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Exciting Surprises Popping Up Around Town

September 23 October 2, 2016

You never know what great new ideas, dreams and visions might appear during Artsweek, anytime, anywhere. Your art card will be full all week with these engaging Artsweek events surprising you in locations all around town…

Brad Brackenridge
Casino Slama Bama

Sarah DeCarlo and Amro Khito
Nibi / Maa’

Kathryn Bahun
R.O.C. (Random Objects Clothed)

Shannon Taylor
To the River

Tim Merrett
Three Days

Kelly Egan
Camera Obscura

Pop-Up Arts Artists’ Profiles


Bradley B. Brackenridge
Casino Slama Bama!

  • Friday, September 23, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, traveling downtown during
    Gallery Hop & BLINK tours
  • Saturday, October 1, during New Moon Afternoon in Millennium Park, 1 King St.
  • surprising places throughout Artsweek

It’s an interactive theatrical performance and you can bet your bottom dollar that this rolling, roving stage will lure the public to engage with Lady Luck in a handful of witty and playful games of chance, all while enjoying the creations of master puppeteer and actor Bradley B. Brackenridge.

Biography: Brad Brackenridge is a local performer and designer. He’s been in the biz for over 25 years, working in theatre, film and TV, both in front of and behind the scenes. Brad is the creator of The Nervous System, a puppet-based theatre company that has almost 10 productions to its credit. “…one of the single most hilarious things I’ve ever seen on the stage.” – Paula Citron, Globe and Mail.



Sarah DeCarlo and Amro Khito
Nibi / Maa’

Canoe chat opportunities:

  • Thursday, September 29, Noon – 3:00 pm at Silver Bean Café dock in
    Millennium Park, 1 King St.
  • Saturday, October 1, Silver Bean Café dock 2:00 pm  5:00 pm during New Moon Afternoon in Millennium Park, 1 King St. with film screening at 7:45 pm.

Exploring the emerging relationships between newcomer and Indigenous communities, this short film is based on the first conversations between two youths, one First Nations and one Syrian, as they embark on a canoe ride across our shared waters (Nibi / Maa’). Everyone is invited to jump in the boat and join the conversation. Canoes and conversation starters will be available at the Silver Bean Café dock. Produced by the ReFrame Film Festival in partnership with Nogojiwanong Youth Solidarity Initiative, the New Canadians Centre and the Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group.
With support from OPIRG-Peterborough, the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough, Baagwating, Pedals n’ Paddles, Tamara and Drew Bick, The Silver Bean Cafe, and Everett English

Biographies: Sarah DeCarlo is a 37-year-old, mixed blood artist of Italian and Ojibwe ancestry living in Peterborough. She is a singer/songwriter, a filmmaker and video artist. Her short films have screened both in Canada and the United States. Sarah is also an arts activist and has facilitated workshops and training programs in music and video for over 15 years, mainly with youth in First Nations communities. Amro Khito is a Syrian documentary producer, filmmaker and journalist who arrived in Peterborough this year after living for several years in exile in Lebanon and Turkey. Amro studied Media at Damascus University and worked with Syrian newspapers, magazines and Arabic television. He has directed and produced several documentaries and is the Executive Manager of Alshare3 Media Foundation and the Syria Mobile Film Festival. Eager to get to know his new community, Amro is especially interested in the history of First Peoples, and the commonalities between colonization and his own displacement.



Kathryn Bahun

R.O.C. (Random Objects Clothed)

Watch for new creations popping up throughout Artsweek at secret locations.

Textile artist Kathryn Bahun takes yarn-bombing to a new level with her unique take on street fashion, dressing ordinary city objects in her one-of-a-kind outfits, complete with pockets filled with treasures for the public to take away! Popping up throughout town during Artsweek.

Biography: Kathryn Bahun is a self-taught textile artist. She mixes vintage fabrics and clothing to create new, one-of-a-kind clothing, quilts, and accessories. Kathryn also enjoys making costumes and rising to any design challenge. She takes delight in making people smile and adding some random oddness or cheerfulness to a person’s day. Her works are for sale at various art and craft shows and through her online shop at sliceofblackbirdpie.etsy.com. Kathryn lives and works in Peterborough.



Shannon Taylor

To the River An exploration in eco-acoustics

Friday, September 30, 7:00 pm at the London Street footbridge, 60 London St.

In turns contemplative and riveting, this live, sound-based performance features the London Street footbridge as a percussive instrument as performers create a melodic soundscape with drifting vocal harmonies answering the motion of wind and water.

Biography: Shannon Taylor’s interests range from audio visual installation to drawing and painting in her signature whimsical style. You may run into Shannon in the great outdoors, sketchbook and camera in hand, or at a local art opening. Follow her on Twitter @shannonmichelet and on Instagram at @shannonmicheletaylor .



Tim Merrett

Three Days

Installed at the beginning of Artsweek for the duration of the festival at the N.E. corner of Water & Hunter St.
An imposing, unwavering downtown structure transforms into a visual spectacle of colour, design and texture. Constructed with Ed Czmielewski.

Biography: Tim Merrett is a Canadian artist living in Peterborough, Ontario where he maintains his studio. He studied graphic design at George Brown College, and collage and life drawing at Athabasca University. In late 1996, he began an apprenticeship under painter David Bierk (1944–2002), where he developed and perfected his painting skills until 2002. Since 2000, Tim has had numerous solo exhibitions in cities across North America, including Boston, Montreal, Toronto, New York City, San Francisco, and Edmonton. He has participated in group shows and art fairs in London (UK), Miami, New York City, Toronto, and Chicago. He is currently represented in galleries across North America. His work can be found in numerous corporate collections including RBC, Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas, Texas, and Zest/She Magazine in London, UK, and private collections in Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia. In 2011, his work was selected to appear in a new Canadian art textbook Art Works.



Kelly Egan

Camera Obscura

Saturday, October 1 + Sunday, October 2, Noon to 5:00 pm at Evans Contemporary Gallery, 129 1/2 Hunter St. W., 3rd floor

Enter the original “dark room” where photography was born. Act as mark-maker and leave your trace along the images on the walls that stream in from a pinhole.

Biography: Dr. Kelly Egan is an Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies/Media Studies at Trent University, and an active filmmaker, film archivist and scholar. Her academic and artistic interests extend from the intersection of art and technology, specifically focusing on how artists engage and reimagine dead media through the lens of contemporary practices. Egan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Carleton University (2001), Master of Arts in Communication and Culture from York/Ryerson University (2003), Master of Fine Arts in Film/Video from Bard College (2006), a Certificate in Film Preservation from the Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House (2012), and a PhD in Communication and Culture from the York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture (2013). Her films have been screened internationally at renowned festivals such as the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, Images Festival, and the New York Film Festival, amongst others.


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Elizabeth Fennell, Gallery in the Truck: Artsweek 2012