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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Kingston Culture Plan Approved By City Council


Kingston Culture Plan Approved By City Council


I wanted to take this is opportunity to pass along word that the Kingston Culture Plan was approved by Kingston City Council on Tuesday, September 21 by unanimous vote.  This is a very exciting moment as this show of support will help to strengthen and grow culture in Kingston as we begin the process of implementing the many diverse recommendations contained within the plan.


We are very pleased that Kingston's first ever Culture Plan has been recognized by City Council as a priority for the City.  This is a transformative plan for the community and the region that will position Kingston in the 21st century creative economy.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have been involved in this process who provided their insights and ambitions in support of culture in Kingston.


We would also like to thank the team from the Canadian Urban Institute as well as all the consultants who were involved in this process for facilitating such a wide range of consultations both inside City Hall and within the community.  As a result of the numerous meetings, workshops and discussions that were held between September 2009 and May 2010 we were able to work together to identify a shared set of needs, aspirations and values to shape the cultural development of the Kingston community over the next 10 years.


As we begin the work to implement the Kingston Culture Plan we also look forward to the new role that the Cultural Services department will play.  As described in the KCP, it will be necessary for Cultural Services to function as a municipal cultural development agency that organizes the resources, knowledge and experience within the community to support cultural vitality throughout the city as a whole. Moving forward, I share the sentiments of Colin Wiginton, Manager, Cultural Services, who has stated that the Kingston Culture Plan presents a very exciting opportunity to build on the strengths that already exist in this city and to share our stories and our creativity with each other and with the world.


The Kingston Culture Plan as approved by City Council is now available on line at  You can also sign up on line to be part of the Kingston Culture Plan mailing list to receive notice of opportunities related to building our city's cultural vitality. Printed copies of the KCP will also be available through the City Clerk's office and any additional questions can be can be directed to Colin Wiginton, Manager, Cultural Services, at (613) 546-4291 ext. 1357 or


Brian McCurdy, Cultural Director

City of Kingston

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Culture Days @ Agnes Etherington Art Centre

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Friday 24 – Sunday 26 September


Join us for Culture Days, a collaborative pan-Canadian celebration of arts and culture from coast to coast to coast. The Art Centre will waive admission fees for three days to allow visitors to enjoy:


Tours – Friday 12:15 pm. Docents also in galleries Saturday and Sunday.


The Big Draw – Kingston artist Dave Gordon leads an informal drawing workshop for all ages and skill levels. Drop in, try a range of materials and get some tips. Saturday, 1– 5 pm.


The Print Sprint – Flex your creative muscles with Rebecca Cowan, a Kingston printmaker, who will demonstrate how to create a drypoint print on our traditional etching press. Young visitors can create their own prints using simple relief and stencil methods. Drop-in, Sunday, 1– 5 pm.



Agnes Etherington Art Centre | Queen's University | Kingston ON | K7L 3N6
t 613.533.2190 | fax 613.533.6765 |



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Figurative Painting Class this Fall!

From: Claire Grady-Smith <>

My name is Claire Grady-Smith, and I am spreading the word about a
figurative painting course I'll be teaching this fall at the Kingston
School of Art. This adult course is intended for anyone who wishes to
engage with a community of emerging artists who support and provide
encouraging criticism of each others' hard work.

Course structure will be consensus-based with myself as an experienced
guide, rather than didactic ruler. We will discuss, for example, the
possibility of hiring a model for a session or two, but for the most
part we will be painting memories and narratives using photographs and
found images.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in this affordable, fun
Thursday evening class, please pass along this information. The course
would be ideal for students working on a portfolio, or adults who have
had an idea for a painting percolating for years.

The class is filling up, so please make your move if you are

Here is a link for the course:

And a link to my website, eternally under construction:



Claire Grady-Smith
MA Candidate
Cultural Studies Program
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario

OAC: Info Session on grants for media artists


Are you an audio/sound, new media, digital, film or video artist in Ontario?
Do you want to know more about OAC grants?

Sign up for a FREE Online
Information Session
on OAC grants to Media Artists

September 28, 2010
6 8 p.m. EDT

Register by September 24, 2010

The session will cover the Media Arts grant programs, including topics such as:

  • Types of projects funded
  • Size of grants available
  • Eligibility (i.e. who can apply)
  • Grant writing tips
  • Support material
  • The jury process, and how grant decisions are made

    This session will be interactive, so you will be free to ask any questions you may have about the Ontario Arts Council and get more information about eligibility, grant writing, deadlines and more.

