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

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!

Happy Birthday, QueensEvents.ca!

6 years ago TODAY QueensEvents.ca was created! Cheers to 6 years! Thank you to all our fans then and now for helping make our dreams come true! 

6 years ago TODAY QueensEvents.ca was created! Cheers to 6 years! ???Thank you to all our fans then and now for helping make our dreams come true!

Meet the QE Team: Glafki, Thor, Christina

Ever wondered who’s behind QueensEvents.ca? This week, we’re featuring 3 of our Brand Ambassadors – Glafki Collaku, Thorolf van Walsum, and Christina Zheng! Keep reading to learn more about them, their favourite events, and which events they’re most looking forward to this week!

Ever wondered who’s behind QueensEvents.ca? In the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing profiles of our core team members, so you can get to know them better!

We’re recruiting new members to join our Summer Promo Team! Click here to learn more.

This week we’re featuring 3 of our Brand Ambassadors: Glafki Collaku, Thorolf van Walsum, and Christina Zheng!

Keep reading to learn more about them, their favourite events, and which events they’re most looking forward to this week!

Meet Glafki Collaku

About me: I’ve spent my whole life travelling, experiencing new cultures and moving to new countries, so seeing how many AMAZING (and so many kinds of) events happen right here in Kingston made me so happy to have picked Queen’s as my university! ?

My favourite event I attended this year: In November, I went to the Santa Claus Parade downtown, followed by a night of live music and hot cocoa at Musiikki Café! I look forward to all the other events I’ll attend during my time at Queen’s! ?

Meet Thorolf van Walsum

About me: What can I say except wow. The past few months I’ve spent with QueensEvents have been nothing less than superb! From the amazing, outgoing energy that everyone exudes, to the events that I’ve been discovering all across Kingston… Wow! ?

My favourite event I attended this year: If I was forced to choose one highlight that stood out above all others, it was meeting the Goodnight Irenes in Musikki Café on a Wednesday night in February. The unparalleled intimacy in this cozy, rustic space is amazing! Best of all, the artists took the time to play one last round of songs for the tiny crowd that remained after – it was incredible. ?

Meet Christina Zheng

About me: Hi everyone, I’m Christina! I joined the QueensEvents team as a Brand Ambassador this January, and I mainly work on developing QE’s marketing strategy. I am in first-year commerce at Queen’s and I am interested in marketing as a career path! ?

My favourite event I attended this year: Back in November, I went to the Queen’s Symphony Orchestra concert at The Isabel! ?

Guide to St. Patrick’s Day @ Queen’s: Part 2 – Featured Events

Not everybody goes out and gets wasted on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Here’s suggestions of what to do instead!

Not everybody goes out and gets wasted on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Why not change it up this year, and go to an event (or two!) you’re actually interested in!

Featured events list coming soon! Until then, check out our main calendar here!

Get your 2018 Formal Dress from Student-Run Start-Up!

When we heard about this student-run start-up, we knew we had to share the news!

When we heard about this student-run start-up, we knew we had to share the news!

Working out of SparQ Studios Makerspace in Carruthers Hall, Let’s Get Undressed was created to connect closets across campus, so you never have to wear the same thing twice without breaking the bank!

View their closet here!

Walking south down University Ave, turn left just after you pass Ontario Hall. Follow this path through until you see Carruthers Hall on your left. Walk up the set of stairs and continue to walk straight until you see the studio on your right.

Viewing Hours: Thursdays 2:30pm-4:30pm. Can’t make it? Their execs can accommodate the viewing times for you. Shoot us an email at: undressme0@gmail.com

Have you heard about the Queen’s Winter Coat Exchange?

Queen’s Winter Coat Exchange is a free donations-based winter gear supply resource available to all members of the Queen’s community.

Queen’s Winter Coat Exchange is a free donations-based winter gear supply resource available to all members of the Queen’s community.

The idea originated from a series of conversations Heather Poechman (ArtSci ’17, M.Phil ’18) had with international students about the difficulty adjusting to Canadian weather, “I wanted to find a way to help alleviate some of the additional costs associated with studying abroad in Canada, as well as find a sustainable way to support the Queen’s community at large.”

Students are able to borrow winter gear (coats, hats, mitts, scarves, etc.) and return them in good condition once the winter season has ended – freeing up storage space in suitcases and home closets while also allowing future Queen’s members to continue using the resource.

The Queen’s Winter Coat Exchange is open Monday to Friday, 8am to midnight in the Room of Requirement, Room 238 of the JDUC.

Get Active: Sign-Up for Cross Country Ski Lessons

Get fit this winter in Kingston and explore nature! Pre-register today for cross-country ski lessons at the Little Cataraqui Creek Outdoor Centre on Saturdays from January 6 to February 24, weather permitting. Cost is $20 per person (including tax).

Cross-country ski lessons are offered at the Little Cataraqui Creek Outdoor Centre on Saturdays from January to February, weather permitting. Cost is $20 per person (including tax).

These are group lessons and are one-hour in length. Pre-register online here or call 613-546-4228 ext 222. You can also register in-person 30 minutes before your lesson time.  Pre-registration closes on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. Lessons are at 10am-11am, 11:30am-12:30pm, and 1:30pm-2:30pm.

Admission to Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area is $5.

Equipment Rentals

Rentals are available at the Little Cataraqui Creek Outdoor Centre from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, when snow conditions permit. Keys or driver’s licence are held by CRCA staff until the rentals are returned.

We accept cash, debit, VISA or MasterCard.

For up-to-date trail conditions and the availability of rentals please call our trail information line (613) 546-4228 ext. 501.

Daily rental rates are as follows (prices include tax):

  • full set of cross -country ski equipment – $17.00
  • cross-country skis only – $8.50
  • ski boots only – $7.50
  • ski poles only – $5.00
  • snowshoes – $12.00

Visit CRCA.ca for more information