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John Galt and the Instant City

April 23, 2021 - May 3, 2021

Blue, white and orange John Galt and the Instant City title graphic with tree image

A video-streamed history musical exploring the founding of Guelph in a new light.

Mike Ford & Murray Foster

Guelph’s founding story traditionally centred on John Galt’s arrival in Canada in 1827 to build a Scottish settlement. The story celebrated the building of a vibrant colony. It did not convey the destructive impact of colonization on Indigenous Peoples who lived on this land from time immemorial.
John Galt and the Instant City explores Galt’s life and aspirations, and reconsiders the founding story of Guelph, sparking critical thinking about our past, illuminating truth, and inspiring action towards reconciliation with First Peoples.
Funded in part by Musagetes Fund, a grant from the Guelph Community Foundation and Government of Canada, Museum Assistance Program.
Filmed on location at River Run Centre by Ward 1 Studios.




April 23, 2021
May 3, 2021
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