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Five artists feature in second phase of City’s Local Arts Residency program

With the completion of the first round of the artists-in-residence program complete, the City of Kingston will continue with a second phase of the Grand Theatre Local Arts Residency Program. These week-long residencies offer space and support to Kingston performing artists to explore new ideas, create, self-direct their research, and nurture new directions

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Kingstonist Concert Reviews: Back to the Farm marks triumphant return of music festivals

Kingstonist Concert Reviews On Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, Back to The Farm Beer and Music Festival made its return for the first time since the pandemic pushed the pause button on live events. With a skillfully crafted lineup of bands that consisted primarily of local talent, the festival showcased a

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Miss Emily preps her first paid online concert

Maple Blues Award-winning Kingston musician Emily Fennell, aka Miss Emily, has been struggling through the COVID-19 shutdown like all musicians.   “I lost all of my summer season,” said Fennell. “It was going to be another great festival season for me and the band. We didn’t even get to announce a

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Local musicians join ‘Music Across the Border’ to benefit United Way

If you’re from Kingston (or anywhere in Ontario, really) and you’re a music fan (or even if you aren’t), chances are you have heard of the two local musicians who will be featured in tomorrow night’s international telethon in support of the United Way. That’s because you’d have to be

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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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Stolen Miss Emily merch returned

The Kingston music community is now able to report its third positive ending to a bad situation this year. Earlier this month, Jonas Lewis-Anthony, lead singer of The Wilderness, was reunited with prized acoustic guitar nearly two years after it was stolen. In February, Spencer Evans’ recently stolen clarinet was

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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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