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Public Energy Performing Arts’ Response to COVID-19

We are writing to update you on our response to the current COVID-19 outbreak. At Public Energy Performing Arts we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation via Peterborough Public Health, Public Health Ontario and Public Health Canada.  We consider the health and wellbeing of audiences, artists, and staff a top priority.

Currently the venues hosting our next two events, Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, Showplace Performance Centre and The Theatre On King are closed. Our offices in the Market Hall are also closed. We have been speaking with artists, collectives, companies, and venues about best next steps and here are our plans for the present:

  • We regret that we were unable to postpone and have had to cancel Emergency Festival #23 originally scheduled for April 3-4, 2020.
  • In-Ward by Ebnfloh (Montreal) co-presented by Showplace scheduled for May 14, 2020 will be cancelled and moved into our 2020-2021 season (details to follow). 
  • Artist in Residence Anne White’s project Restored will be postponed until July, 2020. 
  • Artist in Residence Melissa Addison Webster’s project Winding Our Way Home in collaboration with the Brain Injury Association Peterborough Chapter will be postponed until further notice. 
  • The Dance Advance Workshop Series by Peterborough Dance Works is cancelled and will be rescheduled (details to follow)
  • The Artist in Residence 2020-2021 program will still be running next season – the application deadline is Monday April 20th at 1:00pm EST. View the application here.

If you have purchased tickets to either Emergency #23 or Ebnfloh we are working on three possible options:
  • Full ticket refund.
  • Donate the price of your ticket for a charitable tax receipt. This will help us make partial payments to the artists affected and offset our fixed costs.
  • Hang on to your ticket and use it for the new performance date. If the performance does not get rescheduled then a full refund will still be available. More information is coming soon.

This is a difficult time for artists, audiences, and community members. Art plays an important role in our lives and though we can’t bring you live performance during this time we want to continue bringing you the excitement of performance digitally – during these coming weeks/months – to lift your spirits – stay tuned for some dynamite surprises from our archives!

We hope everyone and their families are safe and well during these difficult times.

While the Public Energy Performing Arts offices are closed we are all working remotely so don’t hesitate to reach out to us regarding any questions or comments. Reaching us by email is ideal: 

Re: Tickets/Refunds/Donations/Rebooking – email: Eva
Re: Current/Future Programming Inquiries – email: Victoria
Re: Sponsorships/Partnerships – email: Bill
Re: Dance Advance Workshop Series – email: Eryn
For all general inquiries – email: 

Resources by public health authorities:
Resources from Peterborough Public Health

Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada: guidance by the Public Health Agency of Canada

Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings: guidance by the Public Health Agency of Canada: this web page includes a list of mitigation strategies

Advice for the public and infographics from the World Health Organization

Thank You!

Public Energy gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our 2023-24 Season Funders and Sponsors.

Season Sponsors & Funders

V Formation logo. Text reads: "V Formation. Thought-provoking work for charities."

Jo Pillon Royal Lepage logoHi Ho Silver Logo
Kawartha Now LogoWedesign logo
Canadian Heritage logo Peterborough logo
Ontario Arts Council logo Canadian Council For The Arts logo

Accessibility Sponsor

Lloyd Carr Harris Foundation logo