Canadian Canoe Museum’s Capital Campaign Receives $500,000 Gift From Toronto-Based Philanthropists George & Kathy Dembroski

The Canadian Canoe Museum has announced that George and Kathy Dembroski have made a $500,000 commitment to the museum’s $65 million capital campaign, supporting the construction of its new 85,000 square-foot facility at the water’s edge on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

The Dembroskis are friends of the museum, and have a connection to the area through their cottage on nearby Stony Lake in the Kawarthas. These Toronto-based philanthropists are strongly supportive of the plans for the new museum and are eager to see it built alongside the Peterborough Lift Lock.

Kathy and George Dembroski (photo courtesy Canadian Canoe Museum)

Kathy and George Dembroski (photo courtesy Canadian Canoe Museum)

The museum’s 9,700 square foot outdoor terrace, which runs alongside the east side of the building, will be named in recognition of their generous gift.

Here is a conceptual rendering of the terrace…

Rendering of terrace (courtesy Canadian Canoe Museum)

Rendering of terrace (courtesy Canadian Canoe Museum)

“We are incredibly pleased to support this exciting project in Peterborough, recognizing its local, provincial and national impact,” says Kathy Dembroski. “As we learned about the plans for the new museum, we became increasingly interested. We knew we wanted to become involved as soon as we learned about the functionality of the terrace—and how it will serve as a connecting space between the indoors and the outdoors. We can envision people gathering there and taking in the views of the Lift Lock and the waterway.”

The terrace, which is parallel to the galleria space on the interior, matching the curved shape of the building, extends to the ground floor from the interior. Only a glass wall separates the two areas. This will draw outside visitors into the museum, and also invite visitors who are inside, to explore the spaces beyond.

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Canadian Canoe Museum Receiving $1.4 Million Toward Construction Of New Museum Facility On Trent Severn Waterway

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women and Member of Parliament (Peterborough–Kawartha), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced on Friday (February 24th) that the Canadian Canoe Museum is receiving $1,410,672 to fund architectural and engineering plans required for the construction of a new museum facility in Peterborough.

The Honourable Maryam Monsef making funding announcement

The Honourable Maryam Monsef making funding announcement

“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in Canada’s cultural infrastructure," says the Honourable Maryam Monsef. "Revitalized cultural facilities, like the one that will house the Canadian Canoe Museum, allow Canadians to share and enjoy the inspiring influences of arts and heritage.”

“The Canadian Canoe Museum community is incredibly grateful for this federal funding," adds Bill Morris, Chair of Board of Directors at the Museum. "It will allow us to proceed in earnest with the pre-construction phase of a facility. The new museum, once complete, will care for its world-class collection the way it deserves to be cared for and preserve it, protect it and showcase it for generations to come.”

Photo from funding announcement courtesy Canoe Museum

Photo from funding announcement courtesy Canoe Museum

The funding announced will support the preparation of pre-construction documents, including architectural and engineering plans. The new museum facility will be built on a Parks Canada site adjacent to the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

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This Beautiful Mirrored Mosaic Canoe Inspired By Kawarthas Is Coolest Thing Ever

This Beautiful Mirrored Mosaic Canoe Inspired By Kawarthas Is Coolest Thing Ever

OMG, this is magical

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Neil Young In Grade 1 At Omemee Public School

Neil Young spent many of his formative years in Omemee, Ontario near Peterborough—and a museum, Youngtown Rock & Roll Museum, dedicated to the rock legend was there for many years before relocating to nearby Lindsay.

An awesome photo (see below) was posted to the Vintage Peterborough, Lindsay and the Kawartha Region Facebook page of Young in a Grade 1 class photo at Omemee Public School (1951-52). Neil is standing in the back row, third from the left (with that distinct Neil Young facial expression).

Neil Young, third from left, standing in the back row

Neil Young, third from left, standing in the back row

Young's "Helpless"—with its lyrics "There is a town in North Ontario, with dream comfort, memory to spare"—was written as an ode to his Omemee childhood home.

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Skimming The Surface: New Exhibit Opens At The Canoe Museum

In celebration of the Toronto 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games, The Canadian Canoe Museum is pleased to announce the launch of Skimming The Surface, an engaging, interactive exhibition that captures the spirit, excitement and legacy of this sport. 

The exhibition opens Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:30 pm to the public, and is free of charge on this evening.

Watch the teaser video below to learn more about the exhibition...

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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Neil Young Museum Exhibit Opens In Lindsay

photo of exhibit via Youngtown Rock & Roll Museum Facebook page

photo of exhibit via Youngtown Rock & Roll Museum Facebook page

After close to eight years of operation, the volunteer run Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum closed its doors in Omemee on September 27th, 2014 due to time commitments and costs of operation. (Omemee was one of the places Neil Young spent his formative years, and is the inspiration for many of his songs.)

The good news is a smaller commemorative exhibit from the museum has now opened in nearby Lindsay at The Olde Gaol Museum.

Called The New Youngtown Museum Exhibit, it showcases a number of select artifacts and memorabilia that have been enjoyed by thousands of visitors to their former Omemee location.

**For more information and hours of operation, visit the Olde Gaol Museum website or check out the Youngtown Museum Exhibit Facebook page.


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Local Museums That Rock #MuseumWeek

In the spirit of this being #MuseumWeek, our Aaron Elliott put together this list of cool museums in and around Peterborough...

1. @CndnCanoeMuseum (Canadian Canoe Museum) We are pretty lucky to have a National Museum right here in our very city. Learn everything you ever could about canoes there!

2. @OnTheHill3 (Peterborough Museum & Archives) Here you can discover a lot about the history of Peterborough and check out many of the visiting exhibits that are always changing!


3. Peterborough & District Sports Hall of Fame Located at the PMC, this is the shrine to all that is sports in and around Peterborough. From hockey stars to softball and golf champs, there is so much history in this incredible collection! It's also a spot where you can check out the work of my very own dad, George Elliott!


4. @LangPioneer (langpioneervillage.ca) Lang Pioneer Village is a living history museum where costumed interpreters demonstrate the life and trades of an early settler. Step back 200 years in time! Located just outside of town in the village of Keene.

5. Hutchison House Located in downtown Peterborough, this is a living history museum offering a glimpse of life in Ontario in the 1800s.