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January 2017

A Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water

January 28 - September 10
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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A Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water JANUARY 28 TO SEPTEMBER 10 RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 | 6:30 PM A Ripple Effect examines Canadians’ relationship with fresh water by focusing on the Thames, Speed, and Eramosa rivers. Organized under the themes of work and play, the exhibition explores the ways in which we have used fresh water for domestic and industrial pursuits. Highly interactive, the exhibition features a variety of activities geared to families with young children as well as to…

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April 2017

Wall of Art: Fresh

April 11 @ 10:00 am - June 18 @ 5:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Reception: Friday, April 28, 6:30 PM | Guelph Civic Museum The Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from Guelph Arts Council’s membership. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience. For the upcoming exhibition, we invite…

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May 2017

Guelph in the 1860s

May 2 @ 10:00 am - September 10 @ 5:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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FREE

Fourth Friday: Kennedy 7

May 26 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concerts To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Kennedy 7! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including A Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water and Wall of Art: Fresh Drawing influences from the likes…

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June 2017

Tiny Tot Thursday: Fun with Nature

June 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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 Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, Fun with Nature! Upcoming Tiny Tot Thursdays: July 6               Canada 150 August 3          Special Guest – Storyteller Jan Sherman

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Footbridges of Guelph

June 6 @ 10:00 am - September 10 @ 5:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Piping Evenings with Guelph Pipe Band     

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until August 2, 2017

McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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Pull up your lawn chair and enjoy the sound of bagpipes at the end of the day. PRACTICES: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, JULY 5, and AUGUST 2, 7 PM FULL CONCERT: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 6:30 PM

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School’s  Out, Museum’s In PD Day

June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Sleep in a little bit… and then join us for lots of great activities all day long. Special guest Ojibway Storyteller Aaron Bell at 2 PM

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Admission by donation

Building Canada Lecture: Research relationships with Indigenous communities panel discussion

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building. Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. June 14, Research relationships with Indigenous communities panel discussion. Brittany Luby, Hannah Tait Neufeld, Steve Crawford, Chief Nadjiwon, Councillor Paul Jones, moderated by Malcolm Campbell, Vice President…

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Zoongeheshkwaad

June 17 @ 10:00 am - June 22 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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A display of artwork by elementary and high school students of the Upper Grand District School Board, promoting equity and diversity in the classroom for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. “The exhibit name, Zoongeheshkwaad, was suggested by Isaac Murdoch, an Ojibwe knowledge carrier who does a lot of work in Upper Grand. Loosely translated, it means to help someone move forward in a good way, to encourage others to move ahead together,” said Colinda Clyne, the Upper Grand DSB’s…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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  An interactive approach to learning Indigenous history, followed by a sharing circle debrief. About the Blanket Exercise: https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/about   

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Father’s Day Special

June 18
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free admission for dads. Build a toy boat at the Civic Museum from 2 to 4 PM.

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Wall of Art: O Canada

June 20 @ 10:00 am - September 17 @ 5:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Museums, Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from Guelph Arts Council’s membership. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience. For the upcoming exhibition, we invite artists to explore the theme O Canada. A nation’s anthem tells…

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FREE

Truth & Reconciliation Sharing Circle

June 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Traditional sharing circle will include hand drumming and the development of a plan of action for our community.  All are welcome.

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FREE

Fourth Friday: Adrian Raso

June 23 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Adrian Raso! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 and 8 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, A Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water and Wall of Art: O Canada   Adrian Raso is a…

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To The Gathering Place

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 6:30 PM From the Attawandaron Nation that gathered to farm and trade, to the most recent newcomers journeying from across the globe, Guelph has been shaped and enriched by the individuals and families who have traveled to it. Through personal accounts, artifacts and images, To the Gathering Place presents an engaging selection of stories of those who have searched for new beginnings in Guelph. Guest curated by Lisa Hunter. Funded in part by the Government of…

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$15

Tea and Tours

June 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 3, 2017

McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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Enjoy a tour of McCrae House, and then relax and reflect over tea and scones in the peaceful backyard gardens. Daily from June 27 to September 3   Reservations available online at guelphmuseums.ca

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July 2017

Stepping into 150

July 2 @ 10:00 am - September 3 @ 5:00 pm

  Explore 150 years of Canadian history in Guelph as you walk around the city following clues, solving puzzles, and discovering hidden gems.  Pick up your guide at Guelph Museums and Guelph Public Library branches. Presented in partnership with Visit Guelph.

