Thursday, February 22, 2024

St. Patrick's Day at the Red Brick Cafe



Lilt of Laughter, Trace of Tears St.Patrick’s Day 2024

The book had a very limited printing. I doubt you could find a copy of it. The copy I have was sent to me by the author, Charlene Herrold. Charlene was a friend of the family. She worked for (with) my father at J.H. Wilson and Sons Home Furnishings in, what was then, Galt ON.

Both my parents were actively involved in GLT (Galt Little Theatre) and many a late evening was spent in our home as Charlene and Mom discussed skits, which Charlene would compose.

I knew nothing about Charlene’s background. She didn’t talk about herself. She was always more interested in knowing what you were doing. She was a hippy long before there was such a thing, meaning she had a critical mind when it came to politics, religion, beliefs and humanity.

Then suddenly one day about 1998/99 out of nowhere this book, Lilt of Laughter, Trace of Tears, stories that obviously came from her past, her ‘roots’, arrived at my door.

The tales come from the west coast of Ireland, in and around Clew Bay & Clare Isle, County Mayo, an area known for poverty, famine and Catholicism, oddly ingredients necessary for a deep sense of humour. The book is a collection of what is, to me, a series of monologues with multiple characters, multiple voices and perfect for telling aloud.

Come see some of these Irish tales performed on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday March 17, 7pm at The Red Brick Cafe. A very Irish way to celebrate this special day. Tickets available at Eventbrite or $25 cash at the door. Seating is limited to 40 so advance purchases are advised. For more information visit

The top of the morning to ya and the cream of the day.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Explore Guelph Pass 2024


Attention conference attendies!

Coming to a conference this year in fabulous Guelph? Make sure you get your hands on the Explore Guelph Pass, compliments of Visit Guelph.

Great savings on food and attractions during your stay here including the JayWalking Guelph tour offer, valid all year long.

Details coming soon.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Summer season announced

Attention walking tour fans. Tickets are now available for the 2024 season.

New time. Tours will begin at 8pm this year.

Gwelf Early Days - Every Thursday at 8pm

The Unfortunate Man - Every Friday at 8pm

Scandalous Guelph - Every Saturday at 8pm

All summer long

Guelph Fringe Festival 2024

So Guelph's smallest live theatre company won a lottery.
No, not that lottery. And "won" may not be the word.

As you may know, to participate in a Fringe Festival, you submit an entry.

 "You don't even need a show, just enter", they said. So JayWalking Guelph entered.

Now what?! Who knew the entry would be selected? Now I need a show! Yikes! 

So much for enjoying retirement during my golden years.

Come see the result. Guelph Fringe Festival, August 8-11, 2024. Follow HERE

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Scandalous Guelph - The Indoor Version

Saturday April 27, 2024 at 8pm

At 10C Shared Space at 42 Carden Street Guelph

An indoor walking tour whereby you never leave your seat.

Images and sound effects compliment the true tales of Guelph Scandal



Edgar Community Hall - Old Barrie Road - Shanty Bay ON

I am going to be performing Lilt of Laughter, Trace of Tears in this charming historic facility on Sunday May 12 (Mother's Day) at 2:00pm.

Many years ago I lived on a farm near this building.

I have been speaking with Oro Township, asking for some history about the Community Hall to include in an upcoming press release about the show. Lori from the Township of Oro has been most helpful. She sent me this school picture she came across from 1893.

It's an interesting photo. Some of the children look to old and some look to young to be attending school. There seems to be an inordinate amount of adults in the picture. Surely there would be one teacher in this one-room school and maybe a part-time custodian.

I also like the way the photographer has not only lined up the children according to height in each row, he has also placed tree branches across the front row, giving it a country feel.

You can also conclude that there are some students likely connected to the nearby African Episcopal Methodist Church who are attending S.S. #6.

I look forward to learning more about The Edgar Hall and I especially look forward to animating the space with some charming Irish stories.

Imagine life in this area in 1893!

Monday, January 22, 2024

Historic Ennotville Library

For those following this blog you will recall that Alison was commandeered into creating an image of the Ennotville Library so that I could include it in a poster for the Father's Day performance of Lilt of Laughter, Trace of Tears which will take place at this charming venue.

She started by doing a pastel, but quickly abandoned that idea preferring to do a pencil drawing.

This is currently where she is at - it's early yet but I am looking forward to see where this goes.

Fathers from all over Ontario are going to love the poster...and the show!

And here is the incompleted pastel, which no longer exists.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

St. Patrick's Day 2024

Of course, there will be a performance of Lilt of Laughter, Trace of Tears on St. Patrick's Day. This show was made for it.

Don't miss this delightful Irish show. Sold out performances July & November 2023.

Get your tickets early. Get your tickets HERE

The Red Brick Cafe is the perfect venue for this show. 

A wonderful way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Indoor tour - Scandalous Guelph April 27, 2024


For those who want to hear the stories but don't want to walk in all types of weather, JayWalking Guelph has the perfect solution...indoor tours!

When discovering the stories for the Scandalous Guelph Tour, I came across pictures of old buildings, tombstones, newspaper headlines, and obscure photographs of people. "One day these will come in handy", I said. At the same time, when reading these true tales I would often hear sounds, howling wind, thunder, a distant train whistle, voices, and music.

Tickets for the indoor Scandalous Guelph Show available HERE 

The outdoor tours are marvelous because we often stand on the very spot where the event took place. I seek out unique locations to visit and we are in nature, surrounded by striking architecture. We feel the wind on our face or the heat of the sun while listening to these fascinating stories.

An indoor tour removes the distractions, the screeching of cars, loud sirens, trucks backing up and airplanes. The pictures transport us to another time.

All three of the walking tours, Gwelf Early Days, The Unfortunate Man and Scandalous Guelph have indoor versions and I am very excited to be bringing Scandalous Guelph to 10C Shared Space on Saturday April 27, 2024

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Guelph Walking Tours

Another endorsement. Giovanna & guest braved a January, 2024 storm, insisting that we go ahead with the walk. Here's what she had to say after the tour.

"Thank you so much for the tour! We loved it, in spite of the weather conditions. We are already planning our next visit to Guelph and have agreed we definitely need more walking tours!
I look forward to seeing you in the spring!"

Giovanna Iosso

Music to this tour guide's ears. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Groups have more fun

It really is more fun in a group. Delta Hotels Guelph Conference Centre put together this Guelph Group Guide which is full of terrific activities for groups

JayWalking Guelph offers the ultimate flexibility for groups of 4 or more = Any tour, any day, any time! How's that!?

Book now

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Summer Theatre

Summer theatre has been a passion of mine...forever. From my teenage years working with The Grand Street Players in Galt ON, to my time spent at The Gravenhurst Opera House and Theatre Collingwood.

The summer theatre season has always stirred up intense feelings of joy and excitement.

It is no surprise then that I have come up with a summer theatre tour of my own in my "golden years".

The Show - Lilt of Laughter, Trace of Tears, a one-man show featuring delightful Irish characters in amusing and unusual situations.