Peterborough Vintage Store Planet Of Stuff Is Pure Pop Culture Retro Awesome

Vintage books, toys, comics, games, collectibles—you name it, and Peterborough gem Planet of Stuff (286 Hunter Street West) has it. After a soft launch this summer, they are having their Grand Opening Friday (October 31st). Feast your retro eyes on a bunch of pics from the store of the kind of amazing stuff available...

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Roy MacGregor Delivering "Canoe Lake CSI" Talk On Tom Thomson At Canadian Canoe Musuem

Author and Globe and Mail columnist Roy MacGregor is delivering a public lecture on Tom Thomson November 6th at the Canadian Canoe Museum.

It is being presented by Trent University and Peter Gzowski College, where MacGregor is the 2014-2015 Ashley Fellow at the university. 

The talk, entitled "Canoe Lake CSI: The Enduring Mystery of Tom Thomson", will be delivered at 7 p.m. on November 6th, and presents the Tom Thomson mystery and the effort of forensic experts to determine where in Algonquin Park the famous landscape painter's body lies.

MacGregor, author of Northern Light: The Enduring Mystery of Tom Thomson And The Woman Who Loved Him, will share insights into Thomson's career, his mysterious death, and the tragedy of the young woman he left behind. A book signing and refreshments will follow the talk. Pay what you can.

MacGregor

MacGregor

MacGregor has a deep connection to Algonquin Park, as his grandfather was chief ranger of the park, his mother was born there and his father worked in the park as a logger.

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Art Battle Canada Returns to Peterborough November 13th

Art Battle returns to Peterborough on November 13th at The Venue, where 12 painters (sign up to compete here) will try to paint their best work in 20 minutes. Last season, local resident Paul Nabuurs raised through the ranks to compete nationally in Toronto.

Purchase your tickets online for $10 (early bird special) or $15 at the door.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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Peterborough Is Now At 81,000 Strong

The Peterborough population sign entering our city used to be stuck at 74,000 but has been recently been updated to 81,000. We're a growing city!

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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If You Have A Dream, Go For It: Exhibit A The Wolf's Steve Kearns

Photo via @Mr_Kearnsy on Twitter

Photo via @Mr_Kearnsy on Twitter

The Wolf's Steve Kearns—aka "Kearnsy”—wrote a Facebook post today (October 29th) to mark his 4 year anniversary with the radio station. It's funny, inspiring stuff. Have a read of it below in its entirety and always keep your dream alive—whatever it is...

