Introducing the Public Energy Vault

This is where we at PE are putting historic videos of events that took place in the Peterborough contemporary art and performance scene from the early 1980's onward. Every time we post a video we include a short essay about the event and the artists who took part. Subscribe to our Vimeo page to be notified whenever we post a new video.

Have you got some historical footage or photographs of Peterborough and area arts events - visual art events are welcome, too - that you would like to share with the world? Let us know at . We can handle any out of date format.

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Bacchus 1989, Trent University April, 1989

The full story of Bacchus, Trent University’s student-run end of year music and booze fest, has yet to be written, but the 1989 edition seen here encapsulates the best and worst of this popular tradition that continues to this day under a different name - though no less provocative – Dionysus. 

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Erring (1996) In Creation 
June, 1996

Erring was a unique site-specific event in which teams of artists organized by the Union Theatre were given empty rooms in a building under renovation - to create unique site-specific installation/performances.

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Flambeaux by Peter Chin
 August, 1989

Peter Chin's Flambeaux, produced by the Peterborough Festival of the Arts on August 13, 1989 in Peterborough, Ontario. Excerpts from the full-length production, filmed by Giovanni Sampagna and Claude MacIsaac.

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Harry Oakman, Flying Artist, at Artspace 
May, 1985
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The Greatest Show, written and composed by R. Murray Schafer
August, 1988

Peterborough, Ontario. August 25 to September 3, 1988. Film clips taken from the Rhombus Media film Carnival of Shadows, directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, which was shot on location both during and after the run of The Greatest Show.

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Reverend Ken And The Lost Followers at City Stage 
December, 1982

In December of 1982 Rev. Ken and The Lost Followers headlined the closing night party/boozefest (other acts that night included Terry and the Tights) for the short-lived Peterborough performance space City Stage.

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Get It Right by The Born Again Pagans 

This week the Vault is taking a break from excerpting historic live recordings of Peterborough's performance and art scene. Instead we present a 1993 music video made by a band for which we wish we had a live recording - The Born Again Pagans.

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Event Horizon by Elyakim Taussig 

Event Horizon was a performance created by Elyakim Taussig The work fit well into the goal Artspace had set for itself: a place for multidisciplinary artists to try new things, with enough square footage to allow big messy art the neccesary space.

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The Distraction by Phillip Kummel
March, 1997

The Distraction was one in a string of plays written by Philip Kummel. Kummel's plays either frustrated or delighted audiences, with dialogue full of puns and non sequiturs, and plot lines that were either non-existent or only made sense in the author's mind.

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May 1997
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The CeeDees Live
January, 1984

The CeeDees were equally at home playing the Cameron House in Toronto or the Red Dog Tavern in Peterborough. This video shows the group serving as a kind of house band, for the hippies, students, artists and new-wavers populating the Peterborough art scene.

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East City: The Soap
1988. East City was a live, improvised soap opera, performed on a weekly basis in Peterborough, Ontario. It was first performed at Artspace, a multidisciplinary art centre located in Peterborough's Market Hall. East City: The Soap later moved to the Union Theatre in Peterborough.
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A Cristmas Carol on
December, 1988

This version of the Dickens classic was staged - in typical high tech (3 slide projectors!) meets low budget (bedsheets for screens) style - by Ian McLachlan and Robert Winslow (who directed) at Artspace in the Market Hall, Peterborough, Ontario.

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The Magic Circus: The Secret Prince
July, 1988

The Secret Prince was a production of The Magic Circus Theatre. The Magic Circus existed in Peterborough from 1977 to the late 1980s. It proudly called itself 'experimental', and identified as the professional alternative to mainstream theatre in the area.

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Ad Infinitum / Circle of Fire
June, 1987
This was an environmental installation/performance work created by Jeannie McRight and  Peter Chin. McRight's 40-foot diameter sculpture was called Ad Infinitum. Chin's performance was Circle of Fire, a ritualistic dance that culminated in the firing of McRight's clay objects.
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Most tickets to Public Energy shows are sold on a show-by-show basis. For information on how to purchase tickets for a specific show, please check the individual show page, or call or email our offices at (705) 745-1788 or

Individual tickets to most Public Energy events can be purchased in advance from the Market Hall Box Office.

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By phone: 705-749-1146



Support Us

As a not-for-profit charitable organization we rely on your generous support.  In addition to Public Energy's important Mainstage presentations, your support allows us to continue:

  • the creation and touring of innovative contemporary performance arts
  • a variety of activities including talks, lectures, pre-show chats, artist residencies, and curated programming
  • commissioning and co-commissioning new work from significant artists and committing to their presentation
  • supporting new work and new directions for artists through residencies, and financial and administrative support
  • supporting the development of the local dance, theatre and performance community by presenting area artists and arranging specialized classes and workshops

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Public Energy is incorporated in Ontario as Peterborough New Dance and Performance, and is a registered charity, #894811058 RR 0001.


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Pick any number of mainstage shows from three to all five. And now that you’ve bought tickets at less than the single ticket price, you can afford to make a tax-deductible donation.
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Order extra tickets with your subscription and use them as gifts that will both entertain your friends and support local culture. As long as you purchase one subscription (minimum one ticket to 3 events), you can add any number more to your order and we’ll mail them all to you in one package.

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"When I think about the type of community I want to live in, to raise my children in, I think of a commuity with a thriving and vibrant arts scene.  Public Energy has been piviotal in creating just this type of community." - Bill Shepherd (Season Sponsor, Local Productions)

This giving season, Public Energy's goal is to raise $5,000 to enable us to continue to support, present and promote the growth of local artists.

Because Local Arts Matter!
It is well known that artists contribute to the vibrancy and health of a community.  When artists live and work right here, they can:


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Clockwise from top left: Kate Story & Curtis Driedger. Myrmidon, 2016; Rachel Bemrose. L'Eau at Dusk Dances, 2015; Ryan Kerr and Brad Brackenridge. damned be this transmigration, 2015; Erring on the Mount, 2014

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CanadaHelps is a registered charity created to accept charitable donations online for the country's 80,000 charitable organizations. Their vision is of a voluntary sector that works together to raise the bar for all organizations by sharing best practices and increasing efficiency and effectiveness. 

Regularly scheduled monthly donations - and one-time gifts - can be made through the CanadaHelps website, here.

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GiveLo helps to facilitate giving and to promote community engagement. GiveLo is 100% local and was created in Peterborough by people that live here.  

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Public Energy is incorporated in Ontario as Peterborough New Dance and Performance, and is a registered charity, #894811058 RR 0001.

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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.
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