Last Beer At The Pig’s Ear Documentary To Play Closing Night At ReFrame Film Festival

ReFrame Film Festival has announced its 2019 schedule, and the Closing Night documentary is on the Pig’s Ear and the legacy it has left in Peterborough.

Last Beer at the Pig’ s Ear is a tribute to the people, the fun and games, the music and the pickled eggs—the culture that made the “Piggy” so special for 152 years. Directed by local filmmaker Peter Blow, it screens at Showplace Performance Centre on Sunday, January 27th at 7 p.m.

Pig’s Ear was iconic watering hole on Brock Street

Pig’s Ear was iconic watering hole on Brock Street

The ReFrame Film Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary from January 24th to Sunday, January 27th. Youth Unstoppable, a film by former PCVS student Slater Jewell-Kemker made to amplify youth voices against climate change, headlines the festival.

Click here for the full schedule.

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Peterborough Museum & Archives' Newest Exhibition Terry Fox: Running To The Heart Of Canada Is On Loan From Canadian Museum of History

Peterborough Museum & Archives' newest exhibition titled Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada is a must see for people of all ages.

The exhibition is on loan from the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, with support from the Terry Fox Foundation, and will be on-site in Peterborough for public viewing until Sunday, December 9th.

Photo courtesy Peterborough Museum & Archives

Photo courtesy Peterborough Museum & Archives

The exhibition provides a unique look at Terry’s epic 143-day, 3,339-mile (5,373-kilometre) journey from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1980. It explores Canadians’ deep and abiding affection for Terry and examines his unique place in our collective memory.

Developed by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with Terry Fox’s family, the exhibition traces Terry’s journey and shows the impact he had on modern Canadian life—the numerous schools, community centres and features of the landscape named for him, and the Canadian coins, stamps and passports bearing his image.

Photo courtesy Peterborough Museum & Archives

Photo courtesy Peterborough Museum & Archives

“During the Marathon of Hope and the months that followed, Canadians filled our home in Port Coquitlam, B.C., with scrapbooks, written tributes and gifts reflecting a collective compassion and admiration for Terry's unselfish act,” says Darrell Fox, Terry’s brother. “More than 35 years later, it is time to share the Terry Fox collection and the compelling story that the memorabilia evoke with the world.

Photo courtesy Peterborough Museum & Archives

Photo courtesy Peterborough Museum & Archives

The Canadian icon’s coast-to-coast journey in 1980 ended near Thunder Bay, when the cancer that had claimed his leg returned, forcing Terry to abandon the project.

He died a national hero in June 1981, at the age of 22, having collected some $24 million. To date, more than $700 million has been raised in his name for cancer research.

Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada is being presented at The Peterborough Museum & Archives (300 Hunter Street East) from September 29th until December 9th.

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The Awesome Open Street Community Event Peterborough Pulse Is This Saturday

Beautiful downtown Peterborough is about to become a vibrant, car-free corridor this Saturday (July 21st) with the return of Peterborough Pulse, which reimagines the possibility of community and the public realm for a single day

This is when for one summer day, the streets are filled with cyclists and roller-skaters, families pushing strollers, karate and fencing demonstrations, art and music, and more.

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Now in its 4th year, Pulse will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s Pulse route will run along George Street from McDonnel St. to Sherbrooke St. and will include Charlotte Street from George St. to Aylmer St.
 
New this year is a snack hub—delicious idea!—on Charlotte Street next to the George Street intersection.

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This year, the Pulse team will be expanding the Pulse effect all summer long with the Pulse Play Guide. The Pulse Play Guide is a uniquely local summer passport curated to reflect the magic of Pulse with recreation activities the whole family can discover together, from axe throwing to star gazing.

The Play Guide will offer families free access to some of the most spectacular recreation opportunities offered in the city of Peterborough. Printed Play Guides can be picked up at a number of the local art galleries and museums including: The Museum and Archives, Hutchinson House, The Canadian Canoe Museum, Art Gallery of Peterborough, and the OFAH Heritage Centre.

