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Royal City Rag on May 29 was our last 7.00 a.m. start before we move to our new, more-civilised 8-10 a.m. Saturday slot.

In the first hour we were joined by our good friends Chris and Sally from Transition Guelph. Among other things, we chatted about Canadian Environment Week (May 30 – June 5), Saturday’s ecomarket at Stone Road Mall and the Council of Canadians special townhall style meeting on Growth, Gravel and Groundwater and the threats facing our community that takes place at Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph, ON on June 3 a 7 p.m.

An expert panel featuring members from Gravel Watch, Grand River Environmental Network, FORCE (Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment), CARRA (Cranberry Area Ratepayers and Residents Association),  North Dufferin Agriculture and Community Taskforce (opposing the giant quarry above Luther Marsh, at the top of Grand River headwaters) as well as local hydrologist Hugh Whiteley will discuss the impact of quarries, pipelines, roads and new development on the future sustainability of both our city and the Grand River watershed.

Listen to Hour 1:

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In the second hour, Royal City Rag Culture Vulture Daniel Poulin returned to the show to discuss the upcoming Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival.

This year the festival runs from June 3-6 at locations throughout our lovely city. On the Stage A, B & C (formerly the Main Stage Series) and Youth Moves will be held at the River Run Centre. In the Park (formerly the Site-Specific Series) will be taking place at Exhibition Park and On the Street (formerly the Noon-time Series) in St. George’s Square. The four days of dance will feature youth performers, local artists as well as acclaimed national performers from across Canada.

Listen to Hour 2:

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In the third hour (9-10 a.m.) we were pleased to welcome Jay Lefler, co-founder of Spark of Brilliance into the studio.

Spark of Brilliance is a community-based initiative that promotes healing and recovery for people coping with mental health challenges. Creative art programs and services are designed to enhance quality of life for participants, inspire independent thinking and grow self-esteem. Spark programs empower individuals and families with the skills they need help make meaningful contributions to their community.

Spark of Brilliance is bringing the work of four talented artists to Guelph community space, 10 Carden in an exhibition entitled “Power To The Arts”. This exhibition will demonstrate a broad range of artistic expressions in oil, ink, collage, mosaic, and mixed media. Artists Barb Cohen, Lisa Cosier, Marcey Gray and Jay Lefler hope to raise awareness of how their personal experiences with mental health issues have been overcome. They also want the community to understand how recovery can happen through connecting with the creative spirit.

This special event takes place on Monday, May 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. Local singer-songwriter D Eve Archer will entertain and refreshments will be served.

Listen to Hour 3:

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Music:
Kate Bush, Hello Earth from Hounds Of Love
Peter Mayer, Blue Boat Home from Earth Town Square
Kermit The Frog, It’s Not Easy Being Green from Muppets Greatest Hits
Ray Charles, Lucky Old Sun from  A Look Homeward
Gord Downie And The Country Of Miracles, The East Wind from The Ground Bounce
Kid Coma (featuring Doug Larson), Little Bird from Nightmares And Dreamers
Los Lobos, Little Things from The Town And The City
M Mucci, Chase Down Alice Street from Time Lost
Kid Coma (featuring Doug Larson), Omar Bradley from Complete Metamorphosis
Don Amero, Hometown from Change Your Life
Darden Smith, The Painter from Native Soil
Spark Of Brilliance Troubadours, Healing Embers from Healing Embers

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We have a 3-hour Royal City rag planned for May 29. This will be our last show starting at 7.00 a.m. before we move to our new, more-civilised 8-10 a.m. Saturday slot.

In the first hour we will be joined by our good friends Chris and Sally from Transition Guelph.

Among other things we’ll be chatting about Canadian Environment Week (May 30 – June 5), Saturday’s ecomarket at Stone Road Mall and the Council of Canadians townhall meeting on Growth, Gravel and Groundwater and the threats facing our community that takes place at Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph, ON on June 3 a 7 p.m.

An expert panel featuring members from Gravel Watch, Grand River Environmental Network, FORCE (Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment), CARRA (Cranberry Area Ratepayers and Residents Association),  North Dufferin Agriculture and Community Taskforce (opposing the giant quarry above Luther Marsh, at the top of Grand River headwaters) as well as local hydrologist Hugh Whiteley will discuss the impact of quarries, pipelines, roads and new development on the future sustainability of both our city and the Grand River watershed.

