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40th Anniversary Art Exhibit Opens at Trent Tonight at 6:30 p.m.


Students Celebrate with Live Concert at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004, Peterborough

Trent University's Anniversary week is in full swing and this evening promises lots of excitement with plans for both the opening of The Spirit of Trent art exhibit and Ruby Tuesday, live music performances held by Trent students for Trent students, both to be held at the University's Symons campus tonight.

The art show will open at 6:30 p.m. at Champlain College Senior Common Room and will feature recent pieces done over the summer by a select group of artists who have a connection with the University, as well as some earlier pieces. The theme is "The Spirit of Trent" and the art will reflect a variety of responses to Trent University's environment, people, identity, and history. Artists include Nicole Bauberger, Renee Bedard, Dave French, Joanne Heath-Menger, Gordon Johnston, Dave Lasenby, Jean Nind, and Nancy Simmons Smith.

Dave French, senior tutor at Champlain College and chaplain at Trent University is the curator of the exhibit. "The idea was to provide the artists with a theme that would give structure to the show, but also leave it wide open," said Mr. French. "And the exhibit does have a 'wide open' quality to it. Some works are very obviously linked to Trent while others are obliquely Trent."

Ruby Tuesday will begin at 8 p.m. at The Great Hall at Champlain College where Trent University students will present a Tribute to Trent with live music of all kinds from all eras and licensed beverages to go along with the entertainment. "Ruby Tuesday" is a revival of a similar event held back in the early days of Trent, where students would gather to hear the latest campus groups and performers. Born out of the 60's, Trent students will commemorate 40 years of music at Trent and will welcome acts of all musical styles and influences. The Pylons, a 10-piece rock 'n ska band, will be the headline act.

"Last evening's highly successful Potluck Dinner held by the students of the Trent International Program did a splendid job of kicking off a week packed with celebrations for Trent's 40th," said Professor Gordon Johnston, chair of the 40th anniversary committee. "This evening's events continue to express that irrepressible and varied Spirit of Trent with art and music. It all leads up to The Big Party this Saturday, when we hope the entire community will come out for a free barbecue, merry-go-round, tours, music and more!"

The rest of the week's events include:

Wednesday, October 13
- 60's diner held by Trent staff at the Great Hall at Champlain College from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Trent in Oshawa Celebration hosted by alumni and the part-time students' association at 3 p.m.

October 13 – 16
- Spiderwoman Theater's production of "Persistence of Memory" at the new First Peoples House of Learning performance space

Thursday, October 14
- Academic Survivor held by faculty in the Great Hall at Champlain College at 7:30 p.m. (tickets still available)

Friday, October 15
- Black Tie and Birkenstocks, a fun dinner and dance to be held at the PSB Wilson Athletic Building at 6:30 p.m. (tickets still available)

Saturday, October 16

The Big Party at Symons Campus

  • 6:30 am • Sunrise Ceremony & Fire at the Tipi on the East Bank (fire keepers all day)
  • 11:00 am • Merry-Go-Round starts up, Bata Library Parking Lot, until 6:00 pm
  • 11:00 am • First Tours of Symons Campus leave from the Liaison Office, Blackburn Hall (tours available all day until 5:00 pm)
  • 11:00 am • "The Spirit of Trent" Art Exhibit, in the Champlain College SCR, until 5:00 pm
  • 12:00 noon • Food and Beer Tent opens, Bata Library Parking Lot, until 5:00 pm
  • 12:00 noon • Pre-ceremony Tours of Peter Gzowski College and First Peoples House of Learning available until 2:00 pm, and from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
  • 12:00 noon • Receptions: a place to meet old friends and make new ones, in the Julian Blackburn College
  • until 4:00 Lounge and the Otonabee College Private Dining Room,
  • 1:00 pm • "The Music of Trent" begins in the Wenjack Theatre (sponsored by TD Insurance)
    • 1:00 Jessica R-J & Glen Caradus
    • 1:30 Noosa Al Sarraj
    • 1:45 T.I.S.A. Choir
    • 2:15 Trent Madrigal Singers
    • 2:30 Danny Bronson
    • 3:00 Bobby Watson
    • 3:30 Mike Martin & Tori Owens
    • 4:00 • Freshwater Trade
    • 4:30 Ian Wheatley
    • 5:00 Don Valley Boys
    • 5:30 Washboard Hank & the Gravestone Lickers
    • 6:00 BobCajun
  • 1:00 pm • Women's Varsity Volleyball team plays Cambrian, in the Athletic Complex
  • 1:00 pm • The Poets of Trent: in the Champlain College Senior Common Room
    • 1:00 • the poets of "Driving to the Edge of Winter"
    • 1:30 • Gordon Johnston
    • 1:45 the poets of English 375
  • 2:00 pm • Official Opening of Peter Gzowski College and the First Peoples House of Learning, in the Enweying Building, lower level
  • 3:00 pm • Paddling Puppeteers arrive at Champlain College steps, and perform on the lawn at 3:15 pm
  • 3:00 pm • Men's Varsity Volleyball team plays Cambrian, in the Athletic Complex
  • 3:00 pm • Tree Planting Ceremony, Peter Gzowski College
  • 3:00 pm • The Poets of Trent: in the Champlain College Senior Common Room
    • 3:00 the poets of MPS (Oshawa Writers Club)
    • 3:30 Betsy Struthers (winner of the Lowther Award)
    • 4:00 • Jeramy Dodds and Josh Trotter
  • 3:30 pm • Walking tour with Roy Kakegamic of the Native Studies art collection, begins at First Peoples House of Learning Performance Space
  • 4:00 pm • The Big Birthday Cake will be cut in the Food Tent, Bata Library Parking Lot
  • 5:00 pm • Food/Beer Tent closes
  • 6:00 pm • Merry-Go-Round closes down
  • 8:00 pm • Final Performance of Persistence of Memory, in the First Peoples Performance Space

[Off-campus, at 7:30 pm, "An Evening with Peter's Friends," in support of Peter Gzowski College. Check with Showplace Peterborough box office for availability of tickets. $125 each, $25 for Trent students]


For more information, please contact Dave French, senior tutor and chaplain at Trent University and curator of the art exhibit at (705) 748-1011 ext. 1551 or Marilyn Burns, director of communications at (705) 748-1303.

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