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Tue August 14 2018
  • Drone Zone #2
    7:30 pm

    Drones as the bones of music.
    An improvisational session.
    7:30 p.m. $20

Wed August 15 2018
  • Silence Open Mic ft. Rob O'Flanagan
    7:00 pm

    Silence Open Mic

    Doors and sign-up at 6:30 PM
    Event at 7:00 PM

    $5/PWYC, licensed.

    Calling beginning, intermediate and advanced artists, poets, musicians, magicians (and more!) to come out and perform on the first and third Wednesday of every month! Sign up at Silence begins at 6:30 pm, performance between 7-9 pm. Silence provides P.A., piano, drum kit, mics, bongos and atmosphere!

    On August 15th our featured guest is Rob O'Flanagan, author of Open Up the Sky!

    Rob O'Flanagan has been a newspaper reporter, photojournalist and columnist for nearly twenty years. He has won numerous Ontario Newspaper Awards and a National Newspaper Award. He is the author of The Stories We Tell and The Blown Kiss Collection, two volumes of short fiction that began as a CBC Radio series in northern Ontario. He writes, performs and records poetry, and is a visual artist. Raised on a farm in central Saskatchewan, he is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan. He lives in Guelph and is currently writing a novel.

    His collection of poetry, Open Up the Sky: A Poetic Conversation, co-authored with Heather Cardin, is available from Vocamus Press.

    [46 essex]

Fri August 17 2018
  • Silence Presents: Aidan Baker w/ Hymns57 & Modo Koagon
    8:00 pm

    Silence Presents: Aidan Baker w/ Hymns57 & Modo Koagon

    Doors at 7:30 PM
    Show at 8:00 PM

    Tickets $15 at Eventbrite or at the door

    Aidan Baker 

    Visiting all the way from Berlin, Germany, Aidan Baker is a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist using the electric guitar as his primary instrument. Using prepared and alternate methods of playing the guitar, along with various electronic effects, Baker creates music which generally falls within the ambient/experimental genre but draws on influences from rock, electronic, classical, and jazz. 

    A highly prolific artist, Baker has released numerous recorded works, both solo and with various group projects, like Nadja, B/B/S/, and Caudal, on such independent labels as Gizeh Records, Pleasence Records, Important Records, Alien8 Recordings, and his own imprint, Broken Spine Productions. 

    Baker is also the author of several books of poetry. A regular live performer, Baker has toured extensively around the world, including appearances at such international festivals as FIMAV, SXSW, Incubate, Unsound, and Mutek, among others. Baker is originally from Toronto, Canada. 

    https://aidanbaker.bandcamp.com

    Opening support performance duties will be in the hands of 2 of Guelph's very own experimental sound sculptors. 

    Modo Koagon and Hymns57 


    The pair of musicians intend to perform separate sets that overlap in the middle at some point. Creating an extra layer to each of their already improvised styles. 

    Modo Koagon brings his eclectic trove of trinket-collage, field recordings, cling-clang, jazzy sax, synthery and percussive blips and rips that make the sound the land makes as you pass through it, insects in trees, blades on ice, the gutters melting, tapping typewriter, the beep of the life support machine, the clock on the wall. Offering nothing shy of a lucid dream-like experience.

    https://modokoagon.bandcamp.com

    Hymns57 is a soundscape venture project. Working with field recordings and samples. Tape loops, guitar and a multitude of effects create lush waves of static, rolling tones, and haunting textures that crest and wash over you. Decaying and dissolving in the mix like a glowing, faded memory. Formulated to immerse you, under a wall of sound that leads your ears astray.
    https://hymns57.bandcamp.com

    This promises to be an unforgettable night of soundscapes. Don't miss a rare opportunity to be sonically bathed by a line up this diverse and in such an intimate setting.

    **capacity permitting cash at the door will be accepted (but don't chance it)

    [46 essex]

Sat August 18 2018
  • The Breaking English
    8:00 pm

    [46 essex]

Sun August 19 2018
  • John Proctor Workshop in Sparrow's Nest
    9:00 am

    John Proctor Workshop

    Summer workshops coming near you!

    We have some great summer workshops planned and there may be one happening near you!

    If you work with children or youth at school, or at a camp, scouts or guides. If you teach children or adults or facilitate cross age gatherings our drum building workshops are for everyone!

    You can go to our website to see a complete list of our upcoming workshops for content and location. EarthTonesStudio.org. If you have any questions, contact me at my email address: earthtonesstudio@gmail.com.

