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Resources for the arts community in response to COVID-19

By Jane Litchfield

All kinds of artists and arts organizations are feeling the impact of the cancellations and isolation measures in response to COVID-19. Below is a list of supports and resources for creative workers, compiled as of March 24. Many of these sites are updated regularly. Don’t forget to track your losses -- and stay safe!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more news, and let us know if you have anything to share. Our office is closed, but we are monitoring email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Tuesday-Thursday) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Tuesday-Friday) and phone messages at 519-836-3280.

Canada Council for the Arts lists government resources for arts workers and FAQs on their own grants and programs.

Resource photo credit Qimono from Pixabay small
Photo credit: Qimono from Pixabay

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Guelph Arts Council responds to COVID-19

Guelph, ON – March 18, 2020 – Based on the recommendations of Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health, and the Government of Ontario’s declaration of an emergency, Guelph Arts Council has closed its office and postponed March and April public programs until further notice.

During the closure, GAC staff can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Tuesday – Thursday) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Tuesday – Friday). Phone messages left at 519-836-3280 will be checked daily.

Public programs currently affected are the following:

Collector’s Dilemma – postponed

Tickets will be honoured at the rescheduled event, may be converted to a tax-receiptable donation, or may be refunded.

Doors Open Guelph and volunteer training sessions – postponed

For updates, please sign up for GAC’s e-news at guelpharts.ca and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

GAC will continue to monitor Public Health’s recommendations and announce decisions on public programs scheduled after April 30.

These are challenging times for artists and small business operators, whose income is impacted by closures, cancellations, and social distancing. Please support them online and shop local.

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Guelph Arts Council Presents Collector’s Dilemma

Guelph, ON – March 5, 2020 – Guelph Arts Council presents Collector’s Dilemma, a fun live and silent auction of fine art donated by local collectors. This evening of bidding, munching and mingling happens on Thursday, March 26 from 6:30 - 10 pm at Canada Company Hall, River Run Centre. All proceeds help Guelph Arts Council support Guelph's vibrant creative community.

Tickets are $40 or two for $75, including a complimentary glass of wine or beer and light snacks, plus a beer tasting by Wellington Brewery. Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite, by phone by calling 519-836-3280, or visit Guelph Arts Council, 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street. Office hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm.

Thanks to the generosity of local art collectors - who’ve run out of wall space or are making room for new pieces – an amazing collection of quality artwork, in a range of media, styles, sizes, and values, is available. Mingle with other art enthusiasts, be inspired by experiencing art in beautiful Canada Company Hall, and augment your art collection with new-to-you treasures at incredible prices.  

For more information please call 519-836-3280 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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D’Eve Archer - Monthly Musical Member Video

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.

This month, we share one from a recent Motown tribute show held at Royal City Church, featuring D’Eve Archer, among others. D’Eve (and her alter ego “Saturdae Jonez”) recently returned from a sold out showcase event at the Grammys in Los Angeles, where we’re told she was the artist about whom everyone was talking after the show. With that performance behind her, and new music on the horizon, the sky is the limit for this wonderful artist who has performed around the world, but calls Guelph home.

When describing the solo sounds of D'Eve Archer, many are not only impressed by her diversity with instrumentation, but amazed by her techniques to fuse multiple genres together to make harmonious sounds that will leave you wanting more. In her own words:
"It's not just about what you are playing for your audience, it's about what you are giving them. Every time I step on stage, whether it be in a large arena, or a small intimate lounge, I aim to share my heart, my mind, and my soul with everyone in that venue.” 

As promised, the encore from Guelph’s recent Motown tribute show:

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