Wednesday, July 24, 2013

MoMonday (Monday, July 29)

Monday, July 29, 6:00-9:30 p.m.
Tickets $10 adv/$15 at the door

MoMondays will introduce you to some of the most interesting, informative, and inspiring people in Guelph. At each MoMondays event, six to eight speakers share their passions and ideas. Some are funny; some are thought-provoking or powerful. It’s the perfect combination of heart, humour, and happiness! It’s short and punchy, with each speaker on stage for no longer than fifteen minutes. 

About two months ago I was asked to speak at a MoMondays event. I had never been to one and had no idea what I was getting into. It was unlike anything I had been a part of before--I was amazed by the energy, the positive vibe, and the connection I felt with the speakers, many of who revealed some truly personal aspects of their lives.

I thought, “Guelph would be perfect for something like this!”

So on July 29th at the ebar from 6:00-9:30 p.m., MoMondays in Guelph will present some truly amazing local speakers.

Here is a quick overview of the July 29th lineup:

Bruce Ysselstein

Ten years ago Bruce weighed 300 lbs and had to take a break when he tied his shoes. Just last weekend he qualified for the National Triathlon Team and will be representing Canada at the World Championship Series Grand Final in 2014.

How is such a remarkable transformation possible? Bruce’s message: "Baby steps." You can end up in a far different place than you might have thought you were headed without ever having realized that you changed direction. That said, it's equally simple to knowingly change direction by creating a long-term goal, taking small steps toward it, and having the courage and perseverance to see it through.

Candice Lepage

Failure is not the end of the world!

Candice ran a small deli-counter type business in Guelph for five years from 2004 to 2009 which ultimately failed. She wants to talk about how much she learned from that experience and how the fear of failure keeps people from truly learning in life.

Candice has a compelling story and a really magnetic personality. When she told me that she wanted to speak on "failure" I was a little taken aback--but then I realised that most of the great tales I tell people are not necessary stories of conquest and accomplishment but more often about the ones that got away!

Mike Schreiner

MoMondays is all about real people sharing personal stories, and this is no exception. Many of you will know Mike Schreiner as the leader of the Green Party of Ontario and local candidate in Guelph; however, this is NOT about politics. Mike will get personal and share the challenges he overcame to pursue his passion to foster the local sustainable food movement.

Come out and meet the man behind the election sign and find out why his daughter started calling him “the Local Food Dude.”

Michael Santonato

The Host of MoMondays in Richmond Hill, Michael is “The Relationship Master” and his new book Find Em & Keep Em; A Guide to Attracting the Right Partner is due out later this year.

What can I say?? Michael Santonato is one of the coolest people I have met. He introduced me to the whole MoMondays phenomenon. I can’t wait to hear him speak!

Marc Seguin

Addict, trauma survivor, and believer in the healing powers of hope, Marc knows that walking through painful feelings doesn't lead to the doom and pits of despair it seems to foreshadow.

The story may be unique but the feelings are universal. 

Dino Scrementi

When I asked people
in Guelph whose story they wanted to hear, Dino’s name kept coming up. Everybody knows him as that crazy guy with the beanie cap. An independent downtown merchant for almost 30 years, Dino is famous for his summer sports camp for lower-income families.

When asked what he wanted to share, it was simple: “Why I love living in Guelph.”

Debbie Mann

Debbie went from a six-figure income to homelessness and back during her struggle with chronic depression. Her story is about not only her suffering, but about her journey back to life, self love, and humour.

Host: Mike Salisbury

Mike is a landscape architect and the principal of Earthartist Planning and Design, specialising in the development of “playable landscapes” for children. Previously elected to Guelph City Council, he is passionate about creating great places to live and play.

Recently rekindling his interest in community theatre, Mike is scheduled to appear in the pantomime adaptation of Beauty and the Beast this fall at the Century Church Theatre in Hillsburg.

Please come out to the inaugural MoMondays event in Guelph. Advance online tickets are $10, or $15 cash at the door.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Amanda Rheaume and Tara Holloway (Tuesday, July 16)

Amanda Rheaume and Tara Holloway
Tuesday, July 16
Part of Birds on a Wire

Amanda Rheaume

Raised in Ottawa, Amanda Rheaume began writing songs at age fifteen, inspired by the second-generation “girls with guitars” like Ani DiFranco and Alanis Morissette. A year later, Sarah McLachlan and the Indigo Girls invited Rheaume to perform with them at Lilith Fair at the Molson Amphitheatre, where Rheaume had been hanging out backstage with her production coordinator aunt, Jocelyn Rheaume. Rheaume says that’s when the music business bug bit her, and Lilith’s spirit of musical community has never left her either.

Rheaume has endeared herself to an enormous network of Canadian artists she now considers friends, including well-known names like Chantal Kraviazuk and Holly McNarland, the latter of whom cowrite “Kiss Me Back” for Rheaume’s latest CD. As news about her spreads beyond the capital, Guelph will have a chance to discover what Canadian musicians and people in the capital have known for some time: that Rheaume is an instantly-likeable artist both on and off the stage, one who's got the voice, the sound, and the songwriting chops to share stages with the best. 

Tara Holloway

Tara was born in Ottawa, spent her formative years growing up in Vancouver ("East Side Story"), and always, always singing.  As a teenager she began performing publicly, playing guitar and writing her own songs.  Since then she has toured across Canada and the United States, playing, writing and recording with artists like Jon Tiven ("In the Flesh"), Lyle Workman, Ben Lee, Dony Wynn, China Doll, Seven Year Old Poets, Val McCallum, Creed Bratton and Bob Thiele, Jr (Sons of Anarchy).

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Funk Hunters (Friday, July 12)

The Funk Hunters
Friday, July 12
$10 door (19+ LLBO)

The Funk Hunters are one of Canada’s busiest electronic acts. Performing their signature high-energy DJ sets and groundbreaking audio-visual show at some of the world’s most popular music festivals and clubs has earned them an international following. The duo (Dunks & The Outlier) first teamed up because of a mutual love for “hunting” good music, and today this passion still rings true as they continue to champion the simple but often lost idea that the music itself comes first, regardless of attachments to genre. The Funk Hunters are now in high demand, receiving bookings, accolades, and remix requests from all corners of the electronic music scene.

Armed with four turntables, their very own custom-synched visuals, and the unique ability to create live mashups and remixes, their live show stands out. Seamlessly blending original productions with everything from Hip Hop to House, Glitch Hop to Drum & Bass, and everything funky in between, The Funk Hunters create original sets never replicated. Refusing to be confined by genres, it’s not uncommon to find this duo headlining an all-bass music festival one night and then performing a funk, soul, or boogie set the next. Their new audio-visual show continues to see them push boundaries, merging their skills as music producers, visual artists, and DJs into a truly unique live experience. By producing their own custom content, they’ve managed to avoid the stigma associated with "music-video DJs," yet still preserve their improvised multi-genre-style DJ performance – only now they’re equipped with synched visuals, controlled straight from the turntables.

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