    Here is a quick list:

    Peterborough/Haliburton area:

    May 26, 27, Native American Style Frame Drum, Lakefield at Celtic Connection, 25 Queen Street, outside in the gazebo

    August 25, 26, Native American Style Frame Drum, Lakefield at Celtic Connection

    September 22, 23, Native American Style Frame Drum, Lakefield at Celtic Connection

    June 2, Junk Percussion, various instruments workshop, recycled PVC pipe, Haliburton, Visible Voices Open Art Studio, 130 Industrial Park Road, Unit 5

    June 3, African Talking Drum, recycled PVC pipe, Haliburton, Visible Voices Open Art Studio,130 Industrial Park Road, Unit 5

    Guelph and area:

    July 14, 15, Native American Syle Frame Drum, 9th Vibration, 497 Woolwich Street, Guelph
    August 11, 12, African Djembe, Guelph, 9th Vibration, Guelph

    August 19, Junk Percussion, various instruments workshop, recycled PVC pipe, Guelph, Silence, 46 Essex Street, Guelph

    Drumming is good for the spirit and the soul!

    John

    [46 essex]

Mon August 20 2018
  • Morning Music
    9:30 am

    Morning Music

    Please join us every Monday morning at 9:30 for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.

    $5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.

    [46 essex]

Tue August 21 2018
  • Drone Zone #3
    7:30 pm

    Drones as the bones of music.
    7:30 p.m. $20

Fri August 24 2018
  • Silence Presents: The Heillig Manoeuvre
    8:00 pm

    Silence Presents: The Heillig Manoeuvre

    Doors at 7:30 PM
    Concert at 8:00 PM

    Tickets $15 in advance at Eventbrite or the door.

    [46 essex]

Sat August 25 2018
  • The Art of Butterflies
    11:00 am

    The Art of Butterflies 

    11:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

    Free of charge

    Silence is proud to collaborate with Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory and nik harron, in partnership with Guelph Destination Animation Project, to present “The Art of Butterflies". 

    Join us at Silence in Guelph for workshops, presentations, an art exhibition for adults and children, live butterflies, and a unique sensory experience created by artist nik harron, entitled, “MORPHO”. nik’s interactive project will be presented throughout the day and explores a musical world of tiny sounds that interact with digital butterflies made of light. nik harron's latest interactive project combines projected real time sound visualization with a tactile sound sculpture butterfly that enables viewers to create their own unique experience. 

    Fun activities for the whole family are scheduled throughout the day on August 25. There will be arts and crafts activities including: creating butterfly mobiles at 11:30 AM; making butterfly magnets at 1:15 PM; and constructing butterfly origami at 3 PM! Further activities are scheduled including: a presentation on Monarchs at 12:30 PM; and butterfly and pollinator gardening at 2 PM. Space is limited for arts and crafts sessions and presentations. Please arrive early to make sure you get a spot! 

    In conjunction with “The Art of Butterflies” event, visual artists 18 years of age and up are invited to participate in our Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition is free of charge to enter. All artwork must contain a realistic or abstract image or element of a butterfly. Work must be 2-dimensional and no larger than 18 x 24 inches. The exhibition will be on display August 25 to 31, with an opening reception and awards ceremony for best of show on the day of the event from 4-5pm. 

    For a prospectus and more information please click here or visit www.silencesounds.ca. The entry deadline is August 10. 

    In addition, on August 25, we’ll feature a children’s art exhibition. Youth 18 years of age and under are invited to drop by Silence to create a work of art inspired by live, caged butterflies! Artwork may be taken home or hung in our special room. The children’s exhibition is not juried - all may enter. Drawing materials will be supplied, free of charge. 

    The Art of Butterflies is a free event and street parking is available. Silence is located at 46 Essex Street in Guelph and is physically accessible. For more information, please email info@silencesounds.ca

    [46 essex]

Sun August 26 2018
  • Sonica
    10:00 am

    Music as medicine.
    10 a.m. $20

  • Creating Abundance
    6:00 pm

    Creating Abundance

    Worldwide Womb Blessings

    Doors at 5:30 PM
    Event at 6:00 PM

    [46 essex]  

Mon August 27 2018
  • Morning Music
    9:30 am

    Morning Music

    Please join us every Monday morning at 9:30 for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.

    $5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.

