opportunity to simply be a face in the crowd.

Roll on next year!

Susan Wheeler
susan@wheelerconsulting.ca

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Something In The Air

The Island Awaits

Not Your Average Welcome

The Regular Hillside Greeting

No More Plastic Water

English Folk Starlet Laura Marling Lights Up The Main Stage

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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Tannis Slimmon - Taken Before Hillside Had Even Started!

Tannis Slimmon kicked off our Hillside in a workshop with Vancouver-based Cuban singer-songwriter Alex Cuba, and Windsor popsters Michou. Guelph’s adopted daughter was in fine form. She will be performing a full set on Sunday.

Tannis Slimmon - A Mountain Of Love

Alex Cuba And Windsor's Michou

Genre Defying Cuban Exile Alex Cuba

If you are still trying to get a ticket, Sunday passes may still be 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 may also still be weekend passes for seniors available at a reduced rate of just $49.50!

Check out Kijiji or Craigslist for bargains now that the festival has started.

More Later.

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Susan Wheeler

London Ontario’s Home County Folk Festival – An Accessible Experience
Susan Wheeler
Ability Advisor, Wheeler Consulting

Last weekend I attended the 37th Home County Folk Festival in London ON. The talent was plentiful and amazing! Representing all age groups the music shone across the park as brightly as the scorching mid day sun. Children dressed with face paint, danced, clapped and many slept while pushed along in carriages. The rest of us, thousands of loosely dressed adults, relaxed and enjoyed the music of hometown and far traveled musicians. The highlight of the evening was the renowned Bruce Cockburn, who was true to form and absolutely amazing.

The festival itself was held in Victoria Park, and street intersections located immediately nearby were closed at appropriate times to accommodate and ensure the safety of the flow of walking traffic. The park’s grounds were exceptionally clean and the festival organizers provided many well-marked and person-managed recycle stations.

Vendor booths were adequately spaced apart making it easy to view products, manage line-ups of purchasers and still accommodate a continuous flow of shopping and browsing traffic.  The variety of foods available was sure to captured any and all tastes imaginable, and the hand-made crafts and unique products were interesting to say the least. Booths were lined along wide paved walkways, making it easy to access the vendor booths. They were positioned in such a way as to not distract from the performing stage locations, which were set further back from the walkways on well-manicured grass areas surrounded by the shade of large trees.  Every detail was well thought out.

The manufacturers of folding, collapsible chairs, the kind that easily slide into matching tote bags, were well represented as well; so much so that I made a mental note to look for possible stock purchases.

Myself a scooter wheelchair user, I was especially taken by true access that the festival exuded. For once maneuvering through a large crowd was not an onerous exercise. In fact, someone commented to me that many people attending had various disabilities; wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes were all well represented. Given the festival was freely available (no attendance fee was required) and held at a venue that was truly accessible (no stairs, flat, paved, well ventilated) it was a perfect example of build it and they will come, and I, for one will come again next year!

Susan Wheeler
susan@wheelerconsulting.ca

Susan Wheeler will also be reporting from this year’s Hillside Festival for Royal City Rag.

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There will be no Royal City Rag on CFRU93.3fm this Saturday, July 24. We’ll be at Hillside, armed with camera and recorder. We’ll endevour to bring a little bit of the festival back for you!

Come by and say “Hello” if you see us!

The Sun Shines On Hillside 2008

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

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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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Music:
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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We are pleased to welcome our culture vulture Marie Zimmerman back to Royal City Rag for our monthly chat on Saturday July 17 between 8-9 a.m.

Marie is currently executive director of the Hillside Festival. As the festival is just a week away and the schedule has just been announced we’ll be  talking about some of the artists you can expect to enjoy.

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

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

We’ll also find time to plug one or two of the other arts related events including Art on the Street taking place in downtown Guelph on Saturday (July 17) from 10 a.m. till 6.00 pm. A free street fest that provides fun for all the family!

Art on the street turns the spotlight on some of the fabulous talent within the local visual arts community. Over 70 artists will showcase their works in temporary, open-air studios which will line both sides of Quebec Street.