    Before you attend the session, read the program guidelines for the following programs:

    Technical Requirements:

    • All you need is a computer with internet access and a telephone line.

    Meet the following Ontario Arts Council Staff:

    • Mark Haslam, Media and Visual Arts Officer
    • Bushra Junaid, Outreach and Development Manager

    For information about OAC grant programs, guidelines and application forms, call 1-800-387-0058, email or visit

    This session will be in English only.

    If you wish to receive information in French, please contact Claudette Jaiko at or 1-800-387-0058 ext.7427.


    Please forward this invitation!

    Email this message or place this flyer on bulletin boards in your area!

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    Souhaitez-vous en savoir plus sur les subventions du CAO ?

    Inscrivez-vous à notre séance d'information GRATUITE en ligne
    qui aura lieu
    le 28 septembre 2010, de 18 h à 20 h

    Inscrivez-vous d'ici le 24 septembre 2010.

    Veuillez noter que cette séance se déroulera en anglais seulement.

    Sujets abordés pendant la séance :

    • Les programmes des arts médiatiques
    • Les types de projets subventionnés
    • L'ampleur des subventions offertes
    • L'admissibilité (qui peut faire une demande)
    • Les conseils de rédaction des demandes de subventions
    • Le matériel d'appui
    • Le processus suivi par les jurys et le processus décisionnel d'octroi des subventions

      Cette séance se déroulera sous forme interactive.

      • Vous aurez l'occasion de poser des questions sur le Conseil des arts de l'Ontario et d'obtenir plus de renseignements sur l'admissibilité aux programmes, sur la rédaction des demandes, sur les dates limites et sur bien d'autres sujets encore.

      Exigences techniques

      • Pour participer à cette séance, vous n'avez besoin que d'un ordinateur doté d'une connexion Internet (peu importe la vitesse de transmission) et d'un téléphone.

      Personnel du CAO participant :

      • Mark Haslam, Responsable des arts médiatiques et visuels
      • Bushra Junaid, Chef de la liaison et du développement.

      Pour tout renseignement en français :

      • Claudette Jaiko, Responsable des arts franco-ontariens, 416-969-7427, sans frais 1-800-387-0058, poste 7427,

      Pour obtenir les renseignements généraux et les formulaires de demande des programmes de subvention du CAO, composez le 1-800-387-0058, envoyez un courriel à ou visitez le


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      Monday, September 13, 2010

      WritersFest Update: Words and Music

       Words and Music
      Montreal author Eric Siblin and internationally renowned cellist Denise Djokic explore Bach's cello suites with veteran music broadcaster Eric Friesen.
      A Musical Awakening

      Eric SiblinEric Siblin was a pop-music critic when he became obsessed with Bach's cello suites and Pablo Casals, who discovered the music in a second-hand shop and became its champion. Winner of many awards, The Cello Suites interweaves the story of the writing and playing of the suites with Siblin's awakened passion for the music.

      "One of the most extraordinary, clever, beautiful and impeccably researched books I have read in years."
      祐imon Winchester

      Poise and Power
      Denise DjokicThat's how The Washngton Post describes the virtuoso performance of cellist Denise Djokic, who has been praised worldwide for her sensitive interpretations, technical virtuosity, and her bold command of the instrument. Winner of Quebec's Prix Opus, Denise will accompany Eric Siblin's reading from The Cello Suites.
      The Signature Voice of Classical Music

      Eric FriesenAs a CBC broadcaster, Eric Friesen interviewed such musical figures as Yo-Yo Ma, Lyle Lovett, k. d. lang, and the Marsalis brothers. He conducted onstage interviews at Umbria's Trasimeno Music Festival with Vikram Seth and Ian McEwen and recently completed six podcast documentaries for to mark the 40th anniversary of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

      The Cello Suites
      Eric Siblin and Denise Djokic in conversation with Eric Friesen
      Friday September 24, 2010, 4:30 - 6:00pm
      Tickets $12.50

      KWF Scorpion man Book Now! Kingston WritersFest                   
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      September 22-26, 2010
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      Find out more about Kingston WritersFest 2010!

