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Hartley Stephenson: Artist, Citizen Scientist, and a True Original

You’ve likely seen him marching purposefully downtown in bare feet until the first snowfall, with thick glasses and long hair, bearded and braided, in a big army overcoat brightly embellished with red fabric swatches. Hartley Stephenson is his own man, a proud man, opinionated, and wildly creative, a free spirit if there ever was one. […]

Lester Alfonso Makes His Mark

{F/ilm] Ah, the ReFrame Film Festival—those three days in winter where practically everyone we know is marching briskly along that slushy stretch of George between Market Hall, Showplace, and the Venue to catch the next film on social justice and environmental issues. This year, Peterborough cinephiles had the pleasure of seeing the world premiere of […]

Peter Barron: The Garden of Earthly Delights

{Visual/Art] Peter Barron paints daily in a small shared studio on the third floor of the Commerce Building overlooking Mike’s Tattoo & Piercing on Water Street. He relocated there four years ago from the studio on George Street that he had rented for 32 years. The high-ceilinged room is stacked row on row with vibrant […]

Precarious: Peterborough ArtsWORK Festival

When Jim Braund sold the Commerce Building to Ashburnham Realty earlier this year, many in the arts community breathed a sigh of relief. But Kate Story, a pillar of Peterborough’s downtown theatre sector, still has concerns. Although Ashburnham does not appear to have demolition in mind, it has made no firm commitment to retain affordable […]

5 Questions: Shelley Adler

Shelley Adler is a Toronto-based artist, best known for her large, stylized paintings of women. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Adler studied at the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art, and obtained degrees in Fine Arts from both York University and Boston University. She has been honing her focus on portraiture for nearly three decades, with exhibitions […]

A Guide to the Theatres of Peterborough

If you entertain any doubt that theatre is a force to be reckoned with in Peterborough, I’m here to set you straight. It wasn’t hard to come up with a whopping 35 diverse theatre and performance production organizations in our fair town.   Amber Coast Theatrical Trent alum and performer Lucas DeLuca works with other […]

A Space for Us

On April 3, a landmark decision was narrowly passed by City Council on behalf of developer Parkview Homes and the owners of the Black Horse and Pig’s Ear Taverns to forgo heritage designations on the two popular watering holes, ignoring the recommendations of city staff, the Peterborough Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (PACAC), the Electric City […]

The Municipal Cultural Plan: Long on Big, Short on Small

I’m likely one of a handful of people who actually refer to the 2012 City of Peterborough Municipal Cultural Plan (MCP) (PDF) on a regular basis. Respected arts consultants along with a team of city planners and the public collaborated on the comprehensive cultural roadmap with a goal of utilizing the “lens of culture” in every […]

Alex Bierk: Forerunners

You can go home again, but it won’t be the same. The physical place may change with time, but the idea of home is etched into us like a tattoo. We can harbour an implacable longing and revulsion for home as we learn to coexist with our ghosts, including the ghost of our former self. […]

Downtown Revitalization: A Failure of Imagination

It has rained on and off all afternoon, but even tornado warnings can’t dampen the spirits of hundreds of people enjoying live music on the open-air stage at the intersection of Hunter and Aylmer Streets. Cafés and bars are bursting at the seams. Street vendors fill the entire car-free block. Beau Dixon, backed by his […]