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Music comedy duo offer mentorship to high school students pursuing the arts

High school students considering a future in the arts are being offered a unique mentorship opportunity by internationally-acclaimed music and comedy duo, Bridge & Wolak. Oftentimes when a musically gifted student is thinking about pursuing higher education, they tend to be steered away from pursuing their art in favour of

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Kingston’s Tragically Hip drop new album, Saskadelphia

Who would have thought, after the passing of Gord Downie, that the Tragically Hip would be releasing a new album? Well that’s just what they’ve done with Saskadelphia – a collection of previously recorded tracks that didn’t make the cut back in 1990 while the band was creating their second

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Kingston musician’s new single a tribute to farmers

A Kingston-based musician is out with a brand new single. “Date Night” by country musician Clem Chesterfield tells the story of making the most of the time we have. A man and woman in love, working through the night on the farm. “It came from a place of real respect

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Watershed Festival to celebrate music theatre in Kingston this May

A crucial turning point in history is often referred to as a “watershed” moment. With this in mind, the Dan School of Music and Drama at Queen’s University, in partnership with the City of Kingston, presents the first ever Watershed Festival, May 25 to 28, 2021. The Watershed Festival is

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Kingston musician releases mental health-inspired album

A Kingston musician is using his time working in mental health as a means to give back to the sector locally. Rich Tyo has spent two years working on the songs that make up the new album ‘Inner Space Outer Space by Kingston group, JukeBox County.  Tyo says the songs

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Kingston Symphony continues fundraising efforts with virtual events

Fundraising remains a struggle for many organizations as the COVID-19 pandemic drags into its second year. The Kingston Symphony is no exception. After postponing their two main fundraising events in 2020, they have redesigned their annual events and hope to continue to raise funds through pandemic-safe events for as long

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Documentary shines spotlight on the power of music

Residents at Providence Manor have been enjoying performances from Canta Arya School for Strings students for over a decade. To highlight this partnership the two organizations have produced a documentary called Resonance: Music Across the Ages. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school would host as many as 20 concerts

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‘Artists are Essential’ – Kingston Arts Council urges support for artists

Kingston Arts Council (KAC) is asking the Kingston community to support artists during this long pandemic, and beyond. The organization says the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the global community, and its impact on our arts sector has been extensive and heartbreaking.  Over the last year, Kingston’s artists – despite their

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Letter: Joe’s M.I.L.L. borrowers happy to have instruments during lockdown

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. In June 2019, I became the Library Coordinator for Joe’s M.I.L.L., Kingston’s Musical Instrument Lending Library, a pretty sweet job for a semi-retired lifelong musician!  If you aren’t

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City announces recipients of the 2020 Mayor’s Arts Awards

The Mayor’s Arts Awards is an annual recognition program that celebrates high artistic achievement and recognizes extraordinary contributions in and to the arts. Yesterday, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, Mayor Bryan Paterson recognized the 2020 recipients of the Mayor’s Arts Awards at an online event. “Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s

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New program, Uke Can Do It For Adults, launching at KFPL

Many people have found relief from the stresses of lockdown by taking up new hobbies or rediscovering old ones, like breadmaking, handwork, or playing a musical instrument. Kingston Frontenac Public Library offers a number of creative ideas for entertainment during the long winter, not to mention our current lockdown situation.

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Kingston Symphony Volunteers hold second online auction

Kingston Symphony Volunteers have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to move their fundraising efforts online, and have created an online store. Now, they are holding their second annual online auction, with hopes of raising funds to support instrumental and choral arts in the community. The volunteers who raise funds for

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