A\J, or Alternatives Journal, is Canada’s national environmental magazine, independently publishing intelligent & informed environmental journalism since 1971. Our mandate is to promote an understanding of “environment” in the broadest sense of the word, including social and political dimensions, and stimulate dialogue about environmental issues – as well as to provide critical and informed analysis and provide publishing opportunities for Canadians.
The Downtown Guelph Business Association works in partnership with the City to create thriving, competitive, and safe business areas that attract shoppers, diners, tourists, and new businesses. We are delighted to support the Hillside Festival and are looking forward to enjoying Hillside Homeside in 2020!
The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival showcases the very best of established and emerging Canadian writing in an idyllic outdoor setting on the banks of the Eramosa River. The festival provides stimulating, thought-provoking and entertaining programming for all ages—children, youth and adults. In 2020, join us for an online series of literary events “in your own backyard”.
The mission of the Guelph Black Heritage Society is to restore and maintain Heritage Hall, originally known as the British Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1880 by former slaves who arrived in the area via the Underground Railroad. The building is a cultural, historical and social community centre serving to promote Guelph and Wellington County’s distinctive place in Southwestern Ontario’s rich Black heritage. The GBHS hosts cultural events during Black history month, EmancipationDay and throughout the year. The Heritage Hall is available for rental and will be fully accessible by the summer of 2020.
Guelph Dance aims to engage and enthral. We strive to be a nationally-recognized leader in contemporary dance by offering a platform for professional, new-generation, and youth dance artists to share their vision, push creative boundaries, and engage community audiences. We strive to foster an appreciation for dance in youth by presenting workshops directly in public schools and by giving local youth exposure to professional dance artists. We thoughtfully curate our programming to ensure high quality, innovative and culturally diverse works that represent the eclectic blend of dance being produced in Canada.
One of the world’s first documentary film festivals, the Guelph Film Festival (GFF) is dedicated to inspiring community engagement and appreciation of the arts through stories of global reach and local relevance. We feature global documentaries and short videos that focus on social justice, the environment and community building. We also feature the ever-popular children’s programming, visiting directors, panel discussions, and Hidden Histories, an annual series of local films that highlight the stories that enrich the Guelph experience and showcase the people who make our city special. The 2020 festival runs from November 6-14.
The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) is a partnered research institute building from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) project, “Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice” (ICASP). IICSI’s partners include six academic institutions, a foundation partner, and 30+ community-based organizations. The Institute’s mandate is to create positive social change through the confluence of improvisational arts, innovative scholarship, and collaborative action.
At JamSchool, we take a different approach to music lessons.
JamSchool is a performance based music education centre with two locations in Guelph, Ontario.
What’s different about us?
We focus on getting each and every student on stage to perform.
We believe that performance is key to developing a life-long love of music and becoming engaged in music education.
Pat the Dog Theatre Creation is a catalyst for new play development, working with regional theatre creators from their first spark of inspiration through to the final production. We produce two festivals: PlaySmelter Northern New Works Festival runs annually in Sudbury and is committed to presenting original new works of professional theatre created by Northern artists for Northern audiences. Femme Folks Fest debuted in Waterloo Region in 2020 and is committed to presenting new works platforming regional women in Southwestern ON.
POP Montreal International Music Festival is an annual not-for-proﬁt curated cultural event that champions independence in the arts by presenting emerging and celebrated artistic talents from around the world.
POP Montreal is now entering its 18th year as a permanent ﬁxture on the Montreal festival map and the international music circuit.
Delivering a bold cross-section of art forms and events, the festival includes concerts, symposium discussions, artisan and visual art exhibitions, fashion shows, ﬁlm screenings, and, of course, a few all-night parties.
Silence is a nonprofit music venue and art gallery in downtown Guelph dedicated to presenting sounds and musical practices that are diverse, challenging, sustainable and accessible through concerts, workshops and improvisation sessions. Silence serves as an incubator for practitioners and listeners alike. Silence is unbiased in regard to genre, culture, class, and tradition; we foster risk-taking, innovation and experimentation in all forms of music and sound, as well as other artistic expressions presented in the space. Silence is and will remain an accessible space.
The Making-Box is your hub for improv education and live comedy. Laughter is a shared experience that creates strong bonds. When we come together in the spirit of play, we leave more open, happy and connected. This leads to personal fulfillment, professional prosperity and community elevation. We are a team of intensely driven and charming humans with diverse professional and educational backgrounds. We unite to make our community a happier place by applying the tools of improv beyond the theatre.