The changing times have been a challenge to us and events have had to ‘pivot’ due to current circumstances. Check out this list of fall ‘happenings’ to help you ‘stay in touch’ with local art initiatives that remain a part of the Arts & Culture landscape in Guelph.

For all of the updates and a full breakdown of what’s on(line) in Guelph, visit

A national celebration of arts and culture, inviting the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. This year the celebrations have been extended beyond the traditional Culture Days weekend, to a more inclusive and interactive 4-week schedule of activities. Kicking off September 25th and running until October 25th, Culture Days invites everyone to participate in and show appreciation for arts and culture in their own communities and nationwide! Check out virtual and in-person Culture Days activities in Guelph.

The Guelph Film Festival is going ahead this year, but with a different look! This is a challenging time, and while we cannot be together in the ways we want to be, our stories are more important than ever. Guelph Film Festival (GFF) will be presenting their 2020 Festival online from November 6-14 2020, which will embody and explore our commitment to social justice, our environment, and community building. Guelph Film Festival (GFF) will also be presenting four exclusive live streaming events featuring panel discussions, short films, and exciting guests from around the world.

GFF believes that documentary film can be a catalyst for conversations about change in a time of crisis, as well as being an opportunity to learn and uplift. Full Festival Passes are now available on a sliding scale from $35-$75 (you choose your price point!). Each pass will allow you full access to all of the films On-Demand for the duration of the festival (9 days).

  • The Guelph Studio Tour. Online Oct 17-31

The Guelph studio tour will be held online this year from 17 October- 31 October. Browse our brand new website and explore our artists and their creations with over 6 different mediums represented.

Artwork and photo credit by Mary Karavos. www.karavosart

  • Silence Sounds: Upcoming events and scheduled programs and rentals

As of the end of August ‘Silence’ was ready to begin accepting rentals for small gatherings, rehearsals, classes, and recording sessions. They have developed a policy and procedures document which you can find here.

While the past several months have been difficult, and there seems to be an uphill journey ahead for them and venues like Silence, they are confident and determined to keep Silence running and  they appreciate all of your support in the coming months.

For more information on renting Silence in the coming months, please contact Scarlett at

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We are so excited to be able to once again be a place where folks come together in community and craft wonderful experiences. While we are not resuming our own programming in all the ways we wish we could, we are working on a few special projects and I hope you’ll stay tuned for those announcements.” – Executive Director Scarlett Raczycki


    Adapted from article written by Mike Baker. 

    Original Content courtesy of Guelph Arts Council, available via . Guelph Arts Council is a collaborative content partner of artsUNITE/UNITÉ des arts, as they provide a link and share information between artists and arts organizations and the community of Guelph, Ontario.

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    About the Author: Meagan Barnes

    Meagan is a content contributor and partnerships coordinator for artsUNITE/UNITÉ des arts. Prefers flora over fauna.

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