    [46 essex]

Tue August 28 2018
  • Drone Zone #4
    7:30 pm

    Drones as the bones of music.
    7:30 p.m. $20

Fri August 31 2018
  • Silence Presents: Roughhousing
    8:00 pm

    Silence Presents: Roughhousing

    Doors at 7:30 PM
    Concert at 8:00 PM

    Tickets $10 at the door

    Described 25 years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. Since the early 80s he has been touring through the US and Europe, finding interesting partners and playing situations. 

    Now at 75 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as he was called back in the 80s. Most partners are outside music school careerdom, unknown to the music press, and selected for their ability to interconnect with each other. 

    The East Coast Free Music Festival of the 80s was his creation, and will finally appear again in 2018. His influence has extended through writings; in Jan. 2017 Wright's book was published, The Free Musics. As for his playing, he's said to have the widest vocabulary of any, an expert at leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic growling. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king." 

    For more info, discography and sounds go to Spring Garden Music and for writing try this: http://jackiswright.wordpress.com/

    See also: Cadence Magazine Interview, July 2017, p. 55-73

    [46 essex]

Mon September 3 2018
  • Morning Music
    9:30 am

    Morning Music

    Please join us every Monday morning at 9:30 for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.

    $5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.

    [46 essex]

  • West African Drum class (beginner)
    7:00 pm

    with Tom Wolf.
    $20.
    Stay for both sessions if you'd like.
    [46 essex]

  • West African Drum class (intermediate)
    8:00 pm

    with Tom Wolf.
    $20

    [46 Essex]

Wed September 5 2018
  • Silence Open Mic feat. Sarah-Jean Villa / Legion
    7:00 pm

    Silence Open Mic

    Doors and sign-up at 6:30 PM
    Event at 7:00 PM

    $5/PWYC, licensed.

    Calling beginning, intermediate and advanced artists, poets, musicians, magicians (and more!) to come out and perform on the first and third Wednesday of every month! Sign up at Silence begins at 6:30 pm, performance between 7-9 pm. Silence provides P.A., piano, drum kit, mics, bongos and atmosphere!

    Sarah-Jean Villa

    It’s been a wild wagical journey.

    The story of Sarah-Jean Villa’s life is a tale of a wagical, empowering, fearless, courageous woman who was born to be a creator, storyteller, singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, clothing designer, bodypainter, and healer.

    SJV is blessed by the creator with a soulful voice to share original, empowering, emotional upbeat music about her struggles and victories.

    Unafraid to be outrageous, colorful, truthful, WEIRD, quirky and edgy, Sarah-Jean prides herself on her creative abilities and desires to be an expressionistic monstepreneur drawing on personal life experiences to create art that starts real conversation, pushes boundaries and makes people feel like they are not alone and uncomfortable.

    Sarah-Jean is graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts where she learned her skills as a triple threat performer. Sarah-Jean has been on stage since she was 3 as a competitive dancer, 9 as a singer and was involved in musicals since Elementary School. She has also performed with touring kid’s shows, musical theatre, choirs, band’s and has been in films/television shows as an actor and makeup artist. SJ has won awards for singing, songwriting and dancing.

    Sarah-Jean has been through serious struggles on her weird adventure in life such as bullying, eating disorders, suicide attempts, addiction, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, poverty and mental health. She has overcome years of dark trauma in her life with the help of singing; creating, community, mentors and most recently her emotional support service animal OZ.

    OZ is very special to Sarah-Jean, she loves him deeply and brings him everywhere with her. Oz has saved her life in the past year of hardship and poverty. Not only did he give her a reason to get out of bed in a very traumatic situation when loved ones turned their back on her but Oz helped her start over in a new town not knowing anybody. Dog spelt backwards is GOD and SJ is grateful for his friendship and love daily. Oz is a very friendly one year old boy that loves people and connecting just as must as Sarah-Jean.

    Sarah-Jean created her own show called Rock Your True Inner Beauty where she connects with others sharing her struggles that she has overcome. Her mission is to Change your Words, Change your World, Share your Story and Shine your Light. She has performed this show all over Ontario with various organizations and communities. She even had her own Rock Your True Inner Beauty TV show and won an entrepreneur award. She has worked with the Mississauga Arts Council, Girls Rock Camp Mississauga, the Gatehouse, Interim Place, YMCA, schools, religious communities and private events.

    Sarah-Jean Villa released her first original album “Rebel Masquerade” into the world that you can listen to on i-tunes, Spotify and Bandcamp. She worked with some extremely talented musicians and producers on the creation of this album. It was also funded by Factor.
    Currently Sarah-Jean is working on her own one of a kind healing clothing line, body painting, second album with a new project and partner in music crime called “Unicorn’s Fight Club.” You can see Sarah-Jean driving around town in a one of a kind painted car that she created with positive messages that you can also write on. Her inspiration for the biggest art project that she has ever created was to show the world that when you give something love, healing, positive words and color it will shine!