A download option of the guide will also be made available on the Pulse website here

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Library Commons Selected As Name For New Simcoe Aylmer Square

UPDATED POST (April 25th): More than 500 votes were cast by the public, and the name Library Commons won out with 186 votes. It will be the name for the City's Newest Public Space. Second place went to Firehouse Square and third place to Robertson Davies Square. When the square opens to the public, a plaque will be installed commemorating this community space and the name “Library Commons”.

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ORIGINAL POST

The City of Peterborough is seeking community input to determine the name of the new Simcoe Aylmer Square being contructed adjacent to the Peterborough Public Library.
 
The City of Peterborough, together with LLF Lawyers—the naming right sponsor—invite the community to vote on the final name for the new public space located at the southwest corner of Simcoe and Aylmer Streets.

Rendering courtesy City of Peterborough

Rendering courtesy City of Peterborough

The project was developed in concert with the Library’s Main Branch renovation and expansion. The construction of the square adjacent to the library will create a vibrant place for people to gather in the heart of downtown Peterborough.  

Photo courtesy Peterborough Libary

Photo courtesy Peterborough Libary

LLF has worked with City staff to seek input and comments from the Library Board, City’s Public Art Advisory Committee and City’s Arenas, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to compile a short-list of potential names that reflect:

-> the community's heritage and history
-> the square's relevance to the community
-> a commitment to community access and use of this space

Short-listed names are, drum roll please...

• Firehouse Square
• W.A. Howard Commons
• Robertson Davies Plaza
• Dr. Thomas Greer Square
• Library Commons
• Carnegie Square
• Brigade Square    

Community voting is available online here or to cast your vote in person, ballots are available at City Hall and at the Peterborough Public Library. Voting will be open until April 20th and the results will be announced April 25th.

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Wenjack & Downie Families Celebrate Opening Of Chanie Wenjack School At Trent

The Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University honours the life and history of Chanie Wenjack, a young Anishinaabe boy who died in his attempt to escape residential school in 1966.

The families of Chanie Wenjack and Gord Downie were at Trent University on Friday (March 2nd) to celebrate the official opening of the Chanie Wenjack School—a milestone development in the University’s longstanding leadership in Indigenous education and reconciliation.

Wenjack and Downie families join celebration to launch Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies (Picture via Trent University)

Wenjack and Downie families join celebration to launch Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies (Picture via Trent University)

“The Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies works to create an environment of dignity, respect, understanding and a home for all students," says Professor David Newhouse, director of the School.

"It also provides a space for Indigenous students to understand their own culture and heritage better, while also cultivating greater understanding amongst non-Indigenous students."

Speaking on behalf of the Wenjack family, Pearl Achneepineskum, Chanie’s sister, had this to say:

“The people in Peterborough and at Trent have always had a spot in my heart. I would like to thank Trent for continuing to honour Chanie, and for their leadership in Indigenous education.”

Photo via Trent University

Photo via Trent University

“I am so proud to attend the opening of the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies with Chanie’s sisters, Pearl, Daisy and Evelyn,” adds Mike Downie, co-founder of the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, who also attended the launch event.

“Trent University has been, and continues to be, a leader in Indigenous education to break down barriers between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians through their programming, resources, and initiatives.”

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Families of Chanie Wenjack & Gord Downie To Join Celebration Of Chanie Wenjack School For Indigenous Studies

The Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University honours the life and history of Chanie Wenjack, a young Anishinaabe boy who died in his attempt to escape residential school in 1966.

Many high profile and distinguished guests—including the families of Chanie Wenjack and Gord Downie—will be at Trent University on Friday, March 2nd to celebrate the official opening of the Chanie Wenjack School.

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The special event will include remarks from Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University; Professor David Newhouse, director of the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies; Pearl Achneepineskum, Chanie Wenjack’s sister; and more.
 
The launch event will be followed by a panel discussion on Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action.

Chanie Wenjack Theatre

Chanie Wenjack Theatre

Special guests include: Gord Downie’s brothers Mike and Patrick Downie; Chanie Wenjack’s sisters Pearl Achneepineskum, Daisy Munroe and Evelyn Baxter; Curve Lake First Nation Chief Phyllis Williams, and other local dignitaries.

