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Welcome to the original website for Royal City Rag.

Royal City Rag started in Guelph in August 2005 as a Tuesday morning mixed music and spoken word (politics and current affairs) show. After a brief stint in the Wednesday 6-7 p.m. slot we found our way to our current home on Saturday mornings from 8-10 a.m.

And now… we’ve split into two different radio shows!

The musical side of Royal City Rag is now known as Folk Roots Radio. We’re still on the air on Saturdays, from 8-10 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm.

Folk Roots Radio
If folk, roots, country and blues are your thing you’ll find them all on Folk Roots Radio. Grab your favourite morning brew and settle down for two hours of music and more to start your Saturday! If you are a musician and you want to play live in the studio, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

To contact us:  jan@folkrootsradio.com.

Our current affairs and politics output is now part of Beyond the Ballot Box. Beyond the Ballot Box takes place on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. on CFRU 93.3fm.

Beyond the Ballot Box
Beyond the Ballot Box is your home for politics and current affairs. You can find us on CFRU 93.3fm in Guelph every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. Join us for The Gang of Four roundtable as we humorously tackle the big political stories of the week. Stay with us for one on one interviews and our sister show Accessibility Matters or join us for The Guelph Hour, a roundtable discussion featuring a special guest, dedicated to the Royal City. Beyond the Ballot Box is produced by Jan Hall and hosted by Jan Hall with Oliver Rockside.

Politics and current affairs: jan@beyondtheballotbox.ca.

We’re keeping this website as a resource so feel free to visit and check out the archive.

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Thanks for bearing with us during our enforced break.

We’re on the mend here at Royal City Rag Central but as this weekend is Move-In Day at the University, we’re taking another week off for recuperation.

We’ll be back on the air, September 11. Mayor Farbridge will again be our guest.

Please note that our planned end of term conversation with Ward 2 Councillor Ian Findlay has been rescheduled for September 18.

The good news is that Municipal Election 2010 in Guelph is finally hotting up; September 10 is the last day for candidates to declare.

Expect to see that urban blight, the election sign, slowly taking over the city after Labour Day!

CFRU 93.3fm’s Municipal Election Coverage is also taking shape. We’ll be on air every Tuesday mornings from 7-9 a.m. with Municipal Election Radio co-hosted by Royal City Rag’s Jan Hall, The Working Week’s Scotty Hertz and former host of Gen X for Gen Y, Oliver Rockside. Our election coverage kicks off on  September 14.

We’ll be discussing the election issues and covering the debates, as well as reporting on the races for Mayor and City Council. We’ll also be live from the River Run Centre on election night, October 25.

Royal City Rag and other CFRU 93.fm will also continue to provide election coverage as part of regular programming. Should be lots of fun. You won’t want to miss it!

So, in the meantime, please take advantage of our archive. We’ll be kickstarting the blog  again next week and expect to be back on the air next weekend. Until then, have a great week!

Cheers,
Jan Andrea Hall

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Unfortunately, due to illness, there will be no Royal City Rag on CFRU 93.3fm this weekend.

The planned end of term conversation with Ward 2 Councillor Ian Findlay will be rescheduled for a later date.

Although I may not be live on the air this weekend, rest assured, I’ll be back as soon as I am able.

In the meantime, technology is a beautiful thing; so please do check out our archive using the search function.

Cheers,
Jan Andrea Hall

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For those of you who like to wake up with Royal City Rag on a Saturday morning but find 7.00 a.m. just too early… we have good news.

We’re moving to 8-10 a.m. every Saturday morning with immediate effect.

Same great show, just more of a lie in for all of us!

As a special treat, this Saturday we’ll be on the air from 7-10 a.m., just to make the adjustment a little more bearable for everyone.

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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Well, that is the sort of week I have had…

I’ll be taking a little time for recuperation this weekend.

I may not be live on the air but, rest assured, I’ll be back as soon as I am able.

Technology is a beautiful thing; so please do check out our archive.

Next Saturday morning I expect to be back in the studio; so until then, have a good week.

Cheers,
Jan Andrea Hall

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Royal City Rag will be (literally) broadcasting from the road this coming Saturday, March 27 between 8-9 a.m. 

We’ll be the first CFRU show to make use of the radio station’s new mobile studio as we travel by road from Guelph to St Jacob’s for a storytelling event.

Not only will the studio allow us to be location much more from now on but with this new technology we can actually broadcast on route while we’re driving along.

We’ll be travelling in a specially equipped school bus with CFRU 93.3fm and Royal City Rag emblazoned on the side. We’ll be hard to miss so do look out for us as we travel down Victoria Road, through downtown, and out via Edinburgh Road North and Woodlawn Road to Hwy 7.

Joining us on this historic excursion will be storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods and singer-songwriter Sam Turton

In the first hour we’ll have our usual mix of cool music, events listing and an interview with the organisers of Roots of Change: Storytelling for Social Change taking place at Ed Video, 40 Baker St, Downtown Guelph on April 1.

