Interview with Vogue Charity Fashion Show 2019

The annual Vogue Charity Fashion Show is coming to The Grand Theatre this Thursday, Friday and Saturday! 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! 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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Friday, Mar 1 @ 7pm
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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!


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.


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.


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!

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!


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.


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.


9:30 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

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. 

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!

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!


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!


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.


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


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


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.


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!


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 |

  • 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 –!

Reelout20 Queer Film Festival Line-up: Jan. 31-Feb. 14, 2019

Reelout is BACK for its 20th anniversary festival, showcasing the best & brightest LGBT cinema from Canada & around the world! 


  • Nightly from Thursday, January 31 to Thursday, February 14. Two weeks of non-stop entertainment!
  • 116 films from 14 different countries;
  • animation workshop with San Francisco-based artist Clyde Petersen;
  • a burlesque cabaret called A Briefs History of Time by BoylesqueTO; 
  • Coats of Her dance piece by choreographer Kay Kenney and Movement Market Collective;
  • musical performances by Jenica Rayne & Lynne Hansonand Full Circle;
  • an aerial acrobatics performance by circus artist Erin Ball; 
  • talkbacks with filmmakers including Thom Fitzgerald, Dayna McLeod, Jason Karman, Justin Ducharme and many more!

Click here for details!


  • All film screenings are at The Screening Room (120 Princess St.) unless otherwise noted.
  • Opening Gala is at The REEL at HARS (844a Princess Street)
  • Drag Queen Karaoke Party is at Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre (inside the Tett Centre, 370 King St W)
  • Closing Gala is in Monte’s lounge at the Tir Nan ‘Og (200 Ontario St.).

Festival Line-up

Friday, Feb. 1

7pm-11pmREELOUT / RBC OPENING GALA – tickets: $20. All Ages.

7pm-9pm “Queer Stories, Queer Histories” Short Films Lineup:
Kingston is Burning – “In the 90s, Kingston’s gay community experienced an unlikely boom in drag culture.” [James Fowler/22min/1995/Canada.]
Miss Tyffanie Extreme Close-Up – “An intimate portrait of Kingston’s most popular drag queen.” [Sandra Jass, Jessica Lindal, Matt Maclellan/ 17min/2008/Canada.]
Tiny House – “Based on the true story of Lee Taylor, this film provides insight into living with MS and it examines how a person’s outlook on life can impact their circumstances.” [Josh Clapp & Isaac Alfie/18min/2018/Canada].
Farm Sum Ontario – “Explores the decisions, achievements and trade-offs of a couple making the unlikely decision to farm as they search for a sustainable way of life.” [Jonathan Davies/16min/2018/Canada.]

9pm-11pm – Aerial Circus Performance – feat. circus artist Erin Ball, with musical guests Jenica Rayne & Lynne Hanson and FullCircle.
*at Tett Centre, Malting Tower.

Saturday, Feb. 2

11am20/20 Visionaries JASON KARMAN – Vancouver-based screenwriter and director whose 16 short films have screened internationally, Karman has chosen 20 minutes of his work to screen followed by a 20 min. moderated discussion and questions from the audience.
12pm20/20 Visionaries DAYNA MCLEOD – Montréal performance-based artist uses humour, cabaret, duration, single channel video, and installation practices, Dayna Mcleod’s research includes sexual identity construction, gender, feminism, anti-feminist backlash, homophobia, and media representations of sexuality, queer identity, and the female body as public property. Feat. 20 minutes of her work + a 20 min. moderated discussion.
2pmINDIGI-QUEER SHORTS FROM TURTLE ISLAND & AOTEAROA – Short films screening and a conversation with filmmaker Justin Ducharme.
4pmOCTAVIO IS DEAD! – “A sexy and thoughtful queer film that appeals to women and men and to those who like their gender bent. Tyler (Alias Grace’s mesmerizing Sarah Gadon) is unsettled after learning that her father has died and left her everything, including an apartment cluttered with the detritus of a complicated life.” [Sook-Yin Lee / 90min / 2018 / Canada /Mystery/Thriller/Narrative Feature]
7pmAISLES OF LESBOS (1999-2018)A collection of short films celebrating 20 years of female sexuality and relationships in all their glory and mediocrity. 18+

Short Films Line-up:

