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For booking enquiries please email

Silence was created by Ben Grossman in 2012 to serve as a portal for new and exciting sound events. The space is now curated by artists and managed by a board of directors.Our mandate is to serve as an accessible listening space for all kinds of music, with a focus on new music and improvised content.

“Silence Presents” Series 

A curation committee programs the “Silence Presents” series and reviews submissions & requests.

We have a monthly quota of 2-3 groups that are presented in the series. Musicians that are selected don’t pay to play the space, and take most of the door. We keep 25% of the door after the first $100 to cover our costs.Once we reach our monthly quota of ‘presented’ concerts, a rental fee applies to anyone who wishes to perform.

Please email for rental fee information.The cover for most of our shows continues to be $10/PWYC.

We remain committed to foster an atmosphere of relaxed but attentive listening, creation, performance, discussion and debate!

Silence main space

46 Essex Street, Guelph, Ontario

We’ve recently completed major renovations. It’s now larger and wheelchair accessible, with better power and lighting.

The space is an open room of about 920 square feet with 10-12’ ceilings, white walls suitable for projections or artwork and a cafe/bar where home-roasted espresso is prepared.  It’s a space perfect for concerts, workshops, meetings, rehearsals, film screenings, installation art and improvisation sessions.

Silence’s capacity is 80. It seats 63, with some standing room available.