Well, spring is more than officially here, and while Mother Nature hasn’t quite gotten the memo, Kingston is awake, vibrant and alive with the season of rebirth and new beginnings. The month of May has so much to offer including art exhibits at the beautiful Tett Centre, live music and locally sourced deliciousness, not to mention the revival of butt-kicking women at The Memorial Centre. Food, music, art and derby, whatever your preference, there is a little something for everyone in YGK in the month of May. Here is our list of the Top Five things to see and do.
Relatively gentle ways of touching at Modern Fuel, April 30-June 11 2016: Artist duo Soft Turns presents their exhibition relatively gentle ways of touching at Modern Fuel throughout the month of May. Sarah Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Olejnik use video and installation-based approaches to art production to explore the ever-changing space between the foreign and the familiar. Their exhibition at Modern Fuel will consider curious objects and circumstances leading us to reflect on how we understand and perceive the world around us. The gallery, located in The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm. Be sure to visit the State of Flux gallery as well to see Neither Nor by Tanya Lukin Linklater.
Homegrown Live, May 7th 2016: Homegrown Live Music Festival celebrates its 8th year of celebrating local music while raising funds for Joe’s MILL. The annual festival takes place in a variety of venues all over downtown Kingston featuring live music of all genres by local Kingston musicians. Genres vary from rock and folk to punk, blues and electroacoustic, to name a few. Visit the Homegrown website for the full schedule and band bios.
Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market (re-)Opening, May 8th 2016: After spending the winter located indoors at the Princess Street United Church hall, this north end Farmers’ Market will set up shop back at their outdoor location on the grounds of The Memorial Centre. The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market is 100% producer-run and all products are grown and produced within 100km of the market. It runs every Sunday from 10am-2pm from Mother’s Day until next fall.
Derby Girls Home Opener, May 14th 2016: The derby is back and this year’s home opener, Spring Break’her, features the Skateful Dead vs the Wellington Bloody Marys, followed by the Disloyalists up against the Capital City Derby Dolls’ Dollinquents at The Memorial Centre. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and kids under 10 get in for free! Doors open at 5:30 and the first bout starts at 6:30pm. Live music provided by Cigar Saturdays.
Music Lovers’ House Tour, May 28th 2016: The Kingston Symphony‘s Music Lovers’ House Tour is one of the most popular annual fundraisers for our local symphony orchestra. The tour gives passbook holders the opportunity to get a peek inside some of Kingston’s most beautiful, intriguing, quirky and historic homes. This year’s tour promises many points of interest with homes filled with art and other fascinating collections. Passbooks are available for purchase for $40 and are available at The Kingston Symphony Association (11 Princess St., suite 206), Novel Idea (156 Princess Street), Expressions Fashion Boutique (2395 Princess Street, Units 7 & 8) and In Bloom (235 Gore Rd., unit 8). Lunch is provided at one of 3 churches on the tour.