Where to Shop in Downtown Kingston for Everyone on your List!

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, the epitome of Christmas shopping is buying something unique for everyone on your list! Bonus: cross off everyone on your list, while exploring these locally-owned stores downtown!

The epitome of Christmas shopping (and birthday shopping) is buying something unique for everyone on your list! It’s extra special when you can finish your shopping without even leaving downtown Kingston! We’d like to help you shop locally this year, so here’s some of our favourite places to shop, listed with gift suggestions:

How to Take Care of Your Mental Health in Week 1 at Queen’s

We often take it for granted that our mental health is in flux all year long. If you’re feeling a bit down or unlike yourself, you’re not alone. Here are some mental health resources that you can access on-campus and online this week at Queen’s. Take care of each other.

Wasn’t it summer vacation a second ago? School’s officially back in, and with it comes some hurdles. First years, you’ll have your first ever university classes this week. Adjusting to university life and newfound independence can be tricky, and on-top of that you’ve got to find all your classrooms, buy/borrow textbooks, build on friendships, bond with your roommates, and learn how to take notes in 700-person lecture halls.

Upper year students likely know from experience that midterms season (aka October-November) is usually the prime time to be on the lookout for symptoms of mental illness in ourselves and our peers. However, we often take it for granted that our mental health is in flux all year long. If you’re feeling a bit down or unlike yourself, you’re not alone.

Here are some mental health resources that you and your friends can access on-campus and online this week at Queen’s. Take care of each other.

Tuesday, Sept. 12

8am-4pm¬†Kingston Public Market – Don’t have any fresh food in the house? Why not go for a walk (or take the bus) down to Springer Market Square, meet some farmers and buy fresh produce. Fresh air, fall colours, and a brisk walk are wonderful for boosting your mood. Plus the Wolfe Island Bakery makes the most amazing cinnamon buns, so you can treat yo’self for taking a step in the right direction.

3pm¬†FREE: Yoga for Every Body – As you may know, it’s fitness free-for-all week at the ARC, and this class is designed to help every body feel comfortable practicing yoga. If the line-up is too long, or you don’t make it to the class on time, try instead to make it to a yoga class at one of the ~12+ yoga studios downtown between classes this week.

5:30-7pm¬†Mood Disorders Peer Support Group for Millennials – This is a free, confidential peer-led group for those looking for support in dealing with their own Depression, Anxiety or Bipolar Disorder. No registration is required. Talking to other people who have similar experiences can be a great way to build your own resolve and lean on others for support. It’s about a 15 minute walk from west campus, or you can take the #1, 2, 18 or 20 to get there from main.

Reminder: Now’s a good time to sign-up for a SASS workshop.¬†Why?¬†They’re free, usually 50 minutes long, easy to fit in between classes, and centrally located at Stauffer library. As upper years, we appreciate checking in with the Learning Strategies office now and again to make sure we’re not falling behind (they’re really friendly in there). Going to a free workshop can reinforce what you’re doing right, plus teach you new strategies for what you could be doing better. Topics include: “Best Practices for Note taking in Lectures,” “How to Build your Weekly Schedule,” “Unpacking your Reading,” “How to Write your First University Essay,” or “Balance School and Life: Time Management Skills 1.0″

Wednesday, Sept. 13

6:15am FREE: Sunrise Cycle¬†– Having a hard time setting your sleep schedule up right? If you’ve started to reverse-cycle (sleep all day, stay up all night), it can be really difficult to get back-on-track. This fitness class (part of free-for-all week) might help. If you’re still “nocturnal” by week two of classes, we recommend visiting the Student Wellness Centre to have a check-up. Bonus:¬†Why not give them a call while you’re reading this to see if you can get an appointment? They’re open 8:30am-4:30pm at¬†(613) 533-2506, with¬†family physicians, psychiatrists, registered nurses and support staff.¬†

10am-4pm The Farmers‚Äô Market at Queen‚Äôs – Yesterday, you went to the farmers. Today they’re coming to you. Fresh groceries from farm-to-table, plus a great way to eat a healthy lunch on-campus that hasn’t been deep fried.

