The current pandemic may have shut down pretty much every venue and canceled or postponed more great events than we can count, but Peterborough artists and arts organizations are still hard at work.  They’re finding innovative ways of bringing art and entertainment into people’s homes, often inviting audiences to participate along with them.

This Bulletin provides a list of digital arts events and live streams from Peterborough City and County artists.  If there’s anything we’ve missed, please email us at electriccitycc@gmail.com and we’ll add it to our Peterborough Arts Alive: Live Streams and Digital Events webpage and include it in future Bulletins.

We know you are enjoying all this great work from local artists, often at no cost, so please remember that artists are struggling extra hard during COVID 19 and need your support now more than ever! 

Many of the artists and arts organizations below have Patreons, Kickstarters, donation buttons, memberships, merch for sale, and other ways to lend your support.  Please support our local artists, so they can keep making art!

As always, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the COVID-19 Updates page on EC3’s website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

Please stay well and let us know how we can help.

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April is National Poetry Writing Month, and the Peterborough Poetry Slam is posting a poetry writing prompt every day on their Facebook page.  If you want, you can also share your creations on the SlamPTBO #NaPoWriMo2020 30/30 Facebook group.


Every week, Public Energy is streaming a new performance from their archives in the Rewind Room.  There is often a “meet the artist and chat” opportunity too. Follow along on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, or Public Energy’s website.  

The Theatre on King’s Cut & Paste Theatre Project is an attempt to put on a play from home, with each actor recording their part from home, to be edited together later on.  They just selected Macbeth as their play, and are currently looking for actors.  Follow along (or join in!) on the Cut & Paste Theatre Project Facebook group.  

4th Line Theatre’s annual Artists Talk series (which honours the achievements of women in the Canadian theatre landscape this year), is going online this spring.  4th Line is responding to the need to encourage people to stay home by creating online programming. The company is excited to bring the world of theatre into people’s homes, with a series of free, live stream artist talks and a play reading.  

All live stream events begin at 2:30 PM.  Artist Talks on May 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th will run approximately 90 minutes including a Q&A session. On May 7th, You Fancy Yourself will run approximately 75 minutes. The live stream events will be hosted on the Zoom video platform. Admission is free and space is limited to 500 attendees per event, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

May 5, 2020 at 2:30 PM – Kim Blackwell In Conversation With Jillian Keiley:


May 7, 2020 at 2:30 PM – Maja Ardal’s You Fancy Yourself:


May 12, 2020 at 2:30 PM – Kim Blackwell In Conversation With Judith Thompson:


May 19, 2020 at 2:30 PM – Kim Blackwell In Conversation With Nancy Palk:


May 26, 2020 at 2:30 PM – Kim Blackwell In Conversation With Fiona Reid:



Aging Activisms has set up a new site, Co-Creating During COVID 19, an inter-generational space to share art, music, recipes, poetry, and other creative endeavours.  Submit your own, or take a look through their extensive galleries.

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is offering a number of stay-at-home activities during the pandemic.  You can visit their current exhibitions virtually through photo and video galleries on their website.  They have a call out for submissions to Our Heroes!, a digital art gallery tribute to local heroes during COVID 19.  Don’t forget the online version of their monthly Family Sunday drop-in experience this Sunday, May 3 at 1pm.  They’ve posted a number of family activities on their AGP Studio Online site

The Art School of Peterborough’s Together We CREATE is a weekly paint-from-home streaming taking place every Friday night.  Find out more here.

Subscribe to Artspace’s newsletter for access to their Flashback: From the Archives series, highlighting hidden gems from the Artspace vault.  The first edition features Bridget Moser’s performance About Face.

The SPARK Photo Festival has been delayed, but the Festival is posting virtual photography exhibits, including the Motion juried exhibit and a special Earth Day exhibit.  


Local musician Rick Fines has been going live on his Facebook page with live music and music lessons.  

Folk/country singer Melissa Payne is going live on her Facebook page twice a week: Saturdays at 8pm, and a kid’s show Sundays at 11am. 

The Peterborough Singers have been posting a number of videos to their Facebook page, including past performances and new music.

The Morrow Park Farmers’ Market may be closed for the moment, but market busking mainstay Benj Rowland is still going live with music on his Facebook page every Saturday morning from 9:30am to 12:30pm, as well as doing a stream of original music every Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm.

Ken Tizzard’s Whiskey Wednesday concerts may be on hold right now as bars are closed, but he’s hosting a digital version on his Facebook page every Wednesday at 7:30pm.


Peterborough Independent Podcasters has put together a Covid-19 playlist of favourite episodes curated by their podcast hosts.  And explore the many, many podcasts in their network for hours of insight and entertainment.

Trent Radio’s office and recording studio may be closed, but broadcasts continue nonetheless.  This season of radio programming, appropriately titled Season Bizarre, features an extensive schedule of daily radio recorded from home.  Check their website for the full schedule and streaming options.  92.7 CFF FM

Know of any more local arts live streams or digital events? Send us an email at electriccitycc@gmail.com and we’ll add it to our Peterborough Arts Alive: Live Streams and Digital Events webpage.