Schmoozefest, bookworms, and Merengue: October’s events

A photo mob invasion of the Cornerstone, November 2011 Fourth Friday Guelph

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October is here and with it comes the cold! With Halloween and Fourth Fridays coming soon, make sure to bundle up and enjoy the culture!

Schmoozefest: Where arts and artists meet!

@ At Red Papaya in Old Quebec Street Mall: 6-8 pm

Mix, mingle, and SCHMOOZE with Guelph Arts Council!

Come for an evening of networking, arts, culture, and schmoozing!

Got something to say? Sign up at the event for a two minute spotlight.

Wyndham Art Supplies Fourth Friday's Guelph Art Exhibit

@ Wyndham Art Supplies and Guelph School of Art (125 Wyndham Street North): Will be open late, 6-9pm. Come in and check out the wonderful photography and illustrations of local artist Sami Kelsh on display on the 3rd floor for one night only!


Musical Performance

@ 10 Carden

Join us between 7 and 9:30 for the musical stylings of The Boo Radley Project, an alt rock/funk group based in Guelph and Elora who may or may not feature glockenspiels as the centre of their songs. Fusing African sounds with North American hip hop, they throw in a little polka accordion and a musical sensation is born.

Spoken Word

@ The Casual Gourmet (52 Carden Street)

Rob O’Flanagan and Valerie Senyk are both accomplished spoken word performers. Join them from 7:30- 9pm.

Museum Exhibits

Guelph Civic Museum (52 Norfolk Street [entrance off Cork Street]):

Museum open 5- 9pm, free admission.

One of your last opportunities to view the exhibits (closing November 4):

Think Guelph – Guelph Studio Tour

Community’s Choice: Guelph’s Favourite Buildings

Bookworm Cornerstone Fourth Friday's Guelph@ Magnolia Cafe (88 Yarmouth Street):

Bookworm by Corin Raymond with musical guest David Ross Macdonald.

A story of a father reading to his son, growing up in a library, plus Spiderman, Ray Bradbury, and meeting the Minotaur for the first time just outside Wawa.

Storytelling that has comedy, drama, plenty of beauty and life-inspiration, and a climax no one could possibly predict, all wrapped into an hour.

$20 in advance, $25 at the door. Show starts at 8, no later admission.

Art Exhibit

@ Trafalgar Building Studios (123 Woolwich St. 3rd floor)

Tammy Ratcliff and Lydia Nieuwenkamp:

Show of recent work and printmaking demonstrations throughout the evening.

Art Exhibit

@ Whitestone Gallery (80 Norfolk Street):

An exhibition of Grayce Perry’s work as well as work by 14 other artists.

The Over Tones, Inc Fourth Friday's Guelph Musical Performance

@ Old Quebec Street Mall (55 Quebec St):

The Over Tones, Inc. is a group of women dedicated to the performance, promotion and preservation of four part A Cappella harmony in the barbershop style.

Dance and Music Improvisation Jam

@ Dancetheatre David Earle Studios (42 Quebec Street)

Fall On Your Feet

8:45-9:45 pm

Come to learn, participate and/or observe.  Free (donations to cover costs will be gratefully accepted).

FOYF will be offering new adult improvisation classes on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30. Ask us for information at the jam!

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? Just want a “top up” treatment? Drop in between 7-10pm and receive a 10 minute stress relief, neck and shoulder tension relief and immune booster reflexology treatment. Pay what you can.

Art Exhibit

Ed Video (40 Baker Street):

A one-day exhibit of art inspired by Guelph’s Petrie Building, in celebration of its 130th Anniversary.

Including photographs and video of the upper Petrie rooms by very kind permission of the Agelakos family, and other depictions of the building by local artists in a variety of mediums.

Happy Traveler Cafe (40 Carden Street):

Gallery Cubano as well as an array of local musicians.

Kate Schutt Fourth Friday's GuelphMusical Performance

@ Red Brick Cafe (8 Douglas Street)

Come hear the award-winning voice of Kate Schutt, Her persuasive melodies and

arrangements show a deep involvement with the history of jazz and a willingness to flirt with pop gestures and attitudes.

