Construction of a new outdoor amphitheater in downtown Peterborough is set to begin this summer

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An artist’s first rendition of the Jalynn Bennett Amphitheater to be built at Trent University’s Catharine Parr Traill College in downtown Peterborough. (Graphic courtesy of Trent University)

Construction of a new outdoor amphitheater in downtown Peterborough is set to begin this summer.

Trent University announced Monday (April 25) that the Jalynn Bennett Amphitheater at the university’s Catharine Parr Traill College has received $560,000 in funding through the federal government’s Department of Canadian Heritage, as part of of the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund Program.

The three-season amphitheater is named for the late Jalynn Bennett, former Chair of the Board of Governors of Trent, whose foundation provided the university with a $1.13 million gift in 2018 – part of which was used to launch the amphitheater project as well as several other projects.

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“Our dream for the amphitheater ties directly into Jalynn’s challenge, to do something bold, daring and effective for our community,” said Julie Davis, Vice President of External Relations and development at Trent University, in a media. Release. “This funding is incredibly exciting as it allows us to take our dream to the next stage of development.”

Located in the central courtyard of Traill College between London and Dublin streets, the accessible amphitheater will feature seating for 80-100 people, professional lighting and carefully directed sound using ancient Greek designs that contain acoustic. The projected cost of the amphitheater is $1.4 million.

“Not only will the new amphitheater provide a space for students to practice and perform, but it will be a new home for arts and culture in historic downtown Peterborough — uniting music, theatre, expression and culture. history,” Davis said.

The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) and the City of Peterborough’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee have endorsed the amphitheater project, along with arts, culture and heritage community partners, including the 4th Line Theatre, New Stages Theatre, Theater Trent, Anne Shirley Theater Company, Trent University Music Society, Public Energy Performing Arts, Nogojiwanog Indigenous Fringe Festival, Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough Museum and Archives and Peterborough Historical Society.

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As well as providing a new outdoor performance space for the community, the amphitheater will also provide space and hands-on learning opportunities for students studying at Trent.

“Several Traill-based Trent departments offer music, performance, or theater as part of their programs,” says Dr. Michael Eamon, Principal of Catharine Parr Traill College. “The amphitheater will broaden the educational experience while providing a new venue to enrich the cultural experience of Peterborough.

“It will be a space where professional artists and performers will entertain the community and also provide experiential learning and mentorship opportunities for students from various programs including Culture and Media Studies, English Literature and Canadian Studies. .”

The amphitheater is expected to be completed in September 2022. Rental fees will be waived for student, amateur, and nonprofit groups.

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