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Calling All Creatives!

The 2016 Wearable Art Show

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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.


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.

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GET INSPIRED! with a sampling of last year's work:


The 2016 Wearable Art Show Featuring the Runway Challenge

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A big THANK YOU ‪‎to All who supported the 2016 Wearable Art Show - it was a lot of fun and a great success!

  • Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
  • Laurel Paluck
  • Dream Players
  • Runway Challengers
  • Brookside Studio - Wayne Eardley
  • Open Call Participants
  • The Strutt Program
  • Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School Fashion Students
  • PACE at PCVS Fashion Students
  • Silent Auction Donors
  • our Fabulous Volunteers
  • and Super Enthusiastic Guests 

And Thank You Andy Carroll Photography for the amazing event photos! (Click on the image to see more.)

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Public Energy's Faux-fashion Fundraiser Featuring The Runway Challenge

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8 pm
Doors open at 7 pm
Market Hall, 140 Charlotte St. Peterborough
General admission tickets $24 / $17 for students, seniors, underwaged
On line: phone: 705-749-1146

ORDER your tickets now

Cabaret-style seating $30 each. Call Public Energy to book at 705-745-1788. Get the best view, up close to the runway at table seating.
Come on your own or put a group together!

WATCH the Wearable Art Show via LIVE STREAM here:

About the Wearable Art Show
The Runway Challenge?
2016 Wearable Art Show Opening Act!
Open Call Participants
Silent Auction Donors 2016


The Wearable Art Show

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A showcase of Peterborough artists unleashing wild creations upon the catwalk, all to benefit Public Energy's work in the community. As an audience member, it is an opportunity to dress up and get down with the artistic milieu while showing your support of Public Energy's work in the community. As an artist, this is your opportunity to show off your talents and challenge your abilities, as you meld your mind with new materials. Get Inspired - Get Involved!  Click here for more information.

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The Runway Challenge?

The Runway Challenge is the feature attraction in Public Energy's Wearable Art Show!  Seven artists/designers are matched up with seven local businesses and challenged to create a stunning work of sartorial genius to be strutted down the catwalk at Market Hall. The catch? The artists only find out which business/materials they’ll be working with one month ahead of time, and those materials have nothing to do with fashion. The result is a fashion show unlike any other; where wildly creative outfits are modeled and presented in a fun and theatrical way.

View a short film by Wayne Eardley, which creates a subjective and imaginary visual that compliments the 2016 Runway Challenge Artists' imagination.

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The 2016 Runway Challenge Draw

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Runway Challenge Draw Artists (L-R) Melinda Masters, Lisa Marchant, Kathryn Bahun, and
Shannon Taylor, who is filling in for artist Jess Rowland. Missing Chris Magwood, Renee Paul

The 2016 Runway Challengers

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Lisa Marchant lakefield pantry logo 600x4161 Sarah McNeilly
Melinda Masters cropped Custom Copy Logo 4 Square Melinda Masters
Renee Paul 250711306 270b451804 m Sandy Burnaby
Jess Rowland 75 3921AA Kiana Bromley

The 2016 Wearable Art Show Featuring the Runway Challenge will be live-streamed by our sponsor UNAVOX



View footage from past shows here.  Run through all 18 designs from 2012, 2013, 2014 in under 8 minutes.                                                   


2015 Runway Challengers. All photos by Esther Vincent.                                                                              

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Wearable Art Show Opening Act!

Welcome to the Dream Players!  This year's show will open with a magical performance "Metamorphosis" created especially for the Wearable Art Show, by Community Living Peterborough's Dream Players - an incredibly talented 15 member Performing Arts Troupe comprised of adults with intellectual disabilities.  They sing, dance, act and have a wonderful time and just may have you moved to tears and cheering with joy!  This troupe has been sharing their special gifts with audiences through variety shows and musicals for 15 years, and will be led by choreographers Vicky Christina Paradisis and Nell Corrigan.

