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Reflections on Ramadan

[Electric City/Faiths} Interviews by Will Pearson Muslims in Peterborough and around the world are currently observing Ramadan, the most holy season of the Islamic year. We asked local Muslims to share with us what Ramadan means to them and how they observe it. Here’s what they said:   Shaikh Shazim Khan Shaikh Shazim Khan is […]

Taking Back the Streets

One of my favourite local street festival memories happened, strangely enough, after the festival was cancelled. It was the 2016 Hootenanny on Hunter Street, an annual event that shuts down Hunter Street between George and Aylmer for a full day of music, food, patios, and all sorts of activities you normally can’t do when the […]

What’s On in the Arts: June 2017

Here is your complete listings of arts and culture events happening in Peterborough in June 2017. For a complete list of music events, see our events calendar.   Visual Art // Theatre // Film // Literary Arts // Workshops   Visual Art The Best of High School Art Show // Ongoing to June 1 // […]

The Story That Goes Nowhere: A Life with Chronic Illness

[Heal/th} This month is my fifteenth anniversary of being chronically ill. I’ve spent a lot of time, when I was too symptomatic to sleep, or when I was in the hospital for long stretches, trying to make sense of my experiences. As my friend Pauline Harder says, chronic disease is a narrative challenge: it defies […]

Freedom of Choice

{Pop/Rant] I was recently talking with my wife about music, and the topic of (seminal English punk group and “only band that matters”) the Clash came up. She startlingly declared to me that the Clash were, in her words, “a boy’s band,” meaning that their music and its subject matter was meant to appeal specifically—and […]

Presence, Memory, and Witness: The Sisters of St Joseph

[Electric City/Faiths} On a hill in what used to be a farmer’s field west of Peterborough, but which is now a quiet green space tucked away beside Monaghan Road, a community of women have been leading lives of prayer and service for over 125 years. They’re the Sisters of Saint Joseph, a Catholic convent with […]

Of Bikes and Memes

Nathan Govier has made a spectacle of himself. In the past year and a half, Govier has become a highly recognizable presence in Peterborough—but not as himself. Decked out in a gold bike helmet and a series of brightly coloured jumpsuits emblazoned with the logo for downtown deli Sam’s Place, Govier has created a rather […]

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 […]

What’s On in the Arts: May 2017

Here is your complete listings of arts and culture events happening in Peterborough in May 2017. For a complete list of music events, see our events calendar.   Visual Art // Theatre // Film // Orchestra and Choir // Literary Arts // Workshops   Visual Art SPARK at KAGS // Ongoing to May 4 // […]

Darkness Falls

{Pop/Rant] You may not have noticed, but the world is a garbage dump. Everything is terrible, nobody is happy, and the news is filled with stories of famine, pestilence, war, death, and Kanye. So it’s only sensible that our light entertainment would reflect the soul-sucking depression that consumes our every waking hour. Instead of providing […]