    Her mission is to Change your Words, Change your World, Share your Story and Shine your Light. Always remember to Rock Your True Inner Beauty each day for the rest of your life no matter what anybody says to you and see the WAGIC in the world.

    Legion.

    Legion : The Infernal Outlaw is a man possessed.

    Driven by an unstoppable creative force, and fuelled by rage at the endless injustices in the world, he is determination personified. Unbe- knownst to him, his transformation into the demon he is today began with a new guitar at age 13.

    The sweet chaos of the distortion laden guitar consumed his young mind. A darkness within him rejoiced with vengeful glee as he defiantly renounced the oppressive regimes controlling our society’s lives.

    He quickly developed a frenzied talent and soon would find others who were also skilled and equally disenchanted with our collective way of life. Thus was born a career of dissent. Going by many names throughout the years, he honed his craft in seedy bars and on dirty streets. Each note from his guitar a furious rebellion against a society of lies. He played in a multitude of bands, ranging from ultra brutal death metal to sarcastic folk rock and dark come- dy.

    Refusing to conform, he lived life as an outlaw, revelling in filth and and smut. Dark visions flourished within his jaded mind, but he ignored the purpose of their presence.

    After 10 long years of perseverance through infinite obstacles, he watched as slowly the companions he fought valiantly with once before faded into the distance. Just as in the beginning, he was once again alone. He soon began to realize that the young man he once was is now gone. The old ways were dead, and the old times with them. Only from the ashes could a new man emerge, an entity of infernal origin. A creature unencumbered by pathetic morals and relentless in his ferocity. The true warrior and artist within him were unleashed. And so, the demon wrote.

    He channelled his incredible fury into this music. He began to notice that the visions of death and madness inside of his mind were intensifying. Blood and fire and death decorated his mind. Eventually he realized these images were screaming to be released from their prison. Alas, the demon paints. With this revelation, the metamorphosis was complete. A dawning realization came to him; his power was nearly limitless. Any skill or ability he wished was within his grasp, limited only by his determination. With this, his true name and destiny were revealed. Legion : The Infernal Outlaw was born. Now watch as he begins his assault upon the tyrants. Behold, the beginning of the end. He is coming.

    [46 essex]

Thu September 6 2018
  • Silence Presents: Tragedy Ann
    7:30 pm

    [46 essex]

Fri September 7 2018
  • Silence Presents: Alex Fournier's Triio
    8:00 pm

    Alex Fournier's Triio

    Doors at 7:30 PM
    Concert at 8:00 PM

    Tickets $10 at the door

    Alex Fournier is bringing his sextet to Guelph!

    Bea Labikova - Woodwinds
    Aidan Sibley - Trombone
    Tom Fleming - Guitar
    Ashley Urquhart - Piano
    Alex Fournier - Bass/compositions
    Mark Ballyk - Drums

    https://soundcloud.com/alex-fournier/triio-noisemaker

    [46 essex]

Sun September 9 2018
  • Red Tent
    7:00 pm

    Red Tent


    Doors at 6:30 PM
    Event at 7:00 PM

    [46 essex]

Mon September 10 2018
  • Morning Music
    9:30 am

    Morning Music

    Please join us every Monday morning at 9:30 for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.

    $5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.

    [46 essex]

  • Vocal Meditation with Jane Lewis
    12:00 pm

    Vocal Meditation
    with Jane Lewis

    Spend an hour tuning up and tuning in. We'll explore various relaxing sounding exercises as well as chants and simple songs. This group is intended to give you a sense of calm & grounding to get you through the week, along with the energetic lift that comes with vocalizing together in a group. Offered weekly! Payment is by donation ($10-15 suggested/pwyc), so you can join us each time, or on a drop-in basis.

    Monday afternoons, 12-1:00 pm.

    Cost: $10-15 suggested donation/pwyc
    Registration: No pre-registration necessary. You can email music@all-together-now.ca so I have your contact information in case of schedule changes. Otherwise, just show up at silence *no later than noon* on the Monday of your choice.

    [46 Essex]

  • Funga
    7:00 pm

    [46 essex]

Wed September 12 2018
  • Hold - Guelph Jazz Festival
    12:00 am

    [46 essex]

Thu September 13 2018
  • Guelph Jazz Festival
    5:30 pm

    [46 essex]

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