We may be in the throes of the winter chill but there is plenty to keep us going throughout the month of February. If you’re a fan of the frost, FebFest and Froid’Art are for you. For those looking to warm up with some great entertainment or a yummy bite to eat, you’ll want to be sure to check out Reelout Film Fest, The Kingston Symphony’s tribute to John Williams and Loving Spoonful’s annual Guilty Pleasures fundraiser.
Reelout Queer Film and Video Festival, February 1st-10th: Lovers of independent film and movie magic rejoice! The 19th annual Reelout Film Festival continues the tradition of honouring the work of those who have championed queer film and video by showcasing the best and brightest queer cinematic offerings from around the world. With 65 films over 10 Days from 15 different countries as well as amazingly fun festival parties to attend, Reelout offers something for everyone!
FebFest, February 1st-28th: For the first time ever, Kingston’s annual week-long winter festival, FebFest will be celebrated for the entire month of February. Each week offers a variety of events ranging from hockey games, figure skating performances and concerts to food tours and winter sports demonstrations. If the weather cooperates, Boucher Park will be transformed into a Winter Park with snow mazes and ice slides. Throughout the month, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, a live DJ at the market square skating rink, beavertails and more!
Froid’Art, February 8th-defrost: Froid’Art is back! Starting February 8th, you can wander around Kingston to find frozen treasures of local art in various places. David Dossett, artist and owner of Martello Alley, has been curating this free, frozen art exhibit for the past few winters and is at it again. Local artists create beautiful works of art on large pieces of plastic that are then frozen into 300 pound blocks of crystal clear ice. Each block is illuminated for a stunning night effect. Some of the art is painted with special paint that glows in the dark. The exhibit runs from February 8th until the snow melts. Maps will be available at Martello Alley and online. Photo: Alex Pickering
John Williams at the Movies, Saturday, February 10th, 7:30pm and Sunday, February 11th, 2:30pm: The opening shark attack in Jaws, Darth Vader’s first appearance in Star Wars, E.T.’s famous bike ride, Clark Kent’s phone booth transformation, and Indiana Jones’s countless narrow escapes; few film composers are able to capture the action and excitement of a movie like John Williams. Join The Kingston Symphony as they recreate these exciting experiences live at The Grand Theatre. Tickets for both shows run from $10-50 and can be purchased at The Grand Theatre box office (613-530-2050) or online.
Guilty Pleasures Goes Wild, February 26th, 6pm: Loving Spoonful is celebrating its 10th year of providing access to healthy, fresh food to the Kingston community, and to celebrate, their annual fundraiser Guilty Pleasures is going wild! Enjoy a six-course tasting menu featuring “wild” foods prepared by a stellar line up of chefs including Dan Wentworth (Le Chien Noir Bistro), Cici Banks (Olivea), Ian Arthur (Chez Piggy), Cass Mercier (Atomica) and Dave Faroldi (Casa). This limited event will take place at Le Chien Noir from 6pm-10pm and is $185 per person, including wine pairing. All proceeds go to Loving Spoonful.