About us
fostering youth
through music
and the arts

Mission: The Guelph Youth Music Centre is a unique facility that educates, enriches and fosters the development of our youth through music and the arts.


The history of the Guelph Youth Music Centre began in 1981 as the result of a search for a permanent physical facility for the Suzuki String School of Guelph, and when the focus of that initiative was broadened to encompass the many performing arts activities for children and young people that occur within the city. The Guelph Youth Music Centre was established in 1992, and over $300,000 from two decades of fundraising by the SSSG was given to the Guelph Youth Music Centre.

The enthusiasm and dedication surrounding this unique community project convinced the City of Guelph to purchase a dramatic post and beam building in 1995 and, after 6 years of renovations, the facility opened in September, 2001. The organization’s efforts have been recognized as an outstanding community project through major grants and donations from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Carolyn Sifton Foundation, the Rotary Club of Guelph Foundation, the Homewood Corporation, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Dupont Canada, and the Suzuki String School of Guelph, as well as generous support of local corporations and individuals.

The Guelph Youth Music Centre also received special tribute by the judges of the 1999 National Communities in Bloom competition at which the city of Guelph took First Place. Specifically, the extraordinary amount of volunteer effort in the construction of the facility was noted. In fact, it is estimated that over 20,000 hours was contributed by more than 100 volunteers towards the completion of this project. Currently 200 volunteers contribute over 7,000 hours annually in assisting with the operations and programming of the facility.

The Centre is used by more than 2,000 children and their families on a weekly basis and directly benefits 18,000 additional area residents annually through community concerts, events and activities.

GYMC Opening

Board of Directors


Kurt Christie


Chad Hepburn


Sharon Ilavsky

Board Member

Mark McDowell


Ken Hammill

Board Member

Ken Gee

Board Member

Paule Barsalou

Board Member

Dirk Steinke


The 2018 recipient of the GYMC’s Wall of Fame is Sue Smith.

The Guelph Youth Music Centre Wall of Fame exists to honour individuals whose career or volunteer activities in music and/or the arts, exemplify the philosophy of the Guelph Youth Music Centre. Individuals so honoured will have an outstanding history of achievement, in the Guelph area, directed toward creating in young people from all walks of life, a life-long appreciation for music and/or the arts.

Nominations are invited for individuals believed worthy of this honour. Nominations received will be evaluated by the Wall of Fame Committee, and those deemed appropriate will be retained by the Committee’s databank for consideration for the annual award. Nominations will not necessarily be considered in the year that they are put forward.

Individuals selected will be honoured by having their photograph and an account of their achievements displayed on the Wall of Fame in the Guelph Youth Music Centre building.

Please direct nominations including supporting detail and documentation, or requests for further information about this honour, to:

Josephine Horton Chair
Wall of Fame Committee

This award is intended to recognize appropriate persons either currently active or from any period in Guelph’s history. Honorees may be named posthumously.

To be added to the Guelph Youth Music Centre Wall of Fame, an individual must:

  •  Have been born, live or have lived, or have had some significant connection with Guelph or the Guelph area.
  • Have made a significant contribution in music and/or the arts compatible with the GYMC philosophy of fostering a life-long appreciation of music and/or the arts in young people.
  • Not be an active member of the Board of the Guelph Youth Music Centre.


Sue Smith – Wall of Fame 2018



Sue Smith


Beverly Matson


Jean Little


Robert Munsch


Karen Haack


Robert Emberson


Linda Beaupré


Stephen Lewis


Jessie Hill


Robert Gillham


Carolyn McMillan


Charles M Wilson


Nick & June Kaethler


Pat McLeod


Jennie Lamb


Sally Gross


Gail Lange


James Gordon


Bill & Daphne Hughes


David Rogers


Edward Denver


Edward Johnson


The Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe, inclusive, equitable, and welcoming learning and working environment for all members of the GYMC community, regardless of real or perceived sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions, which includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and those who are questioning (LGBTTQ+). View or download the GYMC Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities Policies and Procedures.


The Guelph Youth Music Centre is located in Goldie Mill Park beside the ruins of the old mill situated on the Speed River. It is within strolling distance to Guelph’s downtown, surrounded by residences but close to many cafes, restaurants, and shopping.

