Canada 150 in downtown Ptbo

Posted Mar 30, 2017

Celebrate Canada’s 150th at Home in Downtown Peterborough


We’re kicking off Canada’s 150th birthday with two days of celebrations in downtown Peterborough.

The Canada’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations Committee and the Downtown Business Improvement Area are working together to put on two days of exciting activities on June 29 and 30, the beginning of four days of local Canada Day festivities.

Join us downtown on Thursday, June 29 for the Downtown Pop-Up where you’ll find a wide range of unique entertainment at more than 20 locations throughout the downtown. The official ribbon cutting will start with a picnic in Millennium Park featuring the swing, jazz, funk and rock & roll sounds of the band Knightshift. Throughout the afternoon and evening you’ll get to see performances from the Tanah Haney Celtic Harp Trio, the Mike Graham Gypsy Jazz Trio, Bobby Watson, Sean Conway, Danny Bronson Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot, country singer Dean James, the Peterborough Pop Ensemble, Peterborough Concert Band, Peterborough New Horizons Band, and more. There will also be live chainsaw carving by champion woodcarver Steve Kenzora, caricatures by artist Jason Wilkins, interactive art, Citiots Improv, a live circus show, and a “Bring Your Can-Con” Canadian music contest.

On Friday, June 30, we’ll be closing down Hunter St. from George to Aylmer streets for pedestrians only. EC3 and Artspace will be presenting a 150th themed media arts exhibition. Four new works by local artists commissioned especially for this event will be popping up as films, videos, and projections large and small to inhabit the street. Catfish Willie and Washboard Hank get the music started on June 30 with a special Live and Local Lunches performance at the Peterborough Square Courtyard. Family entertainment throughout the afternoon includes a colouring contest hosted by the Peterborough Public Library, face painting from Faces By 2, a Ben van Veen Century 21 Summer Family Film Series movie in Millennium Park and performances from Tim Holland The Puppet Tamer, J’s Magic, and The Paddling Puppeteers.

Then, The Bash 150 downtown street dance gets underway at 4 p.m. on Hunter Street with an amazing lineup of local talent:

• 4:00 p.m. — Washboard Hank

• 5:15 p.m. — Mayhemingways

• 6:15 p.m. — Rick Fines

• 7:15 p.m. — Melissa Payne

• 8:15 p.m. — The Rocket Review — featuring Jack De Keyzer & Jerome Godboo

“There’s so much going on this summer downtown and the DBIA is thrilled to be kicking off the 150 celebrations with some great family activities and top-notch local talent,” says Terry Guiel, DBIA Executive Director. “There is going to be four full days of Canada 150 fun in Peterborough and we are happy to get the festivities under way in the heart of the city.”

“When you’re throwing the ultimate four-day Canada 150th birthday bash, there’s no better place to get it started than Peterborough’s downtown,” 150th Committee Chairman Mike Melnik said. “We are excited to partner with the DBIA and offer this great slate of family fun and quality local entertainment.”

Thursday, June 29 — Downtown Pop-Up

• Gathering for Youth of Nogojiwanong — 10 am – 12 pm, Millennium Park, 1 King St.

• Canada 150 Kick-Off: — 12 – 2 pm, Millennium Park, 1 King St.
     - Public Energy & PSO String Quartet presents Unity Indigenous Vocal Ensemble with Dancer Jade Willoughby
     - Swing/jazz band Knightshift

• Celtic Harp Trio (Tanah Haney) — 1 – 3 pm, Simply Delicious Bistro & Bakery, 191 Charlotte St.

• Peterborough New Horizons Band — 3 – 4 pm, Peterborough Square Courtyard, Water and Charlotte streets

• Peterborough Concert Band — 4 – 6 pm, Peterborough Square Courtyard, Water and Charlotte streets

• Peterborough Pop Ensemble — 6 – 7 pm, Peterborough Square Courtyard, Water and Charlotte streets

• “Between the Water & the Sky” Public Energy & PSO String Quartet presents Unity Indigenous Vocal Ensemble with Dancer Jade Willoughby — 3 pm & 5 pm, Confederation Park, 500 George St. N.

• Live chainsaw carving with Champion Chainsaw Woodcarver Steve Kenzora — 3:30 – 4:30 pm, City Hall front steps, 500 George St. N.

