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”

GUELPH POLITICAST #37 – Jennifer Haines, Owner of the Dragon

In 1998, the public’s idea of comic book movies were the horrid Batman films by Joel Schumacher, their idea of superhero TV shows was Saturday morning cartoons, and the comic book industry itself nearly went bust after a sales bubble in the early 90s. (Think the Dot-com crash or the 2008 subprime mortgage implosion, but with comics.) It was in that year, a classics graduate from the University of Guelph decided to go into business selling comics, and despite the odds, Jennifer Haines turned her shop into a made-in-Guelph success story. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #37 – Jennifer Haines, Owner of the Dragon”

This Week in Press Releases – February 15-19, 2016

Every week, the City of Guelph and other groups send out notices to announce new events, imperatives, and information that you need to know. Here is this week in press releases. Continue reading “This Week in Press Releases – February 15-19, 2016”

GUELPH POLITICAST #25 – Greg Taylor, Ghost Walk of Guelph

Just in time for Halloween, this episode of the Guelph Politicast is all about about ghosts. So who are you gonna call? Greg Taylor, the man behind the Ghost Walk of Guelph, of course.  Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #25 – Greg Taylor, Ghost Walk of Guelph”

Film from Budds Fire in 1965 Found and Posted

It was with sadness that Guelphites heard the news earlier this month that Budds would be closing its three locations in Kitchener, Guelph and Simcoe in the new year. On January 10, 1965 though, Budds came close to closing forever in Guelph 50 years in advanced when a fire broke out that Sunday afternoon and completely decimated the store at 111 Wyndham St. N. An 8mm film taken that day was recently donated to my friends at Ed Video, and it was digitzed and posted to YouTube for your historical pleasure. Continue reading “Film from Budds Fire in 1965 Found and Posted”

PRESS RELEASE – Tree Removal and Replacement on Carden St

In local plant news, it seems that some of the tress along Carden Street have been suffering from a bit too much water. Despite the persistent dryness during this past month of May, it seems that too much watering has caused the death of several trees along Carden Street. The cause of that is a matter being further examined by the city, in the meantime though, the trees will be removed and replaced starting sometime in the immediate future. Continue reading “PRESS RELEASE – Tree Removal and Replacement on Carden St”

Flashback to Downtown Guelph Circa 1960s/70s

One of the great treats of seeing photos from Downtown Guelph’s past is how immediately evocative it is; it’s both familiar and alien at the exact same time. But photos are one thing, seeing the whole place in action, in living colour, on film is a completely different experience, but it’s one we can enjoy thanks to the following discovery by Vintage Guelph. The exact time and date the film was taken is unknown – sometime in the 1960s or 70s certainly – but this is definitely a treat for local history buffs (like myself).  Continue reading “Flashback to Downtown Guelph Circa 1960s/70s”

Carlo Lives!

There have been several instances where news got around on social media that a certain celebrity or other well-known person had died only for that news to turn out completely false once said person retracted their own death notice. But this time, it’s hit close to home. Earlier this week, it was making the rounds on Twitter that Carlo Angelone, a Downtown fixture well known for yelling in Italian up and down Wyndham Street, had died. But don’t eulogize him yet though because contrary reports are saying Carlo is, in fact, alive if not very well. Continue reading “Carlo Lives!”