Celebrate ‘My Kingston Day’ with CBC and KFPL

Image via KFPL.

CBC has partnered with Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) to host My Kingston Day. The day will celebrate all things Kingston, and will feature artists and Kingston voices, illustrating the city’s beauty and history.

According to a release from the library, CBC is coming to Kingston for a fun-filled day of art and engaging conversation in one of the city’s favourite places – KFPL’s Central Branch.

“We’re looking forward to showcasing Kingston and the incredible people who shape this city with their art, thoughts and voices. KFPL is excited to partner with CBC Ottawa to spotlight one of the communities we serve,” said Laura Carter, Chief Librarian and CEO, Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

As Kingston residents already know, KFPL said that the Limestone City is steeped in history; an Indigenous gathering place holding stories that long pre-date colonialism, a place with roots that reach generations back, a temporary stopover. Kingston is many things to many people, and KFPL and CBC Ottawa invite you to explore what this city means to you with a one-day event on Thursday, Apr. 21, 2022.

“CBC Ottawa is thrilled to be partnering with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library on this important project. We are looking forward to connecting with the Kingston community by engaging in important conversations, telling local stories and highlighting how libraries are such vital community pillars,” shared Drake Fenton, Managing Editor, CBC Ottawa.

The schedule of events that will take place at the KFPL Central Branch, 130 Johnson Street, for My Kingston Day, is as follows:

  • 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch & Learn moderated by CBC’s Michelle Allan with local artists, Constance Intounas and Francisco Corbett. Followed by unveiling of CBC Ottawa x KFPL customized art piece by the artistic duo.
  • 3:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m. – Family friendly drop-in afternoon with fun filled art and maker activities in KFPL’s Create Space.
  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Kingston: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow panel discussion hosted by CBC’s Michelle Allan featuring Aba Mortley, Xiaobing Shen, Dr. Deji Ayonrinde and another community voice.

Artists Constance Intounas (Browz) and Francisco Corbett are working together, under the collaborative name 1021, to create a unique, customized piece for the Kingston community, KFPL said in a media release. They aim to present a unique art piece that is representative of each artist as an individual, while also combining their works together to capture a feeling that is optimistic, adventurous, exciting, and different. The colour palette of 1021 is inspired by their previous works as individual artists and is intended to spark positivity that is inspired by the city’s surroundings, according to the release.

Tickets are free with limited attendance for each event. The library said that confirmed guests are guaranteed a limited-edition CBC Kingston swag pack. Register for each event on the KFPL website, and visit cbc.ca/mykingston for more details.

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