Piazza Night, Makin’ Faces, and the Flying Dance Company

Piazza Night August Fourth Friday's Guelph

August’s theme? Piazza Night. We have the space – now we just need you to fill it. Come to St George”s Square this evening and lets party!

Special guests: Tania Crook with “Makin’ Faces” is doing her body art ($5.00 charge) and art workshop with artist Lauren Ellis

5-6pm Ballroom Dancing workshop with Michelle Ariss

6-6:45pm Belly dancing presentation by Ishra & Invoketress Dance

6:45-7:30pm Salsa workshop with Nico and the Flying Dance Company

7:30-9:00pm Youth performers from Jam School include:

Mason Hietamp

Nicole Brenner

Noah & the Roaches

Sonia Cazzola

The Thursdays

Event brought to you by Guelph Youth Council and 10 Carden

All Ages. Free. Wheelchair Accessible.

Fluxus Garden

In light of Guelph’s transition from an agriculturally supported city to a growing urban centre, Paul Chartrand has proposed to create Fluxus Garden, a modular garden in St George’s Square. Small, portable garden plots built with recycled materials will be offered to individuals and groups wishing to experiment with DIY farming techniques and grow their own food in the Square. This compartmentalized community farm will serve as a hub for hands-on learning about urban agriculture.

Chartrand’s project will foster community engagement and collaboration through a series of workshops on gardening and food security, which will build awareness of food production and offer a point of reflection on local food politics. Food can be a strong symbol for hope and empowerment. The politics of food and hunger experienced by some are a hidden reality for many residents of Guelph. What better place to offer people an opportunity for learning, growth, and pride than the traditional centre of the city in St. George’s Square? If you’d like to garden in St George’s Square, send a note to [email protected] Gardeners will be selected on the basis of need.

Paul Chartrand graduated with distinction in May 2013 from the Bachelor of Arts program at the University of Guelph, with a Studio Art Major and Geography Minor. Paul’s work is primarily concerned with issues of the environment and with the aesthetic interactions created between people and nature. The complexities of ecological systems interest him deeply and his visual language incorporates naturally occurring patterns and forms. Paul’s work reflects on human interaction with our environment and the traces left behind. His thesis work, exhibited in the Boarding House Gallery, featured a living ecosystem, warmed by and integrated into the ventilation system of the building. His solo exhibition, Mycelial (which took place in streets and squares of several cities in southern Ontario), inserted tiny mushroom sculptures into the built urban environment: small acts of natural insurgence. Currently, his work is centered on engaging viewers with environmental issues through public and participatory art practices.

Recently Paul has been experimenting with incorporating subject matter of works as the medium of the work itself. He tends to avoid being associated with any single medium, instead searching for the optimal approach to convey the meaning of a particular artistic project. Currently this means stepping out from his history as an object maker into the realm of politicized social practice.

Musagetes is an international organization that strives to make the arts a more central and meaningful reality in peoples” lives, in our communities and societies. Guelph is our home—this is where we live and work. Musagetes established its offices here in 2009 because the city has rich and nuanced cultural and socio-political conditions that make it an exciting location for cultural experimentation. We are also actively working in Rijeka on the coast of Croatia, Lecce in the south of Italy, and Sudbury, in northern Ontario to demonstrate how art can be participatory and socially engaged, to establish a greater sense of belonging in communities.

Noon Hour Concert

Musical performance by Canary Mine. Located in St. George”s Square. 12-1pm. Bring your lunch and enjoy!

Wheelchair accessible. Free. All welcome.

Guelph Civic Museum

  • Admission is free from 5-9pm.
  • Hula-hooping lessons.
  • Musical performance by Lets Just Be Friends.

Guelph Civic Museum is located at 52 Norfolk St.

Current Temporary Exhibits:

  • Coming Out: A look at Queer, Political, and Social History in Guelph
  • Higher Ground by “Connections” (fibre art collective)

All ages. Free. Wheelchair accessible

Free paint-based workshop

The Living Room Art Fourth Friday's Guelph

Come and free your creativity! 

This is a paint based workshop hosted by contemporary artist Jessica Hoflick. The workshop is for beginners and for those who think “they don”t have a creative bone in their body.” Jessica comes from the belief that we are all creative beings. Art is something everyone can do. And often there is very little guidance needed to get you started on your creative path. Jessica will guide the participants through ha series of simple and fun exercises to push past any creative blocks – and from there you will be amazed at what you can create! 

5:30-7pm at 10 Carden. All are invited: ages 10-110. Wheelchair Accessible.

Yoga Class

Living Health Yoga presents their drop-in class. 5:30-6:30. 105 Wyndham. Free Workshop.

If you are want more yoga, following up on August 30th is…

Join Jessica Sgrignoli of Journey to Wholeness for a nourishing evening filled with gentle flow Yoga, meditation and a blissful Indian Head Massage to complete the evening. Leave feeling deeply relaxed, restored and rejuvenated in mind, body and soul. All experience levels welcome. 10 Carden Street. 7-8:15pm.

Beginner friendly!

Magnolia Cafe & Restaurant

Performance by Big Rude Jake solo

88 Yarmouth Street. 8-10pm show .$10 cover. Wheelchair accessible. All are welcome.

Ghost Walk

8:30 depart from Guelph train station.1 hour walk around downtown exploring Guelph’s haunted past! Adults $10, students & children $8. Please reserve at [email protected] or go to ghostwalkofguelph.com for more info.

Whitestone Gallery

Artist Reception: Meet this months featured artist, Nancy Farrell, and view her work as well as all members of the collective in Whitestone. 7-9pm. 80 Norfolk Street.

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Free. All are welcome. Not wheelchair accessible.

Movie Night in Market Square:

Charlotte’s Web will be screened in Market Square from 9-11pm. Bring your own chairs/ blankets/ snacks.

All are welcome. Free. Wheelchair accessible.

GAIN Music Presents:

At Red Papaya in the Old Quebec Street Mall, you will find performances by Three Crowns, Islands & Empires, and Sleep Until You”re Dead & Machines.

Doors open at 9:30. Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 advance

Wheelchair accessible. All welcome.