Guelph Journals

The City of Music and Festivals

A travel journal to Guelph by Huggins

Quote: Guelph is a city of music and the arts. It is not a glitzy cultural centre like Toronto but throughout the year it offers something for everyone. I would wager that per capita there are more artists and musicians living and working in Guelph than anywhere in Ontario.

The City of Music and Festivals

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Overview

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All types of music can be sampled in Guelph. The Spring Festival held each year in May brings choral, chamber and jazz musicians from around the world to a variety of venues throughout the city. In July the Hillside Festival brings world, folk, soul, blues and alternative music to the island at Guelph Lake. For one weekend each July the Island becomes a community like no other. At this festival I have seen Japanese drummers, Aboriginal healing circles, African dancers and many folk and roots musicians. People of all ages and all walks of life descend on the Island for a weekend of music. In September, downtown Guelph comes alive with the Jazz Festival. Of course there is more to Guelph than ...Read More

The Bookshelf

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Restaurant

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The Bookshelf is an institution in Guelph that like so many other things in Guelph is unique to this city. The Bookshelf has been in existence for at least twenty years, which says alot for a restaurant. It has undergone a number of changes and face lifts in the 15 years that we have known it. Interestingly enough and true to its name, the Bookshelf is a first and foremost a bookstore. It is a book lovers bookstore. It is also a cinema, a cafe, and an e-bar. But in this entry we will talk about the cafe. The newest changes to the Bookshelf has seen the cafe expand into the adjacent building. As a result the cafe is more spacious looking, although the last time we were there we were seated uncomf...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 31, 2002

The Bookshelf
41 Quebec Street
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 821-3311

Diana's Restaurant Downtown

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Restaurant | "Diana's Dining Room and Coffee Shop"

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Diana's is a fixture on Wyndham Street in Guelph and as we have discovered, they are always open. Diana's defies description and can fit most dining experiences. Diana's seems to transform to meet your mood. On New Year's Day Diana's was a "greasy spoon" serving breakfast to a packed house. Diana's was a delicious and welcome find when no other restaurant in Guelph was open. The staff rushed about with smiles, coffee pots in hand like angels administering much needed caffeine to the many many patrons. The coffee was good and the eggs, pancakes and bacon were great. On a hot sweaty Canada Day, Diana's again seemed to be the only restaurant in Guelph open. That night we had a very relaxed mea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

Diana's Restaurant Downtown
141 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 836-3460

Cafe Insomnia

Restaurant

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Tucked in the corner of a nondescript strip mall, Cafe Insomnia is a surprising oasis. This little café has become one of my favourite spots to sit and linger over coffee or wine with friends. The menu is small and changes daily. The food is simple, made daily with care from fresh ingredients. One of my favourite dishes is the ravioli - six huge ricotta-stuffed raviolis are served with a fresh tomato sauce. The soups and salads are all made fresh and always from scratch. You won't find any pre-made mixes in Lisa's kitchen. The Cafe opens at 6:00 am during the week and caters to the commuters, serving mainly coffee to go. Lunch time there are salads, soups and sandwiches as well as their ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Cafe Insomnia
649 Scottsdale Drive
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 837-9889

Hillside Festival

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Attraction | "Hillside Music Festival"

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Hillside is an amazing event for many reasons. The music, the variety and the environmental ethic are some of the reasons we keep going each year. Our kids have been there each year since birth and have been exposed to all kinds of music. We have been going to Hillside for over 10 years and have seen African and Japanese drummers, east coast celtic fiddlers, jazz and blues and alternative new music. Over the space of one weekend Hillside showcases over 60 musical performers in one hour sets on four different stages scattered over on Island in a man made lake. We have seen old favourites like Valdy and Bruce Cockburn and have been introduced to new favourites such as Outback (digerdoos, Mambo Nati...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2002

Hillside Festival
Guelph Island
Guelph, Ontario

Guelph Farmer's Market

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Attraction

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Every Saturday from 7 am to 12 noon an eclectic mix of merchants meet to sell their various wares in an old stone building in downtown Guelph. This is the place where many in Guelph start their weekend. Like many things about Guelph, the market has a sense of community to it. The market seems to capture much of what makes Guelph a great place to live. We go there to buy organic veggies, free range eggs, fresh made bread and locally produced meats. Of course like many others we bring our travel mugs to enjoy a coffee and danish. Not just any old coffee and danish. The danishes and cinnamon buns are made fresh each morning and the coffee is organic fair trade coffee. While we sit with our c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2002

Guelph Farmer's Market
Corner of Gordon Street and Waterloo Avenue
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 837-5624

The Bookshelf

Attraction

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The Bookshelf is an institution in Guelph. The Bookshelf has been in existence for over 20 years, which says a lot for a restaurant and cinema. It has undergone a number of changes and face-lifts in the 15 years that we have known it. Interestingly enough and true to its name the Bookshelf is a first and foremost a bookstore. It is a book-lovers bookstore. It is also a cinema, for film lovers, a café, and an ebar. But in this entry I will talk about the cinema. The cinema is located upstairs above the bookstore and café. The theater seats about 150, and is a very good place to see a movie. This is a repertory theater that specializes in independent and international films, although it does show ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 31, 2002

The Bookshelf
41 Quebec Street
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 821-3311