Friday, March 29, 2013

Blog Guelph: Bye Bye Beauty

winter morning hues by D J England
winter morning hues, a photo by D J England on Flickr.

Bye Bye Winter, thanks for all the snow! Thanks for all the memories of frozen toes and ice flows. It is time to move on to the next season.  I'll be thinking of you perhaps on a steamy day in July while I paddle around Guelph Lake, grateful for all the snow to replenish the water.

Happy Chocolate Eating!
Bunny Safari

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blog Guelph: A Little Sojourn

The sight of many photographers enjoying Niagara Falls by TKlacewing

Time for a little time away. A little spiritual sojourn.

Everyone celebrates holidays differently, but regardless, it's a time for us all to enjoy the things that matter most. 

May you eat well, sleep well, have good cheer with friends and family. Enjoy every minute. 

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

Blog Guelph: A Little Sojourn

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Blog Guelph: Sue Richards needs our help

For immediate release
March 27, 2013 helps artist Sue Richards live with Parkinson's Disease

Guelph, ON - Guelph proves itself the most caring community in Canada once again, this time in response to the daily struggles of Guelph artist, blogger and social entrepreneur, Sue Richards. 

The release of a new YouTube video provides an update on Sue Richards life today. Filmed and produced by Jeff Bird, and edited by Peter Light, the video was designed to draw attention to Richards decade long battle with Parkinson’s and introduce a larger audience to the community created Helping Friends website.  Video link.

Parkinson’s is believed to be an incurable, progressively degenerative, neurological disorder. As a response to Richards inability to work or receive disability insurance, friend Tony Leighton suggested a subscriber based website. People can easily offer small or large, monthly donations to help ease Richards’ financial strain as she manages her illness. Working together with Barking Dog Studios and Graphic Designer Gareth Lind, was born. 

Richards currently receives daily assistance from a team of complementary health care providers, and friends who run errands, drive her to appointments and do tasks around the house. She also barters her spare room rent-free to a housemate in exchange for vital help. 

There is hope that will not only provide much needed financial relief for Sue Richards, but will extend to help others in the community as well. 

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Blog Guelph: Fresh Ideas

Happy Music Monday!  Today I admit to being engrossed in Ben Grossman.  Does improv mean you really have no idea of what you are doing?  I chose some photos from around Guelph to share while listening to a unique musical entity, from right in our own backyard.

Have you heard yet about Silence?  Ben is one of the powers behind Guelph’s new portal for adventurous new sound events that range from experimental, improvised, noise, ambient, installations, sound art, outside electronica, found objects, computer music, handmade music, post rock, psych, to freak music...

Ben Grossman is perhaps best known for the hurdy gurdy he is so often heard with. A busy musician: improviser, studio musician, composer, and programmer who works in many fields, from presenting shows, hosting radio programs and having played on over 80 CDs, soundtracks for film and television. He does sound design for theatre, installations, work designed for radio transmission, and live performances spanning early medieval music to experimental electronica.

If you are interested in exploring new ways of thinking, while enjoying amazing sounds, you can find out more about what Ben does, if you check out this video, filmed in nearby Waterloo.

And also note a call for participation: handmade music night!  In co-operation with kazoo! festival, silence will be hosting a handmade music night on Thursday, April 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 and would love you be a part of it.  The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend, but if you'd like to show your work, jam a little, or just want some table space to lay out your current project in search of help, please drop a note to [email protected]

Blog Guelph: Fresh Ideas

Danse Macabre by JohnnyBallgame
Danse Macabre, a photo by JohnnyBallgame on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Fresh Ideas

Love Your Mom by jenmcdougall
Love Your Mom, a photo by jenmcdougall on Flickr.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Blog Guelph: The Sun also Rises

Lighting the green, originally uploaded by @klawrenc.

An intense week of both delight and heartbreak makes a body realize a few things:

How damned lucky we are to live in a caring community.
That the sun actually does rise each day, even if we're not there to witness.
How fleeting life can be.

-Downtown Lynn

Blog Guelph: The Sun also Rises

Misty morning sunrise, originally uploaded by Rob Bowman.

