Guelph Jazz Festival offers adventurous, artisanal music that inspires listeners to hear and see the world with a fresh perspective. The Festival presents distinctive performances that reflect the world in which we live and makes these performances accessible to the broadest possible audience through concerts, educational initiatives, and free programs. Winner of the Premiere’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, GJF has been called one of the country’s most visionary musical events” by the Globe and Mail.
Highlights include two days of free music in downtown Guelph during “Jazz at Market Square” showcasing main stage concerts as well as an eco-friendly bicycle-powered youth music stage, an educational Colloquium, Jazz Around Town in local clubs, and a concert series featuring the most innovative local, national, and international jazz artists in the world.
The Eden Mills Writers' Festival was founded in 1989 and has taken place annually ever since. New and established writers of all genres come to the village of Eden Mills where you can bring a blanket, lie on the grass, and take in stories of both award-winning and soon-to-be-discovered authors.
Live music entertains between sets, and delicious refreshments can be enjoyed in the tented food court.
Launched in 2004, the festival sponsors Rides for Readers, which provides free entry and transportation to the festival for new community members.
The Guelph Festival of Moving Media features films and videos that offer a global perspective and provide a broader viewpoint of day-to-day events.
Within the scope of their screenings, the festival is committed to providing a venue for the work of diverse international artists and activists whose work is not necessarily considered “mainstream”.