Kingston’s Summer Music Festivals Guide | Visit Kingston

“While Kingston is arguably the best city in Canada for live music year-round, in the summertime, Kingston plays host to a multitude of world-class live music festivals that draw people from across the province – and even across the border – out to celebrate the season.

From jazz and blues to buskers and beer, if you’re into live music, summer in Kingston is the perfect time to catch some of the best music festivals and live performances in Canada.”

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16 Things to Do this Weekend in Kingston: May 24-26

Try going to at least one new event this weekend – there’s lots to choose from! Here’s a few events we think you’ll like!

Planning to go out with a group? Queen’s Convocation just started so restaurants will be busy with students’ families & friends – definitely call ahead to book a reservation!

7pm-10pm: Art After Dark – Go for the art, stay for the food & socializing! Download the map and plan your route through boutiques, alleyways and storefronts downtown and enter for the chance to win $500 towards purchase of an original artwork! FREE event!

11pm-late: Spring DISCO Dance Party – “Dress to impress” and “get ready to get down” at Chez Piggy after hours with DJ LK spinning vinyl and Velvet Jones serving cocktails at drinks until late. FREE cover! 19+ event.

8pm-11pm: Folksy Canadiana concert – For a laid-back evening, check out two folk/Americana performances by two singer-songwriters with outstanding vocal ranges, live at Musiikki Cafe & Whiskey Bar on Brock Street. Admission is pay-what-you-can, but recommend you buy a drink first. All ages event.

10:30pm-2am: Goldwing + Sweet Talk Jackie concert – Two local rock bands perform back-to-back at The Toucan from 10pm until close. FREE Cover. 19+ event.

10am-4pm: Music Lovers’ House Tour – If you’re passionate about interior design and architecture, spend your morning or afternoon on this one-day-only walking tour of the most interesting, well-designed, eclectic, spectacular homes of Kingston. Passes $40/person and includes a light lunch.

10am-6pm: 20th anniversary of Kingston Gaming Nexus – Lots of games, giveaways, raffle, face-painting & fun. Great time to visit if you’ve never been! FREE event.

12pm: WordPress Basics Workshop – Coding is a skill anyone can learn, if given the opportunity. Learn how to get started on making your own website. FREE event.

2-4pm: Hot Chocolate Charity ConcertCome listen to live music, enjoy a free hot chocolate, and help raise funds for the Kingston Community House! Admission by donation ($10 suggested). Schedule: 2:15 – Sapph Decaf; 2:30 – Tyson Sullivan; 2:45 – Rogan Gowan-Day; 3:00 – intermission; 3:15 – John Rose; 3:30 – Eric Stark; 3:45 – Jon McLurg.

2-5pm: Celebrate Drone Day 2019 with musical performances at Something Else Records! Local Urchins, Paul Clifford and Matt Rogalsky, will be performing live drones, whatever that means. FREE event.

9pm: The Big Phat Horn Band in concertEpic 10-piece band with special guests. The RCHA Club is open to the public at 193 Ontario Street, adjacent to the Tourist Bureau. Look for the blue awning outside our heritage building and take the elevator to the third floor. Tickets $15/person at the door. 19+ event.

9am-2pm: Memorial Centre Farmers MarketWhere the farmers you meet grow the food you eat. Hot foods, live music, family activities, free parking, dog-friendly. 10am Yoga; 11:15am Tai Chi. Bring a mat & dress for the weather. FREE event.

1pm: Homelessness, Film Screening & Discussion – Hosted by KFPL, discussing the role of the public library. Schedule: 1pm film starts at The Screening Room; 3pm discussion starts. (Also happening Monday, May 27 at 1pm/3pm).

1:30-4pm: Visioning, Collage & Collaborative Songwriting at the Agnes – In this playful artist-led workshop, participants will create a collage representing a chapter in their life, then randomly select and write songs inspired by the stories that emerge. No musical experience necessary. $10/person.

3-5pm: Firebird Sessions at MusiikkiShowcasing local female jazz musicians in a pared-down format, every Sunday afternoon. Schedule: open with the house combo, then feature a different female performer each week, finishing with an open jam session. Admission by donation/buy a drink first.