In the second hour, we’ll be reconvening the renowned Royal City Rag Culture Vultures when Marie Zimmerman and Daniel Poulin return to the show to discuss the upcoming Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival.

This year the festival runs from June 3-6 at locations throughout our lovely city. On the Stage A, B & C (formerly the Main Stage Series) and Youth Moves will be held at the River Run Centre. In the Park (formerly the Site-Specific Series) will be taking place at Exhibition Park and On the Street (formerly the Noon-time Series) in St. George’s Square. The four days of dance will feature youth performers, local artists as well as acclaimed national performers from across Canada.

In the third hour (9-10 a.m.) we will be welcoming Jay Lefler, co-founder of Spark of Brilliance into the studio.

Spark of Brilliance is a community-based initiative that promotes healing and recovery for people coping with mental health challenges. Creative art programs and services are designed to enhance quality of life for participants, inspire independent thinking and grow self-esteem. Spark programs empower individuals and families with the skills they need help make meaningful contributions to their community.

Spark of Brilliance is bringing the work of four talented artists to Guelph community space, 10 Carden in an exhibition entitled “Power To The Arts”. This exhibition will demonstrate a broad range of artistic expressions in oil, ink, collage, mosaic, and mixed media. Artists Barb Cohen, Lisa Cosier, Marcey Gray and Jay Lefler hope to raise awareness of how their personal experiences with mental health issues have been overcome. They also want the community to understand how recovery can happen through connecting with the creative spirit.

This special event takes place on Monday, May 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. Local singer-songwriter D Eve Archer will entertain and refreshments will be served.

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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Sally Ludwig and Chris Mills from Transition Guelph were back in the studio on April 24 to talk about Earth Day, and the upcoming visit to Guelph by U.S.-based community advocate Tina Clarke.

First launched as an environmental awareness event in the United States in 1970, Earth Day (April 22) is now a part of the mainstream with events taking place throughout the week worldwide.

Earth Day is the perfect time to make your own commitment to helping the environment. In partnership with Transition Guelph we’d like to collect your Earth Day resolutions or intentions.

How did you mark Earth Day? How do you plan to make a difference to help the planet? Send us your comments.

Tina Clarke will be in Guelph on Monday April 26 to talk about Community Resilience and Social Equity in Changing Times. The presentation will focus on how Guelph can respond to the triple challenge of rising energy prices, climate change disruptions and economic instability while also improving social justice. Tina will outline the problems and suggest some useful strategies to cope with these threats as well as provide real word examples of successful community implementation.

The presentation takes place at 7.00 p.m. at Harcourt Memorial United Church. Suggested donation: $10 waged, $5 unwaged.

Also, check out Transition Guelph’s amazingly informative website at www.transitionguelph.org if you haven’t already done so.

Listen to Hour 1:

"The Ward" tour, June 2009 (courtesy Guelph Arts Council)

In the second hour, community heritage activist Susan Ratcliffe joined us for a fun and wide-ranging conversation about the importance of protecting and celebrating the heritage and life of the city we call home and featuring Doors Open Guelph (taking place April 24) and the Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tours and Jane’s Walk.

The  Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tours are offered on selected Sundays between April 25 and October 17, and trace Guelph’s heritage through its architecture, its people, and the stories that contribute to this City’s unique character.

There are normally six walking tours, each of which explores a different area of historic Guelph, although, this year, Where Guelph Began, which encircles the original Market Square area laid out by John Galt in 1827, will not be offered because of construction and road closures in that area of the City. 

The other five  tours offered in 2010 include:

  • Downtown Walkabout which covers Guelph’s current Downtown
  • The Slopes of the Speed which explores the slopes of the Speed River where many of Guelph’s largest and most distinguished historic homes are located
  • Altar and Hearth which covers the area west of Downtown and includes several historic stone churches and many historic homes representing a variety of architectural styles
  • Brooklyn and the College Hill  which focuses on one of Guelph’s early industrial sections on the south side of the Speed River, as well as the area that developed around the Ontario Agricultural College
  • Ward One Guelph  which covers the area southeast of the downtown, between the Speed and Eramosa Rivers, and features a diversity of historic architecture and the diversity of peoples who formed Guelph.

