Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blog Guelph: Hillside... wish I'd had a weekend pass!

Sonic Titan
Misfit  Ribbon Party
Hillside 2013  Panda And Panda Head
Diamond Reception
Photos by Peter Kelly

As I look through the growing collection of photos on flickr I realize just how much Hillside I missed by not having a weekend pass this year. I sure had a great time Friday night though!

Even if you were there all weekend, I bet you didn't get around to seeing everything. Maybe the links below will fill in a few holes.

Kudos to the organizers, vendors, performers, volunteers and everyone else involved in this successful 30th anniversary event.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Blog Guelph: Hillside Magic

Did you have a happy Hillside?

As always, amid chairs, tarps, coolers, tents, blankets and drum circles, Hillside offered an amazingly enjoyable musical line-up. Along with affordable, delicious, easy to find vegetarian food and a relaxed and respectful attitude towards audience behaviour and which fosters a uniquely communal and genteel vibe.

I mentioned that the festival also boasts an eclectic line-up from celebrated singer songwriters, to bluegrass, to country and hip-hop heavyweights, to spoken word and indie to art-rock elite, right?

This Music Monday, instead of a Pure Guelphishness playlist featuring just one musician, I just wanted to remind you to plan your next year's vacation around our local festival. There's only 362 sleeps to the next one... and you don't want to miss such magic.

Did you notice that this year, there was even a rainbow, as this picture is intended to remind you?!

- Enjoy!
Kim Logue-like Vogue

Friday, July 26, 2013

Hillside Festival turns 30!

Muddy Feet, I, originally uploaded by stephanie.keating.

Today is beautiful, but bring your wellies, it's going to be another mudbath by the looks of the impending weather...

And hey, tag your Hillside pics with Blog Guelph, so that we can share the gorgeous spectacle all next week.

Happy Hillside all!

-Downtown Lynn, on the island

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blog Guelph: Two More Sleeps

Twinkly Eyes by BunnySafari
Twinkly Eyes, a photo by BunnySafari on Flickr.

Two more sleeps til we celebrate the gathering of the clans for the 30th year of the Hillside Festival. Time to get your sleep now because there is so much to see and do this weekend.

I have many fond memories from the last twenty years or so that I have been a organizer, performer and patron. Hats off to the people for having the idea in the first place!

Here is the official place to go for more information;

Happy Hillside!
Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: Two More Sleeps

Blog Guelph: Two More Sleeps

Monday, July 22, 2013

Blog Guelph: So Much to Discover

Woodland trail by Margaret Bourne
Woodland trail, a photo by Margaret Bourne on Flickr.
This photo serves as a reminder of what a luscious, intriguing place we share. It is a locale rich in musical talent as well, and today's Music Monday feature is another trail blazer you should explore.

Nathan Lawr's band the Minatours has released a new album this year, and I encourage you to give a listen to his Canadian Indie Afro-beat band.  Do you love the horns as much as I do? Nathan himself plays drums, keys, vocals and more on this album...

The full Pure Guelphishness (on CFRU, at 9-9:30am) playlist:
"We Go Down" The Heart Beats A Waltz
"It Had To Be You" The Heart Beats A Waltz
"What You Lie To Me" The Heart Beats A Waltz
"Bury Me Blues" Secret Carpenter
"New Believers" New Believers, 2013
"Make Some Noise" New Believers
"Barking at Your Door" Live at CBC, 2004
"Swimming Like A Needle in the Haystack of the Sea" A Sea of Tiny Lights

-- Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Blog Guelph: Lush

Bladder Campion by D J England
Bladder Campion, a photo by D J England on Flickr.

Good Morning!

Isn't summer fantastic? Gazing at this image made me feel cool and relaxed. I hope it does for you too.

Stay cool, stay calm and think back to the cold howling winds of February.....

Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: The buzz about bees

I used to be afraid of bees. 

Growing up in the country I learned to appreciate nature - including insects - but a childhood incident left me scared of bees. One summer day I was walking with my brother, Bruce, and a couple of friends in a valley at the back of our property. Bruce and Angela walked on a log; Robert and I on the ground beside them. Suddenly a swarm of bees emerged from the log and Robert and I received multiple stings. It was a frightening experience but fortunately neither of us were allergic. We healed quickly from the stings, but it took a while to get over the fear.

Now, like many others, I'm concerned about the future of bees.

A variety of sources state that the bee population in Canada has dropped by an estimated 35 percent over the past three years, and that pesticides containing neonicotinoids may be to blame.

I was alarmed and saddened to read early in July that over 30 million bees had been found dead in Elmwood, Ontario. Shortly thereafter it hit home - the Guelph Mercury published an opinion piece about the sudden death of Guelph-area bees - "49 of 50 hives... were wiped out over a couple of days after an adjacent field of soybeans was planted using seed coated in a neonicotinoid pesticide."

Why are bees so important? 