It all promises to be lots of fun. 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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Jan Andrea Hall

Karen Farbridge, Backstabbing And Her Bid For Re-election
Jan Andrea Hall, Royal City Rag

Since Mayor Karen Farbridge announced her bid for re-election this past Thursday, February 24, one or two of her supporters have publicly alluded to the fact that the Mayor has been “stabbed in the back” by erstwhile supporters during her current term.

They believe that, as many progressive Guelphites worked hard to get her re-elected in 2006, after a fairly dysfunctional term under Mayor Quarrie, we should not only be happy to have her back, but keep quiet and remain supportive, regardless of the decisions her council and administration choose to make.

Unfortunately not everyone can do that, and, for that reason, are shunted off into the “backstabbing” group of the disaffected.

I count myself in that category even though I am as progressive as they come.

As far as I’m concerned, Farbridge’s administration has been found wanting on all the ‘big decision items’ of the past three years… the upgrades to the Hanlon Expressway, the proposed Hanlon Creek Business Park and the Strategic Urban Forestry Master Plan (otherwise known as the urgent need for a much stronger protective by-law).

I call them the big decision items because they will have a huge effect on this city, for years to come. Progressive Guelphites choked over the previous council’s decision to support the Commercial Policy Review setting up four large shopping centre ‘nodes’ around the city. Yet, the Hanlon Expressway and Hanlon Creek Business Park decisions will have far more impact over the coming years.

Farbridge’s supporters may say that these are done deals; the Hanlon Expressway upgrades being ordained by the province through the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (colloquially known as the Ministry for Roads) and the Hanlon Creek Business Park (HCBP) by previous administrations.

But would it have hurt to question whether the right decisions were made or whether these proposed projects could have been improved upon, especially in the case of the HCBP, where the city is the primary developer?

Where was the leadership to resolve citizen environmental group concerns about Hanlon Creek?

Hanlon Creek Downstream In The Spring (Photo: Bob Gordon)

That Farbridge chose to remain silent at the Guelph Civic League convened public meeting in March about Hanlon Creek at Norfolk Street United Church suggests that she may not be cut out for high office in Guelph. Instead of offering a few words of welcome she instead chose to sit at the back with body language suggesting that she really wished she was somewhere else entirely.

The fact that council barely emitted a whimper with respect to the assumptions underlying the provincial growth plan Places To Grow, and the need for Guelph to grow from 105,000 to a whopping 165,000 people by 2031 raises questions about a serious deficit of leadership at City Hall.

The bullying tactics that have been employed to stifle opposition to the Hanlon Creek Business Park, including this week’s SLAPP suit, also raises questions about the direction the city is moving in. So much for community consultation.

We have now been waiting nineteen years for a new protective tree by-law. Farbridge talked about this as a priority in 2003 (more on this in a future commentary)yet we are still waiting. And in the meantime, we continue to lose our tree canopy.

Add to that, the fact that the City had a Transparency and Accountability Committee meet for two years to, amongst other things, discuss the important (but under the Municipal Act, currently discretionary) positions of Lobbyist Registrar, Auditor General, Ombudsmen and Integrity Commissioner only for the City’s Governance Committee to recommend against proceeding with these checks and balances until after the next election. This only raises further concerns about how truly accountable and transparent the current administration wants to be.

Is Mayor Farbridge the right Mayor for Guelph?

I went into the last municipal election in 2006 with high hopes that clearly haven’t been met. Farbridge is clearly strong on process (perhaps too strong?) but is she capable of taking the big decisions and making a stand.

I hope that if her re-election is successful she will turn back to her progressive roots and move in a truly sustainable direction. Enough of the spin and green-washing, please.

People need to consider what is best for Guelph for the next four years and beyond when they go to vote.

Mayor Farbridge may like the idea of being Guelph’s Hazel McCallion, but do we really have to look like Mississauga too?

Jan Andrea Hall
janhall@royalcityrag.ca

Royal City Rag will continue to focus on what is important for the common good as we move forward with the election. We will not shy from bringing forward issues. Expect many more commentaries on the record of the current council and hopes for the next council as we move towards the election.

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Frank Valeriote In Debate

We’ll be starting off Royal City Rag on Saturday February 27 with another conversation with Frank Valeriote, MP for Guelph. He’s a great interview. You definitely won’t want to miss it.

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, a day or so later.

We’ll be following up on all the recent intrigue surrounding Stephen Harper’s decision to shut down parliament through prorogation, Haiti earthquake relief and the current state of the Canadian economy. Frank will also update us on his own committee work and provide an update on Guelph’s impact on the national scene.

This is Frank’s third appearance on Royal City Rag. Check out his previous visits to Royal City Rag in April and June 2009.

Alli Russell

Later in the show, we’ll be catching up with Alli Russell from Po’Girl in New York. Po’Girl visit Guelph on March 9 for a show at Dublin St United Church as part of their “No Shame” tour.

Proceeds from the tour will support Little Warriors in Canada and the National Children’s Alliance in the USA. Alli Russell will also be running the Athens, Ohio marathon, on April 11 to support these groups.

Russell is the survivor of ten years of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather.  She wrote the song “No Shame” in 2006 after her stepfather was released from prison . You can find it on their critically acclaimed album, Deer in the Night.

