Top Five Things to See and Do in May 2015

Kingston Derby Girls, Homegrown Live Music Festival, Rick Mercer, Mother's Day, Art After Dark, Kingston, OntarioWhile May is just around the corner, let’s not forget that it snowed last week and it’s still a bit too chilly for wasting the day away on local patios.  Thankfully our top five things to see and do in May 2015 will warm you up and get you out to enjoy the best of what Kingston has to offer.

Kingston Derby Girls’ Home Opener, 2 May 2015:  the Kingston Derby Girls (KDG) officially launch their fifth season with a heart-pounding, bruise-inducing, double-header at the Memorial Centre.  The evening kicks off with a bout pitting the Capital City Derby Doll’s (CCDD) Dolly Rogers against the hometown Disloyalists, followed by CCDD’s Dollinquents going toe-to-toe against Kingston’s-own Skateful Dead.  Both bouts are sure to action-packed with plenty of spills and reasons to cheer as loud as you can!  Bring your own chair, construct a beerramid and witness spills of epic proportions!

Rick Mercer Live!, 6 and 7 May 2015: with a federal election on the horizon, you can bet that the man known as “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition” will have more than enough to talk about when he visits the Grand Theatre for a two-night engagement.  Rick Mercer’s trademark rants, refreshing candour and satirical insight will undoubtedly entertain and have the audience in stitches.  Tickets for these shows will be hard to come by, while both shows are fundraiser for the John Howard Society, a not-for-profit promoting effective, just, and humane responses to crime and its causes.

Homegrown Live Music Festival, 9 May 2015: this unique music festival has been celebrating Kingston’s homegrown talent for 7 years, raising funds for the Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library and collecting food donations for the Partners in Mission Foodbank.  With nearly 100 bands and artists performing at 10 of Kingston’s best venues for live music, Homegrown Live is undoubtedly the biggest music festival in the city.  Check out the full line-up for each venue, make a plan to catch your favourite acts and discover new talents along the way.

Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market Grand Opening, 10 May 2015 (9am-2pm): what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to take a leisurely stroll through the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market.  The 100% producer-run market is a locavore’s dream with all products and produce sourced from within 100km of Kingston. Get growing tips from local farmers and get a head start on your backyard garden buy purchasing plants that have been nurtured by trusted hands.  Drool over the seasonal produce and ready-to-eat products, peruse the crafts and stay for the music!

Art After Dark, 22 May 2015 (7pm-10pm):  Kingston’s finest downtown art galleries will be aglow as curious art lovers make there way from one illuminated place to the next, scoping out creative works by local artists.  Visitors can choose their own paths wandering between a variety of inviting galleries from Princess and Barrie Streets all the way down to King.  Take a break in between stimulating viewing sessions by popping into your favourite local restaurant or bar for a quick bite or sip of something special.  Art After Dark is an unpretentious and informative way to explore the local art scene.

Photo credit to: Tyrone Mitchell, the Rick Mercer Report, Wim Fournier, Gemma Billings and Davoud D..

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