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Erring on the Mount - Program A descriptions

PERFORMANCE PROGRAM A at Erring on the Mount

Coloured numbers identify location on the floor plans.
23 Janel JarvisThe Soundtrack That Wasn't There
with Leigh Macdonald, Hartley Stephenson, Victoria Wallace
Found 8mm home movies from the late 1950́s/early 1960́s will be shown with live choral accompaniment in the naturally dark and acoustically magnificent Trunk Room.
Janel Jarvis works as an accompanist, piano teacher, vocal coach and recreation facilitator. She also very much enjoys teaching bellydance and has been at it for 16 years.

45 Andrew Mark and Sally MorganLostsolastalgia
Responding to the fragmented architecture and the dream residues that The Mount radiates, Lostsolastalgia is a durational performance installation rooted in concepts of mourning environmental loss and placelessness. Composed of sound and movement inspired by/from working with site as collaborator, Morgan and Mark investigate loss and resistant mourning.

Sally Morgan and Andrew Mark are both performing artists and scholars working on interdisciplinary projects merging Environmental Studies and Fine Arts.

37 Hermione RivisonAll It Takes is Faith

Hermione is fascinated by the story of Abraham, and how faith is reflected in our communities. Stories from the Mount are mirrored with his story. This piece is a reflection of these, as she asks what characteristics make Abraham the leader that he is, and how faith plays out in the life of a Sister.

Hermione Rivison slipped into storytelling after working in theatre. Now her performances are the old, timeless stories; fairytales, fables, teaching tales from around the world and personal tales. She is involved in Peterborough Storytellers and is available for workshops and house concerts.
33 Jess RowlandSumido: Quiet Pandemonium
Interactive participatory art in which one person at a time, every 15 minutes, is guided to a remote room to be... interviewed? ...interrogated? ...given an experience ...and to become momentarily a part of the installation-performance.
Jess Rowland is an interdisciplinary artist who has decided that the labyrinthine corridors of the Mount are perfect for a psychological intrigue and improvisational interactive performance. A graduate of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, she has worked in video, performance, poetry, and installation art, often through Public Energy’s Emergencies and Alley Waltzes.
36 Christy StoetenUntil Tender-Crisp
with Sonia Gemmiti
A one-on-one experience between performer and voyeur.  A secret look into the cyclical nature of life, exploring themes of time, nostalgia and isolation.  
The lure of sparkling costumes brought Christy Stoeten to dance class at the age of three in Peterborough, Ontario.  A graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Christy is an independent dance artist working in Toronto.  
16 The Zippa Dee Doo Dah Soul ChorusThe Singing Sinners of Mercy
under the direction of Curtis Driedger
Filling the chapel with song, as in the days of old.
Curtis Driedger is involved in a wide range of musical endeavors, both short and long term, in the Peterborough area. The Zippa Dee Doo Dah Soul Chorus is just one of his community-based projects.

Erring on the Mount - Program B descriptions

PERFORMANCE PROGRAM B at Erring on the Mount

Coloured numbers identify location on the floor plans.
14 David Bateman and Em GlasspoolCock on a Hot Convent Roof
A new work form Peterborough's Mysterious Entity Theatre, both art installation and performance, which explores memory, Tennessee Williams, and the rooster-infused bowling lanes of two gender-addled imaginations.
David Bateman is a visual artist and performance poet who teaches creative writing and literature at a variety of Canadian universities. He has presented his work internationally over the past twenty-five years. Em Glasspool is the artistic director of Peterborough’s Mysterious Entity Theatre, and has been working in theatre as a director, performer, writer and musician for the past 20 years.