Hailing originally from Canada, Po’Girl weave a blend of musical influences, sweetness, grit & soul into a fresh and original sound. Their latest release, 2009’s Deer in the Night still includes many of the trappings of the trademark Po’ Girl sound – the echoes of speakeasy jazz, the western lament, the accordion-strapped ghosts of European folk – but it’s all delivered with a soulful clarity and depth only hinted at on previous records.

They recently released a live album, Po’ Girl Live that captures the energy and spirit of the live show. Po’Girl also spent part of January recording new album “Follow Your Bliss” in Chicago, IL. “Follow Your Bliss” will be released in Europe in May and in North America in June.

Po’Girl And The No Shame Tour To Combat Child Abuse
featuring Po’Girl (with special guest JT Nero) and Noise and the Ghost
When: March 9 at 7.30 p.m.
Where: Dublin St United Church, 68 Suffolk St W, Guelph
Tickets: $16/$20

As always, we’ll wrap it all up with some cool music…

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

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We have a ‘bumper’ edition of Royal City Rag planned for February 13.

In the first hour (7-8 a.m.) we’ll talk to Simon Irving, Artistic Director of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra about their Valentine’s Day concert at the River Run Centre, Music Of Love and Romance, featuring some of the most romantic music ever written – Mozart’s Elvira Madigan Concerto, the Warsaw Concerto, both works featuring their own Amy Wark as piano soloist, as well as favourite tunes from South Pacific, and songs by Sigmund Romberg, performed by soprano Mary DuQuesnay.

The timeless story of Romeo and Juliet will also be presented and interpreted by the magnetic Clayton Scott, with thrilling and emotional music by Prokofiev. Guest conductor for Romeo and Juliet will be Judith Yan of the National Ballet. 

Clayton Scott

The Details:
Concert: Music of Love and Romance
When: Sunday February 14 at 3.00 p.m.
Where: River Run Centre, Guelph

Tickets: Online or at the River Run Box Office, 519-763-3000
Adult/Senior: $30.00
Student: $15.00
Child: $10.00 (12 and under)
eyeGO: $5.00 (High School Student – valid ID required)

In the second hour (8-9 a.m.), we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s weekend in spokenword and music with our good friends, storytellers Sya Van Geest and Brad Woods and singer-songwriter Sam Turton. It promises to be great fun. You won’t want to miss it!

And finally, in this week’s extra hour (9-10 a.m.), while I’m filling in for my good friend Alden Hadwen, I will be joined by Sheila O’Reilly (host of CFRU’s A Dog’s Breakfast) and Susan Wheeler (former Royal City Rag Weather Pixie) for a song share with a distinct Valentine’s focus, but also a few twists. Tune it to hear some of the great songs we’ve chosen and, why!  It should be interesting…

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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Sam Turton playing live on Royal City Rag

Are you a local musician or an artist coming to Guelph for a show? Would you like to play live on Royal City Rag? Well, now you can.

As a change for 2010, we are looking to increase our live music quotient on the show.

The music on Royal City Rag tends to be in the folk, roots, Americana, acoustic blues and singer-songwriter genres with a Canadian focus although we will also push those boundaries from time to time (we like to be challenged).

We frequently have guests playing live in the studio during the second hour (8-9 a.m.). It may be bright and early but all our shows are available to listen to or download at www.royalcityrag.ca.

We also offer CD reviews as well as promotion for acts coming to Guelph.

If you are interested in playing live or having your CD reviewed, please contact us at info@royalcityrag.ca.

Catch Guelph’s own Tannis Slimmon live on Royal City Rag on January 16 between 8-9 a.m.

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Ian Reid On Royal City Rag

Happy New Year Everyone!

Its been a slow start to 2010 but we’re finally getting going again.

The start of the new year is always very busy in Guelph. Over the next few days we’ll be catching up on some of the exciting events coming to our area.

You can also look forward to another busy Royal City Rag on January 9 with a discussion about the upcoming 16th Annual Environmental Science Symposium that takes place at the University of Guelph on January 16 and features Frank de Jong (Former Leader of the Ontario Green Party), Dr. David Bell (Chair of Learning for a Sustainable Future) and Frances Edmonds (Director of HP Eco Solutions Programs).

We’ll also have live music in the studio from Rockwood’s own Ian Reid. We had Ian on Royal City Rag last year for a wonderful set. We’ve been trying to get him back on the show for a while. If you haven’t heard Ian play you really should check him out.

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 this website. If it happens in Guelph you’ll hear about it on Royal City Rag!

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There will be no Royal City Rag on December 26 or January 2. I’ll be snuggling down with the cat for a long winter’s nap.

Unfortunately its been a challenging few months healthwise. I’m going to take a break over the holidys to recharge the old batteries.

I’ll  be back on January 9 with a busy new show to celebrate the New Year featuring the Environmental Science Symposium which takes place on January 16 and a live performance from singer-songwriter Ian Reid.

Don’t miss it! Happy Holidays everyone.

Jan Andrea Hall

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm in Guelph.

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Join us on December 19 for a very special festive Royal City Rag.

In the first hour Linda Reith, Lynn Woodford and Diane Hurst will be joining us to celebrate the upcoming winter solstice. Many people forget that much of what we now know as the Christmas season has its roots in pagan rites celebrating the solstice and our role as part of nature.