12pm-12:30pm FREE Lunchtime Meditation¬†– One of our favourite best-kept secrets on-campus. Beside Ban Righ Hall there’s a little house called Ban Righ Centre, and in the basement, you can join¬†Dr Jacqueline Davies for a guided meditation, Wednesdays at lunch time, from 12pm-12:30pm. It’s open to everyone, but we suggest arriving early because seating is limited.

~12:30pm-1:45pm FREE: Pilates on the Ball¬†– This free Pilates class in the ARC merges the principals of the Pilates method with the unique functions of the¬†stability ball.¬†Adding this unstable base of support will help increase your core strength, balance, stability, tone your muscles, and heighten your mind/body awareness.¬† Pilates on the ball builds strong bodies and minds. Bonus:¬†The ARC’s changing rooms have the. best. showers. ever. Say hello to hot water that doesn’t run out and pressure that feels like a back massage.

5:30pm Arts & Science Internship Info Session¬†– Not loving your program so much, upper years? Just starting out in first or second and want to get more real-world experience? We feel you. Head to this info session to see what else is out there in your chosen career – and maybe even get something to look forward to. While other schools may have co-op, at Queen’s you can do a 12-month or 16-month internship *and get paid* in the middle of your degree!¬†This info session is primarily intended for students in Arts & Science, but all undergraduate students are welcome to attend. (P.S. If you have night class, you can leave early).

Reminder: Registration for Queen’s Intramurals opens¬†on Thursday morning 9AM, so visit our “How to Sign-up for Intramurals” page and get the step-by-step. Why? 2-3 hours of physical activity to look forward to every week in a social and fun atmosphere = endorphins that your body will need when it starts getting dark at 5pm. You can sign-up as an individual, or with a friend for a variety of sports, including dodgeball, basketball, volleyball and innertube waterpolo (which just sounds awesome, doesn’t it?)

Thursday, Sept. 14:

3pm-11pm Kingston Fall Fair – carnies, cotton candy, rides, and distractions from real life for a few hours could be exactly what the doctor ordered right about now. Costs about $10 to get in, and it’s up by the Memorial Centre, meaning you’ll get some fresh air if you walk (“went outside today” – check). If you’re one of those lucky humans who have a 3-hour lab on Friday mornings, then Friday night might be a better time to go – it runs daily until Sunday. Bonus:¬†suggest it to your housemates/tutorial/floor and see if anybody else wants to be a kid again = social bonding = you’re not alone.

5pm-8pm¬†Fall Season Launch at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre¬†– art. The art scene in Kingston is remarkable, and the people are very interesting too. The Agnes is right across from Ban Righ, so why not get in on some free light refreshments? You’ll get to see the new exhibits before anybody else! Bonus:¬†admission is always free, and they’re open 6 days a week, so if you need to find a new happy place of solitude on-campus, now’s the time to scout out the galleries of the Agnes.

5pm-7pm¬†Men and Depression (support group)¬†–¬†This group meets at the Canadian Mental Health Association Kingston Branch, about a 20-minute bus ride (#2) or a ~$12 cab ride from Queen‚Äôs campus. It’s a safe space to talk to your peers and a professional counsellor about the darkness within.

7:30pm Men‚Äôs Lacrosse: Queen‚Äôs vs Trent¬†– grab a blanket, a fuzzy sweater, and something tricolour, then head over to Tindall Field behind Vic Hall to cheer on our men’s lacrosse team in their outdoor home game against Trent U. It’s in the heart of campus, it’s free, and you’ll get to watch the sun setting over campus. Bonus:¬†you can check “go to a Gaels home game” and “go outside today” off your to-do list and get a rush of dopamine for free!

