“Silence is a one-of-a-kind musical space that opened its doors to Guelph almost two years ago. Half-hidden in a quiet suburban neighbourhood, Silence’s exterior is sprinkled with bright colours and stunning graffiti art. A section of the floor serves as the stage, making for an intimate experience between performer and audience. For those with eclectic musical tastes, Silence tends to attract experimental and non-traditional artists and performers. With a pay-what-you-can attitude, this is a welcoming space that was brought to life by Guelph’s generous art community.”
~ Danielle Subject, “The Top 10 Live Music Venues in Guelph,” The Culture Trip
Silence presents the 2015-2016 Shift series, which spotlights 18 of the most innovative and groundbreaking concerts of new, classical, singer-songwriter, and world music. Shift fosters the risk-taking component of our mandate, provides a space for artistic growth, and showcases aesthetic diversity. All tickets are $15 or PWYC. Most shows start 8pm. Some of the upcoming Shift performances include:
Past SHIFT series performances include:
silence is dedicated to presenting challenging new sounds, music, performance, art and film and fostering a innovative, creative, receptive community through workshops, improvisation sessions, discussion groups, in an accessible, convivial, welcoming atmosphere. ‘high art’, ‘low art’, noisy, peaceful, quiet, loud, chaotic, disciplined, free, political, spiritual, angry, loving: makes no difference, as long as it makes us think and feel and challenges what we believe we know about sound, art, and aesthetics.
experimental – improvised – noise – contemporary classical – ambient – installations – sound art – outside electronica – found objects – computer music – drone – handmade music – post rock – psych – freak music – etc…it all has a home at silence.
since our first concert in october 2012 we have presented and co-presented well over 350 concerts, workshops, screenings and special events–at no cost for artists. morning music (a free-improv session on monday mornings) has been going non-stop since mid-2012, 52 weeks a year. in addition, we make our space and facilities available at a rate that is as affordable as can be managed. individuals and groups for hundreds of additional events of various types have used our space because it lends itself well to an atmosphere of community, support, and careful listening that many types of music thrive in.