All tours start at 2 p.m. from different locations.  They take about two hours to complete and cost $3 per person. Tour booklets are available for $5 each at the Guelph Arts Council office and several other retail locations.

For other information, please contact the Guelph Arts Council office at 147 Wyndham Street North, Suite 404, Guelph, or phone (519) 836-3280; Fax (519) 766-9212; email gac@sentex.net.

Jane’s Walk takes place on the weekend of May 1 – 2. Created by the Centre for City Ecology (CCE), Jane’s Walk celebrates the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs by putting citizens in touch with their environment and each other.

There are currently 18 Jane’s Walks planned for Guelph. These free guided walks led by community members take place throughout each day beginning at 10 a.m.

Check out the Jane’s Walks for Guelph HERE.

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Darden Smith, First Day Of The Sun from Deep Fantistic Blue
Tim Flannery, Farther Down The Road from Highway Song
The Vaughan Brothers, Tick Tock from Family Style
Mark Graham and Orville Johnson, Their Brains Were Small And They Died from The Kings Of Mongrel Folk?
Guelph Youth Singers, Song Of Our City from Song Of Our City
The Eramosa Brass and Of Chords We Are Barbershop Quartet, When St George’s Square Was Pretty from Song For Our City
James Gordon, Home’s Not Just Where The Heart Is from Song For Our City

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We have a busy Royal City Rag planned for April 24.

Tina Clarke (Photo: Transition US)

In the first hour we’ll welcome back into the studio Sally Ludwig and Chris Mills from Transition Guelph to talk about some upcoming activities including the presentation by U.S.-based community advocate Tina Clarke on Community Resilience and Social Equity in Changing Times taking place on Monday April 26, 7.00 p.m. at Harcourt Memorial United Church. Suggested donation: $10 waged, $5 unwaged.

Sponsored by Transition Guelph with Harcourt Justice and Outreach Committee, Kairos Guelph, and Midwestern Ontario Regional Green Jobs Strategy, the presentation will focus on how Guelph can respond to the triple challenge of rising energy prices, climate change disruptions and economic instability while also improving social justice?

This is a very important question and a serious issue especially when you also consider that Guelph under, the provincial growth plan Places to Grow, will also have to contend with a massive increase in population as it goes from 105, 000 to 165,000 by 2031.

Tina will outline the problems and suggest some useful strategies to cope with these threats as well as provide real word examples of successful community implementation.

Sounds like it will be a great presentation. We have some huge issues to deal with if we are to have a sustainable future.

Check out Transition Guelph’s amazingly informative website at www.transitionguelph.org if you haven’t already done so.

In the second hour, community heritage activist Susan Ratcliffe will be joining us to chat about both Doors Open Guelph and Jane’s Walk.

Doors Open Guelph takes place this Saturday, April 24. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., several of Guelph’s finest buildings, many of which are not normally open to the public, will open their doors for free public tours.  Guided tours will be available at each site, led by knowledgeable tour guides who will talk about the site’s history and important architectural features. Guides will also pass on some of the interesting stories associated with each site.

Check out all the sites on the tour HERE.

For more information about the sites and tips on how best to plan and enjoy the day, pick up a Doors Open Guelph 2010 brochure at various locations around the City (e.g Visitor Information Centre, Guelph Public Library, Guelph Civic Museum) or visit the Doors Open Guelph website at www.guelpharts.ca/doorsopenguelph; or contact Guelph Arts Council by telephone at (519) 836-3280, or e-mail gac@sentex.net.

Jane’s Walk takes place on the weekend of May 1 – 2. Created by the Centre for City Ecology (CCE), Jane’s Walk celebrates the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs by putting citizens in touch with their environment and each other.

There are currently 12 Jane’s Walks planned for Guelph. These free guided walks led by community members take place throughout the day beginning at 10 a.m. Check out the Jane’s Walks for Guelph HERE.

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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We started off CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag on Saturday, March 13 with another beautiful song from Peter Gabriel’s fantastic new album of re-interpretations, Scratch My Back. This time we listened to his version of Lou Reed’s Power Of The Heart. Absolutely gorgeous and dedicated to lovers everywhere, especially those that get to snuggle in bed together on a Saturday morning! I hope you enjoyed it.

