Metropolis of Guelph providing extra summer time actions in 2022

Summer is just around the corner, and the City of Guelph has a full slate of in-person events planned to help people enjoy it.

“After two years of altered programming due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are happy to be planning more summer programming this year,” city general manager of culture and recreation Danna Evans said in an email to the Mercury Tribune.

Events include live outdoor concerts, theatre performances and movie nights, among other activities. The following list is meant to offer a sampling of what is being planned and to let you know where to find out more:


Earlier this year, Guelph Museums began welcoming live audiences back to its free concert series that happens on the fourth Friday of the month.

The events, which also include free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum from 5 to 9 p.m., move outdoors in summer to the museum’s patio, starting in June with a performance by folk singer Annie Sumi.

The June 24 concert starts at 7 p.m., and pre-registration is required through Eventbrite. More information on this and other museum events is available online at


Bagpipe lovers rejoice! The Guelph Pipe Band will once again hold open-air practices at McCrae House Memorial Gardens on Water Street.

The band, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2022, has a roster of more than 70 pipers and drummers.

Weather permitting, people can hear and see them practise for free on June 8 at 7 p.m. Bring your own lawn chair.

For more information, call 519-836-1221 or email [email protected].


Three artists — Caleb Bray, Silas Chinsen and Sophia Chilton — have been selected to be this year’s artists in residence for the City of Guelph.

Their project, ‘Reshaping Ruins’, will animate the space of the Goldie Mill ruins with art and poetry from the community.

The project launches in July with a call for poetry from the community.

Selected poems will then be used to create an original choral composition, which will be recorded during a workshop hosted vocalist and composter Chinsen.

The project will close during Culture Days in September with a live art installation at Goldie Mill, featuring collaborative painting and projections by visual artist Chilton and filmmaker Bray, taking inspiration from the music, space and audience interaction.

“We’re excited about this creative and collaborative project and looking forward to seeing the space at Goldie Mill come to life,” city museums and culture manager Tammy Adkin said in a news release.

To learn more about the Artist in Residence program, visit


Details have yet to be announced for some of the city’s summer activities, but Evans said to expect events like the following to be announced soon at or

• National Celebration of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, taking place on June 21 at Riverside Park.

• Movies in the Park, typically taking place during July and August. Past events have included family-friendly films screened in Market Square and favourites for an older crowd screened in York Road Park.

• Backyard Theatre at McCrae House, open-air dramatic productions that continued despite the pandemic.

There will also be programming offered at the Guelph Sports Dome in Centennial Park, and the Guelph Fire Department may bring back its Hot Summer Nights events — a chance to meet the firefighter and cool off under the spray of the fire hose in a local park — water- and weather-permitting.


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