Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blog Guelph: Ooh, Scary!

Ooh, Scary! by BunnySafari
Ooh, Scary!, a photo by BunnySafari on Flickr.

Are you ready? Do you live on a street with the spookiest house? It is that 'dreaded' time of year when the wee ones knock on your door begging for more sugar!!!! That in itself is enough to send me running away!

One year I gave out colourful pads of paper bought from a downtown business, the funds of those sales went to Women In Crisis. Some kids were excited, others not so much. Another year I made clay magnets and pendants and handed them out. This year I didn't buy chocolate (because I would eat them!) but decided on some orange fish crackers. Boring, I know.

If your pumpkin survives being part of the neighbourhood pumpkin toss, why not take it to be enjoyed for another night at the Two Rivers Neighbourhood Group Pumpkin Parade at Lyon Park. Here is the spot for more details;

Bunny Safari

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blog Guelph: It's National Cat Day!

kenzie by @klawrenc
kenzie, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.

I think cats are awesome so jumped on the chance to share some photos in honour of National Cat Day

This day was founded in 2005 "to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us."

With two rescues of my own - Kenzie and Nyx - I can definitely attest to unconditional love and companionship. I adopted them almost 6 and a half years ago from a local rescue group called Barlees Angels. What's cool is their kitten photos are still on Barlees' website in the adopted section. Check out the kitteny cuteness of Kenzie (formerly known as Bianca) and Nyx (formerly known as Roxy). 

I'm glad i'm able to give two cats a safe and loving home. Sadly, that's not the case for all too many cats. Yesterday the Guelph Mercury reported that "the Guelph Humane Society is constantly near capacity, often housing sick and/or injured animals, a reflection of poor pet ownership practices and overpopulation" and that this week, National and local animal welfare agencies are meeting in Guelph to "take a hard look at the endemic cat overpopulation problem." Refer to Cat overpopulation being tackled by think-tank in Guelph for more detail.
"As humans we need love... period. In every heart... there is an empty space. In every shelter there is love... just waiting to fill it." - Colleen Paige, founder of National Cat Day
If you have space in your heart and your home, please consider adopting a homeless cat from the Guelph Humane Society or other local rescue group.
- Kim

Blog Guelph: It's National Cat Day!

Seamus by peterkelly
Seamus, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: It's National Cat Day!

Nyx by @klawrenc
Nyx, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: It's National Cat Day!

Stacked by JohnnyBallgame
Stacked, a photo by JohnnyBallgame on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: It's National Cat Day!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Blog Guelph: The Sun Song

Menopausal Tulips by Sue Richards
Menopausal Tulips, a photo by Sue Richards on Flickr.

I wanted to bring you a photo this time with the beauty of the sun. I didn't have time during the Pure Guelphishness playlist this morning to do any translating or tell you much about the artist, but a picture is worth a thousand words right?

We played four tracks from Louisa Krátká - Louisa is both a popular and classical violinist, vocalist and multi-disciplinary artist whose music education and artistic development have taken both formal and experiential routes. She studied classical (Western) violin, beginning with the Suzuki method and eventually completing a Gr. 9 Royal Conservatory of Music certificate. Louisa has collaborated musically with poets, dancers and other musician in various venues and events, such as the Guelph Jazz Festival, Halifax Fringe Festival, the Pearl Company, Hamilton. Louisa regularly sings with the Ondine Chorus (Shannon Kingsbury & Sue Smith) and has played in indie bands.

Louisa is currently working on an album of original lullabies and songs written and sung in her native Czech language. She also teaches at Long & McQuade Guelph with a a teaching approach that is student-centered, focuses on body awareness, student's motivation and goals, music theory as it comes up, and having fun! 

My favourite was the last one, from her reverb nation site, which is also the title of today's post.

The PureGuelphishness Playlist (on hoofbeats radio on
9:34 an improvised, meditative tune with Geo Rutkay on Russian Gusli, and Louisa on violin and the occasional bird to keep it real (from the facebook page)
9:40 S bohem a Šáteček
9:43 Písen o Námořničce
9:46 Sluníčko Hřej (The Sun Song)

- Enjoy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blog Guelph: Drifting


I do apologize for missing some days here on BlogGuelph. I had some 'issues' with the format changes over on Flickr and must have drifted off when I was prompted to follow some new directions. Alas, all is well.

Last night, a fundraiser and celebration of the BlogGuelph originator, Ms Sue Richards, was organized here in our caring and amazing community. By all accounts it was a night to remember. I was there in spirit and am sad I missed it. Perhaps we will post some images from that magical evening. If you were there, please post your images to BlogGuelph over on Flickr.

Here is hoping that Sue has been feeling the love and positive energy sent her way by all those who know and love her from far and wide.

Bunny Safari

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Blog Guelph: The pumpkin patch

The Patch [Explore] by Karyn Stepien Photography

Halloween's almost upon us. Have you picked a pumpkin yet?.. from the patch or anywhere else pumpkins are available? I might this weekend. If I have time. First i need to decide on a costume for Saturday night. I'd also like to paint a halloween-themed piece at Pottery To Go's Halloween Event (October 26 and 27 at Creativity Greenhouse). A Frankenstein mug perhaps. 

As for pumpkins, here are some cool carving ideas from Mashable. If I do find time to carve one for sure it'll be one of these.
Happy Halloween weekend! 