Blog Guelph: The Sun also Rises

swamp sunrise 3, originally uploaded by Rob Bowman.

Blog Guelph: The Sun also Rises

Peaking Sun, originally uploaded by Royal_Rivers.

Blog Guelph: The Sun also Rises

Away from the Sun, originally uploaded by ICT_photo.

Blog Guelph: The Sun also Rises

Sunrise on Thanksgiving, originally uploaded by Ramita Kedia.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Blog Guelph: #72

#Kovach72 by downtownlynn
#Kovach72, a photo by downtownlynn on Flickr.

Article by Art Kigour.

CTV: Video, photography, and story coverage by CTV.

The Guelph Mercury: Thousands Pay Respect.

A silence, a prayer, a hug to those around us. Thankful, sad, and a deep farewell.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Blog Guelph: First Day of Spring!

Trillium Time by BunnySafari
Trillium Time, a photo by BunnySafari on Flickr.

Welcome Spring!!

After spending the last few days with that seasonal scourge known as 'the flu', I have decided to say goodbye to winter and those germs that accompanied it! Even as the sun is shining brightly off of the snow, I know it won't be long before the Blog Guelph Flickr page starts to fill with brightly coloured blooms.

These Trilliums were photographed in the middle of April of last year. That is only three weeks away.

Bunny Safari

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blog Guelph: I'm on the Guelph Culture Map. Are you?

kim - that's me! by @klawrenc
kim - that's me!, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.

Guelph Culture Map - a directory of Guelph’s arts, culture and heritage resources and assets - was officially launched during an event at River Run Centre this afternoon. Exciting!

I wasn't able to attend the event, but I was there in spirit, celebrating the availability of this great new resource. 

A City news release states that the site is "designed to connect the community to Guelph’s artists, creative entrepreneurs and enterprises, culture workers, events, cultural organizations, volunteers, creative spaces, venues and public art. The site can be used to strengthen networks and spur creative collaborations between individuals and organizations. It also lends visibility to cultural enterprises, links venues with practitioners, and helps Guelph’s creative economy to grow." 

I hope you'll take some time to explore the Guelph Culture Map. I've listed myself as a photographer exploring my creative talents through iPhoneography, sharing a growing collection of Guelph photos. Yup, that's me!

Interested in promoting your art, photography, music, creative expertise, or venue? Add yourself to the map! Create a free profile.

- Kim

Monday, March 18, 2013

Blog Guelph: Women Be Wise

Hats (Or Hair) & Eyes 38 by peterkelly
Hats (Or Hair) & Eyes 38, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.
Happy Music Monday!  Today I chose the photos to share while thinking of the Gayle Ackroyd album title, Women Be Wise.  Its from 2004, and I was surprised how rocking it sounded when we played a track of it this week on hoofbeats! radio yesterday morning.

Bonnie Raitt meets Sheryl Crow? Gayle Ackroyd is known for entertaining live shows that are a mix of cover songs and her original material, spanning a discography of 4 titles: Hard Luck Town, Anything But Blue, Women Be Wise, Give It All You Got.  An engaging bluesy roots music artist who has been hard to catch in Guelph with her guitar, Gayle will be performing this show with popular local musician, Scott Fitzpatrick.  Call 519-766-4663 to reserve at the advance ticket price $10.00 and guarantee your seats at Magnolia Cafe, a wonderful venue for food, live music and drinks. (Tickets at the door $15)
You can tune in to Royal City Rag on CFRU this Saturday, March 23rd at 9am to hear more from this local musical talent that you really ought to know!

Blog Guelph: Women Be Wise

Hats (Or Hair) & Eyes 47 by peterkelly
Hats (Or Hair) & Eyes 47, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Women Be Wise

Breast of Canada Launch and Avant Breast Auction Gals by Sue Richards
Breast of Canada Launch and Avant Breast Auction Gals, a photo by Sue Richards on Flickr.

