Top Five Things to See and Do in January 2017

Peter & the Starcatcher, Blue Canoe, Modern Fuel, Fort Henry, Lumina Borealis, The Grand Theatre, Little Cataraqui Conservation Area, Kingston, OntarioHappy New Year!  With your holiday hangover in mind, this month we’ve set out to curate a well-balanced collection of easy going and entertaining activities to help you recover from the silly season. Let’s face it, we survived family, friends, festivities, the roads, shopping and are overdue for some well-deserved down time with just the right amount of quiet. Thankfully, our picks for the best events in Kingston in January 2017 include numerous options spanning multiple days, so you don’t have to worry about missing out if you decide to take a well-deserved “me” day and hibernate indoors.  Our top picks for the best things to see and do in Kingston this month will surely pique your curiosity, and coax you out and about. Looking for even more to do? Our community events calendar has it all and then some. Alright 2017, let’s do this!

Lumina Borealis, all month long: after opening to rave reviews in late 2016, Kingston’s newest winter attraction leads the way as one of your best bets for excitement this month.  The historic surroundings of Fort Henry have been transformed with artful and luminous installations that serve as the foundation for Lumina Borealis.  Explorers will encounter an enchanted land, encapsulated by a cold winter spell, which conceal secrets yearning to be unlocked.  As you navigate the frozen landscape, your imagination will be ignited as you uncover the untold wonders left behind by mystical beings.  Admission time and dates vary, so book your journey in advance ($12/each, 13 years +).

Jay White: Traveller, January 8th to February 18th: Modern Fuel offers an exhibit of the thought-provoking work of Edmonton-based artist Jay White.  Traveller brings together the artist’s longterm engagements with his natural surroundings, exposing the journey of rocks being returned to a creek, and a boulder’s climb up a mountain.  Such natural phenomena are translated into photographs, which are projected in the gallery where they stimulate discussion pertaining to: What information is lost when these activities are transferred off the land and outside of their local context? How does the liveliness of an object change when it becomes ‘animated’ through image sequences?

Peter & the Starcatcher, January 11-28th: Blue Canoe presets this Tony-winning play, which is based on the best-selling novels that reimagines the century-old story of how an orphan became the legendary Peter Pan. Conceived for the stage with marauding pirates, jungle tyrants, unlikely heroes and of course the orphan who refused grow old, Peter & the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths and bonds of friendship, duty and love.  Directed by Madeleine Schaefer Scovil, starring Oliver Parkins (Peter), Lizzie Moffatt (Molly), Kyle Holleran (Stache) and Cameron Durst (Smee), Peter & The Starcatcher is being performed at The Baby Grand.  Tickets $10-$20/each.

Some Enchanted Evening, January 27th: four of Canada’s most acclaimed singers salute Canada 150 with a celebration of 150 years of musical theatre and operetta. Legendary tenor Ben Heppner performs alongside Rebecca Caine, Jean Stilwell and Gary Relyea in an unforgettable salute to the nation’s sesquicentennial anniversary. Singing unmistakable favourites including: Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Merry Widow, Show Boat, Porgy and Bess, South Pacific, My Fair Lady and Phantom of the Opera, this is one performance you won’t soon forget.  Some Enchanted Evening is being performed at The Grand Theatre, with tickets starting at $45/each.

Little Cat Classic Ski Race, January 29th: hosted by the Canadian Ski Patrol Frontenac Zone, this friendly annual event includes 5 and 10 kilometre races, with single and family relay competitions, as well as skate and snowshoe options.  It’s an opportunity get active, get outdoors and challenge yourself and others in the midst of the serene surroundings of Little Cat.  Don’t have your own equipment?  Not a problem.  Skis and snowshoes are available to rent at the Outdoor Centre. Registration for each event opens 30 minutes before start time. Registration is $5/each or $10/team.

Photo credit to: Lumina Borealis, Jay White, John Daggett, Canadian Opera Company, and Christine Alder.

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