RECAP: Arts, Culture and Sports Leaders Share Thoughts About Tourism Plan

What does the City of Guelph need to do to attract visitors to our fair municipality? City hall is presently developing a strategy guide to provide direction on how to bring to Guelph new visitors and drive economic growth in culture and sports tourism, and on Monday, leaders and community activists in the areas of arts, culture and sports took part in two community engagement sessions to offer feedback. This is the story of one of those sessions… Continue reading “RECAP: Arts, Culture and Sports Leaders Share Thoughts About Tourism Plan”


We’ve talked about a lot of heavy stuff on the podcast this year – the pandemic, sexual violence, trans healthcare, mental health and reconciliation all to name a few. So before we take a summer break* it felt like we needed a safe space, somewhere serene where we can get back to nature and just talk like two people. In other words, we just need someone to tell us a story. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #336 – Story Time”

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”

OP-ED: Jay Wilson Talks About “Arts’ Immeasurable Value”

Lately we’ve seen the effects of the pandemic on the performing arts. Audiences have disappeared. Live performances have been replaced by online performance attempts. Artists are struggling. However, on the positive side, I’ve witnessed first-hand a storytelling experience that uses simple technology – the telephone – to bring joy to those who are locked away from social interactions and who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Continue reading “OP-ED: Jay Wilson Talks About “Arts’ Immeasurable Value””

GUELPH POLITICAST #273 – The Pandemic Arts

These days, more and more people have used the pandemic to discover new creative resources, while professional artists have struggled to earn a living without access to the live venues and events from which they usually collect the majority of their income. From new programs to virtual events, it’s been a long, hard road for the Guelph Arts Council for the last 15 months, and it’s not over yet. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #273 – The Pandemic Arts”

GUELPH POLITICAST #150 – Royal City Musical Productions Inc.

All the world’s a stage, and that includes Guelph. And in Guelph, the realm of the big, lively, stage musical belongs to Royal City Musical Productions Inc. It’s not Broadway, but it can be just as good, and even more conveniently located. This week, we take a peek behind the curtain. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #150 – Royal City Musical Productions Inc.”