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​Arts & Entertainment

From art galleries to theatrical productions and live music venues, the arts play a leading role in life at Queen's and in Kingston. The variety of arts and entertainment options for students to get involved in or appreciate as a community member make the student experience at Queen's one of a kind.

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Sunrise performance of the Drama production of "If We Were Birds", Spring 2015, at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

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Agnes Etherington Art Centre
"The Agnes"
Featuring a range of contemporary and historical exhibitions and exciting public programs throughout the year.
AMS Clubs Directory Search the AMS Clubs Directory or music-related and theatre-related clubs and events
Archives The University Archives manages, preserves, conserves, and makes the information assets of the university accessible.
Artist in Residence Program An annual professional residency in the Fine Art Program. The residency is designed to provide students with unique access to mentorship from a celebrated artist, and gives the artist a chance to share his/her expertise.
The Barefoot Players The School of Drama and Music's theatre troupe for young audiences.
CFRC 101.9 FM Radio Kingston’s only campus-community radio station offers not-for-profit, volunteer-powered media that fills the gap left by the mainstream. Offers diverse music and spoken word programming 24/7 over the air and online. Also provides free broadcast skills training and experience to members of the community. In operation since 1922.
Clark Hall Pub A service of the Engineering Society, Clark Hall Pub is the oldest bar on campus and the only fully student-owned and operated bar in Canada.
Grad Club One of the best campus venues for live music in the country.
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
"The Isabel"
The Isabel is a home for the creative arts at Queen’s and a hub of vibrant artistic study, creation and exhibition in our community. The learning experiences shaped by the Isabel will enhance our students’ skills and abilities for their work in the arts and beyond.
Queen's Musical Theatre A student-run organization that stages two musical productions per year along with holding events such as cabaret nights and training sessions.
Queen's Pub A pub on campus, run by The AMS Pub Services (TAPS).
The Underground The University’s largest student bar, run by The AMS Pub Services (TAPS).
Union Gallery Student-driven gallery that provides students with professional skills training; showcases university student artists, as well as professional artists with regional, national, and international profiles.
Writer in Residence Program For one term each academic year, the Department of English welcomes a writer in residence to participate in literary events and to offer advice and mentorship to students involved in creative writing.

In Kingston

Kingston is alive with music venues, festivals, theatre troupes, choral ensembles, and more. Here are a few resources to get you started on your search for arts and entertainment in and around Kingston:

General Arts Festivals

Downtown Kingston The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning Kingston WritersFest
Tourism Kingston Events Kingston Symphony Association Kingston Canadian Film Festival
Kingston Arts Council: includes artist, organization, venue, and resource/supplier directories Orchestra Kingston Kingston Women's Art's Festival
Leon's Centre The Grand Theatre
And many more…