We’re very lucky in Kingston to have the opportunity to see countless bands perform pretty much everyday. Thanks to the folks like Kingston Punk Productions, CFRC and Flying V Productions to name a few, there is a constant flow of shows featuring artists of all kinds from small up-and-comers to well-known bands who stop in during a tour.
Kingston is also known for its local talent, and thanks to the many bars and restaurants who support us local musicians, there is a great show or five to be taken in weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. There are also countless opportunities for participation via open mics and music clubs. Here is a guide to what we can see and hear on a regular basis.
- The RCHA: The Kingston Ukulele Club meets every even-numbered Monday from 7:30pm-10pm.
- The Toucan: For as long a I can remember Ghetto Express has made Monday a little more funky from 10pm-2am.
- Olivea: From 6pm-9pm you can enjoy a delicious meal and great jazz from The Paul Clifford Trio.
- RCHA: From 7pm-10pm have a drink and sing along with folk musicians Chris Murphy and Friends.
- Tir nan Og: The bar formerly known as Monte’s has recently reopened as Front Pub. Sing or play your heart out at an Open Mic with Jack Troughton from 8pm-1am.
- Ben’s Pub: Every week Celtic musicians of all levels get together for a pint and a traditional session from 9pm until the tunes stop.
- Brandees: Every week Nancy Slater-Hunt hosts an Open Mic from 9pm-12am.
- Revolutions: One of Kingston’s newest spots for live music opens its stage to all for an Open Mic from 10pm-2am.
- The Grad Club: A favourite for Queen’s students and Kingstonians alike, the Open Mic with Jon McLurg starts at 8pm and usually goes til about midnight. Get there early to sign up!
- Rose and Crown: Not downtown? Head over to this Open Mic hosted by Tom Savage from 8:30-12am.
- RCHA: Brian Flynn hosts an evening that’s hard to pronounce, unpredictable and open to all. Join him to listen, play, recite poetry, dance, do acrobatics..anything goes at Schadenfreudeless Night (8pm-11pm..or so).
- The Merchant Taphouse: Every week Trevor Walsh fills the dance floor from 10pm-2am.
- The RCHA: TGIF! Unwind after a long week with some great jazz performed by Rubbaboo from 5:30pm-8pm.
- The Sly Fox Tavern: Or maybe you prefer to end your week by belting out a few tunes yourself. This Open Mic starts at 10pm.
- RCHA: A personal favourite, The Kingston Blues Society and host band Mojo Shooter put on a great jam the third Saturday of each month. The evening begins at 8pm with a feature performer and then the stage opens up ’til 12am.
- RCHA: Every even-numbered Sunday you can find the Kingston Folk Club with Chris Morris. This popular evening starts with a feature performer and ends with an Open Mic. Sign up is at 7:30 followed by tunes from 8pm-10pm.
- RCHA: On odd-numbered Sundays you can catch Sweet Folk Al(l)ternate, hosted by Tracie Morgan. Same bat-time, same bat-channel.
- The Mansion: The Downtown Trio have made the end of the weekend a bit more bearable with great jazz every week from 5pm-8pm.
Thanks to miss.selina for today’s pic.