In the second hour we will be celebrating yuletide with storytellers Brian Holstein and Sya Van Geest with seasonal music from “Detour”, the rich harmonies of piano and acoustic guitar duo, Elivia and Anita Cazzola.

Detour (Elivia and Anita Cazzola)

Elivia and Anita, aged 16 and 14 respectively, have been playing music since they were 3-4 years old and began writing their own songs when they attended a Songwriting Club for Girls offered by local singer-songwriter Katherine Wheatley.  The sisters have introduced their folky-pop style to many venues, such as church bazaars, local stores and eateries including Planet Bean, school talent shows and the Italian Canadian Club, not to mention competitions.  Elivia placed first in the Guelph Idol competition in 2007, while Anita placed 3rd.  This fall, the sisters battled it out at their high school’s “Jamean Idol”, with Anita taking the top place and Elivia following in second. They will be performing at Guelph’s Battle of the Bands in the Spring.

Should be a great show. Don’t miss it!

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm in Guelph.

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We’re back on air with a busy Royal City Rag on December 5. Apologies to all our faithful listeners for being missing in action this past two weeks.

It’s budget season at City Hall. After receiving citizen delegations regarding the budget for 2010 on December 8, city council will vote on the final budget for the city on December 15.

In the first hour of the show, Annie O’Donoghue, President of the Guelph Civic League will join us to chat about the current municipal budgetting process and some suggested improvements that would allow citizens to feel more involved in the decision making process.

In the second hour we’ll be talking to Simon Irving, Artistic Director of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra about their upcoming holiday season performances. We’ll also be playing some audio from the Friends of the Royal City Park tree vigil that took place on December 4.

Should be a fun show. Join us on Saturday 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm or after the fact via the website.

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Well, its been a rough few weeks.

The good news is that I’m back on the computer and about to start playing catch-up.

Come hell or high water there will be a Royal City Rag this weekend!

Watch this space for more details…

Cheers,

Jan Andrea Hall

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm.

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Well, that is the sort of week I have had …whew.

I’ll be taking a little time for recuperation, so I will be sleeping in this Saturday morning. I do hope you won’t mind.

I may not be live on the air this weekend but, rest assured, I’ll be back on our blog here at www.royalcityrag.ca as soon as I am able.

Technology is a beautiful thing; so please do check in and review our notices about up and coming shows, local events and watch for our in coming article submissions too.

Next Saturday morning I expect to be back in the studio; so until then, have a good week.

Cheers,
Jan Andrea Hall

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It was a very special Halloween edition of Royal City Rag on October 31.

In the first hour we welcomed Rob Case and Dan Evans from the Guelph International Resource Centre into the studio to discuss the Guelph Festival of Moving Media (GFOMM) taking place for the seventh consecutive year in downtown Guelph from November 5-8.

The GFOMM’s goal is to serve as a catalyst towards increasing community understanding of the world and its diversity. The festival features films and videos that offer a global perspective and provide a broader viewpoint on day-to-day events than normally covered in the news media. The 2009 festival includes dozens of documentaries, two collections of animated shorts for children, and three panel discussions.  The festival is also honoured to host two visiting directors.

Check out the programme.gfomm_gac_flyer There are some great films on offer.

In the second hour, singer-songwriter Sam Turton joined us for some Halloween music as we broadcast from Studio A, the little known basement studio at CFRU.

Sam discovered inner depths that I don’t think he had plumbed previously as a musician. His latest version of Nick Lowe’s “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding” has to heard to be believed. He was obviously channelling a witch doctor!

In the absence of one of Royal City Rag’s regular storytellers, I tried my hand at a Guelph version of Bloody Mary. I don’t think I did a bad job but you should judge for yourselves. You’ll also get to learn the true story of legendaryCFRU radio personality Wolfman Jack.

So settle down, chill out and enjoy a scary Halloween with Royal City Rag!

Storytelling:
Bloody Mary (Pennsylvania Folk Tale)

Music:
Bob Dylan,  Beyond Here Lies Nothing from Together For Life
Kris Kristofferson, Closer To The Bone from Closer To The Bone
Yim Yames (Jim James), Behind The Locked Door from Tribute To (George Harrison)
Brenda Lewis, Peel The Grape,  http://www.myspace.com/brendalewisvocals
Mike Mucci, Sunnyside Of Guelph from Sunnyside E.P.
Alice Cooper, Hello Hurray from Billon Dollar Babies
Sam Turton, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding? (Live/Nick Lowe)
Sam Turton, Spirits in The Graveyard (Live/Jane Lewis)
Sam Turton, Long Black Veil (Live/Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin, The Band’s version)
Sam Turton, On Your Dyin’ Day (Live/Sam Turton)
Sam Turton Pumpkin Man Live/Sam Turton (Live/Sam Turton)

Listen to the show:
Part 1

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We’re devoting the whole of Royal City Rag on October 17 to CFRU 93.3fm’s Funding Drive, Raise Your Voice.

On a specially extended show, we’ll be on air from 7 a.m. right through until 10.00 a.m., with several special guests and live music from Guelph guitarist extraordinaire, Mike Mucci.

