Thursday, June 28, 2012

Win 1 of 50 Fabulous Weekends Away in Kingston, Ontario

Enter today, it's real easy! 

Residents of Ottawa and Toronto didn't get a chance to paint their door yellow so we came up with another contest idea! 

Enter your email address for a chance to win a weekend getaway to Kingston.  

What do you get? 
  • Two night stay in one of the city's beautiful accommodations
  • Trip for two from Ottawa or Toronto 
  • Return travel by Via Rail

Street Team Power

Over the next 2 months Visit Kingston will have Yellow Door street teams deployed in Ottawa and Toronto hotspots. Keep your eye open for the Yellow Door on, you can't miss it, it's huge. 

Last weekend the team spent their time at Liberty Village in Toronto and Elgin street in Ottawa. Stay tuned via our Facebook and Twitter to see where they will be next! 

Meet the team

The team stops for a pose on the new Fort Henry Discovery Centre

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Canada Day 2012: Kingston Style

Have a Happy Canada Day in Kingston, Ontario

Here's what's happening July 1st!

Red & White People Parade

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 11:30AM, running down Princess Street toward City Hall. 

canada day, kingston ontario, downtown, fireworks
Photo by: Marcus Jeffrey via Flicker

Confederation Park

Limestone Mile

Registration for the Limestone Mile races begins at 7:45AM with races starting at 9AM

At 12PM on the steps of City Hall Mayor Mark Gerretsen will preside over a civic ceremony to mark Canada Day and will congratulate the winners of the First Capital Distinguished Citizen Honourable Achievement Awards — Ann St. Denis and Cindy Mills — and the Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism winners Prerna Babbar (Grade 9 to 12 category) and Devon Cobb (Grade 5 to 8 category).

Location: Directly across from City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

Flight of the Royal George

At 1PM watch a re-enactment of the Flight of the Royal George in Kingston Harbour.


Enjoy live music in Confederation Park all afternoon. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. Confederation Basin will offer the best view of the show.
Grass Creek Park

Live music

Grass Creek Park is offering free music, face-painting, air castles, games, beach volleyball and lots of other fun for kids from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring a swimsuit and try out the sandy beach or compete in the sand castle competition.

Bring a lawn chair and a sunhat to enjoy Grass Creek Park's family-oriented live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — including Mystic Drums, Rob Driscoll's Magic Show, Roger James, Rob Carnegie and Whiskey Overdrive.

At 5:30 p.m. the festivities wrap-up with a Canada Day Ceremony — and the cutting of the cake!

Location: 2991 Highway 2 East, 16 km from Fort Henry 


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

St. Lawrence War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance Signature Event

The Flight of the Royal George 

5 Tall Ships, 10 Gunboats and 24 Re-enactment Regiments bring history to life with a War of 1812 Naval Re-enactment in Bath and Kingston from June 29 - July 1, 2012. 

1812 History Lesson 

Kingston War of 1812, Event, History, Ontario In November of 1812 a fleet of American ships pursued the mighty Royal GeorgeAt 96 feet in length, the Royal George was Lake Ontario's flagship for the Provincial Marines. Built in Kingston three years before, the Royal George was armed with 22 32-pounder artillery guns and, if caught, was a sizable prize for the fledgling American navy  

The Re-enactment 

Bringing the dramatic pursuit alive (in warmer weather), The Flight of the Royal George will re-enact the chase of the ship by American vessels from Bath to Kingston. In the role of the Royal George is the Brig Niagara, a reconstruction of an American ship used during the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.
Involving five tall ships, 10 gunboats and 24 regiments, The Flight of the Royal George will be the St. Lawrence region's biggest War of 1812 re-enactment for the 2012 season. 
Re-enactors from across Ontario, Quebec and as far afield as Kentucky will set up camps in the Village of Bath and Fort Henry in Kingston. The re-enactment coincides with Canada Day programming in both Bath and Kingston. 

Catch All the War of 1812 Action 

Kingston War of 1812, Event, History, Ontario The naval action will begin on Saturday, June 30 at noon with the American pursuit of the Royal George. Viewing points are available to the public at Topsy Farms on Amherst Island, as well as Finkle and Centennial Parks in Bath.
Continuing on Sunday, July 1, the British forces will take back the village beginning at 10:30 AM, while the Royal George is pursued by the American fleet at 11:00 AM. Viewing points include Centennial Park and the grounds of Fairfield White House in Amherstview.
The action moves towards Kingston for 11:45 AM, with artillery engaging the American fleet at MacDonald Park, the continued pursuit of the Royal George near the Marine Museum at 12:45, and an American attack on Fort Henry and Fort Frederick at 13:00.

See you there!

The Flight of the Royal George will also include the grand opening of the new Lafarge 1812 Discovery Centre in Bath on Friday, June 29 at 11:00 A.M.
What better way to celebrate Canada than by commemorating the war that forged a nation?


