Down the quiet streets of Guelph, Ontario, in behind a church, Mitchell Hall was the perfect setting for a night of electronic music.
Located at the rear of Guelph’s remarkable Gothic Revival landmark St. George’s Anglican Church, Mitchell Hall is converted to a late night music venue. This quaint hall, tucked away down the hill behind the church, was home to a large sound and a room full of dancing fans.
The small room has a capacity of 400, but makes great use of it’s open space, including an area to hang your own coats. I loved this idea of the “honor system” within the walls of a building where a higher power is supposed to be watching. The staff getting into the place were fantastic, with the walls lined of people smiling, saying “have fun”! The venue was super clean, again it had volunteers everywhere pitching in, and this also translated to the washrooms, where I didn’t even have to wait in line!
Buying drinks was made easy by setting a $6-any-drink price list, including wine, tallboys, local craft brews and coolers. Food was available as well including a $7 burrito and $2 organic muffins and free trade coffee. Definitely not a shock if you know Guelph and it’s University crowds.
The show itself was just amazing. Being one of my first times (purposely) finding myself at an electronic set, I was blown away by the whole package that the Dj’s had to offer. The exceptional group, A Tribe Called Red, captivated the audience with a light show, corresponding video show and talented dancers out front. They brought their A-game and the venue was able to keep up, doing justice to their theatrics.
With such a small space, the show was very intimate, while still leaving space for people to dance. There was no where to sit, but there was plenty of wall space for attendees to lean and many people sat outside on the chilly church steps.
Finding Mitchell Hall was super simple, located at 99 Woolwich Street, Guelph, and finding free street parking was even simpler. Following the crowds around to the back of the church and down a flight of stairs, easily led us to the door we needed to be at. The venue is also accessible, if you drive up to the ramp near the doors.
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