• L.I.V.E. Peterborough: Young Musicians Showcase — 4 – 9 pm, The Spill, 414 George St. N.

• Free Caricatures by artist Jason Wilkins — 3 – 6 pm, Natas Café, 376 George St. N.

• Country Music Artist Dean James — 5 – 8 pm, Champs Sports Bar patio, 203 Simcoe St. (Charlotte Mews)

• Danny Bronson: Gordon Lightfoot Tribute — 5 – 8 pm, The Brickhouse Craft Burger Grill patio, 123 Simcoe St.

• Rob Phillips Jazz Trio — 5 – 8 pm, Kettle Drums patio, 224 Hunter St. W.

• Sean Conway — 8 – 11 pm, The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W.

• Acoustic Rock Duo Travis Berlenbach and Josh Gontier — 6 – 9 pm, Riley’s Pub rooftop patio, 251 George St. N.

• Blues and R& B with Bobby Watson — 7 – 10 pm, Historic Red Dog patio, 189 Hunter St. W.

• Bring Your Can-Con (Canadian Music Contest) Hosted by The Wire Megazine — 8 – 11 pm, Dr. J’s BBQ & Brews, 282 Aylmer St. N.

• Interactive Art Experience — 6 – 9 pm, Gallery In The Attic, 140 Hunter St. W., 3rd floor

• Mike Graham Gypsy Jazz Trio — 6 – 9 pm, Fresh Dreams patio, 373 Queen St.

• Citiot's Improv: Comedy Troupe (adults only) — 7 – 9 pm, Catalina’s, 131 Hunter St. W.

• Elements: Live Fire & Circus Show — 7:30 – 9 pm, Millennium Park fountain area, 1 King St.

• Canadian Themed Event — All Day, Hunter Street Books, 164 Hunter St. W

• Oldies with the Rick & Gailie Band — 5 – 8 pm, The Blackhorse Pub, 452 George St. N.

Friday, June 30 — The Bash 150

• Electric City Culture Council (EC3) & Artspace Present: "New Visions/Old Land" — a Media Arts Exhibition — 10 am – 4 pm, Hunter Street West

• Live and Local Lunches with Catfish Willie & Washboard Hank — 12 – 1 pm, Peterborough Square Courtyard, Water and Charlotte streets

• Colouring Contest hosted by Peterborough Public Library — 3 – 6 pm, Peterborough Square front entrance, 340 George St. N.

• Tim Holland: The Puppet Tamer — 3 – 3:30 pm, 4 – 4:30 pm & 5 – 5:30 pm, Peterborough Square front entrance, 340 George St. N.

• Free Canadian Themed Face Painting from Faces By 2 — 4 – 8 pm, Millennium Park, 1 King St.

• The Paddling Puppeteers — 5:30 – 6 pm, Millennium Park, 1 King St.

• J's Magic: Children's Magic Show — 6:30 – 7 pm, Millennium Park, 1 King St.

• Ben van Veen Summer Family Film Series: children’s movie in the park — Dusk, Millennium Park, 1 King St.


The Bash 150 Street Dance on Hunter Street West

• Washboard Hank — 4 – 5 pm

• Mayhemingways — 5:15 – 6 pm

• Rick Fines — 6:15 – 7 pm

• Melissa Payne — 7:15 – 8 pm

• The Rocket Revue: Featuring Beau Dixon & Jerome Godboo — 8:15 – 10 pm



The City of Peterborough has initiated a special project committee to plan and coordinate community events, with a special focus on Canada 150th celebrations. The Canada’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations Committee has been meeting since March 2016 and is planning four days of celebrations running Thursday, June 29 to Sunday, July 2, 2017. The committee will be working closely with established Canada Day events such as Peterborough Musicfest, the Canada Day Parade and the New Canadians Centre Multicultural Festival, which already bring out the crowds by the thousands. But special to the 150th milestone will be an extra three days of fanfare involving a partnership with the DBIA to host two days of local music and celebrations downtown and a partnership with Parks Canada and the Peterborough Museum & Archives to host a day of free family-oriented events with a strong historical and cultural flair.

For more information about Peterborough’s Canada 150th Celebrations and a list of our events, visit our website at and follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter @Ptbo150 #ptbo150.


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AuthorJoel Wiebe

Date Posted Mar 30, 2017, 12:11 pm

Date UpdatedJun 22, 2017