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:
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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!

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.

Kingston FebFest 2019!

A flurry of fantastic winter fun – and this year, it’s a WHOLE MONTH LONG! Each weekend will feature one of the larger signature events that you’ve come to expect and love from Feb Fest in the past …plus lots of new and exciting additions!

FEB FEST FEATURES A FLURRY OF FANTASTIC WINTER FUN!

Enjoy all that FebFest has to offer – public skating, horse-drawn wagon rides, fire pits, Beavertails, comfy chairs and more!

All month long!

Skating is free at Springer Market Square. Public restrooms, a warming/change area and small lockers for personal items and shoes *(bring your own lock) are available in the lower level of City Hall. An accessibility ramp is available at the North entrance off Brock Street.

Skate Rentals

The City of Kingston operates a skate rental service at Springer Market Square, open on select dates and times. Cash only. Tax included. Exact change is appreciated. Sizes available: Children’s size 10 to men’s size 12 in hockey and figure skates are available

  • Children (12 and under) – $2.50
  • Youth (13 to 24) and Seniors (65+) – $3.75
  • Adults (18+) – $4.75
  • Group rate (maximum of 5) – $10.00

City Hall Skate rental hours:

  • Thursday, Feb. 14 open 6pm-10pm
  • Friday, Feb. 15 open 7:30pm-10pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 16 open 7:30pm-10pm
  • Sunday, Feb. 17 open 9:30am-1pm
  • Monday, Feb. 18 open 11am-2pm
  • — Friday, Feb. 22 open 5:30pm-9pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 23 open 5:30pm-9pm
  • Sunday, Feb. 24 open 9:30am-1pm

You can also rent skates, snowshoes or cross-country skis from local outdoors store Trailhead, located at 262 Princess Street (near the Grand Theatre). Tel: 613-546-4757 | E-Mail:info@trailheadkingston.ca

  • Skate Rentals: $10 (3 hours) or $12 (overnight/up to 24 hours)
  • Snowshoe Rentals: $15/Day or $30/Weekend
  • Credit cards are required for all rentals.
  • Open M-W: 9:30am to 6pm, T-F: 9:30am to 7pm
    Saturday: 9:30am to 6pm
    Sunday: 11:00pm to 5pm

FebFest Activities Calendar

Weekend 4 (Februay 21 – 28) will feature other winter activities such as ringette, and back again this year is a full month of Toast to Tapas – get your passport at the beginning of the month at participating restaurants and enjoy local tapas and local beverages all month long!

Saturday, Feb. 23

10am – 9pm
BEAVERTAILS @ Springer Market Square
11am – 2pmFREE Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Take a wagon ride through Downtown!  Drop off and pick up in front of Bank of Montreal (beside Springer Market Square).
3pm – 6pmToast to Tapas: BACON theme
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!
6pm – 10pmDJ Skate Night: Let your skates be your dancing shoes with a Live DJ rinkside!
Springer Market Square

Sunday, Feb. 24

10am – 11amLearn to Skate
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
Springer Market Square
10am -3pm
BEAVERTAILS @ Springer Market Square *last chance*
1pm – 2:30pmFREE 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 starting at 1pm, and participants can practice from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Kingston Ringette Association will provide the sticks and rings! Register in advance here!
Springer Market Square
3pm – 6pmToast to Tapas: BACON theme
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!

Tuesday, Feb. 26

3pm – 6pmToast to Tapas: BACON theme
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!
6pm – 9pmTuesday Theme Skates 
Dress as your favourite Fictional Character!
Springer Market Square

Thursday, Feb. 28

All DayPublic skating @ Springer Market Square
3pm – 6pmToast to Tapas: BACON theme
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!
7pmVogue Charity Fashion Show
The Grand Theatre
Tickets on sale now

Click here for more information about FebFest!

Looking for more events in Kingston? Check out the QE Calendar on our homepage – QueensEvents.ca!

Outdoor Skating Rinks & Where to Rent Skates in Kingston

Check out this list of Kingston’s best outdoor rinks before you throw on your skates and head outside to enjoy the winter!

Do you love the outdoors? So do we! Skating in Springer Market Square is a classic winter tradition! Did you know that the city has 14 other skating rinks? Four of them are within walking distance of Queen’s campus!

Grab your skates and head outside to enjoy winter!

Continue reading “Outdoor Skating Rinks & Where to Rent Skates in Kingston”

Frost Week Events @ Queen’s University

Why not make your 2019 resolution to go to 1 event per week? We can help.

Welcome back, Queen’s! We’re so excited to kick off 2019 with you!