For almost 30 years, CFRU 93.3fm has been Guelph’s most alternative media source. As a Campus and Community Radio Station, CFRU 93.3fm is proud to broadcast over 75 shows in over seven languages. Our programmers are comprised of both students and community members. We support and promote not-for-profit projects, independent local music, and independent local businesses. In short, CFRU serves as an important hub of information, education, and local entertainment here in Guelph, and surrounding areas, not to mention all of our special programming that people enjoy worldwide over the internet, by streaming their favorite shows from CFRU’s website.

 

Why Should You Support CFRU?

  • The station gets NO corporate funding.
  • All our programmers are volunteers.
  • We do not bombard you with silly ads!
  • The station supports independent bands and labels, local and Canadian musicians and artists.

 

How To Pledge

Call us at 519-837-CFRU (2378) to announce your pledge between October 14 – 20.

 

How To Pay Your Pledge

When you pledge you will also receive Thank You gifts from us (see the incentive scale below).

You can donate to CFRU by CHEQUE, PAYPAL (on the www.cfru.ca website) or CASH.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept payment by credit card although you can use your credit card for PAYPAL. As we are not a registered charity we cannot give out tax receipts.

 

How To Donate By CHEQUE

  • Make your cheque out to “CFRU FM”
  • DROP IT BY THE STATION: You can come by the station to give it to us. We are located on the second floor, of the University Centre, just off Gordon Road, north of Stone road in Guelph. The station is open to visitors from 9 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. each weekday.
  • MAIL THE CHEQUE: You can mail the cheque to: CFRU 93.3FM, U.C Level 2, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1. If you have a favorite show or, shows you wish to pledge the money to specifically, be sure to let us know which shows you are supporting. Please note: if you wish to have your gift(s) mailed to you, there will be shipping charges.

 

How To Donate By PAYPAL

  • Follow the PayPal link located on the front page of CFRU homepage at www.cfru.ca.

 

How To Donate By CASH

  • You can come by the station to give it to us. We are located on the second floor, of the University Center, just off Gordon Road, north of Stone road in Guelph. The station is open to visitors from 9 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. each weekday.

 

Incentives: This Is What You Get When You Donate To CFRU

  • $15:  A CD of your choice
  • $25 – 39:  A CFRU Membership, and a choice of 1 CD
  • $40 – 54:  A CFRU Membership, choice of 2 CDs (valued at 30 dollars)
  • $55 – 64:  A CFRU Membership, choice of 2 CDs and a CFRU t-shirt
  • $65 – 99:  A CFRU membership, Choice of 3 CDs, and a CFRU Hoodie
  • $100 – $250:  A CFRU membership, prize pack of gift certificates from local Guelph businesses, choice of 4 CDs, a CFRU hoodie or t-shirt (your choice)

Value Break Down:

  • CFRU Community Membership: $25.00
  • CD of your choice: $15.00
  • CFRU T-shirt: $25.00
  • CFRU Hoodie: $35.00

Real voices, real people, real coverage, real community, CFRU 93.3fm.

Catch the specially extended Royal City Rag “Raise Your Voice” show on CFRU 93.3fm on October 17 from 7-10 a.m.

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moi-at-the-mic-web1CFRU 93.3fm’s Funding Drive, Raise Your Voice takes place from October 14 – 20.

For almost 30 years, CFRU 93.3fm has been Guelph’s most alternative media source. As a Campus and Community Radio Station, CFRU 93.3fm is proud to broadcast over 75 shows in over seven languages. Our programmers are comprised of both students and community members. We support and promote not-for-profit projects, independent local music, and independent local businesses. In short, CFRU serves as an important hub of information, education, and local entertainment here in Guelph, and surrounding areas, not to mention all of our special programming that people enjoy worldwide over the internet, by streaming their favorite shows from CFRU’s website.

Why should you support CFRU?

  • The station gets NO corporate funding.
  • All the programmers are volunteers.
  • We do not bombard you with silly ads!
  • The station supports independent bands and labels, local and Canadian musicians and artists.

Real voices, real people, real coverage, real community, CFRU 93.3fm.

Catch a specially extended Royal City Rag “Raise Your Voice” show on CFRU 93.3fm on October 17 from 7-10 a.m.

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Labour_Day4Not sure what to do on a Saturday morning?

I’d suggest that you head downtown to the Guelph Farmers Market to buy some local produce and sample the delights this city has to offer. 

But, before you do that, why not start your day with a nice cup of coffee and CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag?

Two hours of chat about community issues and coming events in Guelph with some cool music thrown into the mix.

This week we’ll be talking about the true meaning of Labour Day, and following up on this week’s exciting installment of the local soap opera known as the Hanlon Creek Business Park with local freelance journalist Bob Gordon and Judy Martin from the Sierra Club.

The big question we’ll be asking this week is…

Will the Hanlon Creek Business Park and Jefferson Salamander come back to haunt Karen Farbridge in 2010?

After all, it is an election year. Promises to be an interesting twelve months.