47 Kim BlackwellLes Soeurs (The Sisters)
performed by Maude Rose Craig, Avery Francis, and Chloe Poch-Goldin
A verbatim theatrical experience exploring the lives of three Sisters of St. Joseph, as told by three little girls, ages seven and eight.  The piece will incorporate movement and music to tell the stories of these women’s lives, in their own words.  It is also a physical exploration of younger people inhabiting characters almost eight decades older than themselves.
Kim Blackwell is the Managing Artistic Producer at 4th Line Theatre and is in her 20th season with the company where she has directed 13 productions including five world premieres.  Upcoming she will be directing Alex Poch-Goldin’s The Bad Luck Bank Robbers at 4th Line and Maja Ardal’s HER2, a Nightwood/Buddies in Bad Times Theatre co-production.
35 Brad BrackenridgeMurmuratio
with Melody Thomas
Peterborough's puppet-based theatre company, The Nervous System, presents its first ‘puppopera’. Live operatic accompaniment adds an epic element to Brackenridge's compelling mix of puppet styles, including marionettes, shadow, and Sicilian-rod puppets.

Brad Brackenridge is a local actor, designer and puppeteer. For the past 25 years he has performed in hundreds of projects for theatre, film, television, dance and beyond. In 2010 his company, The Nervous System, was founded to create and produce new theatrical works combining puppetry and live action, and strong design elements, in collaboration with artists of all disciplines. Soprano Melody Thomas received her operatic training from University of Toronto, and Wilfrid Laurier. Currently based in her hometown of Peterborough, Thomas is teaching, performing and preparing for graduate school.

41 Jenn ColeGood Dirt
with Myrto Koumarianos and Gina J. Brintnell
Inspired by Jean Anouilh's Antigone, this piece moves dancer against dirt and dirt against dancer. A young woman relentlessly digs to bury her brother. Her commitment to a world in which one digs, knowing it is both futile and lethal and does it anyway, performs an affirmation that puzzles those around her.

Jenn Cole is a small-time dancer and choreographer, with interest in unsent letters, anonymous installation work, inarticulacy, and big messes.
15 Opal Jennifer Elchuk, with Tessa Nasca and Tom VaccaroCreatures of Flight
Exploring the connection between earth and spirit through a dance between ground and air. Ethereal bird creatures, nesting in the far reaches of the building, playfully traverse the unique architecture of the Mount.
Opal Jennifer Elchuk is an aerialist, dancer, and visual artist who has been producing art in Peterborough for over eight years. Her work is inspired by the natural world, the human body and her insatiable desire to climb things. Tessa Nasca loves to explore expression and storytelling through movement and play. She is a circus artist with a long-standing hoop practice and a budding interest in aerial dance. Thomas Vaccaro is head of the fire performance troupe, the PyroFlys. His commitment to using circus arts to improve the community is his passion.
2  Janel JarvisCellydancing in the Gardens of the Mount
with cellist Mateusz Swoboda and dancers Carmen Gelette, Sarah Rudnicki
A trio of bellydancers accompanied by cello will do a performance in celebration of spring in the gardens.
Janel Jarvis works as an accompanist, piano teacher, vocal coach and recreation facilitator. She also very much enjoys teaching bellydance and has been at it for 16 years.
38 Ryan KerrPeriphery
A solo dance performance investigating the interactions of men (both religious and secular) with the women of St. Joseph's.
Ryan Kerr is the artistic director of Fleshy Thud and The Theatre on King. He has been creating theatre and dance in Peterborough since 1993.
46 Sarah McNeillyFrancie and the Golden Key
with Stephanie Cann, Spencer Allen, Miranda Warren, Victoria Silvera, Andrew McNeilly, Caren McNeilly
This adaptation of a whimsical fairy-tale, narrated by an orphan character, is a sensory performance that explores the power of narrative (both literary and personal).
Sarah McNeilly is an actor, dancer and vocalist whose most recent performances include: performing in every serial at the Theatre on King (The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, Young Frankenstein and Pennies from Heaven), The Orator (Showplace) and Scan with Danse Carpe Diem (Public Energy).
19 Susan NewmanA Sea Change Suite
with The Convivio Chorus
The imminent transformation of The Mount inspired Susan Newman to compose a suite of songs for the Convivio Chorus, drawn from the text of Shakespeare's The Tempest with its theme of the constancy of change. A Sea Change Suite is a work-in-progress supported by Peterborough's Mysterious Entity Theatre.
Susan Newman has been active in the Peterborough arts community for over 30 years as a musician, actor and composer. She is the founding director of the Convivio Chorus which has been a regular feature of the annual In From the Cold concert for the past 14 years.

