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September 2019

Downtown EarlyON Playtime

September 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on September 18, 2019 at 9:30 am

One event on September 25, 2019 at 9:30 am

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

Weekly program offerings for children from 0 to 6 years old and their families, offered through the EarlyON Child and Family Centre. Free drop-in family programming that promotes early learning and development from 9:30 to 11:30 AM on a weekly basis. The EarlyON Child and Family Centre at the Guelph Community Health Centre has been in existence since 2003. EarlyON has eight off-site Neighbourhood Playtimes and two main locations (Downtown and Stone Rd Mall) each providing a multitude of free drop-in and…

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Military Lecture: Deadly Skies & Cavalry of the Air

September 19 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation.

To open the Fall 2019 Military Lecture series, there will be two presentations about aviation during the First and Second World War. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation. *Please note the date printed in the fall brochure is incorrect. The correct date for the lecture is September 19. Ross C. Morton, presents Deadly Skies During the Second World War, the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command kept detailed accounts of their achievements…

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Spirit Walk 2019

September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on September 22, 2019 at 1:40 pm

One event on September 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm

One event on September 22, 2019 at 2:20 pm

$20

Guided walking tours through Woodlawn Memorial Park that include special encounters with some of the characters who helped shape Guelph’s history. Tours depart from the Mausoleum at 1:00 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:20 p.m. Each tour is approximately 90 minutes. Approximately 1.5 km walking length with breaks. The walking tour route is accessible for those with mobility restrictions. Please arrive at the check-in table by the Mausoleum 10 minutes prior to your tour start time. Dress for…

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School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day – Great Lakes Music

September 27 @ 1:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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General Admission
View looking down at a wicker basket full of assorted children's instruments. Tamborine, cowbell, drum.

On this PD Day, we have a special guest! Music workshop with Great Lakes Music, 1 p.m. Suited for ages 0 to 8.

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Culture Days Kickoff & Fourth Friday – Brad Woods and The Great Wooden Trio

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free
Left: Photo of Great Wooden Trio at the Mariposa Folk Festival. Right: Black and white photo of three men singing with arms linked. Grandfather and great uncles of Brad Woods.

Left: Great Wooden Trio at the Mariposa Folk Festival. Right: Grandfather and great uncles of Brad Woods. Celebrate Culture Days and the opening of fall exhibitions, Into the Light and Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art, and Communication, with a performance by Storyteller Brad Woods and The Great Wooden Trio! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Opening remarks at 6 p.m. Performances at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.…

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Culture Days: Artist Talk and Trail Walk

September 29 @ 1:00 pm
McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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Free

The grand finale for City of Guelph Artist-In-Residence Mallory Tolcher’s #GuelphMovesMe project which promotes physical fitness on Guelph trails through an outdoor art exhibition. The portraits will be installed at six points along the Silvercreek and Eramosa River trails at the beginning of September and changed out halfway through the project.   Culture Days – Friday, September 27 to Sunday, September 29 Culture Days is a nationwide arts and culture movement to raise awareness and engage Canadians in their communities. Free admission and special activities all…

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Culture Days: Walkabout Tour with David Bobier: Hands On!

September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Guest curator David Bobier leads an all-ages sensory tour of the vibrotactile art featured in VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communications. American Sign Language: There will be ASL interpreters present. The interpreters will be wearing a badge that says “ASL Interpreter.” This tour coincides with Culture Days festivities. Culture Days is a nationwide arts and culture movement to raise awareness and engage Canadians in their communities. Free admission and special activities all weekend long at Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae…

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October 2019

Downtown EarlyON Playtime

October 2 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on October 9, 2019 at 9:30 am

One event on October 30, 2019 at 9:30 am

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

Weekly program offerings for children from 0 to 6 years old and their families, offered through the EarlyON Child and Family Centre. Free drop-in family programming that promotes early learning and development from 9:30 to 11:30 AM on a weekly basis. The EarlyON Child and Family Centre at the Guelph Community Health Centre has been in existence since 2003. EarlyON has eight off-site Neighbourhood Playtimes and two main locations (Downtown and Stone Rd Mall) each providing a multitude of free drop-in and…

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Tales from the Hill

October 2 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Join Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests on the first Wednesday of each month. Free admission.

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We Remember Beaded Poppy Workshop with Naomi Smith

October 5 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until October 6, 2019

McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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$95

Two-day workshop: Saturday, October 5 to Sunday, October 6 Create an embossed beaded poppy pin or pendant. This two-day workshop offers traditional teachings and an introduction to Indigenous raised beading techniques and working with deer hide. All are welcome. Comfort with hand sewing is an asset. Participants should bring a basic sewing kit including beading mat, small flat nose pliers, small scissors, thimble, and magnifier. Material kits will be $45 payable in cash the first day of the workshop Kit…

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Military Lecture: The Aftermath of the 1918 Influenza

October 17 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation.

