EVENT: Ward Five Town Hall Meeting

Please join Ward 5 Councillors Cathy Downer and Leanne Piper for a


Thursday, May 28, 2015 

7:00 pm

St. Michael’s School (9 McElderry)


1.  Ward 5: A Historical Timeline  (Leanne Piper)

2.  Synopsis and Update of Current Issues (Cathy Downer)

3.  Open Town Hall Question and Answer (You!)

Refreshments will be provided.

EVENT: Annual ‘All Things Christmas Sale” on Saturday, November 29

Saturday, November 29th

10:00 am  to 2:30 pm

Harcourt Memorial Church, 87 Dean Ave., Guelph

Centre Pieces, Wreaths, Outdoor Arrangements, Decorations, New and Nearly New Gifts, Homemade Baked Goods and Refreshments

Live Music and Performances

Story Time by famed Story Teller Ann Estill- 11:00pm and 1:00pm


Wilson Farm: An Evening of Celebration and Creative Thinking

Guelph citizens never cease to amaze me…here’s a great upcoming event for anyone interested in our heritage and why it’s important to try to save what we have left…  LP


7 pm 

at the eBar downtown Guelph (2nd floor Bookshelf)

Wilson Farm ACO David Knight poster pdf

With music, stories and aerial photographs, archaeologist
and musician David Knight will help celebrate and start a
conversation about the historic Wilson farm.

The fate of the farmhouse has been the subject of heated
debate in Guelph – find a new use for it or demolish it.
David and his band-mates Scott Morrison and Ben
Grossman of the Kazoo musical group will provide the
music and participants will provide the conversation to
explore future possibilities for the farmhouse.
Ben Bradley, project manager of the REEP design team, will
show how the Wilson farmhouse can become a sustainable
living showroom.
Come, join in and discuss your ideas – let’s celebrate the
Wilson farmhouse and explore ways to secure its future.


Presented by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.  For more information, call Susan Ratcliffe at 519-831-0995.

Jane’s Walk Guelph 2012: The Hardest Part is Choosing One!

Another amazing line up of Jane’s Walks are planned for Guelph this weekend!

Here’s the list — janeswalks_2012

The hardest part will be choosing which one…


Jane’s Walks are held around the world as a way of connecting people to their neighbourhoods and public spaces.  Named to honour Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of American Cities (among other works), the annual walk series is run by volunteers.   Thanks to everyone who organizes, leads and participates in our local Jane’s Walks!

Canada’s Most Caring Community Comes Together to Help Haiti

From the organizers of the Help Haiti Benefit Concert:

Following the recent earthquake in Haiti, members of the Guelph community have pulled together to organize a benefit event featuring a wide selection of our amazing and world-class local-area talent. With overwhelming support from the local community, event organizers (Rev. Paul Clarkson, Dr. Ajay Heble, Sam Turton) have set a goal of raising $20,000 from this event, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross.

PLEASE RESERVE A TICKET NOW – or get one for a friend!
For a letter-size printable poster file, contact music@all-together-now.ca

Help Haiti: A Guelph Benefit for Earthquake Relief

Sunday, February 7, 7:00 pm
The River Run Centre
35 Woolwich St., Guelph, ON
Tickets $30 (reserved)
http://www.riverrun.ca 519-763-3000
Additional donations will be accepted at the event
River Run Centre facilities donated by the City of Guelph
All proceeds to Canadian Red Cross – All services donated

Kevin Breit & Ted Warren • Scott Merritt • Jane Bunnett • Dionne Brand • University of Guelph Choirs
The Guelph Music Revue:
Andrew Craig, Nick Craine, Craig Norris, Shane Philips, Tannis Slimmon, Sue Smith, Sam Turton (with Jeff Bird, Adam Bowman, Vish Khanna, Jane Lewis, Ambre McLean, Harri Palm, Stu Peterson, Jesse Turton – and more to come!)


