Kingston Arts News

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010


What started as a fun addition to Downtown Kingston's July Sidewalk Sale
is now
in its 22nd year and is known as one of the preeminent festivals of its
kind in Canada. This
year's event, presented by The Kingston Whig-Standard, runs from July 8
– 11. A great
mix of new, returning and original buskers will delight audiences of all
For details on every minute of this year's Kingston Buskers Rendezvous
visit our website For locations of individual
buskers check
our daily schedule in The Kingston Whig-Standard starting Thursday, July
8th or visit the
Information Booth in Confederation Park.

Highlights of the 22nd Edition of the Kingston Buskers Rendezvous:
Special Events
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Daytime dazzlers - Buskers performing for you on the streets and street
corners all over Downtown Kingston!
Busker Play - Especially for children

Thursday, Friday and Saturday - 11am to 1pm on the lawn at St. Andrew's
Princess Street Performances
Thursday, Friday & Saturday - 1pm to 3pm
Princess Street road closure between Bagot & Wellington Streets. Don't
miss these traffic stoppin' Busker performances!
The Whig-Standard Way (Ontario Street) & Market Square Performances
Thursday & Friday- 6pm to 10pm
Saturday - 3pm to 10pm
Sunday - 11am to 6pm
The Whig-Standard Way (Ontario Street) will be closed between Johnson
and Brock Streets to
make room for dozens of performances featuring spectacular displays of
sight and sound! Springer
Market Square performances begin at 6pm.

"Grand Giggles"- Indoor matinee!
Memorial Hall, City Hall
Friday July 9 - 2pm
Get your tickets now for this sure-to-sell-out indoor theatre matinee
performance. Guaranteed seats! Guaranteed climate! Guaranteed fun! A
limited number of tickets are available – on sale now
at The Rocking Horse, 160 Princess Street, $8 adults/$6 children

Fire Show - HOT, HOT, HOT!
Saturday July 10 - 10pm
Princess Street between Division and Barrie (The Hub) will be the site
of this fiery red-hot display
of busking talent. The Fire Show is not to be missed! Presented by The Hub

Kid's Tent
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 11am to 3pm
Located in Confederation Park, this is where you'll find four full days
worth of wildly entertaining
children's performers, programming and workshops suitable for kids of
all ages!
And don't miss the Jester Hat Workshops by The Rocking Horse in the
Kid's Tent daily 1-3 pm
It's free – come and be part of the Festival fun and make your very own
busker hat!
Thursday only – a loonie to a local charity for your jester hat

The Grand Finale!
Sunday July 11 - 6pm
Make your way to Confederation Park stage for the Buskers Grand Finale.
It's a true sampling of
the festival's fun and talent! Presented by The Kingston Whig-Standard.
Proceeds from the "hat"
will benefit the United Way's "Success by Six" program.
Details, photos and performer information can be found on our website

The Official Busker Information Booth is located onsite, immediately
beside the Tourism
Information Office, 209 Ontario Street. Hours of operation are 11am to
10pm. Souvenir
merchandise will also be available.
Kingston Buskers Rendezvous, organized by Downtown Kingston! BIA and is
proudly presented
by The Kingston Whig-Standard and sponsored by OLG, Pepsi, StarTek, The
Hub, Tyroute
Communications- Telus Authorized Dealer, K-Rock 105.7, Discount Car and
Truck Rental is the
Official Vehicle Sponsor and Buskers Headquarters is sponsored by Four
Points by Sheraton

For more information, please contact:
Jan MacDonald, Rendezvous Coordinator, Downtown Kingston! BIA – 613-542-8677
cell 613-561-2814
Laura Meggs, Projects Manager Marketing, Downtown Kingston! BIA–
cell 613-561-6606

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

PEC Quilt show, July 10, 11

The Prince Edward County Quilters' Guild Quilt Show.... Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11 from 10-5, PEC Community Centre Fairgrounds
The Quilt Guild supports several programs in PEC which last year included the Food Banks in Wellington & Picton, PEC Pregnancy & Family Care Centre  and other needs in the County. In addtion 17 lap quilts were presented to the Dialysis Unit at PEC Memorial Hospital, and each year the Guild submits a tree to the 'Festival of Trees' fundraiser for the hospital. Many other 'comfort quilts' are provided to individuals or families in the community suffering life altering disasters.

