Our Community

  • Supporters
  • Volunteers
  • Board & Staff
  • Committees


Friends & Supporters

As an organization steeped in community engagement, we rely on generous donations and sponsorships from our supporters to continue to bring excellent programming to downtown Guelph and to centre musicians and visual artists in all of our operations. We invite you to contribute within your means, as every donation helps us to continue sustaining our mandate to flow as much revenue as possible to live performing musicians and to create an accessible and intimate space for audiences to experience them.

We graciously acknowledge the support of the following individuals, organizations and funding agents.

Doug Minnett, James Harley, Brian Speed, Madeline Speed, Mark Wilson, Carol Hunter, Barbara Monk – Feldman, Rich Moccia, John Russon, Astrid Kropp, Karen Farbridge, Alan Armstrong, Robert Harris, Megan DeRoover, Daniel Fischlin, Martha Nandorfy, Gary Diggins, Ron Shuebrook, Elise Puddy, Martin Pearce, Roelf Zantinge, Patrick Cruz, Pearl Van Geest, Karin Silverstone, Cheryl Ruddock, Eileen McArthur, Susan Dobson, Ted Fullerton, Robert Achtemichuk, Will Gorlitz, Sadko, KAIM, Renann Isaacs, Oxanna Adams, Rich Baggerman, Simon Bell, Matt Brubeck, Peter Cameron, Tony Duggan-Smith, Mark Fortier, Denise Francis, Ing Goping, Roger Johnson, Amanda Knapp, Belinda Leach, Barbara Matthews, Bruce Matthews, Michelle McMillan, Archie Rabinowitz, Kevin Ranney, Barbara Shaw, Fran Shuebrook, Stephen Stajkowski, Michael Barnstijn, Chandra Boon, Barb Booth, Elaine Bradbury, Jane Caspers, Christine Cousins, Paul Gregory, Shauna McCabe, Jackie Nemni, Sheila O’Reilly, Stephanie Snyder, Natalie Tiberghien, Robert Vosburgh, Lyn Westfall.

Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Wellington Brewery, City of Guelph, Guelph Community Foundation, IICSI, Sheila Matson, CPA.

Our Volunteers


Cathy Cripps

Cathy Cripps is a R.N. with a Bachelor of Science and certificates in Reiki and Craniosacral therapies. Cathy has been with Silence since its beginnings and assisted during major renovations. She is instrumental in running the Silence café and maintains inventory. She has been playing duns and jembe for five years and practices weekly. She is after-hours property manager for the Guelph Campus Co-op and loves her job as pet sitter.

Gillian Elder

Various forms of art and the arts community have always been a large part of Gillian’s life which inspired her to volunteer at Silence. Gillian holds a degree in Fine Arts and Museum studies. She is currently pursuing school part-time in Therapeutic Recreation. As a visual artist, Gillian enjoys working with a mixture of mediums including painting, printing, drawing and ceramics.

Christine Mills

Christine has made Silence her second home for several years now; she’s a regular at Morning music, and often collaborates with other Silence denizens in a variety of musical endeavors, usually while downing one of Cathy’s stellar cortados!She plays about a dozen instruments with wildly varying levels of competence. Christine has been a volunteer at Silence for about a year and loves designing posters and other promotional material. In her “other” life, she and her partner Sally play in a couple of bands, raise backyard chickens, and are co-founding members of the social change organization, Transition Guelph. Christine is a transgender woman and also does volunteer work in the LGBTQ community.

Kaitlin Russell

Kaitlin has recently finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Guelph. She works and volunteers in downtown Guelph while creating art in her home studio. As an artist, she paints, sculpts, sews, and works in text and sound. Kaitlin is also an experienced cat-sitter and is learning to embroider in her spare time.

Dan Reader

Dan is a student at the University of Guelph, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Theatre Studies. He discovered Silence through the Co-op program at the university, and spent his first work term as the Technical Assisnt updating the Silence website to be what it is today.