18 New Stages TheatreInto Temptation
written by Mary J. Breen, performed by Dianne Latchford, directed by Randy Read, Madonna by Anne Cavanagh
Dolores Grogan turns to the Blessed Virgin for help with her troubled conscience.

Randy Read is Artistic Director of New Stages, a professional theatre in Peterborough and has worked as a casting director at CBC Radio and Canadian Stage and as an actor at theatres across Canada. Dianne Latchford has been a professional stage, film and television actor for over 30 years.  She is also a musician, singer/songwriter and an emerging visual artist, with a solo art show currently at Black Honey.  

25 Thomas OlszewskiFeeding the Sisters
Feeding the Sisters is a simple act of sharing. In a garden behind the Mount, Thomas Olszewski will plant a vegetable garden featuring the ‘three sisters’ - corn, beans, squash. On the opening day of the festival, at 6:30pm, Thomas will invite Liz Osawamik to say a prayer for the seeds prior to planting, then offer some food to those present. In the fall he will offer to cook a meal for the Sisters at the Mount using the harvest from this garden.

Thomas Olszewski (Anishinaabe from Rama First Nation) is the owner and proprietor of a catering company called Grandfather’s Kitchen here in Peterborough. He is also an artist whose work often explores the relationship and conflict of traditional knowledge in a contemporary world.

Max Price and Hilary WearSeven Daily Sins
The Seven Daily Sins: Playing with very human habits, this collaborative performance displays behaviours of two sisters "caught in the act" and uses elements from tableaux vivants, dance and clown. Watch for the sisters throughout the building, on your way to or from performances during Progam B on Friday and Saturday.

Max Price is a former dancer. Although life had different plans, Max  has found his way back in the spot light, creating Max's Cabaret , a series of regular cabaret shows benefiting the community. Hilary Wear is a local theatre artist who loves community work, clowning, collaborating, being cast in roles, receiving teachings, and playing with people(s). Her clown character, Tootah, is off to the Toronto Fringe Festival this summer to pick up some trash.

24 Kate StoryA place you'd go to find something, something you'd left there
with David Bird
Springboarding from the Sisters' stories about the Trunk Room, "something you'd left there" explores departure and return, how our own lives can over time keep secrets from us, and the wordless places: body and spirit.

Kate Story is a writer and performer.  She creates works that contain elements of dance and theatre, often in collaboration with other artists. David Bird is an audio engineer, singer-songwriter, photographer, and poet. His work focuses on the intuitive, liminal spaces of our world.


Erring on the Mount - advice

Some hot tips on how to experience Erring on the Mount

First, choose a program: A or B. They are the same yet different.

What’s the same: The art installations. You can see all 33 installations in different rooms and spaces around the Mount on both programs.

What’s different: The performances. The two programs feature entirely different performances and demand a different approach for taking them in. Program A is laid back, with 4 of its 6 performances designed for dropping in on at any time – they are durational. Program B will keep you moving, with just 5 time slots for the 11 performances, and 15 minute breaks in between most. Don’t worry, 15 minutes should give you enough time to go from one performance to another and look at some art on the way. There are also a few performances between the main time slots, so if you hurry you can catch 6 or 7 works in Program B.

Second, come back again to see the artists you missed the first time! There is only one way to see everything: come 3 times. A ticket to see Program B twice and Program A unlimited times costs $35.

