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Public Energy gratefully acknowledges the following businesses for supporting our 4th Annual Fundraiser – The Wearable Art Show Featuring The Runway Challenge


The Bridges Resort - Mad River Valley, Vermont   Sunrise Lodge - Baptiste Lake  
Riverside Retreat -
Mississauga River   Holiday Inn - Peterborough


BE Catering   Black Honey   Chasing The Cheese   Dreams of Beans  
Hot Belly Mama's   Pastry Peddler   Renaissance Bistro


4th Line Theatre   Blyth Festival   Canadian Stage   DanceWorks   Festival Players of Prince Edward County   Lakefield Literary Festival   Market Hall Performing Arts Centre   Mirvish Productions   National Arts Centre   National Ballet of Canada  
New Stages Theatre Company   Shaw Festival   Showplace Performance Centre   Stratford Festival Theatre   Thousand Islands Playhouse    Westben Theatre


George Raab   Rowena Dykins   Yates Fine Carpentry   Bronson Smith   David Hickey   TaRoSi Photography  Val Davidson   Paul Follett   Antarctica Book of Cooking and Cleaning   Zimart


Sarah Rudnicki - Middle Eastern Dance   The PyroFlys - Fire Performers


Catalina   Package Plus   Radiant Boutique    Ste. Anne's Spa   Salon Sorella  
Simply Chic   Trillium College   Elderberry Herbals   Baxter Creek Golf Course


Adventure Outfitters   Anywhere But Here   Avant Garden   Circus   David's Tea   HappenStance Books & Yarns   Hi Ho Silver   Pensieri Shoes   Simple  Stuff   Tragically Hip   Vanity Hound   Wild Rock Outfitters   Wine Shoppe on Park

Wearable Art Call for Artists

GET INVOLVED: email us at

We are inviting individuals and teams to create wearable art from any materials you choose, to strut, slink, or in your own theatrical way, show off your efforts on our glamorous catwalk.  We provide the venue with state of the art lighting, music, and an enthusiastic audience engaged by a professional Master of Ceremonies, along with video and photo documentation. An excellent opportunity to add to your artistic C.V. and/or a great way to build camaraderie and provide fun team-building with your colleagues/students/groups. If this opportunity appeals to you but you are a bit intimidated by the performance element involved, talk to us, we will try our best to hook you up with a choreographer and/or models.

Our Runway Challenge involves matching up selected artists with businesses who can provide a minimum of $100 worth of materials for an artist to  create their work of Wearable Art. The challenge involves giving the artist only one month to create and to use materials that have nothing to do with fashion.  Previous businesses have included: hardware stores, florists, printing shops, drug stores, bulk food, etc..). This is an opportunity to expose your business to our broad audience, engage with Peterborough's creatives, and to re-imagine your products/services in a fun and meaningful way.

This event provides an excellent way to focus your endeavours as educators and/or community hubs, as your team works towards creating either a single piece or multiple works of wearable art to be performed down the catwalk. Public Energy will help assure your efforts will be experienced as a successful and rewarding event by providing a professional and welcoming environment; support with ideas and how to achieve your goals; along with video and still photography documentation.

Get inspired with a sampling of previous years work:
Videos 2013:
Runway Challenge, Wearable Art
2012 Photos 2012, Video 2012,
webpage 2011

Muscle/Bone: Mind/Body Class

With Bill James

When: The class runs for six Tuesday evenings,
beginning November 5th, at 5:15pm

Where: In the auditorium of George Street United Church, 534 George St. N.

Cost: For six classes is $45 or $10 per class to drop in.
There are also a number of pay-what-you-can spaces in the class for those who can't afford to pay the full cost.
To register: 705-874-3553 or email:

Who: This dance class is open to everybody, aged 16-80, male, female, transgendered, gay, lesbian, bi, straight, all cultural backgrounds. The class is simple to follow and everyone goes at their own pace.

What: There are three parts to each class; Muscle/Bone reaches the body across the space in cycles of rhythmic, percussive movements. Mind/Body engages the imagination as the class flows through cycles of improvisation. Cool Down moves slowly into stretches and breathing movements. M/B class is led by the teacher to various world beat sounds; Tribal, Afro-beat, Latin and Funk so that everyone moves, has fun and stays relaxed.

This project is co-sponsored by Seeds of Change and Public Energy and the class is led by Bill James, a renowned dancer, teacher and choreographer.

Erring Submission

Call for Submissions: Erring On The Mount
A multidisciplinary festival for The Mount

Public Energy invites artists of all disciplines to create work for a multidisciplinary festival at The Mount Community Centre in Peterborough, for May 2014.

Background: Erring & The Mount:
was a multidisciplinary event first staged in the summer of 1995 by members of the Union Theatre collective in vacant apartments above The Only Café that were being demolished to make way for The Gordon Best Theatre. Pieces were developed collaboratively for specific spaces by teams of writers, visual artists, and performers brought together for the project.

The Mount was, from 1894-2009, the home of the Sisters of St. Joseph, an order of Roman Catholic nuns. Presently the site is transitioning into a community centre with mixed-income housing units. The Mount Community Centre, a not-for-profit group overseeing this transition, is making the site available to artists for Public Energy’s Erring on the Mount. The Mount occupies approximately 10 acres at 1555 Monaghan Road. For more information on the history of The Mount and the Sisters of St. Joseph see their site: An opportunity to speak to some of the Sisters prior to the submission deadline is currently being organized, and their archivist maintains regular office hours.

