There are many places and many ways to experience art in Guelph for both the practising artist and the "art appreciator." The area is chalk full of private galleries as well as art-related businesses that offer services such as framing, restoration and art supplies. It is also possible to experience art without even setting foot indoors. A wide array of statues, fountains, sculptures and other types of public art can be seen in the downtown, at various churches, at Macdonald Stewart Art Centre and throughout the University of Guelph campus (see page 4 re A Guide to Public Art in Guelph).
Guelph's public art comes in many different forms; and almost every piece has an interesting story behind it. For example, did you know that the Blacksmith statue was moved from St. George's Square to Priory Square in 1922 to facilitate the passage of streetcars? Learn this and other fascinating art facts in A Guide to Public Art in Guelph, just published by Guelph Arts Council, thanks to a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation as well as support from local galleries, businesses and organizations.
The new publication provides descriptions and photographs of public art in various locations throughout the city of Guelph. It covers such local icons as the Family Sculpture, IODE Fountain, John Galt bust, War Memorial Cenotaph and Matthew Bell stone carvings as well as the River Run Centre's spectacular Copper Wall by Peter Johnston. The guide also includes a section on Macdonald Stewart Art Centre's Donald Forster Sculpture Park and features several prominent pieces of public art at various locations on the University of Guelph campus. In addition, the guide focuses on historical carvings and stained glass at many of Guelph's places of worship such as Church of Our Lady, Paisley Memorial Church and St. George's Anglican Church. It also features some more contemporary art such as the unusual windows at Chalmers United Church and Hanna Boos' inspirational bronze sculpture of Christ at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
In short, A Guide to Public Art in Guelph provides both residents and visitors with a "thumb-nail sketch" of many of the city's artistic treasures. The guide was researched and written by Anna Contini with assistance from Guelph Arts Council, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre and several individuals knowledgeable about the city's art and history. The brochure is complemented by a map, a local gallery/art services listing and several excellent photographs, some of which were taken by Arts Council board member Nicholas Gunn. A Guide to Public Art in Guelph was creatively designed by Jack Sprat Advertising & Design and printed by Greenmor Printing Co. Ltd. The brochure will be distributed in Guelph and beyond.
For more information about or to obtain copies of the new brochure, please contact Guelph Arts Council (519) 836-3280.
A group of Art Jam participants and facilitators toast the completion of the food theme art jam, now installed at Cafe Aquarius in downtown Guelph.
As 1998 comes to an end, we at Guelph Arts Council quite naturally have taken a moment to look back at the activities and achievements of the past year. One fact stands out very clearly, and that is, more than ever before, volunteers have played a truly pivotal role in the functioning of our organization. Many individuals have contributed of their time and energy to help further the causes of the Council and, in turn, of arts and culture in this community. Without these contributions, Guelph Arts Council would cease to exist.
For example, Guelph Arts Council is managed by a volunteerBoard of Directors (see list at left), who come to Board and committee meetings and participate in various Council activities -- including fundraising -- as part of their trusteeship responsibility. Some members contribute considerable additional time to serve as executive officers of the organization.
Volunteers are also the backbone of all Guelph Arts Council undertakings. For example, the annual Fête Romantique Fundraising Event is almost entirely the work of volunteers, as was the Discover Guelph: Be a Tourist in Your Own Town project initiated by Guelph Arts Council in co-operation with Guelph Visitor and Convention Services in the spring of 1998.
Similarly, Guelph Arts Council's series of five Historical Walking Tours exists only thanks to the efforts of dedicated tour guides Barbara Brooks, Mary Mitchell, Mary Mulholland, Shirley Perrior, Anne Piper, Susan Ratcliffe, and Joan Todd. Also, this year, the publication of the fifth and last of the accompanying Walking Tour Booklets, was made possible through the efforts of Florence Partridge who designed the tour and Barbara Brooks who edited and typed the final tour script. Anne Shute also made an invaluable contribution to this publication. Another related project is in process, namely, the development of a Walking Tour Slide Show, thanks to the efforts of Nicholas Gunn who is handling the photography, and Barbara Brooks who is organizing the slides and preparing the script. The annual Heritage Awards program also has relied on the interest and commitment of other heritage- conscious volunteers such as Toni Andrews, Jane Caspers, Melanie McLennan, Anne Shute, and Elton Yerex.
