Fundraiser brings music and poetry together in support of Interval House


At the heart of every community are the people and places that help those who need it most during difficult, uncertain times.

Here in Kingston, Interval House is a place that does just that, offering emergency shelter and second stage housing, along with resources, to women, children, and youth experiencing violence. And sadly, here in Kingston, there’s more demand for these specialized services than one might think.

“If you follow Kingstonist posts, you’ll see the prevalence of domestic violence. Supporting the courageous people who take a risk by leaving and starting a new life for themselves is tantamount to creating a society where everyone can thrive,” said Megan Hamilton.

“I’ve been supporting Kingston Interval House for a few years, and for a variety of reasons. Their work supporting women and families fleeing domestic violence is incredible and vital.”

With continuing to support Interval House in new ways top of mind, Hamilton co-organized Interval and Harmonies, an upcoming event featuring six local artists, including Hamilton herself. Billed “An afternoon of music in support of Kingston Interval House,” Interval and Harmonies will offer performances from the aforementioned Hamilton, as well as Jenica Ryane, Moira Demorest, Piner, Shout Sister Choir!, and Alyssa Cooper. As Hamilton pointed out, Ryane, Demorest, and Shout Sister Choir! Are mainstays of the Kingston music scene.

“Shout Sister Choir! and Jenica Rayne are established local staples. Moira Demorest is heavily involved in the local music scene as part of Kingston Punk Productions as well as on stage with her own music,” Hamilton said of the lineup.

“And Piner is an up and coming band who are really making waves here in town, and graciously stepped in when our dear friends Kris and Dee had to step out.”

Alyssa Cooper, who Hamilton described as an “incredible local poet” whose “performances are stunning,” said she was honoured to be a part of a concert in support of Interval House.

“Interval House does amazing work supporting and protecting women in Kingston,” said Cooper. “It’s always a really great feeling to be able to use my art to give back to my community.”

Interval and Harmonies, an afternoon of music at BLUMartini Bar & Grill, will also feature a silent auction of items donated by local businesses. Doors open at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Admission is $20 at the door and children are free.

For more information about the event click here.

To learn more about Kingston Interval House, visit


With files from Michelle Allan.

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