In what might be the last holdout after days of cancellations, the Guelph Arts Council formally closed its office, and cancelled all upcoming events for the rest of March and April. The cancellation affects one of the biggest events on the Arts Council’s calendar, but it’s not the only shift to the cultural landscape to be announced in the last day.
In an email blast on Tuesday, the Guelph Arts Council said that they decided to follow the recommendations of both the Government of Ontario and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to close their office until further notice, and cancel two events they presently have scheduled.
Both the fundraising auction Collector’s Dilemma, and the annual historical tour Doors Open Guelph have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. People who have already bought tickets to Collector’s Dilemma will have those purchases honoured at the rescheduled event, or they can be converted to a donation to the Arts Council with tax receipt, or refunded.
As for the office, you can still get in touch with them through email at administration [at] guelpharts.ca or by phone at 519-836-3280; messages will be checked daily. People are also asked to sign-up to receive notices at the Arts Council’s website in order to get all the latest updates.
“These are challenging times for artists and small business operators, whose income is impacted by closures, cancellations, and social distancing,” said the Arts Council’s release. “Please support them online and shop local.”
The local cultural scene has been rather decimated because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
The Bookshelf is presently closed, although the bookstore is accepting orders for home delivery within Guelph. Both Galaxy Cinemas locations in Guelph have also been closed as part of Cineplex’s nation-wide shutdown.
Kazoofest! also postponed its final season, which was supposed to take place in April.
In the latest news, both of The Dragon’s Guelph locations have announced reduced hours and the cancellation of all in-store gaming until further notice. The Beat Goes On has also closed all its stores, including the Guelph location, and the it’s the same story with Cinema 1 although both chains will continue home delivery for the time being.