Knitting cosies and dancers impersonating sheep: September’s events

Market Square downtown Guelph Fourth Friday's

photo credit: Lynn Broughton

It’s hard to believe that September is here! Students are back in school, the leaves are starting to change and there is so much worth coming out for on this Fourth Friday! It is also Culture Days… meaning even more amazing activities and events!

Guelph Collegiate’s Drama in the Community Class presents 7 short plays.

Please note: Times listed are approximate start times.

10:45 am at the Splash Pad by City Hall


  • Splash Pad Island

  • Where’s the Bus?

10:55 am at Old City Hall- John Galt Statue

  • The Debate

11:05 am at the Tables across the street from St. George’s Square

  • Star Wars

11:10 am at St. George’s Square Fountain

  • Something Fishy

  • Honesty Bench

Art Exhibit

Wyndham Art Supplies-upstairs classroom (3rd floor- worth the climb!) & Wyndham Art Supplies (125 Wyndham Street North, Guelph) – in store: Mixed Media Cityscapes: 5-9pm

Photos of city skylines from around the world and paintings of landscapes by Cezanne will inspire you to create your own work of art. Using oil pastel, watercolour and acrylic on paper we will create beautiful cityscapes. Suitable for all ages and skill levels.

No previous art experience is necessary. This is a “drop-in” activity, no need for pre-registration and it’s FREE!

Public Art Walk

Starting @ 10 Carden front door @ 7:00pm
by the Guelph Arts Council with Susan Ratcliffe

Poetry Slam

Performance Poetry hits the streets of Guelph. The 2012 Guelph Poetry Slam Team marathons from 5pm to midnight. Join us while we tour the downtown core and Throw Down!, speak your truth, catch the poet vibe, be blown away and enjoy our art.

A loose pathway of ensuing awesomeness:
5pm: Guelph St. George”s Square
6pm: 10 Carden
7pm: Wyndham Arts Supply
8pm: Library (Norfolk St.)
9pm: Redbrick Cafe (Douglas St.)
10pm: The Bookshelf
11pm: Central station (where the buses roll in)

Art Workshop

@ 10 Carden (10 Carden St): 7pm – 9pm. Guelph”s first Felt-in!
Artist Jennifer Osborn of All Sorts Acre will be demonstrating the ancient technique of wet felting. Come and try your hand at felting and make your own felted rock using wool from local sheep. Take your rock home or leave it to add to the 10 Carden Rock Pile; a permaculture art piece that combines, nature, art, and agriculture. All ages and abilities.

Opening Reception

Guelph Civic Museum (52 Norfolk Street [entrance off Cork Street]): Celebrating Culture Days!

Museum open 5- 9pm, free admission.

Special activities this evening will feature:

7 pm – Opening reception for the photo exhibit: guelPHonography, featuring the finalists of  the Guelph mobile photography contest. Visit  for more information.

Art Exhibition

Whitestone Gallery (80 Norfolk Street, Guelph): 14 great artists showing work. We plan to have a coffee maker and cookies for visiting participants. 7pm – 10pm *FF*

Wine Tasting

Red Brick Cafe (8 Douglas Street, Guelph): Get a sheet with descriptions. $10 per person for 4 samples. 1 white & 3 reds from one country or varietal. Each month different wines. No reservations required. Impress your friends with your new wine knowledge! @5pm – 11pm

@ The Trafalgar Building (123 Woolwich Street):

Second Floor (same hallway as Hillside Festival): Tiffany Celeste: Come in, see some art. And, bring along a photo/s for me, to see. I love to find out about other people and what is important, in their lives. That is a source of inspiration, for me. *FF*

Jessica Speziale Fourth Friday's GuelphMusical Performance

The Casual Gourmet (52 Carden St): Come out and hear the sultry, rich and fresh powerhouse voice of Jessica Speziale.


@ Downtown: Come join the photomob as they take downtown Guelph by storm! Bring your camera, your energy and your friends/family and become part of Fourth Fridays! Check out what other photomobsters have been capturing here!

@ Lolita’s Cafe (51 MacDonnell Street): 7-9pm Introspection with Alison Cardow.

@ St. George’s Square: Join the City of Guelph as we transform an ordinary public space into an extraordinary work of public art! Participants are invited to create and install knitted or crocheted “cosies” for the Square’s trees, light posts, and street furniture. Non-knitters can learn from one of our experienced teachers or can help install ready-made pieces donated by volunteers. 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Art Exhibit

@ Kloepfer Gallery (18 Paisley Street): Susan Lapp Art Studio from 5 – 10 pm.The studio will also be open on Saturday 10 -5 pm. The new series of pond paintings “I can Breathe Here” are on display.

Les moutons Fourth Friday's Guelph@ Market Square: Les moutons; performances at 4pm and 7pm
With a stroke of genius and an innovative twist on contemporary dance, CORPUS offers a surrealistic and hilarious view of sheep behaviour. Reality meets fantasy as the dancers (3 ewes, a young ram and their shepherd) impersonate sheep shearing, feeding, milking and much more. Interactive, engaging and truly unique, Les moutons recreates a bucolic country scene in Guelph’s newest public urban space… with surprising results.

Reflexology Fourth Friday's GuelphReflexology

@ 115 Norfolk St. (Entrance on Yarmouth Street across from the Other Brother’s): Shannon HolmesReflexologist and Relaxologist. Ever wondered what reflexology is like? Don”t have time or can”t afford a full treatment? Stop by between 7-10pm and receive a 10 minute stress relief and immune booster reflexology treatment. Pay what you can.

Are you curious about what dancers do? How dance is created? What professional training looks like? Come out for a sneak peek of the action! DtDE company and apprentice students will be rehearsing repertoire and new material for upcoming performances. Join us for a behind-the-scenes experience of dance. If you missed us at Nuit Blanche, here is your chance! 8:00pm to 9:30pm