25 Things to Do This Summer in Kingston

The ultimate guide to what’s on in Kingston this summer. How many will you cross off?

✓ 1. Get locked up at the Kingston Penitentiary Tours

2. Visit the Agnes Etherington Art Centre!

3. Try Stand Up Paddleboarding or Kayaking!

4. Watch a movie at the digital Drive-In Movie Theatre (they show current movies!)

5. Go to the beach! Grass Creek Park in the East End or Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area on Wolfe Island

+ Jump off the Gord Edgar Downie Pier (if you’re brave enough!)

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Ps. The new pier is amazing

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6. Go for a nature walk at Lemoine Point Conservation Area in the West End, along the K&P Trail or Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area north of the 401

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gotta love this sunset town

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7. Play Beach Volleyball with friends at The Mansion

✓ 8. Try an escape room game at Improbable Escapes

9. Put down Netflix and go to a live theatre show during FoldA Festival of Live Digital Art (June 12-15), The Kick & Push Festival (July 18-Aug. 11), or Storefront Fringe Festival (July 19-27)

10. Go to one of the many FREE events during Skeleton Park Arts Festival on June 19-23!

✓ 11. Bring your lawn chair downtown to watch Movies in the Square on Thursdays at dusk!

Movies in the Square 2019 Lineup

12. Make it over to Fort Henry for one of their Wednesday night Sunset Ceremonies

13. Wake up early and go to Sunday Morning Yoga at Battery Park!

14. Take the FREE ferry to Wolfe Island for lunch 7 days a week at the Wolfe Island Grill, ice cream at Café Tenango, or cinnamon buns from the Wolfe Island Bakery!

15. Go to a Saturday morning Local Chef Cooking Demo at Springer Market Square!

16. Try out Axe Throwing!

17. Go rock climbing at the Boiler Room Climbing Gym and try to make it to the top of the Chimney!

18. Eat local at the Memorial Centre Farmers Market on Sundays 9am-2pm and try FREE Tai Chi at 11:15am!

19. Experience “a mid-day musical interlude” at St. George’s Cathedral at lunchtime on Thursdays 12:15pm-12:50pm – pay what you can!

20. Visit a museum!

21. Go on a cruise of the Thousand Islands

22. Take a Pottery class at Amaranth Stoneware in the West End, or Clay with Linda near downtown!

23. Sign-up for a Thursday night Paddle and Pint kayaking lesson

24. Sign-up to Volunteer for a local organization or event!

✓ 25. Catch the Kingston Buskers Festival in action July 4-7!

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 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!

Highlights of the weekend:

 

  • From electric-jazz, funk, soul, folk, metal and more – Kingston’s live music scene has packed your long weekend with NIGHTLY SHOWS!
  • Museums are now open! Go back in time and interact with local history at Fort Henry or the Pump House!
  • Get active with a Glow in the Dark Bike Ride on Friday or Climb By Donation on Sunday afternoon!
  • Watch the fireworks light up the sky this Thursday at RMC and also Sunday at Lake Ontario Park!

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

 

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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2019 Queen’s University Convocation Schedule

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 90 minutes 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

 

 

Useful Links

 

 

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)

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)


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 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 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 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)

Ceremony 14:      Thursday, June 6 at 4:00 pm     @ Grant Hall
Faculty of Education
•    Diploma in Education (DEd)
•    Bachelor of Education (BEd)

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


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)

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)


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 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)

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

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)

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.

Musiikki Cafe – every Tuesday at 8pm-11pm

All ages! Sign-up sheet is posted in advance on Facebook each week

Rose & Crown every Wednesday at 8:30pm

hosted by Tom Savage – 19+

“and the journey continues” monthly open mic reading series – the first Tuesday of every month

hosted by Bruce Kauffman – All Ages!

The Royal Jam – every Thursday from 9pm to midnight

hosted by Gary Lavallee, Mark Taras, Mike Pacey & Rene Vermette – 19+

Unconfirmed Venues

These places occasionally hold open mic nights or have in the past.

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

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#YGKsummer: Get Active with Queen’s Intramurals

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

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

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

MAY 4: HomeGrown Live Music Festival 2019 Line-up

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

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

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

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

2019 Participating Venues:

*Schedules are subject to change without notice.

Upcoming Events added by YOU!

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

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

Wed. Mar. 13

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

Thu. Mar. 14

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

Friday, Mar. 15

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

Saturday, Mar. 16

Sunday, Mar. 17

Tuesday, Mar. 19

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

Wednesday, Mar. 20

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

Thursday, Mar. 21

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

Friday, Mar. 22

Saturday, Mar. 23

Thursday, Mar. 21

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

Monday, Mar. 25

Tuesday, Mar. 26

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

Wednesday, Mar. 27

Friday, Mar. 29

Saturday, Mar. 30

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

Tuesday, Apr. 2

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

Thursday, Apr. 4

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

Thursday, May 3

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

Sunday, May 12

Thursday, May 16

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

And that’s not all!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Nyantende Foundation $25 green long-sleeve t-shirts

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

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

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

Students Facing Noma – t-shirts & accessories

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

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

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

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

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

Heart 4 Heart Queen’s University – $15 hats

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

Step Above Stigma – $10 socks

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

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

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

Oil Thigh Designs – various clothing, see Lookbook here

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

Did you know?

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

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

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