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Guelph Arts Council Announces Doors Open Guelph 2020 Sites

Guelph, ON – January 30, 2020 – Doors Open Guelph is an all-ages citywide celebration of Guelph's special places - often hidden gems - and rich cultural history. Hosted annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, Doors Open Guelph showcases local businesses, remarkable homes, and feats of creativity and engineering. Each year Guelph proudly kicks off Doors Open Ontario's province-wide season.

The 2020 event will take place on Saturday, April 25, from 10 am to 4 pm. Please visit guelpharts.ca/events/doors-open-guelph for details and updates.

Launching the weekend, Doors Open After Dark will celebrate Guelph’s 193rd birthday with big, bold, innovative history and art activations at and around the Civic Museum from 5 p.m. April 24 to 1 a.m. April 25. This free event aims to create opportunities to connect, explore and engage the community with history in unique ways. Historians and artists of all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals for activations that explore Guelph’s history and identity through themes of reconciliation, diversity, landscape, culture, innovation, and environment. Submissions are due March 8.

Doors Open Ontario’s 2020 theme is Environment, which will be reflected in Guelph at specific sites, including Sleeman Breweries, Campus Co-op Commons, Gurdwara, and The Junction. This year’s event will also offer visitors several active outdoor opportunities to connect with Guelph’s culture and heritage. These experiences are presented in partnership with Trails Open, City of Guelph, and Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation.

Doors Open Guelph attracts an average of 6,000 people to its sites each year, 25-40% of whom are visitors to the city. Doors Open Guelph’s success is due to the enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers who serve as site captains, tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, Steering Committee members and more. Join us as a volunteer and help make Doors Open Guelph a true community celebration. If you’re interested in lending a hand please sign up online or contact Fan-Ling Suen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

Guelph Arts Council thanks its event partners, including City of Guelph, Guelph Museums, Ontario Heritage Trust, Downtown Guelph Business Association, Sleeman Breweries, University of Guelph – Gryphon Football, SV Law, Granite Homes/The Junction, eMERGE Guelph, all participating sites, and its Steering Committee and event volunteers. Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Patti Broughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

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Guelph Arts Council, Art Gallery of Guelph and SOFAM Present Opportunity Knocks: Re-imagining your Arts Career

Guelph, ON December 19, 2019 – Guelph Arts Council is pleased to collaborate with the Art Gallery of Guelph and the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art and Music in presenting Opportunity Knocks: Re-imagining your Arts Career. How can arts students and emerging artists re-imagine the careers they could pursue? What are the emergent, entrepreneurial, or unexpected career paths that arts grads have taken? A group of diverse arts trailblazers will share stories and lessons learned. Students, artists and creatives of all disciplines, ages and experience levels are welcome.

The three-hour session begins at 6 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Art Gallery of Guelph, 358 Gordon St, Guelph, and includes intro presentations, a panel discussion and Q&A, and networking. Confirmed speakers include Sally Frater, Tory Miles, and Alex Ricci, University of Guelph graduates who’ve been innovative in their arts careers. Sally is currently the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Guelph with a BFA in Studio Art and MA in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester/Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Tory is a digital matte painter and concept artist, classically trained in painting, whose credits include The Shape of Water and Hellboy. Alex leads audiovisual collective VERSA with Monika Hauck. VERSA creates powerful instrumental music written around live looping bass guitar, and pairs it with responsive projections that visualize sound. Other presenters will be announced.

The workshop is free but registration is appreciated. Please register online or by calling Guelph Arts Council at 519-836-3280.

In announcing the session, Guelph Arts Council Executive Director Patti Broughton said: “We are so grateful to the Art Gallery of Guelph, SOFAM, and the presenting artists for making this evening of conversation possible. Attendees will come away thinking about the unexpected opportunities that careers in the arts can offer.”

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project, and made possible with support from RBC Emerging Artists Project.

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Opportunity Knocks: Re-imagining your Arts Career          

By Garreth Arenburg-Duchesne

Guelph Arts Council, the Art Gallery of Guelph, and the University of Guelph School of Fine Art & Music, presents Opportunity Knocks: Re-imagining your Arts Career on Thursday January 30th 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Guelph. Guest speakers for this event include Alex Ricci, Tory Miles, and Sally Frater, all University Of Guelph grads who have taken innovative and different approaches to their arts careers. Emerging artists, students, and creatives from all disciplines are encouraged and welcome to attend this free event. Opportunity Knocks is a chance to listen, learn and ask questions with established local artists and cultural workers from Guelph.  Guest speakers will share their personal stories and lessons learnt over time. The evening will continue with a panel discussion, Q&A, followed by a chance to mix and mingle.

Opportunity Knocks Poster

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Monthly Music Member - Tragedy Ann

Each month we’ll feature a video from one of GAC’s musical members. If you’re a musician and have a video you’d like us to feature, please send a YouTube link our way along with a short bio to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This month, we share one from Liv Cazzola and GAC Board Member Braden Phelan (together known as Tragedy Ann), who have just returned home to Guelph from a few weeks away touring in Europe.

Catch them live at the Guelph Museum’s final Fourth Friday event of the decade on December 27th.

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