Looking at the long list of spectacular events that take place over the course of the Summer in Kingston, it’s no wonder why so many families, post-secondary students and tourists make an appearance on certain weekends. To say that there is a lot going on is an understatement, especially when you consider the modest size of our fair city. While a vast majority of our big Summer events recur from year to year, including the Buskers Rendezvous, Limestone City Blues Festival and the 1000 Islands Poker Run, in recent times the Princess Street Promenade and Fare on the Square have been added to the mix. In the not-too-distant future there’s the Kingston Jazz Festival, which includes a series of performances on the porches and verandas throughout the Sydenham Ward dubbed Porch Jazz. While we’re deconflicting our vacations away from the City in order to attend our favourite events, this week’s poll asks:
Which summer festival/event are you looking forward to the most?
- Princess Street Promenade (37%, 48 Votes)
- Fare on the Square (17%, 22 Votes)
- Limestone City Blues Festival (15%, 19 Votes)
- Canada Day (13%, 17 Votes)
- Buskers Rendezvous (11%, 14 Votes)
- Kingston Jazz Festival (7%, 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 129
Over the past few years, I’ve grown somewhat tired of the the familiar and otherwise unchanging aspects of much-hyped events such as Buskers. Not to single this special weekend out, but it seems as though we get the same old performers passing through from one year to another. While I love watching the fire jugglers, laughing at the jokers and so on, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to get excited about events that stick with the same formula, even though it may be tried, tested and true. I suppose that is why I’ve been looking forward to events such as Fare in the Square and the Promenade a bit more, as these spectacles are relatively new and in spite of there recurring programs, they still come across as fresh. Perhaps we need to acquire the services of Nik Wallenda, or some other reasonably priced yet exciting performer, in order to breathe new life into Buskers.
With all of our upcoming Summer festivals in mind, which ones are you looking forward to and why? Otherwise, if you could reinvigorate any of our long standing festivals, how would you change them for the better?
Thanks to JAG for today’s photo, which was kindly added to our Flickr pool.