Other Guelph Arts Council volunteers help with specific tasks. For example, Chris Bowden, Merle Griffin, Ivanka Higgins, Caroline Moen, Sue Moore, Eileen Murray, Eileen Orr, Carolyn Pawley, and Marjory Smith have all pitched in to fold, stuff and stamp for recent newsletter mailings; and John Wismer has made newsletter deliveries across the community. In the office itself, Liz Gallagher continues to offer some of her time as a volunteer in the Council's Resource Centre, and Ellen Pearson, assisted by Vaile Henry, Bev and Fraser Hale, and Liz Schroder, contributed many hours of input time to update one of the computer databases. Markham Wismer continues to pitch in on occasions too numerous and too various to elaborate here.
Last, but not least, are the efforts put forward by virtually all of the above individuals, as well as Irene Beitz, Jan Craig, Carol Ann Douglas, Joyce Ferguson, Sylvia Hunter, Gwen and John Hurst, Judy Kingdon, Carol Koenig, Pat McCraw, Nancy McPherson, Jane Nelson and George Todd, to assist Guelph Arts Council in the task of assembling and selling the attractive pewter ornaments that the Downtown Board of Management introduced as a 1998 Christmas promotion. This was a very significant undertaking, but good fun and certainly worth while, both for the increased heritage awareness that seems to have resulted and for the honorarium that Guelph Arts Council received for having taken on the task.
In naming these many volunteers, Guelph Arts Council pays tribute to all, and thanks them, and others whom we may have inadvertently missed here, for their generosity in participating during the past year. Their efforts collectively have ensured that the Council continues to play a vital part in this community.
Talented Youth Recieve Guelph Arts Council Awards
Artists Know Your Rights
"Copyright" -- an ominous-sounding word, but one which all artists should clearly understand "before the bad stuff happens." This was the warning offered by Sherri Helwig, Interim Executive Director of the Periodical Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), when she was in Guelph in November 1998 to lead a session on copyright for writers hosted by Guelph Arts Council.
In her presentation, Helwig defined copyright, particularly as it applied to writers, noting that it was a freelance writer's right to use what he/she writes, and to profit from it. She compared the process to renting a car -- one would not expect to rent a car without paying a rental fee; indeed, if one did not pay a fee, one could be accused of stealing the car. Similarly, one should not expect to use a writer's work without paying that writer or his/her agent a fee; to do is, in fact, a breach of the law, although unfortunately, the use of artistic work is not policed the way car rentals are!
Helwig outlined the various rights that exist and how they apply in various situations. She also gave some striking examples of what "bad stuff" can happen, and offered some pointers on how to be prepared for such eventualities. She spent some time, as well, on the whole issue of electronic rights and the new problems that have arisen with respect to material disseminated on the web.
In conclusion, Helwig emphasized that it is up to writers/artists to know what their rights are and to know how to protect them. In many cases it is an educational process for both writers and users, but the bottom line is that use of an artist's work requires asking, and usually paying for, permission. Anything less is stealing.
For more information about copyright issues relating to writers or any other artistic endeavour, call or visit Guelph Arts Council Resource Centre, 147 Wyndham Street North, Suite 404, Guelph (519) 836-3280. Information is also available about PWAC and other provincial or national organizations that benefit writers.
Ontario Arts Council has just published a follow-up document to the September 1997 conference "Vital Links: Enriching Communities through Art and Art through Communities." An attractive, illustrated publication, the Community Art Workbook ... Another Vital Link captures much of the spirit of and many of the ideas presented at the conference, and, in addition, offers inspiration and hands-on tools to help artists, cultural workers and communities plan, begin, complete and evaluate a community arts project.
The workbook is divided into three sections. First comes some background on community arts. What is it? How does it fit as an artistic discipline? How has community arts emerged/developed in Canada and other countries? Community arts principles are examined as are various action steps that can be taken to realize a community arts project.
The second section of the workbook documents several community arts projects that have taken place in Canada as well as United States, Great Britain and Australia -- in effect, illustrating the practical applications of the principles enunciated earlier in the book.
The publication concludes with a resources and references section that provides a summary of the Vital Links conference, a selected bibliography and a list of Ontario community arts councils and other contact names.
Copies of the Community Arts Workbook can be obtained by calling Ontario Arts Council at 1-800-387-0058. If you wish to see a copy prior to ordering, drop into the Guelph Arts Council office at 147 Wyndham Street North, Suite 404, Guelph, or call (519) 836-3280.
New Web Alliance to Benefit Culture
Cultural information is about to get a big boost online ! A recent joint announcement from CBC and CultureNet states that CBC Infoculture (English- and French-language online arts and culture magazines) and CultureNet ("an electronic window on Canadian culture") have formed a new alliance that will build upon the unique strengths of both organizations.
