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Weekly Trivia Nights in Kingston

Did you know? Every week, you can test your obscure pop culture knowledge at one of these weekly Trivia Nights in Kingston! Free to play, must be 19+. The do

Did you know? Every week, you can test your obscure pop culture knowledge at one of these locations! 

Wednesdays

  • Tir Nan ‘Og Irish Pub at 7pm (19+, open to public)
  • Clark Hall Pub at 7:30pm (19+, must have Queen’s ID)
  • The Alibi at 9pm (19+, open to public)
  • The Brooklyn at 9pm (19+, open to public)

Thursdays

Sundays

Continue reading “Weekly Trivia Nights in Kingston”

#YGKsummer: Get Active with Queen’s Intramurals

Take advantage of the beautiful outdoor weather this summer with Queen’s Intramurals!

We are pleased to invite teams from the entire greater Kingston community to enter. You don’t have to be a student to play summer Intramurals at Queen’s!

Team Registration opens at 6:00am on Friday May 1 at the ARC Customer Service Desk. Continue reading “#YGKsummer: Get Active with Queen’s Intramurals”

MAY 4: HomeGrown Live Music Festival 2019 Line-up

Don’t miss Kingston’s HomeGrown Live Music Festival on May 4, 2019, featuring back-to-back performances by local musicians at 15 different venues downtown.

An all-access bracelet to ALL VENUES only costs you $10!

This volunteer-run festival helps raise money for the Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.), located in the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning on King St. W.

Take a look at the line-up for this year’s festival below. Bookmark this post & refer back to it on May 4th!

2019 Participating Venues:

*Schedules are subject to change without notice.

Upcoming Events added by YOU!

Our events calendar is updated daily with new, exciting events – here’s a look at some of the recent submissions from the public! We’ve been promoting arts, academic and social events within walking distance of Queen’s University since 2012!

Collaboration is key to keeping our calendar up-to-date with all the events at Queen’s & downtown! Here’s a shout-out to some awesome upcoming events contributed by you, the public!

Wed. Mar. 13

  • FREE Levana Lunch Time Chat: Mindfulness In Activist Spaces1pm-2:30pm – How do we disrupt the whitewashing of mindfulness in activist spaces? Join Levana and our special guest, Farriel Sharma, for an afternoon of discussion, mindfulness activities, and free lunch! This event is co-hosted by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights. @ Kingston Hall reflection room 213
  • Poetry Night: Turtle Island to Palestine6pm-8pm – featuring activists and poets in the community who use art as a form of resistance against settler colonialism on Turtle Island and globally. @ SKHS room 100
  • The Imaginary Theatre Company: “Minority Report” – 8pm-9:30pm – A play about community can come together to create a more inclusive environment for everyone. Runs nightly Mar. 13-16 only
    @ Theological Hall.

Thu. Mar. 14

  • Wine & Cheese (all ages+) – 6pm-11pm – part of Indigenous Awareness week: wine down and get cheesy, featuring inspirational Indigenous guest speakers. $7 in advance, $10 at the door @ The Grizzly Grill.
  • “A Jewish Journey To Palestine” – 6pm-8pm– Why is it wrong to equate anti-zionism and anti-semitism? Let’s ask Rabbi David! Free, light refreshments provided. @ SKHS room 100
  • Coffee House Fundraiser 7:30pm-9pm – Live music, baked goods and tea in support of the Dawn House women’s shelter. Hosted by Queen’s Power Unit. Tickets $5 at the door. @ The Tea Room (in ILC)
  • Queen’s Yu Theatre Society: “Rhinoceros in Love” play8pm – bringing China’s NUMBER ONE most popular drama play to the campus! Get excited for a live band and English subtitles for your enjoyment. Runs nightly, Mar. 14-17 only @ The Isabel studio theatre.
  • “Minority Report” play – 8pm-9:30pm @ Theological Hall.
  • Rockters without Borders (19+) 9pm – Acoustic and alternative rock fundraiser for Médecins Sans Frontières featuring performances by: Sammy & Steph, Local Band, and Spineapple. @ The Brooklyn

Friday, Mar. 15

  • Kingston Climate Strike12pm outside JDUC – Join the call for climate action in Kingston and at Queen’s University, as students and faculty pressure the institution to stop investing in fossil fuels.
  • Palestinian Culture Night7pm-9:30pm – Learn, indulge and enjoy Palestinian culture with Arabic music, a wide selection of delicious food, and live traditional Palestinian oud music with Fahd Zainedin, dabke and more! @ Kingston Hall reflection room 213.
  • “Minority Report” play – 8pm-9:30pm @ Theological Hall.
  • “Rhinoceros in Love” play8pm @ The Isabel studio theatre.

