Thursday, March 29, 2012

Visit the Oldest Market in Ontario

Nice Weather = Markets Open!

It's almost time to enjoy Kingston's market square in the heart of downtown. The public market was first established in 1801, creating a meeting place within the limestone city. Since then, Springer Market Square remains the focus of downtown as a place for locals and visitors to gather. 

The historic market operates Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 6AM to 6PM. You can expect to find the best local produce, prepared foods, plants, flowers, crafts and art. Purchase food and goods directly from the fascinating people who make them. Also, don't forget about Sundays downtown, the market changes to an antique show!

Take a Load Off

Portable bistro tables, chairs and green umbrellas should be up soon for market visitors to take a break from their downtown exertion. Pick up some quality homegrown food and have a picnic!

Getting to Know the Vendors


Click here for a full breakdown of products available at Springer Market Square. 

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

St. Lawrence Parks Commission as Award Winning Fun for Summer Visitors!

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) was recently honoured with recognition of three special events being in the Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario. This honour is awarded annually by Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) to those festivals and events that excel within the industry.

For the SLPC, this isn’t the first time they have achieved such honours for these events. Upper Canada Village’s Alight at Night event is recognized for the second time; while for Fort Fright it is the fifth award (including Best New Festival in 2008). Fort Henry’s World Heritage Sunset Ceremonies has been awarded for an impressive seventh time.

Alight at Night @ Fort Henry

Two of the events – Alight at Night and Fort Fright – take place during the shoulder season or what is traditionally considered to be the ‘off-season” for tourism. Both events have made significant impact in the regional tourism market drawing over 40,000 visitors (Alight at Night) in December and 20,000 (Fort Fright) over the end of September and month of October. 

Scary Fort Fright Woman!

The World Heritage Sunset Ceremonies are an entertainment tradition in Kingston. For 16 years, Sunset Ceremonies have entertained guests from around the world on Wednesday evenings during July and August. For 2012, the schedule has been expanded to also include a Saturday night performance. Fort Henry has hosted such notables as Don Cherry, Dan Aykroyd and former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson at its World Heritage Sunset Ceremonies.

World Heritage Sunset Ceremony
We recognize that the economy is presenting challenges for all business sectors including tourism. Our job as the largest tourism organization in Eastern Ontario is to innovatively lead and more importantly attract visitors to our world-class sites with programs, events and prices that deliver outstanding quality and value. - Darren Dalgleish, General Manager/CEO, SLPC
SLPC also recently announced the introduction of a ‘Reciprocal Program’ for the 2012 season which will offer great deals for visitors to stimulate visitation to more of its attractions. With every regular day program admission purchased at Fort Henry or Upper Canada Village, visitors will receive a complimentary visit to the other site or to one of the SLPC’s 5 beach areas. The program is based on a Buy One Get One (BOGO) principle of equal or lesser value and is valid for the regular day programs or Discovery Centres. Special event programming is excluded.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Bright Light Social Hour coming to Kingston

 At The Mansion March 30th, 2012

This Texas band first gained attention in Austin from their incendiary live performances and innovative vision of rock and roll. Melding southern rock, hard dance, psychedelic blues and deep soul, their self-titled debut album and recent heavy touring under The Agency Group, have led to a swelling North American audience, growing critical acclaim and a rare sweep of six awards at the SXSW 2011 Austin Music Awards, including Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. 

 Their impressive resume showcases the great talent and passion this band has for music. The band’s Daytrotter session debuted featuring “Detroit”, “Maybe I Do”, and a live favorite, “Young Man Blues”.

Checkout their live performance of “Shanty” here;

Visit The Bright Light Social Hour official website here

Thursday, March 15, 2012

St. Patty's Day in Kingston 2012!

It's that time of year to crack open your green beer, shamrocks and pretend to be Irish (if you aren't already). Spend St. Patrick's Day in Kingston's downtown core, enjoying all the city has to offer. You will feel luckier than a four leaf clover when you stumble upon the fabulous dining and nightlife scene.

Have an authentic Irish St. Patty's Day bash presented by K-Rock 105.7, at the Tir Nan Og, featuring live music, Irish karaoke and a street festival! 

St. Patrick's Eve, you'll want to see 'The Macnificents' perform live from 5:00PM - 8:00PM. 

'Will Black' from 10:00PM - Close. Green drinks, food and loads of prizes!

  Wishing everyone a safe night, 
please don't drink and drive!

       More information here

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Free Skating at the K-Rock Centre

K-Rock Centre invites the community for Free Skating Days during March Break

 KINGSTON, ON – The K-Rock Centre is pleased to present Free Public Skating on March 14th and March 15th from 1 PM to 4 PM. Patrons are asked to enter the venue at Gate 4.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to give back to the students and families within the community, and what better time to enjoy it then skating at the K-Rock Centre during March Break!” says Ken Noakes, General Manager of the K-Rock Centre.
Skaters are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Partners in Mission Foodbank Kingston.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fun for Kids this March Break with Busytown Busy!

Richard Scarry’s Busytown Busy comes to life at The Grand Theatre March 11th. In a brand new live production, The Grand Theatre presents the theatrical debut of a longstanding classic whose best-selling books and television series have been enjoyed by families for over 50 years. For the first time ever, Richard Scarry’s Busytown will take the stage and become larger than life! Families will enjoy this live production on Sunday, March 11 at 2:30PM. Come at 1:30PM for storytime and then make your own “Lowly the Worm” bookmark to take home. Then try to find all the different characters from Huckle Cat to Pig Will in a scavenger hunt throughout the Grand Theatre.

Richard Scarry’s Busytown: Busytown Busy captures the incredible world of Richard Scarry and follows the adventures of Huckle Cat, Sally Cat, Lowly Worm, Sergeant Murphy, and many of their unforgettable friends. Busytown will be hosting a talent contest and everyone is buzzing with excitement. Together, the friends attempt to discover their true talents with lots of laughter – and only a few hiccups - along the way!

With catchy sing-along songs and lots of audience interaction, Richard Scarry’s Busytown: Busytown Busy will bring out the showman in us all! Pre-show activities include crafts and scavenger hunt.

Tickets for this performance are $25 plus HST and applicable box office fees.

For Busytown Busy tickets please click here