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

A note on “getting involved”
Did you miss the Tricolour Open House on Tuesday? Not to worry – we’ve collected a list of “deadlines” for committees that are looking for new members – some applications are due this weekend, others next week. It’s also okay to not get involved in a ton of things in the fall semester. Take your time to settle in. First years – transitioning from high school to university is a big deal, so try to be patient with yourself and seek guidance and support if you’re falling behind. Don’t feel bad about it – there will always, always¬†be more opportunities to get involved when you have the time for it.

PRO TIP: If there are clubs that you’re interested in, but haven’t had the chance to apply yet or don’t think you can handle another commitment, why not ask them when their first event is… and then go to it! Attending their events is exactly what clubs want! You’ll meet the same great people, delve deeper into your interests, and all the while have a bit more of a school-life balance.

Other Resources

Good2Talk 24/7 Р1-866-925-5454 РFor stresses big and small. Free, professional and confidential counselling support for students in Ontario.

AMS Peer Support Centre Р(613) 533-6000 x 75111 and in the JDUC open 10am-10pm, 7 days a week РNo issue is too big, too small, or too diverse. Students can drop-in for support or call-in for questions during those hours. Located in room 34 & 26 in the JDUC, (facing the Printing & Copy Centre, turn right and walk to the very end of the hallway).

AMHS-KFLA 24/7 crisis line – 613-544-4229 – if you are in distress, or know someone who is, give this number a call for free, confidential support delivered in a respectful, non-judgmental manner by a multidisciplinary team of mental health and addiction specialists.



This new blog series aims to give advice and tips about resources you can access on-campus at anytime to help improve your mood, get help, and find treatments that work for you. This post is dedicated to T.S. who was having a hard time this week – you’ve got this! If you have any questions, please contact queensevents@live.ca

Grand Theatre Tickets on-sale this Monday!

All Tickets go on sale Noon on Mon. Aug. 21, 2017 at Noon!

Bruce Cockburn –¬†Graham Nash¬†–¬†Gordon Lightfoot –¬†The Nutcracker¬†–
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo¬†–¬†Gord Bamford –¬†Louie Anderson¬†–¬†Tom Cochran –
Pinocchio –¬†Rosanne Cash¬†–¬†Just for Laughs¬†and many more!

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Presented by The City of Kingston, the Grand OnStage season is a curated selection of performances.

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Join a Recreation Club at Queen’s

Do you love archery, martial arts, gymnastics, skiing/snowboarding, or climbing? At Queen’s, there a recreational club for each of those activities, and many more! Meet other people who share similar interests, or try something completely new – many clubs are open to beginners!

Do you love archery, martial arts, gymnastics, skiing/snowboarding, or climbing? At Queen’s, there’s a recreational club for each of those activities, and many more!

Meet other people who share your interests, or try something completely new – many clubs are open to beginners!

We’ve taken this list of recreational clubs direct from the Queen’s Athletics & Recreation website to make it more accessible to all Queen’s students. We’ve also added links to more info about each club!

Email the clubs you’re interested in to ask them about dates for tryouts, registration, or trial sessions.

