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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
In April 2021, the Ontario legislature appointed Scarborough spoken word artist Randell Adjei as Ontario's first-ever poet laureate, a position created by legislation in memory of the late poet and singer Gord Downie. Through the Electric City Culture Council, the City of Peterborough is in the process of selecting its own first-ever poet laureate. (Photo: Lady Mensah Studios)

The City of Peterborough is seeking nominations for the city’s first-ever poet laureate

Electric City Culture Council accepting nominations of professional poets until May 25 for role that will receive a $2,000 honorarium.
The first two murals funded by the City of Peterborough's public art program are installed underneath the Hunter Street bridge: Edmonton artist Jill Stanton's "Bloodroot" in the foreground with Toronto artist Kirsten McCrea's "Electric City" in the background. For summer 2021, the city is funding the installation of eight temporary road murals and artists' gardens along four sites on Hunter Street West in downtown Peterborough and is seeking proposals from individual artists and teams, with the proposal deadline May 29, 2021. (Photo: Samantha Moss / kawarthaNOW)

City of Peterborough seeking artists for ‘Renaissance on Hunter’ public art projects

City's public art program is funding installation of eight road murals and artists' gardens at four sites along Hunter Street for the summer.
A scene from Peterborough filmmaker Keith Smith's 2019 short "The Photo", inspired by a real-life encounter Smith had 20 years ago. The 12-minute film, which was shot at the Peterborough Lift Lock, has garnered numerous accolades and award nominations at international film festivals in 2021. The film stars Peterborough community theatre actors Glen Walker and Rhonda Brewster. (Screenshot)

Short film by Peterborough filmmaker finds success on international film festival circuit

Filmed at the Peterborough Lift Lock, R. Keith Smith's award-winning 'The Photo' has been shown at more than 40 international film festivals.
Peterborough-area drag artists Ms. Madge Enthat and Miss Divalicious (top row) and Sahira Q, and Just Janis (bottom row) are looking forward to the day when they can once again perform for in-person audiences. (Photos supplied by the artists)

Four of Peterborough and the Kawarthas’ favourite drag performers discuss the art of drag

During the pandemic, Ms. Madge Enthat, Miss Divalicious, Sahira Q, and Just Janis have found other ways to connect to audiences.
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.

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