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The Dream Players as "Thriller" flash mob.

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Open Call Participants

Public Energy is thrilled to have the Peterborough Integrated Arts Program (PIA) Fashion Arts students, Peterborough Alternative & Continuing Education (PACE) and Strutt Central participating in this years show! 

Peterborough Integrated Arts Program (PIA)
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What is the Integrated Arts Program?  Located at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School, the Peterborough Regional Integrated Arts Program is an enrichment program of study in the Arts for Secondary School Students. The program has been established by the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board to meet the needs of students who have a special interest or talent in the Arts. These students have an opportunity to combine their graduation requirements with an integrated study of Arts including: Drama, Music, Visual Art, and Dance.

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Peterborough Alternative & Continuing Education (PACE at Peterborough Collegiate) offers programs that serve a wide variety of students.  This includes students under 21 years of age and Adult Education students over the age of 21.  Their mandate is to identify the gaps in their students educational profiles and then to develop and implement a program that meets their needs as they work toward the achievement of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).  PACE has developed partnerships with local business owners and community organizations (established through the former C.I.S. program) and works to broaden the range of opportunities for their students to experience Co-operative Education work placements in our community.

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At STRUTT we are setting out to change the face of the modeling industry. We are focused on building self esteem and confidence while focusing on each individuals inner and outer beauty. We believe beauty is not defined by society standards, that beauty is defined by the individual and does not have a certain size, height or weight.

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Wearable Art Show Silent Auction Donors 2016

We thank the businesses who have generously donated some amazing items to be won! 

Great Getaways
2-Bedroom House in Mazatlan, Mexico for 1 week - Donated by Simone Georges in Memory of Peter Bialogrecki
Mississauga River, Riverside Retreat for up to 1 week - Donated by Barb Chisholm & Tom Miller

Performing Arts
Kate Story - Commission Your Own Performance Work
Rachel Bemrose - Commission Your Own Performance Work

Live Theatre
4th Line Theatre - 2 Tickets for 2016 Season
Blyth Festival - 2 Tickets for any 2016 Summer Season mainstage performance
Canadian Opera Company - Two non-subscription Tickets to COC performance
Canadian Stage - 4 Tickets to Shakespeare in High Park
DanceWorks - 2016/17 Mainstage Season Pass
Factory Theatre - 2 Tickets for one 2016/17 Season production
Festival Players of Prince Edward County - 2 Tickets to 2016 Summer Season
Market Hall - 2 Tickets to a Market Hall Show/Event
Peterborough Symphony Orchestra - 2 Tickets for one 2016/17 Season performance
Public Energy - 2016/17 Season Pass, T-shirt & 2 Posters
Shaw Festival - 2 Tickets for one select  2016 Season performance
Soulpepper Theatre - 2 Tickets for a Mon-Wed Performance
Stratford Festival - Pair of Tickets to a designated performance during 2016 Season
Thousand Islands Playhouse - Admission for two to one 2016 regular Season show
Westben Arts Festival Theatre - 2 Tickets to a Regular Concert

Dining & Gourmet Treats
Black Honey – 3 Custom Cakes
Brio Gusto - Gift Certificate
Chasing the Cheese – Gift Certificate
Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront - Gift Certificate for Riverside Grill or Gazebo
Hot Belly Mama's/Olde Stone Brewery – Gift Certificate
Neil Hannam - Homemade Taste of Thailand Dinner for 4
Two Dishes Cookshop – Gift Certificate

Fine Art
Art Gallery of Peterborough - Family Membership & Bag
David Hickey - Metal Sculpture
Dorothy Caldwell - We Exchange Stories (Silkscreen and wax resist, discharged, stitched, mended and patched)
Valerie Davidson - Sterling Silver Earrings
Yates Fine Carpentry - Handmade Wooden Bowl
ZimArt Rice Lake Gallery - Daughter of Mine by Patrick Sephani (Dolomite)