6-8pm: FREE Outdoor Swing DancingSwing is an energetic partner dance set to jazz in the style of the 30’s and 40’s. Beginners welcome! Come solo or with a friend. Meet in the gazebo in MacDonald Park at 6pm sharp.

7pm-10:20pm: “Broadening the Conversation on Psychedelics” Film Screening & Discussion Psychedelics are becoming increasingly less taboo and more in the mainstream. Join the Kingston Psychedelic Society at The Screening Room for a short talk and a film.

Looking ahead to next week…

Events Calendar for week of May 26-June 1, 2019 in Kingston, Ontario
Events Calendar for week of May 26-June 1, 2019 in Kingston, Ontario. Source: QueensEvents.ca/calendar

33+ Things to Do in Kingston for the Victoria Day Long Weekend: May 16-20, 2019

Everything you need to know about events in Kingston for the Victoria Day long weekend, including where to find fireworks, live music and all ages events!

With almost 3 dozen events in 4 days, you’re sure to find something that piques your interest!

Thursday, May 16th

7PM-10PM – Live Jazz Piano @ RCHA Club (19+) – no cover & open to the public

7PM – Sunset Ceremony with Fireworks @ RMC – free, family-friendly

7PM – Awesome Kingston Pitch Party @ The Sanctuary – free

8PM-11PM – Singer-songwriter @ Musiikki Cafe – by donation, all ages

9PM-1AM – Electric-Jazz Trio + 7-piece Soul band @ The Mansion (19+) – $15 advanced, $20 door ($10 with student ID)

10:30PM-2AM – STAGE RAGE @ Stages Nightclub (19+) – $2.25 drinks until midnight

Friday, May 17th

10AM-2PM Climate Strike at Kingston City Hall – All welcome. Bring your signs and your ideas.

5PM-8PM LGBTQ Softball Registration @ The Grad Club – drop-in.

7:30PM-10PM Glow in the Dark Bike Ride – Leisurely glow-in-the-dark bike ride around downtown – join in anywhere along the route! RSVP & invite friends!

8:30PM-11PM Nolan Hubbard + Cinzia & the Eclipse (Soul/Folk) @ The Mansion (19+) – $5 at the door.

8PM-11PM Saffron A + Wax Mannequin @ Musiikki Cafe (all ages) – singer-songwriter that plays the octave mandolin and mandocello. Admission by donation to band/buy a drink.

9PM-11:30PM 7-piece Blues Band @ RCHA Club (19+) – Tickets $10 cash & open to the public, hosted by Kingston Blues Society.

10PM-2AM Lotus Shaker @ The Merchant (19+) – free cover. Singer’s voice is like Amy Winehouse and Adele combined! Performing classic rock & metal covers.

Saturday, May 18th

9AM-3PM Lemoine Point Native Plant Sale – *located in the West End.

9:45AM-5PM Opening Weekend at Fort Henry – Bring on the boom!

10AM-5PM FREE Admission @ Pump House Museum – learn about trains & the history of Kingston!

1PM-3PM DDay75 – Journey across Canada @ VIA Rail Kingston – Combat boots—a symbol of the Canadians who left their hometowns to travel to Halifax before going overseas to serve—will be placed on the train in Kingston.

3PM-6:15PM The Brewer’s Folly @ Spearhead Brewery – Co-hosted by Sherlock’s Escapes. $25 includes 45-min brewery tour.

8:30PM-10:30PM Live music cafe fundraiser for the homeless @ The Embassy (all ages) – Tickets are $5 and include a tea/coffee.

9PM-11:30PM British Invasion @ RCHA Club (19+) Live band playing all your favourites: Beatles, Kinks, Stones. Tickets $10, open to the public.

9PM Beers for Queers Open Mic @ Monte’s (19+) – Social event for LGBT community and allies, in the Monte’s room of the Tir Nan Og. Free.

9:30PM-1AM Punk rock/metal show @ The Mansion (19+) – $5 or pay what you can at the door.

Sunday, May 19th

9AM-2PM Memorial Centre Farmers’ MarketWhere the farmers you meet grow the food you eat. Everything produced within 100km of Kingston. Hot foods, live music & arts activities!