Our goal is to promote all upcoming events across all faculties, all years & all clubs. We want to make it easy for you to discover interesting guest speakers, film screenings, concerts, conferences, fundraisers, dances, cultural activities… and so much more!

Highlights of Week 1 Events

Arts

Swing Dance Lesson – perfect for those who have never swing-danced before, but want to give it a try! No partner or experience is required. Free and open to all Queen’s students! Monday at 7:30pm in JDUC.

“and the journey continues” – monthly open mic poetry reading series. Tuesday at 6:30pm at The Elm Cafe (off-campus).

Sewing Workshop: Reversible Infinity Scarf – This is a beginner friendly project and basic sewing machine knowledge is suggested.  All supplies provided. Cost: $45. Tuesday at 6pm at Open Studios Kingston (off-campus).

Sewing Workshop: Handmade Wardrobe – This is a beginner sewing class, where you can make Pajama Pants/Shorts! Basic sewing machine knowledge required. Tuesday at 6pm at Knit Stitch Sew (off-campus).

Sewing Workshop: Sewing Machine Basics – Learn how to sew a drawstring bag in this 2-hour class! All supplies provided. Cost: $45. Thursday at 6pm at Knit Stitch Sew (off-campus).

Sign-up for Queen’s Dance Club lessons for winter semester!

Queen’s Dance Club winter registration – sign-up for a ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop & other student-run on-campus dance classes in the ARC! Don’t wait – limited spaces available. Wednesday at 11am & Thursday at 11am in ARC.

Hustle Dance Workshop – Hustle is a partner dance much like swing and salsa, but born from disco music in 1970s America. Come solo or as a pair! Tuesday at 8pm in JDUC.

Sign-up to audition for Shakespeare’s Othello by Queen’s Vagabond!

Auditions for Othello – Queen’s Vagabond is seeking actors of all genders, shapes, sizes and backgrounds for its winter production. For the title role, the company is seeking an actor of colour. Wednesday through Saturday at 5pm-8pm, location TBD.

Upholstery 101 – Why not learn how to re-do that chair or footstool yourself? Saturday at 1pm at 106 Pine St. (off-campus).

Inside (the) Agnes – Insider art talks, musical performances and tea in the historic Etherington House – this month featuring celebrated composer and pianist John Burge. Free & open to the public. Sunday at 2pm at Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Kingston Symphony this Sunday ft. Schumann & Beethoven!

Kingston Symphony: Schumann & Beethoven – Vast, sweeping, significant works dominate this concert lineup. Don’t wait! This show will sell out quickly. Cost: $15-$50. Sunday at 2:30pm at The Isabel.

Academics

Life Lessons from a Nature Photographer – Kyle Blaney will inspire the audience with stories and photos from wilderness adventures across North America. Monday at 7:15pm at Dunning Hall.

“From B to A: How to Improve Your Grades This Year” – free 50-minute workshop to start the year off strong! Wednesday at 1:30pm at Stauffer Library seminar room 121.

Medical School/CARMS Interview Prep Workshop – The Muslim Medical Association of Queen’s will be hosting workshops to help students prepare. Wednesday at 6pm at New Medical Building.

Policy Talks: Kasia Bruski on what Canada can learn from the NHS – free lecture open to all students, staff, faculty and the public. Thursday at 12pm at Robert Sutherland Hall room 202.

Queen’s University Arts Leadership Reception – Meet and chat with art industry professionals and representatives from the Queen’s University Dan School of Drama and Music. Free event. Wednesday at 5pm at The Isabel.

“Reading Faster, Reading Better” workshop – Learn how to approach your course readings strategically and efficiently. Thursday at 1:30pm at Stauffer Library room 121.

“Build your Weekly Schedule” drop-in – Get organized! Peer Learning Assistants can help you plan a weekly schedule this semester. Thursday at 12pm-4pm at Vic Hall lobby.

“Taking Better Notes” workshop – Free 50-minute workshop to help you pay attention to the most important parts of the lecture and your readings, organize your information in an effective way, and revise for exams. Friday at 1:30pm at Stauffer Library room 121.

Observatory Open House – Come and experience the wonders of our Universe from the smallest planets to the largest galaxies! Free event, open to the public. Saturday at 7:30pm at Ellis Hall auditorium.

An opportunity to meet startups & tech clubs at Queen’s – this Sunday!

Queen’s Technology Exhibition – Join QWeb, Merlin Neurotech, QMind, QSort, QBit, Network Security, and QUANTT to get the first look at the future of innovation and technology at Queen’s University! Free food! Sunday at 9:30am-5:30pm in Mitchell Hall.

