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Jill Stanton's mockup for her "Bloodroot" mural; inspired by a lesser-known native wildflower, this will be the second mural to be painted under the Hunter Street Bridge in Peterborough (image: Jill Stanton)

Edmonton artist Jill Stanton to paint next Hunter Street Bridge Mural in Peterboroughby kawarthaNOW

Juried review process selects artist's proposal for mural inspired by native wildflower.

Megan Murphy's documentary film Murphy's Law premiered at Peterborough's Showplace Performance Centre on June 18 and 19 (photo: Showplace Performance Centre / Facebook)

Murphy's Law: a brave and beautiful filmby Sam Tweedle

Megan Murphy's emotional documentary premieres to two sold-out audiences at Showplace in downtown Peterborough

Wyatt Lamoureux, Lindsay Unterlander, and Di Latchford star in One in a Million, an original production written by Rice Lake's Ronald MacKay for The Theatre on King's 3rd Annual Playwright Festival (photo: Andy Carroll)

Theatre at a glance: One in a Millionby Sam Tweedle

Original production written by local playwright Ronald MacKay runs at Peterborough's The Theatre on King until June 18.

Bahamas (aka Afie Jurvanen) will kick off the 2016 Peterborough Folk Festival weekend with a ticketed kick-off concert at Showplace Performance Centre on Friday, August 19 (publicity photo)

Bahamas to kick off Peterborough Folk Festival along with local emerging artist Nick Procyshynby Bruce Head

Two days of free concerts in August also feature Born Ruffians, Royal Wood, Craig Cardiff, and a roster of local musicians.

Craft beer fans sampled beverages from 11 Ontario craft breweries and one craft cidery at the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival in Peterborough on June 10 and 11 (photo: Eva Fisher)

KNosh News - June 2016by Eva Fisher

Featuring the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival, Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival, Delectable Fine Foods, and Art of Awareness.

If you've never seen an iceberg in person, then you haven't quite lived.  This iceberg in Newfoundland's Grates Cove was the size of a small home, but the part you see is only a fraction of the whole thing.

On the road with Mayhemingways (Part 2): Newfoundlandby Josh Fewings

Featuring icebergs, a lonely whale, Bay wedding crashers, and more connections to Peterborough.

The breakfast special at the East City Coffee Shop featuring delicious peameal bacon (photo: Eva Fisher / kawarthaNOW)

Washboard Hank's guide to the best breakfasts in Peterborough - Part 4by Eva Fisher

Hank and daughter Eva visit East City Coffee Shop and enjoy their final breakfast of this series.

Mayhemingways in Newfoundland: the view from the deck at The Cat Stop, a bar in Norris Point, Newfoundland. The boat on the right is the water taxi that takes folks between Norris Point and Woody Point.

On the road with Mayhemingways: Peterborough to the East Coastby Josh Fewings

Alt-country Peterborough duo on tour across Canada supporting new record Hunter St. Blues.

Artist and glass blower Brad Copping spent a year in residence at the Canadian Canoe Museum covering a 16' cedar strip canoe in a mirrored mosaic map. This canoe will be exhibited along with other pieces from this recent body of work in the Main Gallery at the Art Gallery of Peterborough in June.

Art on the Street - June 2016by Elizabeth Fennell

Featuring ACME Studio, AGN, AGP, Artspace, Christensen Fine Art, Eddy Creak, Evans Contemporary, GITA, Proximity Fine Art, Rails End Gallery and more.

Juno winner and Millbrook native Serena Ryder opens the 30th anniversary season of Peterborough Musicfest with a free concert at Del Crary Park in downtown Peterborough on Saturday, June 25 (publicity photo)

musicNOW - June 2016by Josh Fewings

Featuring Blimp Rock, Zachary Lucky, Ken Tizzard, Angel Forrest, Hillsburn, Jack de Keyzer, Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin, Cheryl Lescom, Serena Ryder, and more.

The Speak Easy Cafe promises the fastest breakfast in town (photo: Eva Fisher / kawarthaNOW)

Washboard Hank's guide to the best breakfasts in Peterborough - Part 3by Eva Fisher

This week, Hank and daughter Eva visit The Speak Easy Cafe and talk about eggs, a breakfast lottery, and unusual breakfast meats.