12PM-6PM Climb by donation @ Kingston Bouldering Co-op – Raising money for “Climb Malawi” – a group started by a Canadian working in Malawi, Africa, to help them build an inclusive climbing facility.

1PM-9:30PM Victoria Day City Celebrations @ Lake Ontario Park – Live music by the water, fun & games for all ages – interactive shows, immersive puzzles, exciting inflatables, mini paddle boats, and an explosive AC/DC tribute. Free admission! Limited parking – take public transit if you can!

2PM-3:30PM Sharon & Bram Farewell Tour – See the “Skinnamarink” children’s entertainers live on stage for the very last time! Tickets: $38-$50 – buy online!

3PM-5PM LIVE Country Music @ The Mansion (all ages)The Honkey Tonk Heroes (Clem Chesterfield, Luther Wright & Rusty Ford) will be on stage (or the patio, weather permitting)! No cover.

3PM-5PM Sunday Afternoons with Steph @ Musiikki Cafe (all ages) – If you like Joni Mitchell or Aerosmith, don’t miss this! By donation.

6PM-8PM FREE Weekly Swing Dance Lesson @ Gazebo in Macdonald Park (near KGH) – If you’ve never danced before, now’s the time to start!

9:30PM Victoria Day Fireworks @ Lake Ontario Park – Big fireworks show on the lake! Arrive before sunset to find a spot by the water. Bring a chair & blankets + don’t forget the bug spray!

Monday, May 20th

8PM-11PM Live Jazz @ Musiikki Cafe (all ages) – Admission by donation/buy a drink first to support local musicians!

8PM-10PM Meal & Discussion “Anti-Capitalist Muslims Iftar” – free & family-friendly.

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Queen’s University’s Spring 2019 Convocation Schedule

Are you graduating this year, or know someone who is? Here’s everything you need to know about Queen’s University’s Spring 2019 Convocation – the schedule, where to get gowns, where to park, and much more!

Are you graduating this year, or know someone who is?

We compiled a list of date, time and locations for each program + answers to frequently asked questions + useful links to save money on accommodations!

FAQ

1.) Construction — Several construction projects by the City of Kingston will be occurring in and around the Queen’s Campus during Spring 2019 that may impact your transportation to and from convocation. Click here to see an updated list of closures and delays.
2.) Parking — Guests can park FREE on surface parking lots and street parking spaces with “Permit Required” signs during Convocation (i.e. Tindall Field surface lot, ILC surface lot, streets around campus). DO NOT PARK in “Reserved 24/7” spaces – your vehicle will be ticketed.
3.) Guest Seating – Deadline is Tuesday, May 14th (for ceremonies on May 23rd-May 24th) and Friday, May 17th for all other ceremonies. Reserve seats via SOLUS.
* Limit of three (3) guests per graduate.
* Limited capacity in Grant Hall and the ARC Main Gym. Specific limits vary per ceremony – go to the Convocation Schedule page and click on the + next to your date.
* Extra rooms with simulcast on large screen available in Kingston Hall and SKHS.
* Do not include your own attendance in guest seating.
* All ceremonies will be broadcast live online here.     
4.) Hoods and Gowns Rentals — $55.00 for undergraduate and Master’s, and $60.00 for Ph.D’s and you can rent them day-of (cash only) in Kingston Hall (1st Floor).
* Arrive at least 1 hour before your ceremony. Bring your Student ID or government Photo ID and cash payment.
* You must return items immediately after the ceremony to Kingston Hall (within 1.5 hrs) – charged an additional $43-$110 if not returned/damaged

Queen’s University: Spring 2019 Convocation Schedule

Ceremony 1:      Thursday, May 23 at 2:30 pm     @ Grant Hall
School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences
•    Healthcare Quality (HQ)
•    Health Sciences (BHSC)
•    Medicine (MD)
•    Nursing (CNP, DPHNP, NURA, NURR, NURS)
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Ceremony 2:      Friday, May 24 at 10:00 am     @ Grant Hall
Smith School of Business (Professional Programs), School of Graduate Studies
•    Master of Business Administration – Americas (MBACQ)
•    Master of Business Administration – Executive (EMBA)
•    Education (Graduate programs)
•    Public Administration (MPA)
•    Industrial Relations (MIR)

