GUELPH POLITICAST #142 – Bry Webb, Musician and Video Maker

The Guelph Film Festival begins this week, and it’s bringing documentaries from around the world to various venues around town. Occasionally though, the Guelph Film Festival highlights a Guelph project through a series called “Hidden Histories”, and this year it takes us all the way back in time to the year 2000.

Royal City Summer 2000 is a collection of home movies made by Bry Webb in, yes, the summer of 2000. At the time, Webb was on the cusp of success as the lead singer of the Constantines, an accomplished and renowned Canadian band that got its start in Guelph.

When Webb and his bandmates weren’t making music though, he took a borrowed video camera and filmed scenes around the Ward and downtown, capturing the sights of his new city and sending them to a friend out west. Nearly 20 years, Webb dug out the old tapes, and voila, you have this year’s entry into “Hidden Histories”!

On this week’s podcast, Webb talks about those good old days in the Ward, what he thought of Guelph back then and how it changed, why he filmed the things he filmed, and what it is about Guelph’s past that makes us so nostalgic. And yes, for you music fans, we talk about those good old times with the Constantines, and those famous early days playing shows in the Royal City.

So let’s go back in time all the way to the year 2000 on this week’s Guelph Politicast!

Royal City Summer 2000 is screening at Brothers Brewing this Thursday at 15 Wyndham St N from 9 pm to midnight. For more information about any of the Guelph Film Festival programming, or to buy tickets, you can go to its website here. And if you want to see Bry Webb in his current environment, he can train you on tech stuff at CFRU and you can get in touch with him at

The host for the Guelph Politicast is Podbean. Find more episodes of the Politicast here.

Remember that the Politicast Podbean channel is also the host for podcast versions of Open Sources Guelph. The previous Thursday’s episode of Open Sources will be posted on Mondays.

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