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Guelph Jazz Festival Art Auction - Sunday April 27th

For immediate release:

The Guelph Jazz Festival’s annual Sounds Provocative Art Auction & Concert will take place Sunday, April 27th from 1:00-5:00 PM (the live auction will begin at 2:00 PM) at the Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan St., Guelph. This popular fundraiser supports Guelph Jazz Festival’s free programs and educational initiatives while celebrating and promoting local artists and artisans. Tickets may be purchased at and the Bookshelf.

Saying Yes / Exploring Creative Growth - Improv Symposium in Regina


How can we shift public understanding of improvisation as a means to “maximize the moment;” to realize its potential to create innovative art and address social challenges?

May 1, 2014, 1:00 to 4:00pm
Shubox Theatre, Riddell Centre, U of RHosted by: Kenn McLeod & the Theatre Department - University of Regina
With Johanna Bundon, Jayden Pfeifer, Chancz Perry Sutherland, Dan Macdonald, Marnie MacMillian, Dawn Bird & Anne MacDonald

Thinking Spaces - Thursday April 17th, 2014

Please join us for the next Thinking Spaces Reading Group session on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 7-9 pm at the Guelph Public Library, Main Branch (100 Norfolk Street). In this session, Kimber Sider discuss aspects of her doctoral research on inter-species improvisation. A short description of her session is provided below.

Inter-species Improv: Learning to Lead through Following

Application for Summer Institute 2014 Due April 15!

The 2014 Summer Institute will be held at Memorial University of Newfoundland, from June 29 to July 12, 2014.

Thinking Spaces Presents Free Voice Workshops! March 30-June 26

This year's Thinking Spaces series has frequently emphasized vocal improvisation. We will build on this in the coming months by offering free vocal exploration gatherings Sundays 12-2pm at Silence Guelph (46 Essex st.) starting March 30. Our initial workshops will be led by Dr. Chris Tonelli and in May and June we'll bring in a series of distinguished guests, including Phil Minton and Maggie Nicols (see below for more information on their work). Interested individuals can attend as many of these sessions as they would like.

d'bi.young anitafrika

“we tellin’ stories yo”: A Performance and Interview with d’bi.young

Thinking Spaces - Thursday April 3rd, 2014

Please join us for the next Thinking Spaces Reading Group session with Georgia Simms on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 4-6 pm at the Guelph Public Library, Main Branch (100 Norfolk Street). A short description of this session is provided below:

'A Moving Dialogue'

Talk by Professor Paul Crawford at McGill University - April 11th 2014

Professor of Health Humanities, University of Nottingham
Director of the Centre for Social Futures (Institute of Mental Health) and Nottingham Health Humanities

Friday, APRIL 11TH, 2014, 12:30-2:00PM

Charles Meredith Building
1130 Pine Ave W.
Montreal, Qc
H3A 1A3

Title: Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery: Connecting Communities for Mental Health and Well-Being

Call for Contributions - Al Mada Music Therapy Centre

In April, ICASP research team member Daniel Fischlin will be travelling to Ramallah in the West Bank to visit the Al Mada Music Therapy Centre. The centre's mission includes fostering creative expression, healing, and community-building through the arts, in particular music. Daniel has asked for individuals and/or groups in Guelph to contribute to a box of materials (books, recordings, small instruments, etc.) that will be delivered to the centre.

Thinking Spaces: Thursday, March 20, 2014

The next session of the Thinking Spaces Reading series will take the form of a public talk with Cecil Foster on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph. The talk will run 7-9 pm in the Academic Town Square section of the Main floor (next to the Williams Coffee. Go through the main entrance, pass the information desk and head to the right). Below is a short description of the talk:

So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag