MONTHLY MUSICAL MEMBER VIDEO - Status/Non-Status

By GAC Staff member Preetam Sengupta


Each month we’ll feature a video from one of Guelph’s musical community 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’s video comes from a band that is evolving, and part of that evolution is a move away from Guelph to now be based in London, Ontario, but we hope they will keep a piece of Guelph in their hearts. Another part of that evolution is their name. Readers might be familiar with the 2020 Polaris Prize long-listed and Hillside (and Hillside Inside) alum WHOOP-Szo and their album, Warrior Down. Bandleader Adam Sturgeon announced the name change to Status/Non-Status a few weeks back with the release of a new EP called 1 2 3 4 500 Years. We feature the first track off that EP today, a fantastic song called “Find A Home”. Finding a home can mean so many things, but it feels here almost like the idea of being comfortable in your own skin on your own journey through life. The video appears to show a bit of both an inward and outward journey, and the song itself has a great summer feel.

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Guelph Author Mixes Memories, Mysticism and Research into an Exciting Pre-teen Story

by Gillian Joseph, GAC Volunteer


I recently chatted with GAC member and Guelph author Aaron Blair about his upcoming book entitled “The Mystic of the Midway”,  published by Histria Books and due out this fall.  The story is targeted to eight- to twelve-year olds and is a fantasy/supernatural story that takes place at an amusement park called Crystal Beach – a real place that existed in Fort Erie, Ontario from 1888 to 1989. But the ghosts of Crystal Beach have a story to tell.  Long before the summer amusement parks of Canada’s Wonderland and Marineland, going to Crystal Beach was a very special vacation for families. Blair has many great memories of being there.  

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Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Seed Grant Supports Artist in Residence Project Development

Guelph, ON – On Thursday, June 17 Guelph Arts Council (GAC) and its project partner 10C organized Art in Everything, a public virtual Artists’ Talk featuring multi-disciplinary artist Don Russell and Peter Schuler, an Elder of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This initiative is based on research and engagement activities of a project funded by an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Seed grant of $12,100 over 8 months to develop a concept for an Artist in Residence program, focused on Indigenous creatives.

Recognizing the grant, Mike Schreiner, MPP for Guelph, said “Congratulations to the Guelph Arts Council and 10C for securing a seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Fund. The development of a concept for an Artist in Residency program with a focus on Indigenous creatives is a wonderful and necessary initiative that will surely lead to the creation of powerful and important work.”

Reflecting on the impact of the project, as the development phase wraps up this month, Guelph Arts Council Executive Director Patti Broughton said “This project emerged from GAC and 10C’s shared commitment to elevate Indigenous voices and knowledge in our work and our belief in the role of the arts in social change. We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the opportunity to engage Indigenous artists, Elders, and youth; community-engaged artists and arts organizations; and social changemakers in developing a vision for a program that will give Indigenous artists space, time, and resources to grow creatively,

Thinking of the way forward, 10C Community Connector Joy Sammy stated “This Seed funding has given GAC and 10C the ability to collaborate with Indigenous Elders and creatives and the foundation for a thoughtful and responsive program. We are looking forward to the next steps.”

A recording and transcript of the June 17 artists’ talk will be available at guelpharts.ca, along with more project resources. GAC and 10C will continue to seek community partners as it begins the implementation of the pilot project. Interested community members are invited to contact Paige Bromby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Patti Broughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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.

10C Shared Space is the hub for community changemakers in Guelph. They are a not-for-profit social enterprise creating a platform for those working across sectors and engaging in collaborative work to improve our community.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

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