An Artsweek signature event September 18-27 

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BLINK an Artsweek signature event
Take a tour of the city’s cafe, fashion, and entertainment districts to re-imagine our city’s retail spaces through an exhibition of storefronts transformed through art.
Join our guided walking tours of this downtown exhibition with co-curators, Elizabeth Fennell & Victoria Mohr-Blakeney
Meet at Market Hall (140 Charlotte St)

Friday Sept 18, 7pm & 8pm
Tuesday Sept 22, 7pm
Saturday Sept 26, 1pm
Create your own tour and enjoy at your leisure.
The exhibition will be available for viewing at all hours throughout Artsweek Sept. 18-27
Andrew MacDonald /  Hi Ho Silver 392 George St N.
The Graphic History Collective / Peterborough Public Library 345 Aylmer St N.
Matthew Hayes / Custom Copy 171 King St.
Paul Oldham / Pammett’s Flowers 208 Charlotte St.
Elizabeth Sullivan, Venue: TBA
John Climenhage / Peterborough Square 340 George St N
Joe Stable / St. Veronus Café and Tap Room, 129 Hunter St W.
Patrick Moore / Catalina’s Hair Salon 131 Hunter St W.
Tara Azzopardi / Dolce Vita 413 George St N.

click here for BLINK artist profiles

September 18-27 

AlleyWaltz  Performances in secret places for all ages
Saturday Sept 26 & Sunday Sept 27 
Tours begin at 1 pm and 3 pm. Gather at Victoria Park
Water & Brock Sts.
One and all are invited to join in on a kid-friendly roving adventure through the town to find five top-secret stages waiting to reveal a cast of extraordinary performers. Be prepared to meet Aerial Artists, Ninjas, Puppets, Sassy Siblings and a couple of very Curious Clowns.
Opal Elchuk & Kayla Stanistreet in Lepidoptery
Kenn Gibb & Without a Scratch Co. in Hero
Sarah & Andy McNeilly in No Strings Attached
Shelley King & Naomi Duvall in Tales from a Fly on the Wall
Hilary Wear & Patricia Thorne in A Couple of Clowns

click here for AlleyWaltz artist profiles

September 18-27 

POP-UP ARTS Seven enchanting events popping up all over town

POP 1: Trent Radio broadcasting Live & Local – Drop in on the Trent Radio House lawn or tune into the airwaves at 92.7 FM for a day of eclectic live radio creation.
Keep your dial tuned in all week for engaged artist talks and Artsweek updates.
Friday Sept. 18, 10am – 5pm. 715 George St. N. On air 92.7 F.M. Online trentradio.ca

POP 2: #eCityLit Created by Laura Rock Gaughan and JC Sutcliffe – Get a daily jolt of micro-lit with your hot beverage as local cafes provide micro-fictions and poems printed on cup sleeves. Be sure to collect the whole series created by six commissioned local writers. Cafes include: Nutshell Next Door, The Silver Bean, Dreams of Beans, Hasseltons and The Spill.

POP 3: Write on the Street – Walk by the writer’s studio and see living writers from Peterborough and beyond as they write in the storefront window. Sign up for a one-to-one writing class, and find out when creative writing workshops will be offered. Watch for collaborations between makers of the work-of-art-in-language and artists working in other disciplines. Visit your host on-line too at JanettePlatana.com
Opens each day of Artsweek at 8:30 a.m. 386 George Street N.

POP 4: Porchapalooza – The neighborhood of  Stewart and Simcoe Streets will ring with live music in this series of five porch concert with Strict Father (Chaperoned Country), Catfish Willy & the Bucklebusters (Western Swing), Swoboda & Son (Classical), Joe Hall (Folk Nonsense), Al Black & Gary Peeples (The Blues).
Wednesday Sept. 23. Musical tours begin at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm 265 Hunter St. W.

