Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blog Guelph: This weekend in Guelph

The corner of Carden and Wilson, by Kim Lawrence

I'm working on my wanna-see/go/do list for the weekend and here's how it's looking so far. 

Missing Wednesday

According to their bio, Missing Wednesday formed in Guelph in the mid-eighties and "sounds like Foo Fighters, Finger Eleven, Colin James, Chickenfoot, and Treblecharger." They're playing Friday May 30 at 9 p.m. at Red Papaya.

Guelph Dance Festival

This annual event started today and continues throughout the weekend. At the very least I hope to check out the Dance Market on Saturday in Market Square and see one of the performances in Exhibition Park. The full schedule of events is available on

Painting on the Green

Arts and crafts vendors in Old Quebec Street Mall Friday May 30 to Sunday June 1. Not sure why it's called "on the Green" when it's in a mall, but anyway, learn more about this event on

Guelph Farmers' Market

Over the past year or so I've only missed going a couple of Saturdays. Love the great selection of fresh produce. And it's hard to resist Fengs tofu mushroom dumplings... so tasty! Open 7 a.m. to 12 noon. For a list of vendors see

If you have any other recommendations leave a comment below. Have a great weekend! 

- Kim

Monday, May 26, 2014

Blog Guelph: Unspeakable Beauty

Did you catch any of the powerful playing of our very own Michael Mucci, during the Pure Guelphishness music playlist on hoofbeats radio this morning 9-10am?  We aired, The View from Here, The Culpirts and April L'ochi Pt.1. from the album Time Lost.  

It is definitely worth finding enough of a chance to check out his beautiful finger picking solo guitar stylings.

Many of us will remember the radio show Songs From The Tall House, which he hosted for a long while at CFRU bringing a very ecclectic, experimental collection of sounds to the airwaves... but those memories do not prepare one for the lovely, pleasant listening that awaits when you check out this local artist's work.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Blog Guelph: Seniors' Stories

Doesn't this old structure look as though it has stories to tell? I am thinking a lot lately how wonderful it would be to connect with seniors groups and venues in our community to record stories and topics of interest.  Today I wanted to mention that our revered campus/community station CFRU is underway with getting off-site...

Did you read the news in the CFRU volunteer news?   "CFRU is building a Mobile station (yay!). This means that we will now be able to come to individuals who may currently not be able to access the station. If you are interested in helping out with this no experience is required and you can pitch in as much or as little as you would like. For more info please message Operations Coordinator Steve Mason at [email protected] for more info!"

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Blog Guelph: Family Photos opens Friday at the eBar

brick redux
brick redux, by Flailchest on flickr

I've been following Andrew Beveridge on flickr for a while, where he's known as Flailchest. His photos intrigue and inspire me. Simply put, I like LOVE the way he sees.

Recently I learned that Andrew and his two daughters, Hannah Ward-Beveridge and Claire Ward-Beveridge, have a photography exhibit opening this week in Guelph. 

"Family Photos" opens at the eBar at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 16.

I hope to attend the opening and if you're available between 7-10 Friday night you should too.

In the meantime check out more of Andrew's photos on flickr.

- Kim

spring rain
spring rain, by Flailchest on flickr absolute again
absolute again, by Flailchest on flickr
downspout 1
downspout1, by Flailchest on flickr

Monday, May 12, 2014

Blog Guelph: More Magic Right Next Door

Once again, on hoofbeats radio there was more horse talk than Pure Guelphishness playlist.  So, instead choosing a picture based on the listing of tunes played, an upcoming event is the inspiration.

'The Cape' Album Release in our town!

Sarah Jane Scouten is back in Guelph with a four piece stringband and a new record!
with guests  THE GREG DENTON PROBABLE CAUSE ACOUSTIC TRIO (Ben Alles on banjo, Jesse Turton on upright bass, and Allanah P on vocals).  Show starts at 7:30 PM, $10
Thursday May 22nd
88 Yarmouth Street

“I like her songs, each one has a great line or two that jump out and slap you in the face. She can do funny and she can do sad, there’s just something special in her stanzas... Picture a feisty 12 year old Tom boy in a dress gripping a sling shot.”        - C.R. Avery

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Blog Guelph: It's lost pet season again

Basking, a photo by Peter Kelly on Flickr.  

Lost pet posters are started to appear around Guelph again so I wanted to draw your attention to some common sense tips and information from the City of Guelph's website about keeping your cat or dog safe.
  • Keeping cats safe. Did you know that the average life expectancy of cats allowed to roam freely outside is just 2-5 years? In contrast, indoor cats live an average of 12.5 years. Cats permitted outside face many risks including traffic, disease, abuse, other animals, and becoming lost. Roaming cats can also impact the local wildlife population, especially birds. 
  • Fireworks can spook your pet. It's almost Victoria Day weekend - a time when many pets get spooked by the sound of fireworks and run away. It's best to keep cats and dogs home indoors in a safe place over the holiday weekend.
  • Loss prevention. Tips for keeping your pets safe.
  • 10 good reasons to leash your dog. Leashed dogs are rarely hit by cars or get into fights with other animals. 
  • Lost pet recovery 101. According to the Ontario SPCA "more than 10 million pets go missing in North America and more than 75 percent never return home.The simple truth is that it only takes an instant for a pet to go missing – a door or gate left open, a car accident, or one of many other unforeseen events. Thankfully, you can help protect your pets by understanding lost pet behaviour, effective search tactics and critical loss prevention techniques."
  • Summer time dangers. Precautions for keeping your pets happy, healthy and safe during the hot summer months. Remember to NEVER leave a pet alone in a vehicle, even in the shade. Pets left in cars, or other unventilated areas, or tied in the sun, are susceptible to heat stroke. 
  • Cottage safety for your pet. The cottage setting is very different from the urban setting and there are many safety concerns for your pet. Know the risks and learn more about safety precautions to prepare for a season at the cottage.
In the event your pet does go missing here some online resources where you can post notices, make inquiries, and/or look for sightings or"found" information.
Please do your utmost to keep your pets safe. Thanks!

- Kim

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

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