This photo includes Auction Coordinator Jen Turnbull (left), Empress of Concept and Direction for Breast of Canada: Sue Richards, Celebrity Auctioneer/ Roger's First Local: Stacey Hare(right)
Photo By: Susan Bushell
To learn more check out a previous entry where Sue blogged some details at Blog Guelph.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Blog Guelph: End of the dock

End of the dock, originally uploaded by ICT_photo.

Even though it's snowing - again - I'm thinking about summer and particularly about getting out on the water - be it Guelph Lake or one of our lovely rivers.

Should you be a water baby, and are keen to try the sport of rowing, I can highly recommend joining The Guelph Rowing Club. The first registration date for 2013 is March 26 from 6.00 – 7.00PM.

Maybe I'll be lucky enough to blow this pop stand and visit a larger body of water when temperatures rise. In this case, did you know that all operators of recreational powered watercraft who operate within Canadian waters are required to have their Pleasure Craft Operator Card or Boat License, regardless of age, engine size, or length of boat? Well now you do!

Perhaps you're more of a canoehead? Check out the local river spring water flow details at the GRCA website before you set out.

Whatever floats your boat......

Blog Guellph: Boat Wrangler

Boat Wrangler, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

Blog Guelph: Reflections #2

Reflections #2, originally uploaded by gabe.toth.

Blog Guelph: Guelph Community Boating Club

Guelph Community Boating Club, originally uploaded by P.Freeman.

Blog Guelph: lining up

lining up, originally uploaded by D J England.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Blog Guelph: Blarney

Green Leaves On Black & White, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

Is it just me getting all curmudgeonly, or is the fun of St. Paddy's Day creeping into the annoying territory of the month-long Hallowe'en? No, it's not just the dressing up that I'm grousing about - that's 'ok' - but it now appears to be celebrated days before and even after the actual date.

Don't get me wrong, I love Guinness more than most, love a man with a decidedly Irish name, and am pleased to dance and make merry whatever the reason, but come on! My whinging self thinks that it detracts from the true fun to be had on a standout day. Surely an event shines a bit brighter by its singularity, and not when diffused by a week's worth of green plastic hats, barfing frosh and nary a leprechaun in sight?

Sigh. Nevermind me. I suppose since it falls on a Sunday and all...

Carry on with your fun then.
I'll probably be out there too.

-Downtown Lynn

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Blog Guelph: On a Sad Guelph Day

Untitled by Jeff Dalgleish
Untitled, a photo by Jeff Dalgleish on Flickr.

It has been a very sad day in our town with the passing of Jennifer Kovach, Ward 4 Councillor Gloria Kovach's daughter. A police officer, she died in the line of duty early this morning.  Like her mother, she was invested in making our community a safe, great place.  

It takes courage to make your home better - to be really out there making that difference we always talk about. 

She will be missed.

The public is invited to express their sympathy and condolences (click here).

~Aidan M.D. Ware

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Blog Guelph: SPRING!!!!!!!!!!

Snowdrops (Galanthus sp) by MizieB
Snowdrops (Galanthus sp), a photo by MizieB on Flickr.


Finally, the proof I have been waiting for, that spring is surely on its way. The lovely snowdrops, also known by their proper name of Galanthus. This image has made my day.

Time to search my yard for these flowers and do the dance of spring!

Bunny Safari

Monday, March 11, 2013

Blog Guelph: Treeflections

Treeflections by @klawrenc
Treeflections, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.
Today I have that Ian Reid lyric "the rain won't disappoint if it keeps on" running through my mind, so I thought I'd find some nifty, watery photos from around Guelph to share on this rainy Monday.

Have you heard Ian's recent album, Lucky Devil, yet? If not, my guess is you'd be able to snag an autographed copy if you were to visit Magnolia Cafe on Yarmouth St in Guelph on a Tuesday evening between 7-9pm. Ian's been hosting a weekly open mic at this warm and beautiful venue in recent weeks, where you can also grab something wonderful to eat.... but that opportunity doesn't happen til tomorrow.

So, for today, let's just enjoy the rain.

Blog Guelph: Watery Woods Walk

A walk in Wild Goose Woods by @klawrenc
A walk in Wild Goose Woods, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Blog Guelph: Bread and Roses

feminism, originally uploaded by Jay Morrison.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights"
Gloria Steinem

Since you asked.

