Take Free Rides On Retro San Francisco-Style Trolley From Downtown To Peterborough Musicfest

Free rides on a retro San Francisco-style trolley from downtown to Peterborough Musicfest concerts are returning for another season. 

The trolley rides will begin June 14th and 15th for the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival, and return on a regular Wednesday and Saturday evening Musicfest schedule starting June 29th and run through August 17th. All stops will occur on the right side of George Street. Trolley pickups will begin at Confederation Square (across from City Hall) and continue at the intersections with Brock, Hunter, Simcoe, Charlotte and King from 6 p.m. to 10 pm. 

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

This is a Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area initiative, and allows people who walk or park in the downtown to shop or dine before or after the concerts to jump on the trolley to get to the park and hop on the trolley to get back to downtown. 

“We want to support Musicfest in a way that also helps our downtown,” says Terry “Mr. Downtown” Guiel, DBIA Executive Director. “The charm of the trolley coupled with us offering it as a free service is a fun and welcoming way for us to get people to enjoy the concerts while exploring our downtown restaurants and retail stores.”

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

TROLLEY MAKING NEW STOP AT MEMORIAL CENTRE THIS SEASON

The DBIA have added a new stop to the free service as the trolley will now go all the way to the Memorial Centre parking lot to pick up concertgoers who park there. This added service was a way to reduce vehicle congestion and to encourage more people to attend the concerts and bring more people to the downtown.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Peterborough DBIA to bring the trolley back for Season 33 of Peterborough Musicfest,” adds Tracey Randall, Peterborough Musicfest General Manager. “It was a huge hit last summer and adds some extra fun and convenience to our already exciting concert nights." 

The trolley is accessible and can hold 30 people seated and 15 standing. The trolley is not intended as a substitute for Peterborough Transit, and demand for this free trolley will exceed its capacity—especially when the concerts end each night. Priority will be given to those with mobility issues, seniors, and expectant mothers or parents with young children and seating based on availability.

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Peterborough's Austin Carson Band Launches New EP "Young Hearts" At Historic Red Dog June 22nd

Close to nine years after recording its debut EP, The Austin Carson Band is thrilled to release Young Hearts, a five-track EP of original music recorded last October at Subterranean Sound Studios in Toronto.

Featuring the single “Hangin’ On A Memory”, the bulk of the EP was recorded in just two days according to Carson, who sings lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar with the band that bears his name. 

Austin Carson Band

Austin Carson Band

Young Hearts will be released Saturday, June 22nd at the Historic Red Dog (189 Hunter Street West). “I’m so pumped—this is a long time coming,” says Austin Carson, who will be joined by bandmates Scott Garvey (lead guitar), Pat MacDonald (bass) and Matt Goody (drums).

As well known and revered for its explosive onstage energy as its superb musicianship, The Austin Carson Band—which originally formed at St. Peter’s high school in 2009—is a staple on the local music scene and has been for some time. They played The Social monthly for some two years now, as well as headlining the Rotary Peterborough Victoria Day Celebration in Del Crary Park for the past six years.

Carson describes the songs on the new EP as nostalgic, a reflective look back at what once was and how that shapes what one becomes. He brings his own life experience into the lyrics, noting “Hangin’ On A Memory” is a based on his youth and his reflections of that time—a song.

Austin Carson

Austin Carson

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. on June 22nd for the EP launch at the Red Dog with singer Beau Dixon—Carson’s childhood music teacher—opening at 9 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.

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Peterborough Musicfest Announces 2019 Lineup, Includes The Sheepdogs And Dallas Green

Peterborough Musicfest unveiled their Season 33 lineup on Wednesday (May 22nd) at the Silver Bean Café in front of a big crowd of sponsors and supporters, and it’s another great one.

It includes the likes of City & Colour Dallas Green (solo), K-OS with Five Alarm Funk, The Sheepdogs, 54.40, Crash Test Dummies, Jayde, Chad Brownlee and more!

Here is the full lineup (with a few “TBAs”)…

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Musicfest, which is free to the public and takes place at Del Crary Park, is one of the summer bucket list experiences to have in Peterborough and the Kawarthas for locals and tourists alike, with Little Lake as a backdrop.

Read our
30 Super Cool Tidbits About Peterborough Musicfest first published in 2016 to learn more about the festival’s storied history.

Visit ptbomusicfest.ca for more info.

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Peterborough Pop Ensemble Announces Their Charity Program For 2019/2020 Is Accepting Applications

The well known Peterborough Pop Ensemble has announced their charity program for 2019/2020 is open and receiving applications.

The #Popsgives initiative was established by the Peterborough Pop Ensemble in 2013 and the Ensemble is excited to celebrate their 19th anniversary with a continuation of this charity support.

Photo courtesy Susan Dunkley, Peterborough Pop Ensemble

Photo courtesy Susan Dunkley, Peterborough Pop Ensemble

During the charity submission period, registered charities can be nominated and each nomination will be reviewed by the Peterborough Pop Ensemble board.

The Peterborough Pop Ensemble is very passionate about their #Popsgives initiative, as they are dedicated to making a difference in the community in which they live in and perform.

“It’s our pleasure to share this opportunity of financial support with deserving charities,” says Barbara Monahan, founding director of the Peterborough Pop Ensemble. “We are delighted to feature two charities per year, allowing us to encourage our followers to learn more about the charities within our community.”