Saturday, Mar. 16

Sunday, Mar. 17

Tuesday, Mar. 19

  • SGPS Soccer Hour7pm-8pm – Let off some steam and meet some new people, for free! Graduate students of all skill levels are invited to join @ MacBrown Gym (Earl St. & Barrie St.)

Wednesday, Mar. 20

  • Colliding Scopes Theatre: “Stumped”7pm – inspired by Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree”, Stumped tells the immersive story of one family and how unforeseen circumstances alter their outlook on life as the night unfolds. @ The Spire (Sydenham St United Church)

Thursday, Mar. 21

  • “Stumped” play – 7pm @ The Spire
  • Flesh and Blood Productions: “STRAIGHT” play7:30pm – Funny, sad, sexy and surprising, this three-character drama takes a hard look at the moral complex of a generation that prides itself on the pretense of acceptance. Tickets $14-$18. Runs nightly, March 21-23 only @ Baby Grand Theatre.

Friday, Mar. 22

Saturday, Mar. 23

Thursday, Mar. 21

  • Flesh and Blood Productions: “STRAIGHT” play7:30pm – Funny, sad, sexy and surprising, this three-character drama takes a hard look at the moral complex of a generation that prides itself on the pretense of acceptance. Tickets $14-$18. Runs nightly, March 21-23 only @ Baby Grand Theatre.

Monday, Mar. 25

Tuesday, Mar. 26

  • SGPS Soccer Hour7pm-8pm – Let off some steam and meet some new people, for free! Graduate students of all skill levels are invited to join@ MacBrown Gym.

Wednesday, Mar. 27

Friday, Mar. 29

Saturday, Mar. 30

  • “Workshops: Early Middle Eastern Music and Dance”9:30am – Egyptian (belly) dance, Evolution of the guitar, Islamic courtly history, recorder music, and more. Led by Alpharabius. @ Quintillian School (near West Campus).
  • Jack Pine concert8pm-11pm – JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter Jack Pine is on the Lone Wolf Prowl with his unique and gritty alt-folk Canadiana sound. @ Musiikki Cafe (all ages+)

Tuesday, Apr. 2

  • YGK Tech Night6pm-9pm – Calling all tech enthusiasts! Join Sudo Labs and Ratehub.ca for a night of networking, nachos, and a contest for the best demonstration of a tech project! Open to the public @ The Grad Club (all ages).

Thursday, Apr. 4

  • Public Lecture: “National Independence and European Integration” – this lecture addresses central yet often overlooked questions in the study of European integration and democratic governance in the EU. Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Studies and Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity. @ Kingston Hall room 200.

Thursday, May 3

  • Spring/Summer Season Launch6pm-7:30pm – celebrate 4 beautiful new exhibitions: the research-rich Puvirnituq Graphic Arts in the ’60s (curated by Alysha Strongman); the imaginatively staged Stepping Out: Clothes for a Gallery Goer; the immersive media world of Kingston artist Emily Pelstring’s Any Saint, and the raw, open and playfully discursive Let’s Talk About Sex, bb (by co-curators Carina Magazzeni and Erin Sutherland) @ Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Sunday, May 12

Thursday, May 16

  • ART MATTERS and Inuit Art Foundation Edit-A-Thon12:15pm-4pm – Join Alysha Strongman, curator of Puvirnituq Graphic Arts in the ’60s, for a special Art Matters talk and tour, followed by the Inuit Art Foundation’s Inuit Art Quarterly Profiles Edit-a-Thon in the Atrium! @ Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

And that’s not all!

Every day of the month, you’ll find at least 10 incredible things to do – so get off your butt and go to something! Events are life. Everything else is extra.