Flying Dance Company Fourth Friday's GuelphDance Lessons

Flying Dance Company (16 Wyndham Street North, Guelph; 3rd floor): Stop on by the Flying Dance Company to take a Merengue lesson (suggested donation $5), from 7-8pm.

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

Paper and Lace and Knit bombing: June’s events

The Fourth Friday in June is a great time to get out and enjoy the evening in the downtown core. There are some things getting started earlier in the day and others moving further into the evening, but guaranteed, there will be something for everyone!

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What are you doing on Friday February 24?

Ice skating in Fourth Friday's Guelph Photo by Randy SutherlandWell, the weather can’t decide if it is spring yet or not, and surely we”ll have more winter on the way! Keep your spirits up throughout it all by coming down to yet another exciting Fourth Fridays event on February 24th from 7pm – 10pm in downtown Guelph!

See photos from previous Fourth Fridays events here.

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Here are the November 25th Fourth Friday’s events!

We’re excited to have the following events occurring this November 25th! Start in St.George’s Square and then move out into the rest of the downtown. (though all events are for most ages and audiences, *FF* = specifically Family Friendly & *A* = Accessible)

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Find out what’s happening on October 28th

Art Exhibition

@ Trafalger Building (123 Woolwich St, Guelph) 3rd Floor: Multiple Studios

Tammy Ratcliff, Gillian Wilson, and Lydia Nieuwenkamp will be doing printmaking demonstrations as well as have our hand pulled prints on display.

Lynn Chidwick– Inspired by nature and artists past and present, Lynn’s bending and blending of colour and light elevates the spirit.  Working closely with the client, Lynn translates ideas into uniquely personalized pieces of art that illuminate architectural spaces.

Maria Pezzano will feature her latest paintings and textiles, especially new are her fantastic pillows.

Kathleen’s 3rd floor studio is filled with oil paintings of local streetscapes, images of kayaking trips across Canada and mixed media explorations of subject matter as diverse as hydro lines and rain forest insects. The works range in size from 4″ square to 4″x6″ with prices starting at $75.00.

Fourth Friday wanderers are welcome to visit Pearl Van Geest‘s studio. Pearl is currently working on an exhibition to be held at the Robert Langen Gallery, Wilfred Laurier University Jan. 4 – Feb 11, 2012 along with a companion exhibition at Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo. She combines conceptual/process painting and performance art with the language of abstraction, pop art and landscape painting. Pearl is currently part of a two person exhibition (with Ryan Price) at the Flesherton Art Gallery which opens Sat, Oct 22nd from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. She is represented by KWT contemporary in Toronto.

Art Exhibition

@ Wyndham Art Supplies (125 Wyndham Street North, Guelph) Front Window: Eric Montgomery- Found object art

Wine Tasting

@ Red Brick Cafe (8 Douglas Street, Guelph): Get a sheet with descriptions. $10 per person for 4 samples. 1 white and 3 reds from one country or varietal . Each month different wines. New and lesser know bottles from the LCBO. No reservations required. Impress your friends with your new wine knowledge! Save money trying a new bottle you might not like! (Note: No Wi-Fi available after 7 pm on 4th Fridays!)

Memories from my Mind’s Eye Redux

@ St. George’s Square

The bus — our green 78 VW Westfalia — will project Chris Iwanowski’s photos on a blank wall in St. George”s Square, in the heart of downtown Guelph. Julia Grady has edited down 25,000 photos of a life well lived to 1071 images. A moment in time. Combined they tell an interesting story. Some will take your breath away.

Fourth Fridays Paint Off

@ St. George’s Square: 7pm-10pm

The purpose: To bring visual artists in the Guelph area together, out of their studios and into the fresh air, and to give those who yearn to observe/experience/learn from the creative process in action an opportunity to do so. All artists welcome: painters, illustrators, sculptures etc.

