Monthly Musical Member Video - Nefe

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.

Carrying on from last month’s video which featured a Hillside Inside performer, we have one this month from an artist who is no stranger to the Hillside stage, Nefe. Having most recently performed a virtual set for Winter Pride here in Guelph, Nefe’s latest single “Lipstick Wish” found its way to CBC Music’s Top 20 chart in December. It’s a great song, but for today’s video, we visit Nefe’s 2017 EP and it’s beautiful title track, “Mama”.


Adept listeners might be able to trace Nefe’s genre-defying sound back to her endless influences from folk to pop or R&B to reggae but what listeners will actually hear is an idiosyncratic sound that can only be described as 3-dimensional – affecting the listener’s heart, mind and soul. Nefe’s power has been described as her ability to make you feel before you can think. Her vocal range and precision vibrates with the healing tradition of ancient wisdom that belies her youth. Nefe’s voice is the salve that cuts through the pandemonium of the modern world.

Find more information on Nefe’s website and Facebook. While we couldn’t find the Mama EP there, we wanted to let you know that Bandcamp will once again be foregoing their share of artist sales on the first Friday of March. Have more of your music dollars find their way into the pockets of your favourite local musicians by visiting their Bandcamp pages on March 5th.

And now for your viewing, listening, and emotional pleasure (especially if you have ever had a great maternal figure in your life), here’s Nefe’s “Mama”.

Spring Break Art Camps in Guelph

By Mike Baker

Kids and youth can explore creativity from home this coming spring break. There are a number of online art camps in Guelph ranging from dance, music, art, and nature-based art classes. Teachers get a break too of course, and if you're an educator looking to hone your online classroom skills, than the Making Box has you covered. See what's happening locally.

Art Gallery of Guelph. Camp-to-Go. April 12-16

This April, join us for a fabulous week of Camp-To-Go! With a blend of virtual instruction and hands-on activities, this creative program for kids ages 7 to 12 brings the arts directly to your home, providing your kids with an unforgettable interactive learning experience.

From painting to Perler bead design, Camp-To-Go features a live 90-minute virtual creative Zoom session every morning at 10:30 am inspired by the work of a diversity of artists. The best part? You’ll receive all the supplies you need to follow along! Supply kits can be picked up prior to the start of camp and contain materials to be used in art-making over the course of five days. The cost for Camp-To-Go including materials, instruction and facilitation is $100. To learn more visit here.

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Art Gallery of Guelph. Camp-to-Go. Image provided by Art Gallery of Guelph

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Sue Smith Celebrates Release of New Album with Concert Live-Streamed from River Run Centre

By Brenda Lewis

Live from The River Run Series presents Sue Smith with The Potion Kings

On Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8pm, long-time Guelph artist Sue Smith brings her evocative song writing and sultry voice to the stage of the River Run Centre joined by a band of locally and nationally esteemed colleagues,The Potion Kings. Join her from the comfort of your home for an unforgettable live-streamed concert celebrating her sixth album, Tonight We Sail, released worldwide on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

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Sue Smith. Photo credit, Dean Palmer

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An Interview with Marva Wisdom: Leader, Advocate, and Activist

By Tatiana Poluch

As February comes to a close, we have spent the month celebrating many Black individuals who have shaped history. Looking into our own community, we have leaders who continue influencing society every day. One of these community members is Marva Wisdom, a facilitator, moderator and professional speaker. 

I was privileged enough to share a chat with Marva. We discussed her lived experience as well as some of the numerous projects she is involved in. The questions have been summarized for article length and clarity.

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Marva Wisdom. Image provided by Marva Wisdom

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