Guelph, ON, June 12th – Returning for its 15th year, Art on the Street organizers are pleased to announce its 2017 exhibitor list for the Saturday, June 24th show. Guelph’s leading art fair will showcase an array of original work and exciting projects from nearly 100 established and emerging artists.
Starting at 10am, visitors can walk this open-air art gallery in the beautiful and historic setting of Quebec Street. Ceramics, jewellery, acrylic paintings, photography, textiles and much more will be on display, accompanied by the artists who made them.
Each year the organizers choose a local artist to contribute a piece of their work and become the event’s ‘poster artist’. This year, collaborative artists and longtime Art on the Street exhibitors Kiel and Amanda Wilson-Ciocci (KIAM) produced a special piece featuring Quebec Street as the subject. Amanda said “Art on the Street is one of our favourite shows of the year. We are honoured to be part of such a creatively rich event in our own hometown and look forward to showing off some of our newest work coming out of the studio”.
For those with young children, St George’s Square will be transformed into the Children’s Arts Festival. As usual, it’s all about the kids making the art. Join the Children’s Art Factory, Guelph School of Art, Play with Clay, the Guelph Public Library and the Suzuki String School of Guelph as they fill the space with creative activities.
*NEW FOR 2017* Bring your allowance! A Mini Makers Market featuring kids selling their wares will appear in front of Old Quebec Street Shoppes. The Children’s Art Factory is making 10 cute little stands where the younger consumer can buy anything from handmade fidget spinners to balloon animals.
Find food on the street too as Canadian restaurant Miijidaa and vegan eatery Boon Burger bring a selection of quick and easy bites outside. They will be joined by Downtown Guelph’s favourite food truck the Street Food Truck, as well as ice cream served from an Airstream by Bluewater Creamery. The Capistrano Café is the best spot to eat lunch whilst watching the kids play. There are numerous Downtown restaurants and diners ready to serve up a variety of delicious food.
Art on the Street is a free event which welcomes art lovers of all ages, and is co-hosted by the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) and Guelph Arts Council (GAC). To keep up to date on all the fun things happening during the event, please visit our Facebook event page.
Art in the Shops
Monday June 19 through Friday June 23rd
As an exciting preview to Art on the Street, the Downtown Guelph Business Association has paired participating artists with downtown venues for a preview of selected artwork prior to the event. Art in the Shops creates a superb opportunity for businesses beyond Quebec Street to get involved. See www.downtownguelph.com for the listing.
Art Around Town
Visitors to Art on the Street are invited to attend other creative events happening throughout Downtown Guelph on Saturday June 24.
10 Carden Street, 10carden.ca
Indigenous Art Show, features works from indigenous visual artists. 10am – 5pm.
Overzealous, a juried show featuring artists from Guelph, Fergus and Oakville. 10am – 5pm.
Capistrano Bistro & Espresso Bar
St George’s Square
Floral watercolours from local artist Victoria Kinlin-Hynes. 9am – 5pm.
The Boardroom Games Cafe
99 Wyndham St. N, theboardroomguelph.ca
Featuring multimedia artwork from Samantha Wey, illustrations from Garth Laidlaw, indigenous art by Peter Howlett and abstract work from Bonita Silver. 12pm till late.
Royal City Church and The Life Centre
50 Quebec Street, royalcitychurch.on.ca
Presenting The Art Within, featuring amateur artists, local musicians and refreshments. 10am – 5pm
Old Quebec Street Shoppes
55 Wyndham Street N., oldquebecstreet.com
Visit the Mini Makers Market to find kids selling their wares from cute lemonade stands. Also featuring an interactive chalk station. 10am – 5pm.
Red Brick Café
8 Douglas Street, redbrickcafe.ca
Titled ‘Suspension’, artist Roz Hermant explores and interprets the idea of suspension in her dreamy, aquatic and surrealistic photographs. 8am – 11pm.
Wednesday, June 14th is World Blood Donor Day, and Canadian Blood Services has a goal of 32 blood donations in Guelph that day! You can help by booking an appointment to donate blood on June 14th!
- Individual: 1-888-2DONATE / blood.ca
- Group of 3+ individuals who want to donate together: firstname.lastname@example.org / 519-884-5646 x4883
The Guelph Blood Donor Clinic is located at 130 Silvercreek Pkwy, N, Guelph and it’s open on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Improved customer service!