According to Wikipedia "Bees play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and are the major type of pollinator in ecosystems that contain flowering plants. Bees either focus on gathering nectar or on gathering pollen depending on demand, especially in social species.... It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees, especially the domesticated European honey bee."

Notable news... maybe there's hope.

In April, Europe banned neonicotinoid pesticides - 'Victory for bees' as European Union bans neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for destroying bee population. (Source: The UK Independent).

Hopefully Canada will follow suit, although I wish it was sooner rather than later. I've read that critics want Canada to follow Europe's lead, and recently it was announced in Ontario that a group of experts will be exploring the possible pesticide link to dead honey bees (Source: Guelph Mercury).

How can you help?

  1. Learn more about the issue. Google "declining bee population in Canada" nets more than three million results.
  2. Create a pollinator garden. Pollination Guelph is a great resource. Information is also available from the City of Guelph's website.
  3. Sign Elizabeth May's online petition to ban the use of neonicotinoids in Canada. To date 16,985 have signed. Another option is to download it, collect signatures and mail it in.
- Kim

Monday, July 15, 2013

Blog Guelph: Beautiful Horses

You're not alone if you love to just see horses in the landscape.

Blog Guelph: Beautiful Horses

Ashgrove Horses by Krista Kruger
Ashgrove Horses, a photo by Krista Kruger on Flickr.
The Music Monday feature for today is Tannis Slimmon! Because she is a horse lover, here are some lovely equine views for you today, to inspire you to hear her fine music...

“A breathtaking vocalist with a bright, angelic disposition, Slimmon is a favourite folk attraction whose harmonies are as warm as her smile”  – Exclaim (Oct/07)

Did you know you can find Tannis’ name on over 75 albums, contributing songs or singing harmonies for others?  Her own music can be heard on public and college radio across North America, and she performs at folk clubs, festivals and community centres across Canada.  You may want to check out her upcoming performance this weekend at Home County Festival in London, ON.

Today's Pure Guelphishness Playlist (9:27am-10:00) on

"Skylark" Different Stories, 1992
"Different Stories" Different Stories
"Underground Railroad" Lucky Blue 2008
"Our Time Now" Lucky Blue
"If All The People" She, She & She 1995
"Sekou" In & Out of Harmony 2013
"In & Out of Harmony" In & Out of Harmony

By the way, you’re welcome to a free download of her song, recently nominated for an Independent Music Award in the Story Song category:  Get it here in exchange for a ‘like’ on Facebook!

-- Enjoy
Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Friday, July 12, 2013

Blog Guelph: art on the street tomorrow

Street Legs, originally uploaded by MRA TOO.

I'm especially excited about this year's event.
It's the first time in 8 years that I don't have to whiz by all the art, fevered with heat and the intensity of organizing the chaos.

This is the 11th rendition of the open-air arts exhibition and sale, highlighting the cream of the regional art crop. This year sees the inaugural Children's Art Festival too.

Come out and see it all unfold tomorrow on Quebec Street. 10am until 5pm.

Good times

-Downtown Lynn

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Blog Guelph: Floodography

1912_galt by Grand River Conservation Authority
1912_galt, a photo by Grand River Conservation Authority on Flickr. This flood also affected Paris and Guelph.
The incredible flood photos and videos taken yesterday in Toronto seemed almost surreal didn't they? Manhole covers rising and geisers spewing forth, the flooded GO train with a watersnake inside (yikes!), not to mention the craziness on the Don Valley Parkway. Environment Canada had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Guelph and we braced ourselves for Toronto-like weather but were spared for the most part.

Today the City of Guelph issued a news release stating that "The banks of the Speed and Eramosa rivers are overflowing near Royal City Park and Silvercreek Park. Residents are asked to use caution when near creeks, streams, and rivers. Please keep pets leashed and away from river banks."

No doubt some residents experienced leaky roofs or flooded basements. I experienced neither and I'm grateful for that.

The photos I've selected are from the early 1900s. If you're interested in seeing more historic photos of floods in Guelph here are a couple of resources:
  1. Guelph Museums' Collection Database
  2. Guelph Public Library's Photo database 
And if you took any cool photos during last night's crazy rain - or in the aftermath - share links in the comments below or tweet to @blogguelph!

- Kim

Blog Guelph: Floodography

Blog Guelph: Floodography

Monday, July 08, 2013

Blog Guelph: Splish Splash

Hillside: Splish Splash by rbhamjee
Hillside: Splish Splash, a photo by rbhamjee on Flickr.
I'm afraid that the usual "Pure Guelphishness" local Music Monday feature/playlist for today, has been rained out.

Have you been thinking about singing in the rain? Here is one little rain photo to inspire song in you.

-- Enjoy
Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Blog Guelph: Fountains of Fun

Market Square by @klawrenc
Market Square, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.

Fountains of fun in front of City Hall. Try it.

Bunny Safari

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

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.