Ceremony 3:      Friday, May 24 at 1:00 pm     @ Grant Hall
Smith School of Business (Professional Programs)
•    Master of Business Administration  – Queen’s (QMBA)
•    Master of Business Administration – Accelerated (AMBA)

Ceremony 4:      Friday, May 24 at 4:00 pm     @ Grant Hall
Smith School of Business (Professional Programs)
•    Master of Finance (MFIN)
•    Master of International Business (MIB)
•    Master of Management Analytics (MMA)
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Ceremony 5:      Monday, June 3 at 10:00 am     @ Grant Hall
School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
•    Drama (DRAM)
•    Cultural Studies (CUST)
•    Film and Media (FILM)
•    Music (MUSC)
•    Music Theatre (MUTH)
•    Philosophy (PHIL)
•    Religious Studies (RELS)
•    Stage and Screen Studies (STSC)
•    Theology (all plans / subplans)

Ceremony 6:      Monday, June 3 at 2:30 pm    @ Grant Hall
School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
•    Anatomy and Cell Biology (ANAT)
•    Anatomical Sciences (AS)
•    Astrophysics (ASPH)
•    Computing (BMCO, COCA, COMP, COGS, COMA, CSCI, SODE)
•    Epidemiology (EPID)
•    Mathematical Physics (MAPH)
•    Medicine (MEDS)
•    Pathology (PATH)
•    Pediatrics (PAED)
•    Pharmacology and Toxicology (PHTO)
•    Physiology (PHGY)
•    Physics (PHYS)
•    Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy (PEPA)
•    Public Health Sciences (PHS)
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Ceremony 7:      Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00 am     @ Grant Hall
Engineering and Applied Science (Graduate programs only)
o    Chemical Engineering (CHEE)
o    Civil Engineering (CIVL)
o    Design and Manufacturing (DM)
o    Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECEN, ELEC)
o    Engineering Chemistry (ENCH)
o    Geological Engineering (GEOE)
o    Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
o    Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MEME)
o    Mining Engineering (MINE)
o    Community Relations for the Extractive Industries (GCCRE)   
Graduate and ArtSci Undergraduate programs
o    Environmental Studies (EBIO, ECHM, EGEO, EGPY, ELSC, ENSC, ENVS, ETOX)
o    Geography (GIMS, GISC, GPHY, GPPL)
o    Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering (GSGE)
o    Geology (GEOL)
o    Mathematics and Statistics (MAST, MATH, STAT)
o    Urban and Regional Planning (SURP)

Ceremony 8:      Tuesday, June 4 at 1:00 pm    @ Grant Hall
School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
•    Health Studies (HLTH)
•    Kinesiology and Health Studies (KHS, KINE)
•    Physical and Health Education (PHED)

Ceremony 9:      Tuesday, June 4 at 4:00 pm     @ Grant Hall
School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
•    Economics (APEC, ECON)
•    French Studies (FREN, FRLG)
•    Indigenous Studies (INDG)
•    Languages, Literatures and Cultures (GRMN, HISP, ITLN, LANG, LATN, LING, LLCU, SLAS)
•    Risk Policy and Regulation (DRPR)
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Ceremony 10:      Wednesday, June 5 at 10:00 am     @ Grant Hall
School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
•    Aging and Health (AGHE)
•    Classics (CLAS, CLST)
•    Occupational Therapy (OT)
•    Physical Therapy (PT)
•    Political Studies (POLS, PPEC)
•    Rehabilitation Science (RHBS)

Ceremony 11:      Wednesday, June 5 at 2:30 pm     @ Grant Hall
School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
•    Biology (BIOL, BIMA, BIPS)
•    Biomedical Informatics (MBI)
•    Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (BMS)
•    Biotechnology (BTEC)
•    Medical Sciences (MMSC)
•    Microbiology and Immunology (MIIM)
•    Neuroscience (NSCI)
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Ceremony 12:      Thursday, June 6 at 10:00 am     @ Grant Hall
School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
•    English Language and Literature (ENGL)
•    History (HIST)
•    Jewish Studies (JWST)
•    Liberal Studies (LIBS)
•    Medieval Studies (MDVL)

Ceremony 13:      Thursday, June 6 at 1:00 pm     @ Grant Hall
School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Law