Just Plain Fun
Belly Dancing with Janel Jarvis - Gift Certificate
President's Choice Cooking School – Naturally Gluten-Free Indian Cooking Class
Rudnicki Dance - Gift Certificate

Great Gifts!
Canadian Canoe Museum – 1 year Family Pass
Elderberry Herbals - Variety Pack of Herbal Products
National Ballet of Canada - Signed Poster & Pointe Shoes
Peterborough Tool Library – 1 year Membership
YMCA – 1 month Adult Plus Membership

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Press Kit: Ralph + Lina

Table of Contents

I. About Public Energy
II. About Edge of the Woods Theatre
III. Press Release
IV. Images
V. Links and Social Media
VI. Download Full Press Kit

I. About Public Energy

Bill Kimball – Artistic Director –
Susan Oliver – General Manager –
Lisa Murray – Program Assistant –
Phone: Main Office – (705) 745-1788

Board of Directors
Barabara Chisholm (Chair), Charmaine Eddy, Sarah Gencey, Mark Seasons, Bill Kimball

Public Energy is a cultural catalyst, electrifying the community with powerful dance, performance, and theatre.

What we do
Public Energy is an animator of contemporary dance, theatre, performance, and interdisciplinary work.  We are dedicated to supporting the creation, touring, and presentation of innovative contemporary performance arts, and to developing audiences that are knowledgeable and passionate. Read more on our About Us page.

II. About Edge of the Woods Theatre (Huntsville)

Co-Artistic Directors: Dan Watson and Christina Serra

Edge of the Woods Theatre grew out of the work of Dan Watson, Christina Serra and their colleagues to bring alternative performances and arts-making practices to Muskoka/Parry Sound. Through an invitation and financial support by the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, they presented the inaugural edition of the Edge of the Woods Theatre Festival in the summer of 2008. Drawing inspiration from varied forms of visually-based and socially-engaged performance, in particular Jumblies Theatre and the Cooking Fire Theatre Festival from Toronto, their inaugural festival mixed professional performances with community-engaged art-making activities in outdoor public spaces in downtown Huntsville.

Building on the success and lessons of their first edition and in 2009, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, they expanded their festival to make stops at four different communities across the region including the addition of affordable and nutritious food served fresh beside an outdoor fire. They also produced two community-engaged arts projects that encouraged intergenerational collaboration between seniors and youth, making meaningful connections between the regions’ inhabitants and the visible and invisible histories that lay within it.

These activities laid the foundation for Edge of the Woods Theatre’s creative path. Their interest in presenting large-scale events in public spaces has led them to co-produce (with the Huntsville Festival of the Arts) the annual Nuit Blanche North each summer. The event has drawn thousands of visitors to downtown Huntsville over its lifetime, presenting the work of hundreds of local and invited artists. And their desire to engage community members through art has led to the production of a number of different artistic projects engaging community members of diverse ages, economic status, geographies and abilities. In addition to these core activities, their work has evolved to include touring performances, allowing them to share the character and stories of Muskoka/Parry Sound throughout Ontario and the rest of Canada.

Ralph + Lina's very first public appearance was at Public Energy's Emergency fest in 2011. It was subsequently developed here and in Toronto (4 Dora Award noms!), toured Ontario and played in Whitehorse, Yukon. These performances at Market Hall kick off a five-city Ontario tour.

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III. Press Release

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V. Links and Social Media

Public Energy:

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VI. Download Full Press Kit

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ReFrame Eve - Thursday in 3D
Can't wait until Friday? Kick off the festival with this groundbreaking Ontario premiere.
Co-presented with Artspace and Public Energy.

Film: OutSideIn
Location: Galaxy Cinemas, theatre #6
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for passholders! $10 at door
Q&A: with filmmaker Anne Troake and producer/ dancer Bill Coleman following the screening.
Reception: Meet the artists at St. Veronus. 9:00 p.m.

