Monday, July 30, 2012

St. George’s Cathedral Summer Concert Series Till Summer Ends

 Join in on the mid-day musical interlude!

The St. George’s Cathedral Concert Series has been on running since June, have you seen them? The production goes from 12:15PM to 12:50PM with the Cantabile Men’s Choir performing under the direction of Mark Sirett. 

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Snap shot of the historic St. George's Cathedral in downtown Kingston
The series will continue every Thursday through August 30. So still plenty of time to catch a performance. Admission is free, with a voluntary offering collected. The Cathedral is at the corner of King and Johnson Streets in Kingston. 

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Don't Miss The Fort Henry 2012 Tattoo

This weekend on Saturday, July 28

It’s a music lover’s dream - the marriage of finely tuned pipes, big brass and booming bass drums, unified for a grand performance on the parade square of Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

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This is a one of a kind show that celebrates military traditions dating back to the 1600’s. "Tattoo" is a derivation of “doe den tap toe”, which is Dutch for "turn off the taps", a call which is said to have followed the drum beats in many a pub, letting English soldiers know it was time to turn in for the night. 

Fort Henry is proud to welcome this year, Ottawa’s Ceremonial Guard Band, Lorne Scots Pipes and Drums, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, 8 Wing RCAF Pipe Band, Cadets of HMCS Ontario, Toronto Signals Band, National Band of the Naval Reserve, and the Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry to join the Fort Henry Guard Drums as guest performers.

Don’t miss the massed pipes and drums performance featuring over 75 highland performers, and marvel at the spectacular finale as 250 musicians take to the square to perform underneath an electrifying, exploding sky of fireworks!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Witness the Spectacle of 1812 Overture @FortHenry

Save the date - 7:30PM Saturday August 18, 2012

This August comes one of Fort Henry's premier special events, the 1812 Overture at the Fort, which features the Kingston Symphony Association. 

The 1812 Overture is a truly unique spectacle that combines the grace and intensity of classical music with the power and precision of military practices in one breathtaking, historic venue. 

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Picture a parade square, surrounded by cavernous limestone walls, with a symphony of fifty five artists lit only by their reading lights, and a line of crimson Fort Henry Guard standing at attention in the distance. 

The sweet sounds of the symphony drift and echo in every corner of the magnificent citadel, ensuring every seat in the house is witness to a first class performance. The show concludes with a spectacular cannon firing display and fireworks finale to Tchaikovskys' 1812 Overture. 

In the words of legendary conductor Glen Fast - “Music is a journey best shared with others. Let’s all jump in and feel the rush!”

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kingston's Sheep Dog Trials Are - Again - A Top Ontario Festival

A Summer Event Not to Miss August 10, 11 & 12  

The Sheepdog Trials held in Kingston have been named one of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals and Events for the fifth year in a row. And, this year, the event was also recognized by receiving the Festival and Events Ontario Achievement Award for Best Promotional Poster. 

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On top of all the awards, the annual event is celebrating its 25th Anniversary as apart of the community. These trials are the third largest in North American and can be seen no further than Kingston, Ontario!

"We are thrilled that the Trials continue to delight Ontarians and so proud of our tireless event organizers who manage to pull together this multi-faceted homegrown event every year. It puts us on the map," says Lynda Breen, Supervisor, Recreation Programs.

Kingston will also play host to the Canadian National Championship event in conjunction with the trials, which regularly attract several thousand spectators to enjoy the competition and many exciting side-attractions at Kingston's Grass Creek Park on a summer weekend.

Fun for Visitors  

Spectators have lots to do on the side lines, choose from any of these fun family activities; 
  • Popular crafts
  • Artisans fair
  • Ongoing sheep shearing demonstrations
  • Spinning / craft demonstrations
  • Sheep to Shawl competition
  • Dog training seminars
  • Children's play area
  • Pony rides 
  • Petting zoo 
  • and so much more!

 For updates on the event visit The Sheepdog Trials website here

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Exploring Kingston via The Historic Confederation Tour Trolley

The streets of Kingston are calling... 

Get to know the city better by taking a trolley tour of the limestone city. Kingston tour guides are ready to show you around the city's three centuries of history. 

Introduced this year is a step on/off service that runs until September 3rd, 2012. This gives you chance for a better look at Fort Henry, Bellevue House, Penitentiary Museum and Agnes Etherington Art Centre. 

Kingston's Trolley in action!

What attractions will you see? 

  • Royal Military College 
  • Fort Henry National Historic Site 

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  • Portsmouth Olympic Harbour 
  • Bellevue House (residence of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's First Prime Minister)

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  • Queen's University 
  • Plus other attractions along the way 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Attention Foodies! Experience Kingston By Fork

Know The Delicious Tours 

Food Awareness Week: July 31st, August 2nd & 4th, 2012 


Expresso 101 August 1st at 6:00PM 


Dates: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Start time: 12:00PM

This walking and lunch tour begins at the historic Kingston Public Market in Springer square and highlights the vibrant local food community in the downtown area. The informational walking portion will last about 1-hour.