Changes for 2010 include a new partnership between the Downtown Guelph Business Association and Guelph Arts Council to host this year’s event, and the generous presence of Guelph School of Art in the children’s area.

To see a list of this year’s artists, visit downtownguelph.com.

In the second hour of the show  (9-10 a.m.) we are pleased to welcome Ward 5 Councillor Leanne Piper to 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. 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.

It should be a fascinating conversation. You won’t want to miss it.

As always we’ll wrap it all up with some great music.

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

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

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

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

Check out the full schedule of performances and workshops HERE

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

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

Ticket prices are:

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

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

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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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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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There will be a musical start to Royal City Rag on June 5; University of Guelph Emeritus Professor, musician, creator of the Guelph Guitar Doug Larson, will be joining us in the first hour (8-9 a.m.) with Thomas Aldridge, owner of Manhattans to talk about M.A.S.H. Mondays, a new collaboration between Manhattans Music Club and the Hillside Festival. Doug will also be playing the Guelph Guitar 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.

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).

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)

Large Elm Tree

In the second hour, Judy Martin from the Sierra Club Canada and Norah Chaloner from Guelph Urban Forest Friends will join us to talk about the City of Guelph’s proposed new tree bylaw as well provide some follow-up on the city’s Natural Heritage Strategy and Official Plan deliberations.

Guelph Urban Forest Friends have been advocating for our urban trees, including a stronger protective tree bylaw and a separate urban forestry department with a certified forester to more effectively manage tree maintenance and coordinate public education on the value of our mature trees.

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.

The City of Guelph has held one workshop  (June 3) and has another planned (June 8) to provide input on proposed changes.

The June 8 workshop take place at City Hall, 1 Carden St. in Meeting Room C from 7–9 p.m. Following a presentation, participants will have an opportunity to discuss issues and provide feedback.

About the draft Tree Bylaw
In addition to regulating trees 10 centimetres at breast height on lots larger than 0.2 hectares (0.5 acres), the updated draft bylaw proposes to regulate damage or removal of larger trees on smaller properties; trees 20 centimetres in diameter at breast height on lots less than 0.2 hectares (0.5 acres). The updated draft also includes a permit process, a list of exemptions, entry and inspection powers, enforcement measures and increased fines.

View the draft Tree By-law

Even if you can’t attend the sessions, you can still comment. Comments will be received until June 18.

Suzanne Young, Environmental Planner
519-837-5616 x 2356
suzanne.young@guelph.ca

Jessica McEachren, Environmental Planner
519-837-5616 x 2563
jessica.mceachren@guelph.ca

For more on Guelph Urban Forest Friends, please visit www.guffguelph.ca.

As always we’ll wrap the whole thing up with some great music. Should be fun. You won’t want to miss it!

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

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

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

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

The guests for the series will include:

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

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

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

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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.

Listen to Hour 2:

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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Royal City Rag will be back on CFRU 93.3fm this coming Saturday, May 8 from 7-9 a.m.

In the first hour we will be welcoming Rob Case from Guelph International Resource Centre (GIRC) back to the show. GIRC have their first Rain Barrel Sale of the season, this Saturday May 8 from 10.00 a.m. – Noon at Planet Bean Cafe, Grange Plaza (259 Grange Road East, Guelph).

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). To guarantee availability, pre-order yours now HERE.

Proceeds from the rain barrel sale support the GIRC’s other initiatives, including the Guelph Festival of Moving Media taking place in November.

Staff from The Elora Centre for Environmental Excellence will also be on hand at Planet Bean from 10.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. to provide FREE home energy advice. Non-perishable food items will also be graciously accepted for the Grange Hill East Neighbourhood Group’s food cupboard.

There will be two other opportunities purchase a GIRC rain barrel:

  • Saturday May 15, 2010; 10:00-1:00 p.m.; at the West End Recreation Centre
  • Wednesday May 19, 2010; 5:00-8:00 p.m.; at the Stone Store, 14 Commercial Street, Guelph

In the second hour of the show we’ll welcome back to Royal City Rag our culture vulture, Marie Zimmerman (currently executive director of the Hillside Festival), for a relaxed chat about the arts focusing on three of the main 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).