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      Friday, September 10, 2010

      SparkBox Studio - Square2 Magazine Launch Party

      The Square2 team is thrilled to announce the release of their second issue. With
      more local artists, as well as some great outside talent, issue two is packed with
      great artists, writers, playwrights and musicians. We have gone up in pages and
      are happy to say we will be one of the first Eastern Ontario magazines to create
      an iPad version!

      The fall issue of Square2 will be launched at Sly-Fi Chapel in Trenton in
      conjunction with Emily Fennell's "Thank You" concert on September 25th. The
      evening will be filled with good music and interesting reads. Everyone that
      attends the event will be given a special edition copy of the magazine with a CD
      from Emily Fennell. Be sure to contact for ticket
      information (there will be limited seating). We hope you will come out for the
      launch of our second issue!

      Follow us on twitter and facebook to find out more information about the event
      and future issues.

      New Exhibitions open at Modern Fuel September 18


      Genda and Santos

      In the Main Gallery:
      Homelands with Dagmara Genda and Marigold Santos
      18 September – 23 October, 2010
      Reception: Saturday 25 September 2010 @7pm
      Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, 21 Queen St., Kingston ON

      "Homelands" pairs the drawings of Dagmara Genda and Marigold Santos, highlighting the role of place and space in the construction of identity.  Genda's practice stems from three interests that inter-relate and inform each other -- nationalism, space, and identity -- topics that directly relate to her childhood immigration from Communist Poland to Canada.  Her drawings in this exhibition bring together Soviet and Western influences. Santos presents a series of drawings inspired by childhood memories of her family's immigration from the Philippines when she was six years old.  Visitors to "Homelands" will be awarded multiple points of entry into a surreal exploration of a continuous search for the physical or fantastical notions of home.  Genda and Santos will be presenting artist talks in the Education Tent of the Kingston Multicultural Festival in Kingston's Confederation Park at 2 and 3pm on Saturday the 25th of September, with a reception to follow at Modern Fuel at 7pm.

      Dagmara Genda (Saskatoon, SK) is a Polish-Canadian artist and writer with a BFA Honours in painting at the University of Manitoba and an MFA at the University of Western Ontario. Genda has exhibited cross-country with the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, published with Locus Suspectus magazine and written for Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario and AKA Gallery in Saskatoon.

      Marigold Santos (Montreal, QC) pursues an inter-disciplinary art practice involving drawn and printed works, sculpture, animation, and sound. She completed her BFA in Print at the University of Calgary in 2006, is a recipient of numerous awards, and has exhibited her work within Canada, United States, and Japan.

      In the State of Flux Gallery:
      Sikhing by Mia Sandhu
      18 September – 23 October, 2010
      Reception: Saturday 25 September 2010 @7pm

      Mia Sandhu (Toronto, ON) presents new work that stems from her fascination with religion, culture, and life experience, and adds a measured dose of humour and surrealism. Since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, her work has had an emphasis on portraiture and a focus on issues regarding identity and belonging in Canada.

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

      --  Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre 21 Queen St, Kingston ON  K7K 1A1 Phone: (613) 548-4883 Gallery Hours 12-5, Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free, we hope to see you soon!

      Johnny Winter Brockville Sept 11 - John Primer Oct 1 & 2 Picton/Cobourg - Lee Harvey Osmond Picton Sept 16

      Johnny Winter Brockville Arts Centre, Ontario,  Canada,  Saturday September 11th 8pm with special guest opener Jimmy Bowskill.  Johnny and Jimmy, two great rockin' blues guitarists together on one bill.

                                                         "JOHNNY WINTER, ONE OF THE GREATEST GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME!"...Rolling Stone


      Johnny's backup band are all top players, session musicians and road veterans.  One of the tightest bands you will ever see.  Johnny has been getting younger and his performance at Showplace in Peterborough in April was "One of the Best performances I have ever seen Johnny give!" ,  that's the report from many who attended.  

      Opening Act Jimmy Bowskill has been sharing bills with Jeff Beck and some of the biggest names in the business on his European tours.  He puts on a great Rockin' Blues show.

      Tickets $41.50 plus s/c and hst available by phoning 1-877-342-7122.  The Brockville Arts Centre is one of the nicest theatres in Ontario.  Beautiful historic building with exceptional sound and sight lines.

