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Royal City Studios – Guelph’s newest music rehearsal and recording studio space

By Preetam Sengupta

“Wow!” said (GAC summer student) Lauren. She may have been talking about the well-stocked fridge to properly dress her coffee, but the sentiment echoed throughout our tour of the newly opened Royal City Studios in Guelph. It’s a beautiful space; modern, accessible, functional, and professional. There is a reception desk at the entrance where Lauren and I were warmly greeted when we arrived, which is in stark contrast to some studios I’ve visited in the past (which certainly have their own charm) where instructions may have included “call or text me (or some other random stranger) when you’re close, and I’ll come and find you so you don’t get lost or scared”. I’m exaggerating slightly of course, but the point is that we could tell from the moment we arrived that we were in a professional music studio, a first impression that carried through during our visit.

Royal City Studios. Located at 930 Woodlawn Road West Unit 1. Photo credit Ken Sutherland web
Royal City Studios. Located at 930 Woodlawn Road West, Unit 1. Photo credit Ken Sutherland

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Edgy Theatre Takes Off in Downtown Guelph

By Jane Litchfield

Starting a theatre company isn’t easy. Along with a high tolerance for risk, you need multiple skill sets and a lot of hours, plus some money, a venue, and a willing audience. Yet four Guelph theatre junkies have pulled all that off with The Downtown Theatre Project. Since its launch in March 2018, they have produced five plays in the intimate space at The Making Box in downtown Guelph, selling out many shows. And apparently they’re all still friends.

Founders of Downtown Theatre Project. Left to right. Tim Clark Trevor Smith Diggins Jen Barson Paul Barson web
Founders of Downtown Theatre Project. Left to right. Tim Clarke, Trevor Smith Diggins, Jen Barson, Paul Barson. Photo credit Dana Bellamy

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Jagdeep Raina: Archiving memory and migration

The quiet surface of paper and soft fabrics echoes the humble archives Jagdeep Raina draws from - the history and documentation of pioneering Kashmiri and Punjabi Sikh communities in the South Asian diaspora. 

Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, artist Jagdeep Raina has a research based studio practice. For Jagdeep, the history of pioneering Kashmiri and Punjabi Sikh communities “live in overlooked materials: books, oral history manuscripts, VHS tapes, records and cassettes tucked away in cardboard boxes, yellow photographs in peeling albums stuffed in cupboards and shelves, in basements, on online databases and in the research of scholars who have dedicated their lives to recording a history in the margins.”


Jagdeep Raina.To my friend Baljit thank you. Lets rediscover the evocative power of our sweet Punjabi music 2015 mixed media on paper 68 x 50in
Jagdeep Raina.To my friend Baljit, thank you. Let's rediscover the evocative power of our sweet Punjabi music, 2015, mixed media on paper, 68 x 50in

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Guelph Arts Council Announces Summer Exhibitions at 10C Shared Space

Guelph, ON June 27, 2019 – Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce four summertime exhibitions in the street-level community gallery at 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street. Three feature work by local emerging and newcomer artists, and the fourth celebrates the work of Art on the Street 2019 award winners. Guelph Arts Council is grateful for support for its Making Art, Making Change project from The Guelph Community Foundation – Musagetes Fund. The project will continue in November and December 2019.

First up is After the Fires, in which emerging artist Anne Munroe uses photography to reflect on the devastation of forest fires in Williams Lake, BC. Anne’s project involved visits and interviews with affected community members. Anne is a photographer and painter, a senior Studio Art student at the University of Guelph, and a participant in the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project. The exhibition runs from July 3 – 15. Please join us for an opening reception with the artist on Wednesday, July 3 from 5 – 7 pm.

Next is Disturbed Balance from July 16 - 31, featuring paintings by artist Canan Altinkas. Canan is a newcomer to Guelph who has been a professional artist for almost 20 years. Her abstract work is inspired by ordinary objects in her environment. Please join us for an opening reception with the artist on Tuesday, July 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

From August 1 – 15, Guelph Arts Council looks forward to presenting a group show featuring work by Art on the Street 2019 award winners. Participants and an opening date will be announced.

Anyone who has seen this year’s Hillside Festival poster will recognize the work of local newcomer artist Maria Ibarra. Maria is a painter, sculptor, writer, illustrator, and teacher, but above all a plasticine lover. Her colourful works, often drawing on childhood dreams and meaningful moments, are crafted from thousands of small plasticine dots. See Maria’s work at 10C Shared Space from August 16 -31.

Artists interested in exhibiting their work at 10C Shared Space as part of the Making Art, Making Change project are invited to contact Patti Broughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Other exhibition and event spaces are also available at 10C year-round, with details available here.

About Guelph Arts Council:
For over forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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