The Canadian Guitar Festival celebrates digits’ artful dexterity with performances, workshops, and competitions that pay tribute to the musical battleaxe. Strapped with a single-day pass, step into a workshop where champion string masters Don Ross, Stephen Bennett, and Gareth Pearson gently touch on the techniques that won them fingerstyle plucking competitions and spaghetti-separating battles. Sunday's schedule boasts performances at the covered pavilion by Canadian and international strum swamis such as Australia's folksy Hunter Van Larkins, Prince Edward Island's punky Brooke Miller, and Italy's eclectic Guitar Republic.
The King's Town Players regularly contribute entertaining culture to the community through stylized, passionate performances of material covering playwrights from Shakespeare to Steve Martin. Taking artistic liberties with its source, the King's Town Players re-imagine Romero's 1968 horrific tale, which first taught audiences about the walking dead's penchant for designer fashion. The vivid live stage-based story follows a gaggle of baffled humans trapped in a farmhouse as they work to hold down their fortress from the battling forces of brain eaters and the persistent hordes of time-share salesmen outside. During the Halloween spectacle's five-night residency, audience members discover the edge of their seat is either a vulnerable resting place or a comfortable perch to return to night after night.
Initially conceived as a one-off event in 2010, The Smoker's Club has since expanded, presenting fans with tours that unite skilled rappers and expert beat makers. One of the original members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Grammy-winning wordsmith Method Man spouts off dexterous rhymes in a gravely voice obtained by chugging asphalt smoothies everyday for breakfast. Curren$y gently cradles ears with laid-back flow, and frequent Smoker's Club collaborators such as Smoke DZA and Fiend buoy the evening with additional verbal fireworks. The Kool Haus provides a vibrant environment for the musical proceedings, ensconcing guests in a hip nightclub atmosphere with music mixed by Toronto-bred DJ Agile. An enormous dance floor proffers guests with ample space for unabashed rug cutting and wind sprints between marching bands.
The Kingston Canadian Film Festival celebrates local and national productions with a three-day presentation of new movies, film receptions, and director and cast discussions. Film enthusiasts explore the life and career of the late Nell Shipman in "On a Grand Scale," a curated exhibition that probes her theatrical contributions as an actress, writer, director, and inventor of the scrolling credit. The silent-film-era artist, known for portraying strong female characters throughout her 13-year career, starred in more than 20 films, including movies based on James Oliver Curwood stories. As the clock tolls 4 p.m., audiences make their way into a darkened theatre for a showing of Shipman's Back to God's Country— a taboo-shattering 1919 silent film set in the Arctic wilderness—which will be paired with live musical accompaniment and fake indoor blizzards.
Time to Laugh Comedy Club has earned a black belt in gut busting by providing well-known and amateur stand-ups from across North America a stage from which to cast their punch lines. December’s rotating lineup sports a cabal of Canadian joke hurlers such as impressionist Mark Walker and observational cannon Mike Harrison, as well as the hard-rocking riffs of musical comic Jay Brown. With seating for more than 200 audience members, the club pleasantly accommodates pairs and clusters of friends determined to break the monotony of hosting monotony nights at home. Time to Laugh is situated in the Hub of Kingston, making it a convenient comedic nightcap after dinner or a business-casual food fight at one of the many neighbouring restaurants.
This June, the Queen's Conservatory of Music conducts a concert to celebrate its fifth anniversary as an all-ages centre for encouraging musical passion and discovery. Former and current conservatory instructors form ensembles of strings, piano, flute, and voice.