As usual we’ll wrap up the whole show with some great music. You won’t want to miss it!

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station.

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live on CFRU93.3fm, you can pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, the next day.

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

Seems like summer is just around the corner!

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

Ticket prices are:

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

 

The Hillside Volunteer Program Is Also OPEN!

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

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

Click HERE to view Hillside opportunities and sign-up.

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

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Royal City Rag has TWO pairs of tickets to give away for Hillside Inside.

The festival takes place in the Sleeman Centre on February 6 from 4-11 p.m. Tickets for the festival are $75 which makes this a $150 value! 

The following artists are appearing at this year’s festival: Ani Difranco, Hawksley Workman, Martin Sexton, Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy), Basia Bulat, Bahamas, Delhi 2 Dublin, Woodhands, Socalled, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Elisapie Isaac.

It promises to be a great day out.

For full details of all the artists on the bill and to purchase tickets visit the Hillside Festival website.

To win the tickets, please answer the following question:

In what year did the Arcade Fire first appear at the Hillside Festival?

Send your answer to info@royalcityrag.ca.

The first two correct answers win the tickets. Good luck!

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It was yet another hectic Royal City Rag on January 30. This week we focused on local efforts to Help Haiti, the City of Guelph Natural Heritage Strategy deliberations and Hillside Inside.

We started off the show with a three song set dedicated to my mother on her birthday. First up, it was Kate and Anna McGarrigle with Rufus Wainright, Emmylou Harris and Karen Masterson from the outstanding BBC Transatlantic Sessions and their version of Stephen C Foster’s gorgeous civil war song “Hard Times Come Around No More”.

Durham miners at the coalface in the 1940s

We followed that with Alex Glasgow, a singer-songwriter from the North-East of England, and “I Shall Cry Again”; a beautiful song about the decline of the British coal mining industry and the communities that they sustained. Alex Glasgow is probably most well known as the composer of the songs for the musical play Close The Coalhouse Door and the theme tune for the BBC TV North-East drama set between the wars, When The Boat Comes In. Alex passed away in 2001. He spent the last twenty years in Australia where he contined to be held in great affection. One of my (many) claims to fame is that Alex Glasgow while working for BBC Radio Newcastle came to my school when I was eight to interview several of us about things we’d done but never told our parents. Well, needless to say I didn’t have too much to say…

We finished the set with Joan Baez and her version of Steve Earle’s “I Am Wanderer” from her most recent and highly recommended album, Day After Tomorrow. Happy 28th birthday, Mum!

Later in the first hour we talked to Bruce Leeming from the The Friends of Ile a Vache about their on-going efforts to develop a sustainable community on the island of Ile La Vache on the south coast of the country. Friends of Ile a Vache have been operating in Haiti for more than a decade. They have been working to improve the island’s standard of living and economy ever since. Friends of Ile a Vache have developed a rainwater cistern collection plan and strategically placed 30 cisterns around the island. They have also started a sustainable fish farm with land donated by the local mayor. They hope that these projects will help break the continuous aid cycle. Once Ile a Vache is self-sustaining they aim to develop similar projects elsewhere in Haiti.

Bruce Leeming will be giving a presentation on the Ile a Vache projects at Guelph Place on February 4 at 7 p.m. and at the Guelph Legion on February 11 at 7.00 p.m. Every cent donated to the Friends of Ile a Vache makes it way to the Haitian population, not one cent goes to overhead. For more information on Friends of Ile a Vache visit their website at friendsofileavachehaiti.com.

Later in the hour we continued the Helping Haiti theme when we talked to local musician and activist Sam Turton about the Help Haiti benefit show taking place in Guelph at the River Run Centre on February 7. The event features Kevin Breit, Scott Merritt, Jane Bunnett, Dionne Brand, the University of Guelph choirs and The Guelph Music Revue, an ensemble featuring some of Guelph’s renowned musicians and singer-songwriters.

Tickets are $30 and available from the River Run Box Office: 519-763-3000 or online. All proceeds go to the Canadian Red Cross. All of those involved, including the River Run Centre facilities, are donating their services for the event.

