It was a gorgeous summer’s night at Del Crary Park at Little Lake as 16,000 people jammed into the park for Season 33 Opening Night of Peterborough Musicfest to watch City and Colour’s Dallas Green perform a special solo set. That included this beautiful cover of Tragically Hip’s “Bobcaygeon” that you can watch below…
Watch more footage from the show our team captured…
The Peterborough Folk Festival, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, has announced Kathleen Edwards and Matt Mays will headline the festival on Sunday, August 18th at Nicholls Oval Park on the Peterborough Subaru Stage.
The festival is excited to announce its 2019 Emerging Artist Award recipients Paper Shakers. The local group first performed at the 2017 festival and will be featured at the 2019 festival.
The award will allow the group to attend the Folk Music Ontario conference in the Fall where they will be able to continue to make connections in the music industry with festivals across Canada. Past recipients of the Emerging Artist award include Serena Ryder, James Mckenty , Missy Knott and Beau Dixon .
There will be over 50 artisan and vendors at Nicholls Oval Park, and the weekend performances—there are 20+ artists on four stages—include a Sunday afternoon performance by legendary children’s performer Fred Penner, who will also perform earlier in the day before Kathleen Edwards and Matt Mays.
Juno award winning group A Tribe Called Red. who have performed at major festivals across the globe including Cochella & Osheaga, will be playing Saturday night.
The weekend is free admission but donations are welcomed as they help make the festival operate. For more info on the festival, lineup, vendors and times, click here.
The 9th Annual Hootenanny returns to Hunter Street August 10th with a diverse, exciting lineup including The Jonny Trash Super Group, a tribute to the late Jonathan Hall who started the festival. Hootenanny runs from noon to 11 p.m. on Hunter Street W. between George and Aylmer streets. Admission is free.
THE SCHEDULE & BANDS
• Paper Shakers at noon
• The Lohrwoods at 1:15 p.m.
• Dylan Ireland at 2:30 p.m.
• House of David Gang at 3:45 p.m.
• Crystal Shawanda at 5 p.m.
• Lindsay Barr at 6:15 p.m.
• Stacey Kay at 7:30 p.m.
• The Dreamboats at 8:45 p.m.
• The Jonny Trash Super Group at 10 p.m.
Stacey Kay and Jonathan Cullen performing at the Hootenanny on Hunter Street press event in Hunter Street alley. Stacey will be performing at the Hootenanny on August 10th
The Jonny Trash Super Group is a surprise collective of various musicians connected with the late Jonathan Hall. Known endearingly by his friends as Johnny Trash, this group will pay tribute to their friend who passed away suddenly earlier this year at the age of 44.
"We were deeply saddened along with the entire community by the sudden passing of Jonathan Hall,” says Terry Guiel, DBIA Executive Director. “Jon started the Hootenanny and organized it for seven years. On August 10th, you’ll see a hugely talented and dynamic performance from The Jonny Trash Super Group.”
"Jonny was all about getting stage time for local artists and bringing in bands from out of town that maybe you hadn't heard before,” says long-time friend Mike Judson. “Moving forward with this event, I think Jonny would love to see a continued effort being put into choosing great local artists to grace the Hunter Street stage. He'd want the organizers to take a chance on something weird and outside of the norm and give people an experience they were not expecting.”
Gene Simmons, legendary frontman and co-founder of KISS, has announced three Ontario appearances this Fall, including London, Niagara Falls and Peterborough on November 9th.
After an epic and storied 45-year career, and hot on the heels of “End of the Road” (his final world tour with KISS), Gene Simmons will sit down with the Peterborough audience at the Memorial Centre for an intimate and candid conversation.
The entrepreneur, author, television personality and Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer, who with KISS sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, will unleash his acumen and lay out his secrets on what it takes to climb the ranks to join the wealthy and powerful in his unstoppable and unapologetic style.
Audience members will be invited to take part in the conversation through an interactive Question & Answer period that promises to generate an interesting discussion.
Tickets for the Peterborough shows go on sale Wednesday, June 26th at 10 a.m. at memorialcentre.ca, over the phone at 705.743.3561 or in person at the Baker Tilly Box Office located inside the PMC. Box Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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”)…
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.
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
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
“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.
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.
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.
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
“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.”