With shared aims to support and showcase the work of Canadian creative and performing artists and arts organizations, and to build bridges between them and their audiences by providing useful arts information to the public, the CultureNet/Infoculture alliance will first focus on joint links and content exchanges among the three web sites involved (see addresses below). The partners will also join forces to create a comprehensive Events Calendar, providing up-to-date information in both official languages on artistic and cultural events across the country.
CBC's English- and French-language Infoculture web sites can be found at www.cbc.ca and www.radio-canada.ca respectively. The CultureNet site is available at www.culturenet.ca. For more information and relevant media contacts, call Guelph Arts Council at (519) 836-3280.
Any not-for-profit, profressional arts organization based in Ontario is eligible to apply as long as it is also a registered charity, incorporated with a board of directors; in continuous operation for at least two years providing "proferssional artistic programming, or supporting the creation, production or dissemination of artistic works by professional artists"; and paying artists for their work.
Unlike earlier provincical government endowment funds, the new program does recognize that arts organizations vary in size, and that the needs of large and small groups are not always the same. To this end, the Fund has been divided into four categoreis relating to the operating revenue of organizations. Some additional flexiblity will also be granted to smaller organizations to help them "balance their longterm goals of building an endowment with their day-to-day operating needs.
For more details on and how to apply for participation in the Ontario Arts Endowment Fund, call Guelph Arts Council (519) 836-3280, or coantct the Ontario Arts Council Foundation at 1-800-387-0058
Arkell Schoolhouse Adds Folk Series
Already well known for its classical music concerts, Arkell Schoolhouse Gallery is now adding a folk series to its line-up for the coming season. To help put together these concerts, Gallery owners Peter and Geraldine Ysselstein have turned to Brenda Lewis, a Guelph musician whose business Open Bookings specializes in artist promotion and corporate entertainment planning.
For the Arkell folk series, Lewis has booked four musical acts, starting on January 13 with Cate Friesen "An Urban Folksinger." Known for her "intimate live performances," Friesen is also a familiar name through her weekly Saturday radio show, "Absolutely Folk" on CJRT-FM (91.1).
Three more folk offerings will follow in the spring of 1999. On April 3, Northern City Limits, described as a "smooth and sophisticated bluegrass" group, will perform "Bluegrass and Gospel" at Arkell Schoolhouse Gallery. "Canadian Folk Legend" David Essig is next on May 1; "one of Canada's finest blues guitarists," Essig also is known as "a songwriter of poetic vision." The series winds up with Brooks Williams, "Folk Artist," on May 29; his "dazzling guitar work" and "resonant baritone voice" combine to produce pure American roots music.
Like their classical counterparts, the upcoming Arkell folk concerts will take place in the beautifully renovated and historic schoolhouse located just south of Guelph. This intimate space is an acoustic treasure, a fine venue for fine music of all kinds.
For more information or to reserve for folk or classical music concerts, contact Geraldine Ysselstein at (519) 763-7528. Arkell Schoolhouse Gallery is at 843 Watson Road South, Arkell. Seating is limited.
MacDonell has been going to Ceilis all his life. Originally from Nova Scotia, he also played an active role in the Toronto Celtic music scene. Since coming to Guelph almost a decade ago, he has responded to the growing interest in Celtic music and dance. He began by inviting the Toronto-based Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Ereann to perform in Guelph, and they have been coming back ever since. In the past five years, a Guelph-based group the Upper Canada Ceili Band has also become an integral part of local Celtic activities.
Ceili dances take place in Guelph approximately once every six weeks from September to May. They are held at the Desert Inn, which boasts a large historic dance hall complete with sprung floor. Tickets are reasonably priced at $10 general admission/$8 for students and seniors, and are generally available both at the Stone Store and at the door.
The dances usually draw between 300 and 400 participants. Most are from this area but some come from as far as Buffalo and New York. The crowd is always diverse and includes singles, couples, families and people of all ages who share a love of Celtic dancing. "The fun is simply infectious," says MacDonell adding that "those who haven't yet tried one owe it to themselves to come out."
The Ceilis, which have their roots in traditional Irish and Scottish dance, are designed to promote mixing and enable participants to dance with numerous partners. There is always a caller who walks everyone through the dance beforehand. This enables even the absolute beginner to take part. In Guelph the caller is almost always Maureen Mulvey who is considered by many to be the "godmother of Ceili Dancing in Canada."