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In the second hour, Judy Martin from the Sierra Club Canada joined us to talk about the City of Guelph’s Natural Heritage Strategy. The Natural Heritage Strategy aims to identify Guelph’s significant natural areas to ensure their long-term protection and enhancement. Guelph is expected to grow dramatically over the next 25 years.  The unprecedented growth will put great pressure on our natural areas within the city. These areas may simply be swallowed up by development if they are not adequately protected.

A public forum to view the current draft for the Natural Heritage Strategy takes place on February 4 from 6.30 – 9.30 p.m. at City Hall in meeting room C. Please consider attending and making your voice heard.

Martin Sexton

Finally, to wrap up the show, Royal City Rag’s culture vulture, Marie Zimmerman,  the executive director of the Hillside Festival, joined us to talk about some of the artists at this year’s Hillside Inside taking place on February 6 at the Sleeman Centre. Tickets for the festival which runs from 4-11 p.m. are $75. For details of all the artists on the bill and to purchase tickets visit the Hillside Festival website.

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Kate And Anna McGarrigle, Karen Masterson, Mary Black and Rufus Wainright, Hard Times Come Around No More from The Transatlantic Sessions (Youtube)
Alex Glasgow, And I Shall Cry Again from Now And Then
Joan Baez, I Am A Wanderer from Day After Tomorrow
Eddie Vedder, My City Of Ruins (single) Benefiting Artists For Peace And Justice Haiti Relief
Hawksley Workman, The Ground We Stand On from Meat
Basia Bulat, The Shore from Heart Of My Own
Owen Pallett, Lewis Takes Action from Heartland
Bahamas, Whole Wide World from Pink Strat
Martin Sexton, Wild Angels from Seeds

 

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Royal City Rag on January 30 will focus on local efforts to Help Haiti, the City of Guelph Natural Heritage Strategy deliberations and Hillside Inside.

KaKoch Beach, Ile a Vache

In the first hour we’ll talk to Bruce Leeming from the The Friends of Ile a Vache about their on-going efforts to develop a sustainable community on the island of Ile La Vache on the south coast of the country.

Friends of Ile a Vache have been operating in Haiti for more than a decade. The organisation was originally formed by a group of friends searching for the wreck of the celebrated Canadian racing schooner, Bluenose that foundered off the coast of Ile La Vache in 1946. They fell in love with the island and its population and have been working to improve the island’s standard of living and economy ever since.

Finding and maintaining sources of clean water is a common problem in Haiti. Friends of Ile a Vache have developed a rainwater cistern collection plan and strategically placed 30 cisterns around the island. They have also started a sustainable fish farm with land donated by the local mayor. They hope that these projects will help break the continuous aid cycle. Once Ile a Vache is self-sustaining they aim to develop similar projects elsewhere in Haiti.

Bruce Leeming will be giving a presentation on the Ile a Vache projects at Guelph Place on February 4 at 7 p.m. and at the Guelph Legion on February 11 at 7.00 p.m.

Every cent donated to the Friends of Ile a Vache makes it way to the Haitian population, not one cent goes to overhead. For more information on Friends of Ile a Vache visit their website at friendsofileavachehaiti.com.

Later in the hour we’ll continue the Helping Haiti theme when we talk to local musician and activist Sam Turton about the Help Haiti benefit show taking place in Guelph at the River Run Centre on February 7. The event features Kevin Breit, Scott Merritt, Jane Bunnett, Dionne Brand, the University of Guelph choirs and The Guelph music revue, an ensemble featuring some of Guelph’s renowned musicians and singer-songwriters.

Tickets are $30 and available from the River Run Box Office: 519-763-3000 or online. All proceeds go to the Canadian Red Cross. All of those involved, including the River Run Centre facilities, are donating their services for the event.

In the second hour, Judy Martin from the Sierra Club Canada will join us to talk about the City of Guelph’s Natural Heritage Strategy. The Natural Heritage Strategy aims to identify Guelph’s significant natural areas to ensure their long-term protection and enhancement.