  • aims to bring together and provide a space for those interested in archery
  • open to beginners and experienced archers.
  • provided with instruction and training in archery techniques
  • provided with equipment necessary for the sport. Participants can also use own equipment.
  • Club Email:¬†archery_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • caters to players of all levels from first-timers to provincial/national level players.
  • Shuttles are supplied
  • limited number of racquets available to borrow.
  • meets 2x a week and 2 two annual tournaments
  • Badminton Team Challenge – players form teams of 10 (5 male/5 female) and compete with other teams within the club!
  • Club Email:¬†badminton_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • seeks to introduce people to this style of martial art, focused on grappling and ground work.
  • It can be done in either the traditional martial arts uniform (gi) or in regular gym clothes.
  • be introduced to a means of discipline, self-fulfillment, determination, and self-overcoming through this martial art.
  • goal is to increase overall fitness while helping each person develop individual sets of skills.
  • Club Email:¬†brazilian_jiu_jitsu_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • teaches breakdancing and locking dance to anyone interested in learning.
  • People of all skill levels welcome.
  • Also focuses on spreading/educating Hip-hop culture to the community.
  • The performance crew (named KinetiQ Crew), partake in events both at Queen’s and in the community.
  • Club Email:¬†breakdance_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • regular clinics for all levels – beginner to advanced.
  • learn how to climb different kinds of terrain (indoor, and outdoor on actual rock and ice).
  • Outdoor trips are run most weekends with equipment provided for members.
  • Members can also borrow harnesses for free, and receive discounted admission to the Boiler Room climbing gym.
  • Club Email:¬†climbing_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • consists of approximately 15 previously trained dancers the opportunities to perform at Queen’s events such as Basketball games.
  • They also compete alongside other Ontario universities in dance competitions.
  • Past technical training is required.
  • Auditions are held in September.
  • Club Email:¬†dance_team@gogaelsgo.com
  • offers English hunter-seat equitation lessons for all levels of riders – from beginner through advanced.
  • Each semester the club offers a new session or riding opportunities and lessons.
  • Each session includes 8 lessons offered 1x week for 1 hour.
  • Members also invited to ride competitively.
  • Facebook
  • Club E-mail:¬†equestrian_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • provides ice time for figure skaters – students and Kingston Community to help offset club operating costs.
  • working towards being a SkateCanada sanctioned club.
  • Club Email:¬†figureskating_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • teaches students a wide variety of hip-hop styles with music and movement inspirations from across Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
  • offers classes with unique choreography, taught to accommodate dancers of all levels and experience with 2 recitals each year.
  • focus on the personal growth of students.
  • offers freestyle sessions to encourage students to encourage expression through dance in their own style.
  • Website:¬†www.flowdanceclub.com
  • Club Email:¬†flow_dance_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • teaches the old military martial art from the Koguryo Kingdom of Ancient Korea.
  • focuses on the sword and open handed techniques of this martial art.
  • With focus on meditation, breathing and strength training, Haidong Gumdo can be used for basic fitness enhancement as well as self-defence.
  • Club Email:¬†haidong_gumdo_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • goal is for participants to achieve a higher fitness level while gaining valuable self-defence skills.
  • Training is tailored to the individual ability of participants in a friendly atmosphere.
  • Participants will see improvements in endurance, strength, flexibility and speed as training progresses.
  • trains Wednesday nights from 7-9PM and Friday nights from 7-9PM.
  • Club Email:¬†jiu_jitsu_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • gives all Queen’s students a chance to explore the ever growing sport of lifeguarding.
  • build confidence in your skills , or compete
  • must already be NLS certified
  • Club Email:¬†lifeguard_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • one of the largest and most diverse clubs on campus.
  • Membership gives access to our rental gear – we have (almost) everything you’ll need for a trip!
  • overnight and day-trip activities include: fall and winter camping, canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snow shoeing, cycling, skating, tobogganing – the list is endless!
  • also run whitewater kayak pool sessions.
  • Open to all skill levels.
  • Website: www.qoutdoors.ca
  • Club Email:¬†outdoors_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • Auditions are over for 2017-2018.
  • a competitive dance team that performs at a events on and off campus as well as competes at Cheer competitions in the Pom Dance division yearly.
  • enthusiastic, confident, and spirited students who promote healthy and active living and school spirit!
  • Club Email:¬†queenspom@gogaelsgo.com
  • caters to both beginner & intermediate runners who want to increase their distance, improve their time, and/or simply find some running buddies.
  • Club members can attend any or all of the scheduled group runs and work towards a goal race at the end of each term.
  • Club Email:¬†run_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • offers members three trips each academic year to ski the hills in Quebec and Vermont.
  • Regardless of skill level, this club offers wonderful weekend opportunities to get away and enjoy the slopes with your friends.
  • Trips include transportation, accommodation, and full weekend lift tickets.
  • Club Email:¬†ski_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • Facebook Group:¬†www.facebook.com/groups/203875163018092/
  • offers an opportunity for squash enthusiasts of all skill and ability levels to participate in ongoing squash ladder tournaments, special events, block bookings and social functions.
  • If you are looking for people to play with, then this club is for you.
  • Equipment available to members.
  • Club Email:¬†squash_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • practices traditional Kang Duk Won style of this Korean Martial Art.
  • Members learn self discipline, self-defence, sparring, meditation and philosophy as well as enjoy physical fitness.
  • All are pursued at the members’ pace.
  • Website:¬†www.queenstkd.ca
  • Club Email:¬†taekwondo_club@gogaelsgo.com
  • offers students and faculty members a number of yoga classes throughout the Fall and Winter semesters.
  • Our classes are held on campus and in studios downtown, and include bikram, hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga, and more.
  • Please note that once you register you will need to pick up a membership card before attending classes.
  • Information on card pickup can be found at¬†queensyogaclub.com/registration
  • For attendance purposes, members will not be able to participate¬†in any class without their membership card.
  • Website:¬†www.queensyogaclub.com
  • Club Email:¬†yoga_club@gogaelsgo.com