Discover the best of Kingston’s events, only on the QueensEvents.ca’s calendar!


Guide to St. Patrick’s Day @ Queen’s: Part 1 – Getting Green & Giving Back

Every week of the year, you’ll find charity fundraisers at Queen’s – and St. Patrick’s Day is no different! Find out how & where to buy St. Patrick’s Day merch + find a cause that you’re interested in supporting!

Every week of the year, you’ll find a variety of charity fundraising initiatives happening on-campus, and the week of St. Patrick’s Day is no different!

We’ve collected all the clothing sales you’ve been seeing across campus into ONE PLACE! Keep reading to find a cause that you’re interested in supporting!

? Part 1: Where to Buy St. Patrick’s Day Merch at Queen’s *2019*?

Nyantende Foundation $25 green long-sleeve t-shirts

  • Friday, Mar. 15 from 11am-3pm @ ARC
  • About: The Nyantende Foundation helps the most marginalized children and youth in the Nyantende district of the Democratic Republic of Congo by offering them an opportunity to attend local schools. We believe education is a basic human necessity as it provides youth with the tools necessary to build a life they have reason to value. Since 2010, Nyantende Foundation has subsidized 100% of tuition fees and learning materials for over 250 youth.

Queen’s Friends of MSF – $5 bandana, necklace, temporary tattoo

  • Friday, Mar. 15 at 11am-3pm @ ARC
  • About the cause: Médecins Sans Frontières, also known in English as Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases.

Students Facing Noma – t-shirts & accessories

  • Saturday, Mar. 16 at 11am-3pm @ ARC
  • About the cause: Student’s Facing Noma serves to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease Noma through supporting the organization Facing Africa.

Queen’s Tech for Change – $15 t-shirts

  • Friday, Mar. 15 at 2:30pm-5:30pm @ MacCorry- while quantities last
  • About the cause: All proceeds go towards One Laptop Per Child

Scinapse Queen’s – $15 t-shirts and long-sleeve t-shirts

  • Friday, Mar. 15 at 10am-3pm @ ARC
  • About the cause: a vibrant. science and research-based club on campus. They run a provincial Undergraduate Science Case Competition, a Careers talk, and Getting into Research at Queen’s.

Heart 4 Heart Queen’s University – $15 hats

  • Friday, Mar. 15 at 12pm-3pm @ ARC
  • About the cause: raises money to provide life-saving surgeries for children in various developing countries born with congenital heart defects.

Step Above Stigma – $10 socks

  • Friday, Mar. 15 at 9:30am-11:30am @ ARC
  • About the cause: 100% goes to mental health initiatives at Queen’s.

Queen’s Students for Partners In Health Canada – $15 t-shirts

  • About the cause: Partners in Health is a global health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of poor and marginalized people.

Oil Thigh Designs – various clothing, see Lookbook here

  • Monday through Friday at 10am-5:30pm @ Oil Thigh Designs is on the main floor of the JDUC across from Quizno’s.
  • About the cause: ALL proceeds go to local Kingston charities.

Did you know?

By 4th year of undergraduate study, 60% of Queen’s students have participated in community service or volunteering and 33% have participated in community-based projects. Source: Queen’s University.

Featured image: Campus Equipment Outfitters is a student-run service that provides affordable quality merchandise to individuals and organizations.

Know something that hasn’t been listed? Email queensevents@live.ca

Interview with Vogue Charity Fashion Show 2019

The annual Vogue Charity Fashion Show is coming to The Grand Theatre this Thursday, Friday and Saturday! QueensEvents.ca brand ambassador Thor van Walsum went behind-the-scenes with the head designer of this year’s show, Brie Miklaucic, to talk about their theme: Tempora Mutantur!

With the weather warming up, people are finally leaving the house to attend events in the city – and not a moment too soon! The annual Vogue Charity Fashion Show is coming to The Grand Theatre this Thursday, Friday and Saturday!

QueensEvents.ca brand ambassador Thor van Walsum went behind-the-scenes with the head designer of this year’s show, Brie Miklaucic, to talk about their theme: Tempora Mutantur.

Q: What does Tempora Mutantur mean?