Wellness

New Year Yoga at the Tett – Infuse the new year with a positive mindset! Join Becca Snowdon for an evening of intention setting and yoga, surrounded by breathtaking winter Lake Ontario views. Cost: $10-$13. Tuesday 6:30pm at Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning.

4-week New Year Yoga Flow with Lily Barr – In this class we will work to gently challenge our bodies with movement and breath. Cost: $60 for 4 weeks. Tuesday at 7:30pm at Painted Lady Fitness (off-campus).

The Art of Yoga – Offering intentionally and compassionately curated yoga, through thoughtful instruction. Take the time to connect with your body, inspire the mind, and nourish the soul. Cost: $17. Wednesday 10am at SimplyWell (off-campus).

Four Directions Beading Circle – Led by Karen Lawford from the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s. Free & open to all students.
Wednesday 11am at 146 Barrie St.

Four Directions Hand-Drumming Circle – All skill levels welcome! If you are able, please bring your drum. Free & open to all students. Thursday 3:30pm at 146 Barrie St.

Doc Screening: “Redefining Sanity through Struggle” – This doc discusses mental unwellness and the fundamentally social and interconnected nature of people. Thursday 7pm at 80 Queen St. (off-campus).

QUIC Workshop “Learning to Love Winter” – the International Student Advisor will provide Canadian winter climate tips for success, wellness, clothing and more. Newly arrived international students are encouraged to participate. Thursday 3:30pm in Mitchell Hall (2nd floor).

Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – Kingston’s only year-round farmers’ market — where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat! Hot foods, live music & arts activities weekly. Sunday 10am-2pm at Kingston Memorial Centre (off-campus).

Socials

Harry Potter-themed Dinner (19+) – Cost: $40, which includes 3 courses & 3 drinks. Tuesday 7pm at Tir Nan Og (off-campus).

5 à 7 Franco / French Connection (AA+) – Meet other French speakers meet in a friendly atmosphere. Hosted by Centre Culturel Frontenac. Thursday 5pm-7pm at Tango Nuevo (off-campus).

Unit 115 Art Exhibition Reception – an exhibition in the Kingston Arts Council’s gallery in the Tett Centre, highlighting new works by Kelly Addison Art. Free beverages. Thursday at 6pm at Tett Centre.

Ice Cold Comedy Festival (19+) – Top headliners from all over the world perform over 4 nights! Passes are $20. Wednesday through Saturday, various times, at Don Cherry’s and BLU Martini (off-campus).

Pop Punk Pizza Party (19+) – Black your eyes, grab your Hot Topic band tee and come marching down to Barcadia! Thursday 9pm at Barcadia (off-campus).

Frost Week Ritual (19+) – Clark Hall Pub’s classic Friday afternoon social is back! Open to all students, not just engineers, but must be 19+ and show Queen’s ID (not open to the public). Friday 12pm-6pm at Clark Hall Pub.

SGPS International Grad Student Social – Meet new people and discover the new QUIC space! Free food and karaoke machine. Friday 5:30pm at Mitchell Hall (2nd floor).

SGPS Greetings at the Grizz – Grad Students – play some free pool and meet some new people! All skill levels encouraged. Thursday 7:30pm at The Grizzly Grill (off-campus).

Gaels Basketball vs. Ryerson – Back-to-back Women’s and Men’s home games in the ARC this Friday night! Tickets are FREE with your Queen’s student ID, or $8 online, $10 at the door. Friday 6pm & 8pm at ARC.

Shoot for the Cure – Raising funds and awareness for breast cancer initiatives with the Queen’s Gaels Men’s and Women’s Basketball vs. Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday night! Saturday 6pm & 8pm at ARC.

Blades of Glory shinny tournament – Raising money for local children with exceptionalities, to help them take weekly cooking classes and learn essential life skills. Saturday 12pm at Victoria Park (off-campus).

Repair Cafe Kingston Toss it? No way! Bring your broken items and we will work with you to fix them on the spot with the help of our fixers. Sunday 2pm at 206 Concession St. (off-campus).

OHL Hockey: North Bay vs. Kingston – Cheer on your Kingston Frontenacs as they take on the best hockey teams in Ontario this season! Cost: $20-$30. Sunday 6pm at Leon’s Centre (off-campus).

Here’s how to be the first to hear about new events:

  1. Follow QueensEvents on Facebook – our Facebook Events list is the most up-to-date!
  2. Subscribe to the QueensEvents calendar – click on the pink button at the bottom of the calendar & new events will sync automagically with your Apple, Google or Outlook calendar!
  3. Follow QueensEvents on Instagram – for the chance to win prizes like Queen’s merch and tickets!

