GUELPH POLITICAST #79 – Hans Zegerius, Petrie Photographer

Underneath that big green tarp near the corner of Wyndham and Macdonell is a world of mystery. The Petrie Building has been a subject of intrigue, speculation and regret for years, if not decades, and it’s facelift is opening up that world as the Trycathlen partners proceed with the renovation and restoration of the Petrie, and one man has been there to capture the transformation as it’s unfolded. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #79 – Hans Zegerius, Petrie Photographer”

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of the Petrie Building Renovations

This Saturday is Doors Open Guelph, the annual behind-the-scenes tour of all the places you’d like to see but don’t normally have access to. One of the pit stops in this year’s edition is the Petrie Building, which is a chance for the public to see the long and hotly anticipated renovation of the much neglected downtown Guelph heritage building. Due to circumstances, only the second floor will be open to visitors Saturday, but back in February members of city council, staff, and the media were given a behind the scenes tour of the work in progress, and now you can take that tour too… Continue reading “VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of the Petrie Building Renovations”

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”

City to Present Streetscape Manual for Downtown Facelift

It turns out Baker Street is just the beginning. Adding to the recent talk about re-orienting the north end of Downtown Guelph, is the news below that city staff has released a draft of the new Downtown Streetscape Manual and Built Form Standards, which will come before the Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment Committee a week from Monday on April 7. Continue reading “City to Present Streetscape Manual for Downtown Facelift”