Monthly Musical Member Video - Royal City Studios

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 approach things from a bit of a different angle. In an article on June 23rd, GuelphToday announced that “Guelph’s first drive-in live music event” will take place on July 16th at Royal City Studios (in partnership with Music Lives), featuring local talent. That local talent comes in the form of two bands: The Cavan Brothers, and Frenemy.

Fans might know The Cavan Brothers from bands like The Long Dark Road, Got Social, U the Band, and Jerrycan, or as the proprietors of Cavan Coffee on Gordon St. (formerly Planet Bean). As its own entity, we didn’t have much online content from The Cavan Brothers, so today we’ll be sharing a video from Jerrycan – referred to in its description as “The one and only Jerrycan video” – for a song called “Uh Is Not An Answer”. It’s an incredibly catchy song, but viewers are warned at the beginning of the video that it contains violence towards inanimate objects, so please consider that before watching.

Royal City Studios
Royal City Studios was created to provide Guelph musicians and bands with quality music space to rehearse, record, and perform in. GAC members might remember an article we wrote about Royal City Studios back in 2019.

Music Lives
Our mission is to make Guelph the live music capital of Ontario. Part of building a great music city is ensuring that there is a comprehensive listing of all live performances, festivals, DJs and concerts on any given night. Music Lives is that source.

Many of The Cavan Brothers’ other projects have their music available on Bandcamp, so don’t forget to visit them (and your other favourite artists) there next Friday (July 3rd) to purchase music. As we’ve mentioned before, during the pandemic, Bandcamp has announced that they will be forgoing share of artist sales on the first Friday of May, June, and July, so you will be further supporting the artists with your purchases next Friday.

Viewer discretion advised warning having been given, here’s Jerrycan’s “Uh Is Not An Answer”

Art on the (Virtual) Street. Shop online until July 4!

Returning for its 18th year, Art on the Street, Guelph’s flagship art sale and exhibition, has gone online for 2020! A summer staple that showcases regional talent and the beauty of Downtown Guelph, Art on the (Virtual) Street allows art lovers to browse over 50 local artists and purchase their favourites online. The site is live  until Saturday July 4 allowing one more week to choose your favourite pieces of canvas, jewellery and pottery! Visitors will can also order food from Downtown Guelph eateries and listen to music from local musicians, just as they would if they were at the event in person. Visit Guelph Arts Council’s Instagram to meet some of the local artists virtually as they talk about their work and what inspires them.

Today we feature artists Susan Lapp and Jeremy Shute. You can purchase their art works and many others by visiting Art on the (Virtual) Street.


 Co-hosted by the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) and Guelph Arts Council (GAC), Art on the (Virtual) Street aims to support both established and emerging artists in the Guelph and Wellington County area.

How to Stay Creative in a Pandemic

By Barbara Salsberg Mathews

How does one stay creative in a pandemic? Being creative during these unusual times can be challenging. For some, all their time and energy may need to be focused on surviving. Others may discover a new creative vein as a result of living a different routine. This got me wondering how other Guelph artists stay creative in a pandemic. So I asked this question of six local artists from various disciplines, to learn what worked for them.

Lauren Stein, an actor, writer and therapist keeps creative with daily routines and writes a lot. “I'm still editing the book I'm about to publish. I also have a daily writing practice that I send out by e-mail. I'm counting the Omer, and for each day I look at a pair of Tarot cards, journal and share about it.” Stein writes that having a schedule is helpful. For example, she goes for her daily walk at 4pm. Each morning she avoids all screens, and does reading and does journaling.   

Lauren Stein Photo by Gili Getz
Lauren Stein. Photo by Gili Getz

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VERSA - "Love What is Left"

Written by Alex Ricci

Focus, deep breathing and being present are the artistic tools we have been most concerned with honing as of late. As dreamers and wanderers, the shackles of isolating at home over the past three months have felt particularly disruptive to free-flowing creative expression. I truly appreciate how inspiring it is to be around other creators and absorb the energy of watching a music performance or discussing an exhibition, and how those experiences just can’t be convincingly replicated on a live-stream. Lucky for me, I’ve been isolating with my main creative partner, and through ample frustration, creator’s block, and wondering if the art world will ever be the same, we’ve supported each other and kept each other sane. As some readers will know, VERSA is a multidisciplinary collab between myself and Monika Hauck. We do immersive music and projection performances, along with media installations, marbled printmaking and visuals for other musical artists.

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VERSA Promo Photo. Photo by Talia Ricci

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