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The Juvenis Festival

The Juvenis Festival is a project of Blue Canoe Theatrical that began in 2016. Juvenis Kingston’s Youth Arts Festival, one of only two youth arts festivals in all of Canada! Juvenis showcases the talented #ygkyouth ages 30 and under. This 11 day-long festival gives young people an opportunity to act,

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Spring Poet Laureate Mentorship sessions available for local poets

Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) is looking for five emerging or practicing poets aged 14 or older who are interested in an hour-long one-on-one mentorship session this spring with Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux.  If that describes you, KFPL asks you to please submit a sample of your poetry (from

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New poem from Jason Heroux marks the start of 2021

Jason Heroux, Kingston’s Poet Laureate, has written a poem to mark the beginning of the 2021 new year. The poem, Civil Twilight, is inspired by the question “where do we go from here?” and Heroux says it aims to reflect the current collective experience and offer hope for the future.  

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Local poets wanted for mentorship sessions with Poet Laureate

Kingston Frontenac Public Library is looking for six emerging or practising poets aged 14 or older who are interested in an hour-long one-on-one mentorship session this winter with Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux.  If that describes you, KFPL asks you to please submit a sample of your poetry (from five

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Remembering the life of Wayne Westfall

On Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, The Villanelles had our last poetry group meeting with beloved member Wayne Westfall. On Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. he left this world on his own terms after spending nearly 40 years as a quadriplegic. I didn’t know Wayne so much as a painter,

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Second weekend of ‘Ontario Street: A Vibrant Project’ kicks off Friday

The City of Kingston will be putting on a second weekend of the Ontario Street Vibrant Spaces Project. Ontario Street will be closed to traffic in front of City Hall from 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 to allow a gathering space for

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Local comedian stands up for mental health awareness

Local comedian Al Babcock is fighting mental health stigma with a night of local entertainment called ‘It’s All In Your Head’ taking place at the Grad Club at the end of the month. The event will feature performances from local comedians, spoken word artists, poets, and musicians, and be emceed

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Local youth wins Indigenous Arts and Stories contest

  Eight-year-old Nescia Giangrosso of Elginburg has won the Emerging Artist (6-9) category of the Indigenous Arts and Stories contest. The contest is organized by Historica Canada and invites First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists aged six to 29 to interpret an aspect of their culture and heritage through literary

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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

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Poet Laureate offering one-on-one mentorship sessions

Are you an aspiring poet? Would you enjoy being mentored by Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux? Good news! The Kingston Frontenac Public Library is offering you the chance to do just that. Jason Heroux was appointed Kingston’s third Poet Laureate in November 2018. He has written four books of poetry

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‘Great things can come out of a setback’ – Local arts community rallies around young poet following vandalism of public poetry installation

They say the pen is mightier than the sword, and those in Kingston’s arts community are proving that as they push forward to “create a positive out of a negative” after a public poetry installation was destroyed by vandalism. As part of a Skeleton Park Arts Festival initiative, young poet

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New Poet Laureate’s works ‘immensely influenced’ by Kingston

As Kingston celebrates the new year, the City and its residents are also celebrating a new Poet Laureate, whose first public event coincided with the Mayor’s New Year’s Levee. On Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, the City of Kingston announced the appointment of local author and poet, Jason Heroux, as the

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