An unrecognizable Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, the godlike supermutant who wants to destroy humanity in X-Men: Apocalypse

False idols - a review of X-Men: Apocalypseby Elliott Burton

Latest installment of superhero franchise brilliantly returns to social justice roots

Washboard Hank's breakfast at the Lock Street Diner featured perfectly cooked yellow yolked eggs (photo: Eva Fisher / kawarthaNOW)

Washboard Hank's guide to the best breakfasts in Peterborough - Part 2by Eva Fisher

This week, Hank and daughter Eva visit Lock Street Diner and talk about Matt Shaughnessy, toast, and digestion.

Feature Stories
Filmmaker Michael Morritt with Peterborough musician Bobby Watson, who plays the lead role in "In the Cover", a short film Michael produced as a music video for Chris Culgin's latest record Mind in the Blue Sky (photo: Production Assistant / Assistant Director Sean Bruce)

An exclusive look at Peterborough filmmaker Michael Morritt's new powerful short filmby Sam Tweedle

Music video in support of Chris Culgin's latest record stars Bobby Watson and other local actors.

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Millbrook native Serena Ryder brings the talent that's earned her six Juno Awards and huge record sales to Del Crary Park on June 25, 2016

Serena Ryder comes home to open Peterborough Musicfest's 30th seasonby Paul Rellinger

Millbrook native performs at Del Crary Park on June 25, the day after release of first single from new record.

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Part of the set for 4th Line Theatre's original production The Hero of Hunter Street at the Winslow Farm in Millbrook, with a reproduction of the downtown Peterborough clock tower in the background (photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW)

Getting ready for 4th Line Theatre's 25th season and The Hero of Hunter Streetby Paul Rellinger

Original play about the 1916 Quaker Oats explosion and fire in Peterborough premieres this summer.

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Jeanne Pengelly (far right) is a member of the Peterborough Pop Ensemble, pictured here preparing to sing at the Flower Ceremony at Peterborough's Dragon Boat Festival (which they've done every year since 2008). While she was at this year's festival, she asked a number of people why it's important to them. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough Pop Ensemble)

The many faces of Peterborough's Dragon Boat Festivalby Jeanne Pengelly

Hundreds of volunteers, fundraisers, spectators, paddlers, and organizers took part in the 16th annual festival on June 11,

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MPP Jeff Leal cuts the ribbon at Myrtle's Kitchen at the downtown location of the newly rebranded Peterborough Public Health, as Medical Officer of Health Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Jillian Bishop of The Nourish Project, and Leslie Orpana of the Ontario Trillum Foundation look on (photo: Paul Rellinger / kawarthaNOW)

Newly minted Peterborough Public Health opens Myrtle's Kitchen in downtown Peterboroughby Paul Rellinger

Community kitchen's unveiling one of three events held Friday at the public health agency's King Street home.

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The Peterborough and District Pathway of Fame was established in 1998 to honour local people, past and present, who have contributed their talents and abilities to arts and culture in the Peterborough area

Peterborough Pathway of Fame inductees include Serena Ryder, Sylvia Sutherland, Dan Fewingsby kawarthaNOW

11 honourees will be inducted at ceremony at Showplace Performance Centre this fall

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Delectable Fine Foods, a new gourmet food store on Lansdowne St. W. in Peterborough, stocks more than 70 different cheeses from Canada and around the world, and a variety of both local and imported food items (photo: Delectable Fine Foods)

Peterborough's Delectable Fine Foods is a foodie paradiseby Eva Fisher

The new Lansdowne Street shop will host a grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 25.

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Performer Sarah McNeilly with her partner Spencer Allen at The Sapphire Room in downtown Peterborough. Proceeds from a crowdfunding campaign and two benefit events will help support Sarah, who was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her 31st birthday. (Photo courtesy of Andy Carroll).

Peterborough's Sarah McNeilly is feeling the love in a very big wayby Paul Rellinger

Friends, colleagues rally round artist, actress and musician as she deals with the harsh reality of a breast cancer diagnosis at 31.