Not surprisingly, St. Patrick's Day always inspires the biggest and most popular Ceili of the year. This year, the dance will take place on Saturday, March 13 at the Desert Inn and feature the Inishowen Ceili Band. There are also plans to offer a dance workshop from 7:30 to 8:30 before the Ceili begins at 9 p.m.
Proceeds from all the Ceilis go towards the organization's music school. Lessons in harp, tin whistle and fiddle are offered Monday evenings at Norfolk United Church. Anyone interested in learning Celtic music, regardless of age or level of ability is encouraged to come out.
Ceilis for Guelph is also very interested in learning about the traditional dances of Wellington County. MacDonell would especially like to hear from seniors who may remember the dances of their youth. The organization would like to preserve this precious history and continue to pass it on to future generations.
Ceilis have indeed brought something special to this community. They offer great music, fine dancing and a unique social experience, all at a very affordable price. In essence, they are a wonderful way to bring people from all walks of life together to have fun. The proof is in the pudding ?-- seldom will you see more smiling faces than at a Ceili!
For more information about Ceilis for Guelph, call Bernard MacDonell at (519) 821-7588.
Where can you go to participate in or watch a lively round of square dancing, enjoy a showcase of local talent, view a juried art exhibit, appreciate the hours of quality work put into a commemorative quilt, or mingle with cats, dogs, and other assorted livestock? Try the University of Guelph's ever-popular College Royal which turns an otherwise drab March into something fun and entertaining.
Guelph Museums has just unveiled an attractive new full-colour bookmark/flyer to jointly promote Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae House. Also new is the Museum logo, which skilfully combines images from the two different sites while also allowing both images to be used separately. For copies or more information, call Guelph Museums at (519) 836-1221.
DISCOVER GUELPH IS BACK AGAIN!
Whether you are a local or a visitor, there is always more you can learn about the City of Guelph. And what better way than through DISCOVER GUELPH: Be a Tourist in Your Own Town! Back again for its second year, the 1999 version is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It promises more fun and adventure than ever, offering participants an opportunity to discover art, history, performance, nature and other treasures in the City of Guelph.
This year DISCOVER GUELPH is being sponsored by Guelph Visitor and Convention Services which has just won five marketing awards of excellence from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO). Included among these, in the special event category, was DISCOVER GUELPH initiated jointly in 1998 by Guelph Arts Council and Guelph Visitor and Convention Services.
Once again, community partners involved in DISCOVER GUELPH include Guelph Civic Museum, McCrae House, The Arboretum, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Riverside Park, Downtown Board of Management, Guelph Arts Council, Visitor Information Centre and River Run Centre. Each venue has planned a brand new line-up of activities, demonstrations and performances to take place throughout the day. Exciting new additions to this year's event include guided birdwatching hikes along the Royal Recreation Trail, wine tasting by Cox Creek Cellars and film screenings at the Bookshelf Cinema.
By purchasing a nominally-priced passport for only $5 (children free), individuals can plan their own routes and destinations. Once again, passport holders will be able to ride Guelph Transit at no charge throughout the day. There will also be several value-added coupons included with each passport.
Last year DISCOVER GUELPH: Be a Tourist in Your Own Town received important start-up support from a grant secured by Guelph Arts Council from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation. This year, event organizers are looking entirely to the community for support for DISCOVER GUELPH. Royal City Realty has recently come on board as a major corporate sponsor. And Robinson & Company Chartered Accountants, the founding corporate sponsor, is pleased to be involved again for the 1999 event: "We believe it is important for businesses in the community to support events which improve Guelph's quality of life," says Robinson partner Jason Evans.
DISCOVER GUELPH is truly a showcase of Guelph's treasures.
Passports for DISCOVER GUELPH go on sale April 23 at participating venues throughout Guelph. For more information contact Guelph Visitor and Convention Services at (519) 837-1335.
Guelph came out a big winner at the recent annual conference of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO). A high-quality submission by Guelph Visitor and Convention Services (VCS) in partnership with Jack Sprat Advertising and Design garnered five awards for VCS, including the Best of Show Award. Other 1998 EDCO awards received were for the 1998 Guelph Visitors' Guide; for VCS' "Pleasures and Treasures" and for its Guelph promotional campaign; and, in the special event category, for DISCOVER GUELPH: Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, initiated jointly by VCS and Guelph Arts Council and VCS.
Congratulations to all those who have worked so hard on all these projects, especially to VCS for ensuring that Guelph has been justly recognized.