In the second hour, we’ll be catching up on some of the artistic goings-on around town with a special emphasis on the upcoming Eden Mills Writers Festival featuring Culture Vulture, Marie and local author, Sandra Sabatini.

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We’ll also touch base with Magee McGuire at the Big Umbrella Table at the Guelph Farmers Market.

Sounds like it will be lots of fun. Don’t miss it!

Royal City Rag, Saturday 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm. A great way to start your day!

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We’re settling into our new Saturday groove on Royal City Rag. We’re now officially in our new Saturday 7-9 a.m. slot. Two hours of fun and chat to start your day.

On this week’s show, Bob Gordon will be following up his great coverage of the Hanlon Creek Business Park Stand-Off with a report on how other Guelph environmental groups have reacted to the business park occupation. We’ll also be checking in with Magee McGuire at the Big Umbrella Table at the Guelph Farmers Market.

In the second hour, local heritage activist Susan Ratcliffe will be joining us to give her perspective on some of the authors to catch at the upcoming Eden Mills Writers Festival.

Royal City Rag, Saturday 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm. A great way to start your day!

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Royal City Rag moves to its new Saturday 7-9 a.m. slot on August 15. Two hours of fun at the mic for me, and an enjoyably eclectic mix of music and spoken word for you.

or, as Culture Vulture Marie announced it:

“CFRU’s Royal City Rag has moved to a new time.  Join us every Saturday morning from 7 – 9 a.m  for stimulating discussions about Guelph’s arts and culture scene, its politics and community issues, hosted by the talented and fast-talking Jan Hall.  We feature interviews, music (sometimes live!), upcoming events to keep you creative and engaged, and different opinions about all manner of things.”

This week we’ll be following up with Bob Gordon on the HCBP Stand-Off and Sue Smith from the Goldie Mill Park Enhancement Project about the Guelph Youth Music Centre Parking Lot Redevelopment issue and devoting the whole of the second hour to the upcoming Eden Mills Writers Festival.

We’ll also be plugging the great music from artists appearing at the Sunlight Music Festival. The festival takes place at the Riverside Park Concertshell on Saturday August 15 from Noon till 11.00 p.m.

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. Remember, you can pay at the gate. Proceeds from the festival will support Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis.

As the weather looks as though it will be cooperative you should really check this out. Great music in aid of a great cause!

Royal City Rag, Saturday 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm. A great way to start your day!

 


 

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SMFposterJune25Royal City Rag was given four tickets for the Sunlight Music Festival to give away.

We can now announce that the winners of the draw were Sue Visser and Sheila O’Reilly. Congratulations! You both win a pair of tickets. Hope you enjoy your day.

The Sunlight Music Festival takes 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.

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The Culture Vultures will joining us again on July 8 for our monthly trip around the Guelph art scene.

Don’t miss it!  With a cool mix of coming events, opinion and music, it promises to be a lot of fun.

Join us on Wednesday, July 8 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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o canadaWe’re celebrating Canada Day on Royal City Rag this Wednesday… and we’re going to be on location again. This time we’re heading out to the park, ready to enjoy the celebrations, rain or shine.

Storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods will be joining me on the show along with singer-songwriter Sam Turton. We’ll be telling stories about the birth of Canada with some appropriately festive music thrown in for good measure. Sam is even promising us another new song, especially for the occasion!

Join us live on CFRU 93.3fm from 6-7 p.m. If you miss us, you can always find us on the CFRU archive or this website.

Promises to be a great show. Don’t miss it!

Jan Andrea Hall

 

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Guelph on the federal scene will be the subject of Royal City Rag on June 24 with a return visit from Guelph MP Frank Valeriote.

We’ll be catching up on all the goings on in Ottawa, including the recent intrigue around Employment Insurance reform and the current state of the Canadian economy. Frank will also update us on his own committee work on food safety and agriculture.  We’ll also see if we can get the inside track on when to expect a federal election.

Frank is a great interview. Check out Frank’s last appearance on Royal City Rag on April 15,  if you missed it.

Royal City Rag has secured a couple of complimentary tickets to the June 27 show at Guelph Little Theatre featuring Australian singer-songwriter Mark Seymour (Hunters and Collectors) with special guests Sue Smith and Marta Pacek..

If you are interested in them, e-mail us at info@royalcityrag.ca. The tickets will be waiting for you, with our compliments, at the door.

Join us on Royal City Rag, Wednesday 6-7 p.m., on CFRU 93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station. Listen live or after the fact via the CFRU archive or this website.

Jan Andrea Hall

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GCDF09A Culture Vultures show that focused on the Guelph Commentary Dance Festival taking place in Guelph from June 4-7.

It was great to welcome Culture Vulture Marie back to Royal City Rag. We’ve missed her!

This show is well worth a listen especially if you’ve never considered taking in a modern dance performance.

You should also check out the site-specific series in Exhibition Park, especially the twilight show at 7.00 p.m. on June 4. It promises to be fun and inspiring as well as a great introduction to the art form. Don’t miss it.

Take a look at their website, www.contemporarydancefestival.com, for more information on all the performances.