Kandace Bogaert presents, The Aftermath of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Among Ontario’s Soldiers’ Families. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation. Kandace Bogaert, Assistant Professor and Cleghorn Fellow in War and Society, Dept. of History, Laurier University, her research is focused around the long-term family impact of soldier deaths from flu in 1918, and soldier suicides during the Great War.

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Illuminate Your Writing with Rob O’Flanagan

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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$35

Inspired by John McCrae’s writings and sketches, practice the longstanding tradition of combining writing and visual art into evocative, thought-provoking tributes during this fun, exploratory workshop. Write, sketch, and leave with a keepsake or two. All experience levels welcome. ROB O’FLANAGAN: Rob O’Flanagan is a writer, visual artist and award-winning journalist. He grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, where he studied history, literature and art. A reporter, columnist and photojournalist…

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Fourth Friday: Kevin Mak Latin Jazz Quintet

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Kevin Mak Latin Jazz Quintet! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by Kevin Mak Latin Jazz Quintet at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cash bar. Sponsored by:

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In Conversation: Eugenics Retold

October 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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General admission

A conversation among rights activists Mona Stonefish, Peter Park, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Evadne Kelly, Seika Boye and Sky Stonefish, who work to prevent institutional brutality, colonialism, ableism, and social injustice. American Sign Language: There will be ASL interpreters present. The interpreters will be wearing a badge that says “ASL Interpreter.” About Into the Light Eugenics was a practice aimed at improving the characteristics of the human race by promoting “favourable” qualities. It also tried to prevent people with “unfavourable” qualities…

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History Haunts: Ghost Stories of Guelph

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$10

An evening of unusual tales by local storytellers about Guelph’s past. Suitable for teens and adults. 19+ cash bar. Tickets will go on sale Friday, September 13, 10 a.m.

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History Haunts: Ghost Stories of Guelph

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$10

An evening of unusual tales by local storytellers about Guelph’s past. Suitable for teens and adults. 19+ cash bar. Tickets will go on sale Friday, September 13, 10 a.m.

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November 2019

School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day – We Are All Treaty People

November 1 @ 1:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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General admission.

On this PD Day, we're celebrating Treaty Recognition Week. Learn about the importance of treaties, treaty rights and relationships. Learn more. General Admission.

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Community Tea

November 3 @ 2:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$20

Karonhyakatste is a mixed blooded Haudenosaunee woman, experiential knowledge teacher and storyteller. Join us as we share in a circle learning about our roles and responsibilities to be good stewards of the earth, through our connection to food and the world around us. She will be explaining the significance of each item: Bannock Cold cedar tea with cinnamon and lemon Wild rice - cold Mini Indian tacos Salmon crostini Corn soup with chicken (vegetarian option) Strawberry short cake Tickets in…

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John Galt and the Instant City

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$20

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. …

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Remembrance Day

November 11 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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Admission by donation.

9 AM                     Remembrance service by Royal Canadian Legion, Colonel John McCrae Memorial Branch 234 10:30 AM            Remembrance assembly by John McCrae Public School students   Admission by donation.  

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Downtown EarlyON Playtime

November 13 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on November 20, 2019 at 9:30 am

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

Weekly program offerings for children from 0 to 6 years old and their families, offered through the EarlyON Child and Family Centre. Free drop-in family programming that promotes early learning and development from 9:30 to 11:30 AM on a weekly basis. The EarlyON Child and Family Centre at the Guelph Community Health Centre has been in existence since 2003. EarlyON has eight off-site Neighbourhood Playtimes and two main locations (Downtown and Stone Rd Mall) each providing a multitude of free drop-in and…

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Military Lecture: Crerar’s Lieutenants

November 21 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation.

Geoff Hayes presents, Crerar’s Lieutenants.  At the height of the war in 1943, the future head of the First Canadian Army, General Harry Crerar, penned a long memorandum in which he noted that there was still much confusion as to "what constitutes an 'Officer.'" His words reflected the army's preoccupation with creating an ideal officer who would not only satisfy the immediate demands of war but also conform to pervasive, little-discussed notions of social class and masculinity. Geoff Hayes' talk…

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Fifth Friday: Fizz-ics Pub Night

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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FREE

19+ Event | No cover charge. Ever wonder why the bubbles in your beer fizz, or why bottles have different colours? What does the widget in Guinness do? Why does the head on your pint vary and what would it be like to brew beer in space? Join faculty and students from the Department of Physics, University of Guelph as they lead you through a fun and interactive evening about the science behind beer! This event is the final night of STEM…

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December 2019

Fourth Friday: Tragedy Ann

December 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Tragedy Ann! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by Callisto at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cash bar. Sponsored by: Tragedy Ann is a forward-looking folk duo from Guelph, Ontario. Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan find warmth in questions and daring in answers, making space for the tear that lies behind laughter. With intimacy and care, the duo favours…

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