The Housesitter – “Two neurotic dykes describe in hilarious detail how to take care of their 3 cats.” [Melissa Levin/2001/15 min/CANADA]
bed – “Stunning black-and-white images of two women making love are juxtaposed with dreamy scenes of city life, illuminating the contrast between public and private life that many women, lesbian in particular, share.” [Evie Leder/1999/14min/USA]
After Morning – “Things the filmmaker learned about birth control on her trip to America.” [Kelly O’Brien/1999/5 min/CANADA]
You Fake – “In this hilarious short, two women bet on how many lesbians fake orgasms.” [Maureen Bradley/2003/6 min/CANADA]
Watching Lesbian Porn – “Ginger Discovery and Lucky Chopps give a full-on, over-the-top performance that is charged with campy choreography and cheesy slapstick.” [Dayna McLeod/2001/10 min/CANADA]
Interviews with My Next Girlfriend – “The fight to win the title of next girlfriend is the subject of this hilarious short, starring a cast of Toronto celebrities. Nine women are questioned by an unknown interviewer to see if they measure up.” [Cassandra Nicolaou/2001/13 min/CANADA]
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers – “An amusing and provocative re-imaging of the 70’s hit single, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” where the artist, playing both roles of Streisand and Diamond, lip syncs the duet as a solo.” [Jess Dobkin/2012/6 min/CANADA]
Rubb My Chubb -“Following the Fat Femme Mafia, their fat co-conspirators and allies in the days leading up to their first and highly anticipated event.” [Alexis Mitchell/2007/9min/CANADA]
Stripped – “The personal, untold story of …one of the most revolutionary urban exotic dancers in the Toronto adult entertainment industry.” [Jevon Boreland and Anthony Hunos/2018/10min/CANADA]
Preslee – “Jo seeks consolation at a costume party after coming out as bi-sexual to her family during Elvis karaoke.” [Sabrina Budiman/2017/10 min/CANADA]
Soft Core – “Two bridesmaids form an unlikely connection over their bizarre sexual awakenings.” [Varun Saranga/2017/7 min/CANADA]
9pmFETISHES & FANTASIES (1999-2018) – A collection of sexy and silly short films showcasing 20 years of kink + whimsy. Nothing says 110% queer film and video than honest and explicit sexuality depicted on screen.  So FAIR WARNING this specially-designed shorts programs has been carefully curated for mature queer audiences that will include explicit nudity and sexual activities. Mature audiences 18+

Short Films Line-up:
I MAKE PASSES AT GIRLS WHO WEAR GLASSES – What’s sexier than a dyke caressing the edge of her glass? A bevy of local ladies lining up to take theirs off!
HELIUM – “A dual-projector work that explores the worlds of competitive bodybuilding and balloon fetish. Helium observes inflation, lust, and explosion.”
LICKED – “A go-go-get-it girl looks for love in the fine features of many a plate, only to end up falling face first into her one true dish.”
PUSSY BUFFET – A raunchy bunch of girls and an innovative way to eat a cupcake. Need we say more?
EAT CAKE – “Drizzled in chocolate sauce and jam-filled for eternity, we are brothers of a sweeter tooth.”
UROPOP – The pause that refreshes. Part of the 2006 Hommage à Jean Genet programme, acknowledging the 20th anniversary of Genet’s death.
GALACTIC DOCKING COMPANY – “Using found and original footage shot on Earth and in near Earth orbit, we find that space wants to have an encounter of the most intimate kind.”
ULTIMATE SUB ULTIMATE DOM: Maria Von Trapp & Mary Poppins – “Imagine Maria Von Trapp crawling on her hands and knees across the jagged cold stone floor of the nunnery to the Mother Superior, begging for mercy and looking for a spanking. Now imagine that Mary Poppins is the Mother Superior, wielding a dildo-sheathed umbrella and a ball-gag…”
GROUP OF SEVEN INCHES – “Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, the outrageous alter ego of Cree artist Kent Monkman, forces innocent naked white men to become her figure models, seduces them with whiskey, and when she’s done with them, dresses them up as more “authentic” examples of the “European male.”
LORD COCKWORTHY – “Three Edwardian era men go on a picnic in the English countryside. The delightfully adventurous day has a turning point when they encounter wild lusty nature in the form of a mythological being in the woods.”
RUSALKA – “Imagine Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” and throw in an homage to early gay erotic films, and you get the artful Rusalka, set to the music of Antonín Dvořák’s opera of the same name and starring burlesque icons Luminous Pariah and Chris Harder.”
ZOLUSHKA – “A queer rendering of the classic folktale, inwhich ‘Cinderella’ is a lonely janitor at a gay bar and Prince Charming (adult superstar Colby Keller) is a Tom of Finland fantasy come to life.”
Total Running Length: 68 minutes.
9pmBEERS FOR QUEERS social event *at Monte’s Lounge at the Tir Nan ‘Og after the screenings! 19+

