Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Weather or not, Merry Xmas

weather, weather !!!!
Photo by Liz

Seems strange having a warm, rainy green christmas but I'm ok with it, even though a white christmas would have been nice.

Wishing you a very merry christmas, whatever the weather.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Holidays - New Horizons rebroadcast 12-22-2014

We hope you have been tuning in to the New Horizons radio shows - especially to hear the recordings produced at CFRU's mobile studio - where senior's engage with and create media!

In today's episode, we replay the segment created over two taping days at Arbour Trails.  Here are more photos taken over those festive conversations:

all photos Ross Knechtel

You can find hours of listening in the archives at


Monday, December 15, 2014

Winter Holidays - New Horizons #21 12-15-2014

This week's Pure Guelphishness playlist worked well with the interviews recorded at Arbour Trails, don't you think? You'll hear music from Boreal in the segment posted above, along with comments, thoughts and memories about the season, from many seniors.

 The Playlist features Boreal, which is Jude Vadala, Katherine Wheatley and Tannis Slimmon, and their collection of songs to celebrate the coming of winter and the beauty of the snowy season.
Winter's Welcome, 3:48
Silence of the Snow, 3:15
Shovelling Snow, 4:56
So Much Snow, 2:48

Oops - there were a few recordings were we didn't have the audio hardware settings quite right.  Yes, we will try to have a manual of the board and of the software program available at the mobile studio.  Yes, CFRU often (re-)broadcasts the BBC.   No, we don't know exactly how much it would cost to "buy" CFRU in support of what we are doing here... but,


Thursday, December 11, 2014

This weekend: some festive things to do in Guelph, December 12-14

Skating in Market Square
Photo by Kim Lawrence

  1. Go skating in Market Square. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  2. Check out Sparkles in the Park. Nightly at Riverside Park (5:30-9:30 p.m.) from Saturday December 13 until Wednesday, December 31.
  3. Shop at the Hand Made Market. Local crafts, zines, silkscreen things, enamel mugs and other handmade treasures. Saturday, December 3 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at Silence, 46 Essex St.
  4. Go see St. Joseph's Festival of Trees. Stroll through the forest of over 50 delightfully decorated Christmas trees at River Run Centre and share the magic of the season. Until December 23.
  5. Stay Out of the Mall (XIII). See METZ, Weaves and Badminton Racquet at the eBar Friday December 12.
  6. Experience the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas at Deck the Halls. The Guelph Civic Museum’s first floor exhibition space has been transformed into a Victorian-era parlour using artefacts from the museum’s permanent collection. Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  7. Shop for unique gifts (and fresh food) at the Guelph Farmers' market. Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon. 
  8. Go walkin' in a winter wonderland. Trails along the river, at the Arboretum and in Preservation Park are beautiful when it's snowy. Take photos and share them on twitter with the #guelphonography hashtag. 
  9. Check out Christmas light displays. Take a tour through your neighbourhood and around the city. 

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Colourful captures by Flailchest

respond shattered quonset hut julia's rug woods

Some cool, colourful captures by one of my favourite Guelph photographers, Flailchest, also known as Andrew Beveridge. 

If you've never visited his photostream you really should... and STAT! His work is all that... inspiring, clever, dark, colourful, moody, playful and creative.

I truly love the way he sees.


Monday, December 08, 2014

Safety - New Horizons # 20? 12-08-2014

photos Ross Knechtel

Did you tune in to New Horizons on this morning at 9am?  I think we opened with a track from Quique Escamilla's album 500 Years of Night, that does not share any images of safety, and is dedicated to and in memory of all the forgotten, oppressed, abandoned, discriminated people...since the start of colonization of the continent.  For our safety episode, we start with Track 2, 5:24, Easy Prey/Presa Facil, which features trombone by Paul Tarrusov as well as guitars, bass, percussion and vocals from Quique Escamilla, who is also the songwriter and music composer.    "Free as a butterfly you go... I am regretting nothing, you've healed my illness of solitude."  Lulaworld Records, 2014.   