Goldie Mill

Goldie Mill Park

The ruins behind the GYMC are the old Goldie Mill; a wheat and flour mill, tannery, distillery and warehouse established in 1827 on the banks of the Speed River. The structure that became the GYMC used to be a seed warehouse.

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Sunday September 25, 11am-5pm at Goldie Mill and Guelph Youth Music Centre

Our 3rd annual Vegfest Guelph is expected to be even bigger and better than last year! We’re hard at work preparing for a great festival!

Vegfest Guelph 2015 was beyond our wildest expectations. Everything came together and it was a fabulous celebration of all things vegan! Approximately 4,000-5,000 people came out to enjoy the day with us. The fun and positive vibe in the crowd was so gratifying and is what made the day such a smashing success!

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Volunteer Award

The Guelph Youth Music Centre Volunteer Award was created to honour individuals who have contributed exceptional volunteer activities in support of the GYMC. One award will be given each year in November. Nominations may be put forward by any member of the GYMC board or the Executive Director of the GYMC. The annual award will be decided by a majority vote by the GYMC board.

Paul White Volunteer Award 2015

Volunteer Award 2015 – Paul White

Paul White is congratulated by GYMC executive director Gabriella Currie-Ziegler after receiving the centre’s first annual Volunteer Award at the Bella Serata gala November 21, 2015. Paul is a past GYMC board member and chair, as well as one of original volunteers who literally built much of the GYMC structure over countless evenings and weekends. He continues to be seen, usually with tools in hand, doing repairs and upgrades around the centre. While many could have received the award, Paul was the unanimous first choice for this new recognition. Thanks for everything, Paul!


Volunteer Award 2016 – GYMC Core Building Team

When you look at the beautiful GYMC building, especially the Recital Hall, you should know that it was a labour of love. Countless volunteer hours were given to create the building while keeping spending to a minimum. What we now call the “Core Building Team” included Tim Allman, Bob Cripps, Ken Finlay, Bob Gillham, Bob Richardson, Ross Rowat, Paul White, and (starting a bit later) Terry Gillespie. They did drywalling, stone work, floors, wiring, and pretty much everything except heavy mechanicals. The GYMC would not exist if not for this team, and the GYMC is honoured to make these great people recipients of the 2016 Volunteer Award. Their names will appear on the plaque by the downstairs elevator in early January 2017. Thank you, team!



Corporate Sponsors

The Guelph Youth Music Centre extends our deep gratitude to our generous corporate partners.

Premier Corporate Partner





Supporter through its Community Partnership Program

Waterloo Region Record






Supporters of the annual fundraising gala

Guelph Tribune Logo



Magic 106.1 logo




BDO Logo





Miller Thompson Logo




1460 CJOY Logo





Guelph Solar Logo





Studio Locale



Weiler & Company




Woolwich Arrow Logo






Moen Logo





Supporter of Music at the GYMC 2017


Supporter of the Medieval Festival

TD Canada Trust Logo



Other generous supporters

RBC Royal Bank





Nelson Watson LLP



Sherwin Williams





Graniteworx Logo





Leon's Logo







Foundations & Government

The Guelph Youth Music Centre extends our deep gratitude to the following foundations and government.

Two year grant of $109,000 to implement comprehensive marketing plan

Ontario Trillium Foundation





Sponsor of the Do Ri Me program

Upper Grand District School Board logo





Supporter of the Medieval Festival





Other Generous Supporters








Ontario Arts Foundation




Musagetes Logo



Ages Foundation










Donors & Supporters

The Guelph Youth Music Centre would like to thank our many donors and supporters.

Sherwin Williams




The GYMC is very grateful to Sherwin Williams (106 Silvercreek Parkway N, Guelph) for their generous donation of paint, equipment and volunteers to help give the Centre a much needed “facelift”. We’re looking rather smart these days!

And the giving doesn’t stop there. Sherwin Williams is generously offering a special discount to all GYMC supporters. Just mention the “Guelph Youth Music Centre” account and receive Contractor Pricing. It’s that easy. Thank you to Tom and his team at Sherwin Williams – Silvercreek Parkway.