Gueph is expected to grow dramatically over the next 25 years.  As Guelph’s city limits are (in theory) fixed, the unprecedented growth will put great pressure on our natural areas including parks and green spaces. These areas may simply be swallowed up by development if they are not adequately protected.

There is a public forum on the Natural Heritage Strategy at City Hall on February 4 from 6.30 – 9.30 p.m. in meeting room C.

Finally, to wrap up the show, Royal City Rag’s culture vulture, Marie Zimmerman (who is also currently the executive director of the Hillside Festival) will join us to discuss some of the highlights of this year’s Hillside Inside taking place on February 6 at the Sleeman Centre.

Phew! Sounds like a fun show. Don’t miss it!

Royal City Rag, Saturdays from 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3 fm, Guelph’s Campus and Community Radio Station. Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm, or, after the fact, via the website. If it happens in Guelph you’ll hear about it on Royal City Rag!

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Royal City Rag on January 23 had everything – great music, informative interviews and lots of technical knob-twiddling to keep me on my toes… even if I was a little short of sleep after a late night attending Tannis Slimmon’s fabulous show at the River Run!

Kate McGarrigle

We started off the show with a short musical tribute to Kate McGarrigle who passed away this week.

Following up on the appreciation that appeared on the Royal City Rag blog we played two songs, “Heart Like A Wheel” from the album Kate and Anna McGarrigle followed by “Walking Song” from Dancer With Bruised Knees. A tremendous loss.

Check out both these albums if you don’t have them. I’m sure Ground Floor Music will order them in if required. You’ll not be disappointed.

Organic Conference Trade Show

Later in the hour we talked to Mike Driscoll, media co-ordinator with the 29th Organic Conference.

The conference takes place at the University of Guelph from  January 28-31.

With workshops for novices and producers, as well as a great trade show and food fair in the University Centre there is something for everyone.

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Paul Quarrington

We started off the second hour with a musical tribute to Toronto writer and musician Paul Quarrington, another sad loss this week.

Paul, a stalwart of the Eden Mills Writers Festival, is best known as the writer of “Whale Music” a novel about a burned-out rock star, brought to life, so memorably on screen, by Maury Chaykin.

An inspiration to us all, Paul continued working right up to the end, leaving behind a legacy of music and writings to be released posthumously.

In a fitting tribute to a man that lived life with such passion, we played the song “Bon Vivant” from Paul’s own blues boogie band, Porkbelly Futures. We followed that with an absolutely a gorgeous song by Buddy and Julie Miller, “Don’t Say Goodbye” (featuring Patti Griffin on backing vocals) from the album Written In Chalk. Paul Quarrington, another great Canadian who will be sorely missed.

Later in the hour we continued the organic food theme with Shannon Lee Stirling and Kristi Mahy.

Shannon (formerly with Backyard Bounty, and now at Foodshare) has a workshop about urban agriculture taking place on Sunday, January 31 from 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. Kristi has a workshop about growing your own fresh greens during the winter months on January 26 at the Guelph Youth Music Centre at 7.00 p.m.

British songer-songwriter and activist Martyn Joseph is a special favourite of Royal City Rag. We played another beautiful song from Martyn, “All This Time” from Don’t Talk About Love. Martin is currently on tour in Canada. Unfortunately he won’t be coming to Guelph though he does have three dates in southern Ontario:

  • February 11, Hugh`s Room, 2261 Dundas St West, Toronto, 416-531-6604
  • February 12, Grafton Town Hall, 10836 Hwy 2, Grafton, 905-349-3715
  • February 13, Market Hall Theatre, 340 George St N, Peterborough, 705-743-3372

We’re hoping to have Martyn on Royal City Rag for an interview while he’s in Canada. Stay tuned for that.

Later in the show we talked 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. We’ll be following up on this interview with a live appearance by Marie Zimmerman (Royal city Rag’s Culture Vulture Marie) on next weeks show (January 30). Marie is currently the executive director of the Hillside Festival, and, probably one of the busiest people on the planet at the moment. It will be great to have her back.

Another busy but fun show. I hope you enjoyed it.

