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Borderless Music & Arts Festival


Every September there is an awesome influx of energy that floods the city -- why not build some bridges between our separate worlds?

Borderless Music & Arts Festival aims to build relationships between various art communities and amplify voices of artists that already exist with their own niche following. While addressing the lack of women and diversity in local bookings and music festivals, Borderless puts alternative artists and underrepresented arts at the forefront. But more than that, these musicians want to break down borders and acknowledge the humanity we all share in common. 

This festival brings together people from different backgrounds, styles, and genres for an eclectic mix of shows and special events. We want to show people how great these artists are and how important their work is to the collective arts community. We also want to send a clear message to fellow festival organizers: there’s no excuse for booking the plain same old // male-dominated lineups. This is a grassroots, DIY, not-for-profit festival for the sake of showing people what's out there and rallying around it. 

Borderless is taking place from September 8 to 16 at various venues in downtown Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. The details of each show will be announced shortly, but here’s a peek at the schedule! 

Sept. 2: 
Sparklesaurus at The Spill
***Come get your festival passes & schedules here!***

Sept. 7:
Partner at The Garnet
Official kick-off party! Tickets are $15 but we are *partnering* with The Garnet so people with Borderless Festival passes can get in for $10.

Sept. 8: 
Deconstructing Barriers & Community Healing with Spoken Word + Poetry at The Garnet followed with live music by Sydanie 
(supernatural rapper mom // Toronto ambient rap - house - hip hop)

***Sept. 9: Three shows in one day!***

Borderless Fest 2017 at The Spill

Borderless Fest 2017 at Catalina's

Borderless Fest 2017 at The Garnet

Sept. 10:
Gendered Voices in a Changing World pt. 2 // 
Artistic Expression as Resistance @ Catalina's (matinee)
12pm greetings/light refreshments. 1-3pm: Roundtable discussion + live music 3-5pm

Free Vegan BBQ on the lawn @ Sadleir House:
5-8pm. Music by local Indigenous artists such as
Tara WilliamsonMissy KnottSean Conway, Angela Semple, 
Dawn Martin, and more.
Co-presented with Food Not Bombs and OPIRG, 
as part of Trent University’s Dis-Orientation Week:

HINT: *Pop up local art show & lemonade inside!*

BBQ After Party at The Garnet:

8pm. Let your food digest and feel all the feels with people you meet outside of bars & Kyha Craig of Sleepy Slap. Then get ready to swing with Jane Archer rockin' the mic with her bluesy rock n' roll soul!

Sept. 13:
Film Screening & Conversation: "Whose University is it Anyway?"
Co-presented with Catharine Parr Traill College.

Sept 13 & 14: 
Brian Solomon’s Dance Workshops - Nogojiwanong Rite of Spring
Open to all ages and abilities!
Presented by Public Energy 

Brian Solomon is of Anishnaabe and Irish descent, born and raised in the Northern Ontario community Shebahonaning-Killarney. As a creator, Solomon is interested in engaging with unusual spaces in communities and nature. He is inspired by collaborating with individuals of all walks of life who are trained artists or not, and guiding them to interact with their own life story. Solomon is passionate about helping people relearn about their forgotten bodies, and taking back the space those bodies occupy.

Sept 15 // PRIDE without Borders (Pride Opening Day):

Witch Prophet, Television Rd, Perkolator, I.M.Brown, and Above Top Secret @ The Spill. Speak Your Pride open mic at 7pm. 
Music starts at 8pm.

Goodnight Sunrise, Copper Crown, and Peterborough Folk Fest Emerging Artist Mary Kate Edwards & her full band
at the Historic Red Dog, 9pm.

Sept 16 // PRIDE without Borders:

Queer Social & Dance Night @ The Sapphire Room
DJ Molly Millions will be bringing the fire with a
playlist featuring underrated & trailblazing
women, queer, and POC artists. Come say hi!
Co-presented with Peterborough Pride 
*Door proceeds going to the Rainbow Service Organization (RSO)*

Rainbow Romp @ Historic Red Dog
Live music by local surf dance punks Meowlinda and Holy Christopherfrom Ottawa. Followed by a DJ set and dance night!
Co-presented with Peterborough Pride 
*Door proceeds going to the Rainbow Service Organization (RSO)*

Festival Passes will be available shortly for:
$30 general admission
or $20 for students & under-waged

Everybody love everybody! Borderless wants to maintain safe spaces and will be diligent about making everyone feel welcome and supported. 

We would like to thank the organizations we have partnered with for believing in this vision and helping it come to fruition. This festival would not be possible if not for the generous efforts and support of our sponsors. Please support them too!

Thank you Trent University Music SocietyTrent Central Student Association (TCSA)OPIRG PeterboroughDisOrientation Week at TrentFood Not Bombs PeterboroughPeterborough PrideRainbow Service OrganizationPublic EnergyActive Minds At TrentCatharine Parr Traill College, and Beau's All Natural Brewing Co..

Earlier Event: September 8
Watson & Lou Grand Opening
Later Event: September 9
Kiwanis Garage Sale