Federal Funds Will Help Bookshelf Scale Up Digital Sales

Do you like books? Do you like small, independent book stores like the Bookshelf in downtown Guelph? If you do, then this was a good news day because the Federal government announced funding for the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association, as well as funding for 180 booksellers across Canada, to help support Canadian literature by making those tomes easier to buy through digital storefronts. Continue reading “Federal Funds Will Help Bookshelf Scale Up Digital Sales”

GUELPH POLITICAST #318 – Telling Marlene’s Story

We don’t get a lot of movie premieres here in Guelph, so when one happens it’s kind of a big deal. Coming to the Bookshelf Cinema this Friday is Marlene, the story of self-selecting Guelphites Marlene Truscott and her husband Steven Truscott, whose life story involves one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Canadian history. Now it’s a movie, and according to its director, a romance at that. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #318 – Telling Marlene’s Story”

GUELPH POLITICAST #217 – Missing the Movies

It would be unfair to say that independent art house movie theatres like the Bookshelf Cinema are feeling the biggest impact from the COVID-19 lockdown, but things weren’t exactly easy for them before the outbreak. From the fewer number of films being released theatrically, to big monopolies at the studios and national theatre chains, to the growing number of streaming options, indie cinemas had a lot to deal with before a global pandemic. But is it a lost cause? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #217 – Missing the Movies”

Bookshelf to Launch Campaign to Be More Accessible

One of Guelph’s most well-known cultural landmarks is about to get a facelift, and it will be one that will make the facility accessible to all. Later this week, the Bookshelf will announce a campaign to raise funds to renovate and make it’s second floor amenities accessible to patrons with physical disabilities. Continue reading “Bookshelf to Launch Campaign to Be More Accessible”

Sneak Peak at ‘Election Day’ Film Shows Great Promise

When Peter Smoczynski came to Guelph a few months ago with his documentary film project Election Day: The Rise of Voter Suppression, it was still in bite-sized pieces meant to galvanize the next phase of production. The version shown Saturday to a crowd of special guests and Fair Vote Guelph members was a movie now with form, though still incomplete. But in there was the beginning of something that promises to be both compelling and informational if you’re someone that’s concerned about the direction of our democracy. Continue reading “Sneak Peak at ‘Election Day’ Film Shows Great Promise”