Silence is dedicated to presenting sounds and musical practices that are diverse, challenging, sustainable and accessible through concerts, workshops and improvisation sessions. Silence serves as an incubator for practitioners and listeners alike.

Silence is unbiased in regard to genre, culture, class, and tradition; we foster risk-taking, innovation and experimentation in all forms of music and sound, as well as other artistic expressions presented in the space.

Silence 2nd Annual Mystery Art Sale

October 28, 7-10pm
All ages, licensedProceeds will support art and music events in 2018.At the Silence 2nd Annual Mystery Art Sale, we offer works of art for $100 each, and, if the work is sold, split the proceeds with the artist that has donated the work. The fun and “mysterious” aspect of the event is that artists’ names remain unidentified and are only released to the purchaser after the sale!

By attending the event and purchasing a work of art guests support the artists as well as Silence. Proceeds allow Silence to continue offering artists and the community at large an affordable, accessible space to perform, exhibit and attend arts events.

Your support empowers us to continue to offer diverse arts programming in the city of Guelph and surrounding area.

The event offers a silent auction, with amazing items to bid on! Silent auction items include: banjola, ukulele, dance classes, soundwork session, fitness training, apparel, rock climbing, poetry sheet, theatre performance, dinner, maple syrup, coffee, yoga classes, art supplies and more!

Silence gratefully acknowledges its sponsors:

The Boardroom
Kevin Breit
Ballroom Class
Earth Tones Studio
Gary Diggins
Faith & Fitness
Grey Rock Clothing Co.
Guelph Jazz Festival
Heartwood Farm & Cidery
The Grotto
Robert Harris
Tom King
Living Yoga Studio
Long & McQuade
The Making Box
Play with Clay
Robusta Cafe and Lounge
Take Time Vintage
Wellington Brewery
Wyndham Art Supplies

Upcoming Music Highlights

Christopher Dicran Hale & Ed Hanley                                                          October 26, 2017

Door 7:30pm, Show at 8pm

Chris Hale and Ed Hanley perform the classical and popular music of India, featuring sitar, voice, guitar and tabla. From the slow sensuous, improvisational development of authentic traditional north Indian raga music, to vintage Bollywood love songs sung in Hindi and Urdu, join us for a trip across India, and the ages.

Chris Hale grew up in Nepal and India, speaks fluent Hindi, and has studied classical sitar for over 30 years. Ed Hanley has played tabla for 27 years, and has studied with master drummers in Canada, California and across India.

The show will feature an installation of Ed Hanley’s documentary photography from India, with a focus on Bhopal, as well as the acclaimed series The Longest Train in India, a 4,273km journey across India in 85 hours. Ed will give a short presentation on the photos before the performance.


​Christopher Dicran Hale was born in Albany, New York in 1968. Within a year, he accompanied his parents, both of whom were doctors, to a remote mountain village in the country of Nepal. Besides being a pediatrician, his mother was also a concert pianist. The music of his childhood was a combination of western classical music and Nepali folk songs. During his adolescence at Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India, he was introduced to the sitar by his first guru, Ajit Singh. Being involved with the Jazz program there, he also studied several other western instruments and formed his first rock band.

Between 1987 and 1990, he studied jazz guitar and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was during this time that he was influenced by Joseph Gabriel Maneri, one of the leading figures in microtonal music.

Returning to India in 1990 he became the vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Olio. In 1993 he attended Bhatkhande Music College, in Lucknow, to focus on sitar. Christopher toured across India and produced two records with Olio until it disbanded in 1999.

During a trip to England in 1999 he formed the Indian devotional group Aradhna with guitarist Pete Hicks. This partnership prompted a move to New York City in 2000, and a study period with surbahar player Shubha Sankaran. In 2002, sitarist Paul Livingstone introduced Christopher to his current sitar guru, Partha Chatterjee, foremost disciple of sitar master Pt. Nikhil Banerjee. He also had the opportunity to study Hindustani vocal music with Pt. Rajeev Taranath. Christopher continued to tour as vocalist and sitarist with Aradhna from 2000-2012, performing across North America, India, Europe, South Africa, and the Caribbean, and recording and releasing eight albums.

Currently Christopher performs in weddings, corporate gigs, and public shows in Toronto, as well as teaching sitar and Hindustani vocal music from his home where he has lived with his wife since 2004.



