Author Archives: Silence

August 3 – 26, 2019 Frances and Alisa have been working on a call and response project for several years. Starting with a succession of two distinct visual pieces and culminating in co-creating several collaborative mixed media pieces. This form is borrowed from music, most notable in historical work songs and originates at its most basic from human communication. It has been used widely by artists as a means of discourse. The artists set out with very few parameters; only that they each respond to the other’s mark making. Sometimes ideas and works in progress are shared, other times final works are revealed as complete. In the final phase this call and response project, they are working back and forth on the same piece, contributing small areas of colour and/or texture at a time. During the course of the project, any sense of linearity has been lost and the pieces…

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August 31st – September 25, 2019 Web: www.mikesalisbury.caInstagram: @mikesalisbury.ca MIKE SALISBURY studied at the Toronto School of Art in the late 1980’s and was founder of the Toronto Student Art Gallery in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto. A graduate of University of Guelph and OALA Landscape Architect, he specializes in the design of playable sculpture and children’s playscapes. Mike creates multimedia artwork with a drawing style consisting of one continuous unbroken line to create rich and complex images that communicate a surprising degree of emotional expression. The intensity of his style relies on the ability of the viewer to integrate their own biases and emotional predispositions into the abstract‐realism of the image. At different viewing distances the subject matter is emphasized, discovered, rediscovered or vanishes completely. Up close we consume the image with an almost analytical focus on the detail, then transition to the larger context which brings us back…

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October 2 – October 27, 2019 Royal City Gems: An Artist’s Tribute to Guelph Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 7–9pmArtist Talk: 7:30pm A collection of acrylic paintings featuring beautifully unique views of Guelph. The collection includes local gems such as the Gryphon statue (sculpture by FASTWURMS 2014), Basilica of Our Lady, Bernardi Rooster, the Petrie Building, and many more. For more information on viewing hours contact info@silencesounds.ca

Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 11 PM Join us for a night of hip-hop and spoken word July 18th, 2019 Doors: 7:30 PM Show: 8:00 PM $10/PWYC PipeDown! provides an accessible venue for emerging artists to perform indie and/or rock music to audiences with similar tastes Jon Corbin is a Canadian hip-hop artist, spoken word poet, speaker, band leader, writer and DJ based in Milton, ON. Since 2001, first under the name The Runaway, Jon has blessed stages big and small with lyrical themes of faith, love, family, social justice, and personal growth. Corbin is a veteran artist who has quietly carved a niche in Canada’s hip-hop community, collaborating with multiple Polaris Music Prize nominee Shad, Juno Award winner Caroline Brooks of The Good Lovelies, and many other revered emcees on both sides of the border. As a speaker, Corbin speaks passionately on topics of identity, race…

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Friday, July 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 11 PM Doors at 7:30pm Show at 8:00pm $10 tickets at the door or Eventbrite PipeDown! provides an accessible venue for emerging artists to perform indie and/or rock music to audiences with similar tastes. Sages (Hamilton): SAGES, from Hamilton, Ontario, conjures a sensually hypnotic-spiritual display, blending trippy ambiances, hip-hop rhythms, and emotional vocals creating their own style of “emo-electronic.” https://sagessound.bandcamp.com/ Conductor (Guelph): Conductor is the electronic songwriting project of Guelph Canada’s Matthew Davey, and creates loop-based rhythms made using drum machines, sample machines, step sequencers, synthesizers and keyboards, navigated simultaneously as a futurist one-man band, and accented by effect-drenched vocals. https://www.conductorelectronic.com/category/videos/music-videos/ Habit (Guelph): Habit is a four-piece rock group from Guelph, ON. Their brand of post-punk deals in abrupt dynamic shifts, alternating between spare, wiry guitar lines and expressionist splatters of noise. Their songs grapple with the drudgerous monotony and everyday violence…

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Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 11 PM Doors at 7:30pm Show at 8:00pm $25 Silence Presents provides an accessible venue for touring and professional artists to perform for the Guelph community. Shari Ulrich is touring Ontario to share the music from her 9th solo album Back To Shore released at the end of June on Borealis records. It is her 25th release including her work with Pied Pumkin, The Hometown Band, UHF (with Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes), BTU (with Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor) and The High Bar Gang. Shari will perform songs from Back to Shore along with a selection of her original songs from 1976 to the present, on piano, guitar, mandolin & violin with her signature spontaneity, warmth and sense of humour. She encourages concert goers to write her at info@estherrecords.com with any special requests for a specific song theyre hoping to hear…

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August 10, 2019 – Doors 7PM – Show 8PM – Tickets $10

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July 3-25, 2019 As an artist who divides his time between illustration, music,and writing, drawing for me is a meditative and playfulexercise that allows me to both concentrate on the form anddetail of a subject and to contemplate its nature andbeauty—to look closely, to study, and to imagine. Inspired by the works of the naturalist painter John JamesAudubon and the whimsical notebook renderings ofLeonardo da Vinci, my visual work attempts to capture theiconic quality of a subject and to express the wonder inherentin the ordinary. Each piece in this series began with a pencil sketch on a birchpanel which was then outlined and coloured with inks,marker and coloured pencil. I have shown at the Riverdale Art Walk in Toronto, at theebar, the ACE show, and most recently at Art on the Street.

Silence Presents: Eguiluz Trio Monday, June 24, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM Doors: 7:30 PM Show: 8:00 PM Tickets: $15 With Ontologies, Géraldine Eguiluz and her accomplices, violist Jean René and bassist Stéphane Diamantakiou, interrogate the very nature of being. Nine musical drawings are at the root of this twelve-part work, which is further animated by diverse influences: Quantum physics, the symbolic language of biology, and the YI King. This trio, between its silences, pursues a musical equilibrium with the sacred numerological implications of multiples of three and the Holy Trinity. It balances the intimacy of chamber music; the folk-music earthiness of the Bulgarian flute, kalimba and guitar; and the strength and vulnerability of the pocket trumpet, two male voices, and one female voice. The trio evokes the cosmos within the freedom of listening without intention and of playing away from the roots of tonality. These are spontaneous, improvised compositions…

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Thursday August 1, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM Mingjia (pronounced MING-jee-yah) is a vocalist, improviser, composer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, & active contributor to the ever-growing Toronto arts scene. Recognized for her technical & stylistic versatility as a vocalist & her fresh sound as a composer, Mingjia has performed with, composed for & recorded with a plethora of musical groups. These include her own group the Tortoise Orchestra, as well as James Fernando, the science of what ?, David Occhipinti, Juliet Palmer, GREX (led by Alex Samaras), Pleasurecraft, SonuSkapos Jazz Orchestra, Obsolete Vernacular, Makes Shapes, Celeste, Andi, & more. She has performed at various venues and festivals across Canada, China & the United States, & has produced 2 releases as a band leader. Feel Seen, her most recent EP, is described by the WholeNote as “beautiful, mature and exceptionally coherent”. A graduate & the Oscar Peterson Prize recipient of Humber College’s Bachelor of…

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