We are looking for artists to create site-specific work in the building’s extensive interior (over 300 rooms including a Chapel) or on the surrounding grounds, with its overgrown gardens. Public Energy is accepting submissions from both groups and individual artists working in a single discipline as well as collaborations between artists of diverse disciplines. This multidisciplinary event will run over a four-day period in the last week of May 2014. Funding for this project is pending successful grant applications, and individual project support will not be determined till late February.

Site visits are scheduled for Saturday, December 7th at 1pm and again in early January. Please let us know at if you plan to attend the December visit. At this time artists can identify their preferred room or space, for inclusion in submissions. Floor plans will be available to take home.

Criteria for Submission:

Your work must meet one of the following criteria:

  • be new work created for - or existing work particularly suited to – this site. If you are submitting existing work, please describe how this work is particularly relevant to The Mount.

  • be inspired by, make reference to, or speak to, the property’s history as Mount St. Joseph, the home of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peterborough.

Please include in your submission:

  • a detailed description of your project and a brief artist’s statement* (max. two pages).

  • an indication of the room or space you prefer to use, if possible on a floor plan of The Mount**

  • your CV, and if applicable, the CVs of your main collaborator(s)

  • five images of recent work or a video or audio recording of recent work

* your artist’s statement can describe how the proposed work either contributes to your artistic practice or relates to other work you or your team of collaborators are currently engaged in.

** floor plans will be available at a tour of the Mount on Dec. 7 at 1pm and again at a site visit in early January. They will also be available on line after Dec 7.

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Deadline for Submissions: February 3, 2014

Email your submission to:

If emailing your submission, please include all text (Project Description, Artist’s Statement, and CV) in one (1) Word compatible document labeled as follows: “Last name_first name_Erring 2014 Proposal.doc(x)”. Images should also be labeled clearly: “Lastname_firstname_image#.jpg”

“Smith_Joe_Erring 2014 proposal.doc”
“Smith_Joe_Image 01.jpg”
“Smith_Joe_Image 02.jpg”

To send your submission as hard copy or CD/DVD mail to:

Public Energy

PO Box 2319

Peterborough, ON K9J 7Y8

Please note that submission packages will not be returned. For more information please visit or contact Erring curator Elizabeth Fennell by email at

Job Posting

General Manager

Date Posted: October 22, 2013
Application Deadline: November 5, 2013
Start Date: December 2, 2013
Salary: $30,000/year
City/Town: Peterborough, ON
Term: Part-time Permanent (30 hours/week)

Organization Description:
Public Energy is Peterborough's leading performing arts presenter/producer, with an average annual budget of $250,000. Our mission is to act as a cultural catalyst in the community, bringing risk-taking artists and diverse audiences together around innovative works of dance, theatre and interdisciplinary performance. Now entering its 20th year, and guided by a recently completed Strategic Plan, the board and staff of the organization are prepared to take the steps needed to ensure that Public Energy will flourish in the next 20 years and beyond.

Job Description:
As an important member of Public Energy’s small and dedicated team, the General Manager is responsible for managing the daily operations that support Public Energy’s vision and ensure its long-term goals are met. Reporting to the Artistic Producer, the General Manager is responsible for executing all administrative functions, providing support to staff and the board, and delivering exceptional support services to all stakeholders. Strong attention-to-detail and the ability to prioritize and multi-task are integral to the success of this role.


  • manage the day-to-day financial operations, including bank deposits, petty cash, box office and merchandise transactions, and reporting
  • assist with event, production and project management, such as: contract preparation; making arrangements for visiting artists’ accommodation and travel; scheduling venues and personnel; supporting outreach activities with community groups and schools
  • manage front-of-house activities for all events, including supervision of box office, reservations and merchandise sales
  • assist with marketing, website updates, creation of collateral materials, publicity and social media campaigns
  • support the fundraising and income generation activities of the organization
  • act as ambassador for Public Energy in the community and provide exceptional customer service to artists, audiences and supporters
  • work with staff and board to implement strategic planning objectives
  • update and maintain the Public Energy database and information systems
  • provide administrative support for the board of directors and committees, including preparing reports
  • maintain archives and event records, both electronic and print
  • manage all volunteer activities, including recruiting, scheduling, tracking hours and recognition
  • assist with preparing reports to government/funding agencies
  • train and supervise non-permanent contract staff (summer and co-op students, etc) as required


  • A relevant university degree, college diploma or equivalent work experience
  • Three years experience in an administrative environment (preferably for a not-for-profit arts organization)
  • Strong knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications
  • Database experience (specific knowledge of Sumac would be an asset)
  • Excellent at organizing and scheduling tasks; detail-oriented and able to multi-task effectively
  • Knowledge of website management tools (specific knowledge of Joomla would be an asset)
  • Can work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to think strategically, to support the company now and in the long term
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Solid financial skills
  • Experience in effectively using different forms of social media
  • Excellent people skills and ability to communicate with all stakeholders
  • Ability to work flexible hours in a non-traditional work environment
  • Passion for the performing arts and mission of Public Energy
  • Good sense of humour

How to Apply:
Applicants wishing to be considered for the General Manager position are asked to forward their resume and cover letter to
: Bill Kimball


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       Peterborough, ON K9J 7Y8
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Artistic Producer: Bill Kimball 
Administrator: Eva Fisher
Performance Curator: Victoria Mohr- Blakenely
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