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Peterborough's Epic Street Festival Pulse Takes Place This Saturday

The 3rd Annual community event Peterborough Pulse takes place on Saturday, July 15th. It's an awesome day where the streets are closed to motorized vehicles (between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.) and filled with cyclists, roller-skaters, families pushing strollers, art, music, free activities and great conservations.

Bring your pets, your family and your friends as Peterborough Pulse invites the whole city to walk, bike, dance, play and socialize in spaces typically used by cars.

Peterborough Pulse wants to inspire Peterborough to become the healthiest and happiest city it can be. By opening the streets to people, Pulse promotes healthy communities, active transportation, local business, and neighborhood pride.

This year’s route will run along George Street from McDonnel Street to Sherbrooke and follow along the Trans Canada Trail through Millennium and Del Crary parks and run the length of Crescent Street.

The route will also include the bustling commercial district on Charlotte Street between George and Louis streets, making it the longest Pulse route yet!

"I am looking forward to watching how Pulse, with its car-free streets filled with people walking and biking, transforms the streets of Peterborough again this year," says Susan Sauvé, Transportation Demand Management Planner for the City of Peterborough.

"Pulse is taking the lead as an example of the direction large events should be taking in downtowns,” adds Terry Guiel, DBIA's Executive Director. “It is all-encompassing and all-inclusive to every sector. It successfully brings local community groups and local businesses together while being welcoming and engaging to everyone who attends.”

For more info and a route map, visit their website.

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Visual Artist Katriona Dean Creates Amazing Blue Jay Street Piano In Cobourg, Ontario

Katriona Dean, a self-taught visual artist in Cobourg, Ontario near Peterborough who loves art projects that braid the arts and music together, has hit a home run by creating a Toronto Blue Jay street piano that is now on display in downtown Cobourg.

Katriona Dean creating Blue Jay piano

Katriona Dean creating Blue Jay piano

The nearly 100-year-old piano she used for her creation—called "Arpejayo" (more on that later)—is part of a Key’s to Our Town creative art project put on by the Town of Cobourg.

"This is my 4th year being a part of this initiative for Cobourg," Dean tells PTBOCanada. "They have always sat at the northwest corner of Victoria park in Cobourg, which is why my pianos have a very organic/woodland feel about them [she did a fox, raccoon and owl in previous years]. I wait for inspiration to hit me. 'Arpejayo' came to me in a dream one night after the town issued the call for artists to this project."

Photo by  Chris Lotton

Photo by Chris Lotton

Katriona, who tells PTBOCanada she is a huge Jays fan—"I became a Jays fan last September when I attended my first game," she says—conceived of the Blue Jay piano in a dream, woke up and grabbed some markers and rendered her vision to paper. This was the sketch you drew...

Then her drawing began to take shape in real life through a transformation in a chapel in Cobourg. "The piece took about 35 hours to complete, between hand carving with an angle grinder for the beak and top feathers, and then priming and painting," Dean tells PTBOCanada.

Here it is coming together in stages...

The piano was just transported out of the chapel to its home in downtown Cobourg...

Dean loves this community art project: "It brings complete strangers together in a positive way to share a common enjoyment," she tells PTBOCanada. "The creative collision is boundless! I like to say that art unites us."

Katriona reached out on social media for names for her piano and chose "Arpejayo".

"I knew Arpejayo would be it, but it wasn't until I used Wikipedia to search the actual term—Arpeggio—that the real synergy became apparent," she tells PTBOCanada. "It's a 'broken chord' in music—I only work on broken pianos, and I work to make them new again to have a second life, with more potential for enjoyment and creativity. This piano turns 100 this year. It's had many lives before this one. I love that, that they're relics from another time. My wish is that the pianos continue to unite people from all walks of life and to create smiles, laughter, dancing and music for everyone."

Photo by  Chris Lotton

Photo by Chris Lotton

Reminiscent of the Hunter Street community piano from last summer in Peterborough, adults and kids are already interacting and experimenting with this unique piano...

It would be great to see this inspirational Blue Jay piano used during a national anthem at a Blue Jays game. That would be a grand slam opportunity to showcase this unique piano.

Katriona with her Blue Jay piano

Katriona with her Blue Jay piano

—post by Neil Morton

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