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Peterborough Arts Awards: And the Winner Is…

A few years I go, I became weirdly obsessed with a short-lived Bravo TV show called Work of Art. The show took the tried-and-true reality competition show formula of Top Chef and Project Runway, and applied it to the world of fine art. It was a bizarre show, and rightly canceled after one season, but […]

5 Questions: Eugene Chadbourne

Perhaps Eugene Chadbourne is best known for (or most infamous for) the electric rake, a homemade instrument consisting of a garden rake with an electric pickup, creating a noise much like you’d expect from a loud, distorted rake. He doesn’t play the electric rake any more, but it gives a sense of Eugene’s unconventional approach […]

Bandwagon: Whitehorse – “Boys Like You”

Bandwagon, the local video series featuring intimate performances from excellent bands, continues its seventh season with a performance of “Boys Like You” by Whitehorse. Even before Whitehorse was a band, Luke Doucet and Melissa McLelland were making music and playing together. They each had solo careers and would sometimes tour together, playing backup in each other’s […]

Mokomokai: United Under the Riff

The 2007 documentary Global Metal sees metalhead (and cultural anthropologist) Sam Dunn investigating heavy metal scenes around the world, discovering how the same blistering guitar solos and wild styles have found expression and meaning across borders, cultures, and language barriers. At one point, Dunn is speaking to a boy in India, who says, “Heavy metal […]

5 Questions: Drew Hayden Taylor

For the better part of three decades, Drew Hayden Taylor has been shining a light on contemporary Indigenous life and culture, and doing so with humour and style. He has written award-winning comedic and dramatic plays, articles, novels, non-fiction, short stories, TV series, and documentaries, but what remains consistent is an insightful, compassionate, and fiendishly […]

Bandwagon: Julie & The Wrong Guys – “Calm Before the Storm”

Bandwagon, the local video series featuring intimate performances from excellent bands, continues its seventh season with a performance of “Calm Before the Storm” by Julie & The Wrong Guys. Julie & The Wrong Guys is the unlikely Canadian indie supergroup fronted by Julie Doiron, who first came to prominence in the 90s as a founding member […]

5 Questions: Melissa McLelland of Whitehorse

The first time I saw Whitehorse, I was reminded that, sometimes, a particular artist will be more successful than others because they’re simply more charismatic, more energetic, more joyous, and just overall more talented. Husband-and-wife duo Luke Doucet and Melissa McLelland are a musical powerhouse. Their albums have been critical darlings and audience favourites, showcasing […]

What’s On in the Arts: April 2018

Here is your complete listings of arts and culture events happening in Peterborough in April 2018. For a complete list of music events, see our events calendar.   Visual Art // Theatre and Performance // Orchestra and Choir // Film // Literary Arts // Workshops   Visual Art Dr. Roberta Bondar: The Light in the […]

Lindsay Barr: Owning the Stage

When I saw Lindsay Barr on stage in the local production of Evil Dead: The Musical in October of last year, it felt like the arrival of a new whirlwind force on the local theatre scene. In a production full of big performances and wild, over-the-top moments, she shone bright. Her character, the bookish Shelly, […]

Bandwagon: My Son The Hurricane – “Parade”

Bandwagon, the local video series featuring intimate performances from excellent bands, continues its seventh season with a performance of “Parade” by My Son the Hurricane. My Son the Hurricane are a “14 piece brass-fuelled funk and dance beast.” Hailing from Toronto and the Niagara region, this unweildly orchestra, including a beefy brass section, mixes New Orleans-style grooves […]