What’s the catch? The catch is that your entry to Program A or B does not guarantee you entry to a particular performance. Each performance is in a different room with a different capacity, so it is first-come first-served at the door to that room. If the room takes 15 people then the first 15 in line for that room get in. If you are # 16, then you can move on to another room nearby and (probably) get into that room because the capacity is greater.

Program B tip: check out the approximate room capacity listed in the schedule and plan your timing accordingly. If the capacity is limited get there early and have a backup plan.


Erring on the Mount - Installation descriptions

INSTALLATIONS PROGRAM A & B at Erring on the Mount

Coloured numbers identify location on the floor plans.

17 Kathleen AdamsonCognate
This audio-visual installation will question relationships between indigenous culture and the Church at a local level, exploring blurred perspective, cultural resonance and dissonance, smothering, distance, charity, and transmuted symbols.

Kathleen Adamson is a classically trained pianist and composer. She premiered her first opera last summer and has recently returned from travelling through Spain studying pilgrimage routes and the monastic influence within small communities.

32 Lester AlfonsoBrion Wagner where are you now?
Brion Wagner has been a vital member of Peterborough's artistic scene and his disappearance in the winter of 2013 left a void in the community. Brion Wagner where are you now is an installation of one of his more ephemeral and temporary works: an oil and dye light projection performed at a house party last summer, recorded by Lester Alfonso, and played back for us, as a reminder of the work we all have to do, "to keep vigilant, keep the faith, and go the extra mile to affirm the beauty of life in gratitude".

Lester Alfonso was a collaborator of Brion Wagner’s, and often documented his unique live art experiences using light and projections and music/noise. Writer, filmmaker, photographer and video jockey, Alfonso's original works include award-winning documentaries, one-man plays, architectural video-mapping, and his most recent project, as artist-in-residence for MAP, the ongoing series "What is Art?".

49 Joeann ArgueContemplation
What happens when we are alone with our thoughts? When we sit alone in a room with only the far away sounds of everyday life?

Joeann Argue is a trans-media artist working in sculpture, sound, visual art and performance. She is currently completing an MFA in Visual Arts at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

26  Douglas Back & Sara BradleyUplift
Emulating one of the Sisters daily chores, laundry. Vibration sensors on the stairs control a winch motor at the top of the stair well. Forty feet below a linen sheet is soaking in a washtub. As people walk on the stairs the dripping linen sheet is hauled, step by step, to the top of the stairwell.

Doug Back is a tenured professor at OCAD University, and has been making electronic, programmed, mechanical, interactive installations since 1979. Sara Bradley has been a structural engineer for 20 years, this is her first foray into the world of installation art.

 1  Paul CadeThe Garden of Infinite Possibilities
An interactive and collaborative sculpture garden realized from repurposed and recycled materials, visitors are invited and encouraged to join in the creative process and contribute to the beautification of the Mount.

Paul Cade has worked as an illustrator, designer, and film director. His works have won numerous awards nationally and internationally.

22 Jan-Paul CampeauRupto Silentio
with Victoria Wallace and Roz Hermant
Using a barrage of chaotic sound, Rupto Silentio transforms the ambulatory, the hidden hallway behind the altar originally used by priests for silent passage.

Jan-Paul Campeau is a musician, songwriter and sound designer who composes for video games and various album-recording projects. Roz Hermant is a photo-based artist, inspired by the landscape of wherever she finds herself. Victoria Wallace is a multi-media visual artist working and conducting workshops in acrylic, encaustic, and sculptural media.

20 Robert EdmondsonExploring the Boundary Between Art & Corn
This lighthearted kinetic sculpture asks for audience participation by means of a crank in the upper chapel balcony that must be turned to reveal the piece’s function and message.

Robert Edmondson is a designer and builder of many things; most recently large scale kinetic sculptures that hope to “reach up and touch the higher sphere of art”.

 3  Anne GaensbauerNatures’ Cross and Spirit Rising
A series of 14 photocollages located around the Auditorium (the Sisters' first chapel) reference the traditional Stations of the Cross and the crucifixion of nature. They are contrasted by wooden sculptural reliefs that allude to hope, and the spirit of awareness within us all.