About our Quilt Show:  You will find:

       ·    Beautiful quilts and wall hangings that will fill the Picton Arena.  Many quilts will be for sale

    ·        a boutique with quilt items for sale that have been made by quilt guild members

·        demonstrations of quilting techniques - new & old

·        a merchants' mall - beautiful fabrics and items for quilting ,sewing and needlework

·        a silent auction with items made by guild members

·        two featured artists – both Guild members who create, teach, judge & show in Galleries

·        judged competition of quilts and wall hangings

·        tea room

In 2008, over 1300 visitors attended the Quilt Show and marveled at over 260 quilt related items displayed in the arena.


Who attends Quilt Shows?

The Show attracts other quilters, visitors who appreciate the many “Art Quilts” and many who fondly remember family members who quilted.  Quilts are a wonderful part of our history but they have become valuable works of art. 


Where & When?

Sat. Sun. – July 10 & 11 ;  10- 5   Fairgrounds in Picton.  Admission  $5


Who presents the Quilt Show?

The Quilt Show is staged by members of the Prince Edward County Quilters' Guild, a not for profit organization.  Members have a range of interest in quilting from the traditional quilts that our grandmothers made, to the “Art Quilts” of unique & original designs.

For further information contact or

P I F F E R I E F L A U T I - TRILLIO - July 11th

P I F F E R I  E  F L A U T I


Baroque Italian music


Performed by





Heather Schreiner  ~  Baroque Oboe, Recorder

Aurora Dokken  ~  Harpsichord

Jason Hawke  ~ Baroque Bassoon, Recorder, Gamba




Sunday july 11, 2010   2:30 pm


Upper Canada academy of performing arts

260 brock street

Kingston Ontario





A variety of home made Italian foods and beverages will be served


               Admission $20.00 at the door or call

        613 384-7843 or 613  634-9312 for reservations


This is a benefit concert for the Upper Canada Academy Piano fund.

Tax receipts are available for donations of $20 and over.

Cobourg Waterfront Festival taking place at Victoria Park at the waterfront

There are many events taking place such as the Lions' Art Show, the
Rotary Craft Show, a Marketplace, food, and music on stage.
These events are taking place July 1-3 from 10am-– 6pm, and July 4 from
10am - 5pm.

The weather man is calling for great weather, so come and join in on the

I'll be exhibiting my art at the Lions Art Show at the East end of the
waterfront. Hope to see you there.

Carla Miedema <>


PORT MOODY, BC - A call for entries for the 2011 Wearable Art Awards,

performances scheduled next February 18 - 19, has been issued by the Port
Moody Arts Centre Society which, with the support of our community and
corporate partners, offers $5,000 in cash awards.

The event generally attracts up to 100 entries from communities across
Canada, the United States and elsewhere. The entries will be shown by
models during two performances in the Galleria at Port Moody's Civic Centre
and then will be displayed at the Port Moody Arts Centre from March 3 -
April 10, 2011.

Jane Matthews, the Port Moody Arts Centre's Executive Director, said the
deadline for entries for this off-the-wall art event is December 10, 2010.
Entry applications must be submitted online at; important information - including must-read
FAQs - can be found at

The 2011 Wearable Art Awards will feature three categories - Open,
Headdress, and Brassiere. Prizes will be awarded in each of these three
categories, along with additional awards, as determined by the jury panel,
for: Second Life, Best in Show, Student participation, use of Technology,
Ethnic Expression, Material of the Year (paper), and "People's Choice", the
latter based on votes by the public at the awards performances and during
the following showing at the Arts Centre.

"This year categories are form-based while an expanded list of awards will
consider all entries," says Matthews. "Our jury will be weighting the
scoring when selecting category and award winners in favour of conceptual
message and wow-factor. We have also introduced a "Material of the Year"
award and for 2011 that material is paper. Through the expansion of our
awards we believe the event now appeals to a broader range of wearable art

The Wearable Art Awards, begun in 2002, are presented by the Port Moody Arts
Centre Society - with support from businesses and sponsors who currently
include the BC Gaming Commission, the Port Moody Arts Centre, the City of
Port Moody, and local companies Pasta Polo and Pacific Coast Terminals - to
encourage local, Canadian and International artists of all mediums to submit
evocative, imaginative and thought-provoking creations for the human body.
The imaginations of the participating artists are the only limits on


Join Mary Peppard at her reception at The Mill Street Gallery on Sunday, July 25 from 1 to 3pm.  

