Humans are Intrinsically Storytellers, the Pandemic Hasn't Changed That

By Nathan Lawr, Operations Director at the Guelph Film Festival

When the pandemic first hit, almost everything was shrouded in a cloud of uncertainty. It was hard to plan anything, let alone a film festival. For the performing arts, one thing seemed pretty certain: things were going to be very different for a long time. We witnessed a seemingly endless stream of heartbreaking decisions as our friends at some of Guelph’s other festivals were forced to cancel or postpone indefinitely. Most of the ways we connect as a community were disappearing. If we can’t gather together, it’s harder to make those lasting connections we need to feel like we belong here, like we belong to this community.

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A father and daughter enjoy one of the Pocket Series shorts at The Common coffee shop during the 2019 GFF. Photos by Richelle Forsey


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A Museum Exhibit and New Logo as Guelph Chamber Choir Launches Its 40th Anniversary Season

By: Brenda Lewis, Concert Promotions Coordinator, Guelph Chamber Choir / Lewis Media Relations

The Guelph Chamber Choir (GCC) is pleased to announce SingOUT 2020-2021, a new season celebrating forty years of choral excellence. “Covid-19 has made us shift tactics, but even a pandemic can’t stop the music,” says artistic director Dr. Charlene Pauls. 

Starting This Week, Celebrate GCC'S Season 40 at The Museum

An exciting new exhibition opens at Guelph Civic Museum showcasing highlights of the choir’s past forty years, and sets the stage for the next forty. Titled "Resonance: Guelph Chamber Choir at 40" the exhibition runs from Tuesday, October 27, 2020 through Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Visitors will experience soul-stirring sounds of the choir through an audio installation. The exhibition also features memorable stories from people whose lives have been touched by their involvement with GCC.

“We are thrilled that the Guelph Civic Museum is launching an exciting new interactive exhibit celebrating 40 years of the Guelph Chamber Choir making beautiful music and representing our community" exclaims Dr. Pauls. "Most of us are on our computers more than ever during this pandemic, so this exhibit is a great opportunity to enjoy an in-person event. It's easy to book a time with the museum and come out with friends and family to share a safe, socially-distanced, non-zoom experience.”

To Plan Your Visit (Ticket Info / Make Reservations):

Of special note will be a live performance by members of Guelph Chamber Choir in January 2021 as part of the museum's popular "Fourth Friday" series. This concert will be live-streamed for all to enjoy!

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Resonance: Guelph Chamber Choir at 40Exhibition at the Guelph Civic Museum. On now until March 28, 2021.
Photo by Sandra Pitts, Administrator, Guelph Chamber Choir

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Mix up your fall reading list and go local

Want to diversify your reading list? Do you like supporting local businesses? Maybe you’ve discovered  a new interest in poetry in these self-reflective times? Check out the fall lineup from Guelph literary publisher Gordon Hill Press.

You can get these books as e-books for $10, or in paperback for $20-$22 each, or a bundle of all three for $50 at

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Guelph Arts Council offers free workshops to help creative workers and businesses recover from pandemic losses

Guelph, ON – October 15, 2020 – Guelph Arts Council is offering four free online workshops to help visual artists, musicians, performing artists, writers, arts organizations and venues rebuild their careers or businesses in response to the pandemic.

“The pandemic has been particularly hard on creative workers and businesses, many of whom depend on in-person events for their livelihood,” says GAC Executive Director Patti Broughton. “Even before the pandemic, many lived with precarious incomes. We’re excited to be able to offer these workshops to help them cope.”

All four workshops are free for Guelph Arts Council members, and GAC is now offering free memberships to Guelph-Wellington artists of all disciplines, arts businesses, and not-for-profit arts organizations through December 31, 2020. Broughton says GAC is grateful for membership funding from the Guelph Community Support Fund and the City of Guelph Emergency Fund. Members are encouraged to register for workshops quickly as some have limited free spots.

GAC extends a special invitation to BIPOC, newcomer, Deaf, disabled, youth, and/or 2SLGBTQ+ artists to sign up for free memberships and these events.

The workshops are:

Creating a New Audience on LinkedIn, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-noon

Many creative small businesses don’t consider a LinkedIn page, but this free social network can be a great place to grow your audience. Presented by Guelph marketing agency 2H Media, this hands-on workshop will lead participants through creating a basic LinkedIn company page from scratch. Free GAC member promo code: GAC75

Contracts and Commission: The Business of Art, Oct. 29, 3-4:30 p.m. 

A common error when creating a business in the arts is failing to understand your rights, your worth and how to protect both. Samir Baijal, Artistic Director at Hillside Festival, will help participants understand their legal rights and prepare them for the business side of any creative business. Presented by Business Centre Guelph-Wellington. Free GAC member promo code: creativebusiness (limited spots); 10% discount code: businessartcouncil (limited spots).

Art Business in Digital and Physical Spaces, Nov. 5, 6:30-8 p.m.

A round-table style discussion about how artists, curators, musicians, and creatives use digital and physical spaces to deliver and create projects, programs, exhibitions, sales and shows. Sharing their tips and challenges will be: James Gordon, Guelph city councillor and singer-songwriter; Michelle Miller, local handcrafted art jeweller; Sally Frater, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Guelph; and Lynne McIntee, publicity chair at Guelph Little Theatre. Followed by a Q&A. Presented by Business Centre Guelph-Wellington. Free GAC member promo code: creativebusiness (limited spots); 10% discount code: businessartcouncil (limited spots).

Career Rebuilding: Making Money with Your Creative Business, Nov. 12, 3-4:30 p.m.
Creative businesses have unique challenges. Learn from industry experts about building and structuring your creative business. Amanda Wilson-Ciocci, owner of The Monarch & Co., will discuss the systems and support you need to get organized for your business launch and/or growth. Aron Murch and Matthew Herchel, Digital Strategists at 2H Media, will cover Shopify and digital marketing for art businesses. Musicians Braden Phelan and Liv Cazzola of Guelph duo Tragedy Ann will share their insights on finding new ways to reach your audience. Presented by Business Centre Guelph-Wellington. Free GAC member promo code: creativebusiness (limited spots); 10% discount code: businessartcouncil (limited spots). 

This workshop series is presented in association with GAC’s Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project, with support from RBC Emerging Artists Project.

For more information about these workshops contact Guelph Arts Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 519-836-3280. Due to COVID-19 recommendations, GAC is currently open by appointment only. Phone messages are checked daily.

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