The basic idea: Artists congregate around the evening”s main event (music and/or dance) and interpret it in a series of smallish works for the 3-hour period, in any style or medium.  As they complete pieces, they hang them up for display and drying on a wall or rack.  As members of the public noodle in and out, they look on, interact with participants, possibly negotiate prices for pieces they like, and finally cast a vote for a favourite artist.  At 10pm, votes are tallied.  Winners receive small prizes (and a warm round of applause!).

Interested: If you’d like to participate, please send your name to: [email protected]. This event is being co-sponsored by Ivano Stocco and Red Brick Café. A few days before the event, we will confirm the event and meeting details. Please come out and help us support Guelph’s 1st Art Battle! If successful, we hope to repeat it on subsequent Fourth Fridays. Please join us afterwards at Red Brick. There will be beer and wine (or coffee) for all participants.

Paint Off

@ St. George’s Square: Music!!! Come dance and/or listen, or watch the paint off as they capture the moment!!

Special Wine and food pairing!

@ Artisanale (37 Quebec Street, Guelph)

Join us in celebrating the launch of Fourth Fridays with special wine and food pairing, at a special price in the cafe at Artisanale. For October we are offering Smoked Trout and Mesclun Greens paired with a glass of excellent Prince Edward County White for $13

Art Exhibition

@ Kloepfer Gallery (18 Paisley Street, Guelph): Come in and see the newly painted gallery which now showcases all original art by local and neighbouring artists. On this month is a new collection of mixed media paintings entitled “Living Green” by Guelph artist Susan Lapp.

Art Exhibition

@Albion (49 Norfolk Street, Guelph): Candace Sepulis – “Fragments”
Having degrees in both philosophy and architecture, Sepulis is known for her unique use of perspectives, graphic novel-eque and nostalgic style, and quietly poetic imagery. Sepulis draws influence from MC Escher, Jack Kerouac, and wood block prints from her Estonian ancestry to create her new “Fragments” body of work. In these silkscreened works of Sepulis” illustrations, “Fragments” speaks of words better left unsaid, clinging hope, stolen glances of missed opportunity and moments of calm understanding.

@ Whitestone Gallery (80 Norfolk Street, Guelph):  with 14 artists in the collective, we plan to have a coffee maker and cookies for visiting participants. A game of Pictionary may break out at any time!

Musical Performances

@ 3rd floor Apartment above Wimpy’s (25 Wyndham Street North, Apt B, Guelph):

Join us for an intimate evening of glorious music featuring local creative geeeniuses! Doors 8:30pm, music will begin at 9:00. $5 cover (or pay what you can) at the door. Bring friends and open ears!

Check out the talent beforehand so you can confidently hum, stomp, hoot, holler and clap along!




@ The Casual Gourmet (52 Carden St, Guelph): Stop by until 9pm for complimentary apple cider, to peruse the store or to check out artwork.

Group Art Show

@ 10 Carden: Featuring Julia Grady, Barbell Kirstein, Lane Green, Ganga Wickramaratne, Carol Tinga, Vanessa Tignanelli, Barbara J. Bryce and Jordan Annette.

Spoken Word

@ 8pm: Valerie Senyk and @ 9pm: Rob O’Flanagan: spoken word art/poetry with music – electronic or live

Stop by and warm up with some coffee or grab a beer while checking out the art and listening to the spoken word!

@ Sweetie Box Studios (location TBA): Amy Smania- handcrafted Jewelry

@ 46 Essex Street, Guelph: Rebecca Erikson & Tumbling Boulders

I will open my studio, and be working, along with drum builder, Tumbling Boulders.


@ Various Restaurants & Cafes (Downtown Guelph)

Come and eat in the downtown Guelph restaurants participating in DIG IN DOWNTOWN for the very last night! It is a great opportunity to eat wonderful food and then wander the downtown core!

Photo Mob

@ the streets (everywhere!): Smile, you might be on Fourth Fridays. Armed with digital cameras and creative spirit, Aidan Ware will take to the town with her Photo Mob, aka photo students from the University of Guelph Fine Arts program, to take portraits, make inspiring renderings, capture fun happenings, and document the confluence of people and community in the streets of the downtown from 7pm to 10pm. Images will be downloaded to Fourth Fridays social media sites (Facebook and Flickr) for people to see.