AN EYE-POPPING WORLD
Gourmet Dinner for Six
Once again, Guelph Arts Council has reason to celebrate! For the second
GUELPH ARTS COUNCIL
Arts Schmoozefest Returns
Tuesday, April 20, 1999
SUPPORTING THE MAGAZINE BILL
Bill C-55, the Canadian government's magazine legislation introduced last summer by Canadian Heritage Minister Sheila Copps, is-not unexpectedly-coming under fire from several American sources. As a result, the cultural community, especially the magazine industry, has stepped up efforts in support of the Bill- pleading with the federal government not to give in to American "bullying tactics" which are aimed at postponing or, even worse, watering down the proposed legislation.
ONTARIO ARTS COMMUNITY CONSULTS
During January and February 1999, artists and arts groups across Ontario gathered in seven different strategic locations to consult on issues related to the provincial leadership of public arts policy. Guelph and area representatives travelled to Hamilton on February 12, while other meetings took place in Ottawa, Kingston, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, London and Toronto.
TRILLIUM FOUNDATION EXPANDS
The Trillium Foundation has been much in the news lately- for several different reasons. While it is obvious that there are issues of concern, charities and not-for-profit arts organizations should not lose sight of the fact that the Trillium Foundation has expanded considerably. For example, while it has previously allocated about $10 million a year, mainly to social-service-type organizations, the Foundation will now be handing out a minimum of $100 million annually to a wider range of groups, including arts, culture and heritage, recreation and sports, health and social services, economic development and the environment. The Foundation's aim is "to support the important and interdependent roles that all sectors provide to healthy, caring communities."
The season opens on May 28 with Choral Classics featuring the world-renowned Sir David Willcocks conducting three of Ontarios finest choral groups the Guelph Chamber Choir, the Menno Singers from Kitchener-Waterloo and Orillias Cellar Singers. They will be accompanied by an orchestra assembled especially for the occasion.
More local talent will be showcased in a June 1 performance devoted to the timeless music of Bach. For Bachanalia, the Bach Consort will be joined by the Tactus Vocal Ensemble, a Guelph-based group that specializes in a cappella renaissance music.
For those in search of a delightful matinee series new to the festival this year, Quartetto Gelato is a must-see. This dynamic foursome, which includes popular Guelph native Joseph Macerollo, offers audiences lighthearted classical delights on June 2. Their eclectic repertoire combines chamber music with tangos, operatic arias and gypsy folk tunes, performed on a variety of instruments including oboe, violin, viola, cello, accordion, guitar and a tenor voice.
Three gifted young vocalists from the region will also be featured in the 1999 festival line-up. Future Voices on May 31 will showcase the winners of the 1998 Edward Johnson Music Competition Jane Archibald (soprano), Colin Ainsworth (tenor) and Timothy Kauk (baritone). This years competition May 25 to 27 is open for piano and string instrumentalists under the age of 30, and offers $3 500 in awards as well as an appearance at the 2000 Guelph Spring Festival. Prizes are awarded for best overall performance technique and musicianship. Six to eight finalists will be selected by the adjudicators to perform at the Finals Concert on May 27.
Education has been an important component of the festival since the beginning. For aspiring young area musicians, a series of Masterclasses in winds, voice, piano, strings, organ and jazz vocals will take place May 30 to June 6. The classes offer a unique opportunity for music students to work one-on-one with professional musicians performing at this years festival. Each student plays a ten-minute selection which will be evaluated by guest artists. Five students will be accepted for each masterclass. The general public is welcome to observe free of charge.
Local talent is especially abundant in the Co-operators Community Concerts, a series of free concerts which take place before and after mainstage events in the River Run Centre, bistros, restaurants and other hot night spots throughout the city. Area artists include The Phoenix Jazz Group, a mainstream jazz trio; Northern City Limits, a smooth and sophisticated bluegrass quartet; and Jesse Stewart, an award-winning percussionist. Guelph native David Gillham comes direct from his first violin chair at the Winnipeg Symphony to present a demanding and diverse program including the Bach Chaconne and works by Prokofieff, Gramatte and Ysaye. Another local treat will be Elora composer Peter Skoggards presentation of The Bird of Perception, a musical oratorio offering insights into the works of 20th-century poets e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden.
A special highlight of the festival each year is the ever successful STREETFEST, a free downtown celebration. In addition to the three music stages presenting non-stop entertainment, there will be a wide variety of local community organizations offering hands-on crafts, demonstrations and games for people of all ages. The 10th annual STREETFEST takes place Saturday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For information about the Guelph Spring Festival call (519)821-3210. Tickets available at River Run Centre Box Office, 35 Woolwich Street, (519)763-3000.
