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Homegrown Live Music Festival marks the beginning of the return of live music in Kingston

To say that Kingstonians have missed their live music scene might be the understatement of the pandemic. A very large part of the local social scene, and a major employer of a good segment of Kingston’s populations, the loss of live music due to the COVID-19 pandemic had a massive

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Kingston Music Scene Year in Review 2019

The Kingston music scene got a nice kickstart to 2019, as the Kingston Live podcast launched its first episode on January 1.  Since then, they have produced 13 episodes, covering a variety of musical genres, along with all the major festivals, and a healthy handful of non-performing people in the

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The case for Kingston as the Music Capital of Canada

The Tragically Hip. Sarah Harmer. The Glorious Sons. Bedouin Soundclash. The Headstones. The Arrogant Worms. These are just some of the bands and musicians that have called Kingston home on their way to national fame. Often, when you hear these names all at the same time, it’s because a Kingstonian

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20 years gone: The legacy of Joe Chithalen

  I turned 19 in 1997. I spent my 19th birthday with Blue Monday at The Wellington (“Oh, today you’re 19??”) and a couple of days later, recovered from turning 19, I went to see Bloom at The Toucan. What I saw that day changed me. I’d been watching and

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Kingston Music Scene Year in Review 2018

With 2018 planted firmly in the rearview mirror, it’s time for Kingstonist to take a look back at the year in local music. Our thriving local music scene continued to provide great new music for us to hear. There were new releases in 2018 from The Wilderness, The Huaraches, Greg

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Major Love brings major fun to Plant the Seeds Initiative

Singer-songwriter Colleen Brown has a music career spanning eight albums over 15 years. She’s been based out of Edmonton most of that time, but in 2016 she moved to Kingston with her partner Elijah Abrams, who also plays bass in her new band Major Love. “There are always good shows

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Film screening and live performance kick off Plant the Seeds Initiative this Thursday

Jay Middaugh, who wrote, directed, and co-produced the 2017 feature film Live in Kingston, describes the movie as “music documentary disguised as a romantic comedy.” “There aren’t a lot of people who want to watch 12 music videos back-to-back,” he explains. “We wanted to have enough plot to keep people

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#ygkChallenge: Check out the Homegrown Live Music Festival

The #ygkchallenge is an ongoing series where we dare you to be different, resolve to be better, and or do something awesome in support of our beloved community. Each week, Kingstonist establishes a new, ambitious or quirky goal, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something

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Top Five Things to See and Do in May 2017

Spring is in the air in Kingston! The patios dotting our downtown are once again bustling with activity, weary students are shuffling into new digs, and the panic-inducing clouds of midges are choking anyone who dares to venture within 3 blocks of the waterfront.  With the city’s event calendar is

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Guide to Homegrown 2017

Homegrown Live Music Festival is celebrating its 9th year next Saturday, May 6th, at thirteen downtown venues. The festival showcases some of Kingston’s finest musicians all in support of Joe’s Musical Instrument Lending Library. Each venue will play host to a specific genre of music. This year’s festival boasts three

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#ygkChallenge: Apply to Perform at Homegrown Live 2017

The #ygkchallenge is an ongoing series where we dare you to be different, resolve to be better, and or do something awesome in support of our beloved community. Each week, Kingstonist establishes a new, ambitious or quirky goal, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something

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