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Simple Pleasures - Enjoy Kingston's Waterfront Scenery

Your Summer Getaway Is Calling

One of the simplest pleasures of visiting Kingston is venturing downtown to the waterfront for fresh air, breathtaking scenery and hopefully some excellent company. What could be more perfect? 

Here's some quick images I captured while downtown Kingston when my parents were visiting. Sightseeing by the waterfront is one of my parents favourite things to do while staying in the city, next to the shopping of course! Oh, how we longed to be out on a 1000 Island cruise that humid day. 

Snapped a few shots with my phone...

Kingston, Ontario, City Hall, Waterfront
Caught some live music downtown while in the park!

Kingston, Ontario, Waterfront, Sightseeing, Cruise
Taking in the gorgeous view .
Kingston, Ontario, Waterfront, Sightseeing, Cruise
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Kingston, Ontario, Waterfront, Sightseeing, Cruise
The Island Star before a sightseeing tour. 

Last look before we headed to something to eat.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Comedian Russell Peters in Kingston for New Fall Tour Dates

 Live at Kingston’s K-Rock Centre on September 22nd

After selling over 50,000 tickets for his June tour of Canada, comedian Russell Peters annouces new fall dates across Canada; luckily, Kingston made the list! 

Get ready to laugh

Starting in 2008, Peters was one of the first stand-up comedians to self-finance, self-produce and distribute his own comedy specials and DVD’s, with Red, White and Brown and 2011’s, The Green Card Tour LIVE from the O2 Arena. The DVD’s went on to sell over 200,000 units across North America. Both specials were broadcast on Showtime Networks and Comedy Central in the States as well as Netflix globally. 

Russell Peters, Kingston, Ontario, KROCK Centre

Peters has given away more than a million dollars over the past several years to various charities, from the Brampton Civic Hospital, to Heart House Hospice, Gilda’s Club, the MS Society and a scholarship at his old high-school, The Russell Peters North Peel Scholarship to send a deserving student to college. The scholarship is now in its third year.

Tickets are on sale now 

Russell Peters Notorious World Tour has been setting sales and attendance records around the world since the launch of the tour in Muscat in March, the tour has become the highest attended.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Stone Temple Pilots En Route To Kingston This August

Performance announcement from The K-Rock Centre

Stone Temple Pilots will take the stage at The K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario on August 19th, 2012.

Since the moment they appeared on the scene in the early 1990's, Stone Temple Pilots dominated the decade from start to finish, racking up 15 singles on the Billboard Top Ten, winning a "Best Hard Rock Performance" Grammy Award in 1994 for “Plush,” and having their five albums sell more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Kingston, Ontario, Stone Temple Pilots, KRock Centre
Of all their peers, Stone Temple Pilots alone had sustained commercial success, earning greater critical acclaim with each release, building a body of work that remains popular and its enduring acclaim has only highlighted the absence of the band, who quietly went their separate ways after the turn-of the millennium release of Shangri-La Dee Da. 

A dominant force in rock music

Since their inception, the group's impressively extensive and top-selling music has cemented their standing as one of the most successful rock groups of all time. In 2008 Stone Temple Pilots officially revealed that the band would be reuniting and launching a massive 2008 concert. This tour marked the first national tour for Stone Temple Pilots in almost eight years. The band enjoyed the experience of being back together and performing that they decided to bring the magic back in to the studio.

Stone Temple Pilots will release the Alive In The Windy City DVD on June 26th. Alive In The Windy City was filmed at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago and includes many of their classic hits, “Plush,” “Vasoline,” “Creep” and many more.

Ticket Information  

Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 10:00AM

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kingston to Host Neil Young & Crazy Horse This Fall

Legends Live at The K-Rock Centre

Neil Young & Crazy Horse surprised fans with not only a new album titled "Americana" (their first album in nine years) but also with the announcement of their first tour together in over eight years. The even better news...They are coming to Kingston October 5, 2012 at The K-Rock Centre.

Amazing Concerts in Kingston 

Seems as though music icons love traveling to Kingston during tours. The K-Rock Centre recently played host to Bryan Adams, Lenoard Cohen is performing live in December and now the Neil Young announcement! What a glorious year for concerts in our city.
“Americana” is a rich collection of classic American compositions, some dating back 200 years or more and each has its own unique history veiled with multiple meanings and relatable, lyrical significance as applicable today as they were in the America of yesteryear. Have a look at the following video links for a view into our past as evidence: Oh Susanna, Jesus' Chariot (She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain), Clementine.

Get your tickets before it's too late 

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Yellow Door Photo Contest in Kingston, Ontario

 Paint your door, paint the town

Show your neighbours and friends how much you love Kingston by painting your door Kingston Yellow... and you could win 10 tickets to Mamma Mia! 

The Grand Prize

The winner will receive 10 tickets to the July 10th performance of Mamma Mia! in your own private suite at the K-Rock Centre. You’ll ride in style in a limo (courtesy of Bermuda Limousine), and receive a voucher worth $250 at the K-Rock Centre concession stand!