A: The theme refers to “Times Change and We Change With Them.” The show is divided into 8 scenes — stargazing, flora, fauna, rudimentary innovation, consumerism, city suits, faces of the future, and co-existence. Each scene is spectacular and created by very talented students. The whole show portrays where we’ve come from, where we are now, and where we’re going — the idea is that we change with time, and the final scene (co-existence) shows how all the aspects fit together.

Act 1 Teaser: Stargazing

Q: What are the moments you’re most excited to see on the catwalk this weekend?

A: I’m proud to see all the different aspects that the student designers brought into their collections. For example, some of the designers used paint as a medium in the designs. Another odd medium you’ll see in the show is fairy lights. I’m very excited to see the final scene come together – it’ll have a design from each of the 7 scenes before it plus one final design. I’m proud to see all the different aspects the designers brought into their collections.

Q: Since VCFS is one of the largest student-run events at Queen’s, how do you personally find the energy to balance being a full-time student and Head of Design for the show?

A: I am one part of a massive team that together runs the show. Under the presidents, there is a creative director team and portfolio heads (music, design, dance and model) as well as many other exec who make the show possible. Whenever my school workload is too much, I have these people to lean on and they have been a huge support system to me, as I’ve tried to be for them. Being involved with Vogue gives me an entirely different experience then my program does, and I’ve loved every minute. Well worth a little extra stress — and a little less sleep!

Q: What advice would you give to students who have never attended Vogue Charity Fashion Show before?

A: It is much more than you’re expecting it to be. So many people talk about how professionally done the show is. We’ve been working on this since September and it shows how much time went into bringing it all together. You’ll get to see some talented people right in their element, and nothing is more entertaining then the men’s dance scene! I honestly highly recommend going — just to see that scene!

Act 6 Teaser: Consumerism

Q: This event is known for its incredible impact on the community, often donating up to $65,000 to local causes! Why is VCFS donating to the Sexual Assault Centre of Kingston this year?

A: Each year Vogue asks people to nominate charities. It’s a group decision, but from my point of view, it came down to where we could do the most good. Sexual assault can be a difficult topic to talk about, and even thought 96% of Canadians surveyed agree that sex should be consensual, only about 1/3 actually understand what consent is. We learned other facts from the Sexual Assault Centre of Kingston (SACK), like how about 1 in 10 Canadians don’t think consent should be required between spouses or long term partners. Supporting SACK isn’t just supporting the centre, which is volunteer-run, but it’s also about raising awareness about consent education and making our community safer.

What a message! We’re sure this show will be a highlight of the week — especially that men’s dance scene! Thanks for the tips, Brie!

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Show dates & times:
Thursday, Feb 28 @ 7pm
Friday, Mar 1 @ 7pm
Saturday, Mar 2 @ 7pm

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Tier 3: $43+ / Tier 3 Students – $33+
Tier 4: $38+ / Tier 4 Students – $26+

Week 7 Events: Feb. 25-Mar. 3

Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Vogue Charity Fashion Show, Next Gen Masquerade Ball, and more! Discover an incredible line-up of unique, local events this week in Kingston!

Welcome back from reading week! Here’s a look at what’s worth checking out in Kingston!

Monday

FREE Workshop: Stop Procrastinating Now!
1:30PM @ Stauffer room 121 Seminar Room

Youth Choir: Open Rehearsal
7pm @ The Spire (Sydenham St @ William St).
Non-auditioned youth choir for people between the ages of 13 and 30 who love to sing and want to share that love with the Kingston community.

Tuesday

YIKES: “Dark Roast Coffee” play (19+)
7:30PM @ The Mansion

Duncan Ladner and Caroline Williams are presenting the show they have been devising for the past two months. Tickets are Pay What You Can Afford at $8, $10, $15 at the door.

OSAP Town Hall with the Liberals
6pm @ The Grad Club
Are you concerned about the recent changes to OSAP? Want to learn more? With special guest speakers, including former MPP Yvan Baker! Co-hosted by Queen’s Students for OSAP and Queen’s Liberals. Free!

“Everything is Illuminated” film screening
6:30pm in Miller Hall room 105.
Free film screening as part of The Memory Wars Film Festival followed by a Q&A. Open to all ages.