Mary Peppard hangs her show June 02. The chicken portraits are all personal buddies who lived on her farm in Seeley's Bay, Ontario.  They reflect her deep love of animals and also her apparent sense of humour.

Summer gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Dinner only on Saturday 5 to 9pm.  Now Lunch is available and yummy desserts and drinks through the day!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Sweet Folk All Summertime Special show, Sunday June 27th

Kingston's live acoustic music Folk Club
Sweet Folk All

totally unplugged - open stage - no cover… ever!

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, 3rd floor

Sunday June 27th 2010


‘Summer Special’ Feature …


with special guest fiddler, Terry Snider 

Al Parrish entered the world of folk/roots music in 1989, when he and three friends created Brean Derg Muc, a Toronto-based band that took the Ontario folk festival scene by storm during two years of brilliant success.  Following this he freelanced in Ontario and the Maritimes with The Barnstormers, David Stone, October Browne, Kirk Elliot, Aaron Solomon, Anne Lederman, Dave MacIsaac, Jamie Snider and many others.
Al then began a 17-year career with Tanglefoot, touring Ontario and then all across Canada.  In 1998 the band began playing in the US, and that summer made its UK debut. For the next 12 years, Al was on the road with Tanglefoot about 150 days a year playing dates in Canada, the US and Britain [including the prestigious ‘Whitby Folk Festival’ on the North Yorkshire coast!] In December 2009, the band played its final shows and disbanded.
Since then Al has been recording a solo CD, writing a memoire and a novel, recording voice-overs for commercial television and radio, video games and movies, & recently launching his solo musical performance career with several shows in the last couple of months, including an opening set for Celtic rockers Coole Park at their Toronto CD release, a concert for the Vital Spark Folk Club, and an appearance at the Jamland Festival.



sign-up to play an open stage spot: 7:30 – 8:00pm

8:00pm: “quiet please – musician on deck!


The cut 'n' paste "what's on" noticeboard:






Sat Jun 26

Bob Robertson Trio
w. Kevin Head



$3 non-members

Wed Jun 30

Jon McLurg & Chris Murphy



$3 non-members

Sat Jul 3

Celtic singalong

Ben’s Pub
105 Clergy Street


Donation appreciated

Sun Jul 4

Kingston Folk Club hostec by Chris Morris



No cover

Attn: musicians/promoters -
to get your folksie gig on the cut’n’paste board, send details two weeks prior to event to:

and NB: this…!

The Joe's M.I.L.L. Market Square Information Booth invites musicians to sign-up for busking spots!   Volunteer musicians, please contact Theresa through the Volunteer tab at:  for dates and times. Buskers are not required to obtain a permit for this particular dedicated busking spot and arrangements are that they split the busking income with the Joe's M.I.L.L. booth.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fabulous vocal group coming to the Playhouse!

Fabulous vocal group coming to the Playhouse!

Hi there!
On June 28th the Monday Night Series at the Playhouse in Gananoque kicks off with Chic Gamine.
They are 4 woman a cappella group accompanied by a really creative percussionist and they are amazing!
Their music, almost all written by members of the group, ranges from sweet harmonies (not unlike The Wailin' Jennys)
to funky R&B and Gospel to strong and powerful rythmic vocals. Plus they are gorgeous and they have a sense of humour! 

Jubilate Singers present-26 and 27 June

*Subject:* *Strawberry Social and Concerts*
*Jubilate Singers--613-389-8110*
*St. Alban's Anglican Church, Adolphustown, 10419 Loyalist Parkway,
welcomes the Jubilate Singers of Kingston to their *
*Strawberry Social on Saturday, June 26. The social starts at 5:30 ($5),
and the concert by the Singers at 7:00 ($10). *
*The concert includes light music from Broadway and the movies. Info:
*Kingston's Jubilate Singers, directed by Brenda Carew, presents
'Swingin' Summer Sounds' Sunday, June 27, 2:30 p.m. in the *
*Kingston Alliance Church, Bath and Palace Roads. The program includes
a selection of familiar music highlights-*
*--spirituals, songs of Broadway and movies. *
*Admission is a freewill offering in support of a local charity. Info:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

MayWorks Kingston Festival of Labour and the Arts 2011, Call for Artists!

Visual and performing artists sought for 2011 MayWorks Collective.