The winner will receive 10 tickets to the July 10th performance of Mamma Mia! in your own private suite at the K-Rock Centre. You’ll ride in style in a limo (courtesy of Bermuda Limousine), and receive a voucher worth $250 at the K-Rock Centre concession stand!


Share a picture of yourself in front of a Kingston Yellow door on the Paint The Door, Paint the Town! contest page. There are two ways to win…


It could be your front door, your back door, the door to the outhouse... just paint it Kingston Yellow! Then take a picture of yourself with your door and post it to our contest page. Encourage your friends and family to vote your door as the best yellow door in Kingston. The picture with the highest number of votes, wins!

No yellow paint on hand? No problem! Visit Atkinson Home Building Centre (731 Development Drive) to pick up your FREE litre of Kingston Yellow Beauti-Tone paint!

Door already painted yellow? You’re one step ahead, just upload a picture of yourself in front of the door!


We don’t want anyone evicted or sleeping on the couch, so if your landlord or your spouse won’t let you paint your door yellow, you can still enter by taking your picture with the yellow door located at the newly-renovated DOX Restaurant and Lounge, at the Holiday Inn Kingston-Waterfront (2 Princess Street).

Upload your picture to our Facebook contest page here and get your friends voting!

Your friends can vote once per day throughout the contest. So, if they want to be one of your 9 friends to see Mamma Mia!, they should vote for your picture every day!

Contest Deadlines 

Voting ends at midnight on Thursday, June 28, 2012. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Friday, June 29, 2012.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Two Weeks Remain Before The Kingston Jazz Festival

FREE Porch Jazz & performers at Skeleton Park

From Jerry Granelli who wrote the unmistakable steady swing beats for the classic Charlie Brown “Peanuts” theme song to Sophie Milman, a twenty-something power house, this year The Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival will bring big names centre stage.

Time to enjoy the sweet sounds of Jazz

Taking place from Thursday, June 21, to Saturday, June 23 this three-day festival is a collaboration between the Grand Theatre, Kingston Arts Council, Kingston Jazz Society and the Skeleton Park Music Festival. 

Featuring both large stage and intimate performances by world renowned names like Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, Sophie Milman and Jerry Granelli to name a few. Musicians and audiences alike will experience the unbridled energy and emotional beauty that is at the core of this musical art form.

Kingston, Ontario, Jazz Festival, Concerts

Kingston, Ontario, Jazz Festival, Concerts
The Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival will present a riveting series of evening concerts and after-hours sessions. Concerts will be held at the Grand Theatre's Regina Rosen Auditorium with cabaret-style, intimate performances following in the Baby Grand on Friday and Saturday evenings.  

Skeleton Park Music Festival

Families can partake in the free Porch Jazz walk throughout Sydenham Ward on Saturday afternoon followed by a concert as part of the Skeleton Park Music Festival.

The Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival is committed to a small-is-beautiful philosophy; every night of music is special.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Disney's Phineas and Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever!

Get Your Tickets For The All-New Live Stage Production

Mom! Phineas and Ferb are going on a live tour!” 


Join the Danville Tri-State Area Gang for a high-energy ride through their wildest invention yet in Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! The stage production is coming to Kingston on January 5, 2013 at The K-Rock Centre.   

The beloved characters from Disney Channel's animated series embark on a bold escape from the television screen to a live action adventure – for its first-ever Canadian Tour in 12 cities. 

Kingston, Ontario, Family Activities, K-Rock Centre

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! brings Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Isabella, Baljeet, Buford and friends to the stage as they make the most of the last day of summer by building an invention bigger, better and more amazing than ever. And, before you can wonder, “Hey, Where’s Perry?” the beloved pet platypus shifts to his secret double life as Agent P to foil another one of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans. 

Musical madness abounds in an escapade so awesome that even Candace can’t help but join the hilarious hijinks. It’s the ultimate end to summer vacation, so seize the day ‘cause Phineas and Ferb are gonna do it all! 

Fun for the whole family

Created by Emmy Award-winning Dan Povenmire ("Family Guy") and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh ("The Simpsons" and "Rocko's Modern Life"), this stand-out comedy series follows Phineas Flynn and his stepbrother, Ferb Fletcher, as they set out to optimize every day of their 104-day summer vacation, dreaming the impossible dream -- and then doing it, including building a rollercoaster or a beach in their own backyard. 

Unbeknownst to them, their pet platypus Perry has a double life as suave secret Agent P, deftly battling the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz to save the world. Meanwhile, older sister Candace is aghast at her brothers' antics and makes it her life's work to tattle on them to Mom and Dad, though somehow she can never seem to catch them red-handed. 

Kingston, Ontario, Family Activities, K-Rock Centre, Concerts
Renowned for its sophisticated and good-natured humour, clever songs and noteworthy guest stars, "Phineas and Ferb" is a fan favourite in every major territory. It airs on Disney Channels and Disney XD channels in more than 168 countries and in 34 languages, reaching more than 279 million unduplicated Total Viewers worldwide.

Tickets go on sale to the general public June 11, 2012 at 11AM 


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