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January 2019

Decolonizing Guelph’s Founding Story

January 29 - April 28
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Museums is in the process of decolonization through the restructuring of our colonialist framework and by collaborating meaningfully with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. We are committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and we strive to initiate dialogues and create safe spaces for truth telling. These guiding principles inform all that we do at Guelph Museums. In the 1850s and 1860s, provincial and university-based museums were created across Upper Canada; however, after Confederation in…

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Indigenizing Galt

January 29 - April 28
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Museums is in the process of decolonization through the restructuring of our colonialist framework and by collaborating meaningfully with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. We are committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and we strive to initiate dialogues and create safe spaces for truth telling. These guiding principles inform all that we do at Guelph Museums.

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February 2019

Reading Galt

February 26 - June 23
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Museums is in the process of decolonization through the restructuring of our colonialist framework and by collaborating meaningfully with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. We are committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and we strive to initiate dialogues and create safe spaces for truth telling. These guiding principles inform all that we do at Guelph Museums.

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Lacrosse: The Creator’s Game

February 26 - June 23
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Iroquois Nationals vs Team Canada, World International Lacrosse Championships, 2015

Guelph Museums is in the process of decolonization through the restructuring of our colonialist framework and by collaborating meaningfully with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. We are committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and we strive to initiate dialogues and create safe spaces for truth telling. These guiding principles inform all that we do at Guelph Museums.

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March 2019

Konnón:kwe

March 9 @ 10:00 am - May 19 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
Amanda Strong, How to Steal a Canoe, 2015 (still from stop-motion animation)

Header image Amanda Strong, How to Steal a Canoe, 2015 (still from stop-motion animation) Konnón:kwe, a Kanyen'kéha (Mohawk) word signifying “three or more women,” speaks to the power of collective agency by Indigenous women artists. Themes of wellness, community, and environmental justice weave historic artifacts and contemporary fine art into an exhibition that invites visitors to consider Indigenous futurities in the local context. As leaders who have held their ground though the centuries, Indigenous women continue to shape wellness and…

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Indianized

March 9 @ 10:00 am - May 19 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
Woodlands First Nations beadwork

Artist Naomi Smith has embellished everyday objects using traditional Indigenous beadwork techniques and imagery. Her artworks reflect that our material culture is no longer about practical functionality; instead, logos and brands have become the symbols that define societal meaning and value. In this exhibition, Indianized, Smith extends this phenomenon in unusual and visually intriguing ways, without losing sight of the time-honoured traditions of the Woodlands First Nations. This exhibition runs concurrently with Konnón:kwe.  Naomi Smith runs workshops through Black Tulip Designs.

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Fourth Friday: Ansley Simpson

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Celebrate the opening of spring exhibitions, Indianized and Konnón:kwe, with a performance by Ansley Simpson! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Opening remarsk at 6:30 p.m. and performance by Ansley Simpson starts at 7 p.m. Ansley Simpson is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe singer-songwriter and inaugural winner of the BullsEye Media Emerging Artist award from ImagineNATIVE and Slaight Music. Her much anticipated debut album “Breakwall” is a gentle, powerful collection…

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Military Lecture: Riding into Battle

March 28 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation

Ted Glenn presents, Riding into Battle: Canadian Cyclists in the Great War. Speaker Ted Glenn will draw on his forthcoming book on Canada’s Great War Cyclists when he presents the eighth annual Toronto History Lecture. The story of Canadian Cyclists in the Great War is largely unknown. Drafted between 1914 and 1916, these troops spent most of the war digging trenches, patrolling roads, and delivering dispatches. Based on personal diaries, memoirs, and newspaper accounts, the lecture addresses the Cyclists’ early war…

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Fifth Friday Pub Night – Scottish Studies, U of G

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

19+ Event | No cover charge. Fifth Friday! Something new at the Civic Museum, pub night! On Fifth Fridays, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 7 p.m. Featuring, Scottish Studies Department, U of G. Trivia, Scotch, and more. Cash bar.

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April 2019

Tales from the Hill – Brad Woods

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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. This month's special guest is Brad Woods. Free admission.   UPCOMING: May 1 - Storytelling through dance

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School’s Out, Museums In – Earth Month

April 5 @ 11:00 am
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One event on April 5, 2019 at 2:00pm

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

On this PD Day, we're celebrating Earth Month. Bring your recyclables and create bird feeders and a bug hotel. There will be two sessions, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Indigenous Beading Workshop with Naomi Smith

April 14 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$60
Woodlands style Strawberry Emery (pin cushion)

Create a functional and decorative 3-D beaded Strawberry Emery influenced by a century old Native American design. The Strawberry remains an esteemed symbol of Woodlands Native Culture. Beautiful silk and velvet fabrics make up the main body which is finely beaded using various seed beads. As a way of honoring the history of this piece antique beads will be incorporated into the design. Traditional Native teachings will be part of the learning experience. $60 +HST, plus supplies (see below) |…

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Fourth Friday: Annie Sumi

April 26 @ 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 Annie Sumi! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performances by Annie Sumi at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cash bar. Annie Sumi is an Ontario based ethereal-folk artist with a unique ability to capture the subtleties of nature and spin them into melodies. Her latest release, "In the Unknown", is a collection of stories that speak to the journey…

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Doors Open After Dark

April 26 @ 9:00 pm - April 27 @ 1:00 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Launching the Doors Open Guelph weekend, Doors Open After Dark will celebrate Guelph’s 192nd birthday, and commemorate the 240th birthday of Guelph founder John Galt, with history and art activations at and around the Civic Museum. This free event is aimed at creating opportunities to connect, explore and engage the community with history in unique ways. Want to get involved? Artists and historians can respond to a Call to Artists for Doors Open Guelph and Doors Open After Dark Submit your application to museum@guelph.ca Submissions…

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In the Footsteps of John Galt

April 27 - May 5

May 2, 2019 will mark the 240th birthday of John Galt – the Scottish novelist, entrepreneur, political and social commentator, and Canada Company superintendent who founded Guelph and Goderich, Ontario in 1827. Guelph Museums, in partnership with Frederick Travel, will lead a commemorative tour in Scotland next spring to explore Galt’s homeland, discover his influences and accomplishments, and honour his birthdate at the Galt Festival in Ayrshire. Canadian musicians Mike Ford and Murray Foster will join the tour, premiering their…

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May 2019

Poppy Day

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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Admission by donation

Pick up a poppy plant and Backyard Theatre production. 11 AM - Preview of, "What I Gave, I Have" written by Catherine Frid. Admission by donation.  

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Mother’s Day Tea

May 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on May 12, 2019 at 3:00pm

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

Treat mom to an afternoon of tea, and treats at the Civic Museum. Relax and enjoy fresh scones, jam, treats, fresh fruit and bottomless pots of McCrae Private Blend and Guelph Town Garden Blend teas. There will be two seatings: 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets in advance.

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Fourth Friday: The Waverlys

May 24 @ 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 The Waverlys! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by The Waverlys at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cash bar. The Waverlys are an Alternative-Folk duo composed of cellist and vocalist Charlotte Moore and singer/songwriter Kevin Myles Wilson. With minimal instrumentation; a guitar, a cello and a vintage suitcase transformed in to a kickdrum, The Waverlys, led by smooth, sincere…

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Fifth Friday Pub Night – Queer of Craft

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free admission

19+ Event | No cover charge. Fifth Friday! Something new at the Civic Museum, pub night! On Fifth Fridays, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 7 p.m. Featuring beer trivia with Queen of Craft. Cash bar.

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