Silence is dedicated to presenting sounds and musical practices that are diverse, challenging, sustainable and accessible through concerts, workshops and improvisation sessions. Silence serves as an incubator for practitioners and listeners alike.

Silence is unbiased in regard to genre, culture, class, and tradition; we foster risk-taking, innovation and experimentation in all forms of music and sound, as well as other artistic expressions presented in the space.





Silence 1st Annual Miniature Exhibition                                                                 

FREE of charge
Opening Reception: November 24, 7-9pm
All ages, licensed

Please join us at our 1st Annual Juried Miniature Exhibition as we celebrate the artworks of local and regional artists!

All works of art are no larger than 6 x 6 inches!

The exhibition runs November 22 – December 20.

Participating artists include:

Adele D’Arcy
Oxanna Adams
Jane Baran
Cecily Binning
Erika Bishop
Meredith Blackmore
Rebecca Casalino
Judy Daley
Greg Denton
Laura Hacker
Emma Hawley-Yan
J. Andrew Hillman
Anne Jackson
Madhumita Jaipuria
Dixi Le Roux
Colleen McCann
Diane McCrimmon
Lewis Melville
Julia Narveson
Michael Reece
Jennifer Ronan-Vander Veen
Moumita Roychowdhury
Kaitlin Russell
Goldie Sherman
Ron Shuebrook
Tamara Soto
Dani Stahle
Shelly Hawley Yan
Peter Zevenhuizen

Upcoming Music Highlights

Onion Honey and Shawna Caspi with Special Guest Keenan Reimer-Watts         November 19, 2017

Matinee show at 2:30pm
Doors at 2pm


Onion Honey makes folk music, sharp and sweet and mixed in are banjo and mandolin, washboard and double bass, fiddle and warm three-part harmonies. It’s a recipe for a great time and good for what ails, home-cooked comfort food for the ears. Dave Pike, Esther Wheaton, Keenan Reimer-Watts, Leanne Swantko and Stuart Cybulskie play new-time traditional and old-time originals and all-time favourites: mountain music as heard from the Grand River Valley. They have performed in dingy pubs and sunny cafés, folk festivals and country weddings, small-town castles and downtown galleries, and once a hot air balloon festival.


YouTube video: https://youtu.be/tw5MZv8KESA


Toronto-based singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Shawna Caspi hadn’t done much travelling before tapering off a series of administrative jobs to start touring full-time. She had never even rented a car. She had never been camping before performing at the Blue Skies Music Festival in 2014.

Since then, Shawna has toured throughout Canada and the United States, including performances at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, the Summerfolk Festival (ON), and the Deep Roots Music Festival (NS), and concert series including the Calgary Folk Club, the Nickelodeon, the Northern Lights Folk Club (AB), the Greenbank Folk Music Society (ON), the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (MA), On Your Radar (NY), and Six String Concerts (OH).

Shawna’s fourth album Forest Fire, coming in September 2017, is a collection of songs about burning things down and building them up again. Engineered and produced by Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Bahamas, Ron Sexsmith), the elegant arrangements draw the listener into the depths of haunting, atmospheric tracks, then lift them out with airy, bluegrass instrumentation and hopeful narratives for brighter days. It’s dark granite stone with a shot of glimmering quartz through the middle. When the words get heavy, they are held up to the light of love, grace, and gratitude. With these songs, Shawna strives to be unafraid, to embolden quieted voices, to tell the truth above all else.

“Some musicians make songwriting sound less of a craft and more of a life affirming obsession. Caspi’s compositions stand out as beautiful, complex and intricate even in an increasingly crowded folk scene.” – NOW Magazine




Keenan Reimer-Watts (b. 1992) enjoys his life as a concert pianist, composer, improviser, teacher, chamber musician, concert curator, and as whatever else his career in music might require of him. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, Keenan has experience playing from the concert halls on the East Coast, to the Cafés in Guelph, Ontario, and has collaborated and performed with musicians from a variety of genres. He has premiered more new music than he can remember, and is happy to give any genre of music a go.

Active as a composer, he has created 62 pieces for solo piano, many pieces for other solo instruments, chamber music, along with piano concertos for orchestra. Keenan frequently performs his music, including an hour-long set of piano variations modeled after the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, which can be found on YouTube. He has self-produced 4 albums, comprised of children’s piano music by Debussy, Bartok and Schumann, synthesizer improvisations, poetry, and piano improvisations with electronic clips from all over the world.

He is about to release his first professional album entirely comprised of his solo piano music. Recently he has taken up violin and plays with the bluegrass band Onion Honey. He’s happy to hear from anyone! Get in touch, download other compositions, and hear some music by going to reimerwattsmusic.com 

Silence Presents: Daniel Champagne                                                         February 1, 2018

Show at 8:00pm
Doors at 7:30pm
Tickets $15 in advance or $20 at the door, available here

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.

Daniel has accomplished all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps, Gypsy Moon Volumes 1 and 2, his first long player ‘Pint of Mystery’ (2011)  ‘My Own Design’ (2009), ‘Wide Eyed and Open’ (2010),  ‘Real Live’ (2012), and ‘The Heartland Hurricanes’ (2014).  His latest release “Fault Lines” is available now, and is receiving airplay and accolades globally.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. For more details, check out Silence’s website at www.silencesounds.ca or Daniel’s website at http://www.danielchampagnemusic.com/tour-dates/.