Sunday Mornings in Kingston

Every Sunday, lululemon athletica hosts a complimentary yoga¬†class from 9:30am-10:30am. It’s known locally as SMY, for Sunday Morning Yoga. In the summer, it takes place outside in Battery Park along the Lake Ontario waterfront. As it gets cooler, the class moves indoors. It’s free to attend – so bring your own yoga mat.

Every Sunday, lululemon athletica hosts a complimentary #yoga¬†class from 9:30am-10:30am on the waterfront in Battery Park – follow Earl Street to the water, just past Ontario Street. It’s known locally as SMY, for Sunday Morning Yoga.

The class takes place year-round, rain or shine, and is open to all, including beginners.

In case of rain and in winter, class is held in the lululemon store (270 Princess Street, #KingstonOntario). The teacher changes every week, featuring the teaching styles of different yoga practitioners from across the city.

Music in the Park

Starting in mid-June, discover FREE weekly concerts of many genres performed by Kingston’s talented musicians!

Music in the Park is comprised of many different music series throughout downtown Kingston!

  • MUSIC IN THE PARK – LUNCHTIME SERIES: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 12:30pm ‚Äď 1:30pm @ Confederation Park
  • DOWNTOWN COUNTRY MUSIC IN THE PARK: Thursdays 7 pm -8 pm @ Confederation Park
  • BIG BAND FRIDAY:¬†Fridays 7 pm ‚Äď8 pm @ Market Square Court Yard
  • SILLY SOUNDS ON SYDENHAM – ENTERTAINMENT FOR KIDS: Saturdays 10 am – 11 am @ Princess St. & Sydenham St. (not Sydenham Rd.) outside Balzac’s.
  • SOUNDS ON SYDENHAM: Saturdays 1:30pm-2:30pm @ Princess St. & Sydenham St. (not Sydenham Rd.) outside Balzac’s.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre: Free Thursday Tours 2015

Free guided tours of three fabulous exhibitions at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Tours begin at 12:15 pm. Tours Focus on New Views of Female Identity.

Weekly Summer Tours Focus on New Views of Female Identity

Free Tours begin at 12:15 pm. 

Looking for a mid-day activity sure to inspire your creativity? Visit Queen’s campus and go¬†for an informative 45-minute guided tour of three fabulous new exhibitions at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.


Thursdays in June, July and August.


  • June 25 at 12:15PM
  • July 2 at 12:15PM
  • July 9 at 12:15PM
  • July 16 at 12:15PM
  • July 23 at 12:15PM



  • ¬†July 30 at 12:15PM
  • August 6 at 12:15PM
  • August 13 at 12:15PM
  • August 20 at 12:15PM
  • August 27 at 12:15PM



  • September 3 at 12:15PM
  • September 10 at 12:15PM

Third-Thursday tours of new shows will resume on 17 September. Click here for more information.