Kevin Breit, one of Canada’s most in-demand guitarists (Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, k. d. Lang, Bill Frisell) will join us from Elora to perform with Guelph’s Ted Warren, one of Canada’s most accomplished drummers.
http://www.myspace.com/kevinbreit http://www.canadianjazzarchive.org/Catalogue/Musicians/KO/10471

Scott Merritt is an MCA recording artist and an award-winning singer-songwriter and producer with an always growing and fiercely dedicated following. http://www.scottmerritt.net/

Jane Bunnett is an internationally acclaimed Canadian jazz icon with Juno awards, Grammy nominations, and an appointment to the Order of Canada. http://www.myspace.com/janebunnett

Dionne Brand is a renowned poet, novelist, essayist, and film-maker born in Trinidad and living in Toronto.

The University of Guelph Choirs, directed by Dr. Marta McCarthy are a powerful amalgamation of both the University Chamber Choir and the University Women’s Choir.

The Guelph Music Revue is a stellar gathering of Guelph’s award-winning musicians, band leaders, and singer-songwriters.

Group Plans to Honour Royal City Park Trees December 4th

An Excerpt from an Information Release from Friends of Royal City Park Group:

“The Friends of Royal City Park have organized a 1 hour vigil on Friday, December 4, 2009 from 7 to 8 pm at Royal City Park. We will assemble at the entrance trail to the park located at Gordon and Water Street to honour and thank the trees for all the benefits they have provided over the last 99 years. The intention is to celebrate the life of the trees and the many memories the trees have provided for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren and past generations. Come and share your memories with us of what these trees and this park means to you and how their loss will affect you.  Bring your own mug for hot apple cider. NOTE: We are not affiliated with any other group. We are gathering to express our thanks and love for the trees in Royal City Park, especially the nearly 100-year-old silver maples.”

For more information, contact Laura Murr at 519-824-3606

Why Do We Celebrate John Galt Day?

John Galt portrait by Charles Grey

John Galt portrait by Charles Grey








In October 2006, City Council enacted a bylaw creating John Galt Day, becoming the 7th municipality in Ontario since 1969 (when the Civic Holiday was created) to give a name to the civic holiday.

The impetus to name the civic holiday after our founding father, John Galt, came from citizens Peter Anderson and Gil Stelter, longtime advocates for recognizing Galt’s contribution to the thriving City of Guelph.  Anderson was involved in the commissioning of the John Galt statue in front of old City Hall, and Stelter is a renowned scholar in Canadian urban history with an extensive knowledge of Galt’s legacy.

In the written history of Galt, he is called many things – writer, poet, entrepreneur, debtor,  adventurer,   land developer, etc.  But my favourite moniker for our Founding Father was offered by his close associate, Dr.”Tiger”  Dunlop, who called him “the woodland sovereign”.

Galt’s vision for Guelph was ambitious.  He planned a radial design, with terminating vistas that led to the Church of Our Lady, St. George’s Square and Market Square.  He carefully planned and executed a land settlement process that was not based solely on profit — he insisted on the inclusion of public works to attract settlement (roads, a school, a market) and gave shelter to the destitute La Guayra settlers when the British government had abandoned them.  He dreamt of a centre of agriculture, culture and economic prosperity.

In 2009, Guelph was ranked the Most Caring community in Canada, the Safest Community in Canada, and the 4th Smartest City in Canada.  We are home to Canada’s finest agricultural and veterinary university, an agri-food and biotechnology centre of excellence and home to world class musicians, writers, poets and musical festivals.

So yes, I think Galt’s vision has become reality.  That’s worth celebrating!   Happy John Galt Day!

Moore Avenue Neighbourhood Meeting

Residents of the Moore Avenue/Hales Crescent area are invited to a neighbourhood chat on Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 pm in the Friendship Room at Harcourt United Church (Dean Avenue).

Ward 5 Councillors Lise Burcher and Leanne Piper, along with University of Guelph Off-Campus Living Manager, Kathryn Hofer, will be in attendance.

Topics for discussion:  current conditions in the area, challenges and opportunities for improvement.

For more information, contact Lise at 519-362-2207 or Leanne at 519-824-9000.