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What is it about Peterborough & the Kawarthas that makes our nights and days come alive with sounds of music? Whether its rock, folk, jazz, blues or the classics there always seems to be music in the air.

Maybe that’s because so many great musicians are from here or like to play here.

The Spades are from Peterborough. Serena Ryder grew up in Millbrook. Three Days Grace began in Norwood. Ronnie Hawkins’ cottage is a landmark on Stoney Lake and Stompin’ Tom Connors got his name here. These are among the more familiar names that owe at least some of their success in the music biz to their connection to Peterborough & the Kawarthas. There’s definitely “something in the water” here…

In fact, Peterborough is a great place to take in some music. Any night of the week, you’ll hear great sounds spilling out of local bistros and bars like the Red Dog, the Garnet, the Only Café and the Black Horse Pub: all have live acts. “It’s a hotbed of undiscovered talent,” says local musician and actor Beau Dixon, whose soul and funk riffs are often heard downtown. He’s just one of a growing throng of musicians—from acoustic guitarists to rock bands to jazz stylists—eager to sing the praises of Peterborough as a venue for great music.

And wait till you sample some of the Kawarthas’ annual musical events, each with its own niche: the Peterborough Folk Festival; the Lakefield Jazz Festival and more. All summer long, Peterborough Musicfest hosts shows with big name bands like Honeymoon Suite, Sloan, Alan Doyle and Walk Off the Earth. And admission is free!

And then there’s the granddaddy of them all: the smash-hit Havelock Country Jamboree, which attracts international acts—Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt, Wynonna—and thousands of country music fans, that camp under the stars.

Considering its size, Peterborough has left an impressive mark on the music scene. There’s something contagious going on here, and you can’t help but catch the music bug when you visit.

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Peterborough Musicfest

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