Anne Gaensbauer is York University Visual Arts graduate, who lives on the north shore of Stony Lake near the Petroglyphs Park; she draws her inspiration from the land, and uses techniques from various mediums to create her work.

42 Judith GrahamThe Cloakroom
Reminding us that we take our beliefs with us and wear them in everyday life, this interactive multi-media installation invites visitors to explore, create, and wear, clothing in a religious context.

Judith Graham is a visual artist and poet living in Millbrook Ontario. Her past lives as a Buddhist nun, biology instructor and potter exert a strong influence on her work.

48 Ann JaegerThe Permeability of Words
An experience of language as fluid and impermanent; paying homage to the prayers, conversations, and silences of the Mount Saint Joseph Sisters.

Ann Jaeger is an OCAD graduate whose work often combines visual art, textiles and writing. She writes Trout in Plaid, an online journal about her love affair with Peterborough's arts and culture scene.

21 Cameron KuntzSaints In Underwear And Other Stories
Saints… playfully explores the space where the Spiritual and Physical meet - the bodies of Saints. Kuntz's figures speak to the human element within the divine - the secular within the sacred, and the physical or 'profane' within the saintly.

Cameron Kuntz was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1955, and continues to be inspired by his native city. Art making is just one of his many careers.

31 Leigh MacdonaldA Glow in the Dark
A mixed-media painting presents itself in two forms: one visible in the light, the other in darkness.

Leigh Macdonald finds expression in drawing, painting, taking photographs, playing the piano, and collaborating with other artists using puppetry, costume and lights.

44 Jeffrey Macklin and Phillip CheeSister Mary's Room of Requirement
A multi-media installation disguised as a simple room, populated with the ephemera of a life of a typical resident of Mount St. Joseph.

Jeffrey Macklin is an emerging artist, working primarily in relief printing (letterpress) and mixed media. Phillip Chee works with computers, operating systems, and networks. He creates photographs the rest of the time.

50 Dave MaherFrom Orphan To Hero
Inspired by actual events, this installation tells the story of a young child left at the Mount and cared for by the sisters until his adoption, who became a hero not only to his family and neighbours, but in service to his country during WWII.

Dave Maher is a lifelong Peterborough resident, who studied art under David Bierk. He's most passionate about photography and story telling.

 5  John MarrisRe-Haunting
with assistance from Phillip Chee
Using cameras located throughout the site, Re-Haunting will document Erring on the Mount as a ghostly performance of captured and printed images.

John Marris is a writer, photographer, painter, land-art maker, and creative collaborator who came to Peterborough to study for his Ph.D. at Trent University. His artistic interests include using art as a form of collaborative community engagement, and as a tool for exploring our connections to both natural and human-created processes of change and decay.

28 Beth McCubbin - The Eternal Spirit
The internal, untroubled, devout belief of a woman lost in a thoughtful moment.

Beth McCubbin lives in Hull, Quebec, having recently left her beloved arts community of Peterborough. In her artwork Beth seeks to represent the alternative, the over-looked, the forgotten, and the undesirable.

 4  Tegan Moss and Paul AtchisonThe Clock
Using iconography from various sources, The Clock reminds us that time is an abstraction.

Tegan Moss seeks transformation through her installation and movement based art. Paul Atchison has only recently admitted to being an artist.

No Man’s Land
No Man’s Land is a distinct visual art exhibition within Erring on the Mount featuring the work of eight female artists investigating women’s space(s) – emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual. Their installations, in the pink corridor on the first floor, explore the intersection of the equally contentious paradigms of Christianity and Feminism. Judith A. Mason has written a full curatorial statement for the works that are inspired by the Sisters, and the site that was once their home.

10 Rowena DykinsMonarch Migration
Monarch Migration is a reflection and meditation on ephemerality, migration and survival.