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The design concept for the new location of The Canadian Canoe Museum, looking south from the Peterborough Lift Lock. At a public meeting on May 26, museum officials and representatives from the design architect team shared the inspiration behind the new design. (Photo: Samantha Moss / kawarthaNOW)

Inspiration behind design for new Canadian Canoe Museum revealed at public meetingby Paul Rellinger

Site for new facility near Peterborough Lift Lock expected to be "shovel ready" in 2017

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The Hicks family: Mitchell, Linda, Cameron (on poster), Andrew, and Gord. The family founded Cam's Kids in honour of Cam who, after overcoming anxiety issues as a teenager, was tragically killed by a motor vehicle at the age of 19 early in his first year at the University of Ottawa (photo courtesy of Cam's Kids)

Cam's Kids raising awareness and support for youth struggling with anxietyby Paul Rellinger

Hicks family launches foundation to honour the memory of their son and brother Cameron.

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Community News & Profiles
Summer Company gives young business people a micro-grant from the Ontario government to help kick start their summer company

The Business Beat for June 27, 2016by Stu Harrison

Featuring Summer Company, Living Well Home Medical Equipment, Cambium, and Chemong Golf Centre.

Michael Empey loads his bicycle onto the GO Bus rack at the Simcoe Street Go Bus stop in downtown Peterborough. Empey commutes from Marmara to Hamilton each week using bike and bus. The new Ontario Climate Change Action Plan proposes to include support for commuter cycling infrastructure. (Photo: Karen Halley, GreenUp)

A local perspective on Ontario's Climate Change Action Planby GreenUP

Peterborough GreenUp takes a look at provincial government's plan to confront climate change.

The Millbrook Lions Club presents the annual Millbrook Classic Car Show on Saturday, July 2

Classic Car Show returns to downtown Millbrook on July 2by kawarthaNOW

Newly reconstructed King Street to be lined with antique cars with downtown merchants offering specials and promotions.

Tonya Kraan, formerly General Manager of Community Futures Peterborough, has launched a new consulting company called Strexer (photos courtesy of Tonya Kraan)

The Business Beat for June 20, 2016by Stu Harrison

Featuring Strexer, Twelve Full Baskets, Innovation Cluster and Peterborough Agricultural Society, and Kawartha Chamber of Commerce.

Kevin Fast, billed as a the world's strongest man, led the charge Friday (June 17) as a group tried to move a 42-ton Peterborough fire truck. Kevin is again honourary chair of the Fire Truck Pull For Dementia fundraiser set for September 16, 2016 in the parking lot of the Peterborough Memorial Centre. (Photo: Paul Rellinger / kawarthaNOW)

Fire Truck Pull For Dementia is the ultimate in sweat equityby Paul Rellinger

Popular Alzheimer Society fundraiser returns this September, team entry registrations are now being accepted.

Planning for tomorrow today will bring you and your family peace of mind. During Make A Will Week (June 20 - 25), the Peterborough Estate Planning Council is encouraging everyone to make a will or, if you already have one, to make sure it's up to date.

Where there’s a will, there's peace of mind: June 20 to 25 is Make a Will Weekby Paul Rellinger

The non-profit Peterborough Estate Planning Council is reminding everyone of the importance of having an up-to-date will.

Michael Harrald browses through the children's section at the GreenUP Store with her son Tobin who reads through the children's book, "Nurdle The Turtle – Lessons in Litter", written by local author, Rochelle Archibald. Harrald explains that she enjoys shopping at the GreenUP Store for its unique local gift choices and for many practical every day items such as lunch containers and cleaning products. (Photo: Karen Halley, GreenUP)

Living and buying local helps the economy and the environmentby GreenUP

Peterborough GreenUp Store carries a variety of products from local entrepreneurs.

The new Burnham Mansion Veterinary Services on Keene Road is part of the Vet Visionaires chain of vet clinics

The Business Beat for June 13, 2016by Stu Harrison

Featuring Burnham Mansion Veterinary Services, Curated, Pawz and Company, and Seniors Showcase.

Christa Loughlin (right) with communications consultant and writer Meghan Moloney at a recent meeting of the Women's Business Network in Peterborough. After 21 years as a massage therapist, Loughlin changed careers to become a successful independent consultant for Jeunesse, a global health and beauty direct sales organization that recently launched in Canada.