Building on the success of the 2010 festival, the MayWorks Collective is
seeking ideas for events to be included in next year's festival. Artists
and groups are invited to bring ideas for workshops, performances,
visual art, works in audio/film/video and new media.

The Kingston MayWorks Collective is a community collective of artists,
workers, students, and interested parties who believe that exploring the
links between art and labour can bring important insight and powerful
social change.

The next meeting happens *Wednesday, July 7 at 6:30pm, 177 Wellington
St, Suite 201*

For more information, please visit or

Jennifer Noxon - Explore the Realm of Organic Abstraction

July 1st - 31st, 2010

Hours: Wed through Sunday, 11:00am - 4:30pm

Accessible, and contemporary, Jennifer's work invites you to look - with fresh eyes - at the world around us.

Inspired by nature’s balance of opposites, Canadian artist Jennifer Noxon paints groupings of leaves, sticks, seed pods, stems and grasses as they sit suspended in water, fields or forests.

Exploring the realm of organic abstraction, Jennifer plays with two- and three-dimensional space, light and focus. Her passion for design and music is conveyed through composition, line, tone, rhythm, shape and colour.

Jennifer works in acrylic on coloured ground on canvas or board, playing with negative and positive space and layering colour.

Location: Gallery on Main, 31 Main St., Westport, ON K0G 1X0 - 613-273-9273

Bits and Pieces II, Acrylic on Canvas, Jennifer Noxon

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Canada Day Marked In Grass Creek, Confederation Parks

Kingston's July 1 Canada Day celebrations are scheduled for Confederation Park and Grass Creek Park.

Red & White People Parade and Re-opening of Princess Street: Anyone wearing Canadian red and white is welcome to join this parade which departs from the Metro parking lot (at Barrie and Princess Streets) at 11:30 a.m. and runs down Princess Street toward City Hall.

Re-opening of lower Princess Street: Town Crier Chris Whyman will lead the Red & White People Parade down to officially re-open the newly reconstructed lower Princess Street. The re-opening is on-time and on-budget thanks to successful teamwork by Len Corcoran Excavating, City and Utilities Kingston staff, downtown merchants, Downtown Kingston!, council and Mayor Harvey Rosen who will be on hand to mark the occasion. Finishing touches to the project will continue into July.

Confederation Park

Registration for the Limestone Mile races begins at 7:45 a.m. with races starting at 8:30 a.m.

At 12 p.m. on the steps of City Hall Mayor Harvey Rosen will preside over a civic ceremony to mark Canada Day and will congratulate the winners of the First Capital Awards - the family of Distinguished Citizen, the late Glenn "G" Williams, will be on hand, as will Honourable Achievement winners Arthur Milnes and James Low - and the Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism winners Harley Sardinha, Lindley Kenny, Darry Malka Kyakimwa and Judy Kim.

At 1 p.m. head over to Crawford Warf (at the foot of Brock Street) for the Mayor's Sailpast. Watch as watercraft from the area sail by the dock with both vessel and crew dressed up in their Canada Day finest.

Downtown Kingston! will offer live entertainment at Confederation Park including:

* 12:30 p.m. - Borus Harp
* 2 p.m. - Trevor Walsh Group
* 3:30 p.m. - The Torres Project
* 5 p.m. - Jamie Flegg Band
* 6:30 p.m. - Sugar Plum
* 7:40 p.m. - Cherry Chapstick
* 9 p.m. - Everlea

See <> for more Downtown Kingston! Canada Day details.

Fireworks start at 10 p.m. Confederation Basin will offer the best view of the show.

Plan to get there by bus: <>

Grass Creek Park

(2991 Highway 2 East, 16 km from Fort Henry)

Grass Creek Park will offer bouncy castles, pony rides, wagon rides, balloon-twisting, face-painting, crafts, mini-golf and lots of other fun for kids until about 7 p.m. (bouncy castles and mini-golf run until 9 p.m.). There will also be a concession stand and cotton candy.