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Tiny Tot Thursday: Canada 150

July 6 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, Canada 150! Upcoming Tiny Tot Thursdays: August 3          Special Guest – Storyteller Jan Sherman

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$20

Guelph In Postcards: The McCrae Years (1872-1918)

July 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until July 22, 2017

McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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This original production by Jay Wilson transports the audience to the time of John McCrae. Snapshots of Guelph history are brought to life through poetry and song, using actual postcards as inspiration. Featuring Tim Clarke, Rihannon Phillips, Michael Sutherland, Michelle VanderVelde.     July 8 to July 22 Wednesday to Saturday 7 PM     Tickets available online at guelphmuseums.ca | $20 + HST

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Wednesday Wonders

July 12
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Wednesday, repeating until August 30, 2017

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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  Join us each week for presentations by special guest stars! Every Wednesday in July and August, 11 AM & 1 PM   JULY 12              Wonders of Weather with Let’s Talk Science JULY 19              Great White North Adventure with Hands On Exotics JULY 26              Bucket Drumming with percussionist Adam Bowman AUGUST 2         Fire Safety (11 AM) & Guelph Fire Truck and Crew (1…

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Building Canada Lecture: Making Sense of our Nation

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building. Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. July 12, Kris Inwood, Making Sense of our Nation: Using the census and historical data to explain who we are and how we live. Kris Inwood…

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FREE

Fourth Friday: Ian Bell

July 28 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Ian Bell! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, A Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water and Wall of Art: O Canada. Ian Bell has none-the-less performed across…

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August 2017

Beards and Barbershops

August 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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John Galt Day

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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  Family fun to celebrate Guelph’s founder.   Admission by donation.

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Building Canada: Horse Power

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building. Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. August 9, Jeff Thomason presents Horse Power: Building Canada on the backs of horses. Dr. Jeff Thomason has taught at the Ontario Veterinary College since 1992.…

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Fourth Friday: Don Amero

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Don Amero! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, A Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water and Wall of Art: O Canada. Don Amero is a powerful stylist,…

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September 2017

Building Canada Lecture: Faction: The merging of fiction and Canadian history

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building. Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. September 13, Lawrence Hill presents Faction: The merging of fiction and Canadian history. Hill is the author of ten books including the novels The Book of Negroes and The…

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Fourth Friday: Annakin Slayd

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Annakin Slayd! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. Annakin Slayd aka Andrew Farrar is a writer/director/actor/musician from Montreal. He…

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October 2017

Building Canada Lecture: Building Blocks of our Nation

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building. Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. October 11, Dennis Baker, Building Blocks of our Nation: Canada’s constitutional multiplicity. Dennis Baker is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Guelph, where he…

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Fourth Friday: Andrew Craig

October 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Andrew Craig! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. Andrew Craig is a true Renaissance man in the arts: singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer,…

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November 2017

Building Canada Lecture: Barcoding Canada

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building. Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. November 8, Why Research Matters presents Barcoding Canada: What does it mean for the future of biodiversity in Canada. Canada’s Global DNA detectives panel discussion with Bob…

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Fourth Friday: The Cocksure Lads

November 24 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by The Cocksure Lads - Mike Ford and Murray Foster! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. In 2010, Murray Foster and former…

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December 2017

Building Canada: Canada One Five Oh Em Gee

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building. Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. December 13, James Raffan presents Canada One Five Oh Em Gee: Celebration of nation and community in story and song.   Funded in part by the Government of…

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Fourth Friday: D’eve Archer

December 22 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by D'eve Archer! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. Blending musical elements of her Jamaican heritage, with her small town Canadian…

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