Media Release                                                      September 18, 2013

For immediate release


For more information contact:

Patricia Thorne

Operations Manager

Phone: 705-749-1146 / Direct: 705-775-1503

Fax: 705-749-3606



Market Hall raises the roof in 2013/14 upon its Four Pillars


With a history and a pedigree that would be the envy of any performing arts centre, Market Hall might be content to rest on its laurels. This is far from the case though as it continues to grow and build upon past successes and live out a legacy of honouring its storied heritage. The conceptual framework raising up this edifice to arts & culture is what the Historic Market Hall calls its Four Pillars: Music, Dance, Theatre, and Community. The 2013/14 Season has plenty of each element to keep the structure sound and raise the roof to new heights.


Some of the series' presented are perennial favourites like the popular Folk Under the Clock, In From the Cold, The Wire Awards, and Public Energy. These endeavours have become institutions in themselves. Public Energy will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2014 and this coming season the ReFrame International Film Festival will celebrate their 10th year.


Other features are relative newcomers like Ballet Creole, The Johnny Max Band, The Socrates Cabaret, and The Peterborough Pop Ensemble. Ballet Creole returns for a third season after being enthusiastically received by Market Hall patrons in the two years prior and will bring drumming and dance workshops along with performances this season.


New to Market Hall this season, but not necessarily to the community, are the addition of film presentations from the Trent Film Society, the Sex Worker Action Project (SWAP), and an increasing focus on jazz and French language performance with the feature presentation of Emilie-Claire Barlow and the Folk Under the Clock presentation of Le Vent Du Nord.


Market Hall will continue its excellence with in-house programming including the return of the Bright Lights Series beginning with organ virtuoso and community choir leader Syd Birrell, the continuation of drama camps, and the youth series.


With great sell-out shows in partnership with the Peterborough Folk Festival featuring Joel Plaskett and Whitehorse in the past two years Market Hall is also pleased to continue to feature the most highly sought after concert shows around.

With his spectacular and critically-acclaimed re-entry into the music scene Hayden's 7th full-length record 'Us Alone' shattered expectations in an already hallowed career. Hayden will be joined by fellow arts & crafts label mates Reuben and the Dark, a uniquely creative quartet from Calgary. Tickets are on sale now for what will no doubt be a sold-out show.


Those tickets will soon be easier to acquire as well. At today's 2013/14 Season Media Launch Market Hall will unveil its new website design created by the folks at Birchbark Media. This will include modern features like 360 degree views of the hall and mobile-friendly website design. Market Hall's commitment to renewal includes honouring the past and today they will also announce a special re-dedication of the Artist's Wall and donor wall along the stairwell of the original George Street entrance.


The Market Hall has an elevator and thus is fully accessible for patrons and Artists. The Historic hall is also equipped with a hearing assist program.


For a full listing of events, visit



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Market Hall Performing Arts Centre works to develop, nurture and sustain

the performing arts in Peterborough's historic Market Hall.


PO Box 282 Peterborough ON K9J 6Y8

(705) 749-1146 Fax (705) 749-3606



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Wednesday Oct 16th, 2013 7:30pm


A Sawyer Prize winner in Organ performance, founder and conductor of one of Canada's leading community choirs. Syd Birrell will talk about his art and share stories of his life and career in an evening of conversation and music.

The Bright Lights is a series of talks with artists from Peterborough's Greatest 100 in the Performing Arts list. Each event is an on-stage conversation; a blend of anecdotes, conversation and performance in an intimate and animated setting with a knowledgeable interviewer. 
Advance Ticket Sales - HERE!
Market Hall Box Office 705-749-1146 
Monday-Friday 12pm-5pm 
140 Charlotte Street 
Or 24hrs at 

Ticket Prices
Adult: $22 including service fees

Friday Oct 25th, 2013 8:00 pm

Emilie-Claire Barlow, our Canadian vocal-jazz jewel is ready to hit the road to present her recently released french album titled "Seule ce Soir". The album charmed francophone and Anglophone audiences alike, and took home the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year at this year's Juno Awards. What started as a simple french compilation turned into a fully fledged french album that includes all the francophone songs Emilie-Claire Barlow had recorded on her previous albums, re-arranged and re-recorded, plus six brand new songs


Accompanied by a stellar band comprised of Canada's top jazz musicians, Emilie-Clairre Barlow performs repertoire from "Seule ce soir", as well as her previous discs, including "The Beat Goes On", inspired by popular music of the 60's, reinvented in Barlow's charming style.


From Montreal to Tokyo, France's Cote d'Azure to her home town of Toronto, Emilie-Claire continues to endear herself to critics, peers, and audiences everywhere, with her relaxed, polished demeanour, her charming humour, and a voice of unforgettable beauty.



Market Hall Box Office 705-749-1146 
Monday-Friday 12pm-5pm 
140 Charlotte Street 
Or 24hrs at 
Box Office Service Fee. $2.00 
Also available at Moondance Records - 425 George St. Peterborough  
(705) 742 9425 (Mon-Sat. 10am-5:30pm) Cash only

Ticket Prices: 
Adult: $32.00