Guelph, Ont., May 26, 2017 – Guelph Transit is excited to announce a number of new and exciting initiatives!
“Guelph Transit continually is looking for opportunities to provide our customers with the very best in customer service, customer amenities and community engagement,” says Mike Spicer, general manager for Guelph Transit. “Our goal is to provide the very best service where and when you need us most, and help you get to the places and events that matter to you. These latest changes are designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our service, and encourage our community to make transit one of the ways of travelling in Guelph!”
Mobility service improvements
Effective Thursday, June 1, residents who are eligible for Mobility Service will have a new option to receive automated telephone calls that will provide a reminder for their pre-booked trip.
Look for an information letter that Guelph Transit will send out to all registered Mobility customers in the next few weeks explaining the new service and asking customers if they would like to opt-in for this great new service.
“One of the benefits of this service is the option to receive an automated call 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up,” explains Spicer. “If the bus is running a bit head or behind schedule the 15 minute call ensures that customers have the time needed to be ready before the bus arrives.”
Other automated calls include trip confirmation (received after a trip is booked through the mobility office) and one day prior notification (a call one day prior to your scheduled pick-up).
September route changes
As a result of the community outreach and feedback received in April on the proposed September route realignment, Guelph Transit made several adjustments to the overall transit system. These changes, along with all proposed routes, will be presented to the City’s Committee of the Whole on June 6.
The route realignment will help alleviate some of the concerns faced by the current system: nearly empty buses in some areas, overloaded buses in other areas, and buses running chronically behind schedule on several routes. It will also strengthen Guelph Transit by putting buses where and when they are needed most to carry passengers.
“We know that the changes coming in September will not make it better for everyone,” says Spicer. “But it is a start to ensure that our base level service is consistent and reliable. Our goal is to continue to improve the customer experience and provide the citizens of Guelph with an affordable, efficient and reliable service that provides value to the community.”
Proposed Special Event Fare
Staff will present a report to the City’s Committee of the Whole on June 6, that will propose a new special event fare program to encourage residents to take the bus when attending a ticketed event at the River Run Centre or Sleeman Centre, including all Guelph Storm home games.
The proposed fare for this program is $1 cash only, valid on conventional and mobility service. Monthly passes will not be reduced as a result of the program, and all other fares programs would continue to be valid. If approved, the special event fare would start this September.
Guelph Transit is well positioned to offer this service to event goers as buses connect at Guelph Central Station, providing service within walking distance to the River Run Centre and Sleeman Centre, and downtown restaurants and shops.
Clean Air Day
Clean Air Day is national program held on the first Wednesday in June to raise community awareness and encourage positive actions relating to clean air and climate change. The City has supported this program since 2001 through various initiatives such as free transit.
Residents who normally take a vehicle to get around Guelph are encouraged to ride Guelph Transit for free on Wednesday, June 7.
City staff will be at Guelph Central Station from 8 a.m. until noon providing information about sustainability and transportation. Staff will also share information about the transit system, bike racks and the accessibility features of conventional transit.
For more information, visit guelphtransit.ca.
For more information:
Mike Spicer, General Manager
519-822-1260 extension 3321
Council approves new reduced speed school zones
Guelph, Ont., May 24, 2017—Last night, Guelph City Council approved the addition of new reduced speed school zones, and a recommendation to request changes to the Highway Traffic Act. Council did not approve a staff recommendation to change current 30 km/h school zone speed limits to 40 km/h.
“The Ontario Highway Traffic Act only allows municipalities to use time and date specific reduced speed limits where installed signs have flashers or are motorized—a very expensive option to implement City-wide,” noted Allister McIlveen, Manager of Transportation Services for the City. “We’re pleased that Council accepted our recommendation to request that the Ontario Ministry of Transportation change the Highway Traffic Act to allow for the addition of time and date information as tabs below other types of signs.”
Due to current rules under the Highway Traffic Act, all 30 km/h school zone speed limits will continue to be in effect at all times, year round.
Arterial roads, and roads that more than 3,000 vehicles a day use, will have “40 km/h when flashing” signs in place with the reduced school zone speed limit in effect 8–9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m., Monday to Friday, September to June.
The approved staff recommendations mean more roads around schools will see reduced speed limits as the City will be adding school zones along other roads with direct school activity, such as roads behind or beside schools. For a full list of roads with existing or planned school zone speed limits, visit guelph.ca/traffic.
For more information:
Allister McIlveen, Manager, Transportation Services
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2275