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Kate And Anne McGarrigle, Heart Like A Wheel from Kate And Anne McGarrigle
Kate And Anne McGarrigle, Walking Song from Dancer With Bruised Knees
Martyn Joseph, All This Time from Don’t Talk About Love
Kris Kristofferson, Dear John from Closer To The Bone
Monsters Of Folk, The Right Place from Monsters Of Folk
Pork Belly Futures, Bon Vivant from Porkbelly Futures
Buddy And Judy Miller, Don’t Say Goodbye from Written In Chalk
Hawksley Workman, All The Trees Are Hers from Between The Beautifuls
Kate And Anne McGarrigle, Kiss And Say Goodbye from Kate And Anne McGarrigle

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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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Catch Hillside Festival’s Paula Perri on CFRU93.3fm’s Royal City Rag on January 23 and Marie Zimmerman on January 30. If it happens in Guelph you’ll hear about it on Royal City Rag!

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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.

Listen to Hour 2:

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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Hillside logo-whiteThe 3rd annual Hillside Inside will take place on Saturday February 6, 2010 from 4.00 – 11:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre, downtown Guelph.

All tickets will go on sale Saturday, November 7, 2009 at  10 a.m.  

Hillside Inside is an environmentally-conscious, full-day concert focusing on bringing an outdoor festival feel indoors. The hope is for music lovers to enjoy a taste of Hillside during the winter months. 

Martin Sexton

Martin Sexton

Hillside Inside will feature 7.5 hours of dynamic and engaging programming. Confirmed performers to date include Ani DiFranco (her only Ontario appearance), Hawksley Workman, Martin Sexton, Final Fantasy, Basia Bulat, Bahamas, Woodhands and Delhi 2 Dublin. 

Regular priced passes are $75.00.  There is a limit of ten passes per person.  Tickets will be available for purchase on-line at www.hillsidefestival.ca or ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1.866.598.4455, the Hillside office and designated outlets.  Children 12 and under and seniors (65+) have access to a discounted ticket of $55 for the event. Also, the first 500 University of Guelph students can purchase tickets at the CSA Office (US Level 2, Room 274) for a discounted price of $70.

Hillside Inside will feature local food and craft vendors and a selection of community organization booths.

A wide range of Volunteer opportunities are available for Hillside Inside 2010.  Please visit our website (www.hillsidefestival.ca) for details about the application process.

The Hillside Festival is a not-for-profit organization managed by a board of directors and a small complement of year round staff.

Don’t miss a special Royal City Rag interview with the organisers of Hillside Inside 2010 on November 14.

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Hillside logo-whiteFrom the Hillside Festival:

Hillside Inside Volunteer Program Launch!
 
The 3rd annual Hillside Inside event takes place on Saturday February 6, 2010, at the Sleeman Centre, downtown Guelph.  The volunteer program will launch on Tuesday October 13.
 
Experience Hillside from the Inside as an event volunteer, coordinator or committee member; the opportunities are endless.  Volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people, gain work experience, give back to your community and just have fun!
 
Hillside welcomes applications from anyone aged 13 and up.  Front of House and Back of House positions are available including Box Office, Gate, Equipment Shuttle, Performer Check In and many more. 

According to Volunteer Manager, Jessie O’Donnell, “Hillside Inside is a great opportunity for volunteers to get a taste of the Hillside culture and is a good gateway to getting involved in the summer program”. 

Visit www.hillsidefestival.ca to view the position descriptions.
 
As there is high interest in our Volunteer Program, please sign up early to avoid disappointment. While this does not guarantee your placement, it is definitely taken into consideration.  Returning volunteers are also encouraged to sign up early as your place will only be held for you until January 8, 2010.
 
Volunteer application and agreement forms are available for download from the Hillside website or can be picked up at the Hillside Office: 123 Woolwich Street, Guelph. 
 
Tickets for Hillside Inside will go on sale in November. 

Catch the Hillside Festival’s Jessie O’Donnell on CFRU93.3fm’s Royal City Rag on October 10 between 8-9 a.m.

