Please forgive my nostalgic tendencies, but from time to time I like to look back on Kingstonist’s humble beginnings, and recognize the vast improvements we’ve made over the past few years. We’ve amassed a talented team of fairly regular contributors, and developed some fantastic, recurring series along the way. From What if Kingston… to Six Questions, Friday Foto and our new Weekly Poll, we’ve had a lot of help creating content that keeps our readers coming back for more. For those who remember, our Friday Foto series premiered in November 2008. Initially, we struggled to attract and get permission to show off the efforts of local photogs. That all changed when we unleashed Kingstonist’s Flickr pool, which is now 45 members strong. This week we honestly couldn’t decide between two photos, so we’re breaking all the rules and featuring them both. J.A.G.’s shot of a fire juggler in front of City Hall on the left, and Mike Soucy’s photo of a skateboarder launching himself through a star-shaped ring of fire on the right. Both of these are awesome examples of the excitement the annual Buskers Rendezvous brings to this city. It’s a shame if you missed out on the action.
In other exciting news, Smoke’s Poutinerie is set to open up shop just around the corner from the Hub. Will their presence hurt other fried food purveyors such as Bubba’s, or be celebrated by Kingston’s poutine aficionados? Primaris Retail REIT has announced their plans to purchase the Cataraqui Town Centre from Cadillac Fairview and Ivanhoe Cambridge for a cool $168 million. What does this mean for the future of Kingston’s largest indoor mall? Last but not least, it seems as though the livestock at our local prison farms aren’t going anywhere in the near future. This isn’t a decisive victory, however I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s a step in the right direction.
This weekend I’ll be attending the Kingston Symphony’s annual concert at Fort Henry, where they’ll be joined by Jill Barber. This is my second year attending, and I’ll be sure to post a few photos of the spectacle that is the 1812 Overture. What are your plans for the weekend? Anything else going down in the Limestone City that’s worth checking out? Don’t forget to check out our new guide to brunch destinations when you’re trying to figure out where to go this weekend. TGIF!