Music:
Lou Reed, Modern Dance from Ecstasy
Great Lake Swimmers, Backstage With The Modern Dancers from Onigiara
Julie Doiron, The Life Of Dreams from I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day
Great Lake Swimmers, Changing Colours from Onigiara

Listen to the show:

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The Culture Vultures will be back in the studio on June 3 for our monthly trip around the Guelph art scene. This month we’ll be focusing on the Guelph Commentary Dance Festival taking place in Guelph from June 4-7.

Don’t miss it.

Join us on Wednesday, June 3 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-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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Guelph Is Skin DeepWe’ll be talking about Healthy Landscapes on Royal City Rag on May 20. Karen McKeown from the City of Guelph will join us to discuss the city’s Healthy Landscapes – Landscape Assessment program.

We’ll also be replaying a wonderful  interview with Ric Jordan, manager of The Arboretum at the University of Guelph about the plight of our urban trees, an important part of any healthy landscape.

Don’t miss the show. It promises to be a good one.

Wednesday, May 20 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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We have a double dose of Royal City Rag on CFRU 93.3 fm on May 13. We’ll be on air from 6-8 p.m.

With an array of musicians and spoken word artists coming in it promises to be lots of fun. You won’t want to miss it.

Ingrid GatinIn the first hour, Ingrid Gatin and Miss Emily Brown will be joining us. They are on The Great Lakes Train Tour and will be playing with Guelph’s own Tannis Slimmon this evening at the newly renovated and expanded Red Brick Cafe, Douglas Street, Downtown Guelph.

Royal City Rag is lucky to get a preview of the duo prior to their date with Tannis.

Sponsored in part by Via Rail, the tour kicked off in Winnipeg on May 7 and travels vial the rails through Toronto, London, and culminating in Montreal.

Ingrid Gatin is a former member of Winnipeg’s Magnificent 7s. Layering accordion, mandolin and piano, Gatin’s work combines French-inspired accordion and Balkan rhythm. Back from a month in a Northern Saskatchewan cabin sponsored by the Winnipeg Arts Council, Ingrid will premiere some new songs on the tour. 

Montréal’s Miss Emily Brown, fresh from a six-month Canada Council song-writing project, will debut tracks from her second record, “Missing My Eddie.” Dreamy and nostalgic, Miss Emily Brown’s new work is loosely based on letters from her war-time grandmother and dispatches from the era’s women’s magazines.

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Storyteller Derek Brisland

Later in the hour, we’ll be joined by storytellers Brian Holstein and Derek Brisland. Brian and Derek will be telling stories at the Boathouse, later in the evening, at 8.00 p.m. The bill will also feature famed Canadian storyteller, Dan Yashinsky.

And, as if that isn’t enough…

In the second hour of the show we’ll be joined by Guelph musician Mike Mucci for “The Sound of Guelph”. Mike is a fabulous guitarist. I absolutely love his CD “Under the Tulip Trees”. Mike will be playing live for us in the studio. We’ll also be joined by local poet and Royal City Rag favourite Beth-Anne Fischer.

Promises to be a great show. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday, May 13 from 6-8 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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Join us on Royal City Rag on May 6  for our monthly trip around the Guelph art scene with Culture Vultures Daniel and Lynn. Whether its downtown,  at the university or elsewhere in Guelph we’ll cover the events you need to know about.

Wednesday, May 6 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.

Jan Andrea Hall

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Royal City Rag made it into the Guelph Mercury this past weekend. Thanks to Christie Zimmer for a great interview.

Radio Host Trying To Inspire, Make A Difference
Guelph Mercury, May 1, 2009
CHRISTIE ZIMMER

Jan Andrea Hall said the best volunteer opportunities are those that allow you to give back and grow at the same time. Hall is passionate about community involvement. She’s also host of the weekly radio show Royal City Rag, on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph’s campus and community radio station.

Royal City Rag is a show about Guelph, pure and simple. It’s a mosaic of people, places, issues and events that Hall hopes will engage her listeners’ interests and stir their inner activists.

“With the show, I try to find out what’s important to people,” she said.

“I try to find ways to inspire people with the stories of others. Making a difference is what it’s all about; trying to inspire others to make a difference.”

Take a peek at the Rag’s recent archives and blog at http://www.royalcityrag.ca and you’ll get a taste of the breadth of material Hall covers, including the proposed changes to the Hanlon Expressway, management of our urban forest, the third annual Jane’s Walk, the launch of a songbook devoted to the songs of James Gordon, and an interview with Guelph MP Frank Valeriote.

As a volunteer at CFRU, Hall is a one-woman production team acting as the show’s researcher, engineer, writer, host and DJ. And, she loves every minute of it.It sustains her – now more than ever before.

Back in 2005, when Royal City Rag aired on Tuesday mornings, Hall began her day with a walk to the radio station.

She spent the remainder of the work week at the Ontario Veterinary College, where she balanced her roles as a veterinarian and faculty member. Three or four evenings a week, she could be found at local events and on Saturdays she took her turn behind the table at the Big Umbrella community information booth located at the Guelph Farmer’s Market.

Things are drastically different these days and what you might not hear in that powerful voice every Wednesday evening are the devastating effects of myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, which have left Hall unable to work for the past 18 months.

