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”

Downtown is Cool with the Change in Hillside Dates

As reported in the Guelph Tribune the other day, the Hillside Festival is conceding victory to WayHome after two years of struggle against the upstart music festival just a few hours further away than our own Guelph Lake. The 34th annual Hillside Festival will be held on the weekend of July 14-16, which is a couple of weeks earlier than normal, but does it also put Hillside into conflict with another of Guelph’s summer festivals? Continue reading “Downtown is Cool with the Change in Hillside Dates”

Est. 2008. Wednesday, July 20, 2016 A Brief History of Hillside (With a Chance of Doom)

The year was 1984. A generation of young people were given the eternal answer to “Who you gonna call?”, Cirque du Soleil redefined just how far you can make certain body parts bend, and John Turner began an epic three-month ride as Prime Minister of Canada. Meanwhile, here in Guelph, a small community music festival was launched that more than three decades later endures as a summer destination that’s synonymous with the Royal City. Continue reading “Est. 2008. Wednesday, July 20, 2016 A Brief History of Hillside (With a Chance of Doom)”

Are the Argos Coming Back to Guelph for Training Camp?

Flashback! The local sports rumour mill is churning with mention of the possibility that the Toronto Argonauts might be holding their 2016 training camp in the Royal City. Specifically, at Alumni Stadium at the University of Guelph. Continue reading “Are the Argos Coming Back to Guelph for Training Camp?”

Local Music Legend Mo’ Kauffey Passes Away

It’s a sad day for Guelph music fans with the news that Gary W. Wickizer, AKA: Mo’ Kauffey, has lost his fight with cancer. He may have been born in Colorado, but Mo’ was quintessentially Guelph, and like all good Bluesmen, he’s strummed his last song and exited the stage. Continue reading “Local Music Legend Mo’ Kauffey Passes Away”

The Unofficial List of Guelph-Based Podcasts

It was an idle thought that passed my mind earlier this week, but I put it to Twitter: is there a list of podcasts made in Guelph, and/or by Guelphites. As it turned out, it looks like there’s not. Until now. Thanks to the suggestions of others, and my own brief research on Google, I’ve compiled here an unofficial, ongoing list of Guelph podcasts. Listen and learn, and if you know about something that isn’t on here, feel free to let me know. Continue reading “The Unofficial List of Guelph-Based Podcasts”

Guelph Makes Top 10 for Culture Days in 2015

It’s a terribly kept secret that Guelph is a culturally rich little ‘burb, and now we have the statistics to prove it. The Royal City was one of numerous groups across the country to have participated in Culture Day activities back in September, and it turns out that were one of the best it terms of celebrations. Continue reading “Guelph Makes Top 10 for Culture Days in 2015”