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Ayesha Lye

Ayesha Lye is a sound artist and filmmaker working in Peterborough, Ontario. They have a deep love for sound as a catalyst for ideas, art and community formation.

For many years, Ayesha worked as a radio journalist and writer. They’re the co-founder of Peterborough Currents, founder of Peterborough Independent Podcasters, and co-founder of the Peterborough Sound Freaks Society.

Now, Ayesha is pursuing film and television – working as an on-set sound technician. They are also learning to direct, write, produce and edit.


Featured work:

  • The Greatest Show: The performance that left a legacy through Peterborough’s performing arts history

    The Greatest Show: The performance that left a legacy through Peterborough’s performing arts history

    The Greatest Show was a performance art production that took over Peterborough’s collective imagination in the summer of 1988. Local musicians, performing artists, theatre technicians and more were brought together by renowned Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. They put their creative efforts together to create a “circus of the damned” in Del Crary Park. This…


  • Kelli Marshall dances to honour residential school survivors and victims

    Kelli Marshall dances to honour residential school survivors and victims

    Kelli Marshall has been dancing all of her life. And in the last nine years she has bridged her passion for dance with her Anishinaabe culture and teachings. As she learns and engages with these dances, Marshall says she wants to offer healing dances to honour survivors and victims of residential schools. She is organizing…


  • The doc with all the donkeys

    The doc with all the donkeys

    There’s no question that the donkeys, mules and miniature horses at the Primrose Donkey Sanctuary in Roseneath, Ont. are well taken care of. Sheila Burns and her volunteers make the rounds every day to take care of these retired animals, many of which have stories of abuse and neglect. One afternoon in December, Sheila invited…


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Land acknowledgement

I make my home as an uninvited settler on the traditional territories of the Michi Saagig Nishnaabeg. Peterborough is built upon land and water that was shared with settlers with an understanding of mutual cooperation through treaties like the Rice Lake Purchase (Treaty #20) and the Williams Treaties.