      NEXT WORLD CLASS BLUES SHOW:  JOHN PRIMER AND HIS CHICAGO BLUES BAND OCTOBER 1 PICTON REGENT THEATRE AND OCTOBER 2ND VICTORIA HALL COBOURG.  John is one of the last of the original journeymen Chicago Blues Legends having been band leader for Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Willie Dixon.  His band features veterans from the Chicago Blues scene.  He is a Grammy Award nominee and a multiple Blues Award winner.  Picton Box Office 1-877-411-4761 and Cobourg Box Office 1-905-372-2210.  Both venues are beautiful historic concert halls.  Tour sponsored by The Acoustic Grill Picton, fantastic pub and eatery and County Cider, the best hard cider on the planet

         THE ACOUSTIC GRILL PRESENTS:  Lee Harvey Osmond Thursday September 16th, 8pm at the Historic Regent Theatre .  Phone 1-877-411-4761 for tickets.

                                                                                      Full Details always at

      SPECIAL NOTE:  A once in a life time record collection has been traded into Zap Records 14 King East Cobourg.  Original mint Blues, Jazz, Rock, the best I have seen in 20 years!  Phone 1-877-562-2222.

      JAZZ SHOW AT THE COVE NOT TO BE MISSED! The Doxas Brothers 4tet, feat. John Abercrombie and John Menegon

      From Seamus @ The Cove in Westport:
      I have some amazing news for jazz and music lovers!  Some great
      friends and school mates of mine and my brother, Chet and Jimmy Doxas
      from Montreal will be performing one show only at the Cove Fri.Sept.17
      @ 8-11pm.
      If anyone remembers our friends of the jazz quintet called The Story
      from NYC who played here last winter, they should know that this is of
      a similar level and calibre of jazz at The Cove!
      The world famous guitarist John Abercrombie  will be joining the Doxas
      Brothers with John Menegon for a high powered night. This is a show
      not to be missed in our area!  Please call me you have any questions
      Also, find the press release below if you would like to forward to any
      and all of your music loving friends.
      Show is $15 and reservations are recommended.
      Thanks and hope to see you all out!

      The Doxas Brothers Quartet, feat. John Abercrombie and John Menegon

      Over the last few years, The Cove has grown into a formidable venue
      for not only homegrown, but  world class talent.  The popular Blues on
      the Rideau Series going into it's 6th season, the 4th Annual
      MUSICwestport Festival and the 13th year of Thursday Jazz Night  with
      The Spencer Evans Trio featuring co-owners Jeff and Seamus Cowan have
      contributed greatly to this venue's attraction.  With the musical
      knowledge and expertise of the Cowan brothers being members of the
      Westport Arts Council and trained musicians themselves, this
      destination can only grow.

      The Cowans honed their musical training in Montreal where they lived
      for about 10 years studying at McGill University in the Jazz Program.
        They received training from some of the country's best players and
      played along side some of the best up and comers as well.  Two of
      those were Jim and Chet Doxas from Montreal whose family along with
      father George Doxas have been fixtures of the Montreal scene for a few
      decades.  On this date, Chet and Jim have brought together two
      generations of musicians at the top of the jazz world with the common
      thread being a devotion to great improvising. The group's repertoire
      is comprised of original works from each band member and many of the
      compositions are written specifically for this quartet. Together,
      saxophonist Chet Doxas and drummer Jim Doxas  have established
      international reputations as two of the most promising improvisors of
      their generation, both in their early 30's. Bassist John Menegon's
      credits read like the evolution of modern jazz. Menegon has performed
      and recorded alongside Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, and
      Lee Konitz, to name very few. John Abercrombie's contribution to the
      guitar and jazz music is undeniable. With an active career spanning
      over 50 years, Abercrombie is an artist who at once embraces the jazz
      tradition and creates it. His relationship with the record label ECM
      has seen Abercrombie produce some of the most important jazz albums in
      the last 30 years.

      Show is $15 from 8-11pm.  Reservations are recommended. 1.888.268.3466 <> <>

      RCHA Special Event October 2

      The RCHA (Royal Canadian Horse Artillery) Club extends a warm invitation to everyone to join us in celebrating it's 1st Annual Oktoberfest Dinner & Dance!!!

      Date: Saturday October 2nd, 2010 at 6 p.m.

      An Authentic Oktoberfest dinner will be served shortly after 6pm.

