• The Dreamboats at 8:45 p.m.
Each year, Mithila Ballal’s South Asian dancers look forward to performing at the Multicultural Canada Day Festival in Peterborough.
“The children love participating in this community-centred event,” says Ballal. “Dance provides young children with various benefits such as physical and cognitive development, social awareness and emotional maturity.”
Through Bharathanatyam, the classical Indian form of dance the group will perform at the Multicultural Festival, Ballal says children are encouraged to express ideas which leads to a deeper understanding of their cultural background: “It builds their confidence and teaches them to empathize with people from other cultures as well," she says.
Presented by the New Canadians Centre (NCC) on Canada Day at Del Crary Park, the annual festival provides youth a great opportunity to perform in front of more than 10,000 people. “The event continues to grow and attract more performers, craft and food vendors every year,” says Yvonne Lai, Director of Community Development at the NCC.
“We are thrilled Tim Hortons is joining us as the Entertainment Sponsor for this year’s festival. Supporting youth to develop their talents, build skills and confidence is at the heart of our community development programs," adds Lai. "It’s wonderful to be working with Tim Hortons to encourage and empower youth to achieve success.”
This family-friendly event celebrating community, diversity and inclusion runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Del Crary Park on Sunday, July 1st.
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The Canadian Citizenship Ceremony had more than 40 people (representing 21 countries) take the Oath of Citizenship on Thursday (November 13th) at the Canadian Canoe Museum. It was a joyous occasion with high fives, hugs, smiles and laughter all around. Have a look at these photos we captured.
Peterborough Artsweek—which we are a media sponsor of—is a week long celebration of the arts and culture in the city that takes place during the second week of September. One of the presentations includes Atelier Ludmila's Baba Yaga and The Lost Babushka, a roving theatrical journey in the park with puppets that takes place Saturday, September 6th at 3 p.m. at the Little Stewart St. Park just south of Sherbrooke, and Sunday September 7th, 3 p.m. at Victoria Park on Water Street. Artistic Director is Laurel Paluck. See pics and more info below...
The Sacred Water Circle Gathering, a powerful convergence of First Nations leaders and wisdom keepers, takes place at Trent University from May 2nd to May 4th. This indigenous-led initiative will bring together scientists, industry, academia, water professionals, the faith community and the general public with Elders and Traditional Teachers from all over the Americas. The Gathering will honour the sacredness of the water with ceremonies both at Trent University and Kinomagewopkong (the Peterborough Petroglyphs), traditional Indigenous teachings, interactive dialogue, art exhibits, film screenings, vendors and the performing arts. The registration fee for the three-day event is on a pay-what-you-can basis, ranging from $200 to $300, which includes all events, activities, meals and refreshments. Full registration information can be found at Sacredwater.ca. You can also register in person by visiting the GreenUP Store at 378 Aylmer Street in Peterborough. Registration closes April 18th. More info in this poster below...
Showplace Performance Centre is holding a Fundraiser for Ray Henderson, a leader in the arts community for many years in Peterborough. For the past few months, Ray has been dealing with the debilitating effects of Post Concussion Syndrome after a series of concussions over the years. Ray has been off work and could be for some time after his latest concussion playing hockey, a sport he loves.
He has had to cease all activity, minimize stress, and get lots of rest. The benefit concert is raising money for Ray, and his wife and child.
For the past 20 years, Ray has been writing, producing, directing and performing in over 150 projects and productions.
As Artistic Director of Arbor Theatre, he has worked with the community's youth for years, most notably presenting his December Productions, involving children as young as 3 as well as many veterans of the stage.
The Showplace benefit concert takes place Sunday, February 2nd at 2 p.m. The stage will be filled with talented friends and supporters, in a comedy and music filled event.
The amazing lineup of performers include: Kate Ethier, Luke Foster, Kenn Gibb, Paul Nabuurs, Andrew Root, Dan Smith, Danny Bronson, Linda Kash, Bruce Hunter, Derek McGrath, Patrick McKenna, Peter Wildman, Geoff Bemrose, Rachel Bemrose, Chelsey Bennet, Jessica Burrett, Beau Dixon, Kait Dueck, Dan Fewings, The Foleys, Jordan Mack, Megan Murphy, Rob Phillips, Sean Quinlan, Wes Ryan, Jessica Lee, Kate Suhr and Lindsay Unterlander.
The Emcees are Tim Etherington and Catherine Hanrahan, and there will be door prizes and a silent auction with many fantastic items up for grabs as well.
Also, if you'd like to make a cash donation to the Henderson family, email here for deets.
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you know the news: Jerry Seinfeld is in Peterborough performing this Saturday at the Memorial Centre. That is great news for our city in that one of TV's most successful people ever is bringing his comedy tour our way. In honour of Mr. Seinfeld coming to town, we give you a list of places he and his friends should visit!
1. Soupçon (The Soup Nazi). This is an easy one! There is plenty of Soup For You!
2. East City Coffee Shop (pretty much every episode). It might not be on the corner, but this is a great spot to meet up with friends and talk about your day.
3. Showplace (The Friar’s Club) Jerry and his friends can sit on the balcony to watch a magic show and not be afraid to have his Friar’s Club jacket taken again!
4. Roger’s Cove (The Marine Biologist). Kramer can hit a few golf balls into Little Lake without fear of forcing George to become a Marine Biologist again.
5. Peterborough Public Library (The Library). Our librarians are pretty nice with overdue book fees.
6. Jackson’s Park (The Andrea Doria). If Jerry wants to see Elaine get hit in the head by a bird in a park, this is his best bet.
7. Daisy Chinese Restaurant (The Chinese Restaurant). They probably won’t have to wait as long for a seat.
8. Chex Studios (The Shoes). Jerry and George could approach Chex like they did NBC to produce a pilot for a new sitcom.
9. YMCA (The Boyfriend). Just like meeting Keith Hernandez at a Y in New York, Jerry can meet a lot of local athletes training here.
The weather, the bands, the vendors, the bars, the restaurants, the community spirit, the conversation, the dancing, the smiles, the laughter, the high fives, the hugs, the love. Yes, Hootenanny 2013 on Hunter Street—one of the best streets anywhere—on Saturday (August 10th) was one of those magical days that show what this community is made of. It was beautiful. It was inspiring. It was positive. It was a bucket list moment in time. It was a day people who were there will be talking about for years to come. And it came to a dramatic, euphoric, frenzied goosebumps ending with The Spades rocking their last show ever (see picture above by rock star photographer Michael Hurcomb) in front of thousands of appreciative people fully engrossed in the moment. No one wanted it to end. No one wanted this day to end. Perhaps Maren Fine summed it up best on Twitter when she said "Wish I could bottle all the energy and enthusiasm generated by @HootenannyPTBO in @downtownPtbo yesterday #thisisliving #supportlocal!!" Here's what people have said about it on Twitter...
July 6th to 14th was Ontario Family Fishing Week, an
annual opportunity for Canadian citizens to experience fishing without a
license. In Peterborough, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters hosted a variety of events to mark the occasion, including a "Learn to
Fish" workshop at Beavermead Campground and a special event for New
Canadians Centre clients at the OFAH. Here's some pics...