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City requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter recreational facilities

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, individuals 12 and older will need to show proof they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated to enter City of Kingston recreational facilities and the Kingston Grand Theatre unless an exemption applies. According to a release from the City, dated Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, COVID-19 proof of vaccination checks will be performed in conjunction

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Kingston Symphony returns to the stage with Masterworks concert ‘What’s Next?’

The Kingston Symphony is returning to the stage for the first time in almost two years. What’s Next?, the first Masterworks concert of the 2021-2022 season, will be streamed live from the Isabel Bader Centre. Tickets are on sale now, and the performance will be broadcast on the Kingston Symphony’s

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Kingstonist Concert Reviews: Back to the Farm marks triumphant return of music festivals

Kingstonist Concert Reviews On Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, Back to The Farm Beer and Music Festival made its return for the first time since the pandemic pushed the pause button on live events. With a skillfully crafted lineup of bands that consisted primarily of local talent, the festival showcased a

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Musicians and fans celebrate as live music returns to Kingston

The lockdown has finally lifted for live music, and fans couldn’t be more thrilled! On the evening of Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, Howe Island’s Rockin’ the Rock returned and two of Kingston’s most promising bands broke the silence that pandemic restrictions forced upon them. The excitement and energy brought by fans alone could have powered the show, which was fuelled by solar panels brought in

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Cantabile Choirs offer bursaries for members thanks to generous gift

In preparation for their 25th season, Cantabile Choirs of Kingston have received a major gift from the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul which, alongside generous gifts from private donors, will be used to provide financial assistance to local singers. The community choral organization, which has grown to offer a wide variety of musical education and performance

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Limited bracelets available for Limestone City Blues Festival

Blues loving locals and tourists alike will want to secure their spots for the Limestone City Blues Festival, a weekend festival held outdoors and in the clubs of downtown Kingston. This year, the festival will take place on August 27 and 28, 2021, with an all-Canadian lineup. Blues Bracelets are

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Waterfront concerts return to Gananoque

Gananoque is getting its groove on as the 2021 Waterfront Concert series returns to town. “Enjoy some great music at the beautiful heritage park in Gananoque,” said Cliff Edwards, co-prouder of the Waterfront Concert series. Sponsored by the Town of Gananoque, the free concert series will run on Fridays and

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Homegrown Live Music Festival marks the beginning of the return of live music in Kingston

To say that Kingstonians have missed their live music scene might be the understatement of the pandemic. A very large part of the local social scene, and a major employer of a good segment of Kingston’s populations, the loss of live music due to the COVID-19 pandemic had a massive

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The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois on Saskadelphia, Lake Fever Lager, and playing with Feist

Even though The Tragically Hip is no longer touring or writing new material as a band, 2021 has been a busy year for Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Gord Sinclair, and Paul Langlois. In February, Strippers Union (fronted by Rob Baker and Craig Northey) released their third album, The Undertaking. The

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Kingston Kiwanis Music Festival performers find provincial success

Every June, performers from across the province participate in a yearly music competition hosted by the Ontario Music Festivals Association. This year’s festival was held virtually and over 1,700 performers from across the province took part. Thirty-seven performers from Kingston entered the 2021 Provincial Festival. “The Kingston Kiwanis Music Festival

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Grand Theatre to host first-ever Artists-in-Residence program

Four local artists have been selected to participate in the inaugural Local Arts Residency program at the Grand Theatre. These week-long residencies will run from July to September and will offer space, time and resources to support local artists to explore new ideas, collaborate with other artists, create new work

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SPAF’s Next Door kicks off two-month public art experience

For 15 years, Kingston and area residents could look forward to the summer solstice, not just because the sun travels its longest path in the sky creating the longest day and marking the beginning of summer, but because of the Skeleton Park Arts Festival (SPAF). Billed as a “free, grassroots,

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