In the segment submitted from the mobile studio, we also hear Ross K sharing info from the Preventing Falls booklet from the Province of Ontario, and some thoughts on safety from Eleanor and Maryann.

Did we have time to play El Jinete (the horse rider)? a traditional, arrangement by Quique Escamilla, that mentions "at the distant mountain, there goes the horse rider, wandering around the world and wishing to find death... he loved he more than even life, but lost her forever... he's now wishing to find death."  ??"  Its true I am wondering how horse stories from a 61 yr old writer/rider might fit into today's "senior's radio content effort, and I hope you will stay tuned, ha.

Monday, December 01, 2014

What Does Volunteerism Mean To You? New Horizons Episode #19, 12-01-2014

do you think this is the view from the mobile studio?

You can volunteer for the health benefits and help society too... You do know that volunteering is said to improve the health of seniors, right?
I wanted to mention during today's show, that we are welcoming volunteers to the New Horizons show team. The show promotes seniors and tackles issues effecting older adults. If you are interested or curious, simply email kim(at)
Research suggests that active volunteers report (compared to others the same age), improvements in mental health and physical functioning, and a delay of the onset of age-related health problems. Volunteers also report higher self-esteem and more connectivity with other people.  Some other findings of the studies included:
> a lower risk of depression
> fewer physical limitations
> increases in physical activity
> more engagement in the community
> an increase in friends
> feeling life is improving
> improvements in memory

From CFRU's mobile studio for this week's program we bring you another interview with Marg, a senior who is known for her many volunteer contributions! She's not just the Chairwoman of the Advisory Committee for the GWSA's Community Support Services division, Marg was instrumental in the development of the GWSA's Feeling Better Eat Well Nutrition Program, that launched in 1999 and she has continued to support the Program by facilitating a twice monthly Diabetes Support Group. Marg is also a member of the GWSA's Board of Directors, and Advocacy, Governance and Human Resources Management Committees. She has also received a number of significant awards in recognition of her professional and volunteer work for her leadership with several health, culture based, academic and geriatric service providers.

You will also hear from a City employee, who recruits and supports volunteers with the City of Guelph, which offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for students, adults and seniors. You can get involved in programs, special events or parks programs. Whether you would like to utilize your special skills, explore career choices, meet new people or become a valuable member of a volunteer team, we offer volunteer opportunities, short-term or long-term commitments in a variety of areas throughout the year. Also, the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre welcomes any individuals interested in getting involved and becoming a volunteer. Volunteer information meetings are held on a regular basis. For more information on all of this, Ross Coulter was in discussion with Becky MacDonald, Volunteer Coordinator who can be reached at 519-823-1291, extension 2096.

The Pure Guelphishness Music Playlist

all photos Ross Knechtel

Since the New Horizons episode today is all about Volunteerism, and how volunteering can be good for you! When I first got started at a volunteer as CFRU radio, I started a horse talk program. I remember clearly to this day, how the very first interview guest said how he looks at the relationship between rider and horse. He doesn't see it as an employer-employee relationship, he thinks of the horse as a volunteer "because if he doesn't want to do something, he won't." Next on today's show I want to play a song about two wonderful horse volunteers, Bonnie and May. This is the first track on the newly released Half My Heart, by Alison Lupton. She's almost local! Isn't it sweet to know she was named "Musician-in-Residence at the McDougall Cottage in Cambridge, ON? This tune features, I think, Guelph's own Nik Tjelios on backing vocal! As well, it seems like he was involved in recording it at Pipe Street Studio and Monastereo in Guelph. This track also features bass by acclaimed player Denis Rondeau, guitar by a veteran of the Canadian folk scene Ian Bell, fiddle from Grand North American Campion Shane Cook and mandolin by CCBA's player of the year. Enjoy!

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.