About Us

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    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


Shivani Mehta

Board Member

Stella Pasion

Board Member

Lauren McCabe

Secretary, past chair

Ken Gee

Board Member

Paule Barsalou


Liz Sandals

Board Member

Michael Kennedy

Board Member

Tracey Clarke-Rankine

Wall of Fame

The 2019 recipient of the GYMC’s Wall of Fame is Dennis Johnson.

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:

Virginia Gillham 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.


Dennis Johnson – Wall of Fame 2019



Dennis Johnson


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.


We Are All Valued Here

The GYMC is committed to fostering a respectful and inclusive community that supports creative and critical expression amidst a culture that accepts the value of every individual.

The Guelph Youth Music Centre is committed to the highest levels of artistic and academic expression within the framework of our mission to develop and enrich young lives. We believe that diversity is an integral component to the arts recreational and educational process and we are committed to maintaining a multicultural environment that is open to all. Diversity includes race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, class, religion, disability, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

As with all artistic endeavours, the GYMC knows how strength in diversity is essential to a non-­‐profit’s ability to achieve social impact. At the same time commitment to diversity also requires sustainability, comprehensive assessment, adequate resources, and capacity for human resource engagement. These are key ingredients essential to ensuring a sustainable, responsive culture of transparent communication, opportunity and awareness.

GYMC Is A Scent-Free Building

The Guelph Youth Music Centre has become increasingly aware of the need to eliminate the use of scented products wherever possible at our facility. For that reason, the GYMC has instituted guidelines to ensure we provide a scent-free environment, wherever possible, to those whose well-being is adversely affected when exposed to scents. For the general population, exposure to scents is not typically problematic, however, occasionally the presence of perfumes and other scented products can present indoor air quality concerns that may affect worker/visitor comfort. Furthermore, for a very small portion of the general population, scented products may present a risk of health hazard.

Scented products more commonly include the following:

  • Personal hygiene products (e.g., shampoo, conditioner, hairsprays, deodorants, colognes, after-shaves, fragrances, perfumes, lotions, saps, cosmetics and creams).
  • Industrial and/or household chemicals and cleaners.
  • Air fresheners (e.g. deodorizers, potpourri, oils and candles).

Effective immediately, we ask everyone visiting the GYMC to refrain from using perfume, hairspray or any discernible scent. Cleaning, maintenance, renovation, etc. with which an “atypical” odour is associated will be scheduled to occur at time of reduced occupancy, wherever possible. As we replace our cleaning produce, future purchases will be scent-free wherever possible and when it does not affect Public Health regulation compliance.











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. After several years of work by the City of Guelph, Goldie Mill is scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2021.

Click below for more details about the Goldie Mill Park.

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Corporate Sponsors

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

Supporter of our Knightsfest Medieval Festival








Foundations & Government

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

Supporting the GYMC through the pandemic with $50,000 of assistance

Ontario Trillium Foundation






Goverment of Canada







Other Generous Supporters







Ontario Arts Foundation




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Ages Foundation










Donors & Supporters

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