In the Fall and Winter terms, the array of events to attend and clubs to join. Freed from the tyranny of choice in the Summer term, and used to campus as the source of things to do, those who are new to Kingston summers can find themselves unsure of how to spend their non-working hours. Fortunately for Queen’s graduate students, Kingston’s resident population has a serious thing for music – the grad students who hail from this area can attest to that.
Kingston Jazz Festival just ended, and in the middle of that was also the Skeleton Park Music Festival, which, this year, were both subsumed under the cleverly named new arts initiative, Limelight. (If you’re new to the area, you should know that Kingston is called “the limestone city” because the sedimentary rock forms a significant part of the land on which it’s built and which built some of the city’s oldest buildings). Limelight, according to its website, is: “a fresh summer celebration of Kingston’s best music, visual and performing arts, dance, culture and more from June 15-30, 2013. A brand new production this year, Limelight was brought to life as a collaborative interdisciplinary arts venture among the City of Kingston a number of active local arts organizations.” Did you attend any of the Limelight events? If you missed it, at least you’ve got something to look forward to next year.
Coming up next month are still the Wolfe Island Music Festival (August 9–10) and the Blues Festival (August 22–25). The lineups for both of these long-running events are stacked this year. (Aside from the big names like the Joel Plaskett Emergency and Buck 65 that I’m familiar with, I’m sold on Wolfe Island Music Festival by the hilariously named act “Nick Ferrio and his Feelings”).
There’s also a healthy coffeehouse culture in surrounding towns and villages like Gananoque, Napanee, Bath, and, of course, what’s affectionately referred to as “the county” – Prince Edward County, the emerging wine region that boasts a “Taste Trail” of excellent food and drink and an “Arts Trail” of arts and crafts as well as some music and theatre. But seven websites is enough to link you to for now.
Have you been to any of the events mentioned here? Tell us about your experience.