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Artsweek at the Museum Presents The Flying Canoe & The Wailing!

September 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Woodcutters: Jennifer Elchuk, Kayla Stanistreet, Jeff Cadence and Victoria Kopf

2 shows, 1 night only!

The Flying Canoe
Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:00 pm & 7:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Due to building capacity this performance has limited space for viewing. Please dress accordingly in the case that you’re outside until the second showing.

As part of Artsweek Peterborough 2018, the Peterborough Academy of Circus Arts will present their rendition of famous French-Canadian folktale Chasse-galerie or the Flying Canoe, brought to life through circus theatre and live fiddle music, set atop the Grand Portage at the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Four lonely woodcutters strike a deal with the devil to fly home to their sweethearts in Lachine (Montréal) on New Year’s Eve. The only catch is that they must return to their remote job site by dawn and must not utter the name of the lord along the way!

Witness the spectacle of the woodcutter’s comical action-packed adventures, and their dealings with a fiery devil, conveyed with music, theatre, dance, fire spinning and acrobatics on an innovative circus apparatus: the aerial canoe!

This production features all local artists and the inaugural launch of the aerial canoe, in Peterborough, the world’s canoe capital!

Directed by: Jennifer (Opal) Elchuk
Woodcutters: Jennifer Elchuk, Kayla Stanistreet, Jeff Cadence and Victoria Kopf
Devil: Thomas Vaccaro
Dancers: Sammi Blanchard, Jess Gentle, Ceinwen Perks and Kollene Drummond
Music by: Fiddlin’ Jay Edmunds

Thank you to our sponsors Ontario Arts Council and Artsweek Peterborough, and our partner The Canadian Canoe Museum, for making this production possible.

Parental advisory: These performances are suitable for all ages; however, the rendition includes some mature content such as the consumption of alcohol and a deal with the devil.


The Wailing Interactive Performance 
Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:30 pm

The Wailing performance was conceived by multi-disciplinary artist Laurel Paluck. At its centre is a pod of five large ghost whales assembled from plastic in Paluck’s downtown studio. The whales gather, commune, and mourn in response to the harm caused by over consumption of plastic and human pollution, and invite audiences to do the same. They swim low through and around the crowd and audiences are encouraged to stroke them as they pass. This striking visual and musical experience is created in part by Kathleen Adamson who has composed an original piece for the performance and by a choir and dancers who bring the piece to life. With the support of luthier Ray Vincent, one of the whales is outfitted with a droning instrument that forms the base upon which this roving, ghostly performance unfolds.

A performance of sound and dance, with five 12-foot long plastic whales, The Wailing welcomes audiences into a ceremony that honours the species with whom we share this planet.

Whale construction in progress from the artist’s studio. Photo credit: Laurel Paluck.

Whale construction in progress from the artist’s studio. Photo credit: Laurel Paluck.

Artsweek will be taking place during the week of September 21 – 30, 2018. Admission to these performances is free and donations to support the museum are always welcome!


September 27, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Canadian Canoe Museum
910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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