June 29: Between The Water and The Sky

PSO String Quartet, Unity Vocal Ensemble
& Jade Willoughby


JUNE 29:  Noon, 3pm, & 5pm 


Noon: The Venue, 286 George St. N. In conjunction with the Gathering for Youth of Nogojiwanong (10 am to noon).

3pm & 5pm: Venture North, 270 George St. N. (corner George and King).

Tickets:   This event is FREE









ATTENTION: Performances of Between the Water and the Sky have been moved indoors due to the rain.


Between the Water and the Sky is a live performance featuring the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, Unity Indigenous vocal ensemble and performer Jade Willoughby, and is presented by the PSO and Public Energy. A dynamic collaboration between art forms, Between the Water and the Sky features The Medicine Song and Ghost Dancer by local Indigenous vocal ensemble Unity with an embodied movement response to sound by Indigenous dancer and performer Jade Willoughby. Jade’s performance explores movement in response to sound, as a part of her journey to reclaim Anishinaabemowin, her linguistic and cultural heritage. This new musical collaboration was composed by nationally renowned composer Christine Donkin.





Unity is a four woman a cappella group formed in Peterborough in 2006 by Barb Rivett, Joeann Argue, Brenda Maracle-O’Toole and Heather Shpuniarsky. Since its inception, Unity has performed at a wide variety of venues. Each year they perform the Honour Song for the convocations at Trent University. They have also performed in this capacity at York University in Toronto, for Robbie Robertson’s receipt of an honorary doctorate, and at Fleming College in Peterborough. They performed as special guests for the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation Legal Defense Fund, sharing the bill with Bruce Cockburn and Susan Aglukark, among others

Jade Willoughby

Jade Willoughby

Jade Willoughby is a Northern woodlands Ojibwe of Caribbean/Anglo descent. Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario to Paul and Therese Willoughby.Raised in Wygamig just outside of the reserve settlement of Whitesand First Nation. Willoughby later moved into the city.Growing up between both communities has afforded a unique worldview of sounds












Peterborough Symohony Orchestra (PSO)

The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit charity located in downtown Peterborough at 159 King Street. For 50 years the PSO has been a cultural cornerstone of the Peterborough community and has a reputation as one of the finest community-based orchestras in Canada.  Between the Water and the Sky features,from left to right:  Parmela Attarinada, Elizabeth Morris, Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham, and Phoebe Tsang. 

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This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. Between the Water and the Sky is also generously sponsored by the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area.

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Public Energy gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our 2017-18 Season Funders and Sponsors

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Artistic Producer: Bill Kimball 
Administrator: Eva Fisher
Performance Curator: Victoria Mohr- Blakenely
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