How CFRU Radio is Bridging the Social Distance

by Barbara Salsberg Mathews

During these COVID19 self-isolation times, your workplace along with other establishments may now be closed. It’s only natural that feelings of confusion and panic can set in. Here’s how one local Guelphite responded to the situation. Jenny Mitchell is CFRU’s Volunteer and Mobile Studio Coordinator, and a musician and songwriter in her own right. In her role, Mitchell recruits and trains volunteers, and supports them in getting involved in the station. She also coordinates CFRU’s Mobile Studio project, which goes into the community to offer radio opportunities to those who may not have access to the station at University of Guelph.

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Jenny Mitchell, CFRU’s Volunteer and Mobile Studio Coordinator.
Photo credit, Scott Haynes

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Dancing to this 2020 Funk and Finding Work in the Arts As a Recent Graduate

By Mona Afshari, Marketing & Communications Manager at WorkInCulture

Given the state of affairs with the COVID-19 crisis, many arts workers, including students are unsure of where their future lie, especially in regards to finding work. Fear not! Though we are in the midst of the chaos, this feeling of uncertainty will pass and we will all be back to a normal routine – even if it’s a new normal. What is important during times of crisis is to work towards positive/healthy outcomes, examine what your goals and desires are and plan for them – whether it’s working as a professional artist, starting your own creative business, or working as an art administrator for an arts organization. Whatever your professional goals are - take this time to reflect on your skills, improve upon them and even learn new ones. There are many free online courses and webinars  and, at a time when you can't pursue your normal activities, perhaps you can, instead invest in yourself.

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Photo credit: Mona Afshari #dancingtothis2020funk

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Guelph artist Jayne Keefe: Balancing comedy, the obscure and reality

By Barbara Salsberg Mathews

Jayne Keefe is a multidisciplinary artist: she draws, creates oil paintings, ceramics and mixed media. In 2018 she graduated with distinction from Concordia University’s Undergraduate program in Studio Art. Last spring, she moved from Montreal to Guelph to be closer to family and continue growing her art practice. Here’s how Keefe describes her art and how it has evolved:

Guelph artist, Jayne Keefe. Image courtesy of artist.

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Monthly Musical Member Video - Sam Boer

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 Sam Boer, who performs under the name “Samson Wrote”. Sam’s 2019 album Pigeon is nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award (“Pushing the Boundaries” category), which will be handed out via online awards show on Saturday, April 4th (livestream on the CFMA website or Facebook page). In addition to being a fabulous musician, Sam also hosts a radio program/podcast called “Lyrically Speaking”, occasionally writes for Exclaim!, and happens to have a birthday today. Happy birthday, Sam!

Unusual folk about usual feelings.
Samson Wrote is Sam Boer, an unorthodox multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter from Guelph, Ontario. He performs acoustic-based experimental folk-rock that swings from quiet confidences to full-bodied roars. He shares stories of intimate moments, always rooted in the human voice, while incorporating such diverse instruments as the synthesizer, snare drum, glockenspiel, recorders, and the acoustic guitar. The Samson Wrote debut LP, “Pigeon,” was released on February 22nd, 2019.

Visit the Samson Wrote website for more on one of the brightest lights on the Guelph arts scene.

And for your enjoyment today, from the CFMA-nominated album Pigeon, this is Samson Wrote’s “Nowhere and Everywhere”


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