"The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men."

There are as many reasons to recognize today, International Women's Day, as there are women and girls in the world.

For me, it's a day to drop our imposed boundaries and borders, and to come together.
To quell the ill will.
To address disparities, speak out against violence and oppression.
To shout out, jump up and down, celebrate.
To come together.
And collectively hope for change.

Sisterhood is a mighty powerful thing.

And to nip this quip in the bud:

-Downtown Lynn

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Blog Guelph: Shall We Gather

Moon, Fire & Ice by peterkelly
Moon, Fire & Ice, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

There was a meeting last night at City Hall on something called "placemaking." The meeting focused on the idea that we need to create a destination, an attraction, a deeper social retention in Guelph and particularly, in our downtown. All kinds of ideas were suggested from creating temporary turf pathways with potted trees to art installations to creative seating arrangements and "pop-up cafes" out on the street.

Since the presentation, I've been thinking about this idea of making a place. What is a place made of? Things or people? 

And how do you make a place? Can we all make a place?

There were plenty of examples in the presentation - everything from Cambridge to New York. Times Square was pointed out as a "placemaking" community space. 

Unfortunately, I think Guelph lost its Times Square in the last half century. 

Centralized, activated, public space is not something that was always valued in communities like Guelph. It is only now, decades down the economically-driven urban development road, that these spaces are being recognized again. Not purely for their community potential, but rather, for their opportunism - their capacity to create a more lustrous economy in city cores which are losing ground to outlying shopping malls.

The public meeting last night took place after a day of private consultations with business owners and some other specially invited groups. I'm not sure how I felt about that.

I do know that I believe everyone has a stake in this issue, not just specific people with specific interests, like money or audience. I mean, if the Historic Society had been consulted sixty years ago, we might still have our "Times Square." We might possibly have one of the most beautiful and magnificent communities in Ontario with a thriving economy. We might not have to be talking about "placemaking."

You can not predict from which sector, which group, which house, which society, or which income, your civic wisdom and vision is going to come. 

Sometimes the people that have the most interest have the least perspective. 

And it's important that as a community, we don't perceive these divisions of businesses / community / culture as real segregations. The optics should be sharply focused on communal collaboration rather than special groups.

Because it's only when we come together, outside of artificial or perceived boundaries and roles, that we are able to really connect with each other. This is where community building really happens - when you take off your hat and I take off mine, and we leave them at the door, as we step out to take a fresh look at the big picture together. That's called community. And that's how it's built.

So, shall we gather?

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

Blog Guelph: Shall We Gather

Cold Concert by peterkelly
Cold Concert, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Shall We Gather

Sledding Through Snow by peterkelly
Sledding Through Snow, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Blog Guelph: Make a Beeline for the Treeline

Treeline BW by Alan Norsworthy
Treeline BW, a photo by Alan Norsworthy on Flickr.

The sap is running in the maples, people are packing their bags and are preparing to migrate. It is time for us to get outside and head for the hills.

Make a beeline for the treeline!

Have a grand day!
Bunny Safari

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Blog Guelph: Great Guelphonography

image by [mazzi]
image, a photo by [mazzi] on Flickr.

I've chosen to share a couple of colourful, contrasty, phone photos by Angelo Mazziotti with you today. 

Angelo won 2nd prize in last year's Guelphonography contest for his phonetastic Church Lane shot. If you'd like to see more of his work, check out his instagram, his flickr, or follow @mazzzzzi on twitter.

- Kim 

Blog Guelph: Great Guelphonography

  by [mazzi]

, a photo by [mazzi] on Flickr.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Blog Guelph: barn yard with hoar frost

its still snowy and icy in Guelph, and i decided i would rather post some lovely photos of that today, instead of bringing you the "usual" Monday morning music feature.

Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Blog Guelph: Silvercreek Park

Silvercreek Park by City of Guelph
Silvercreek Park, a photo by City of Guelph on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Hanlon Creek Park

Hanlon Creek Park by City of Guelph
Hanlon Creek Park, a photo by City of Guelph on Flickr.

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.