{ Ann Jaeger ]

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 […]

How to Start a Poetry Scene in Your Backyard

It’s a sultry Friday night in July. Jess Rowland squeezes her accordion beside a shelf of her poetry books in the carport entrance to an unassuming back yard on London Street, welcoming us in. A card table is set up with a small jade plant and more handmade, limited editions of poetry to commemorate this […]

Copping, Moore, Eardley

Peterborough is the only place I know where folks drive around town with canoes permanently strapped to the roof of their cars. Our identification with canoes and waterways runs deep. We who live here know well the stippled light of trees and water, the still magic of gliding across a lake lush with silver moonlight. […]

Murals: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

No one can dispute that art is subjective. This makes it singularly challenging to select work for a public art project that is on par with high-quality art, withstands the test of time, and speaks to, and on behalf of, the community. So I’d humbly like to offer this cautionary tale. This spring, we have […]

Review: Meryl McMaster – Wanderings

There are many points of entry into Wanderings, Meryl McMaster’s exhibition at Artspace: Indigenous, feminist, fine art photography, media arts, performative, sculptural, interdisciplinary, Surrealist, multi-cultural, self-portrait, land-based, anthropomorphic, craft / material arts, post-literate. The young Ottawa-based artist is one to watch, with numerous solo exhibitions already under her belt including the Smithsonian’s Museum of the […]

Hidden Treasures

I like to compare the artists of Peterborough to a special breed of hothouse flowers: with some TLC and the right environment, the results are original, even exotic. A small city like ours gives the creative community room to grow, instead of withering in a never-ending competition for limited resources. What makes us mighty is […]