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John Galt and the Instant City

November 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Tall tree reflecting on the Speed River. White text reads John Galt and the Instant City.

A new musical by acclaimed Canadian musicians Mike Ford and Murray Foster that explores John Galt and the founding of Guelph in a new light.

Two performances: Friday, November 8, 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 9, 2 p.m.

Tickets in advance | $20 + HST

Meet the creators, cast and crew

Mike Ford

Mike Ford is a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal-awarded singer-songwriter, whose bilingual Canada Needs You, Flames Across the Border and le retour d’étienne brûlé concerts have been performed in schools across Ontario.  A member of the pop group Moxy Früvous in the ‘90s and co-creator of The Cocksure Lads, Mike has released five acclaimed solo Canadian history-themed albums. He previously partnered with Guelph Museums on the McCrae House Backyard Theatre presentation of Sons of ’17 – a production which subsequently toured Belgium and France in 2018.

Murray Foster

Murray Foster is an award-winning singer-songwriter, filmmaker, musician, music producer, teacher, writer, speaker, and founder of Toronto Songwriting School.  Known to many as a member of the pop groups Moxy Früvous and Great Big Sea, and as co-creator of the simply terrific band The Cocksure Lads, Murray is a sought-after navigator of the creative world, weaving together his experiences in music, film, and theatre. He made his Guelph Museums debut at McCrae House Backyard Theatre in Sons of ’17 in 2016.

Alex Jacobs-Blum

Alex Jacobs-Blum is a band member of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory of the Lower Cayuga Nation. She is also mixed European ancestry. Alex holds a Bachelor of Photography from Sheridan College, and her artwork has been exhibited in Ontario and in South Korea. Alex is the Indigenous Community Relations Coordinator at Guelph Museums, guiding and supporting the Museum in its decentering efforts.

GALT 240

2019 marks the 240th birthday of John Galt, colonist and founder of Guelph. Take part in the conversation at Guelph Museums through a series of events that reimagine our city today and in the future.

Art As Activism: Truth, Survivance, and Resilience (exhibit) – August 2 to December 1

Tea & Bannock: Community Tea – November 3

Funded in part by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Musagetes Fund, a grant from the Guelph Community Foundation.


November 9, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Event Category:


Guelph Museums


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