FREE Workshop: Responsive Design with CSS
6:30PM @ Mitchell Hall (new PEC).
Learn how to take your site to the next level with CSS! Bring your laptop.

Sarah Svensen classical concert
7:30pm @ St. George’s Cathedral (King St E at Johnson).
A past laureate of the RCCO National Organ Playing Competition, Sarah Svendsen is a graduate of the Yale School of Music, and has performed in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. Admission is pay what you can.

Golden Words Comedy Night (19+)
9PM @ Clark Hall Pub.
Enjoy some great comedy, great friends, and great beer! $5 at the door. Must have Queen’s ID.

Smash & Mario Tournament (19+)
9PM @ Barcadia, 347 Princess St.
YOU COULD WIN COLD HARD CASH MONEY!! For playing VIDEO GAMES! $5 entry. 19+ only. That’s right… Two Tournaments, Two Cash Prizes, all in One Night.

Wednesday

YIKES: “Dark Roast Coffee” play (19+)
7:30PM @ The Mansion

Last chance to see this student-written/performed play! Tickets are Pay What You Can Afford at $8, $10, $15 at the door.

2X Grammy nominee JOHN PRIMER & The Real Deal Blues Band
7:30pm at Little Texas Roadhouse (in the West End), 19+
Chicago blues legend John Primer was the bandleader and guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Magic Slim & The Teardrops and played or recorded with Junior Wells, Gary Clark Jr., Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, The Rolling Stones and Buddy Guy to name a few. Doors will open at 6:30pm for Food and Drinks before the show at 7:30pm. Seating is General Admission and first come first serve. Tickets $30-$35. 19+ only.

Queen’s Poetry Slam (All Ages+)
7:30PM @ The Grad Club.
Competitive poetry and open mic for anyone with something to say. 4 open mic spots / 10 slam spots. Go in through the main entrance and we are in the room to the right with a small stage. Seats fill up fast so come early. There will be prizes. Free/Pay what you can!

Art Shares: FREE Talks by Union Gallery Artists
6PM @ Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
Artists Habiba Abo El Esaad, Lily Le, Devin West, Lexie Braden, and Ashlyn Fieldhouse will each share fifteen minute talks regarding their practice. Free!

MONSTER TRUCK (19+)
8pm @ The Ale House.
From Hamilton, nominated for JUNO this year for best rock album of the year with “True Rockers”. “We want people to listen to it and have fun, have as much fun as possible.” Agreeing, guitarist Jeremy Widerman adds: “I mean right off the beginning of the album you hear me scream at Marv. That just kicks off the entire vibe of the album. Us in a room, having fun, joking and yelling at each other.” Tickets $34.

Dan Studio Series: “CULT” begins
8PM @ Theological Hall.
Four original short plays written, directed & performed by Queen’s students – for only $4! This installation’s theme is “cult” – because why stand out when you can be part of a group? Tickets are available only at the door, so arrive early to get a good seat! Show runs nightly until this Saturday!

Thursday

LGBTheatre Auditions (Juvenis Festival)
1pm-5pm @ Theological Hall room 020.
LGBTheatre is looking for LGBTQ+ identified singers from across the spectrum of gender, sexual, and romantic identities. Come prepared with one song in any style (but preferably one that shows off your vocal range!) that can be preformed a capella. Sign-up here!

Kingston Canadian Film Festival (KCFF) begins
See some of the best Canadian cinema of the year! This festival is like our city: warm, down-to-earth, and approachable.  Screenings daily at The Screening Room, The Grand Theatre, and The Isabel from Thursday through Sunday with special guests each night!  See the full schedule online!

Vogue Charity Fashion Show: “Tempora Mutantur” begins
7PM @ Grand Theatre.
With a cast and crew of over 150+ students each year, the show provides an opportunity for students to showcase their creative talents and for ambitious leaders to take action, while functioning as a symbol of social responsibility. Fundraiser for Sexual Assault Centre of Kingston. Tickets $20-$50. Nightly from Thursday through Saturday.

Koerner Visiting Artist Public Lecture & Reception
6PM @ Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
Don’t miss your chance to meet renowned Vancouver painter Kim Dorland! Known for pushing the boundaries of pictorial representation through an exploration of memory, material, nostalgia, identity and place, Dorland’s paintings are replete with contradiction and contrast.

