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From Jane Hastings, Operations Manager at the Eden Mills Writers Festival.

Hello to you all.  The father of the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival also paints. He will be exhibiting his art at the Bookshelf/Ebar from September 6-20.

Join us for a glass of wine at the Opening Reception on September 6 between 5 and 7 p.m . Hope to see you there.

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emwf-words-that-singRoyal City Rag on May 27  focused on the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. Festival Director of Operations Jane Hastings, Dan Evans from The Bookshelf and local author, Andrew Hood joined us live in the studio.

This year’s festival takes place on Sunday, September 20.

The festival also has a very special  fundraiser, “Words That Sing”, taking place at Norfolk Street United Church on Sunday May 31 at 2.00 p.m. The fundraiser features renowned Canadian authors Michael Ondaatje, Jane Urquhart, and Leon Rooke. They will be reading from their work and taking part in a discussion facilitated by Linda Spalding. Soprano Theresa Thibodeau supported by John McClelland (piano), Tim Kramer (bass)  and Adam Zaatinge (drums) will compliment the spoken word with some awe-inspiring music.

Tickets are $20 ($15 for students) and available from The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St. downtown Guelph.

Guelph author Andrew Hood studied in the creative writing program at Concordia University in Montreal and won the Irving Layton Award for Undergraduate Fiction there. His first collection of stories, Pardon Our Monsters (Vehicule Press), won the 2007 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in English. Andrew will be appearing at the Elora Writers Festival on June 7 and at the Eden Mills Writer’s Festival on September 20.

Music:
Harry Manx, Lay Down My Worries from Dog Not Cat
Moxy Fruvous, My Baby Loves Loads Of Authors from Bargainville

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emwf-words-that-singWe’re devoting the whole of Royal City Rag on May 27 to the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival which takes place on Sunday, September 20.

Festival Director of Operations Jane Hastings, Dan Evans from The Bookshelf and local author, Andrew Hood will be joining us live in the studio.

The festival has a very special “Words That Sing” fundraiser on May 31 featuring renowned Canadian authors Michael Ondaatje, Jane Urquhart, and Leon Rooke. They will be reading from their work and taking part in a discussion facilitated by Linda Spalding.

Soprano Theresa Thibodeau supported by John McClelland (piano), Tim Kramer (bass)  and Adam Zaatinge (Drums) will compliment the authors with some awe-inspiring music.

The fundraiser takes place at Norfolk Street United Shurch on Sunday May 31 at 2.00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 ($15 for students) and available from The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St. downtown Guelph.

It promises to be a great show.

Join us on Wednesday, May 27 from 6-7 p.m. on CFRU 93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus Community Radio Station.

Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm or after the fact via the website or CFRU archive.

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emwf-words-that-singYou know that summer is just around the corner when we start discussing the wonderful festivals that take place in Guelph!

The 21st season of the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival takes place on Sunday September 20.

This year, to kick things up a notch, there is an afternoon of readings and song that looks back to the festival’s origins.

Twenty-one years ago, the first festival brought together some of Leon Rooke’s friends to celebrate his publication of A Good Baby.

Those friends were Michael Ondaatje and Jane Urquhart.

On Sunday, May 31 at 2:00 p.m. at the Norfolk St. United Church, Eden Mills Writers Festival is honoured to present Michael Ondaatje, Jane Urquhart, and Leon Rooke for a day of exceptional readings.

In the true spirit of the Festival, the afternoon promises to be a celebration of literature, both written and spoken, its authors, and its readers.

Theresa Thibodeau will add one more element of artistry to the afternoon with her awe-inspiring soprano solos. Whether you are a faithful attendee of the Festival or hearing about it for the first time, you will be among friends.

Spread the word and be sure to get your tickets in advance. Look for them soon at The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St. downtown Guelph. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students). Proceeds will go to support this years festival.

See you on May 31!

Also, look out for a special Eden Mills Writers Festival edition of Royal City Rag on May 27.

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Culture Vultures, Daniel and Lynn were back in the studio for our monthly trip around the Guelph Art Scene on May 6. Great fun, as usual. There must have been something in the air as we were decidedly giddy this time around. Cool music, fun events. Hope you enjoy it.

This month we had one special group pick, Harry Manx Helps Sue. Blues Guitarist Harry Manx will be back in Guelph for a special concert for good friend of Royal City Rag, Sue Richards. Sue is battling Parkinson’s Disease. As an artist she doesn’t have the benefit of the health insurance policy those of us more fortunate often take for granted.

The show takes place at Guelph Little Theatre on June 13  at 7.30 p.m.  Also on the bill: Tannis Slimmon & the Uplifters, Brenda McMorrow, Jessy Bell-Smith, with emcee Jane Miller, magic by Ben Caesar, piano by Jeremy Shute and a photo exhibition by the Guelph Photo Club. Tickets are available at Wild Rose 519-763-2233, Ground Floor Music 519-827-1444 or online at www.helpingfriends.ca.

You can learn more about our individual picks for the month below.

Daniel’s Picks:

Lynn’s Picks:

 

Jan’s Picks:

Music:
Harry Manx, Goodtime Charlie from Harry Manx and Friends Live At The Glen Gould Studio
Jenn Grant, I’ve Got The Two Of You from Echoes
Ian Reid, Sunday Blue from Tiger School

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Sounds like a lot of fun whether you are currently relationship-challenged or not… or just love the spoken and written word.

The Eden Mills Writers Festival have a fundraiser at the E-Bar on February 13 from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. entitled “Unlucky in Love”. Tickets are $13.00 at the door.

The evening will feature readings by Leon Rooke, Stephen HenighanSandra Sabatini and Paul Quarrington as well as an open mic for you to read your own stories of lost or unrequited love.  There will be prizes for the best stories, after voting by the audience.

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I had the opportunity to sit in for my good friend and host of CFRU 93.3fm’s music show Chelsea Morning, Alden Hadwen, on February 7

In the first hour we had an interview with author Sandra Sabatini who will be taking part in the Eden Mills Writers Festival fundraiser, “Unlucky in Love”, at The Bookshelf E-Bar on February 13 from 7 – 9 p.m. with Leon Rooke, Stephen Henighan  and Paul Quarrington. Sandra has a new novel coming out in March entitled “Dante’s War”.

In the second hour, Guelph poet Beth-Anne Fischer joined me for a chat and to read some poetry composed especially for the show! 

Beth-Anne will be coordinating an open mic portion at the Eden Mills Writers Festival fundraiser where you can read your own stories of lost or unrequited love. There will be prizes for the best stories, after voting by the audience.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $13.00 at the door.

Hope you enjoy the show as much as I did putting it together!

Music:
Mary Margaret O’Hara, A New Day from Miss America
The Acorn, Hold Your Breath from Glory Hope Mountain
James Gordon, If You Hear The River Call from Pipe Street Dreams
Eddi Reader, Muddy Water from Peacetime
Mike Mucci, For R.M. from Under The Tulip Tree
Bon Iver, For Emma from For Emma, Forever Ago
Randy Newman, Losing You from Harps And Angels
Gustavo Santaolalla, Brokeback Mountain from Brokeback Mountain (soundtrack)
Proclaimers, Life With You from Life With You
Tannis Slimmon, Our Time Now from Lucky Blue
Sam Turton, Without Love from Feel
Sue Smith, I Caught Myself Falling from I’m So
Carl Strygg, Make Me Do Anything You Want from Sings The Classics
Nick Lowe, Love’s Got A lot To Answer For from At My Age
Kathleen Edwards, Asking For Flowers from Asking For Flowers
Warren Zevon, Keep Me In Your Heart For A While from The Wind

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Part 2

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