Two weeks ago we wrote about the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Kingston Arts Council, and thus the saving and reviving of The Grand Theatre. The Arts Council held a wonderful event on November 12th showcasing local musicians, dancers, visual artists and more. The lobby of the Grand was packed with Kingstonians with a passion for art and culture. In economic times like these, when the arts are always the first thing to be cut, it was overwhelming and heartwarming to see the incredible support for our theatre and local arts scene.
The main event of the evening was a documentary created by filmmaker, artist, musician and Arts Council Administrator, Josh Lyon. The twenty-one minute documentary takes us back to the very beginning of The Grand’s life and winds through the many reincarnations of, and personalities responsible for, our theatre’s existence. Photos and footage from decades past give great insight to the Arts Council’s journey, and the passion felt ten, twenty, fifty years ago, gives a feeling of hope and excitement for the future of the arts in Kingston. Find twenty minutes of your day, make a cup of tea, relax and enjoy the show. As someone who sits on that stage regularly, this film gave me chills of excitement and made me a very proud and thankful Kingston artist.
You can enjoy more of Josh’s films here.