Rowena Dykins, painter, installation artist and art educator, studied fine art at the School of Art & Design at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Concordia University.

12 Mary KainerPath of Righteousness
This drawing installation contrasts societal vices - greed, vanity, gambling, drug and sex trades, over-population- to the virtuous lives of the Sisters.

Mary Kainer employs drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation in her practice. She divides her time between Toronto and Apsley.

 8  Ramune LuminaireHave You No Shame? and No Shame
Walls covered in graphite writing and drawings surround a small knitted figure suspended over a single bed... Have you no shame? and No Shame explore the divide between the physical body and societal conventions.

Ramune Luminaire is a visual artist, author and teacher who seeks to find a place and a form for the expression of female sexuality.

11 Judith A. MasonThe three sisters, the incidents and the sepulcher
Painterly forms, hybrid beings and haunting vignettes explore the unstable and complex relationships of women - as mother, lover and designated ‘other.’

Judith A. Mason is a practicing artist, writer, teacher and curator. Her work often considers the conflict between the inner life and contemporary culture.

 6  Holly McClellanMount St. Joseph’s Garbage Dress Series
Unwanted clothing is collected through a public appeal then donated to charity. This installation is part of an ongoing series of “Garbage Dresses.”

Holly McClellan is a graduate of York University and Sheridan College, she teaches digital photography and fine art at Durham College, and in her own artistic practice she is influenced by suburban living, consumerism, and their connection to the environment.

13 Margaret RodgersRibbon, Lace and Silt Cloth: Handiwork for a Modern World
The seventeenth century Sisters of St. Joseph made ribbon and lace. This is depicted on a banner using silt cloth and lace from a bridal shop.

Margaret Rodgers is an Oshawa-based visual artist and writer, founder of IRIS and as well as Director/Curator at Visual Arts Centre Clarington.

 7  Joan ScaglioneBlack Madonna
Black Madonna is constructed from burned wood, and kneels on a mound of earth, her body folding into a spiral, her arms reach out into the cosmos.

Joan Scaglione received her MFA from the University of Regina - she now lives in Kingston Ontario where she practices and teaches art.

 8  Sally ThurlowWhat The Nun Told Me
An empty claw-foot tub and nightgown are watched over by a pair of crows, the tub's occupant having ascended to another plane...

Sally Thurlow is a Toronto based multi-disciplinary artist. She questions environmental practices relating to our current geographic and cultural situation.

39 Kelly O'NeillIn Search of Sanctuary
With troubled mind, where does one go, but in search of sanctuary? This work draws the viewer into an inner landscape examining visions of solitude, vulnerability, pain and courage.

Kelly O'Neill is a mixed-media and textile artist who has recently begun creating small sculptural pieces using found objects.

29 Paul OldhamInterstices
Definition: a space that intervenes between things; especially:  one between closely spaced things.

Paul Oldham is a practicing artist who divides his time between stained glass, painting, and creative carpentry, his work for Erring fits somewhere in between all these.

30 Laurel PaluckDream Machine: Sleep Now
A collection of dreams gathered from around the world for participants to experience, share and contribute to.

Laurel Paluck is an interdisciplinary artist who creates performance work which draw on theatre, literature and visual arts.

40 Michael PoultonUnfinished Business ~ a sound art installation for two voices
with voices by Leigh MacDonald, Laurel Paluck and Daphne Molson
A small room in a nursing home that has ceased operation... Two voices can be heard... the internal monologues of each woman's unfinished business with the other.

Michael Poulton is an award winning multi-disciplinary artist and curator of the Museum of Temporary Art, a fusion of museum, contemporary art institution and conceptual art piece.

27 Quilt Arts PeterboroughThe Sisters - their Pathway
Comprised of seven panels by seven quilters, using both traditional and non-traditional techniques, Quilt Arts Peterborough depicts the many contributions the Sisters have made to the Peterborough community.