      (Note: The bar will have German Weissbier in addition to their regular beers on tap available for purchase on this special occasion).

      For your entertaining pleasure, The Confederation Jazz Band will perform oompah music starting at 8pm.

      To commemorate this fun event, come dressed in German Oktoberfest attire for a chance to win a prize for best costume (Optional).

      There will be a 50/50 draw as well as several draws for special prizes throughout the evening (hold your lucky numbered ticket(s)!!!).

      Tickets are $15.00/person and must be purchased in advance. So please hurry and buy your tickets before they're all gone....ticket sale ends September 26, 2010. You may buy your ticket(s) at the RCHA Club (3rd floor) at 193 Ontario St., tel# (613) 542-8152. For any queries, contact Susie Edgecombe by email at

      We look forward to seeing you all soon and trust you'll have a great time!


      Alex Cuba @ LiveWire Tonight! - Friday 7:30

      This is a quick reminder of the enormous talent of
       The Alex Cuba Band
      coming to Live Wire this Friday Sept.10 at The Octave. Note our new earlier start time of 7:30 pm. Alex Cuba is a 2 time Juno Award winner, who puts on a dynamic live show, taking Cuban music to places you didn't know even existed. Opening is Kingston's own Bob Robertson Trio. It's going to be a spectacular start to the new season and it looks like we'll have a full house. If you want me to save you a seat or 2 at the advance price of $20 click back to me and I'll have them for you at the door.
                                                                          See you at the music
      Alex Cuba Band with special guest Bob Robertson Trio
      Friday Sept.10  7:30 pm
      Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave. Kingston
      Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available at Brian's Record Option (542--2452) Tara Foods and Renaissance Music

      September Events at Wintergreen

      We have a three events Wintergreen this month  --
      • Learn to make beautiful fused glass (and create a few gifts well in advance of the holidays while you're at it), at the Fused Glass Workshop taking place on the weekend of September 17-19. Four spaces remaining! Bring a friend/partner/child/grandchild/other guest, and you'll each receive at 20% discount on tuition.
      • We're having one of our monthly musical feasts on September 18 -- featuring local foods prepared at Wintergreen and the trio Fireweed. Tickets are $30 and include dinner and entertainment. Email us if you'd like tickets reserved. DInner is at 6 pm; concert begins at 7:30.
      • There is a free-of-charge Open House on September 19, when you can visit Wintergreen and learn more about our off-grid facilities.

      Details on all of these events are on our website. Take a look -- and come join us!

      Best wishes,

      Brigit W. Charles
      Program Manager


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      Thursday, September 9, 2010

      Queen's Conservatory of Music - Open House

      Queen's Conservatory of Music Open House

      Description: Queen's Conservatory of Music invites everyone to come out to our Open House event on Sunday September 12 from 2pm to 4pm. You will get a chance to speak to the instructors, hear some live music, register and find out what goes on here.  Children age 4-5 and their parents can attend a Preview Class @ 2:00 for the Yamaha Junior Music Course.  Refreshments provided. A family event for all music enthusiasts!

      venue: Harrison-LeCaine Hall, Queen's University
      39 Bader Lane
      Tel: 613-533-2934

      Admission: free

      Kingston WritersFest: The Future of Storytelling

       The Future of Storytelling
      Is it a book? A comic? A film adaptation?
      Bicycle thief Igor Kenk all mashed up in ground-breaking graphic novel

      KENK cover imageKENK: A Graphic Portrait is a cutting edge cultural hybrid created not by an author but by a creative team of謡riter, filmmaker, illustrator, and producer. Soon to be an animated short, it is based on the story of Igor Kenk, named by The New York Times "the world's most prolific bicycle thief."

      Frames of video have been frozen, photocopied, scratched and smeared.

      KENK teamJoin Queen's alumni Jason Gilmore (producer) and Alex Jansen (filmmaker, designer) and team members Nick Marinkovich (illustrator) and Craig Small (animation director) for a look at how the book was made and what's next. In conversation with Clarke Mackey, author of Random Acts of Culture.

      Graphics Plus: The Story of Kenk
      Thursday September 23, 7:00 - 8:15 pm
      Ellis Auditorium, 59 University Avenue, Queen's University
      Tickets $12.50
      Free rush seats for Queen's students
      KWF Scorpion manBook Now! Kingston WritersFest                   
      60 writers. 50 events. 5 days.
      September 22-26, 2010
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      Find out more about Kingston WritersFest 2010!

