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June 2017

To The Gathering Place

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 25, 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.   Transported: Objects of Meaning and the…

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August 2017

Beards and Barbershops

August 1, 2017 - March 18, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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September 2017

The Sweet Life: Treats and Sweets in Guelph

September 12, 2017 - March 25, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Yorklands Green Hub

September 12, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Wall of Art: Standing Guard

September 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Opening reception: September 22 | 6:30 PM Performance by Annakin Slayd | 7 PM   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.…

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Canadian, Eh! A History of the Nation’s Signs and Symbols

September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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RECEPTION: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 | 6:30 PM Performance by Annakin Slayd at 7 PM Through art and artifacts, explore the official and unofficial signs and symbols that communicate our history, culture, and distinct national identity. “Our national identity is complex and nuanced,” says Dawn Owen, Curator at Guelph Museums. “And so too are the signifiers of our nationhood. From the iconic landscapes of the Group of Seven to our edible exports (beer, maple syrup, and poutine), from our national sports (lacrosse in…

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December 2017

From Convent to Museum: The Renovation Story

December 5, 2017 - December 2, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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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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FREE

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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Favourite Family Games

December 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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The tradition continues….try your hand at board games, toys and puzzles all day, every day during the holidays.

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January 2018

Stories from the Hill: Doug Larson and the Storyteller Guitar

January 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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FREE

Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests at Guelph Civic Museum. January 3                     Doug Larson and the Storyteller Guitar February 7                   Sya Van Geest and Brian Holstein

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Tiny Tot Thursday: Keeping Warm

January 4, 2018 @ 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, Keeping Warm. Upcoming Tiny Tot themes: February 1       Fairytales and Fantasy

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Guelph Symphony Orchestra – Goldilocks and The Three Bears

January 14, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on January 14, 2018 at 4:00pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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FREE

Join The Guelph Symphony Orchestra for a fun-filled, action-packed musical adventure of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, starring the String Family: the violin, the viola, the cello, and the double bass. To accommodate all visitors there will be two performances, 3 PM and another at 4 PM. Free admission starting at 2 PM at the Guelph Civic Museum.

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Needle Art Expressions: Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, Guelph

January 16, 2018 - April 29, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Military Lecture: First World War British Imperial Defence

January 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Alexander Maavara presents First World War British Imperial Defence. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation.   Upcoming Lectures: February 15 – Lyndsay Rosenthal presents A Plague of Diseased Soldiers: Venereal Disease and the Canadian Expeditionary Force March 22 – Katrina Pasierbek presents Underground at Vimy: Remembering the Cave Carvers

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Robbie Burns Day

January 21, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Scottish music, dance, displays and haggis too! 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM            Address to the Haggis and stories with Seamus Gunn 11 AM                                     Mary Ellen Cann School of Highland Dance 1:30 PM                                   Traditional Celtic music with Eva McCauley, the Fair Wind & Friends of RCC 2 PM                                        Ceilidh with the Kitchen Party Trio caller Kari Kokko

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School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day

January 26, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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  No teachers, no books, but lots of great activities all day.

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Fourth Friday: Ambre McLean

January 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Kick off your weekend with a performance by Ambre McLean! 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, Canadian, Eh! and Transported: Objects of Meaning and the Immigrant Experience.   McLean’s genre-defying style and live looping performances have been described as mesmerizing.  Her four albums feature an eclectic mix of blues, rock, jazz, rap, soul, and…

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John McCrae: His Life In Words, Images and Song

January 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
River Run Centre, Cooperators Hall, 35 Woolwich Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3V1 Canada
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$25

We remember Lt. Col. John McCrae on the centenary of his passing with a tribute by Hugh Brewster and the Elora Festival Singers. Tickets in advance at riverrun.ca. 

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February 2018

Tiny Tot Thursday: Fairytales and Fantasy

February 1, 2018 @ 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, Fairytales and Fantasy.  

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Stories from the Hill: Sya Van Geest and Brian Holstein

February 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests at Guelph Civic Museum. February 7                   Sya Van Geest and Brian Holstein

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Valentine’s Tea

February 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
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One event on February 11, 2018 at 3:00pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$15

Treat your sweetheart to a warm cup of tea, decadent sweets, and delightful company. There will be two seatings, 1 and 3 PM. Tickets in advance.

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Military Lecture: A Plague of Diseased Soldiers

February 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation

Lyndsay Rosenthal presents A Plague of Diseased Soldiers: Venereal Disease and the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation.   Upcoming Lecture: March 22 – Katrina Pasierbek presents Underground at Vimy: Remembering the Cave Carvers

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Family Day at the Museum!

February 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Civic Museum will be open Monday, February 19 from 10 AM to 5 PM to celebrate Family Day. Enjoy an afternoon with lots of DIY family fun!

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Febulous! Young at Heart

February 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$10

The Auctionista is back! Kick up your heels for a good cause at this cocktail party and auction to support cross-generational programs, connecting Guelph’s young with the young-at-heart. Tickets in advance.

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Fourth Friday: Brent Rowan and the Youth Jazz Ensemble

February 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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FREE
Year end concert May 7 2017 @Silence

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Brent Rowan and the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble! 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, Canadian, Eh! and Transported: Objects of Meaning and the Immigrant Experience. Based in Guelph Ontario the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble (GYJE) provides young musicians with the opportunity to learn about and explore…

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March 2018

Focusing on Nature: Photography in the Natural World

March 10, 2018 - June 10, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Technological culture meets nature in this exhibition of photography by Guelph youth. A collaboration between Focus on Nature and Guelph Museums.

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Military Lecture: Underground at Vimy

March 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation

Katrina Pasierbek presents Underground at Vimy: Remembering the Cave Carvers. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation.

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April 2018

In the Footsteps of John McCrae Tour 2018

April 27, 2018 - May 5, 2018

Honour Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, 100 years after his passing, by participating in a guided tour tracing his overseas service, and paying your respects during a memorial service at his gravesite. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Canadian soldier, doctor and poet Lt. Col. John McCrae, exploring sites where he tended to the wounded and wrote In Flanders Fields, and visiting important First World War landmarks and historical sites, including Essex Field Dressing Station, the…

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