Sunday, Feb. 3

1pmTORREY PINES – “a stop-motion animated feature film and a queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990’s. Kidnapped at the age of 12 and taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it.” Filmmaker Clyde Petersen in attendance. [Clyde Petersen/60min/2016/USA/Animated/Coming of Age/Feature Narrative] *at The Isabel
2:30pmHANDS-ON ANIMATION WORKSHOP with CLYDE PETERSEN – “Learn the basics of stop-motion animation in this free hands-on workshop presented in collaboration with Reelout Queer Film Festival and Queen’s University. Seattle-based filmmaker Clyde Petersen will share some of his techniques and processes. Adults and children 6 and up are welcome.” Advance registration is required. *at the Tett Centre.
4pmLOVE, SCOTT – “A beautiful tribute to one man as he considers his place in the world. Scott Jones, a gay musician, is attacked and paralyzed from the waist down; what follows is a brave and fragile journey of healing and the transformation of a young man’s life.” [Laura Marie Wayne/76min/2018/Canada] *at The Screening Room
6:30pmEVERY ACT OF LIFE – “A must-see film for any Broadway lover. This film shocases the life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally – 60 years of ground-breaking plays and musicals, the struggle for LGBT rights, addiction and recovery, finding true love, and the relentless pursuit of inspiration. With the voices of Bryan Cranston and Meryl Streep.” [Jeff Kaufman/94min/2018/USA] *at The Screening Room

Monday, Feb. 4

8:15pmYouTube Made Me a Monster: Documentary Double BillBoth films excellently document how internet fame can be utterly destructive to a creator.

Documentary films:
Samantha Hudson (Samantha Hudson, una historia de fe, sexo y electroqueer). Spanish with English subtitles. Ontario Premiere. – “He was a high school icon and now he’s an Instagram icon. Many people admire him, others hate him, but he doesn’t leave anyone indifferent. Neither will this astonishing documentary film where there is a lot of sex, faith and all the electroqueer in the world.” [D. Joan Purcel, Documentary, 60 min, SPAIN, 2018.]

The Quiet Rebel – “For 28 days, she knit with wool that she pulled out of her vagina as a meditation on fertility. A clip of her performance soon went viral with 7.5 million views on YouTube. A hurricane of negative, violent and sexist comments soon followed.” [D. Carole Cassier/Documentary, 49 min, France, 2018. English]

Tuesday, Feb. 5

5:45pmRAFIKI – Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation: “A tender love story between 2 young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality… Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture.” Film in Swahili & English with English subtitles.
8:15pmSHAKEDOWN – “a series of parties by and for black women… dominated Los Angeles’s underground lesbian strip club scene from the 1990s through the 2000s. This film is equal parts provocative, touching, sexy, and nostalgic for days long gone.” [Leilah Weinraub/ 80min /2018 / USA/Documentary Feature] For Mature Audiences 18+

Wednesday, Feb. 6

5:45pmEVA + CANDELA – “A portrait of two strong, independent women: a female director and the star of her first film, drawn together by a powerful attraction and their shared desire to take on the movie world.” [Ruth Caudeli /90mins /2018/Columbia/Spanish with English Subtitles/Drama]
Note: This film is screening twice, please ensure when buying online you are purchasing tickets for the right date.
8:15pmJUST FRIENDS – “Yad, a handsome Middle Eastern medical student in Amsterdam, quits his hard partying lifestyle to spend the summer in a small Dutch city. A temp job leads to meeting a hunky blonde, Joris. The erotic fireworks between the two are off the charts and their affair is the perfect respite from their respective family problems. But can this be more than just a hot, summer fling?” [Annemarie van de Mond/80min/2018/The Netherlands/Dutch with English Subtitles/Comedy.]

Thursday, Feb. 7

8:15pmSPLINTERS – “Two decades after his inspired feature debut The Hanging Garden won best Canadian Feature at TIFF, Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst) again explores interconnections of sexual identity, family, and small-town Nova Scotia life, in this intimate drama about a young woman reassessing her relationship with her mother following the death of her father.” [Thom Fitzgerald/94 min/2018/ Canada/Drama/Narrative Feature] *at The Isabel

Friday, Feb. 8

7pmCOATS OF HER“An interactive dance and film performance from Movement Market Collective” *at the Tett Centre
7pm THEY CAME FROM THE CLOSET – “New and memorable short films on the macabre side of the spectrum.” For Mature Audiences 18+ *at The Screening Room
9pmKILLER UNICORN – Danny is your average Brooklyn party boy. This year, he and his friends couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming “Brooklyn Annual Enema Party”; …a place “where you come to get douched and dance”. While the night starts out fun, it quickly takes a turn for the worst when Danny is attacked by a stranger. In the end, his fabulous drag queen and queer friends are able to save his life, but not without deadly consequences.” [Drew Bolton/73 min/2018/USA/Horror/Comedy/Narrative Feature] For Mature audiences 18+ *at The Screening Room

Saturday, Feb. 9

11:30amEMOTION PICTURES – This event is perfect for audiences who are feeling stressed/bummed out. Films that stimulate feelings of harmony and calm.

Film Screenings + guided relaxation for the spirit:
Forget Me Not – “Two 70-year-old women go to a cemetery to visit their deceased relatives. A series of coincidences will cause their paths to cross.” [Ferran Navarro-Beltrán/7min/2018/Spain.]
Carlito Leaves Forever – “A short poetic film following Carlito, a young man living in an indigenous village at the heart of the Amazonian jungle, who decided to leave and change his life forever.” [Quentin Lazzarotto/7:40min/ Peru.]
You Wash My Skin With Sunshine – “With few childhood memories of her mother’s affection, Mullen mines old home movies for evidence. When she doesn’t find exactly what she’s looking for, she sets out to create a new family movie of her own, starring her surprisingly willing mother. A reflection on memory, loss, reconciliation and love.” [Kathleen Mullen/6min/2005/Canada.]
The Art of the Morning – “A lyrical look at how one person prepares for the day ahead, savouring each moment.” [Nathan Hauch/5:41/2016/Canada.]
2pmGENDER BENDERS: A shorts collection that spans the gender spectrum.

Flash Flood – “Deep within a dream, a cataclysmic flood washes over the planet, and reveals three unique perspectives on gender and identity. The film is animated by volunteer transgender artists and animators from across the globe.”
[Alli MacKay/6min/2017/Canada.]
Sunken Plum – “In Sichuanese with English subtitles. Working at a nightclub in Chengdu, a transgender Chinese woman receives an unexpected visit from her cousin, informing her that the mother she has brushed aside, has died. As the only “son”, she feels obligated to return to her birthplace for the sake of her family, even though she’ll have to hide her true self from those that once shared her past.” [Roberto F. Canuto & Xu Xiaoxi/20 mins CHINA/SPAIN.]
I’m Alex (Soy Alex) – “Documentary portrait of Alex, a YouTuber from Barcelona with more than 30 thousand subscribers who wants to help other trans boys by sharing his experience in the social networks. His activity online discovers a relationship between building his body and developing an online profile.” [Itzuri Sanchez & Joss Manz/ 16min/2018/SPAIN/MEXICO]
Stage Name Victoria – “An intimate look at a drag queen starting his career in the community of Fort William First Nation and his relationship with his mother who has always encouraged him in his life choices.” [Taran Morriseau/3:28min/2018/CANADA]
Dani Boi – “Dani is a non-binary ‘dragtivist’ of Sri Lankan heritage. Living in San Francisco, they began to explore their relationship to sexuality and gender. After a lip-sync battle win, Dani Boi emerged: a drag king challenging oppressive gender norms. Between chaotic onstage performances and their own personal struggles, Dani fights to be a vital voice for a community in need.” [Logan Mucha/5min/2018/AUSTRALIA]
From Mars and Venus – “Gijs is a seventeen year old who joins his father as a boatman on an internship from the Netherlands to Wallonia.  During their trip, the teen feels he can’t share that he is a crossdresser with his father.” [Kevin Kok/25 min/2017/THE NETHERLANDS.]
Cold Star – “Magical things can transpire in the most mundane places, like the local swimming pool.” [Kai Stanicke/7min/2011/GERMANY]
Akin – “Akin powerfully engages in a relationship between an Orthodox Jewish mother and her transgender son as they navigate silent secrets of a shared past.” [Chase Joynt/8:23min/2012/CANADA.]
Total Running Length: 91 minutes
4pmMAN MADE – “takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men (who like the film’s director were born and raised female), take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition. It speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally.” [T Cooper/93 min/2018 / USA/Documentary Feature]
Note: This film is screening twice, please ensure when buying online you are purchasing tickets for the right date.
7pmHOTTER THAN GRINDR (1990-2016)“A memorable collection of down and dirty short films about guys and sex.” For Mature Audiences 18+

Short Films:
Masturbation: Putting the Fun Into Self-Loving – “Dr. Sigmund Winston, along with the help of his trusty sidekick Billy, teaches the students of the ’50s how to put more excitement into self-loving. Boys from the local YMCA and visual aides give the audience a simple step-by-step approach to masturbation.” [J.T. Tepnapa/8min/2002/USA.]
1000 Cumshots – “A fast-paced meditation on race and gay pornography. YOU do the math.” [Wayne Yung/2003/1min/CANADA.]
I’d Rather Be Looking at Gay Porn – “An anthem for the disenchanted. When the respectable and desirable activities of modern society have turned to rot and stupidity, one voice calls out for a retreat to that which is supposed to be so disreputable.” [Jared Mitchell & R.M Vaughn/3:05min/2010/CANADA]
Spilt Milk – “There’s no use crying over this hot and heavy glimpse into one man’s early morning activities. There’s a lot more cooking in this kitchen than just breakfast.” [Alexander Edwards/ 5:45 min/2009 /AUSTRALIA]
Pine – “An experimental portrait of a queer man’s internalized sexual desire.” [Ali El-Darsa/6:11min/2009/CANADA]
Saturn Devours – “A young man suffers a surreal string of bad luck around the same time an ancient god starts following him around town.An offbeat magical realist comedy about astrology, gay sex, and millennial ennui.” [Johnnie Walker/14min/2016/CANADA]
Peter and the Wolf – “A sexy new retelling of the classic fairy tale juxtaposed with Sergei Prokofiev’s original score.” [Wes Hurley/5min/2013/USA]
In Their Room – “The film ventures into the bedrooms of eight different men where you see them doing everything from the most banal to the most erotic. Complementing the revealing nature of their everyday activities are confessional interviews about fantasies, turn-ons and vulnerabilities.” [Travis Mathews/20:10 min/2009/USA]
Steam Clean – “Two men perform this safe sex public service announcement.” [Richard Fung/1990/3:30min/CANADA]
I Want Your Love – “two best friends playfully negotiate their way toward having sex together for the first time. It’s a familiar scenario that most gay men can relate to, and one not as uncomplicated as these two friends would prefer.” [Travis Mathews/ 13:55min/2010/USA]
7pmCOATS OF HER (encore performance) – An interactive dance and film performance from Movement Market Collective.
11pmA BRIEFS HISTORY OF TIME – A BoylesqueTO sexy and comedic cabaret burlesque performance *at The Mansion. Mature Audiences, 19+ only

Sunday, Feb. 10

12:30pmFAMILY FUN FOR EVERYONE (2000-2018) – “New and memorable short films from Reelout’s 20 years for all-ages.” Children 12 and under FREE.

Please be advised that this screening PRIORITIZES parents/caregivers of children including babies and toddlers and that the volume for these screenings will be reduced, and lighting will be dimmed but not at full darkness.  

Do Wok A Do – “Growing up in a small town, young Joanne must come to terms with the slow disintegration of her family…struggling to understand, she calls upon the spirit of her grandfather to guide her.” [Michelle Wong/14min /2000/Canada.]
Christine – “With the help of her best friend, Christine redefines her perception of strength and what it means to be herself.” [Jessica Adler & Kate Montgomery/10:03min/2016/USA]
Reach the Sky – “On the open road, three queer friends in three queer cars are separated by an unexpected queer fork in the road. Reach the Sky is a stop-motion short with heart, fantasy and a whole lot of yarn.” [Daniel Sterlin-Altman/6min/2018/Canada.]
Beauty – “explores the lives of five gender-creative kids, each uniquely engaged in shaping their own sense of what it means to be fully human. Whether it’s dealing with bullies, explaining themselves to their parents, or navigating the uncharted waters of relationships, Bex, Lili, Fox, Tru and Milo talk about their experiences and struggle to live in authenticity.” [Christina Willings/23min/2018/Canada.]
Heather Has Four Moms – “When Mom Number Four reads Heather’s diary, she discovers 14 year old Heather’s plan to lose her virginity. Mom Four must persuade the other moms that it’s time to talk to Heather about birth control. While the moms come to terms with the fact that Heather is no longer a little girl, Heather comes to realize she still needs her moms. It’s a Mother-Daughter Story times four.” [Jeanette L. Buck/14min/2018/US/UK]
Girl Bunnies: Rocketship – “Two girl bunnies separated by outer space, meet on a block of ice, become romantically smitten and look for a way to cross the galaxy. It is a story of love and transition.” [Francoise Doherty/8min/2016/Canada]
The Queen – “Bobby, a Korean-American teenage outcast, is working at his parents’ dry cleaners on prom weekend. When the prom queen and her boyfriend stop by with their dress and tuxedo, Bobby creates his own night to remember.” [Christina Choe/9min/2009 /USA/English & Korean w/ English Subtitles]
Handsome & Majestic – “follows the story of Milan Halikowski, a teenager from the rural city of Prince George, BC. As a recently transitioned transgender boy, Milan deals with discrimination and abuse from his peers and teachers at school, as he seeks to find other kids like himself. Throughout these hardships, he becomes a role model and an advocate for trans people in his small community and beyond.” [Jeff Lee Petry & Nathan Drillot/11:57min/2016/Canada]
Total Running Length: 96min
2pmREELOUT FOR TEENS (2007-2018) – “New and memorable short films from Reelout’s 20 years for teens/youth.”

