Guelph Fringe Festival Returns This Weekend!

Fifteen artists in three venues for a combined 45 different shows makes up the slate of his year’s Guelph Fringe Festival. Several years in the works because of repeated COVID-19 delays, Fringe will take the stage at Red Brick Café, Silence, and the Guelph Civic Museum starting on Thursday night and running through Sunday afternoon. The goal? To support local actors, dancers, musicians, and performing artists. Continue reading “Guelph Fringe Festival Returns This Weekend!”

Museum Planning Truth & Reconciliation Day Activities and Culture Days

Next week, the City of Guelph, it’s people, and people in communities across Canada will mark the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We might have already heard about a number of activities being hosted by the Rotary Club of Guelph, but the City is also planning some events through the Guelph Civic Museum. Continue reading “Museum Planning Truth & Reconciliation Day Activities and Culture Days”

Federal Government Offers More Funding for Local Arts Event, Including Hillside

Under ordinary circumstances, the entire city would be a buzz about the impending start of the Hillside Festival out at Guelph Lake. Hillside is a major summer music event, and a major local cultural event, but you can’t have either of those things in a global pandemic. But what you can have is a virtual Hillside, and you will have it again this year, except this time it comes with a little bit more Federal funding. Continue reading “Federal Government Offers More Funding for Local Arts Event, Including Hillside”

Grant Money Highlights Art Around Town and Guelph Artists

Local artists are among the many groups that have suffered in this pandemic. After all, art is meant to be enjoyed, in a crowd, in a public gallery and space, and what are you supposed to do when people can’t gather around? The answer seems to be turning outdoor public spaces into art displays, and thanks to some grant money from upper levels of government, that’s an option for a couple of Guelph projects. Continue reading “Grant Money Highlights Art Around Town and Guelph Artists”

City of Guelph Has Cancelled All Programs and Events till July

In a move that definitely sends a message that we’ll be dealing with COVID-19 for the long haul, the City of Guelph has cancelled all events and programs at city facilities through to July 5. Although the facilities themselves are still closed until April 30, the City will be hosting no events, concerts, or gatherings at those building until well after Canada Day. Continue reading “City of Guelph Has Cancelled All Programs and Events till July”

This Week in Guelph Beer News

We don’t often talk about beer here on Guelph Politico, but sometimes circumstances warrant the stretching of this site’s normal beat, and here we are, about to talk about beer. And for local beer lovers, this is going to be a good news/bad news situation. Continue reading “This Week in Guelph Beer News”

Naomi Klein Tells Guelph We’re Less Radical Than Peterborough

A hush came over the audience as Naomi Klein entered the room. She hadn’t even taken the stage yet, all she had to do was walk in… This was a crowd that was ready and willing to hear the message, “No Is Not Enough“, which is also the title of Klein’s new book, and the author/journalist/provocateur was ready to get everyone at War Memorial Hall hyped in order to spread that message. Continue reading “Naomi Klein Tells Guelph We’re Less Radical Than Peterborough”

Guelph Library Premieres 8 Short Films About Guelph

Much of the action at the East End Library Branch’s block party to celebrate Canada 150 was, naturally, outdoors, but there was something interesting happening inside too: Eight short films about Guelph by eight local filmmakers. Covering a wide variety of topics, the shorts each show a side of Guelph – known and unknown – that highlighted the reasons why the Royal City is the place that it is. Continue reading “Guelph Library Premieres 8 Short Films About Guelph”

Why Shouldn’t Guelph Get an IMDb Page?

If city council is looking for priorities in this new year, then perhaps they can follow Toronto’s lead. A recommendation from the City of Toronto’s Economic Development Committee earlier this week (that sadly wasn’t discussed due to quorum issues) floated the idea that T-dot should have its own IMDb page, administered by the City, to promote film and TV production in Toronto. Well, if it’s good enough for Toronto, I say it’s good enough for Guelph too. Continue reading “Why Shouldn’t Guelph Get an IMDb Page?”

5th Annual guelPhonography Exhibit Looking for guelPhonographers

Reminder Guelphites: You can do more with your phone than collecting Pokemon. The fifth annual guelPhonography contest has begun, inviting all phone-wielding photogs to submit their pics of “the people, places, history, heritage, sports and spirit that make Guelph beautiful.” Continue reading “5th Annual guelPhonography Exhibit Looking for guelPhonographers”