Guelph Artist Laurie McGaw uses Portraiture to Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month and Canadians are invited to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and stories of Black Canadians. Reflecting and honoring the legacy and contributions of the country’s Black communities both past and present, acclaimed Guelph portrait artist and GAC member Laurie McGaw shares her portrait paintings along of African Canadians featuring familiar faces in Guelph and Canadian greats like jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. The group exhibition featuring Laurie McGaw and guest artists was held in her studio at 28C Douglas St earlier this month.

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Portrait exhibition celebrating Black History Month at Laurie McGaw Gallery, 28C Douglas St
Photo credit: Barbara Salsberg Mathews 

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Satisfy your nosey factor at Doors Open Guelph

By Barbara Salsberg Mathews

You can open some new doors and discover our fine city on April 25, 2020, from 10 am to 4 pm during Doors Open Guelph. This popular event celebrates Guelph’s finest buildings and historically or architecturally relevant sites. Heritage advocate and site coordinator Susan Ratcliffe says Doors Open fulfills the “nosey factor,” allowing people to see inside buildings not normally open to the public.

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Poster design by Gareth Lind

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Monthly Musical Member - Guelph Concert Band

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 the Guelph Concert Band, whose upcoming February 23rd performance at the River Run Centre will feature popular and film music selections.

For over 130 years, the Guelph Concert Band has been entertaining audiences with its diverse repertoire and high quality performances. The band has recently hired a new conductor, Dr. Chris Cigolea, and has planned an exciting season of concerts sure to delight all music lovers. 
Our members range from high school students to seniors and come from various backgrounds and lines of work. Brought together by a love of sharing music with the community, we are all individuals who play music in our spare time. Today the band has a membership of over 50 musicians who perform both challenging and varied repertoire. We are always happy to welcome new members, and if you are interested in joining the band or just checking us out, please visit the Join the Band page for more information and to let us know you are coming.

A 2017 performance of “Jai Ho”

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