“I became a vet because I wanted to help out,” Hall said. “I still feel I have a lot to give. My story is not completely written.”

While the future of Hall’s career is frustratingly uncertain, her drive to remain an active part of her community and to communicate her passion for local engagement is fierce.

“I surround myself with activist people,” she said.

“There’s something very exciting about talking to people who are activists or volunteers or both. The key is giving of yourself because there’s a tremendous amount of well-being to get back.

“I think it would be really cool to still be doing this in 10 years,” she said, looking over my shoulder, to the future perhaps.

“Because there’s a lot to talk about.”

Christie Zimmer lives and writes in Guelph. Her column appears on alternate Fridays.

christiezimmer@rogers.com.

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Frank Valeriote MP will be joining us on Royal City Rag on April 15. This fulfills a commitment he made during the election campaign. We’re looking forward to catching up on his first six months as Member of Parliament for Guelph.

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

Jan Andrea Hall

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Jan and Sya at the checkout

Jan and Sya at the checkout

We were at a secret location last week (April 1) for our Tall Tales Royal City Rag.

As part of the show we ran a competition asking listeners where we were. 

Believe it or not, most thought we were at Wal-Mart. One even sent me these pics which seem to confirm that!

The winner of the competition is Patti Rainbow who correctly confirmed that we were probably only pretending to be at Wal-Mart.

She is, of course, quite right… we were actually at Zehrs.

Patti wins a CD from both Sam and Brad, and a book from Sya. Congratulations!

Royal City Rag, Wednesdays, 6-7 p.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!

Sam Turton taking a hard earned break from signing autographs

Sam Turton taking a hard earned break from signing autographs

Brad looking for his wonderful storytelling CD

Brad looking for his wonderful storytelling CD

 

And don’t forget…

TUESDAY, APRIL 7:  7.00 p.m.
BOOKSHELF SONG & STORY SERIES

The Bookshelf
41 Quebec St., Guelph
Stories by Brad Woods and songs by Sam Turton.
They push things aside in the store, Brad tells stories and Sam tries to find songs that match!

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I was up early on April 4 for another Saturday Royal City Rag; filling in for my good friend Alden Hadwen, host of Chelsea Morning on CFRU 93.3fm (Saturday mornings 7-9 a.m.).

Alden’s Chelsea Morning is a wonderful music show featuring singer-songwriters with poetry “on the half-hour” while Royal City Rag in its Wednesday slot (6-7 p.m.) is predominantly a spokenword show heavy with community content. Saturday Royal City Rag is a nice blend of the two.

During the first hour we talked to Chantelle Leidl, from Guelph Environmental Leadership, about the Spring Ecomarket, taking place in Old Quebec Street later in the day, with over 25 exhibitors providing practical and green ways to live.

Later in the hour we played an interview with Sid Ryan, President of CUPE Ontario, recorded on the Unbottle It tour (with Maude Barlow) about why we should all ditch bottled water. The Council of Canadians are encouraging everyone to say no to the bottle and make the pledge to support publicly owned and delivered water.

In the second hour we aired a truly inspirational interview recorded with musician and environmental activist Sarah Harmer, at the recent Environmental Science Symposium.

And finally, we  chatted to Guelph heritage activist Susan Ratcliffe about Doors Open Guelph coming up on Saturday April 25, and, this year, including an opportunity to nose around the new City Hall!

It turned out to be a pretty busy show. We  hope you enjoyed it.

Music:
Mary Margaret O’Hara, A New Day (Royal City Rag Theme) from Miss America
Teddy Thompson, The Things I Do from from A Piece Of What You Need
John Martyn, Bless The Weather from Sweet Little Mysteries, The Island Anthology
Neko Case, Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth from Middle Cyclone
Stephen Fearing, Yellowjacket from The Man Who Married Music
Sarah Harmer, Escarpment Blues (Live) from At The Barricades Volume 1
James Gordon, Wet/Dry Blues from Song Of Our City
Mike Mucci, St Georges Square from Under The Tulip Trees
Bruce Cockburn, Beautiful Creatures from At The Barricades Volume 1
Guelph Youth Singers, Song Of Our City from Song Of Our City
Eramosa Brass With The Of Chords We Are, When St George’s Square Was Pretty from Song Of Our City
Teenage Fanclub, Is This Music? (Royal City Rag Closing Theme) from Bandwagonesque

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Part 1

Part 2

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I’ll be filling in again for Alden Hadwen, my good friend and host of Chelsea Morning on CFRU 93.3fm (Saturday mornings 7-9 a.m.), on April 4.

We’ll be playing some relaxing music to get your Saturday started.

We’ll  also talk with Chantelle Leidl, from Guelph Environmental Leadership, about the Spring Ecomarket taking place in Old Quebec Street on Saturday from 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. 

The EcoMarket will kick off spring with over 25 exhibitors providing practical and green ways to live.

Information… Innovation… Inspiration… everything you need to green up and decrease your impact on the environment!

Later in the show we’ll chat to heritage activist Susan Ratcliffe about Doors Open Guelph coming up on April 25, and, this year, including an opportunity to nose around the new City Hall!

Promises to be a fun show. Hope you can join me!

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

Jan Andrea Hall

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