Once again, its heritage time at Guelph Arts Council time when plans are put in motion for the annual Heritage Awards program. For 1999, the deadline for award nominations is May 17, and the awards presentation takes place on Monday, June 21, 4:30 p.m., in the Guelph Arts Council meeting room at 147 Wyndham Street North (Suite 404).
For the first time in Ontario history, a group from the arts community has conducted a broadly-based, province-wide consultation on issues of importance to the arts community. Such dialogue has, in the past, always been initiated by Ontario Arts Council (OAC) or the provincial government. Indeed, it was the very absence of such consultation over the past three years especially in the face of major changes in arts policy that galvanized the arts community into action during the summer of 1998. Early in 1999, meetings were held in seven different locations across Ontario, attracting more than 600 participants. In addition, a widely-distributed questionnaire elicited over 400 responses during the same time period.
- Arts in Education While many applauded the new arts curriculum, 96 per cent of those consulted felt that the severe cuts in education funding will make it very difficult for untrained teachers and strapped school boards to implement it and to achieve the stated outcomes. Concern was also expressed about the lack of equitable access to artistic programs, especially the emerging phenomenon of have and have not schools.
DONT BANK ON IT has sprung out of Ed Videos highly successful BIG BOX KNOCKOUT production/screening project, whereby local and national artists created a series of short films, videos and computer animation on the topic of community vs. commercialism. For DONT BANK ON IT, Ed Video is once again seeking to provide a challenging artistic event to the community as well as an opportunity for artists to create thematically-related work with a socio/political focus.
DONT BANK ON IT is indeed a timely event with the coming millennium, trends toward a cashless society and the multitude of other changes in our monetary system. Having received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ed Video will assist ten artists from across Canada with the production of new works. The local centre is collaborating with other artist-run centres across Canada, so that people can participate regardless of where they live. Participants in this region will be using Ed Videos equipment and facilities.
Possible subjects for DONT BANK ON IT include globalization, electronic cash systems, bank mergers, student debt, smart-cards, mobility of capital, ethical investing, alternative trade/barter systems, the responsibilities of banks as community members, and the ethics of bank profits in an age of social inequity. Proposed video projects should be a maximum length of five minutes and received at Ed Video by June 25, 1999.
The production period for selected videos is July to September. Individuals whose proposals are selected will receive equipment rental, editing time and tape stock. A gala screening of the finished videos will take place in November 1999. In addition to short videos, the DONT BANK ON IT project will include site-specific video installations in downtown Guelph. An installation involves placing a monitor, or multiple monitors, cameras or projecting videos in unique and surprising locations.
Hats off to Ed Video for once again enhancing and stimulating the creativity of this artistic community!
For more information contact Ed Video at (519) 836-9811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Guelph: The Best Blooming City
Three years ago, Guelph entered its first "Communities in Bloom" competition, going up against several other Ontario communities of the same size (50 000 to 100 000 population) and coming out with the provincial title. This honour entitled the community to compete in the national competition, which it did, receiving special mention for environmental efforts in 1997 and for heritage conservation in 1998. Now, in 1999, Guelph is setting its sights for the top national prize.
GAC 1999 Guided Walking Tours
Tour I: Where Guelph Began May 2, June 6, August 15, September 19
On Saturday, May 15, 1999, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Guelph residents and visitors alike will have a unique opportunity to discover this Citys many treasures. By purchasing a passport for a nominal fee of $5 (children free), individuals can tailor their day by choosing their routes and destinations. Throughout the day passport holders will be able to ride Guelph Transit free of charge to each of the venues, and the Bookshelf Cinema will be offering free screenings.
First, though, the Committee is inviting creative input from the community in order to help develop a slogan that will take Guelph into the new millennium in style. In keeping with the federal governments nationwide slogan of sharing the memory, shaping the dream, Guelphs Millennium Committee is searching for a made in Guelph slogan that will reflect a celebration of this Citys past and future.
The deadline for submissions in May 31, 1999. The Committee will select finalists from among the submissions received, and the winning entry will be chosen at the June open house.
The slogan chosen will be used on all promotional materials utilized by the Millennium Committee. As well, a special millennium logo will be designed to complement the slogan.
So, start thinking about what Guelph means to you, and about how you might share these ideas with the entire community in celebration of the millennium.
For more information, contact the Citys Marketing and Events Co-ordinator (519) 822-1260 ext 289 or Fax 837-5648.