Later in the hour we chatted to Transition Guelph‘s Chris Mills and Sally Ludwig who updated us on some of their current projects and some important upcoming events.

Transition Guelph are part of a worldwide grassroots intitiative, dedicated to helping communities cope with the potentially devastating threats of peak oil and climate change. 

The Transition Town initiative that started in the U.K, has now lead to the development of 14 different transition communities in Canada, as well as, this month, a national group, Transition Canada. The goal of the national group will be to help other Canadian towns and cities get started on the road to local resiliency.

After the debacle of Copenhagen and the laissez faire attitude of our national government it is now more clear than ever that we can’t afford to wait on governments to act – we need to act for ourselves.

Check out Transition Guelph’s amazingly informative website at www.transitionguelph.org if you haven’t already done so.

Transition Guelph will be celebrating the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour “lights out” event with their second annual Earth Hour Potluck and Social on Saturday March 27 from 6-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Congregation, 122 Harris St.

Bring a friend or neighbour, some light food (finger food, snacks, dessert) and a plate or bowl, and join in. Bring a candle too (in a safe holder) or a lantern, or even a flashlight. There will be an open stage, so if you play an instrument or sing, or tell jokes, or recite poetry or spoken word. Its all about community. Have fun in fellowship while making a difference!

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In the second hour we celebrated International Women’s Day in music with a short set that started with Sandy Posey’s “Born A Woman” , and moved via Loretta Lynn’s “The Pill”, Arethra Franklin’s “Respect” ending with Martha Wainright’s updated version of Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman”.

We wrapped it all up with a reading of the beautiful Sri Lankan International Women’s Day Song with lyrics by Pushpa Ramlani Dissanayake.

I hope you enjoyed the set as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Later in the hour we were joined by Sya Van Geest and Rikki Durbin from Guelph Go Go Grandmothers. Locally known as the 4Gs, the group have been working hard for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, that seeks to build solidarity, raise awareness and mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers and the Turning The Tide campaign, the foundation’s innovative community-based response to HIV/AIDS in Africa.

There are well over 200 groups of Canadian grandmothers involved in the campaign in Canada . To date, they have raised nearly $8 million for African grandmothers and the children in their care. These funds are spent at a grassroots level in 15 sub-Saharan African countries providing grandmothers with much needed support, such as food, housing grants, school fees for their grandchildren and grief counselling.

The 4Gs are a group of over 120 women in Guelph. 30-40 are VERY active, meeting every third Tuesday each month at Dublin St United Church, 68 Suffolk St. Over the last three years the 4Gs have donated almost $87,000.00 to the Grandmother’s Campaign.

The 4Gs have a Steering Group which tries to keep up with the Achievers’ Group, dynamic women who either make things to sell or organize events. This year the 4Gs participated in the charity Tree Decoration contest at the River Run Centre. Members have also donated from their bridge clubs, bowling groups, musical events and plant sales. Their Spring 2010 activities will involve a Card Night and a Plant Sale over two weekends in May and hopefully a Stephen Lewis Foundation walk.

The 4Gs would love to encourage more Grandmothers and GrandOthers to join their group to enjoy their fellowship and help out with fundraising activities. They can be reached at 4ggggs@gmail.com or Rikki Durbin at 519-821-3509.

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Peter Gabriel, Power Of My Heart from Scratch My Back
James Gordon, Kelvinator from My Stars Your Eyes
Bruce Cockburn, Waiting For A Miracle from Anything Anytime Anywhere
Xavier Rudd, Messages from Food In The Belly
Sandy Posey, Born A Woman from Golden Old Juke Box Hits Vol 1
Loretta Lynn, The Pill from Blue Eyed Kentucky Girl
Arethra Franklin, Respect from The Very Best – The 60s
Martha Wainright, I Am Woman from Song Of America
Miriam Makeba, Pata Pata from World Hits
Oumou Sangare, Yala from Oumou
Angelique Kidjo (with Joss Stone), Gimme Shelter from Dijn Dijn

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On CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag, this Saturday, March 13, we’ll be enjoying another visit from Transition Guelph‘s Chris Mills and Sally Ludwig. They will be updating us on their group’s current projects and  also highlighting some important upcoming events.