Grass Creek Park's Main Stage entertainment begins at 1 p.m. with Emcee comedian and musician Roger James. Appearing on the Main Stage will be:

* 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. - Juno award-nominee and children's musician Chris McKhool
* 1:45 p.m. to 2:05 p.m. - Kingston Irish Folk Club
* 2:05 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. - Rob Driscoll's Wild and Wacky Magic Show
* 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Chris McKhool
* 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. - The Gertrudes
* 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Sunshine Soul
* 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. - Canada Day Ceremony - and cutting of the six foot cake
* 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Like a Lion (formerly Fault Line Drive)
* 7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Wascal Bratts
* 8:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. - Dr. Kaboom's Fire Show
* 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Wascal Bratts

Entertainment also runs on the lower small stage with a Marionette show from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the Barefoot Players at 4:05 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

The Grass Creek Park Fireworks start as 10 p.m. sharp. Bring a flashlight to help navigate through the park after dark. Please note that preparations for the fireworks display will limit access to the beach.

Located at the entrance to Grass Creek Park, the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum is offering free admission and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Thousand-Island Playhouse Young Company-performances of "The Adventures of Toad" based on the Wind in the Willows character. You can also enjoy making crafts in the Log House throughout the day - and local strawberries form Fruition Farms. Call 613-542-0543 for more information.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Posting: Job ad for Queen's Conservatory of Music

Queen's Conservatory of Music is seeking a one year replacement for the part time position of Conservatory Assistant. Complete job description and application details can be found at

The closing date for application is Friday July 2, 2010.








JUNE 23 - JULY18

Boucher Park Kingston Ontario
(Clarence St. between King and Wellington)


Get tickets now: 613-217-5021, or
also available at the Kingston Tourist Information Office, 260 Ontario Street
(Tickets will be at Boucher Park starting Tuesday June 22nd)


Ghost story. Love story. His story. Our Story

--  ____________________________ josh lyon | administrator | kingston arts council | 613.546.2787 |  looking for the arts in kingston? get your word out! events - literature, film, music, visual arts and more - log on to 

Writer's Workshop and Public Reading with Helen Humphreys

In a few weeks time, award-winning novelist Helen Humphreys will be
offering an extended workshop at Wintergreen, beginning on Sunday July 4
and closing on Thursday July 8. This is a unique opportunity to explore
poetry and prose with other writers, and to learn how the land can
inspire new work and new ways of seeing.

Helen will also be offering a public reading on Tuesday, July 6. This
event is $25 for both dinner and the reading, and tickets need to be
reserved in advance ( or by phone at 613 273

For full details, see

Best wishes,

Brigit W. Charles
Program Manager

The Odds in Kingston!!

The Odds in Kingston Tuesday July 6 - one night only!!
Vancouver alternative rock legends The Odds have gotten together with their pals from Kids in the Hall, to create a Good Weird Story, a wild and hilarious concert/play about the band's storied 22 year history. When you spend over twenty years playing in a band, you pick up a few stories along the way. If there's a steady rise to fame, a mysterious hiatus, and a sparkling return there is frequently a good back-story.  Formed in Vancouver in 1987 The Odds had a great run with platinum albums and consistent critical acclaim. After four albums and hits like “It Falls Apart,” “Eat My Brain,” “Make You Mad” and “Someone Who’s Cool,” the band took a long hiatus to return in 2008 with the LP Cheerleader (the first album of new material since 1996's Nest). The recently reunited group then threw itself into a strange and exotic creative endeavour -- storytime theatre.
"I guess you'd call it a play," says Craig Northey, Odds' long-time singer and guitarist. "It's a narrative about our strange history. We weave these ideas and war stories between [performing] the songs. There are visuals too with a big screen running simultaneous photos, effects and clips. It all works together to take people on a different ride than that of a regular concert."
"The last thing we wanted was some dreary 20th anniversary run through the back catalogue. We wanted to get to the core of why we are still out there as a creatively vital band." Northey co-wrote the script with his long time collaborators Kevin MacDonald and Bruce McCulloch from comedy legends “Kids in the Hall.”  It's a hilarious and highly entertaining ride full of all the band's solid gold hits - an anthology, an autobiography and a concert all wrapped up in one.
    The band is in the Kingston area to record their newest cd at the Bath House Studio and will present A Good Weird Story for one night only on Tuesday July 6  8pm at the Octave Theatre. Tickets are available at Brian's Record Option, Renaissance Music, and The Kingston Guitar Shop.  
A Good Weird Story
A Concert/Play written by Craig Northey with Bruce McCulloch and Kevin MacDonald
Tuesday, July 6, 8pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave. Kingston
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (if available)
On sale now at Brian's Record Option (613 542-2452 for phone orders)
                                     Renaissance Music
                                     Kingston Guitar Shop
Information:   613 353-6650


