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…
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!Thinking Spaces with Georgia Simmsfrom Improvisation Institute onVimeo.
January, 2016 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…
January 2016 – The Guelph Mercury Learn more about the instrument collection of Gary Diggins, Silence board member and musician. Read here.
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.
June 2015 – Guelph Mercury Read the Guelph Mercury article here.
May 2015 – Guelph Mercury 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.
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.
November 2014 – Guelph Mercury 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.