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It was another packed show on October 10, despite the fact that it was the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Dave Sills from the Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians and Royal City Rag’s own Bob Gordon joined us in the first hour to talk about the so-called “third way” approach to the development of the Hanlon Creek Business Park, a plan favoured by several prominent community groups and local activists.

After extensive research, they are proposing a number of “reasonable changes” to the current plan to ensure that environmental protection will be in place to protect the health of the Hanlon Creek and associated wetlands. They are also recommending that construction continue to be delayed until more is known about the habitat of species at risk in the project area and calling for increased investment in the reuse of existing buildings and the redevelopment of ‘brownfield’ sites.

It was a great interview and a must listen for those still questionning why people are calling for a rethink to the current plans for the project.

RebickwebIn the second hour, we discussed Judy Rebick’s upcoming visit to Guelph. 

Judy is coming to town on Wednesday October 14 to introduce the award-winning film Fierce Light and to do a ‘Guelph-launch’ of her latest book, “Transforming Power”. The event is co-hosted by Guelph Civic League, The Bookshelf and 10 Carden with guest Judy Rebick.

Fierce Light will be shown at 7.00 p.m. in the Bookshelf cinema followed by a reception for Transforming Power in the Green Room.

Judy Rebick sums up the theme presented in both the film and her book this way, “This convergence of the spiritual and political is a theme of my book and of Velcrow’s film and it is a powerful movement  emerging.”  

Velcrow Ripper, the director of Fierce Light is in high demand across Canada and is now in the U.S. leading workshops on spiritual activism.  He describes his approach this way: “Spiritual Activism is the coming together of spirituality, and activism. It is not about any form of dogma, it is simply activism that comes from the heart, not just the head, activism that is compassionate, positive, kind, fierce and transformative.  It focuses as much on what we are for, as on what we are against.  It is rooted in an understanding of interdependence, and works to end of the suffering of all beings, even our opponents.  Nothing could be more inspiring and more rewarding than being the change we want to see in the world, within and without.”

Rebick_TransPower[1]According to a review of Transforming Power by Anama Leadership: “Judy Rebick’s new book Transforming Power captures the new paradigm of leadership and social change – from top-down, power-over, externally-directed models to one where power is shared, collaboration is possible and power comes from the inside out. Judy aptly chose the subtitle “from the personal to the political”, laying out the case for social change leaders and organizations to focus not just on external power inequalities but also on the way we re-create and perpetuate these external dynamics in both our professional and personal relationships.” 

We completed the show with an interview with Hillside Festival’s Jessie O’Donnell regarding volunteer opportunities at Hillside Inside which takes place on Saturday February 6, 2010.

Music:
Cuff The Duke, The Words You Ignore from Way Down Here
Jayhawks, Waiting For The Sun from Music From The North Country
James Gordon, Kelvinator from Youtube/www.royalcityrag.ca
Eliza Gilkyson, Unsustainable from Emerald Street
Mike Mucci, Sunnyside Of Guelph from Sunnyside E.P.
Mary Gauthier, Thanksgiving from Between Daylight And Darkness
Levon Helm, I Wish I knew How It Would Feel To Be Free from Electric Dirt
Proclaimers, Three More Days from Notes And Rhymes
Jeff Beck, Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers from Performing This Week… Live At Ronnie Scott’s
Jann Arden, All The Days from Free

Listen to the show:
Part 1

Part 2

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We have another full show planned for October 10, even if it’s the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Dave Sills from the Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians and Royal City Rag’s own Bob Gordon will join us to talk about the so-called “third way” approach to the development of the Hanlon Creek Business Park, a plan favoured by several prominent community groups and local activists.

After extensive research, they are proposing a number of “reasonable changes” to the current plan to ensure that environmental protection will be in place to protect the health of the Hanlon Creek and associated wetlands. They are also recommending that construction continue to be delayed until more is known about the habitat of species at risk in the project area and calling for increased investment in the reuse of existing buildings and the redevelopment of ‘brownfield’ sites.

RebickwebIn the second hour we will be chatting to Annie O’Donoghue from the Guelph Civic League about Judy Rebick’s visit to Guelph next week.  Judy is coming to town on October 14 to introduce the award-winning film Fierce Light, When Spirit Meets Action, and to do a ‘Guelph-launch’ of her latest book, “Transforming Power”. Fierce Light will be shown at 7.00 p.m. in the Bookshelf cinema followed by a reception for Transforming Power in the Green Room.