Pop 5: KIDVISION – The students of King George Public School will be working with artists Ben Hodson and Meg O’Sullivan to explore their vision of the ideal school environment. The students will be producing a mural as well as a theatrical performance for the public to enjoy.
Thursday Sept. 24. King George P.S. Noon-1 pm. 220 Hunter St E.

Pop 6: The Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre -The Healing Art of Kintsugi – Experience the ancient Japense technique of pottery repair and its philosophy of transforming the broken into a work of art in this artist led workshop for all to experience.
Friday, Sept. 25, 11am-5pm. Millennium Park Display Room

Pop 7: Mysterious Entity- Queen of the Kawarthas – a poetic musical seriocomic drag tour of the Peterborough Lift Lock, unraveling the ramifications of this key landmark of Peterborough’s colonizing history.
Written and performed by David Bateman & Em Glasspool
Friday, Sept. 25, 6pm., Saturday, Sept. 26, 6 pm., Sunday Sept. 27, 6 pm.
Peterbrough Lift Lock, 353 Hunter St E.
Mature content.

Link to Profiles


The Jackson Creek Project
Celebrate and explore Jackson Creek through the eyes of artists creating new works on the lawn, in the creek, in the woods and along the shores. With dance, music, installations, photography, and more.

Weaving Our Stories Workshop
Saturday, Sept 19th, 1pm – 3pm at Hamilton Park, 575 Bonnacord.
As Jackson Creek weaves through the city of Peterborough, giving life and shape to our city, so too our stories, influenced by this waterway, weave together to make us a community. Using poetry, meditation, and conversation, in this workshop led by Deb Reynolds and Jovanna Soligo, we will explore what it means to be living in this place by the water. Together we will create a new community story that is both personal and universal. You are welcome to join us as we share the story at a Community Ceremony the following day (for details see Sunday in the Park).  PWYC from $0 – $10! To register email lookingatthemoon@live.com. Click here for more info.

Walking History Tour of Jackson Creek
Sunday Sept. 20, Noon. Meet at Fleming Park (Brock and Aylmer Sts.)

Join Otonabee Conservation staff for a stroll along Jackson Creek to learn about the natural and cultural history of this watercourse including its industrial past and current condition. The walk will begin at Fleming Park and will follow the path of Jackson Creek to Sherbrooke Street. Duration approx 1 hour. Accessible and suitable for all ages.
Sponsored by the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority

Sunday in the Park
Sunday, Sept 20, 2-4pm at Hamilton Park, 575 Bonnacord
 adjacent to Jackson Park. For a complete program of Sunday in the Park click here.
Enjoy an afternoon in the park as new artworks unfurl on the lawns, through the woods and in the creek. Dance performance with The Fossils of Jackson Creek by Bill James; Stone Soup, an installation/performance by Jessica Rowland; live music with The Ancient Airs Players, Cirkus Quartet, The Hiscox, Mettler / Molnar / Pedersen / Bedoukian and Leigh Macdonald; nature creations with Shelley King, Poetry Gifting with Daphne Molson, Weaving Our Stories at the Water’s Edge – A Community Ceremony with Deb Reynolds & Jovanna Soligo.

For more information on Sunday in the Park, please click here.

Uncovering an Ecological Relic
On view at 171 King St. by Jackson Creek. Throughout Artsweek.
Lett Architects seek to discover the potential of an exposed Jackson Creek in downtown Peterborough through a sculptural installation, as well as a series of perspective vignettes 

Photographic and Video Projections
Watch for these photographic and video projections appearing on the exterior walls of downtown buildings throughout Artsweek.

Going Down to Jackson or The Rubber Boot Project by Esther Vincent, celebrates Jackson Creek and its place in our community. This photo essay features photos of people from all over Peterborough wearing rubber boots and standing in their favourite part of the Creek.

Lost and Found in Jackson Creek. Filmmaker Lester Alfonso and daughter Georgia walked the entire distance of Jackson Creek, cataloguing all the man-made objects they could find. This short film tells the story of their trip up the creek and the stuff they found along the way. Thanks to Angel Hamilton and Media Arts Peterborough for their support of this project.