Quilt Arts Peterborough is Elke Bade, Judith Maher, Maureen O'Neill, Mary-Clair Nepotiuk, Blythe Minty, Susan Hubay, and Maureen McKeen

51 Deb ReynoldsQuestions That Have No Right to Go Away
This interactive installation asks visitors to consider the parallels between artists and nuns, and the questions of life 'that will not go away' (David Whyte). Visitors are invited to use manual typewriters to answer the questions, and add their work to the installation in the gathering space.

Deb Reynolds is a multi-disciplinary artist with specialties in clown and open-eyed dreaming. She believes that art is for, and in, everyone.

43 Bronson SmithPROSTATE CANC*R – “the radiation series”
The Radiation Series chronicles Smith's 7 week treatment for prostate cancer at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre in 2013.

Bronson Smith has been practicing his unique style of artwork, modern primitive wood paintings, for over 30 years.

34 Gillian Turnham and Hartley StephensonThe Fall
Interactive staircase installation featuring slinkies, a marble-run, and plenty more. Join us for a chance at ascension, or simply come to witness "The Fall".

Gillian Turnham employs traditional hand-craftsmanship techniques on non-traditional and found materials, focusing thematically on architecture, repetition, and the narrative form. Hartley Stevenson uses the detritus of modern consumerist society to comment on the political and social milieu of our times.

Esther VincentWalking Mural
A visual exploration of the viewer's path through Erring. A guide. A mystery. A map.

Esther Vincent is a polymath whose expertise ranges from visual and performing arts production to arts management and horsemanship. Her current passion is photography.


Erring on the Mount

Public Energy presents Erring on the MountColourful Public Energy Mount
May 30 – June 1, 2014
The Mount Community Centre
1555 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough
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Erring on the Mount is a site-specific multidisciplinary arts festival at The Mount Community Centre. The festival is organized into two programs featuring more than 60 artists: Program A (admission by donation) and Program B (ticketed). Find out more in the welcome message from artistic producer Bill Kimball and the curator’s statement from Liz Fennell. There is also a special exhibit within Erring on the Mount called No Man's Land, curated by Judith Mason.

Download a PDF of the Full Program Guide.

Volunteer for Erring on the Mount - Please fill out a volunteer form

What’s in a name? Erring on the Mount takes its name from an important event held in Peterborough in 1996. Read all about it including historic video, poster and program.

  Friday May 30 Saturday May 31 Sunday June 1
Program A: 2pm-6pm 2pm-6pm 3pm-6pm
Program B: 7:30pm-10pm
doors open 6:30
with 2 opening night
special events
doors open 6:30
doors open 12:00

Program A:
admission by donation
Program B: $20 for one day
Multi-show Pass: $35 gains admission to Program B on any two days and Program A on all three days. With the Pass you are (almost) guarenteed seeing all performances in both programs.
Available at the festival or in advance from the Market Hall box office: or 705-749-1146.
Please note that online sales will end at 4 pm on Friday and Saturday and 11:30 am on Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door.

Come prepared: Erring on the Mount takes place in a building undergoing a transformation after being unused for 5 years; parts of it are still musty, there is no running water and the elevators are not in service. There are many stairs to negotiate if you want to experience everything, and you will have to go outside to take advantage of our comfort stations. So bring a good pair of walking shoes, a bottle of water, and a spirit of adventure as you make your way around Erring on the Mount. Regarding accessibility: We regret that the venue is not fully accessible. As a heritage building, with multifarious staircases and in its current state of transformation, accessibility measures could not be addressed for Erring on the Mount.

Content Advisory: Erring on the Mount is a program of contemporary art with some provocative religious and sexual themes and imagery, although you won’t see anything here that you wouldn’t see in the Sistine Chapel. Nevertheless, labels with descriptions are posted to assist parents and guardians as to the appropriateness of content within individual rooms.

Some hot tips on how to experience Erring on the Mount.