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      Theatre Kingston's September News

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      September 9 2010
      Theatre Kingston's
       September News Letter

      Children's Drama Club

      · Mondays - Junior Club - Grades K - 3 - 6:30 - 7:30*

      · Tuesdays - Senior Club - Grades 4 - 8 - 6:30 - 8:30

      · The Club begins October 4th and  5th and runs through to April at

         Calvin Park P.S. (very central & lots of parking!)

      · From September to December the focus is on theatre craft

         & technique, improv & drama games, voice work etc.

      · From January to April students will go into full rehearsal mode for their final gala performance!!!

      · The Club concludes with a fully staged public production

          in a theatre with lights, costumes and a captive
      audience of over 500 school kids and a Saturday matinee for the public!

      · Parents are encouraged to be involved in a variety of ways.

      · The fee for October to April is $350 (Senior) & $200 (Junior)

      * Juniors participate in Sat. matinee performance only.



      Call 613 544- 2021 for more information

      or email at


       You are cordially invited to

      Theatre Kingston's 2010/2011 Season launch party!


      Join us for a sneak preview of our season!


      Find out about great deals for

      Theatre Kingston & Grand Theatre Presents

      theatre packages.


      Be the first to book special Director's Circle seats.


      When: Wednesday, September 15th, 2010, 5 to 7 p.m. 


      Where: Davies Lounge, Grand Theatre


      Complimentary appetizers and cash bar


      RSVP to Theatre Kingston

      613-544-2021 or

      email us at


      Packed Playhouse this September

      Playhouse photo
      Till It Hurts
       Canadian Comedy by Kingston's
       Doug Bowie

      This Saturday, the Playhouse premieres local playwright Doug Bowie's latest, Till It Hurts, at the Springer Theatre.  Directed by Queen's alum Daryl Cloran (Stratford, Shaw, CanStage, Neptune, and many more), and starring Kingston's own Ian D. Clark (TIP - Trying, Assorted Candies) this truly will be a homegrown delight.

      Poor Esme, played by Toronto stage actress Maria Ricossa, has recently landed a job as an assistant at the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  Unwittingly, she finds herself doing telemarketing calls for the organization and one of her first 'solicitation' attempts is to a cantankerous local university professor, Dr. Seymour Mann.  Seymour (Clark) is particularly harried on this day because he is in the midst of final preparations for the M. Charles Plumbell Once-In-A-Lifetime Lecture.  A lecture that will forever define his place in the annals of academia.  Mix in university student Amber Moon (soulpepper regular Sarah Wilson) and Stephen Lewis himself (played with sparkling wit by Shaw Festival veteran Jeff Meadows) and you have the perfect ingredients for a laugh-out-loud comedy.





      Following its recent premiere at the National Arts Centre,

      Night, by Queen's graduate Christopher Morris opens at the Thousand Islands Playhouse on September 18.

      A powerful representation of the challenges facing those living in Canada's far North. Co-produced by Morris' Toronto-based theatre company, Human Cargo, and the National Arts Centre, it tells the story of how the lives of a Toronto anthropologist and 16-year old Inuk girl intersect powerfully during 24 hours of darkness in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Daniella, played by seasoned Toronto actor, Linnea Swan, is a scientist from the big city; Piuyuq, played by 17-year old Inuk actor Abbie Ootova,is an Inuit girl with big dreams. As the two cross paths, their lives are changed forever.


      Night was created over three Arctic winters in Iceland and Nunavut and is presented in both Inuktitut and English. The story was originally developed by five theatre artists (two Inuit, two Icelandic and one Southern Canadian) in what Morris calls "a truly collaborative process".

      DID YOU KNOW? 
      Cineplex has started showing filmed performances from the National Theatre in the UK.  Don't miss these unique opportunities to catch some of the world's best theatre artists.
        October 23 - Complicite's A Disappearing Number
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      TIP annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction  
      Saturday, November 13
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      Wednesday, September 8, 2010

      Kingston AIDS Walk and Lantern Festival

      Please mark your calendars and remember to put on your walking shoes and come out to City Park on the 18th of September to support the local AIDS Walk. We hope to raise $10,000 this year to assist people in our community living with HIV/AIDS. To pre-register for this event, go to . For more information, contact Allison Cope - or Joanne Sands - or call the office at 613-545-3698. The AIDS Walk registration starts at 6:15pm with the Walk itself starting at 7pm.