A pair of mammals moves through a boreal forest in Newfoundland. Species: human.

An arresting experiment in 3D cinema, OutSideIn ventures into the woods to reconsider our entangled primordial relationship with the natural world. Reframing the human presence within nature, filmmaker and choreographer Anne Troake reveals a sublime and unsettling new universe. A treetop canopy soars like a vertiginous cathedral of light. Roots rise like a great waking bear. The magnified human eye is recast as a vast liquid landscape.

In a stereoscopic vision both intimate and monumental, Troake investigates ideas of wilderness and culture, drawing from a lively tradition of in situ art practice while recalling the rich history of nude and landscape artwork. Her collaborators are two extraordinary performers: Carol Prieur (La Compagnie Marie Chouinard) and Bill Coleman, who first introduced the idea of making a 3D film to Troake.

Over five years in the making, OutSideIn began with Troake’s introduction to the “deep sensing” work Coleman has been doing in the studio, in natural environments and recently at McMaster University’s LiveLab, a research facility designed to investigate the physiological experiences of performers and spectators. Observing dancers Coleman and Prieur in the studio, Troake became fascinated with what she couldn’t see—with the micro-movement going on inside the body and barely visible from the outside…unless you get very, very close…


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Season 2015-2016

Lara Kramer: "State of Body: A Workshop for Performers"

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Lara Kramer's Tame

October 17, 2015
8:00 pm
The Market Hall Theatre, Peterborough

Sunday, October 18, 2015
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
140 Charlotte Street, 3rd Floor
Peterborough, ON
K9J 2T8

Some subsidized spaces available. Please email for more info.


State of Body: A Workshop for Performers with Lara Kramer

In this workshop, Artist-in-Residence Lara Kramer will develop the physicality and theatricality of each individual. Working in solo form, participants will be encouraged to respond instinctually to lead explorations. She will guide the group through a series of exercises that embody themes of distortion and fixation, facilitating a space where connections to sensation and environment can be made.

Time will be allotted to develop and expand on personal connections made, deepening an awareness to the layering within state of body.

“My experience working with Lara Kramer and her team was greatly inspiring. To be able through movement explore deep intense subjects is eye opening and for me created a pathway to generate honest organic work. It opens the door to being able to share our stories, history and experiences. Thank you for such an amazing workshop.” – Nyla Carpentier

Artist-in-Residence: Lara Kramer, October 12-17


     Lara Kramer is the artistic director and choreographer Lara Kramer Danse, a company based in Montreal. Kramer received her BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, Montreal (2008).

Kramer is a First Nation dancer and choreographer whose work is intimately linked to memory and her Aboriginal roots. Working with strong visuals and narrative, Kramer’s work pushes the strength and fragility of the human spirit. Her work is political and potent, often examining political issues surrounding Canada and First Nations Peoples. Kramer has been recognized as a Human Rights Advocate through the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.

Her work has been presented at the OFFTA, Montreal (2008 & 2014), The First Peoples Festival, Montreal (2009), Festival Vue Sur la Reléve, Montreal (2010),The Talking Sticks Festival, Vancouver (2011 & 2013), Canada Dance Festival, Ottawa (2011 & 2014), The Banff Centre, Banff (2011), MAI (Montreal arts intercultural), Montreal (2010 & 2011), Public Energy, Peterborough (2012), Planet IndigenUS, Toronto (2012), Dancing on the Edge, Vancouver (2013 & 2014), Tangente, Montreal (2013), New Dance Horizons, Regina (2014), and Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Edmonton (2014). Her acclaimed work Fragments (2009) inspired by her mother’s stories of the Indian Residential Schools of Canada, has brought her recognition as one of Canada’s bright new talents.

Her new creation NGS (“Native Girl Syndrome”) received a commission from The Canada Dance Festival,  a creation residency at Studio Marie Chouinard and at Conseil des arts de Montreal.

Public Energy presented Kramer's work,of good moral character,in February of 2012.

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