Program A Performances descriptions

All 3 days:
Janel Jarvis – The Soundtrack That Wasn't There
Hermione Rivison – All It Takes is Faith
Christy Stoeten – Until Tender-Crisp

Saturday and Sunday only:
Andrew Mark & Sally Morgan – Lostsolastalgia
Jess Rowland – Sumido: Quiet Pandemonium
The Zippa Dee Doo Dah Soul Chorus – The Singing Sinners of Mercy

Program B Performances descriptions
All 3 days:
David Bateman & Em Glasspool – Cock on a Hot Convent Roof
Kim Blackwell – Les Soeurs (The Sisters)
Brad Brackenridge – Murmuratio
Jenn Cole – Good Dirt
Opal Jennifer Elchuk with Tessa Nasca and Thomas Vaccaro – Creatures of Flight
Ryan Kerr – Periphery
Sarah McNeilly – Francie & The Golden Key
Susan Newman with the Convivio Chorus – A Sea Change Suite
New Stages Theatre – Into Temptation
Kate Story with David Bird – A place you'd go to find something, something you'd left there

Friday only:
Janel Jarvis – Cellydancing in the Gardens of the Mount
Thomas Olszewski – Feeding the Sisters

Friday & Saturday only:
Max Price & Hilary Wear – The 7 Daily Sins

Program A & B Installations descriptions

All installation-based art works are on view throughout both programs.

Kathleen Adamson – Cognate
Lester Alfonso – Brion Wagner where are you now?
Joeann Argue – Contemplation
Douglas Back & Sara Bradley – Uplift
Paul Cade – The Garden of Infinite Possibilities
Jan-Paul Campeau with Victoria Wallace & Roz Hermant – Rupto Silentio
Robert Edmondson – Exploring the Boundary Between Art & Corn
Anne Gaensbauer – Natures’ Cross and Spirit Rising
Judith Graham – The Cloakroom
Ann Jaeger – The Permeability of Words
Cameron Kuntz – Saints In Underwear And Other Stories
Leigh Macdonald – A Glow in the Dark
Jeff Macklin & Phillip Chee – Sister Mary's Room of Requirement
Dave Maher – From Orphan To Hero
Beth McCubbin – Eternal Spirit
Tegan Moss & Paul Atchison – The Clock

No Man’s Land

Rowena Dykins – Monarch Migration
Mary Kainer – Path of Righteousness
Ramune Luminaire – Have You No Shame? & No Shame
Judith A. Mason – The three sisters, the incidents and the sepulcher
Holly McClellan – Mount St. Joseph’s Garbage Dress Series
Margaret Rodgers – Ribbon, Lace and Silt Cloth: Handiwork for a Modern World
Joan Scaglione – Black Madonna
Sally Thurlow – What The Nun Told Me

Kelly O'Neill – In Search of Sanctuary
Paul Oldham – Interstices
Laurel Paluck – Dream Machine: Sleep Now
Michael Poulton – Unfinished Business ~ a sound art installation for two voices
Quilt Arts Peterborough – The Sisters - their Pathway
Deb Reynolds – Questions That Have No Right to Go Away
Bronson Smith – PROSTATE CANC*R – “the radiation series”
Gillian Turnham & Hartley Stephenson – The Fall
Esther Vincent – Walking Mural


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 (705) 745-1788
mailing address:
PO Box 2319
       Peterborough, ON K9J 7Y8
street address:     
       140 Charlotte Street
       Peterborough, ON, K9J 2T8

hours: M-F, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Artistic Producer: Bill Kimball 
Administrator: Eva Fisher
Performance Curator: Victoria Mohr- Blakenely
More Information: About Us

Registered Charity
     # 89481 1058 RR 0001

How to Help
     Donate via Canada Helps
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     Volunteer Opportunities



Tickets are sold on a show-by-show basis.
To purchase tickets for a specific show, please check the individual show page, or call or email our offices.
Further information can be found on our ticket page here.

Teachers: special student discount matinees may be available.
Please check here for our current education programming offers.