Thursday, February 23, 2012

“Marilyn Monroe” in Kingston on Oscar® Night!

Join The Grand Theatre Foundation as they celebrate the 84th Annual Academy Awards® with the Annual Red Carpet Gala on at The Grand Theatre on February 26, 2012. Apparently Marilyn Monroe has made a comeback in 2012. The bombshell entertainer is finally being honoured at the Oscars® through the nomination of Michelle Williams for her spot on portrayal in My Week With Marilyn

Monroe's last banner year was in 1959 when Some Like it Hot grossed 25.1 million dollars and ranked first in 1959 as the best grossing movie of the year. Michelle Williams, recently took home the Golden Globe for her performance but will she win the gold statue come Oscar® night? Let's not forget, Meryl Streep is in the same category and hasn't won since Sophie's Choice in the early 1980s.

In celebration of Michelle Williams stunning interpretation of Marilyn Monroe, the Red Carpet Gala Committee has invited the top Marilyn Monroe impersonator in Canada to make her Kingston premiere appearance at the Third Annual Red Carpet Gala Event. She will be doing meet and greet sessions, with photo opportunities and guests attending this spectacular event will get the rare chance to see Marilyn who will vocally perform a couple of her well admired songs.

A kiss on the hand may be quite continental,
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
A kiss may be grand but it, Won't pay the rental on your humble flat, Or help you at the automat.”

-Marilyn Monroe singing Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Those are the famous lyrics from Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, a song featured in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. This lasting, unforgettable song was sung by the beautiful, late Marilyn Monroe and is most often associated with the famous celebrity icon.

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Tickets are $100 adults and $50 for students
Special offer for groups – Buy 6 tickets, Get 2 FREE

Don’t miss this unforgettable evening and it’s all for a wonderful cause to share the arts with Kingston’s children, the Grand Theatre Foundation and The Grand Theatre Presents Program.

Major John Grodzinski on War of 1812 in Kingston’s City Hall

The Ambassadors of City Hall will welcome John Grodzinski, CD, PhD to Memorial Hall located on the second floor of the Kingston City Hall. Major Grodzinski will present a fascinating historical look at the War of 1812 on Wednesday, March 14 from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. 

 Major Grodzinski has conducted over 50 battlefield tours for various Canadian Forces units including, RMC, field force units, the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College, the Canadian Forces College and others, examining the Seven Years’ War, the American War of Independence, the War of 1812 and the development of fortifications in Canada in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

All are invited, with no charge to attend.

Feeling Historic?

The talk will take place prior to the City Hall Ambassador’s Annual General Meeting. City Hall Ambassadors are tour guides who share the exciting history of the Limestone City with visitors and residents alike from May to September. City Hall is filled with educational treasures and artifacts, and City Hall Ambassadors offer an uplifting and informative tour, while building historical awareness and civic pride.
This very popular program features approximately 40 dedicated volunteers who share the incredible history of the City of Kingston, the artifacts within City Hall, and the personalities engaged in Canada’s First Capital.

Become an Ambassador for History

Guests of the meeting will be invited to apply to become an Ambassador of City Hall. Ambassadors meet people from all over the world and build civic pride, while walking in the same footsteps as Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.
Applications are available in City Hall at the reception desk or by contacting Elizabeth Cashman at 613-546-4291, ext. 1520 or

For more information on City Hall Tours, please visit the City of Kingston website

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tragically Hip Way

One of Kingston's best entertainment venues will now sit on a street named after one of Kingston's most entertaining acts; the Tragically Hip. Kingston city councilors voted 7-6 on Tuesday night to create Tragically Hip Way with the renaming of a one-block section of Barrack Street outside the downtown K-Rock Centre arena. A wonderful tribute to a band that has done so much to distinguish the Canadian music scene. Congrats to all!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Live with Sarah Slean in Kingston, Ontario

The Canadian singer/songwriter returns to Kingston to play the Octave Theatre live on Friday March 2nd, presented by Eggplant Entertainment. 

Sarah’s sixth full-length album entitled Land & Sea is set for release on September 27th. At a time when recording budgets are shrinking and album sales declining even the most ambitious of artists might be tempted to dial their aspirations back a notch. Instead, with Land & Sea, Sarah embarked on the most challenging recording of her career – a double album that juxtaposes two dramatically different aesthetics, producers, writing processes, recording environments and musicians.

Land is an unabashed pop album, recorded with producer Joel Plaskett (Joel Plaskett Emergency, Two Hours Traffic) and mixed by Big Sugar/Grady front man, Gordie Johnson (Gov’t Mule, The Trews) and Vic Florencia (Nelly Furtado, Five For Fighting, Esthero). And while Land does boast the occasional instrumental flourish – a gospel choir on the uplifting “Amen” and a full horn section on “Girls Hating Girls” for example, its central pulse is provided by a traditional four-piece rock band.

Sea is an expression of love for the classical, orchestral tradition Sarah first fell in love with as a child. Recorded at Toronto’s Revolution Recording with a 21-piece string section with renowned concertmaster/violinist Marie Berard, Sea featured classical all-stars such as members of St. Lawrence String Quartet, Gryphon Trio, and Arc Ensemble, principals of major Canadian orchestras, and several celebrated soloists. Sea is at once epic and intimate, joyful and somber. In short, it’s the most ambitious musical undertaking of her career to date.

