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“Silence Sounds is an artist-owned creative and community space founded in 2012 in Guelph, providing a unique space for the creation of inventive contemporary music and ambient sound art pieces. The fully-accessible performance space partners with local organizations such as the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, the Guelph Jazz Festival, and the Black Heritage Society to present more than 150 annual concerts, art performance exhibitions, and workshops, including live music performances by classical, folk, alternative, jazz, and world music artists. Risk-taking and experimental works are encouraged, with an emphasis on improvisational music and sound pieces. The nonprofit organization has also produced several albums of past artist work and held community-based Morning Music improv sessions weekly at its studio since 2012.”

The Art of Butterflies 
August 23, 2018 – The Observer

The Art of Butterflies exhibit at Silence Sounds in Guelph is collaborating with the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory and artist Nik Harron to create a unique experience for every audience member. This will be done through various art forms, all inspired by butterflies. Read more here.

The Crossings Project in Guelph includes street parade
May 22, 2018 – Guelph Mercury Tribune
Heritage HallA street parade is part of The Crossings Project music event this weekend in Guelph.
Silence, in collaboration with the Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) and the Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG), is presenting The Crossings Project – Exile, Exodus, and Transformation on May 26, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The event begins at Silence (46 Essex St.) and ends at Heritage Hall (83 Essex St.), with a street parade in between.
Read more here.

Silence, Heritage Hall join forces for The Crossings Project
May 7, 2018 – Guelph Today
SilenceSilence: Guelph’s portal for adventurous new sound events, in collaboration with the Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) and the Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG), presents The Crossings Project – Exile, Exodus, and Transformation on May 26, 7-10:30 p.m., beginning at Silence and ending at Heritage Hall, with a street parade between the two venues.
Read more here.

Area youth to be part of first-ever experiential music program
May 2, 2018 – Guelph Today
PianoYouth in the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) will have an incredible opportunity to be among the first students to experience a new program launching this summer. The experiential program, The Art and Science of Experiencing Music, was developed by Guelph CVI math and physics teacher Chandra Boon. The purpose of the course is for students to delve into the experience of music by designing and building a device that makes sound.
Read the full article here.

Daniel Champagne in concert February 1 at Silence
So Long Seven Returns May 5th
April 24, 2018 – Guelph Bugle
World jazz band So Long Seven returns to Silence, Guelph for CD/vinyl release!

On Saturday, May 5, So Long Seven will return to the intimate environment of Silence for their CD/vinyl release.

No strangers to Guelph, two years ago they performed on Guelph Jazz Festival’s main outdoor stage as well as at Hillside Festival. The band’s banjo player Tim Posgate with Andrew Downing (cello) were a featured act in last year’s first Guelph Banjo Fest.

Read the full article here.

Guelph’s food and music landscape benefit as 10C and Silence get provincial funding
April 13, 2018 – Guelph Today

A pair of organizations in Guelph got some much-welcome funding on Friday.
10C Shared Space on Carden Street received just under $120,000 for capital work for its commercial community kitchen and Silence, the music and art performance and practice space on Essex Street received $45,000 for recording, lighting and back-line music equipment.
Read the full article here.

Daniel Champagne in concert February 1 at Silence
December 2017 – Venture Guelph

Silence: Guelph’s Portal For Adventurous New Sound Events is proud to host a stop on Daniel Champagne’s North American tour. The concert will be held February 1, 2018 at 46 Essex Street. This dynamic live performer hails from Australia, where he picked up a guitar at the age of five and has been writing songs and performing since the age of twelve.

He has since been on multiple tours around the world, playing in venues in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia. His festival track record includes California WorldFest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest. He has toured and shared stages with Jake Shimabukuro, Jesse Cook, Roderigo Y Gabriela, Richard Shindell, The Ragbirds, The Waifs, Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco.

Read the full article here.

Open Night at Silence!
October 2017 – Venture Guelph

Silence: Guelph’s Portal for Adventurous New Sound Events is pleased to announce its new Open Night series. Open Jam is held on the 1st Wednesday of every month and Silence welcomes all musicians and skill levels. Open Mic is held on the 3rd Wednesday, and open to all media such as poetry, music, dance-anything is possible! The cost is pay-what-you-can. Sign up is 6:00-6:30 PM and performances from 7:00-9:00 PM. Musicians, artists of all kinds and spectators are welcome!


 ‘Freedom Singer’ comes to Silence in Guelph this Thursday
September 26, 2017 – Guelph Mercury
 An acclaimed musical cocreated by Juno-nominee Khari Wendell McClelland and Project: Humanity’s Andrew Kushnir is coming to Silence in Guelph this Thursday, Sept. 28.

Freedom Singer is described in a news release as a rare musical journey through the history of the Underground Railroad and the songs that carried freedom seekers northward to Canada.

Performed by McClelland along with Juno nominee Toronto soul singer Tanika Charles and acclaimed Vancouver guitarist Noah Walker, the production was inspired by McClelland’s effort to retrace the steps of his great-great-great grandmother Kizzy.

Read the full article here.

The apprehension engine: beautiful and terrifying
September 18, 2017 – Guelph Today
 Not for the faint of heart, Canadian film composer Mark Korven played one of his newer instruments, the apprehension engine, for the first time as part of an ensemble.

Created by renowned guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith and commissioned by Korven, the apprehension engine is part bass and six-string guitar, hurdy-gurdy, percussive instrument and much more. It was designed to create sounds that would help score horror films and has since been used in the film The Witch.

Read the full article here.


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.”
Read the full article here.

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.”

Read the full article here.

Guelph venue presents music set to poetry of author Thomas King
May 2, 2017 – The Waterloo Region Record

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A cozy 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.

Music Set Free
Interview by Barb Minett with Daniel Fischlin and Martha Nandorfy
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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!”
Read the full article here.

The Top 10 Live Music Venues in Guelph

April 7, 2016 – The Culture Trip

Screenshot 2016-04-10 at 8.37.52 AMSilence 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.”

Kevin Breit performs Solo Fundraiser For Silence

Kevin Breit

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 7:00 PM (doors; music at 8:00 PM) 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.

Silence Presented Innovated Artists Through Concert Series
January, 2016

Shift logos w yellow cropGuelph, 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 ( 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.

Thinking Spaces with Georgia Simms
January 2016

Screenshot 2016-02-18 at 4.53.59 PMOn 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!

Thinking Spaces with Georgia Simms from Improvisation Institute onVimeo.

Guelph music maker adds pocket trumpet to instrument trove
January 2016 – The Guelph Mercury

Gary-DigginsLearn more about the instrument collection of Gary Diggins, Silence board member and musician. Read here



Silence in Guelph a ‘unique’ musical concept
May 2015 – Guelph Mercury

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 4.30.03 PMAdvisory Board member Martha Nandorfy and former Administrative Director Florence Borshy-Desroche explain to Guelph Mercury‘s Troy Bridgeman what makes Silence unique. Read here.



Finding Silence
Winter 2015 – Notations

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.





A Space for Silence
Guelph Life

Capture d’écran 2015-09-11 à 10.17.28Thanks 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.






A street of the arts emerges in Guelph
November 2014 – Guelph Mercury

silence facadeAndrew 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.



Arts and humanities exploration energizes Guelph changemakers
June 2015 – Guelph Mercury

riverhouse-guelphRead the Guelph Mercury article here.