4 years ago is the day that changed my life forever!
4 years to the day, I first walked into the Wolf studios!
I had sent the Program Director at least a dozen emails, left 3 or 4 voicemails, saying I was a college kid that needed to interview a boss of a radio station... All of these messages were met with no reply.
Never being defeated, I figured if I waited till noon, I might catch him at his desk eating lunch!
I made one more phone call at exactly 12:15!
Low and behold the receptionist said "Why yes he is, I'll put you through to his desk!"
I finally Had him on the line! After a brief back and forth over the phone and him seeming none too enthusiastic about this meeting, He said "I've got ten minutes, coming up in ten minutes—when can you be here?"
I came back immediately with "8 minutes!"
I hopped in my beat up honda civic and burned it to King & George!
Once inside the Wolf, I sat in a very small office with no windows, on an odd small red couch, across from Fred (from Humble & Fred) Patterson!
I'd never been more intimidated in my life, by such a small man!
We talked for 20mins, I explained I had been working in go nowhere Fast factory jobs for 10+ years and I was looking to get into radio cause it seemed fun and all my last jobs SUCKED! And I told him I didn't want to die in a factory like my dad.
I made some jokes, got him laughing, kissed his ass as much as I possibly could!
Then a guy named Carey (who I think still had hair at the time!) and just as he seems to do almost every time I sit in that office, to this day, popped his head into Fred's office saying, "Excuse me for interrupting, I just need a second!"
Fred introduced me to Carey and It seemed as though our meeting was over and work had to continue for poor ol'Feddy!
But then as what only seemed like brilliant way for Fred to avoid working for longer, Fred took me on a tour of the station, introducing me to everyone!
I never even got to ask him any of the fake interview questions I had!
We walked around the station! I met Brian Ellis, the then afternoon guy, sitting at his desk!
I was dressed all in black, with a black Leather coat, with a long goatee! Brian looked at me like I was the terminator sent back in time to ether take him out, or protect him from Fred!
I met the sales team— two awesome, very beautiful ladies that I'm still very proud to call my friends, Nancy & Laurie!
I met the dynamic duo of PTBO copy writing Art & Maria!
I met Scott as he was Programming the Music; we talked music, or at least as much as I could, to try to impress Fred, in front of an Encyclopedia of music Knowledge like Scott!
Fred then took me to a dark room in the very back, that had so many computer monitors and switches and buttons! It looked like the bridge of The Enterprise!
There I was introduced to a not so long haired, man in plaid named Ryan; he immediately started complaining and yelling at Fred, about something that had previously upset him!
Fred and I then traveled down the hall to an actual real radio station KRUZ 100.5!
Where I shook hands with Peterborough Radio Legend Mike Michael Melnik
I Said "My Grandparents have listened to you and the KRUZ for Ever!"
He said "Oh that's great!"
I said "Yeah! You don't look half as old as I thought you'd be!"
He Gave a Laugh, as I turned and looked at John Badham and blurted out "You DO look as old as I thought you'd be! Maybe older!"
Fred, Mike and John all burst out with laughter!
Fred then walked me through the newsroom, and on our way to the Wolf Studios, we passed Dani Stover!
Before Fred could introduce us, I was already shaking her hand, telling how I had listened to her when she was on the Edge 102.1 morning show, how funny I thought she was. I praised her for how well she was able to handle herself with a bunch of burly dudes and how I thought she was an excellent addition to the Wolf Morning Show!
Dani blushed and politely said Thank you!
Then around the corner walked a Young, Devilishly Handsome Tj Connors!
Fred introduced us, we shook hands and sized each other up. TJ had a question for Fred and could care less of who I was or why I was there!
While TJ talked to Fred, I asked Dani why she came to Peterborough and how she got on the Wolf?
She explained she'd spent summers listening to the Wolf at her trailer growing up and Fred had hired her after the Edge.
I then noticed Fred and TJ were done talking, so I looked at TJ and asked "How did you get into Radio? You look younger then me!"
He Said "I just slept my way to the Top!"
I replied "I noticed you were walking funny! Fred You Must Be Hung Like a Soup Can!"
Fred Burst out Laughing and starting slapping me on the Back!! Really Hard!! Like really hard, It really started to hurt!
He practically pushed me back to his office, sat me back down on the little red couch again and said "I don't know what it is about you, but I like you!"
Fred went on "You've got balls, and a voice and a look about you, that just screams, Don't Mess with me!"
He asked if I had any experience on the air, and I proceeded to lie my ass off! and said, I had been on the college station a ton of times!! and used the same board at Loyalist!!
When In truth.... I still had yet to host my First on air shift and had only seen the board but never used it!
He then looked at me in a very weird, odd way, with a huge smile on his Face and said the words that changed it all for me!
"What Are You Doing Saturday Night?"
Whenever this day comes around it always reminds me, the words my Father always told me!
"Son! You can get anything you want!! If!..... You Never Take No For An Answer!
And remember!
No matter how big it is.... walk around like it's huge!"

Can't wait to hit that Microphone tonight! I LOVE MY JOB!!
Have a great day everyone!

[via Steve Kearns on Facebook]

You can also follow Kearnsy on Twitter @mr_kearnsy. He's 6 buckets of awesome.

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Meet The Peterborough Flyball Dogs

The Peterborough Flyball Dogs are a dyanamic local club that train at Kawartha Moving and Storage on Mervin Street in Peterborough in a heated facility.

The Peterborough Flyball Dogs team is a not-for-profit organization. Members share the cost of training their dogs for this relay dog sport. The club meets weekly, during the competition season, from March until the end of August. They are going to be starting their fourth year of training in the new year.

Most of the dogs in the club are local, however, they have members that come from the surrounding communities and as far away as Oshawa to train with the team on Thursday evenings.

The new season begins March 2015, and if you think your dog might be interested in becoming a flyball dog, email here. The team has a roster cap of 20 dogs. They accept all breeds and are always on the lookout for the smaller breeds to act as "Height Dogs". Learn more on their Facebook page.

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