Friday – March 1st!

Breaking In: Film Mixer
2:15pm @ Tir Nan ‘Og (All Ages)
This event is perfect for students, aspiring filmmakers, and local industry looking to connect. BREAKING IN is your chance to connect with Kingston Canadian Film Festival guests for serious advice on how to get started in the Canadian film and media industry. This event is intentionally informal to help you access the best advice possible. Plus it’s free, so what are you waiting for? Register here!

LIVE in Kingston: Paper Ladies / Joe McLeod / Oakridge Ave (19+)
8PM @ The Grad Club.
Celebrate the first weekend of March with an incredible line-up of live, local music! Tickets $10

“Who is Bruce Kauffman” film premiere
8PM @ The Isabel.
A fictional day in the life of the titular writer, editor and radio host becomes the appropriately twisty throughline for a unique and innovative anthology work that unites the talents of the city’s finest filmmakers and poets.  Tickets $15.

Saturday

See some of the best Canadian cinema of the year at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival!

6:30 pm FAMILY FIRST (Chien de garde) /@ The Screening Room

7:00 pm BARONESS VON SKETCH @ Holiday Inn

Vogue Charity Fashion Show: “Tempora Mutantur” final show.
7PM @ Grand Theatre.
With a cast and crew of over 150+ students each year, the show provides an opportunity for students to showcase their creative talents and for ambitious leaders to take action, while functioning as a symbol of social responsibility. Fundraiser for Sexual Assault Centre of Kingston. Tickets $20-$50. Nightly from Thursday through Saturday.

Dan Studio Series: “CULT” final show.
8PM @ Theological Hall.
Four original short plays written, directed & performed by Queen’s students – for only $4! This installation’s theme is “cult” – because why stand out when you can be part of a group? Tickets at the door, so arrive early to get a good seat! Show runs nightly until this Saturday!

Next Gen Masquerade Ball (19+)
8pm at Renaissance Event Venue (285 Queen Street).
Slip into semi-formal attire and get ready for a night of dancing, cocktails, prizes and a little intrigue! Live jazz by Michelle Kasaboski followed by a DJ, plus Sherlock Escapes will have their portable Escape Room. Fundraiser for the United Way. Tickets: $30-$35.

9:00 pm AN EVENING WITH BIF NAKED @ The Mansion / SOLD OUT

9:30 pm LOCAL SHORTS: departures @ Baby Grand

9:30 pm THE NEW ROMANTIC @ Screening Room

9:30 pm THE GREAT DARKENED DAYS (La grande noirceur) @ Screening Room

9:30 pm SPICE IT UP @ Screening Room

11:00 pm SLEEZER (Weezer cover band) / The Toucan (19+) – free cover!

What to Do in Kingston: Feb. 23 & 24

In town this weekend and wondering what’s happening? You’ll be surprised how many awesome events are on – we were! Here’s a quick summary!

Back early from reading week? Here’s a few fun things to do!

Meet a Bobcat and a Sloth!
Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm at Frontenac Mall (on Bath Rd, where Value Village is).
Little Ray’s Reptiles is bringing 30 live animal exhibits, including a sloth, alligator, bobcat, groundhog, opossum, armadillo, owl, skunk, and many more mammals, snakes, and birds to Kingston this weekend! Tickets are $15, buy online to skip the line.

Volleyball Game: Queen’s Gaels vs. Lakehead!
Saturday 1pm/3pm at Queen’s ARC.
Free admission with your Queen’s student ID or $8 advance/$10 at the door. Women’s team at 1pm, Men’s team at 3pm.

Hot Chocolate Charity Concert!
Saturday 2pm-4:30pm at Kingston Community House (99 York Street, near Division).
Come listen to live local music, enjoy a free hot chocolate, and raise funds for this month’s cause: Sexual Assault Centre Kingston. Admission is $10 or pay what you can at the door. Hosted by Queen’s folk duo SAPPH DECAF.

Kingston Cat Show!
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-5pm at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (near West Campus).
With over 125 cats from across Canada showcased and in competition, this is one show you do not want to miss! Admission is $6-$8.