Finally, we will be speaking to the Hillside Festival’s Jessie O’Donnell about volunteer opportunities at Hillside Inside taking place on Saturday February 6, 2010.

Hope you can join us.

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

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On August 5, Culture Vulture Marie joined us to for another trip around the Guelph art scene, this time focusing heavily on our wonderful summer festivals.

Dancehall Free For All 9 -5 LivesWe started off the show with Dancehall Free For All, fresh from their very successful return to the Hillside Festival, with Danny Knows from their great album, 9 – 5 Lives. Dancehall Free For All are a wonderful live band, with an on stage swagger that defies their young age. Definitely check them out if you can. Also check out their website to download two cool new songs Shameless and Kelsey for free!

Marie also shared her highlights from Hillside 2009, with a special mention for phenomenal young Quebecois Beatrice Martin known as Coeur de Pirate, and Owen Pallett’s Final Fantasy

Other events included in the discussion were the Downtown Guelph Friday Noonhour ConcertsLiam Titcomb’s Busking For Change, Sunlight Music Festival, Eden Mills Writers Festival and Fergus Scottish Festival.

Royal City Rag has TWO tickets to give away to the Sunlight Music Festival taking place at the Riverside Park Concertshell on August 15 from Noon till 11.00 p.m., rain or shine.

Artists confirmed for the one day solar-powered festival include James Gordon, Ian Reid, Blindsided Poets, Red Balloon, Pascal, Nabi Loney, Lost for Thoughts, The Canned Goods, City Wide Panic, Noizy Naybrz and headliner, Cape Breton fiddler extraordinaire, Ashley MacIssac.

Tickets for the festival are $25.00. Proceeds from the festival will support Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis.

If you’d like to enter the draw for the tickets send an e-mail to info@royalcityrag.ca.

Also, don’t forget that we are moving to Saturdays, 7-9 a.m., from August 15.

Royal City Rag: New Day, New Time, Still A Great Show!

Music:
Dancehall Free For All, Danny Knows from 9 – 5 Lives
Ian Reid, At The Open Stage from Somewhere Inbetween
Liam Titcomb, War from Peace Songs
Coeur de Pirate, Comme des Enfants from Coeur de Pirate
Jaso Raso, Ava’s Song from Black Mamba
The Mudmen, Underdog from The Mudmen

Listen to the show:

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Another rerun. We replayed the show from July 16, our pre-Hillside show where we were joined by Marie from the Culture Vultures.

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Our pre Hillside show with Susan, the Weather Pixie and Culture Vulture, Marie. I’ll be scootering around the Hillside Festival for CFRU during the festival.

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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From Oxanna Adams.

 

Silver Creek Tree Planting on Saturday, April 19th, 9 am -1 pm, rain or shine.

 

The planting area is just west of the outdoor volley ball courts on the north side of the Speed River (west of the Edinburgh/Wellington intersection). Be part of the Speed River Project and help restore our riverside lands!  Bring gloves, long pants, sturdy foorwear and sun gear (and an extra shovel if you have one).  Come out for a fun morning of planting native shrubs, trees, and general clean-up.

 

From Bill McLellan.

 

Hillside tree planting is taking place on Saturday the 26th April at Guelph Lake.

 

We will be planting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but if you can’t commit to that much time, we would be happy to see you for a couple of hours or so. It’s all good.  Hopefully by then, we will have some really good weather. This year is the same as last year – we are providing warm drinks and hot food as well as snacks so you don’t go hungry while you are there.

 

To find us, just drive into the park, tell the gate people you are here for the Hillside planting and you will be directed towards the island.  We are at the T-junction. Things you should bring, if you have them: a shovel, a mug or cup, and a plate with a spoon or fork. Also, some warm clothes just in case. If you don’t have the shovel, we may be able to help.

 

There’s another tree planting going on that day at the Nature Centre. So don’t confuse us with them.  See you there.

 

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