Friday, August 15, 2014

Blog Guelph: Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: Blog Guelph Intention

Call it what you will. Cow Town, G-town, Royal City, City of Music, or home sweet home, Guelph is a vortex of creative genius.

If you happened to be from Guelph, or know someone from Guelph who's Blog you'd like to see on these pages, send it on over. I will give them a posting, and a link.

If you are having pronunciation problems try this: Goow-Elf. Or try throwing up. The sound you make is the name of our city.

Sue Richards

And with that, Blog Guelph was born on February 26, 2006, showcasing Sue's trademark wit.
Long before Facebook or Twitter took hold, Sue encouraged us Flickr users to share our love of Guelph.
To promote each other, our events, and our unique perspectives.

"Blog Guelph intends to provide the world with a wickedly creative and stunning visual slice of our very delicious city. Show us what you love about Guelph" she wrote. 

So we did. My hope is that we still will. 
Let's keep this site alive as witness to one of the many tasty projects Sue created. And there are oh so many.
Her creative handprint, quick mind, her enormous heart are revealed all over this city. Dancing all over the web:

Great Guelph Photos by Many Photographers

Daily News & Alternative Views of the 
Wonderful World of Breasts

How to Punctuate Life Without a Period

A boob job for the mind.....

When Sue first got sick and was unable to manage the keyboard, she gave me the great honour of carrying Blog Guelph forward for a couple of years. Then along came many other lovely bloggers to pick up my slack - still writing and curating to this day.

There are close to 10,000 images housed on this site. I encourage you to browse through the pages, to read the words. 

I'm going to miss Sue terribly. Her impact on me and on Guelph have been immense.
The likes of her don't come along everyday, but I'll walk a little taller having known her.

Shine on Sioux-sie Q. 

-DowntownLynn, with love.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blog Guelph: Sharing online pics for prizes; third annual guelPhonography contest now open

The church and the museum
The church and the museum, by Kim Lawrence

Between now and Friday, August 22, Guelphites are encouraged to capture and share the city’s personality as part of a fun, community-based art project.

The third annual guelPhonography community photo contest is now open;
inviting people to get creative and explore Guelph in new ways by taking and sharing pictures using their smart phones. 

People can submit up to three entries online at Each photo can be entered in one of three categories: Visit Guelph, Downtown Guelph, and Guelphlandia.

Local “phonographers” Kim Lawrence, Marshall Bell, Jen Rafter, Kelly Hughes and Stacey Hare will choose 20 online entries to be exhibited at the Guelph Civic Museum during Culture Days, September 26-28. Then, the whole exhibit moves to Atmosphere café + etc. in downtown Guelph until the end of November. Thanks to contest sponsors Photo Media Décor, artists get to keep their printed pieces. 
Prizes will be awarded for each category, and a grand prize will be awarded for the best shot in the show. Full contest rules and details are posted at

New for 2014 – guelPhonography mini-challenges

Not every shot can be a winner, but that shouldn’t stop people from getting out, shooting and sharing what they love about Guelph. Four week-long mini-challenges let Guelphites experiment with new and different apps and photo editing techniques. The shot with the most likes, or favourites for the week wins a wee prize! Be sure to use the hash tag listed 
  • July 21-27, #Guelphie: a selfie showing you somewhere in Guelph. If you also tag #SGPhoto, your #guelphie will be critiqued by Nick Montgomery of Sharp Goat Photography for this week's SG Photo Challenge!
  • July 28-August 3, #GuelphStreetStories: a shot of your ‘hood, or a street scene
  • August 4-10, #GuelphGoodEats: a pic of what you eat or where you eat it 
  • August 11-17, #GuelphAlteredState: a pic of anything that’s been edited or altered in some way on your phone.
Guelphites can join in the fun by sharing great Guelph shots anytime using #guelphonography on Twitter, InstagramFacebook, or Google+.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blog Guelph: Shadow stories

Skater, by Flailchest

what lies behind
What lies behind, by eye-see

decision time!
Decision time!, by Blair

Untitled, by Jared Krause

who knew... 7200390
Who knew..., by Blair

Each of these striking photos tells a story I'll leave to you to read and interpret. Hope you'll leave a comment with your interpretation(s)!

- Kim

Monday, July 14, 2014

Art on The Street

 Did you hear Aimee Charbonneau played on CFRU 93.3fm on Saturday morning between 10& 11am?  Or, were you already out at the event?   The 12th Annual Art on the Street took place in our town on July 12, 2013, from time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.  The Art On the Street Exhibition & Sale showcased contemporary fine art and craft in Downtown Guelph. During this annual event, close to 100 artists showcased their work in temporary, open-air studios which lined both sides of Quebec Street on Saturday.

I hope you were able to hear the music of a wandering minstrel at Art on the Street as well. Cynthia posted "People have the best reactions when they hear/see a ukulele....  Loved handing out these @guelpharts stickers to kids at Art on the Street. "

Its not too early to start planning to be there next year!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Happy Canada Day, eh?

Photo by colleenlr 

Here's the rundown on Canada Day activities in Guelph.

Canada Day celebrations at McCrae House: noon - 4 p.m.

Activities for the entire family including musketry demonstrations, a variety of heritage military displays, poetry readings, a kid’s obstacle course and of course, birthday cake!...more

Canada Day in the Park: Riverside Park, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Fun family activities including carousel rides, train rides, pony ride, a petting zoo, a midway, duck races, a children's play zone, music, and fireworks closing the day at about 10 p.m...more

Love you forever...and more Munsch: 
MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, 2 - 3 p.m.

Scenes from Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess, Mortimer, Murmel Murmel Murmel, Zoom and of course Love you Forever are woven into an energetic and unforgettable performance.

More Canada Day information

Cheers! - Kim

Monday, June 30, 2014

Guelph Citizenship Ceremony

Today I wanted to bring you some details of the festivities at Riverside Park for Canada Day, to go with this lovely riverside photo.  Who  knew there would be a Guelph Citizenhip ceremony?!  There's a trivia game at 1:45 - Canadian Trivia - So You Think You Know Canada eh? So, I'm planning to be at the Senior's Tent in the afternoon, recording for CFRU - and would love to see you!

For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.