In the Community

January 6, 2021

Love For the Boro is an initiative led by and for the community to showcase artistic talent and an appreciation for our city. It kicked off December 4 as part of First Friday PTBO’s December art crawl with a downtown live mural painting scavenger hunt. Artists and supporters in the Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), Dulux Peterborough, Summers and Co. Development’s AsONE foundation, local property owners, transformed vacant storefront windows into expressions of love for Peterborough. Some of the artists involved in this project include Olivia Chessman, Bethany LeBlonc, Dawn Pond, Julia Prajza, Julii McMillan, Bareket Kezwer, and Brooklin Stormie. Check out some of the completed and still in-progress pictures, or better yet, head downtown and find them for yourselves!

Left to Right: Work by: Brooklin Stormie | Julii McMillan, Bareket Kezwer and Beth LeBlonc | Olivia Chessman | Dawn Pond | Julia Prajza

For more information, or to see what else Love For the Boro is up to, visit them on instagram @lovefortheboro

December 10, 2020

FFPTBO’s Rachael Cain accepts cheque from Laura Montague of Ashburnham Realty

First Friday PTBO was recently the recipient of a $250 donation from our friends at Ashburnham Realty. The Ash Realty team hosted a 4-week giveaway offering participants a weekly chance to win $200 worth of prizes from their downtown commercial tenants. They deemed one week “First Friday Art Crawl Week” and asked participants to share a photo of their favourite artist or artwork in the community. One lucky winner was announced and on top of their prize pack, Ash Realty also chose to donate $250 to the First Friday PTBO Committee. A huge thank you to everyone who entered the contest and the BIGGEST thank you to Ashburnham Realty for their constant commitment to the arts. For more information on Ashburnham Realty, visit their website at:

October 20, 2020

Rachael Cain. Photo by Michael Doyle.

First Friday has been running on pure volunteer power for years, and the small admin team is very happy to announce that FF now has an official Coordinator!

Rachael Cain is a second-generation settler, artist, and writer who grew up in Nogojiwanong-Peterborough. She spent several years in the Rockies working in arts programming and marketing at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Creatively, she is experimenting with alt-photo processes and her poetry and prose can be found in select North American literary journals. She was recently awarded a fellow ship with Brooklyn Poets. She runs Good Grief Vintage, loves espresso, and can’t resist a nap.

Please help us welcome Rachael!

July 22, 2020

Photo by The Peterborough Examiner

First Friday Ptbo is very pleased to announce that the mural selection committee has chosen local artist Kathryn Durst’s proposal for FF’s first mural project. “Kathryn is a graduate of Sheridan College and has a background in animation and currently works as a children’s book illustrator. She has illustrated many books including the NYT-bestselling children’s book Hey Grandude! by Sir Paul McCartney. When she is not making the drawings for picture books, she may be found playing the accordion, growing vegetables, painting murals and making pickles. She lives in Peterborough with her dog Chili.” To view more of Kathryn’s work, check out @kathryndurst on Instagram or visit

Congratulations Kathryn, and a very deep thanks again to all 20 artists who applied with thoughtful, inspired proposals.