The festival was started in 1982 by the Manitou Rapids Art Council of Pine Falls / Powerview and is dedicated to Paper, Power, Pea and Pickeral. Thus the four Ps.
Historicaly it marks the union of the province of Canada with New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on July 1st 1867, and the begin of a long march to total independance – completed in 1982 with the Constitution Act. On this day in 1867 the former Province of Canada was divided into the two current provinces of Quebec and Ontario, thus also marking the begin of a totally different problem. Separationism.