Thursday, February 2, 2023

Guelph Scandals

This is Elizabeth Jane Fry, relative of Elizabeth Fry the English Prison reformer.

Elizabeth was born 1794. She came to Guelph in 1844 and lived to be 99, passing away in 1893

Elizabeth Jane was a herbalist, and people from all over Wellington County would come to her to cure their ailments.

I am particularly fond of this picture of her because to me it appears she has just read something dreadfully scandalous in that book that's on her lap and is showing her shock with that hand on cheek gesture.

This is exactly how I hope you will react when you take in a performance of "Scandalous Guelph"

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Guelph Electric Bus

Imagine getting to your historic walking tour featuring tales from the 19'th century by riding this 21'st century transportation device.

Guelph can do that.

Take the all new electric bus to your tour this year.

Gotta love Guelph Tourism







Sunday, January 29, 2023

Theatre Scenery

Uh oh, looks like they want to tear down all the lovely scenery for the JayWalking Tours. That would be a shame, not only for the JayBird but all who benefit from tourism.

Read THIS about Bill 23.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Guest Speaker


Looking for a guest speaker?

Why not a JayWalking tour without the walking? Great stories, complimented with images and sound effects.

Three choices Guelph related:
Guelph's seamier side - Scandalous Guelph
Local history - Gwelf Early Days
A true tale of murder from 1889 - The Unfortunate Man



A non-Guelph performance - Lilt of Laughter, Trace of Tears. Jay transports you to Ballycarlene a lovely place that exists only in the mind. Filled with charming characters in unique situations.

Guest speaker problem solved.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Lilt of Laughter, Trace of Tears - Irish Tales and other recitations


Over the past couple of years, I have added delightful Irish tales to my repertoire. The stories come from a family friend, Charlene Herrold (1919-2009). 

Hear amusing stories such as: The Courting Notion, Out of Time, The Tourist Dollar, Francis O'Feline, Haggerty's Wake.

To honour Charlene Herrold, writer of these delightful stories, good friend Robin Baird Lewis has given these tales a home: Ballycarlene. You'll see what I mean soon.

These tales have proven to be immensely popular at storytelling events and now this one man show is available for your theatre, library, community hall, social club...

"...I have to know where I am going to if it is expecting me to get you there that you are."

"Turn around you fractious bastard and head for the sea. We're taking Dev swimming if it kills you."

"Every accent known to man I'd been hearing and all voice owners indicating how willing they were to plant a toe of their boot forent me behind."

Thursday, January 19, 2023

JAY Walking Guelph 2023 season


New Season, new sign. Getting ready for walking tours, indoor "tours", and good ol' fashioned one man shows.

 Go ahead, ask me questions. I'm here for you.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Guelph Walking Tour

Good news!

You don't have to wait until the season starts to go on a walking tour with JayWalking Guelph.

You and 3 friends qualify as a GROUP.

That's right. For a minimum of 4 people Jay will host your very own private tour. Any day, anytime.

You choose, Gwelf Early Days OR The Unfortunate Man

PLUS you and your friends will receive $5 off any upcoming JayWalking Guelph event.

Don't wait. Book today. jaywalkingguelph@gmail.com