The tour will conclude with a full 3-course lunch at the renowned AquaTerra Restaubistro, one of Kingson's premier gourmet restaurants. The lunch is made with locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients

We will meet in Springer Square, behind the City Hall, just across from Tir Nan Og Irish Pub.

Adults: $40
Students/Seniors: $30


Dates: Wednesdays and Fridays
Start time: 1:30PM

Come explore the plethora of flavours that can be found in the small downtown core of Kingston. We will be stopping at various restaurants and stores where you will sample their signature fare while learning their stories from the past and present. 

You need not eat lunch beforehand because by the end you will be feeling extremely satiated! The tour will last about two hours and will meet in Springer Square, behind the City Hall, just across from Tir Nan Og Irish Pub.
Adults: $25
Students/Seniors: $15

For more information visit the Kingston By Fork website

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Kingston Buskers Rendezvous Festival Starts Today!

Watch As Downtown Kingston Comes To Life

The much anticipated Annual Kingston Buskers Rendezvous Festival starts today! Lasting from July 12th till 15th. Buskers from all walks of life travel to Kingston (so, you should as well!) and share their amazing talents. Don't miss one of Kingston's best festivals of the summer. 

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No, this picture wasn't taken upside down
Watch performances by acrobats, jugglers, dancers, clowns and more! Walk the streets of downtown Kingston, enjoy Buskers, food, boutique shopping and mighty fine scenery 

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Mime / Clown Hybrid

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Just another day at work for this guy..
 Visit the official Kingston Buskers website for the all the details.

When you're feeling a tad peckish

One of the many perks about being downtown is the cornucopia of restaurants, bistros and pubs at every turn. Incase the selection is too overwhelming, here's a few recommendations from your Kingston experts. 

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Congratulations To Our Yellow Door Photo Contest Winner

Our Prize Winner Had a Blast at Mamma Mia!

Kingston, Hotels Ontario, Accommodations Ruth generated a whopping 1132 votes for her Yellow Door photo submission, this Kingstonian sure did earn her musical outing prize.

She won 10 tickets to see Mamma Mia live at The K-Rock Centre on July 10th, which she just got to enjoy.

Her and 9 lucky friends got a chance to see the acclaimed musical and ride in style with their very own evening limo. Hear about whole the evening went for our contest winner. 

Kind words from Ruth

"Thank you so much to Visit Kingston, Kingston Accommodation Partners, Bermuda Limousines and the K-Rock Centre for running the Paint Your Door/Paint the Town contest.
Riding in the Limo was awesome, dinner at the K-Rock Centre was delicious as well as being really convenient, I would definitely recommend that anyone attending a show look in to it, and Mamma Mia was spectacular. It was an unforgettable evening for everyone."

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Ruth with her prize winning #yellowdoor

Thanks to every who painted they door yellow and for making Kingston that much brighter!

Metric Hitting Up Kingston November 2012

Metric Live at The K-Rock Centre

Kingston will say hello to the indie favourite on November 23, 2012. Metric announced a full Canadian tour, beginning in Victoria, BC and finishing in Toronto, ON. Of course Kingston made the list!

The fall tour ticket pre-sale begins today, June 25 and runs to Thursday June 28. Subscribers to METRIC’s free email list at will receive special pre-sale notices and chances to grab some of the best seats in the house at reduced prices. 

STARS will accompany METRIC on all of the Canadian dates. STARS just announced their new studio album, “The North” will be released on September 4, 2012. Tickets are now on sale to the general public.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fort Henry Sunset Ceremonies Available on Wednesdays & Saturdays

World Heritage Sunset Ceremony Series 

Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada’s award-winning Sunset Ceremonies started off another summer season July 4th. This event is a seven time winner as one of Ontario’s Top 100 Events by Festival and Events Ontario.

Crimson-draped Guard… called to order by the bugle, fife, and drum… the Thin Red Line. As solid as the limestone fortress that surrounds their unique performance stage. Eyes and bayonets fixed… the enemy dead ahead. Enfields afire and cannons ablaze! 

What to expect this summer

Smoking guns consume the parade square… the year is 1867. Fort Henry heats up Wednesday and Saturday evenings in July and August with the critically-acclaimed World Heritage Sunset Ceremonies! 

The Fort Henry Guard Drums, Drill Squad and Artillery Detachment will take you back in time with 1860’s military music, drill and artillery maneuvers. Performed entirely by college and university students,  this performance invokes patriotism and pride and they demonstrate their passion and dedication for the craft.


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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Kingston's Museum of Health Care Summer Activities

Marching Towards Medicine

This summer travel back in time and step into the shoes of Canada’s heroes on and off the battlefield! Celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812 with this thrilling look back at the history of Canada at war and its fascinating connections to medicine.

Dates to remember

Sunday July 29th, 2012 @ 10AM - 12PM or 2PM - 4PM
Sunday, August 12th, 2012 @ 10AM - 12PM or 2PM - 4PM

Through a series of exciting activities, you’ll discover the wartime innovations in health care from 1812 to World War II that changed the way we think of medicine today! 

Program Cost

  • Age 8 and above, younger children may attend if accompanied by parents.
  • $5 per child and free for accompanying adults. 

Register today

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