Sloan To Headline 2018 Hootenanny On Hunter Street

Hootenanny returns to Hunter Street August 11th with an amazing lineup that includes closing out the night with Sloan. Now in its 8th year, this will be the first year the event is organized by the Downtown Business Improvement Area.
 
Your 2018 Hootenanny on Hunter Street lineup is, drumroll please...

• Missy Knott at 12 pm
• Charmie at 1:15 pm
• Gene Hardy & Sparkjiver at 2:30 pm
• Lindsay Barr at 3:45 pm
• Band of People at 5 pm
• Blue Sky Miners at 6:15 pm
• Secret Broadcast at 7:30 pm
• Yuka at 8:45 pm
• Sloan at 10 pm

Sloan

Sloan

“Sloan was booked to play Hootenanny two years ago, but was unfortunately rained out," says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area. "We’re thrilled to announced that they’ll be headlining our 2018 lineup.”
 
Hootenanny runs from noon to 11 p.m. on Hunter Street West between George and Aylmer streets. Admission is free.

Watch this video to learn more about the lineup...

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Bedouin Soundclash, Basia Bulat & The Spades To Play Peterborough Folk Festival

The Peterborough Folk Festival has announced three of this year's artists for their 29th Annual Festival taking place August 16-19th at Nicholls Oval Park, and it includes the return of a well-known Peterborough rock band. 

Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash will headline the festival on Saturday, August 18th, along with The Spades—who reunited for this awesome jam session earlier this year—returning to the stage on the Saturday night for the first time in five years.

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On Sunday August 19th, Juno nominated Basia Bulat—shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize—will headline and close out the festival.

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Announcements regarding other musicians on the lineup will be coming soon.

For more information on the festival and to learn about their volunteer program, click here.

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Fourth Annual Kawartha Craft Beer Festival Is June 8th & 9th

Smithavens Brewing Company and Publican House Brewery have announced details on the 4th Annual Kawartha Craft Beer Festival.

The festival, which will take place at Millennium Park on June 8th-9th during Ontario Craft Beer Week, will showcase craft breweries from the Kawarthas and surrounding region allowing visitors to sample a variety of beer flavours and cuisine from local restaurants.

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The festival hours are June 8th from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, June 9th from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Millennium Park in downtown Peterborough.

It will feature 11 breweries and one cidery from the surrounding region, including three new vendors this year. Participants can savour a diverse selection of fresh craft beer, delicious local foods, enjoy live entertainment and have a great time discovering new craft beer flavours!  

Tickets are available online here.  

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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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Peterborough Folk Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

The Peterborough Folk Festival has announced the music lineup for this year's festival, which takes place August 18-20th. 

Hollerado

Hollerado

It includes the likes of Buffy Saint-Marie, The Sadies, Hollerado, Jenn Grant, The Wooden Sky & more. See the poster below for the full lineup...

For more on this three-day music and art festival—which includes lots of music, workshops, food and craft vendors—visit their website.

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Here's The Lineup For The 2017 Hootenanny On Hunter Street

Get ready to dance Peterborough, as the groovy lineup has been announced for the 2017 Hoonenanny On Hunter Street which takes place Saturday, August 12th starting at noon.

Check out the poster below for details on this awesome free festival, and for more info on it—it will include 50-plus vendors—go here.

You can also check out the Hootenanny Event page on Facebook for more info.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie To Open Peterborough Folk Festival

The 2017 Peterborough Folk Festival runs from August 19th to 21st, with nationally recognized artists, great workshops, and terrific food and craft vendors at Nichol's Oval Park in East City.

Organizers have announced that the festival will kick off Friday, August 19th with the awesome Buffy Sainte-Marie performing at Showplace Performance Theatre. Having performed for more than half a century, her latest album Power in the Blood won a Juno for both Aboriginal and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, as well as the Polaris prize—an annual award for the top album in Canada.

Tickets for her show go on sale Wednesday, May 17th at noon at showplace.org.

The rest of the weekend features free admission, and it has been announced that family-friendly Sharon and Bram who be performing Sunday afternoon at the park.

The complete lineup of artists will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The festival is also accepting submissions for artisan and craft and food vendors, and volunteers and sponsors are also being sought. Go to PeterboroughFolkFest.com for info.

Here's a promo video on the festival...

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3rd Annual Kawartha Craft Beer Festival Is June 9th & 10th At Millennium Park

Smithavens Brewing Company and Publican House Brewery have announced the 3rd Annual Kawartha Craft Beer Festival.

The festival, which will take place on June 9th-10th during Ontario Craft Beer Week, will showcase craft breweries from the Kawarthas and surrounding region—allowing visitors to sample a variety of beer flavours and cuisine from local restaurants.

“We are thrilled to co-host this event once again in order to bring some of the finest Ontario craft beers into Peterborough and the Kawarthas,“ says Randy Smith, owner of Smithavens Brewing Company.

“This is a great opportunity to sample everything the Kawarthas has to offer, and with six new vendors, the event will be bigger and better than ever in year three,” adds Marty Laskaris, President and co-Founder of Publican House Brewery.

The event will take place on Friday, June 9th from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, June 10th from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Millennium Park in downtown Peterborough.

This year will feature 11 breweries and 1 cidery from the surrounding region. Participants can savour a diverse selection of fresh craft beer, delicious local foods, enjoy live entertainment and have a great time discovering new craft beer flavours.

Tickets are on sale now at Smithavens Brewing Company and Publican House Brewery or are available online through kawarthacraftbeerfestival.com. Advanced purchase single day tickets are $15 each and weekend passes are $25. Each ticket allows entry into the festival, a branded 12oz glass and drink samples.

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Frank Flynn's Surfacing At ReFrame Film Festival Looks At Impact Of His Wife's Suicide On His Family

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R.) is once again a sponsor of the ReFrame Film Festival, and this year one of the films of note they're sponsoring is a local one called Surfacing.

Written by well known local director/playwright Frank Flynn—and produced by Blake Richardson and choreographed by Rachelle Bemrose—it tells the story of Flynn’s wife’s journey through mental illness, her subsequent suicide in August 2014 and its impact on the family and their eventual journey to healing. 

TELLING HIS STORY THROUGH DANCE & MOTION

Flynn was rendered speechless and heartbroken when his wife took her own life, and didn't know how to put it to words. “When my wife died, I struggled to give sorrow to words," he says. "As a playwright, to be without words was a unique kind of torment. I felt a constant physical ache in my chest and pressure building in every cell of my body."

Months later, after seeing a dance piece by Richardson and Bemrose, it occurred to Flynn that his was a story best told with bodies in motion. Collaborative work on Surfacing followed soon after with the two.

Surfacing, a dance/soundscape/poem, was made for Frank’s children as a living memorial to their mother and also as an invitation into the discussion of mental health, stigma, and healing.

Surfacing plays at Showplace Performance Centre on Friday, January 27th at 11:30 a.m. For more info on Reframe Film Festival, visit their website.

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121,000 People Attended Peterborough Musicfest This Season

The final tally is in, and Peterborough Musicfest reports that a total of 121,000 people attended the free festival concerts this year—one of their most successful seasons for attendance.

Musicfest tweeted out this great drone footage as well of the Opening Night concert with Serena Ryder in making the announcement...

You can watch the YouTube drone footage here...

Musicfest was first launched in 1987. Learn more about its amazing history here in our "30 Cool Tidbits About Peterborough Musicfest" post.

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