Peterborough entrepreneur Christa Loughlin works with 800 people from 15 countriesby Jeanne Pengelly

Former massage therapist is independent consultant with Jeunesse, one of the world's fastest growing direct sales companies/

Faces by 2 was at Taste of Downtown in Peterborough on Saturday, June 4 doing face painting. At their new retail studio on Alymer St., entrepreneur moms Rosie Salcido-Schmidt and Evangelina Rodriguez do face and body painting, airbrush glitter and henna art, make up, and lashes. (Photo: Vange Rodriguez / Twitter)

The Business Beat for June 6, 2016by Stu Harrison

Featuring Faces by 2, Happy Palace Chinese & Canadian Food, Brian D. Bulger Insurance Services Ltd., and Generation Solar.

Kristian's son Eli with a McDonald's employee volunteering at McHappy Day in May to raise funds for the 9th Annual Nexicom James Fund Golf Classic, which takes place on Monday, June 6 at Kawartha Golf and Country Club in Peterborough (photo: Kristian Partington)

A community comes together to support children with neuroblastoma and their familiesby Kristian Partington

Thousands of dollars already raised in advance of Nexicom James Fund Golf Classic on June 6

Cyclists, hikers, and dog walkers enjoy the Trans Canada Trail that winds through GreenUP Ecology Park in the city of Peterborough. Following the trail north, it links with Roger’s Cove and Beavermead Park, and connects to both the Rotary Greenway Trail in East City and the Parkway Trail via Jackson Park. Following in the other direction, the trail extends into Peterborough County, with routes to Wallace Point and Keene. (Photo: Karen Halley, GreenUp)

Walk, run, hike, or cycle trails in the Kawarthas this Saturdayby GreenUP

International Trails Day events on June 4 in Peterborough, Lakefield, Millbrook, and more.

Peterborough Public Health will unveil its new branding at a community open house on June 10 at its new location at 185 King Street in downtown Peterborough

Health agency now known as Peterborough Public Healthby kawarthaNOW

Former Peterborough County-City Health Unit will introduce new brand at community open house on June 10.

The Canadian Canoe Museum is offering its Voyageur Canoe Tours, which go through the Peterborough Lift Lock, three times a day every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Monday from July 1 until Labour Day (photo courtesy of Canadian Canoe Museum)

Experience the Lift Lock in The Canadian Canoe Museum's Voyageur Canoeby Jeanne Pengelly

Museum expands its popular Voyageur Canoe Tours and continues paddling programs for youth and adults.

In its 125th year in Peterborough, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton is inviting survivors of violence against women, and those who know them, to speak out and share their stories at www.ywcavoices.com

Speak out, share your story, and end the silence around violence against womenby kawarthaNOW

YWCA Peterborough Haliburton launches website to collect stories from survivors and those who know them.

At a design charette for the Active Neighbourhoods Canada Peterborough Project last November, community members, local stakeholders, and City of Peterborough representatives discussed the Bethune Street redevelopment. On the table is the Stewart Street neighbourhood model which community members used to identify places they love, play, travel, and live. (Photo: Karen Halley, GreenUP)

Peterborough's Bethune Street is getting a complete makeoverby GreenUP

City's flood reduction reconstruction project offers opportunity to create a more livable urban streetscape