Although Sarah split the arrangement duties for Sea with producer/composer Jonathan Goldsmith (Away From Her, Casino Jack, Bruce Cockburn, Jane Siberry), it was her first time arranging for an ensemble of this size, so the challenge was equal parts daunting and thrilling. At Goldsmith’s insistence, Slean agreed to record Sea live off the floor, tracking her vocals, piano and the orchestra simultaneously, which made the process high stakes to say the least.

To purchase your tickets click here or visit Brian’s Record Option, and Destinations

Advance: $27.50            Doors: $35.00              All Ages Show

Want a chance to win an outing to Sarah Slean? Kingston This Week is giving out tickets to the solo concert. Click here for the full article and details! Whether you buy or win tickets, don't miss Sarah perform a special and intimate solo concert at the Octave Theatre. 

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Get your kids outside the house this March break!

Spend March Break at the Museum of Health Care Program 
Dive in and discover what happens to the food you eat during a hands-on adventure through the twisty, turny world of the digestive system! Super-charge your energy levels with a series of activities all about healthy eating and digestion that are sure to get your tummy rumbling. This program is suitable for children 6 & up with all parents welcome. 
Available Times & Dates:
Wednesday, March 14, 10:00 am to noon, OR
Friday, March 16, 10:00 am to noon, OR
Friday, March 16, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Pre-registration required

Location: Museum of Health Care, 32 George Street, Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site
Cost: $5/child (no charge for adults).
To register for this March Break Program please click here

Call: 613-548-2419 or E-mail:

Plan a Romantic Getaway in Kingston this V-Day

Valentine's Day is only five days away! Do you have an epic surprise lined up? Or just chocolate and flowers again? Think outside the box guys and head to Kingston for a romantic getaway. 

Experience the perfect V-Day this year with the cast of Tango Pasión at the Grand Theatre. Escape for the evening with fabulous Argentine dancers and a live Grammy-award winning orchestra. What better way to spend a romantic evening than with a sexy, steamy, “feast for the eyes and ears” production.

Since its inception in 1992, Tango Pasión has been impressing audiences everywhere with a different style of tango. This follow up to the Broadway hit Tango Argentino will have you sweating in your seat with excitement. The live show takes place Friday, February 17 at 7:30p.m, so hurry up and get your tickets. 

Make it even more romantic by staying with one of Kingston's famous bed and breakfasts;

d'Vine Duos!

Our Signature Vinotherapy Facial will melt your shoulders and even your skin tone. Drift away with scents of cherries, blueberries, mango and soothing warm compresses.

Stay & Spa

Relax your mind while rejuvenating your body and experience a total state of relaxation with a full hour body massage for two at Serenity Spa. Then return to the Inn and enjoy a relaxing and intimate evening for two in your luxurious guest room.

Add Some Romance

It's a special occasion. Just being together, alone.... We have sought out quality suppliers to add to the romance of the moment....wonderful floral arrangements...include a special gift...from teddy bears, diamond rings to locally produced gourmet chocolates

Valentines Hearts & Flowers

You and your sweetheart will enjoy one or two delightful nights accommodation at The Tymparon Inn including a full hot delicious candlelight breakfast one or both mornings. A chilled bottle of Sparkling Wine, chocolate covered strawberries, a beautiful flower arrangement and a cozy teddy bear await your arrival in your room to help you celebrate your love with your sweetheart.

For other accommodation packages click here

You won't want to miss this tango spectacle! Purchase your Tango Pasión today click here

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bryan Adams will be waking up the neighbors in Kingston

Are you a Bryan Adams fan?

Just so happens, he'll be dropping by The K-Rock Centre May 2nd, 2012, marking his first official cross Canada tour in over 20 years. Tickets will be up for grabs come Monday February 6th at 10:00AM sharp. You won't want to miss this show as Bryan Adams travels all around Canada – 20 cities and 20 shows. It is no surprise that Adam's made Kingston one of his tour stops, the city is excited to welcome him least for an evening! 
"Never mind Waking Up the Neighbours, Bryan Adams ...woke up the Arena ...classic Adams..sheer class throughout." (Newcastle)
"It was a greatest hit of a set that delighted with its scope and delivery." (Liverpool)
The tour kicks off in St. John's and makes it all the way to Kingston. Adams has a lot of bragging rights being a member of the Order of Canada, the Canada Music Hall of Fame and Juno award winner but remains humble as ever.

Make a weekend out of it with our getaway packages

Rosemount Inn & Spa 
Two Nights & Spa for Two
Experience a relaxing getaway in the heart of Kingston. Be pampered head to toe with some of our favourite spa treatments.
Secret Garden Inn 
Stay & Spa for Two
Relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and experience a total state of relaxation with a full hour body massage for two at Serenity Spa.
Green Woods Inn
Winter Special Package for Two
Full breakfast for Saturday & Sunday morning with the day to do with as you please. Saturday evening - Dinner at Le Chien Noir (Dinner voucher with a value up to $100)
View other accommodation packages here   

Pick up your tickets today

Available online at The K-Rock Centre