Transition Guelph are part of a worldwide grassroots intitiative, dedicated to helping communities cope with the potentially devastating threats of peak oil and climate change. 

The Transition Town initiative, that started in the U.K, has now lead to the development of 14 different transition communities in Canada, as well as, this month, a national group, Transition Canada. The goal of the national group will be to help other Canadian towns and cities get started on the road to local resiliency.

After the debacle of Copenhagen and the laissez faire attitude of our national government it is now more clear than ever that we can’t afford to wait on governments to act – we need to act for ourselves.

Check out Transition Guelph’s amazingly informative website at www.transitionguelph.org if you haven’t already done so.

We’ll also be sharing some cool music. Its always fun having Chris and Sally on the show. You won’t want to miss it.

Photo: http://www.internationalwomensday.com

In the second hour we’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day in music and welcoming into the studio, members of the Guelph Go Go Grandmothers.

Guelph Go Go Grandmothers, locally known as the 4Gs, have been working hard for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. The campaign seeks to build solidarity, raise awareness and mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers. The campaign was launched on March 7, 2006, on the eve of International Women’s Day

Since the launch, some 220 groups of Canadian grandmothers have taken up the call to action. To date, the campaign has raised more than $6 million for African grandmothers and the children in their care. SLF has directed these funds to community-level organizations in 15 sub-Saharan African countries that provide grandmothers with much needed support, such as food, housing grants, school fees for their grandchildren and grief counselling.

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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Susan (former weather pixie)

We were back on CFRU93.3fm with another fun show on January 16.

I even had a co-host, former weather pixie Susan joining us again. It seems that she doesn’t like to do the weather!

We started off with a really beautiful song from one of my long-time favourite bands, Stackridge, (Waiting For You And) England To Return from their wonderful 2009 reunion album “A Victory For Common Sense”.

Stackridge are very much an English institution although they may be best known in North America as the band that gave us “The Korgis”, who had a hit with Everyone’s Got To Learn Sometime in the late 70s. Its great to have them back. It would be even better if they would tour over here.

We also gave a repeat airing to the fabulous interview we recorded with Sarah Harmer recorded at last year’s Environmental Science Symposium. She really is inspiring.

Listen to the interview with Sarah Harmer:

Transition Guelph's Chris Mills and Sally Ludwig

Later in the hour, Sally Ludwig and Chris Mills from Transition Guelph joined us with an update on the group’s activities.

Transition Guelph are a group of people committed to transitioning our city from oil dependency to local resiliency, while weathering the impact of climate change. After the debacle of Copenhagen its now more clear than ever that we can’t afford to wait on governments at act on climate change – we need to act for ourselves.

Check out their amazingly informative website at www.transitionguelph.org if you haven’t already done so. Their next meeting is January 19 at 7.00 p.m. in 10 Carden.

Listen to Hour 1:

Tannis Slimmon and Lewis Melville live in the studio

In the second hour of the show, we were pleased to welcome Tannis Slimmon and Lewis Melville back to Royal City Rag. Tannis has a solo show at the River Run Centre on January 22, as part of the Borealis Music Series, sponsored by the Borealis Grille & Bar. Joining Tannis will be Lewis and Jude Vadala. It promises to be a fabulous night.

Tannis Slimmon in Concert
Friday, January 22 at 8.00 p.m.
Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre
Woolwich Street, Guelph

Tickets:
$25.00 Adult
$23.00 Student and Senior
$20.00 uGO: (University or College Student – valid ID required)

Contact the River Run Box Office at 519-763-3000 for more information.

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Stackridge, (Waiting For You And) England To Return from A Victory For Common Sense
Sarah Harmer, Escarpment Blues (Live) from At The Barricades Vol 1
Sadies, Never Again from New Seasons
Tannis Slimmon, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding? (Live In The Studio)
Tannis Slimmon, Ernest, Charlie And Allan from Lucky Blue (Live In The Studio)
Tannis Slimmon, Our Time Now from Lucky Blue (Live In The Studio)
Tannis Slimmon, Around Him from Lucky Blue (Live In The Studio)
Tannis Slimmon, Noah’s Work (Live In The Studio)
Tannis Slimmon, There’s A Lift from Oak Lake (Live In The Studio)

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