by Patti Broughton
The sixth annual Inspiration Guelph concert on Thursday, November 8 will bring young performers together with seasoned professionals for an entertaining musical evening. Through sponsors and guests, the event raises funds for the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s Free to Play/Free to Grow program, which provides grants for kids to access arts programming, and all the benefits of nurturing creativity, despite their families’ financial circumstances.
All images courtesy of Inspiration Guelph
After a 10-year hiatus, the reunited The Philosopher Kings bring their high-energy performance style to the concert. The Juno-award winning band promises to entertain with old favourites and new material. Inspiration organizers, through local music business contacts, connected with the band, who were excited to headline this family-focused community event, including sharing the stage with all the featured acts in the finale! Other performers in this family-friendly evening include Cheer On Bears Cheerleading, The Jam School, and Guelph Family Martial Arts. Also featured this year is Romanian jazz piano prodigy Alex Padureanu. Each year’s performance finale ultimately brings all acts together – 150+ people! – in celebration on the River Run Stage.
The benefits of involvement in the arts for children and youth are well documented, and include: