What to do This Week in Kingston: Week #7

Welcome back to Kingston! There are 99 events coming up this week, including Kingston Canadian Film Festival, MOTHER MOTHER, live music every night, and free public lectures at the university. Here’s a list of QueensEvents.ca’s top picks for the week of Feb. 27 to Mar. 5!

Celebrating Employment Equity, Human Rights and Accessibility

Monday, Feb. 27, 2:30pm-4pm – A panel discussion with the recipients of the 2016 Queen’s Tri-Awards, with light refreshments to follow. This free event will take place in the Agnes Etherington Art Centre atrium, and all are welcome. RSVP to Meri Diamond equity@queensu.ca

What’s Next for Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour? Public Workshop

Monday, Feb. 27, 6:30pm – The emerging strategic vision for the former Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour sites will be revealed at this free event, open to the public. Registration is required; email Graham at gmacinnes@planpart.ca with your name.

FREE Lecture on Reading (and Translating) Indigenous Literatures in Québec

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4:30pm-6pm – Queen’s departments of French Studies and Languages, Literatures and Cultures present Dr. Sarah Henzi (Simon Fraser University, BC) to give a free public lecture in Kingston Hall room 104. Her research focuses on genres that are redefining what we have considered “literature” in the field of Indigenous Literary Studies: comic books, graphic novels, science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, spoken word, and erotica.

FREE Open Mic celebrates Black History Month at Queen’s

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6pm-8pm – Guests are invited to share songs, poems and stories in celebration of Black History Month, or sit back and enjoy the performances! Email socialjustice@asus.queensu.ca to sign-up. This free event will take place at the CoGro Fireside Lounge in the Queen’s Centre, 2nd floor, with delicious snacks and refreshments available.

FREE Startup Workshop hosted by Engineering Society

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6pm-9pm – Learn what you don’t learn in lectures. This free comprehensive 3-hour workshop will teach you the ins and out of project management, team communication, user interface and experience design, version control and issue tracking systems and more. Free Pizza plus giveaways! Only 75 spots available, arrive early.

Graduating Fine Arts Students host Art Auction at The Grad Club

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 8pm-11pm – Purchase some *amazing* student artwork at Queen’s BFA’17 Art Auction event at The Grad Club! The Fine Art graduating class of 2017 has been working hard to create prints and paintings of all shapes and sizes to fill your empty walls! Admission is $5 advance, $10 at the door, and bidding starts at $15.

FREE Lecture: Donald Trump: What is Happening?

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7pm-9pm – Queen’s professors discuss the current U.S. political climate, and the inauguration of President Donald Trump. This free event will take place in the Agnes Etherington Art Centre atrium and is open to the public. Limited seating, arrive early.

FREE Lecture: Radical Imagery in the Craft Beer Industry

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7pm-9pm – This free “Ideas on Tap” Nerd Night presentation looks at the revolutionary imagery and discourse used by micro-breweries and craft brewers. It challenges the claims that craft beer is truly revolutionary.

Discover ArtSci Majors Night at Grant Hall

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 4pm-7pm – Members from each Departmental Student Council (DSC) will be available to answer questions about their experiences with the programs offered at this free event. You’ll be able to compare the different programs you’re considering and explore whether they fit your interests.

FREE Queen’s Graduate Research Showcase, Pecha Kucha style

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 5:30pm-7:30pm – Doctoral students in the School of Graduate Studies will present their research in Pecha Kucha style: 22 slides, only 20 seconds per slide. This free event that is open to the public is a great way to learn about the state-of-the-art research happening at Queen’s and the people behind it. It will take place at the University Club on Stuart Street.

Award-winning East Coast folk band Hillsburn perform at Queen’s

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 9:30pm – Featured on CBC’s The Vinyl Cafe last summer, Hillsburn are returning to Kingston to perform new material live on Wednesday night. In 2016, they released their debut full-length album, In The Battle Years, and won a Canadian Folk Music Award for “New/Emerging Artist of the Year.” Tickets are $10 advance/$15 at the door, 19+ only.

Kingston Canadian Film Festival (KCFF)

Thursday, Mar. 2 through Sunday, Mar. 5 – KCFF brings the best Canadian feature films of the year to a number of traditional and unconventional venues in downtown Kingston. In addition, KCFF presents four short film programs (with dedicated slots for local artists and youth), free workshops and networking, industry guest appearances and talks, receptions, special events, music, comedy, and awards. A full schedule of events is available on their website.

All ages concert featuring Ben Caplan at The Mansion

Thursday, Mar. 2, 7pm-9pm – Kicking off night one of Kingston Canadian Film Festival is Ben Caplan (Canadian east-coast folk). This charismatic charmer and smasher of pianos is a madman and an earnest poet. Ben Caplan is simply unforgettable; with his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. Tickets are $12 advance, and the show is all ages/licensed. 

Anxiety in the Academic: a panel discussion

Thursday, Mar. 3, 1pm-3pm – What is anxiety?  How can we recognize it?  What are some coping strategies?  When should we get help?  Where can we find it?  With special guest speaker Jennifer Dods, Director of Student Wellness and a panel of faculty and students. This free event is open to the public.

Theatre production shines light on youth issues often silenced

Friday, Mar. 3 through Sunday, Mar. 5 – Down There is an annual collection of stories written, directed, and produced by Queen’s students and other talented artists. Down There discusses a range of identity issues which are often silenced. Performances take place at the H’art Centre, and tickets are $12 advance.

FREE Lecture: “Health System Integration: Pipe dream or vital public policy?”

Friday, Mar. 3, 11:30am-1pm – Queen’s School of Policy Studies presents Leslee Thompson, President and CEO of Accreditation Canada and Health Standards Organization (HSO), and past president of KGH, for a free public lecture. Light lunch will be provided.

PSYC Distinguished Emeritus Lecture: Dr. Alistair MacLean, “Perspectives from Sleep”

Friday, Mar. 3, 2:30pm-5pm – Long regarded as a passive period of existence, new perspectives have illuminated our understanding of both sleep and wakefulness. Hobson (1989) observed that “more has been learned about sleep in the past 60 years than in the preceding 6,000.” Former dean of Queen’s Faculty of Arts & Science and professor emeritus, Dr. Alistair MacLean, will give a free public lecture on the topic of Sleep. Please register for this event

Annual Project Red Charity Fashion Show at Grant Hall

Friday, Mar. 3 and Saturday, Mar. 4, 7:30pm – A student-run fashion show and dance performance with all proceeds going to the Heart And Stroke Foundation. Featuring the creative minds of Queen’s students and fashion from local designers and clothing retailers. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online in advance or at the door.

March Madness Cheerleading Competition at K-ROCK Centre

Saturday, Mar. 4, 9am-6pm – Bringing together the best cheerleaders from across Ontario and Quebec! With only a month left before Nationals it’s the perfect event for cheerleaders to get some additional feedback before taking the “big stage” in Niagara Falls! Tickets are $20 for spectators, taking place in the Rogers K-ROCK Centre and open to the public.

KAC in Conversation: Creative Placemaking Workshop

Saturday, Mar. 4, 1pm-4pm – A creative, fun and interactive workshop that explores how our community can contribute to improving city spaces in creative ways. Registration is required, cost is $10, and all are welcome.

FREE Workshop “Superdrugs vs. Superbugs: Fight against Drug Resistant Bacteria”

Saturday, Mar. 4, 2pm-4pm – Associate professor Dr. Prameet Sheth from Queen’s department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine will talk about antibiotics and drug-resistant bacteria, diving into the inequalities and social problems associated with access to antibiotics in developing nations. This is a free event, open to the public. It takes place in Ellis Hall on University Ave. Free pizza and light refreshments provided.

Queen’s A Cappella Competition at The Isabel

Saturday, Mar. 4, 7:30pm – For the 4th year in a row, the most prominent A Cappella stars at Queen’s and beyond will be pitted against each other. Featuring out of town competitors Hit Paws from the University of Vermont, Simple Harmonic Motion from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Hawkappella from Laurier University! Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for the public. The event takes place at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.


Saturday, Mar. 4, 7:30pm – Canadian cultural icon, comedienne and one of the funniest women on television, Cathy Jones, star of THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES, returns to the stage with her third one woman show, Stranger To Hard Work, where  Cathy shares her unique perspective on a topics from food to money and the troublesome people in her life. Tickets are $25 advance.

Cantabile Choirs: The Drinking Gourd at Sydenham St. United Church

Saturday, Mar. 4, 7:30pm – Cantabile Choirs warmly welcomes one of the most dynamic conductors on the world stage today, André Thomas. A brilliant composer, arranger and director of the World Youth Choir plus festivals worldwide, he is one of the leading authorities on Afro-American music. Be sure to join Cantabile for this evening of thrilling choral music. Tickets are $22, available in advance and at the door.

ASUS Social Justice x Get Real: Drag Show at The Underground

Saturday, Mar. 4, 9pm – ASUS Social Justice Committee is collaborating with Get Real to bring glitter, platform shoes and sass to The Underground on Queen’s campus for a night of drag performances. There will be three sets of drag performances throughout the night at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30, and the time in between will be just like a regular Saturday night at The Underground; so come out to join us for a club night infused with live performances and help us kick off LGBTQ+ Action Week the right way! This event is 19+ and open only to Queen’s students and their guests.

KCFF: P.S. I Love You, Warmer concert at The Toucan

Saturday, Mar. 4, 11pm-2am – After our films wrap up for the day, the Festival continues with free live music at the The Toucan! Grab a pint and check out P.S. I Love You and Warmer (two of the bands featured in the film LIVE IN KINGSTON) live… in Kingston, go figure. This free event is open to the public, 19+ only.

Matchmaker Partner Yoga – Speed Dating/Yoga Mash-up

Sunday, Mar. 5, 6:30pm-7:30pm – Join lululemon and Ashley Riverside in the Rehearsal Hall at the Tett Centre on March 5th at 6:30pm for a mash up of speed dating and yoga that will make you LOL. This class is the perfect event to deepen your practice while hanging with old friends and meeting new ones! This free event is open to the public.

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