Author Archives: Silence

Thursday August 1, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM Mingjia (pronounced MING-jee-yah) is a vocalist, improviser, composer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, & active contributor to the ever-growing Toronto arts scene. Recognized for her technical & stylistic versatility as a vocalist & her fresh sound as a composer, Mingjia has performed with, composed for & recorded with a plethora of musical groups. These include her own group the Tortoise Orchestra, as well as James Fernando, the science of what ?, David Occhipinti, Juliet Palmer, GREX (led by Alex Samaras), Pleasurecraft, SonuSkapos Jazz Orchestra, Obsolete Vernacular, Makes Shapes, Celeste, Andi, & more. She has performed at various venues and festivals across Canada, China & the United States, & has produced 2 releases as a band leader. Feel Seen, her most recent EP, is described by the WholeNote as “beautiful, mature and exceptionally coherent”. A graduate & the Oscar Peterson Prize recipient of Humber College’s Bachelor of…

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Wednesday June 26, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Doors and sign-up at 6:30 PMEvent at 7:00 PM $5/PWYC 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!

Every Monday 12:00-1:00 PM Cost: $10-15 suggested donation. 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), and you’re welcome to join us each Monday, or on a drop-in basis. Registration: No pre-registration necessary. You can email me (jane@janelewis.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.

First and Third Wednesday of every month 7:00-9:00 PM Calling beginning, intermediate and advanced artists, poets, musicians, magicians (and more!) to come out and perform on the third Wednesday of every month! Sign up at Silence starts at 6:30 PM, with the performance between 7:00-9:00 PM. Silence provides P.A., piano, drum kit, mics, bongos and atmosphere! All ages, PWYC. Interested in performing as a featured guest? Email odesiasilence@gmail.com

Please join us every Monday morning at 9:30 AM for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.
$5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.

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Doors at 6:30 PM Event at 7:00 PM, beginning at Silence, 46 Essex Street, Guelph Tickets $25 available at Eventbrite. Silence gratefully acknowledges funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Guelph Community Foundation’s Musagetes Fund and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. The Crossing Project is a collaboration between Silence, the Guelph Black Heritage Society and the Art Gallery of Guelph. The event is a musical and community-oriented acknowledgement of the millions of Africans who were abducted and enslaved during the trans-Atlantic slave trade (approximately 1526-1867). Through perseverance and courage, many families and individuals moved up the Underground Railroad and settled in the Guelph area. The event includes a transformative journey towards a common knowledge about the Guelph community and its historical roots, featuring the musical talents of Andrew Craig and Tabby Johnson; a creative multimedia exhibition by the Art Gallery of Guelph and the Guelph Black…

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We are so appreciative of the generosity shown by the incredible artists who have contributed works to the Silence Auction. As a presenter and producer of artists and musicians, Silence values the talent, time, and dedication to their work that goes into each piece and the care and consideration it takes to decide to donate a work is not lost on us. Thank you, thank you, thank you. For inquiries about the works please email info@silencesounds.ca For tickets to the Auction click here. Ron Shuebrook – Stufa #4, 2007 15.75” x 12.5” Watercolour Value: $2,500 Minimum Bid: 850.00 Eileen McArthur – Flowers 1, 2017 Oil on Copper, 16’’ x 24’’ Value: $2000 Minimum Bid: 300.00 Patrick Cruz – Lover’s Choice, 2019 Marker on Canvas, 16” x 11” Value: $500 Minimum $250 Susan Dobson – Mexico Manuscripts, 2016 Archival Pigment Print 20” x 23” Minimum Bid: 300.00 Ted Fullerton – Lotus Eaters #9, 2002 24” x 24”Value: $2100. Minimum…

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Roelf was born in the Netherlands and came to Canada with his family in 1955 settling in Galt. Raised in a family where everyone seemed to have an instinctive creative urge in their daily work, he carried this on with a love of art and music, and went on to study art history and drawing at the University of Guelph. After, he focused on a trade and began his on-the-job training as a carpenter, and the arts had to lay fallow for a while. His love of woodworking and art emerged after a few years ago when he was inspired by the effect of dyes he used to colour some cajons (drum boxes) he was building. Intrigued by the “whimsy” of this medium on wood, he set out to play with their effects on a larger scale, and framed these sometimes odd-shaped pieces with native wood species and salvaged woods.…

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Exhibition running from May 1st to 27th “I am a deeply superficial person.”  –  Andy Warhol A plaque with the quote above has hung in my studio for years. It resonates with my own art practice, which is inspired by decorative art in its many forms. To me, decorative art is more than just surface decoration. It is historically important as an expression of a time, a place or a culture. My work is inspired by European folk art and the ornate decorative elements of early 20th century architecture. The converted 1920s office building I live in is a rich source of inspiration, as is the Financial District in my hometown, Toronto. In both cases the familiar decorative motifs have strong personal associations with home and roots.

Doors at 7:30Music at 8pmThis show will be operating on time! It’s a school night y’all$10 Silence Presents: Jadea Kelly Sunday May 5, 2019 Described by CBC as ‘one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters’ Jadea Kelly spends her time writing and living between Toronto and Los Angeles CA. In 2016 she was awarded ‘Contemporary Singer of the Year’ at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her heartfelt 2016 release ‘Love & Lust’. Its featured single ‘Beauty’ was placed on the Lifetime Network feature ‘No One Would Tell’ and the 2017 CBC Rio Paralympics; an opening montage with over 900,000 views. Set for release on May 17, 2019, the MWI soundtrack EP has already received ‘Best Score & Music’ accolades from the Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards. MWI is the official soundtrack for ‘Met While Incarcerated the Film’, airing on the Documentary Channel and CBC in March…

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