How & Where to Ask for Help at Queen’s University

Here are some free resources that you can access on-campus and in the community, to start feeling like yourself again. 

It’s week 4, and we’re all getting a bit frazzled. Some, more than others. Your parents and professors might tell you that university is “hard” but when it’s all-consuming and disrupting your sleep, eating habits, socializing, and ability to function… it’s time to ask for help.

Here are some free resources that you can access on-campus and in the community, to start feeling like yourself again.

If you want to talk to someone

AMS Peer Support Centre – open 10am-10pm, 7 days a week. (613) 533-6000 x 75111

  • Students can drop-in for support or call-in for questions during those hours.
  • safe, non-judgmental, and confidential environment for students to speak about personal or academic issues with empathetic volunteers.
  • help students find and use the excellent resources available on campus and in the Kingston community. 
  • located in room 34 & 26 in the JDUC, (facing the Printing & Copy Centre, turn right and walk to the very end of the hallway), and we can be reached by phone
  • No issue is too big, too small, or too diverse. Our goal is to ensure that students know there is always someone to talk to and that they are not alone.

TALK Kingston – open 7pm-3am, 7 days a week. (613) 544-1771

  • confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental volunteer-based support service

Good 2 Talk – open 24/7. 1-866-925-5454

  • free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365.
  • serves students at Ontario’s publicly-funded colleges and universities (that’s you!), with a primary focus on those aged 17 to 25.

If you want to get organized

Book a 1-on-1 appointment with a Professional Learning Strategist, a Professional Writing Consultant, or a Peer Writing Assistant at SASS. All appointments are free for Queen’s University students.

SASS has a number of resources available online to help you.

  • The Strategies and Topics section offers downloadable PDFs, tools and templates on a wide variety of topics, like time management, academic stress, or presentation skills (and more).
  • Handouts that cover a variety of writing topics: thesis statements, effective paragraph structure, grammar, etc.) can be downloaded for personal use.
  • The Assignment Calculator and Thesis Manager can help you manage larger projects and assignment and work towards long-term goals.
  • We also have a list of focus and time management tools on the web to help you cope with online (and offline!) distractions. Keep in mind that those links will lead off our website; we are not responsible for the content you find there. Most are free but some require a subscription or one-time purchase.
  • Our upper-year volunteers, the Peer Learning Assistants, post a weekly blog during the fall and winter terms. Check out our archives for candid, helpful and often funny posts on surviving and thriving as a Queen’s student.
  • Other helpful information for writers – see here and here.

If you want to make some time for self-care

Check out this list of upcoming Health & Wellness events!

If you want to feel healthier

If you want to get back on track

http://sass.queensu.ca/topics/#LS

Photo Credit: Queen’s University: Lars Hagberg.

Holiday Shopping in Kingston

Wow! Have you seen our calendar lately? It’s packed full to the brim with holiday parties, concerts, artsy workshops and shopping galore!

Where to shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts…

1. Kingston Pop-Up Holiday Market

Support local artists and artisans this holiday season at this exclusive pop-up market at the corner of Wellington St. & Brock St.!

Only open Sunday, Dec 16 @ 11am to 3pm, then Friday, Dec 21 @ 5:30pm to 8:30pm & finally Saturday, Dec 22 @ 11am to 5pm!

2. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

Where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat! Everything you’ll find at MCFM is produced within 100km of Kingston. Hot foods, live music & arts activities weekly.

Open every Sunday from 10am to 2pm in the barns beside the Memorial Centre, 303 York Street.

3. Art Exhibition & Sale

Shop a selection of one-of-a-kind local goods, including: paintings, digital art, fibre art installations, knitwear, prints, drawings, embroidery, hand-dyed books and so much more!

Sunday, Dec. 16 is the last day of the sale, so don’t hesitate! Free admission, open 9am to 5pm in the 1st floor community room.

4. Holiday Evening Market

  • Hot Apple Cider & Cookies for all!
  • Outdoor fire to warm up
  • Live music by The Goodnight Irenes 4-6pm, the Celtic Bards 6-8pm
  • Kids’ Story Nook
  • Special Samples!

Open Thursday, Dec. 20th for one-night-only, 4pm to 8pm at the Memorial Centre!

5. Shop Local @ Downtown Kingston shops

Participating stores are open until 8pm Monday to Friday leading up to Christmas! Shout-out to The Rocking Horse for making us want all-of-the-things!

6. DIY Holiday Craft-making Workshop

Want to deck the halls with crafts you’ve made yourself? Join the Modern Fuel team for a fun-filled day of DIY holiday craft-making on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 2pm-5pm in the Tett Centre, 3rd floor. $10-$15 covers materials and snacks.

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