High Altitude – “explores what it means the be an Indigenous artist in the modern world. Being a youth in a fast paced digital arts scene, Inglis poetically explores the ideas of decolonization, racism, creativity, and life on lands of broken agreements. Though poetry they explore ways to go back to the land and heal.” [Victoria N. Inglis/3:59/2017/Canada]
Silvia in the Waves/Silvia dans les vagues – “Noa struggles to honour the identity of his recently deceased parent while his mother tries to uphold the appearance of a conventional family. Grief and fantasy entwine to reveal the complex relationship between history and erasure, identity and memory.” [Giovana Olmos/13min/2017/Canada/French w/ English subtitles]
Olivia – “Two girls, four strings and a bathroom are all it takes for a seduction.” [Sarah Louise Wilson/8:40min /2010/USA]
Kali Ma – “When a suburban Indian mother finds out her son is the victim of a vicious bully, she delivers her own brand of vigilante justice. Starring popular Bollywood star Kamini Khanna (Monsoon Wedding), and the follow-up to director Soman Chainani’s acclaimed 2006 short “Davy & Stu”, Kali Ma plunges us into a battle of mythic proportions, where we discover the secrets that divide mothers and sons and the love that binds them together.” [Soman Chainani/15:40min/2007/USA]
Turn It Around – “When 15-year old Bram meets Florian at a house party, he immediately falls for him. There’s only one problem: nobody knows Bram is gay.” [Niels Bourgonje/9:24min/2017/ The Netherlands]
33 Teeth – “Eddie is a hormonal 14-year-old boy with a curiosity for his school, he accidentally spies on his attractive older neighbor, Chad.” [Evan Roberts/7:41 min/2011/USA]
Hello, My Name Is Herman – “poignantly and humorously describes the relationship between a 91-year-old Jewish man, his lesbian granddaughter and her girlfriend. It explores intergenerational and interracial relationships, coming out, aging, and the process of accepting difference and love.” [Karine Silverwoman/9:18min /2007/Canada]
Total Running Length: 67 minutes
4pmRAFIKI (encore screening) – initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case. Film in Swahili & English with English subtitles.
6:30pmTELL IT TO THE BEES – “Love has a way of finding us when we least expect it. This tender period drama, set in small-town, postwar Scotland, depicts the emergence of a love that while rescuing two women from isolation, also places them in danger.” [Annabel Jankel/106min/2018/United Kingdom/Narrative Feature/Drama]

Monday, Feb. 11

5:45pmMAN MADE (encore screening) – “this film takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love” [T Cooper/93 min/ 2018/USA/Documentary Feature]
8:15pmTUCKED (encore screening) – “When veteran drag queen, Jackie Collins, receives a diagnosis with six weeks to live, all he wants to do is perform his long-running act, and behave as if all is normal. But between a surprising new friendship with a rising young queen and unfinished business with his estranged daughter, he may just have the most eventful month and a half of his life. A feel-good film with charm and humor as well as surprising insight into our evolving understanding of gender identity across generations.” Winner! Outfest 2018 Audience Award and Jury Prize for Best International Film [Jamie Patterson / 120min / 2018/UK /Dramatic Comedy / Narrative Feature]

Tuesday, Feb. 12

5:45pm TELL IT TO THE BEES (encore screening)
8:15pm EVA + CANDELA (encore screening)

Wednesday, Feb. 13

8:15pmLA CARTE DE TENDRE – A collection of French language short films with English subtitles. For Mature Audiences 18+

