Author Archives: Silence

In June we released this statement in solidarity with the rising efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Movement for Black Lives. In it we detailed the commitments we were making to further aligning ourselves with an anti-racist framework. We recognize that this work is ongoing and will never be finished until all Black lives are free from racially motivated violence, descrimination and prejudice. In the spirit of accountability, we committed to providing an update on the commitments we made in our initial statement. As of this time, there is still a lot of work to do, and we anticipate that our list will continue to grow even as we make the changes we have listed. Here is the original list with updates:  We will implement mandatory annual anti-oppression training for all volunteers, board, and staff members. While some staff and board members have participated in online training,…

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Friday, December 4 – Mahlikah Awe:ri Haudenosaunee Kanien’kéhà:ka & Mi’kmaw L’sitkuk, Canadian Poet Of Honor, Mahlikah Awe:ri is an Artist For Social Change, “Shifting paradigms through Indigenized ways of knowing and being; while reimagining what it means to be “In-Relation”, to the Land and to each other”. Awe:ri is a nationally recognized Spoken Word Artist, Arts Educator, Musician, Land Defender & Water Protector, Public Speaker, Performance Artist, Curator and Afro-Indigenous Futurist Writer & Digital Artist, who was awarded the 2019-2020 Paula Fund for the development of new works for younger audiences for her acclaimed solo work Tionnhéhkwen Tionnká:non (Our Sustenance Our Medicines). Mahlikah is currently based in Sewatokwa’tshera’t Wampum, Tsi Tkarón:to, Oniatarí:io, Kanata, as the acting Deputy Director of Programming for Neighbourhood Impact at the Centre of Learning & Development in Regent Park, Founding member of Red Slam, an Indigenous Art 4 Social Change Movement, Prologue To The Performing Arts…

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https://youtu.be/DCrisCP4QAk Friday, November 20 – Andrew Craig Andrew Craig creates and performs original music, writes plays, directs music, theatre and festivals, produces audio and video, and teaches. He’s worked with Molly Johnson, Wynton Marsalis, Measha Bruggergosman and Jackie Richardson, opened for Bobby McFerrin, directed tributes to Oscar Peterson and Quincy Jones, and performed twice for Nelson Mandela.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDFvydKWiIs&feature=youtu.be FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 – TRP.P TRP.P (pronounced “trippy”) is a Toronto band breaking barriers on the Hip-Hop/ R&B scene. Composed of Truss (producer, singer/songwriter) and Phoenix Pagliacci (singer/songwriter), the dynamic duo began their collective artistry in the summer of 2017. In October of the same year, they released their self-titled debut EP. Since then, they have been unstoppable. TRP.P has made their mark in Toronto as a group to know. In 2018, NOW Magazine listed them among the list of Must See acts performing at Toronto Pride. Dubbing themselves “The Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth of R&B”, Truss and Phoenix have an undeniable chemistry that is both relatable and infectious. The two have performed across North America, opening for heavy hitters like Oakland songstress Kehlani and Baltimore soulbird MumuFresh. Their new EP, 2TRP.P, was released in September 2019.

Unmuted is a celebration of the powerful voices, words, and music of seven Ontario artists.  It’s also a celebration of listening—with a full heart—at a time in our history when distancing and masking have quieted our sense of touch, quickened our other senses, and sent us to our screens and earbuds in search of meaning, clarity, enthrallment, and beauty. In a happy partnership that will span four months, Hillside and Silence present music and spoken word performances that will command your screen every other Friday starting October 16th, 2020 and culminating in Hillside Inside in February 2021.  Kevin Sutton is a writer, spoken word performance artist, workshop facilitator, communications professional, and community organizer. He is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Guelph and hosts The Great Pause on CFRU 93.3. His work with at-risk youth has led him to diversity, equity, and inclusion work helping organizations nurture supportive professional environments where everyone…

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Unmuted is a celebration of the powerful voices, words, and music of seven Ontario artists.  It’s also a celebration of listening—with a full heart—at a time in our history when distancing and masking have quieted our sense of touch, quickened our other senses, and sent us to our screens and earbuds in search of meaning, clarity, enthrallment, and beauty. In a happy partnership that will span four months, Hillside and Silence present music and spoken word performances that will command your screen every other Friday starting October 16th, 2020 and culminating in Hillside Inside in February 2021.  First up next Friday is Joni NehRita. Jamaican-Canadian artist Joni NehRita writes songs about unity, hope and social justice. Her jazz-tinged brand of soul is infused with rhythms & sounds from her Afro-Caribbean background. A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, she has a gift for writing infectious, well-crafted songs that are deeply personal. This year NehRita releases her…

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Silence’s plans to fight against anti-racist structures

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Unmuted is a celebration of the powerful voices, words, and music of seven Ontario artists.  It’s also a celebration of listening—with a full heart—at a time in our history when distancing and masking have quieted our sense of touch, quickened our other senses, and sent us to our screens and earbuds in search of meaning, clarity, enthrallment, and beauty. In a happy partnership that will span four months, Hillside and Silence present music and spoken word performances that will command your screen every other Friday starting October 16th, 2020 and culminating in Hillside Inside in February 2021.  First up next Friday is Joni NehRita. Jamaican-Canadian artist Joni NehRita writes songs about unity, hope and social justice. Her jazz-tinged brand of soul is infused with rhythms & sounds from her Afro-Caribbean background. A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, she has a gift for writing infectious, well-crafted songs that are deeply personal. This year NehRita…

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Attention all Silence Guelph Community members: After careful consideration of the current situation involving COVID-19. The team at Silence has made the difficult decision to cease all programming effective immediately until further notice. While it is heart-breaking for us to be closing the doors on collective music-making, live performances, and physical community engagement, we know that our thriving community is capable of keeping the spirit of improvisation, experimentation and noise-making alive and well in the comfort of your own home. Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements and for information on what you can do to support touring musicians, artists, performers, arts organizations and your community during these difficult times. We know that the energy you all bring to our space can do wonders out in the world (virtually). So while we encourage all to practice social-distancing as much as possible to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of…

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