      At 8pm, following on the heels of the AIDS Walk, this year's Lantern Festival will be one of our most powerful and poignant light displays to date because of a grant from the City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF). Along with the involvement of three community groups creating light installations around the theme of 'spark', we have a number of professional artists creating works for the night of September 18th, 2010 between 8 and 10pm.


      In our efforts to involve communities affected by HIV, community installations in response to this year's theme will come from GLBT youth, marginalized women, and people with HIV/AIDS (PHAs). Five local artists will also be developing light installations and one performance in response to this theme. They are: Joseph Babcock, Julie Fiala and Kate Yüksel, Jocelyn Purdue, and Jane Thelwell . Once again, we will enjoy the magic of drummers, a labyrinth of light by Eleonore and Grace MacDonald, and a projection of images created by PHAs from a project conceived by Marney McDiarmid.


      We hope to see you there!


      Rebecca Anweiler

      Education Coordinator

      HIV/AIDS Regional Services


      Calamity Janes at The Thousand Islands Playhouse

      Kingston's newest all female band is putting on a show at The Thousand Islands Playhouse on Tuesday, September 14th 2010 alongside Island Voices.  The show will feature original tunes by all four women: Jenica Rayne, Lynne Hanson, Danielle Lennon and Les Casson as well as few great covers and even some fiddle tunes.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children, $40 for a family.  Tickets can be purchased at the Thousand Islands Playhouse Box Office.

      Calamity Janes are:   Jenica Rayne - vocals/guitar/bass            
                                   Lynne Hanson - vocals/bass
                                   Danielle Lennon - vocals/violin/fiddle
                                   Les Casson - percussion

      Calamity Janes have been together for almost two years and have been making a name for themselves playing various shows including: the opening of The Beautiful Women Project in Gananoque, The Red Roof Women's Festival and The Homegrown Music Festival as well as putting on their own shows at bars and restaurants in Toronto, Kingston, Picton and the surrounding area.

      The Janes came together in the winter of 2009 upon realizing that they were all fans of each other's work.  So why not work together?  The vast diversity in the musical backgrounds of these four women gives the Janes a different flavour and the ability to play proficiently in countless styles.  Calamity Janes always please their audience and can move gracefully from a longing folk song to a soulful blues, through rock n' roll and right to a rockin' fiddle set.

      Hope to see you there!


      Tuesday, September 7, 2010

      WritersFest: In the Footsteps of the Rich and Famous and Infamous

       In the Footsteps of the Rich and Famous—and the Infamous!
      Biographers explore the movers and shakers of history and the present political scene—Charlotte Gray on the characters of the Yukon Gold Rush; Tim Cook on military moguls Sam Hughes and Arthur Currie; Lawrence Martin on Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
      Panning for gold in the Klondike
      Charlotte GrayFrom investigations of the Sisters in the Wilderness and The Reluctant Genius, the Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell, Charlotte Gray moves to the Yukon in Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike. Join her for an illustrated onstage presentation on Jack London, Sam Steele, and others in this fascinating portrait of frontier Canada.

      Gold Diggers - Friday, September 24, 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Tickets $12.50.
      Grabbing at the Brass Ring
      Lawrence MartinLawrence Martin, author of Harperland, joins Senator Hugh Segal (The Long Road Back: The Conservative Journey) and journalist Richard Gwyn (The Man Who Made Us: John A. Macdonald, 1815-1867) in a lively debate on Canadian leadership moderated by Charlotte Gray. Do we get the leaders we deserve?

      The Leadership Debate - Thursday, September 23, 8:00 - 9:30 pm, Tickets $12.50
      Dueling on the battlefield—and in the courts
      Tim CookTim Cook, Great War historian at the Canadian War Museum, explores two key characters from the First World War, Sam Hughes and General Arthur Currie, and the personal conflict that led to one of the most shocking libel trials in Canadian history. In conversation with Eric Friesen. 

      The Madman & the Butcher - Friday, September 24, 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Tickets $12.50.

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      60 writers. 50 events. 5 days.
      September 22-26, 2010
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