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Articles by Sarah McNeilly

Sarah McNeilly
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Sarah McNeilly is an artist, an academic, and an arts administrator. Though it would seem Sarah chooses occupations beginning only with the letter "A", she has become a contributor to kawarthaNOW in order to debunk that silly theory. Sarah has reluctantly created an Instagram account, where she promises to eventually debut her very first selfie. You can follow her there @manically.hers or on Twitter @mick_neely. You can also contact her via email at
Peterborough's SPARK Photo Festival has partnered with Sparkplug Coffee and PhotoED Magazine for 'Focus on Coffee', a national competition seeking creative coffee-themed photography. The winner of the competition, open until April 25, 2021, will receive a year's worth of Sparkplug coffee and PhotoED Magazine, will have their photo featured on a special edition of Sparkplug Coffee and at the 2021 SPARK Photo Festival. (Supplied photo)

Peterborough’s SPARK Photo Festival expands reach with national coffee-themed photography competition

SPARK has partnered with Sparkplug Coffee and PhotoED Magazine for 'Focus on Coffee' competition that includes four prizes for the winning photographer.
A detail of "Towards the Tower" (watercolour and ink on paper) by Karin McLean, a self-taught artist who lives in Peterborough. McLean is one of the many local artists participating in the Artspace 50/50 Auction, which takes place online from April 26 to May 6, 2021. Proceeds from the auction are split equally between participating artists and the non-profit artist-run centre. (Photo: Bec Groves / Artspace)

Get your art on(line) at Peterborough’s Artspace 50/50 auction from April 26 to May...

Proceeds from the annual fundraiser are shared equally between the non-profit artist-run centre and participating artists.
With the help of his long-time friend and fellow musician Shane Davey (top right), Sean Daniels (top left) has created "Virtually Peterborough", a new virtual venue that allows musicians to rehearse and perform ensemble music live, in real time and without lag, as long as they have a high-speed internet connection. (Photo courtesy of Sean Daniels)

‘Virtually Peterborough’ is a game-changer for local musicians performing together online

Sean Daniels' new 'virtual venue' allows musicians to rehearse and perform together in real time and without lag.
Students participating in klusterfork's online musical theatre workshop with Stratford Festival actor Steve Ross in October 2020. klusterfork's spring 2021 Learn OnLine (LOL) Unique Access Workshops offer live, intimate, and interactive classes with the best in Canada's entertainment industry, suitable for beginners, professionals, and everyone in between. (Graphic courtesy of klusterfork entertainment)

Peterborough’s klusterfork offers online lessons from the best in Canada’s entertainment industry

Live, intimate, and interactive classes this spring will teach you about voiceover work, self-tape auditions, improv, and guitar.
Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough is replacing the 647 aging seats in the Erica Cherney Theatre, including 368 on the main floor and 279 in the balcony. To help raise funds for the seat replacement, the non-profit organization will be offering the general public the opportunity to purchase seat-naming rights. Showplace is first seeking to locate more than 200 donors (or their families) who purchased the naming rights for the original seats when the theatre opened in 1996. (Photo courtesy of Showplace Performance Centre)

Showplace Performance Centre in Peterborough seeking more than 200 original seat-naming donors from 1996

Non-profit organization wants to give original donors or their families first chance to purchase naming rights for new theatre seats in fundraising campaign.
Peterborough actor Beau Dixon will perform Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour's critically acclaimed "White Rabbit Red Rabbit" live from Market Hall Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. on March 13, 2021. Presented by Public Energy with support from 4th Line Theatre, the performance is part of the global 'Let There Be Theatre' project, marking the one-year anniversary of theatres going dark because of the pandemic. (Publicity photo)

Beau Dixon to perform in first live theatre show at Peterborough’s Market Hall in...

Performance of critically acclaimed 'White Rabbit Red Rabbit' will be livestreamed to a virtual audience on March 13 as part of global 'Let There Be Theatre' project.
Peterborough artists Brian Nichols and John Marris have been facilitating community art making during the pandemic, including for people facing marginalization and alienation. Pictured is artwork at One City Peterborough's open studio, located at 541 Water Street in Peterborough, which is open on a drop-in basis to community members between 2:30 and 4 p.m. every Monday afternoon. (Photo: Sarah McNeilly /

Peterborough artists Brian Nichols and John Marris facilitate community art making during the pandemic

One City Peterborough's drop-in open studio reopens for COVID-safe art making on Monday afternoons.
Writer and publisher Elisha Rubacha participated in a recent national discussion on basic income for artists, hosted by the Media Arts Network of Ontario. At the 2017 Precarious Festival in Peterborough, Rubacha demonstrated physically making a book before a live audience, making visible the invisible labour that goes into arts sector publishing. The festival explored the consequences of economic insecurity of working artists, a situation that has only become worse during the pandemic. (Photo: Andy Carroll)

Local artist and advocate Elisha Rubacha participates in national panel discussing basic income for...

As nation-wide discussions examine the impacts basic income programs could have on the arts sector, Rubacha emerges as a leading voice in the conversation.
In the Hallmark feature-length film "Two for the Win", Peterborough actor Naomi Duvall plays ski-mom Margaret Ainsley, who bids in a charity auction to try to win a day with champion ski-racer Justin O'Neill, played by Trevor Donovan. The movie was filmed in the Ottawa area in November 2020. (Supplied photo)

Local actor Naomi Duvall makes her speaking role debut in Hallmark feature film

Filmed in the Ottawa area, 'Two for the Win' starring Trevor Donovan and Charlotte Sullivan airs February 19 at 8 p.m. on CityTV.
Black Lives Matter Nogojiwanong is seeking works from local Black and Indigenous artists to be showcased at the virtual Black History Blowout event on February 27, 2021, at which the recipient of the annual Charlie Earle Micro Grant will also be announced. The grant is named in honour of the late Charlene "Charlie" Earle (pictured in April 2014), a local Black musician and artist who passed away suddenly in July 2019. (Photo: Esther Vincent /

Black Lives Matter Nogojiwanong seeking submissions from Black and Indigenous artists

Group has launched call for works to celebrate Black History Month, including for February 27 virtual 'Black History Blowout' event.

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