Short Films:
Different (Je Suis Different.e) – “I came out to my parents months ago. Before talking to them I was hopeful. I was terrified, but I was hopeful. Too much hopeful.” [Ben Lemaire/2:20min/2017/FRANCE]
Marguerite – “An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past.” OSCAR NOMINATED for BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT 2019 [Marianne Farley/19min/2017/CANADA]
Trois Mois – “Three Months follows the romance of two young men, Marc and Andreas, which wavers when Marc reveals belatedly that he is HIV positive and undetectable.” [Sasha Alcoloumbre/17:03min/2018/CANADA]
Predrink – “Alexe is a young trans woman, and Carl a gay man. Best friends since forever, an evening spent together destabilizes Alexe, when both decide to have sex together for the first time.” [Marc-Antoine Lemire/23min/2017/CANADA]
Enter – “During a night of drinking, Raphael arrives by chance in an apartment where an orgy takes place. Embarrassed, he locks himself in the bathroom where he will find a sleeping guy he knows pretty well.” [Manuel Billi and Benjamin Bodi/19 min/2018/FRANCE]
Ballet Jazz – “Karine and Karine share one dream: to dance in the musical Cats on Broadway. But on audition day, their road trip from a remote Quebec suburb to New York City goes horribly, hilariously wrong.” [Maxime Robin/16min/2017/CANADA]
Total Running Length: 97 min

Thursday, Feb. 14

5:45pmClosing Gala! World Premiere! STEAM ROOM STORIES: THE MOVIE with THE HANDYMAN

The Handy Man – “A single gay man (Nicholas Downs) schemes inventive ways to keep his sexy handyman around.” [JC Calciano/2019/USA]
STEAM ROOM STORIES: THE MOVIE – PRESENTED IN CINEMA SCENT – yes that’s right, Scratch and Sniff along with the film! – “Sally and Neil are on a jungle expedition in search of The Fountain of Youth. She purchases a map that reveals the location of the Ancient aquifer to be underneath a gym… and sends Neil to obtain a sample of the water from the steam room.” [J.C. Calciano/95mins/2019/USA]

*at The Screening Room. Hold on to your ticket stub for this film as it gets you free admission to the Closing Gala Party.
8pmKARAOKE FOR YOUR LIFE: Closing Gala & F**k Valentine’s Day: Hosted by Miss Tyffanie Morgan with KJ Garyoke. $5 at the door, free with a Festival Pass. 19+ only. * at Monte’s (Tir Nan ‘Og)

What to do in Kingston This Weekend: Jan. 23-27

Find out what's on this week in Kingston!

The winter winds are upon Kingston, and here at QueensEvents we know all the ins and outs of staying warm this witheringly cold week.  Here are Thor’s picks for what to do this week/weekend!

Wednesday, Jan. 23:

Starting out with the Endgame, Marvel trivia night at Clark Hall Pub this Wednesday night is sure to be a hot topic — and no, I’m not just saying that because my name is Thor. Doors at 7:30pm, 19+, must have Queen’s ID

For those farther from campus, perhaps the Open Mic Night at the Tir nan Og will warm your hearts with their five dollar Keith’s and a chance to win a tattoo if you perform! Starts at 8pm, 19+

Thursday, Jan. 24:

Climb into an adventurous Thursday at Kingston Bouldering Cooperative’s free climbing week! This welcoming, volunteer-run environment is open to beginners or experienced climbers! Open 6pm-10pm.

If you’d rather have the excitement come to you from the comfort of a cozy living room, check out KCAP’s fundraising concert for the Kingston Street Mission at The Mansion, featuring The Goodnight Irenes and MTMBRYOYO. The Mission is a valuable resource open 6 nights a week for Kingston’s homeless and impoverished, and this concert is raising money to pay for needed kitchen renovations. Doors at 8pm, 19+

Friday, Jan. 25:

With your muscles sore from the free bouldering week at the KBC, Friday is the perfect day to treat yourself to a “full”-filling foodie event…

Start the day with our most anticipated event, the NUGGET RITUAL. Yes, you read that right. This week’s ritual theme targets a student’s two favourite things: chicken nuggets and beer. Open noon to 6pm at Clark Hall Pub, 19+, must have Queen’s ID

If this isn’t to your taste, perhaps TRANS Hours potluck might be. Trans people along with cis allies are invited to bring a dish to share to the AKA Autonomous Social Centre on Queen Street. This fun, free social costs nothing but the time it takes to ask your grandma for her famous Mac n Cheese recipe! 6pm-8pm

Saturday, Jan. 26:

Saturdays in the Limestone City can be hard to beat in terms of events! We recommend…