“Josiah Henson: From Slave to Saviour” play!
Saturday 2pm & 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm at Grand Theatre.
Commemorate Black History Month with a new Canadian play about a true unsung Canadian hero. Tickets are $20-$23.

DJ Skate Night!
Saturday 6pm-10pm at Springer Market Square.
Let your skates be your dancing shoes with a Live DJ rinkside!

CRCA Starlight Hike!
Saturday 6:30pm at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (up Division past the 401).
The pace will be easy, and the vista will be breathtaking as participants trek along the trail with only the stars above to pierce the darkness, with the walk ending with a chance to warm up around a roaring fire. Pre-registration is required at www.crca.ca/online-services.

Music for Organ and Orchestra!
Saturday 7:30pm at St. George’s Cathedral (corner of Johnson & King St E downtown across from The Pilot House).
Hear the great organ at St George’s Cathedral accompanied by Orchestra Kingston! Tickets: $25 Adults, $20 Seniors and Students, children under 14 free. 

LEARN TO SKATE!
Sunday 10am-11am at Springer Market Square.
Never learned to skate? New Canadian? Come learn the basics of how to stay upright on the ice by friendly instructors! Must be 16 years+, first come first served. Find out how to rent skates!

Try Ringette – FREE!
Sunday 1pm at Springer Market Square.
Come out and try ringette – the fastest game on ice.  This event is open to all ages! Kingston Ringette Association will provide sticks and rings! Register here!

Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market!
Sunday 10am-2pm at Kingston Memorial Centre (in the barns by the parking lot).
Kingston’s only year-round farmers’ market — where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat. Hot foods, live music & arts activities weekly. Try the churros and the Farm Sum dumplings!

FebFest Toast to Tapas: BACON theme!
Saturday & Sunday, 3pm-6pm.
Tapas (small plates) available at Aqua TerraChez PiggyDianne’s Fish Shack & Smokehouse and The Grizzly Grill. Get your passport at a participating restaurant and enjoy!

BEAVERTAILS!
Saturday 10am-9pm & Sunday 10am-3pm in Springer Market Square.
This weekend is your LAST CHANCE to get this Canadian delicacy during FebFest activities!

What to Do in Kingston over Reading Week

Not everyone goes home for Reading Week, and Kingston is never short of fun stuff to do while you are here. Tons of events are happening everyday in Kingston and here are a few of QueensEvents’ top picks!

Monday

Got a car? Drive up to Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (near Division & the 401) for a day in the great outdoors! Staff will be on hand to help suggest great hiking routes, where to feed the chickadees and other ways to enjoy nature with family and friends of all ages.

Weather and trail conditions permitting, you can also head out on a snowshoe trek, cross-country ski on our groomed trails (rentals are available at the Outdoor Centre) or take part in an ‘eyes-only’ scavenger hunt. At 2 p.m., come gather around the fire pit to roast marshmallows!

Tuesday

Musiikki Open Mic Night is a fun way to hone your skills and try something new! This popular weekly open mic night is a MUST for musicians, music lovers, and culture-seekers in Kingston! Every Tuesday, upstairs at Musiikki Cafe & Whiskey Bar on Brock Street.

Wednesday

Who doesn’t love pasta? What can be better than unlimited pasta night! Everyone is welcome to our ALL YOU CAN EAT Pasta Night! Wednesday, February 20 from 5pm-7pm. Come enjoy unlimited salad & pasta served with two meatballs. Only $10 ALL INCLUSIVE. Dinner is served from 5pm-7pm. Reservations advised but not necessary. Call 613-542-9323 to reserve!

P.S. The Trews are coming to Kingston on Wednesday, Feb. 20th @ The Ale House (19+).
Tickets on sale now

Thursday

Art Afternoon! Art Hive at the Agnes Centre is calling all young adults (18–24), drop-in for art and wellness on February 21st at 4pm. Relax, re-charge and expand your creative powers in the Studio. Art Hive is free; materials are provided and no prior art experience is necessary. If you are looking for guidance, our art therapist/facilitator offers weekly projects and visits to our current exhibitions. Great relaxation activity to help chill and recharge over reading week!