What's On Now - Events in The Kawarthas
Pubs & Clubs
One of our most popular columns! Find out who's playing where this weekend, from Bobcaygeon to Burleigh to Peterborough.
Publisher's Picks
Major, interesting and unusual events that our editors have deemed to be worthy of our endorsement and promotion across The Kawarthas.
Art, Performance & Culture
Gallery openings, exhibitions, theatre, performance art, dance and more! Celebrate local talent and the venues that attract great talent.
Business Events
From networking meetings to conferences to Chambers of Commerce, we are the only online source for business events anywhere in the Kawarthas.
Concerts & Live Music
Concerts: indoor, outdoor, series, folk, blues, jazz, classical and rock kawarthaNOW.com has them all listed! Promote your concert event here for free!
Cinemas & Drive-Ins
Movie listings from cinemas and drive-ins across the Kawarthas. We're the only local site to compile this information in one place for your convenience.
Films & Repertory Cinemas
Film festivals, theatres, and organizations screening classic, independent, and foreign language films (and some first-run movies too).
Community Events
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Children's Events
Events designed just for Kawartha kids. Great things to do indoors and out! Be sure to watch this column during school holidays for special events.
Youth Events
These events are designed for the tweens and teenagers - kids or "youth" that are about age 12 and up! Events listed are throughout The Kawarthas.
Seniors' Events
Rewire your thinking about aging with our events for seniors. Many events are happening throughout the entire area - check out our column for all of them!
Fundraising Events
From men wearing red shoes to pink paddles, we promote worthy fundraising events in the Kawarthas. Help the community and join in! Post your event for free.
Outdoor Events
The Kawarthas are a year round playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Our outdoors column is your first stop for weekend and outdoor planning.
Sports & Recreation
Individual and team sports competitions, games, and fitness and recreational activities throughout the Kawarthas.
Showplace Performance Centre
Concerts, plays, performances, and community events coming to the main stage and to The Nexicom Lounge at Peterborough's downtown centre for the performing arts.
Activity Haven Seniors Centre
Peterborough's Activity Haven Seniors Centre offers a wide range of activities and programs for people over 50 years of age. Here's our list of upcoming events.
Canadian Canoe Museum
The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough is an engaging, family-friendly place that offers a fascinating look at Canadian history as seen from a canoe.
Kawartha Settlers' Village
Kawartha Settlers' Village in Bobcaygeon is home to a fascinating collection of historic homes, artifacts and buildings. Experience what life was like for pioneers in the Kawarthas!
Globus Theatre
Globus Theatre at Bobcaygeon's Lakeview Arts Barn stages innovative & creative productions including professional summer theatre with a 3-course dinner option prior to evening performances.
Millbrook Events
Millbrook is a unique village in a valley, 20 kilometres southwest of Peterborough, where history lives on in turn-of-the-century charm. It's also home to the acclaimed 4th Line Theatre.
The Business Beat
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One of our most visited columns, and we also have archives dating back to 2004!
Business Beat Archives
We"ve got them all dating back to 2004! The Business Beat archives by Stu Harrison.
Venues Listing
We have 1652 venues, businesses and organizations listed on our website. Each listing includes an address, contact information, map, and a link to events at the venue.
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Seasonal Events in The Kawarthas
Canada Day Events
Celebrate Canada's birthday by joining in the festivities being held throughout the Kawarthas - parades, fireworks and more!
Berry Farms & Events
Summer is berry season! Whether you prefer to pick your own berries or get them pre-picked at the farm gate or your local farmers' market, you'll find our listing of Kawartha-area farms and events "berry" helpful.
Peterborough Musicfest
The 30th anniversary season of free summer entertainment in beautiful Del Crary Park in downtown Peterborough takes place from June 25 to August 24.
Lakefield Literary Festival
This annual festival takes place each July on the weekend closest to Margaret Laurence's birthday (who lived and worked in Lakefield) and showcases many current Canadian authors.
Summer Outdoor Concerts
There are lots of outdoor summer concerts in the Kawarthas and, better yet, most of them are free! Our column covers regional concert listings!
Summer Theatre
Summer theatre is a long-standing tradition in The Kawarthas. From small volunteer community-based groups to professional theatre, we've got the listings and something for everyone's tastes this summer season. Enjoy!
Outdoor Films
There's nothing like watching a movie outdoors on a warm summer night, whether in a park, on the beach, or even in a barn! Check out our list of outdoor films in the Kawarthas.
Summer Camps & Activities for Kids
Keep the kids busy all summer long with our extensive guide to summer camps and activities for children in the Kawarthas.
Lang Pioneer Village
Established in 1967 to celebrate and preserve the rural history of the area, Lang Pioneer Village features over 20 restored and furnished buildings built between 1820 and 1899 and a working Grist Mill built in 1846.
Environment, Ecology & Gardening
Events related to the environment and ecology, as well as workshops of interest to gardeners.
Regional Farmers' Markets
From Spring to mid Fall the Kawarthas are rich with bounty and outdoor markets. Check out our guide and send us your favourites.
Riverview Park & Zoo
The Zoo is always a popular spot! Check out our summary of their current events.
Trails Guide
One of the best things about The Kawarthas is that there is always a trail nearby! Check out our guide to regional trails!
Provincial Parks Guide
We're always within driving distance to a Provincial Park. Here is our guide to local day and overnight parks.
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