Ceremony 14:      Thursday, June 6 at 4:00 pm     @ Grant Hall
Faculty of Education
•    Diploma in Education (DEd)
•    Bachelor of Education (BEd)
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Ceremony 15:      Tuesday, June 11 at 10:00 am     @ ARC Main Gym
School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
•    Biochemistry (BCHM)
•    Chemistry (CHEM)
•    Life Sciences (LISC)

Ceremony 16:      Tuesday, June 11 at 2:30 pm     @ ARC Main Gym
School of Graduate Studies, Smith School of Business (Commerce Program)
•    Management (MGMT)
•    Commerce (BCOM)
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Ceremony 17:      Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00 am     @ ARC Main Gym
School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
•    Art Conservation (ARTC)
•    Art History (ARTH)
•    Art Leadership (MAAL, AMGD)
•    Gender Studies (GNDS)
•    Global Development Studies (DEVS)
•    Fine Art (ARTF)
•    Psychology (PSYC)
•    Sociology (SOCY)
•    Visual Art (ARTV)

Ceremony 18:      Wednesday, June 12 at 2:30 pm @ ARC Main Gym
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (Undergraduate programs only)
o    Chemical Engineering (CHEE)
o    Civil Engineering (CIVL)
o    Electrical and Computer Engineering (CMPE, ECEN, ELEC)
o    Engineering Chemistry (ENCH)
o    Engineering Physics (ENPH)
o    Geological Engineering (GEOE, GENG)
o    Mathematics and Engineering (MTHE)
o    Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
o    Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MEME)
o    Mining Engineering (MINE)

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Springtime Events in Kingston: May & June 2019

Fun things to do in Kingston, Ontario in May and June!

Looking for something to do in Kingston in May or June? Here’s a list of upcoming one-time-only events we think you will enjoy. All submitted by our community!

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Every Thursday until June 13 – Art Hive: drop-in art & wellness class – 4pm-6pm at Agnes Etherington Art Centre – FREE

Thu. May 9 – Pottery Open House, Workshops, Drop-in & Spin – 4pm-8pm at Amaranth Stoneware (in west end) – FREE

Thu. May 9 – “What a Relief” print-making class – 6:30pm-8:45pm at Agnes Etherington Art Centre – $90/person, $75 AEAC members

Sat. May 11 – Melos Concert: Early Music and Dance from the Middle East to France with guests Alpharabius musical ensemble, traditional Egyptian dancer Nada El Masriya, and Baroque dancer Edgar Tumak – 7:30pm-9pm at the Isabel – $10-$25/person

Sun. May 12 – Afternoon Tea with Children’s & Youth Choirs in Concert – 3pm-5:15pm at St. George’s Cathedral – FREE

Mon. May 13 – Applied Anarchism: Unschooling, with Christine Renaud – 6:30pm-8pm at AKA Autonomous Social Centre – FREE

Mon. May 13 – Workshop: Flourishes for Hand-Lettering & Calligraphy – 6:30pm-8:30pm at Tett Centre – $15/person

Wed. May 15 – Yogi’s Table: An Evening of Yoga & Food – 5:30pm-9:30pm at Fête Events – $85/person

Thu. May 16 – ART MATTERS and Inuit Art Foundation Edit-A-Thon – 12:15pm-4pm at Agnes Etherington Art Centre – FREE

Thu. May 16 – Info Webinar: “Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies @ Queen’s” – 5pm-6pm online – FREE

Sat. May 25 – Restorative Yoga Spa – 1:30pm-3pm at Salti Yoga Kingston – $40/person

*almost sold out – Sat. May 25 – Cantabile Choirs: Sky Full of Stars with Montreal’s a cappella male quartet Quartom – 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts – $20-$22/person

Sun. May 26 – Workshop: “The Album of Your Life: Visioning Collage and Collaborative Songwriting with Krista Muir”– 1:30pm-4pm at Agnes Etherington Art Centre – $10/person

Mon. May 27 – Bullet Journaling Workshop – 6:30pm-8:30pm at Tett Centre – $25/person

Fri. May 31 – Nancy Blum “Flora and Fauna: Public Art in Public Places” – 7pm-9pm at Agnes Etherington Art Centre – FREE