- Kim

Blog Guelph: The pumpkin patch

Blog Guelph: The pumpkin patch

Pumpkin Bug by peterkelly
Pumpkin Bug, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Blog Guelph: Songs for Sue

DSC_0316 by downtownlynn
DSC_0316, a photo by downtownlynn on Flickr.
Happy Music Monday! You know what event you are supporting for Tuesday, right?

Today's Pure Guelphishness playlist on hoofbeats! radio features Mike Sharp. You can listen back at, by finding hoofbeats in the schedule and selecting from the archive.

You will hear how Mike Sharp has been writing songs for thirty years and finally recorded some in 2007. We aired several songs from his record June, that consists of 10 tracks with themes of upheavel, loss and redemption.

The words are important, but a song needs melody and rhythm, to convey the meaning to the fullest. Credits include Nathan Lawr, Mike Ostler, Stephen Fearing, Jessy Bell Smith, Drew McIvor, Nick Craine, Joel Hunt, and Andrew McPherson, as well as Nik Tjelios and Scott Merritt. The contributors to this recording are among the finest in Guelph, and that is to say, in Canada!

Mike and others including Tannis Slimmon, Jessy Bell Smith, Nick Craine will perform at the Harry Manx concert tomorrow, in benefit of Sue Richards, because Parksinson's sucks and we all love to sing.  I will see you there!

The complete playlist:
931:00 Driving Lullabye, Mike Sharp, June, 2007, indie
935:54 June
9:44:00 This Song
947:40 Carpenter
953:18 Still Here
9:57 All The Anger


Thursday, October 17, 2013

guelPhonography Meet and Greet: Thursday, October 24 at Atmosphere Cafe

Join the guelPhonography organizers, lead sponsors, guelPhonographers and friends for a Meet and Greet on Thursday, October 24, 8:30-10:30 p.m. at Atmosphere Cafe + Etc.

If you haven't had a chance to see the exhibit yet, would like to see it again, or are interested in networking with fellow phoneographers, here's your chance!

RSVP at so we can ensure there's enough food for everybody.

For information about guelphonography or to view a slideshow of this year's winning photos visit

Hope to see you next Thursday!

- Kim

Monday, October 07, 2013

Blog Guelph: Look Where You Want To Go

Admiring by Good Noise
Admiring, a photo by Good Noise on Flickr.
Happy Monday! Did you notice we rebroadcast an episode of hoofbeats this morning instead of programming a fresh Pure Guelphishness playlist for you? The horse talk radio show where Tannis Slimmon guested is a beauty worth hearing that's for sure.

The picture today is of the beautiful Hogdson sisters at Hillside this year. One of them is a bass player I recognize from Toronto days and the other is a partner of talented musical local I will tell you about at another time. I hadn't known they or recognized they were sisters until the official introduction as they were singing together.  I think the picture suits the theme of today's post. "Look where you want to go."

I was apprenticing this morning during a leadership workshop, using horses.  Look where you want to go is one of the things I found myself suggesting to a participant, leading a horse for their first time.  It's so true, in all aspects of horsemanship - driving, riding or even hand walking, if you look where you want to go, the horses will usually volunteer to support you in reaching the envisioned destination.

I am thinking today, how true the lesson rings in all aspects of life as well. And, I am trying to look where I want to go.  Are you?

- Enjoy! Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Friday, October 04, 2013

Songs for Sue, October 22

Greetings from the mad mad rush,

We're having a celebration of Sue Richards at Dublin Street United Church on October 22.

As you can see, this will be a knockout show with the generous contributions of stellar musicians and, of course, surrounded by a Guelph-specific brand of love.

This night of song will also have the happy result of benefitting Sue financially, as is desperately needed. In this way, we seek to cushion her daily blows.

Please see the Facebook event page for ongoing tidbits of interest.
Please purchase a ticket in person at The Bookshelf or online at Ticket Scene.

Please come.
It will be one helluva happy hootenanny.

-Downtown Lynn

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Blog Guelph: Silvercreek woods - Variations of Fall

Guelph Greetings!

This stunning image is a reminder how fleeting this beautiful weather is. Nature is calling and I must dash, to spend more time outside!!!

Bunny Safari

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Blog Guelph: guelPhonography - the top 20 of twenty-thirteen

guelPhonography: Redialled opened to a packed house on September 27 at Ed Video Media Arts Centre. We gathered to celebrate the top 20 phoneographers - winners of the 2nd annual guelPhonography contest - and showcase their work. We also revealed the top three:
1st - Chris Borak 
2nd - Jen Thorne, and
3rd - Heather Watterworth
This morning the exhibit moved to Atmosphere Cafe where it will remain until the end of November. 

Photos were printed by lead sponsor, Photo Media Decor, on a variety of mediums including aluminum, acrylic and wood and they look fantastic! New this year - the top three photos are being displayed until the end of October on Intrigue Media's TVs which are located at a number of local businesses. Pretty cool, huh?

Now what?

  1. Check out the exhibit at Atmosphere. Meet and greet the guelPhonography team and phoneographers there on October 24 at 8:30 pm.
  2. Share your phone photos tagged with #im and #guelphonography to be eligible to have them posted on Intrigue Media's TVs.  
  3. View all the contest entries in the gallery on
  4. Follow @guelphonography on twitter for phoneography news and tips, and great guelph photos
  5. Tweet your phone photos @guelphonography. We love seeing Guelph photos taken on phones.
  6. Share your photos in the guelphonography flickr group for a chance to have them featured here, on Blog Guelph.

We're really grateful for the generosity of our sponsors who contributed services, refreshments for opening night and wonderful prizes for the top three, and... 

We hope to be able to do it all again in 2014!

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.