Ed Hanley is a multi-dimensional artist – creator, performer, producer, photographer, cinematographer, recording engineer, video editor, educator, and tabla player.

Described as “a remarkable player, both in his musical thoughtfulness and his technical virtuosity” (Halifax Chronicle Herald), Ed’s multimedia work embraces the worlds of music, video and photography. Although best known as a practitioner of tabla (the classical percussion of North India), Ed’s recent work in the visual world (including over 100 music videos) expresses the same joy, dynamism, love of collaboration, and attention to detail as his years of work as a touring and recording musician.

Ed has studied tabla (north Indian classical percussion) for over 27 years with master drummers including Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Taalyogi Suresh Talwalkar in Canada, the USA and on 10 trips to India. He has also studied Carnatic drumming traditions with Sri Karaikudi Mani and Dr. Trichy Sankaran in Chennai and Toronto.

From the Stockholm Jazz Festival and the Jaipur Heritage Festival, to Massey Hall in Toronto and Joe’s Pub in New York City, Ed has been a featured performer at prominent music festivals and concert halls in Europe, India, the USA, and across Canada. As co-artistic director of the Canadian world music ensemble Autorickshaw, Ed has earned two Juno Award nominations, as well as the Grand Prize in the World Music category of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. His work has been recognized and supported by the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR, DFAIT, and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

Ed has been featured hundreds of times on stage and in the studio with a diverse range of artists – from Loreena McKennitt and the Penderecki String Quartet to Peggy Baker and Trichy Sankaran. His work can be heard on soundtracks for Deepa Mehta (Funny Boy for CBC Radio) and Jonathan Goldsmith (the feature film, Such a Long Journey), as well as in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibition, Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts.
Ed has performed Dinuk Wijeratne’s Tabla Concerto with professional orchestras in Ontario, BC, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.

Ed’s documentary video and photography includes works on the continuing aftermath of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Leprosy Stigma and The Longest Train Journey in India, and has been published by the World Health Organization & The Bhopal Medical Appeal, and featured on the BBC, PetaPixel, Phoblographer, Mashable, Mental Floss, BuzzFeed, India Times, Tech Insider, Scroll India, Quartz, Travel + Leisure, Discovery News, France TV, The Better India and more.

Current Art Exhibition

Dennis Gaumond with Nora Ruddock & Nathan Saliwonchyk
September 22 – October 20, 2017

Join us for the opening reception on September 22, 2017

The events of the evening will transpire as listed below:
6:30pm-7pm: Artist talk by Dennis Gaumond
7:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation, screening of Tinderbox (2017) and Q&A with artists Nora Ruddock & Nathan Saliwonchyk.
8:00pm-9:00pm Reception
9:15pm: Free sit-down concert with Dennis Gaumond and guests.

There will be additional presentations by the artists for Canada Culture Days on September 29, 2017.



Gaumond, a professional musician for forty years, is also an author, a songwriter and a visual artist. He has been painting off and on for about thirty years and in the nineties, studied art at Zavitz College, University of Guelph. In 1998, he participated in a juried art competition sponsored by Wellington County with about one thousand other submissions, and placed in the top twenty. His painting, “Cheap Room in Cuba”, was part of a three-month exhibition at the Wellington County Museum. Paintings in this phase were done using a thick paint applied with painting knives. In the past several years Gaumond has begun a new line of paintings using painted tissue. The style is mostly non-representational abstracts, emphasizing color relationships. This new style is the result of a search for a process that allows the artist to relinquish a certain amount of creative control to chance. For Gaumond, the artistic process is even more important than the product. After many years of being a ‘closet painter’, it is time for this artist to begin showing his work.

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“Tinderbox” (2017), Nora Ruddock & Nathan Saliwonchyk
Tinderbox generates a random sequence of 30-second videos; simultaneously, a random audio sequence of poems is heard; every 30 seconds, a new set of images and sounds follows the old. By mimicking the random connections created by dating apps, Tinderbox experiments with the ephemeral “sparkage” of image and word. What does the juxtaposition of one video do to a poem, and vice versa? What new “piece” is fired in the viewing consciousness? Our hope is that the meditative connections made will be rich and strange, celebrating the possibility, as Whitman says, for us to “preserve [our] nakedness / from the gibe of image-making love.”