Photo courtesy Susan Dunkley, Peterborough Pop Ensemble

Photo courtesy Susan Dunkley, Peterborough Pop Ensemble

“We truly believe that we have an opportunity to lead by example and we know that together we can make a difference in multiple lives,” adds Susan Dunkley, Business Manager and creator of the charity program for the Peterborough Pop Ensemble.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 7th. To learn more about the Peterborough Pop Ensemble, their Community Charity Program or becoming a volunteer, email them here or visit their website here.

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Snoop Dogg Is Coming To Peterborough

9-0-Nickel Entertainment, Energy 99.7 and the Peterborough Memorial Centre are excited to welcome Snoop Dogg to the Peterborough Memorial stage on May 16th.

Snoop Dogg, the legendary record producer, singer and rapper, will be bringing his Snoop Dogg & Friends Tour to the PMC May 16th at 8 p.m. Snoop has amassed 17 Grammy Award nominations in an incredible career.

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Also on the bill is Canadian Hip Hop star Peter Jackson, featuring his album which is currently No. 1 on the Canadian charts.

Tickets go on sale April 8 at 10:00 a.m. at memorialcentre.ca, by calling 705.743.3561, or in person at the Baker Tilly Box Office inside the PMC.

Tickets range from $69.99 - $124.99 plus applicable fees and taxes.

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Watch: Lakefield's Instagram Dog Celebrity Owen The Griff In Serena Ryder's New Christmas Video

Millbrook’s pride and joy Serena Ryder, who attended PCVS in Peterborough, has just released a new Christmas video called “Christmas Kisses”. The title track from her very first holiday album, the song spotlights rescue dogs from the Ontario SPCA and dog influencers wearing festive styles.

One of the dog influencers starring in the video is none other than Lakefield’s Owen the Griff, who has
73,000+ fans on Instagram.

Owen the Griff

Owen the Griff

“One of Serena’s people reached out to us via email,” Owen’s owner/”Momager” Lisa Besseling tells PTBOCanada. “It was filmed at a small studio in Toronto. We were really happy to be a part of this and help bring awareness to supporting animal shelters at this time of year.”

Indeed, the fit was great for Owen the Griff, as he has been an important influencer on Our Pet Project, the Peterborough Humane Society’s capital fundraising campaign to build a new state of the art facility in Peterborough to replace the existing one they are in that opened in 1956.

Watch the video below and spread the word about this great video raising awareness for rescue dogs…

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Watch: Peterborough Symphony Orchestra Michael Newnham Music Director Interviewed On PTBOCanada Show

On Episode 29 of “PTBOCanada”, we sit down with Michael Newnham, who has been the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra Music Director & Conductor for 18 years.

Michael Newnham

Michael Newnham

Michael—also the Founding Conductor of the Kawartha Youth Orchestra—has lived and conducted around the world but talks about why he chose to make Peterborough his permanent home.

In this wide ranging interview, he speaks about his passion for music, community and life…

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Blue Rodeo To Play Memorial Centre December 28th, Portion Of Proceeds To GPHSF

The Peterborough Memorial Centre and GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation, has announced that Blue Rodeo will be performing at the Peterborough Memorial Centre on Friday, December, 28th with special guests.  

“We are so thrilled to have the iconic Canadian band Blue Rodeo coming to play at the Peterborough Memorial Centre,” says Laura Kennedy, Executive Director, GPHSF. “It is a privilege for us to be able to partner on this event with the Peterborough Memorial Centre and we are very grateful that a portion of ticket sales will be invested in local health care across Peterborough City and County. 

Photo via Blue Rodeo Facebook page

Photo via Blue Rodeo Facebook page

With their 14th Warner Music Canada studio album, 1000 Arms, Blue Rodeo’s successes include induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (2012), receiving a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award (2014) and selling in excess of four million records over the years.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 20th in person at the Collins Barrow Box Office inside the PMC, by phone 705-743-3561 and online at memorialcentre.ca

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Paul Brandt & High Valley Among Canadian Country Music Acts To Play Memorial Centre February 15th

Canadian country music superstar Paul Brandt and multi-CCMA Group or Duo of the Year winners High Valley are thrilled to announce the launch of The Journey Tour 2019, a cross-Canada tour that hits Peterborough on February 15th.  

The tour brings together an epic lineup that includes special guest Jess Moskaluke and features the Hunter Brothers. All four of these acts on tour will come together on stage at this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards for a special live performance.

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Bringing together the best of Canadian Country Music, The Journey Tour 2019 makes a stop at the Peterborough Memorial Centre, February 15th.

The exclusive pre-sale for PMC Scoop subscribers happens Thursday, September 6th from noon until Friday, September 7th at 10 p.m.

Tickets go on sale in person at the Collins Barrow Box office inside the PMC, by phone 705-743-3561 and online on Saturday, September 8th at 10 a.m.

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Check Out This Great Footage From Alan Doyle Concert At Peterborough Musicfest

The weather cleared in time on Wednesday night (August 8th), making for a special evening at Del Crary Park as Alan Doyle rocked out in front of thousands of fans.

Doyle himself described it as "what could be the gig of the year" in a tweet after the show...

Here is the awesome drone footage PWD Visuals captured of the magical concert...

Here is a special moment our Evan Holt captured...

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