Friday Foto

The Kingston Brewing Company, Brew Pub, Kingston, OntarioWhen it comes to massive construction projects, it seems as though deadlines are constantly being extended, while cost estimates are notoriously nudged higher and higher. While the final bill for the Big Dig has yet to be unveiled, I was pleasantly surprised that lower Princess Street was able to open in time for last week’s Canada Day festivities. Bravo to the folks who ended the suffering on schedule.  Now fast forward to this weekend, where downtown Kingston will be packed with unicyclists, contortionists, clowns, mimes, fire jugglers, face painters, live music and much, much more! The 22nd annual Buskers Rendezvous is already underway, with a lineup of two dozen acts who will be melting in the sweltering heat, and otherwise working hard to earn your spare change.  Historically, downtown Kingston is nothing short of a zoo during the Buskers festivities, which is the result of the large crowds and various street closures.  This year however, Buskers falls on the same weekend as the lift off of the Rocket Man himself, Elton John, who will be performing for a sold out audience at the K-Rock Centre tonight.  Saturday and Sunday are bound to be equally as insane, as legions of soccer fans pack air conditioned pubs and empty out onto the streets to celebrate the World Cup finals.

Summer is all around us, and it’s literally dripping off of my body as I type.  For those of you who don’t have AC, keep in mind that Kingston’s established two cooling stations, at Artillery Park and North Kingston Community Health Center respectively.  While I fully plan on taking in as much of the Buskers Rendezvous as possible, I’ll also be performing an interpretive rain dance in my backyard.  Join me, won’t you?

This week’s Friday Foto is a Kingstonist original that’s from our Buskers Rendezvous 2009 set.

Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

5 thoughts on “Friday Foto

  • You're not actually paying, or advocating that hard working folks should pay, to go see Elton John right? What was the latest on eBay? $650 for a pair of tickets? Ticking system at the Krock are a farce.

    • We touched on the ticketing fiasco months ago, and it seems the pleas of the local community have fallen on deaf ears. Nothing new. It makes no sense that local taxpayers waiting in lines over night get rejected at the box office within the first hour of tickets going on sale. I was also checking eBay, Craigslist and few other places this week where I saw over 50 ticket packages for sale at any given time. All going for about the same price as you mention. If the City were recouping the funds, that would be one thing, but scalpers in another province, or country…how are we letting other people get rich off of Kingston's tax burden?

  • "Bravo to the folks who ended the suffering on schedule." Pay enough and anything can happen.

    • Yep – It's called bending over for the businesses. Should've just gone ahead and done top to bottom, cuz its nothing but bitching anyway you look at it.

  • Personally, I am surprised that anyone wants to pay to see Elton John at all. You'd have to pay me, and I am not sure $650 would be enough! ;-)

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