Kevin Rodgers' "Fraternity" Opening June 26th at Modern Fuel

In the Main Gallery:
Fraternity by Kevin Rodgers
26 June – 24 July, 2010
Reception: Saturday 26 June 2010 @7pm

Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, 21 Queen St., Kingston ON

With the new exhibit Fraternity by Kevin Rodgers (London, ON) minimalist sculpture becomes a platform for right-wing political pundits.  To create the sculptures, Rodgers uses inexpensive materials of composite form – boxes, shelves and stacked sheets – the same materials that are utilized in constructions of short duration such as conventions and weekend political retreats. Rodgers’ interest in collapse is pursued through the construction of these boxes and structures that are cut, stacked, packed and ready for shipment or recycling. The political paraphernalia that litter the exhibition, as Rodgers notes in his artist statement, provide “specificity, if not explication; context, if not revelation.”  Fraternity draws upon provisional formalism, conservative subcultures and the rhetoric of radical individualism to create an installation that specifically engages with campus politics.

Kevin Rodgers (London, ON) is a 2008 graduate of the master of fine arts program at the University of Guelph, and is currently a doctoral candidate in art and visual culture at the University of Western Ontario—one of the few programs of its kind in Canada. Rodgers has shown in several group exhibitions across Canada, the United States and Belgium, including shows at Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent; Artspeak, Vancouver; Stride Gallery, Calgary; and recently at Goodwater Gallery, Toronto.

In the State of Flux Gallery:
Watching Paint Dry by Andrew Sims
26 June – 24 July, 2010
Reception: Saturday 26 June 2010 @7pm

Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, 21 Queen St., Kingston ON

Kingston-based photographer Andrew Sims presents a meditation on media and mortality through an investigation of his camera’s abilities to capture the surfaces of things.  In this new series of photographs, Sims attempts to disrupt the habits of perception.

For further information, contact:
Michael Davidge or Bronwyn McLean
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre
21A Queen St, Kingston, ON, K7K 1A1
(613) 548-4883

Picton Performances In The Park - Every Sunday afternoon in July & August

Benson Park, King & Ross Sts., Picton
This Summer spend Sunday afternoons at Benson Park in Picton and experience a variety of fabulous performances.  Bring a picnic, a chair and a blanket and get ready to be "Entertained!"
Presented by The Picton BIA & The Prince Edward County Arts Council
For further information visit or
and click on "Events" or call 613 476 7901 x 212

The Isabel Bader Fellowship in Textile Conservation

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Media Release: 18 June 2010


The Isabel Bader Fellowship in Textile Conservation


The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, in partnership with the Queen’s University’s Master of Art Conservation Program, congratulates Caterina Florio, the inaugural recipient of the Isabel Bader Research Fellowship in Textile Conservation.


The Isabel Bader Research Fellowship in Textile Conservation is a new research initiative, promoting investigation and research in the areas of textile conservation and costume history. Through the generous support of Dr. Isabel Bader, the Fellowship links two of the University’s most unique resources: the Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress at the Art Centre, which comprises over 2000 articles of fashion from the early 1800s to the 1970s, and the Master of Art Conservation Program, which offers Canada’s only graduate degree in conservation theory and treatment.


As the Isabel Bader Research Fellow in Textile Conservation at Queen’s University, commencing January 2011, Florio will research public perception of conservation treatment. Her project, “Textile Conservation and the Museum Public,” will focus on conservation practices as part of the museum experience: how costume treatments are received and interpreted in exhibitions and to what extent modern aesthetic expectations affect the level of conservation intervention. During her residency, Florio will work closely with the Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and share her professional and academic expertise with Master of Art Conservation students.


A graduate of the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy at the University of Florence and the Palazzo Spinelli Institute of Art and Conservation in Florence, Caterina Florio has held conservation internships in Poland, Italy and Malta. She brings a wealth of conservation experience to the Fellowship position, having worked for a number of museums, public archives and university collections in Canada and abroad – including the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto; Archives of Ontario, Toronto; San Jacopo in Campo Corbolini Museum, Florence; and the University of Florence.


For further information, please contact Matthew Hills at 613-533-2190, or go to                                 



Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sleeping Beauty, A musical Fairy Tale for everyone!

