Guide to Weekly Live Music in Kingston in 2011

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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.



  • 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.

Danielle Lennon

Danielle Lennon is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. She was the Editor, Community Event Coordinator and Contributor at-large (2008-2018). She is otherwise employed as a section violinist with the Kingston Symphony, violin teacher, studio musician and cat lover. Learn more about Danielle...

2 thoughts on “Guide to Weekly Live Music in Kingston in 2011

  • Open mic's are a wonderful outlet for the many talented folks from Kingston and parts surrounding.
    Here, interaction with other artists or expressing your stuff in a solo fashion never gets old…because it's different each time! A new venue will hopefully be posted here soon: The Royal Jam…every thursday 9-midnight.
    This busy jam is fun, with dancing, good people and varying types of music; mostly blues, blues rock, rock n roll, folk-rock or anything else a performer wishes. Host band 'RoughMix' knows how to stir it up with tight boogies and even sweet songs. Come out to be a part of this every Thursday!

  • Hey folks..a few updates for your page:

    1.ghetto not doing Mon nites for some time

    2.No lbs jam third say…for some time now.

    3.I host THE ROYAL JAM with host band; Roughmix, every Thursday from 9 to midnight. Open Mic with great sound, talented performers and a relaxed, casual atmosphere!

    344 Princess St.

    200th Royal Jam Anniversary: DEC.8

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