Here is your complete listings of arts and culture events happening in Peterborough in April 2017.
For a complete list of music events, see our events calendar.
SPARK Photo Festival // April 1 to 30 // more info
Peterborough’s annual celebration of photography, featuring workshops, talks, and over 50 exhibitions at diverse venues spread across Peterborough and area. A selection of events is included below. For a full list, log on to the website.
Olivia Whetung: tibewh // Ongoing to April 22 // Artspace // more info
An exploration in beadwork of the Trent Severn Waterway, which is an important cultural symbol for both Peterborough and local Indigenous peoples.
Curator’s talk April 6 at 7pm.
Lyn Carter: 11th Line // Ongoing to April 23 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Intricate textile surfaces become fantastic sculptural installations and patterned architectural forms in this site-specific exhibit.
Steven Vero: Inland // Ongoing to April 23 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Peterborough artist presents landscape paintings that convey the experience of working plein air.
That’s Kinda Like What It Was Like // Ongoing to April 23 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Works by multiple artists exploring the edges between representation and non-representation.
SPARK at KAGS // Ongoing to May 4 // Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio // more info
A show and sale of photography and related art, in participation with the SPARK Photo Festival.
Opening reception April 2 at 1pm.
DROOL Collective // April 1 to 30 // Star X // more info
Works exploring some of Peterborough’s lesser-known spots, by a young collective of local artists.
Opening reception April 7 at 6pm.
Roz Hermant // April 1 to 30 // Christensen Fine Art // more info
Presenting works by the local photographic artist. Part of the SPARK Photo Festival.
Acrylic & Ink // April 1 // The Monocle Centre for the Arts // more info
A joint exhibition of acrylic paintings by Zach Prins and poetry by his brother Ben, in harmonious sets.
Rare Birds Salon // April 6 // Catalina’s // more info
A monthly artist mixer, this time with special guest artist William Carroll speaking on professional practice for visual artists.
William Carroll: City // April 7 to May 13 // Evans Contemporary // more info
Works by the New York City artist that capture the urban landscape with spray-painted silhouettes of individual buildings.
Opening reception April 7 at 6pm.
21st Annual Art Auction // April 8 // Princess Gardens // more info
A fundraiser for the Art School of Peterborough, featuring works by local artists.
ARTISANity // April 22 and 23 // Artisans Centre Peterborough // more info
A show and sale of exquisitely handcrafted items made by local artisans.
50/50 Public Preview // April 28 to May 5 // Artspace // more info
Preview the works available at Artspace’s annual gala fundraiser, which takes place on May 6.
The Best of High School Art // May 7 to June 1 // Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio // more info
A celebration of art by local high schoolers. A juried exhibit with awards presented on the final night.
Opening reception May 7 at 1pm.
Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum’s Rush // Ongoing to April 2 // Theatre on King // more info
Charlie Petch’s hilarious, raunchy, and occasionally tragic play about queerness and performance, set in the final days of vaudeville.
Paul’s Left Ball Five // April 1 // Market Hall // more info
Linda Kash, Deborah Kimmett, The Citiots Improv, PAPA Teens, and more come together for this annual comedy fundraiser for Hospice Peterborough.
Aer Time // April 9 // Market Hall // more info
A contemporary aerial-circus showcase, with professional and emerging circus artists exploring new and experimental choreography.
200 Cents Well Spent // April 10 and 24 // Red Dog // more info
An eclectic series of comedy shows by the local St Francis Productions, always with a $2 cover. St Francis is currently looking for show ideas: contact [email protected]
The Leader // April 14 and 15 // Theatre on King // more info
Three characters await the arrival of the mysterious “Leader,” in this short absurdist work by Eugene Ionsesco.
Citiots Improv // April 21 // Gordon Best Theatre // more info
Monthly improv comedy show featuring the storied local troupe and special guests.
Crime City // April 22 // Theatre on King // more info
A monthly noir detective serial, presented as a live reading in the style of old-time radio.
The Comic Strippers // April 27 // Showplace // more info
A fictitious male stripper troupe, portrayed by Canadian improv comics, present a rather unique “sexilarious” improv show (their word, not mine).
Our Town // April 28 to May 6 // Market Hall // more info
New Stages Theatre Company presents Thornton Wilder’s timeless play about young love in a small town.
More Than a Memory // April 28 to May 13 // more info
Peterborough Theatre Guild // An original musical written and directed by Paul Crough set in Ireland after the end of the First World War.
Things to Come // April 3 // 4pm and 7pm // Galaxy Cinemas // more info
The MUSE Film Festival presents the critically acclaimed 2016 film about a philosophy teacher dealing with a string of personal tragedies.
Mystery Science Night: Space Mutiny // April 19 // 8pm // Theatre on King // more info
A screening of the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 episode featuring the hilariously bad 1980s sci-fi epic.
Maudie // April 24 // 4pm and 7pm // Galaxy Cinemas // more info
The MUSE Film Festival presents the 2016 bio-pic about Canadian folk singer Maud Lewis, starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.
Mystery Science Night: Monster a Go Go // April 26 // 8pm // Theatre on King // more info
A screening of the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 episode featuring the (deeply confusing) 1960s sci-fi monster movie.
Straight, No Chaser // April 29 // 8:45pm // Catalina’s // more info
As part of International Jazz Day celebrations, a screening of the documentary about the great jazz pianist/composer Thelonious Monk.
Script Club // April 6 // 7pm // BE at the Trend // more info
Monthly script workshop hosted by Mysterious Entity Theatre. Open to all writers who want to submit and actors who want to read.
Book Signing: an other being // April 20 // 6pm // Catalina’s // more info
Poet Tony Brathwaite and illustrator David McConkey will be on hand to sign their new book.
Poetry Reading // April 22 // 7:30pm // Monocle Centre for the Arts // more info
Celebrating April’s Poetry Month, readings and music by Ben Prins, Rob Fortin and Sue Newman, and Alchemy.
April Slam // April 27 // 7:30pm // The Spill // more info
The Peterborough Poetry Slam Collective’s monthly slam, featuring guest poet Andre Prefontaine.
Keyboards! // April 30 // 8pm // The Garnet // more info
Live poetry writing and reading by Justin Million of the Show and Tell Poetry Series.
Meditation for Men with Mark Finnan // Tuesdays // 12:30pm // Seeds of Change Peterborough // more info
Op Art Explorations with Victoria Wallace // April 1 // 11am // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Family Sundays // April 2 // 1pm // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Muscle/Bone, Mind/Body Dance Class with Bill James // April 4 // 5:15pm // Seeds of Change Peterborough // more info
Joy of Bob 3 with Victoria Ward, Annie Jaeger, and Eryn Lidster // April 5 // 8pm // Theatre on King // more info
Saturday Art Club // Semester starts April 8 // 10am // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Bring a Friend // April 8 // 7pm // Kawartha Potters Guild // more info
Chromatic Black with Victoria Wallace // April 9 // 11am // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Exhibition Tour // April 20 // 2pm // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Family Clay // April 22 // 1:30pm // Kawartha Potters Guild // more info
Art for Teens: Stop-motion – Metamorphosis I // April 30 // 1pm // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
All images courtesy the artists.