Matinee Performances
July 6 through July 10 @ 3:00 pm
July 13 through July 17 @ 3:00 pm

Evening Performances
July 8, 9, 10 & 15, 16, 17 @ 7:30

Tickets $12/$15 + HST
at the Grand Theatre Box Office
online at
and at the door (cash only)

Sweet Folk All special - pre-notice!

Just a word to let you know we managed to get Tanglefoot's Al Parrish to come down to Kingston & play a solo spot for our SFA summer 'Equinox Special' show this year.  Al will be accompanied on fiddle by another ex-Tanglefooter - our own Terry Snider.
Sunday June 27th 2010, 8pm, RCHA Club, 3rd Floor
SFA Special Feature: Al Parrish, No Cover

Bio: Al Parrish grew up singing in choirs and playing in the high school band. A friend convinced him to join an after-school rock band, the first of many bands in many genres. In 1989, Al entered the world of folk/roots music when he and three friends created Brean Derg Muc, a Toronto-based, pseudo-Irish band that took the Ontario folk festival scene by storm during two years of brilliant success.

Over the next couple of years, Al freelanced in Ontario and the Maritimes with The Barnstormers, David Stone, October Browne, Kirk Elliot, Aaron Solomon, Anne Lederman, Dave MacIsaac, Jamie Snider and many others.

In 1994, Al began a 17-year career with the soon-to-be-legendary Tanglefoot, touring Ontario and then all across Canada. In 1998 the band began playing in the US, and that summer made its UK debut. For the next 12 years, Al was on the road with Tanglefoot about 150 days a year, splitting playing dates fairly evenly among Canada, the US and the UK. Tanglefoot won Crossroads Band of the Year (2000), Best of Bound for Glory (2003) and, at the 2007 CFMA, Best Vocal Group. In December 2009, the band played its final shows and disbanded.

Since then Al has been recording a solo CD, writing a memoire and a novel, recording voice-overs for commercial television and radio, video games and movies. Most recently Al has launched his solo musical performance career with several shows in the last couple of months, including an opening set for Celtic rockers Coole Park at their Toronto CD release, a concert for the Vital Spark Folk Club, and an appearance at the Jamland Festival.

2010 Raise the Roof Women's Music Festival, July 23-25 Schedule

Lineup now posted at:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Music in the Park series kicks off this week!

Don't miss the kick off of this summer's Music in the Park series next
Tuesday at 12:30. Join
local group, Chivaree in Confederation Park as they open another great
season of Music in the

Enjoy free concerts every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the
summer from 12:30
- 1:30 in Confederation Park. Bring your lunch and take in the sights
and sounds of beautiful
downtown Kingston.

The noon hour concert series is brought to you by CHUM Radio, Downtown
Kingston! B.I.A.
and the local Musicians Union.

For a full listing of the Music in the Park series visit

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Painting Course, Mon 5 July - Fri 9 July @ Agnes Etherington Art Centre



Andrea Graham-Upcoming Workshops!

Andrea Graham-Upcoming Workshops!

vessels and bags workshops
Felting Workshops with Andrea Graham

September 26- Felted Vessels: A great one day class for everyone. Beginner felters can create a simple 3D shape using a flat resist techinique. More experienced felters may choose to incorporate multiple resists, cut-aways or exciting surface design. A perfect warm-up class for the following bags workshop. $80 + $20 materials fee (+13% hst). Hours: 9-4 (brown bag lunch-coffee/tea and snacks provided)

October 16th-17th- Felted Bags:A 2 day bags class for those with wet felting experience. Create handles, pockets, protuberences and fun details and enjoy your one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art. $150 + $30 materials fee (+13% hst). Hours: 9-4 (brown bag or catered lunch option for $12- coffee/tea and snacks provided)

*Payment required at time of registration. Payable to Andrea Graham and mailed to: 449 Shane Street, Odessa, ON. K0H2H0. Include email address to receive equipment list and details.
Both workshops held at the Odessa fairgrounds Agricultural Hall in Odessa, Ontario.  


Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer Arts Camp News release and community announcement

Pushing Boundaries: A Summer Arts Camp will take place August 3-6 at Sydenham Street United Church. Children (8-11) and youth (12-16) will experience West-African drumming and dancing with internationally recognized percussionist and educator Kathy Armstrong. Other activities and professional facilitators will include singing (Andy Rush, Jennifer Moir, Marie Anderson), art-making (Alice VanderVennen) and generally having fun (everyone!). Contact Marie Anderson or Sydenham Street United Church, 613.546.9616, or see

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