Start your afternoon with local musicians at the cozy hot chocolate charity concert for RAICES, an organization providing free and low cost legal services to underserved immigrant children. Relax in the cozy living room of the Kingston Community House at 99 York Street, just north of Princess. 2pm-5pm for $10/Pay What You Can

Sunday, Jan. 27:

This Sunday, you will be seeing me (Thor from QueensEvents) at the Summer of ’69 singer Bryan Adams’ concert in the Leon’s Centre downtown (some tickets still available)! $89+ starts at 8pm, all ages/19+

If you’re looking for an affordable outing, find adventure at the CRCA Winter Foraging Workshop, where, for only $4, you can become an expert winter survivalist – that, and come home with a take home handmade tea bag! 1pm-2:30pm

Looking for more event ideas?

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10+ Events We Think You Should Definitely Check Out This Weekend: Jan. 17-20

We promote A LOT of events – 75 every single week in fact. Here’s what caught our attention for this weekend!

Thursday, Jan. 17th

  • 5pm-8pm FREE PIZZA + Film Screening “To Err is Human” + Public Lecture at Queen’s School of Medicine! Open to the public. School of Medicine rm 132A.
  • 5pm Wanna be a Gael? Info session: If you are interested in being a Gael for Artsci Orientation Week 2019 this is the event for you! Humphrey Hall auditorium.
  • 5pm-9pm AEAC Winter Season Launch: Your first chance to see the new exhibitions at the world-renowned art gallery on-campus! FREE Public Reception with light food & drink from 6pm-7:30 pm. Galleries remain open to 9pm. Great date idea! Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm “Ignition” Entrepreneurship Week – The Business of Social Impact: Learn about the social entrepreneurship movement and discover what is driving students from all backgrounds to start ventures that generate positive change in the world. This panel will include entrepreneurs with different perspectives on social enterprise, in the for-profit and non-for-profit form, who are using business as a force for social and environmental good. Mitchell Hall, Rose Innovation Hub.
  • 7pm Awesome Kingston Pitch Party @ SanTur Brewery: Someone will win $1,000 to make Kingston more awesome! Who will it be? SanTur Brewery.
  • 7:30pm Cure Cancer Classic: Commerce vs. Engineering Hockey Rivalry: The holidays may be over, but the most wonderful time of the year is just beginning. Tickets are $12 (all proceeds to Canadian Cancer Society). Oh by the way, the game will be BROADCAST ON LIVE TV and BEER IS AVAILABLE for purchase at the arena (for those 19+). Leon’s Centre.
  • 9pm EngWeek BATTLE OF THE BANDS (19+): Wanna see Kanye, Kendrick, and Chance the Rapper? Well, we don’t have that kind of budget… but you can see the best local bands for only 5$! Who needs Taylor Swift or Justice beaver when you can have a pitcher of turbo and a solid night of live music. Clark Hall Pub.

Friday, Jan. 18

Saturday, Jan. 19th

  • 10am HTML & CSS For Beginners: Build a One-Page Website from Scratch: If you are looking to get your feet wet when it comes to programming, then this is the workshop for you. Tett Centre.
  • 12pm-2pm FREE Women’s Self-Defence Seminar: Everyone has their own reason for learning self-defence. Learn from a qualified instructor everything you’ll need to feel safe and in control wherever you go. Queen’s ARC combatives room 2.
  • 12:30pm Queen’s Cardiovascular Conference: Learn from speakers from the cardiology field, a suturing workshop, cadaver workshop, a tour of the anatomy museum and a networking event. School of Medicine.
  • 1pm Let’s Talk About The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Learn more about gender equality, poverty and education. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Guest speakers include: Shane Roberts (Futurist, United Nations Association in Canada), Hilary Clauson (Aga Khan Foundation Canada Development Champion), and Hon. Hugh Segal (political strategist, author, commentator, academic and former senator). BioSci room 1102.
  • 8pm Prison City Rock Invasion (19+): It’s an invasion of the prison city by two rockin’ bands from Ottawa! Iconoclast and Taming Sari roll into Kingston to rock out with local 2-piece Hard Rock band Days of Thieves – $5 at the door. The Mansion.

Sunday, Jan. 20th

  • 2pm Kingston Jazz Society concert: Go deep inside the music of American jazz drummer, percussionist, and composer, Paul Motian, with Kingston’s most inventive and skilled jazz ensemble. Tickets are FREE with student ID, or $20. Chalmers United Church.

P.S. We started with 10… but then took another look at the Calendar & added more!

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


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.


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.


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).


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).

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