Country superstar Paul Brandt with High Valley and special guests are coming to Kingston on Thursday, Feb. 21 @ Leon’s Centre (All Ages+)
Tickets on sale now

Saturday

Horse & Wagon Rides! Take a wagon ride through Downtown! These are part of FebFest and completely FREE! Pick up and drop off is at Bank of Montreal next to Market Square on Saturday, February 23rd at 11am to 2pm.

Sunday

Learn to Skate @ Springer Market Square
Never learned to skate? New Canadian? Come learn the basics of how to stay upright on the ice by friendly instructors! Must be 16 years+, first come first served.

FREE Try Ringette! Come out and try ringette – the fastest game on ice.  This event is open to all ages! There will be a 30 minute demonstration and introduction from 1pm-1:30pm and participants will be on the ice from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Kingston Ringette Association will provide sticks, rings and FUN! @ Springer Market Square
Register here!

I hope everyone has a restful and exciting reading week wherever you end up!

Kingston’s Best Winter Date Ideas

Find out where you can get the cutest couple photo of all time! Our brand ambassador Alia looked around Kingston for some unique-and-adorable date ideas — here’s her list. Steal these (or share them with a friend!)

Planning a special evening out can be tough – especially when you’re on a student’s budget, aka broke! That’s why our Assistant Director Alia Brown put together this updated list of unique date ideas in Kingston, Ontario on a budget!

  1. Fondue Date
  2. Outdoor Skating in the Square
  3. Go for the Popcorn, stay for the Movie
  4. Practice ‘Mindfulness’ together
  5. Take your date to the Theatre
  6. Fall in love at an art gallery
  7. Beat the competition at Trivia Night!

1. Fondue Date

Cacao 70 (340 King St E) has a warm and inviting atmosphere, and is one of the best kept secrets of downtown. Located right beside Jack Astor’s near the Springer Market Square skating rink, Cacao 70 is known best for their chocolate fondue pots and rich hot chocolate, but you can also order these swoon-worthy Churro Donuts!

Bonus: Monday to Friday, get 50% off a cup of rich and creamy hot cocoa when you order a dish worth $12 or more.

2. Outdoor Skating in the Square!

It goes without saying, but skating in the square is a classic Kingston date idea. On weekends, you can rent skates from City Hall.

Pro Tip: Skate first. If your date isn’t going well, it will be easier to leave after skating (I’m cold! My feet hurt!) than if you start with drinks.

3. Go for the popcorn, stay for the movie!

The Screening Room (120 Princess St) is a locally owned and operated independent movie theatre that showcases contemporary, foreign, and art films. The popcorn is super tasty and best of all, it’s a LICENSED venue (meaning they serve beer & wine)! See the full week’s schedule here.

4. Practice ‘Mindfulness’ Meditation together

It can be tough to find stress-free moments alone with your partner when you’re both drowning in schoolwork. Listening to these free mindfulness lessons together is a thoughtful way of coping with difficulties and improving the quality of your day-to-day life – especially if you’re both too busy to go out on Valentine’s Day itself. If your partner is up for it, you could even try a yoga class together!

Bonus: You can join the Queen’s Yoga Club at any time this semester.

5. Take your date to the Theatre!

Add some culture to your date night by attending a local play or musical!

Take a look at current shows here!

6. Fall in love at an Art Gallery!

With free admission, visiting the Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a romantic AND affordable way to spend Valentine’s Day — plus, the galleries are always open late on Thursdays, 10am to 9pm! Located on University Ave. across from Grant Hall, the Agnes holds over 17,000 works of art, with major concentrations of contemporary art, Canadian historical art, Baroque-era paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, and African art. This is a date that they’ll never forget!

Learn about the Agnes’ collections, special exhibitions and current events!

Bonus: Relax, re-charge and expand your creative powers during Art Hive every Thursday from 4pm-6pm in the Agnes. This is a free art therapy event for young adults ages 18-24, where materials are provided and no prior art experience is necessary!

7. Beat the competition at Trivia Night (19+)

Test your obscure pop culture knowledge at The Alibi at 8:45pm every Wednesday or at The Grad Club at 9pm every Thursday! This is a fantastic group date idea (up to 6 people)! You can reserve a table for The Alibi or drop in to see if there are seats available.