Fri. May 31 – “Astonishment & Wonder” An Evening of Close Up Magic with David Johnson – 7:30pm-9pm at Donald Gordon Centre’s coach house – $20-$25/person

June 2019

Sun. June 2 – Beat Beethoven Run – 4K, 8K or 1K kids run – 9:45am-1pm at Confederation Park/City Hall – $35-$95/person

Thu. June 6 – Summer Concert Series ft. SHHH!! Ensemble (Ottawa) with percussion & piano – 12:15pm-12:50pm at St. George’s Cathedral – FREE

Thu. June 6 – Rendering Fabric: Form and Flow” – 6:30pm-8:45pm at Agnes Etherington Art Centre – $90/person

Fri. June 7 June Choirs Festival ft. Libertas Male Choir (Toronto) with the “Groot Mannenkoor Nederland” (the Netherlands) totalling 120 singers – 8pm-10pm at St. George’s Cathedral – $20-$25/person

Fri. June 7 An Evening of Magic with David Johnson (18+) – 9pm-10pm at Donald Gordon Centre’s coach house – $20-$25/person

Sun. June 9 – Art Workshop: “The Politics and Poetics of Animated Collage with Emily Pelstring” – 1:30pm-4pm at Agnes Etherington Art Centre – $10/person

Mon. June 10 – June Choirs Festival ft. Didgori Ensemble (Georgian folk & chant music) – 12:15pm-12:50pm at St. George’s Cathedral – FREE

Wed. June 12 & Thu. June 13 – June Choirs Festival ft. St. Martin’s Boy’s Choir visiting from Biberach, Germany – 7:30pm-9:30pm at St. George’s Cathedral – $20/person

Thu. June 13 – Summer Concert Series ft. Peletsis-Dardykina Piano Duo (Montreal) “The Northern Lights: Music From the North” – 12:15pm-12:50pm at St. George’s Cathedral – FREE

Thu. June 13 – Artist Talk, Tour and Performance ft. Emily Pelstring – 7pm-8:30pm at Agnes Etherington Art Centre – FREE

Sat. June 15 – Kingston Pride Parade & Community Fair – 10:30am-5pm at Confederation Park – FREE

Mon. June 17 – Applied Anarchy: Responding to Climate Change – 6:30pm-8pm at AKA Autonomous Social Centre – FREE

Thu. June 20 – Art Gallery Guided Tour: “Let’s Talk About Sex, bb” – 12:15pm-1pm at Agnes Etherington Art Centre – FREE

Thu. June 20 – Summer Concert Series ft. organist Tom Fitches (Toronto) – 12:15pm-12:50pm at St. George’s Cathedral – FREE

Sat. June 22 – June Choirs Festival ft. Stratford Concert Choir (Stratford, Ontario) – 7:30pm at St. George’s Cathedral – $20-$25/person

Thu. June 27 – Late-19th, early 20th century Spanish guitar music – 12:15pm-12:50pm at St. George’s Cathedral – FREE

July 2019

Mon. July 15 – Applied Anarchy: Populism, Politicians, and Popular Power – 6:30pm-8pm at AKA Autonomous Social Centre – FREE

Thu. July 18 – Art Gallery Guided Tour: “Stepping Out: Clothes for a Gallery Goer” – 12:15pm-1pm at Agnes Etherington Art Centre – FREE

What’s next?

Open Mic Nights in Kingston

Here’s a list of some of the many places you can go in Kingston to test out new music, poetry, etc. in front of a live audience.

There are many places you can go in Kingston to test out new music or spoken word in front of a live audience.

Here’s a list of weekly Open Mic Nights in Kingston:

  • Musiikki Cafe – every Tuesday at 8pm-11pm – sign-up sheet is posted on Facebook each week
  • Rose & Crown every Wednesday at 8:30pm – hosted by Tom Savage
  • “and the journey continues” monthly open mic reading series – the first Tuesday of every month – hosted by Bruce Kauffman
  • The Royal Jam – every Thursday from 9pm to midnight – hosted by Gary Lavallee, Mark Taras, Mike Pacey & Rene Vermette

Unconfirmed Venues that occasionally hold open mic nights

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”

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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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!