Interested in Volunteering?

Send us an e-mail at info@silencesounds.ca

We're always looking for volunteers to help with events (checking/selling tickets at the door), random bits and bobs, and continuing to create a musical, artistic, and improvisational community!

Board of Directors

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Joe Sorbara

Canadian drummer and percussionist Joe Sorbara has spent more than two decades developing a reputation as an imaginative and dedicated performer, composer, improviser, organiser, writer, and educator. Read More

Robert Harris

Robert is a founding member of the Silence board and currently serves as Treasurer. He is co-founder and Chairman of The PEER Group Inc. in Kitchener, Ontario, an industrial automation software company employing 130 people. Read More

Daniel Fischlin

Artistic Director
Daniel has worked as a classical composer, having studied with Alan Belkin, an experienced improviser. He is a founding member of the Vertical Squirrels, an acclaimed quartet whose most recent recording with musique actualle label Ambiances Magnètiques Time of the Sign has been critically received as a ”masterpiece” (featuring Jane Bunnett, Ben Grossman, and Scott Merritt). Read More
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Cathy Nosaty

Cathy Nosaty is a musician, composer, musical director and teaching artist. She began her musical training at age three as a classical pianist and her love of creative collaboration brought her to work in dance, theatre, and scoring to picture. Read More
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Alyssa Woods

Dr. Alyssa Woods is a popular music scholar whose work intersects the areas of music theory, gender and sexuality studies, critical race studies, and religious discourse in hip-hop music and culture. Read More
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Scarlett Raczycki

Executive Director
Scarlett is an avid consumer of all forms of media and an enthusiastic advocate for placemaking and community organizing. A graduate of York University's Art History Master's program with a specialization in Curatorial Practices in Visual Culture, Scarlett's passion for people and the things they create motivates her leadership approach. Read More

Odesia Howlett

Promotions Coordinator & Advisor
Odesia Howlett is a Black, queer, cis woman and graduate of the University of Guelph's BA program in 2016. Since graduating, she has taken her interest in social media marketing to new heights. Her goal is to bring diversity and growth to the Silence community by helping to open doors that were previously closed and creating relationships with marginalised groups. "It's important not to shy away from tough conversations; it's time to change for the better."

Music Curation Committee


Scarlett Raczycki

Executive Director
To read more about Scarlett, find their bio in under the Board & Staff tab above.

Daniel Fischlin

Artistic Director
To read more about Daniel, find their bio under the Board & Staff tab above.

Odesia Howlett

Promotions Coordinator
To read more about Odesia, find her bio under the Board & Staff tab above.

Daniel Glassman

Daniel is a writer, editor and musician based in Guelph. He is the assistant editor of Musicworks, Canada’s magazine of experimental music and sound art, and a regular contributor to POV, Canada’s documentary film magazine; his POV essay about the Syrian Civil War was selected for the Best Canadian Essays 2018 anthology. He serves on the music curation committee at Silence and is a member of the board of directors of the Guelph Jazz Festival. He has a BA (double major in History and Literature & Critical Theory) from the University of Toronto.

Joseph Shea-Carter

Joseph listens to a lot of music & thinks track sequencing is underrated. When he’s not listening to one thing or another, he’s probably reading for grad school or working as a projectionist for the Bookshelf cinema.

Art Curation Committee


Scarlett Raczycki

Executive Director
To read more about Scarlett, find their bio under the Board & Staff tab above.

Gillian Elder

Gillian's Bio can be found under theVolunteers Tab.
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Martha Nandorfy

Martha Nandorfy teaches in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. Her teaching and publications focus on storytelling about decolonization, literary journalism and life writing. She is one of the original ex-officio board members of Silence, and currently also chairs the Art Curation Committee that selects visual art to exhibit and sell.

Martin Pearce

Martin Pearce is an artist working in painting and drawing. He is the Director of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph.