Press

Silence announces the Canadian premiere of the Apprehension Engine in Guelph
August 16, 2017 – Venture Guelph
 
“What happens when you combine a Canadian composer who specializes in horror film soundtracks with a guitar maker who is respected around the world for his innovative approach to acoustic instruments? The resulting collaboration is an unprecedented, fear-inducing instrument called The Apprehension Engine.”
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Fareed Haque and Goran Ivanovic heading to Guelph

July 25, 2017 – The Wellington Advertiser

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“Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque, two classically-trained guitarists, not only have the cultural history that grants them an open-minded perspective, but also the musical credentials to transform cross-cultural music genres into a whole.”

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Guelph venue presents music set to unpublished poetry of author Thomas King

May 2, 2017 – The Waterloo Region Record

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“A cosy little cinder block music venue in Guelph has come up with some interesting programming in its five years, but this week the musicians collective is trying something new.

Silence on Essex Street will present a concert, “When You Were Gone: A Journey through Sound and Word.” The new work will feature the previously unpublished poetry of celebrated Canadian author Thomas King, set to music and performed by the house band, Silence Collective.”

Read the full article here.

 


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Interview by Barb Minett with Daniel Fischlin and Martha Nandorfy about Silence
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“Silence is not just a concept but a physical space dedicated to presenting sounds and musical practices that are diverse and challenging through concerts, workshops and improvisation sessions. Founded in 2012, it has presented over 350 performances, workshops, screenings and installations. No you are not in New York City but Guelph Ontario!”
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The Top 10 Live Music Venues in Guelph

April 7, 2016 – The Culture Trip

Silence makes Danielle Subject’s list of the best live music venues in Guelph!

“From buzzing bistros and venues to tucked away local secrets, these ten live music spots cultivate Guelph’s prominent and thriving music scene. In a tight-knit city known for its passion and support for local artists, there are a variety of options available for even the most particular music fan.”


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Kevin Breit performs Solo Fundraiser For Silence

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Juno-award winning guitarist Kevin Breit performs a solo concert on February 27, 2016 as a fundraiser for Silence.

Breit, who has performed with the likes of Norah Jones, Céline Dion, Cassandra Wilson, and Harry Manx, appreciates the intimacy and community focus of Silence’s programming and performance space. “I think Silence is an amazing community space where art, dance, music, and spoken word come together and are appreciated,” said Breit.

Attendees will also participate in an auction of a unique musical instrument and several pieces of art. Breit has donated his ‘banjola’, a one-of-a-kind eight-string banjo. “I am truly honoured to offer an instrument I have owned for 13 years as an auction piece,” said Breit. Several celebrated artists have also contributed beautiful artworks. Attendees have an opportunity to bid on works by Colin Carney, Alison Judd, John Kissick, Stu Oxley, Gina Rorai, Don Russell, Ron Shuebrook, and David Urban.

Silence is proud to announce Eigenworks as a sponsor of this event. Eigenworks specializes in win/loss analysis for enterprise B2B companies. Founder and CEO of Eigenworks Alan Armstrong has been a member of Silence’s Morning Music community since 2015. He has witnessed firsthand the power of music to create community and the importance of supporting artists to build sustainable and fulfilling careers.

The fundraising concert entitled “A Breit Evening of Sound at Silence” takes place on Saturday, February 27 at 7pm (doors; music at 8pm) at 46 Essex St, Guelph. Advance tickets are available on Eventbrite for $60. Only a limited number of tickets are available. Individuals who are unable to attend the concert but who want to contribute to the fundraising event can make a donation on Eventbrite.


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January, 2016

Silence Presented Innovated Artists Through Concert Series

Guelph, ON—Silence presents SHIFT, an exciting series of concerts until June to spotlight some of the most innovative, groundbreaking, and risk-taking musicians across four streams: new music, world music, singer-songwriter, and classical music.

The artists in the SHIFT series demonstrate diversity in gender, ethnicity, and age. “We are excited to present such diverse artists who exhibit the highest levels of innovative artistry,” said Daniel Fischlin, Chair of Silence’s Board of Directors. “SHIFT includes many local musicians, but also those from the GTA, St. Catharines, and Ottawa. There is music for everyone.”

Some highlights of the SHIFT series include highly-praised vocalist Maryem Tollar who sings both traditional Arabic music and her own songs at Silence on February 13, 2016. Singer-songwriter David Sereda combines his skills as a musician and actor with humour and candour at Silence on February 28, 2016. Jerzy Kaplanek, member of the Penderecki String Quartet and Wilfred Laurier University Professor, performs violin at Silence on April 2, 2016. Toronto-based percussionist Germaine Liu presents her improvised and physically-engaged style at Silence on May 8, 2016.

The SHIFT series takes place at Silence (46 Essex Ave, Guelph). Door admission is $15 or pay-what-you-can. SHIFT is funded by the Ontario Arts Council. Information about specific SHIFT concerts can be found on Silence’s website (www.silencesounds.ca) under “Events.”

Since its foundation in 2012, Silence has presented and co-presented over 350 concerts, workshops, screenings, and special events to the broader Guelph community—at no cost for artists. Silence is a not-for-profit arts organization that is unbiased in regard to genre, culture, class, and tradition; the organization fosters risk-taking, innovation, and experimentation in all forms of music and sound, as well as other artistic expressions presented in the space.


On January 29, 2016, Georgia Simms led an IICSI “Thinking Spaces” reading session with dance improvisation at Silence. Listen to a brief interview and see some of the dance improv in action!

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Thinking Spaces with Georgia Simms from Improvisation Institute on Vimeo.


Learn more about the instrument collection of Gary Diggins, Silence board member and musician. Read here. Article in the Guelph Mercury by Andrew Vowles.

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Advisory Board member Martha Nandorfy and former Administrative Director Florence Borshy-Desroche explain to Guelph Mercury‘s Troy Bridgeman what makes Silence unique. Read here.

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Thanks to Matthew Fava and Ben Grossman for capturing the mission and significance of Silence in this article from the Canadian Music Centre-Ontario’s Winter 2015 Notations! Read here.

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Thanks to Guelph Life and Dawn Matheson for this really interesting piece about Silence, but also about the history of the building at 46 Essex! Read on.

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Andrew Vowles explores the exciting changes and possibilities on Essex St—home to Silence, Heritage Hall, and near the Boarding House. Read the Guelph Mercury article here.

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“Arts and humanities exploration energizes Guelph changemakers” by Andrew Vowles. Read the Guelph Mercury article here.

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