Community Messages

Saturday, December 10
07:00 PM

Fundraising Sing Along Event

07:00 PM — 09:00 PM

Come and sing along to all the favourite old time country and gospel tunes with Mary's Merry Minstrels. Enjoy songs of a love and salvation, love gone wrong and the joy of love-there might event be a train song or two.  Spirits will soar as you listen to the moving melodies that leave you humming these songs for days. Mary's Merry Minstrels is a group of musicians who like to share the music they love and they have graciously offered to come and play here at Polson Park FMC! All proceeds from this event will go towards the completion of our accessibility ramp at the Polson Park Free Methodist Church

Sunday, December 11
02:00 PM

Old Time Radio Presentation of A Christmas Carol

02:00 PM — 04:00 PM

BARRY YUEN AND HIS TRIO (along with some friends) will present a live reading of Charles Dickens' classic story, A Christmas Carol. This will be done in the style of an Old Time Radio Programme, with sound effects and some live music accompaniment.  These shows are always fun! For those who remember the Golden Age of Radio, this will provide a nostalgic glow. The show will take place at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 263 Victoria Street on Sunday December 11th, at 2:00pm.  As a fund raiser for the church, this will be a "pay what you can" event. There will only be one performance, so don't miss it.    

Location/Venue Name
St. Mark's Lutheran Church

  • 263 Victoria Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3Y9
02:30 PM

“The Hockey Sweater” - Dan Tremblay & Orchestra Kingston

02:30 PM — 04:00 PM

Hear the puck drop, hockey sticks clash and the crowd cheer - it’s The Leafs vs The Habs as this classic Canadian hockey rivalry plays out — in the concert hall — when Dan Tremblay narrates Roch Carrier’s hilarious family favourite, “The Hockey Sweater” performed by Orchestra Kingston, Sunday December 11th 2:30pm at The Spire, 82 Sydenham St, Kingston K7L 3H4. Plus: Christmas carol sing-alongs for the whole family, and over an hour of musical fun during this “Christmas Cracker“ of a show. Tickets: Free for kids (16 and under), $25 (adult), $20 (senior & student), at eventbright (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/orchestra-kingston-2023-holiday-concert-tickets-469665711787), Novel Idea, Arden Music, orchestra members, and at the door.  When Dan Tremblay isn’t playing hockey he can be found teaching his students to play — both hockey and music at Queens University. “Its no surprise,” he says. “I was a hockey player before I was a musician.” Tremblay notes that he “grew up playing hockey in Quebec’s Gaspe and the game still helps me.  “It gives me the energy, physical endurance and focus I need as a musician,” he explains. Tremblay actually sets up friendly hockey games for his music students to reduce their stress before a big audition or show. In the winter, he can often be seen teaching them Canada’s national game, at either Mcburney or Victoria Parks near Queens campus, Kingston, before shepherding them back to the classroom.  Asked how he made the leap from playing hockey to playing trumpet, Tremblay admits he was inspired by the classic musical fanfares he heard at the hockey rinks of his youth.  “Soon, I got the chance to play those fanfares myself, on trumpet, at many community rinks in Quebec. The excitement still stays with me, to this day.” Can Tremblay relate to the little kid who tells his story in Roch Carrier’s very Canadian, hilarious tale of “The Hockey Sweater”? “Oh, yes,” Tremblay enthuses. “My dear Quebec family was so big that we younger ones naturally inherited the older kids’ hand-me-down clothes. When my own hockey sweater needed replacing, we received a new one from my cousin.” He laughs as he recalls opening the package.  “Half my family were Canadiens fans and the other half cheered for the Nordiques. So naturally, I was devastated to find the package contained the sweater of The Buffalo Sabres!” How did he react?  “It was a classic French Canadian example of ‘the two solitudes’. We thanked my cousin and his parents, of course but frankly, I refused to ever wear that thing in public!” Is he a competitive player? “Hockey let’s you express your skills but without meanness,” he explains. “Instead, I try to imagine who of my teammates will keep their skill and last the longest.”  He adds, “you know, Orchestra Kingston’s conductor, John Palmer and I spend much quality time together on the golf course because he’s not only a great trombone player but also a top golfer in his club. We share those interests so that is why I said ‘Yes’ when he asked me to narrate this fun, family show.” Are music and sports alike? “Of course. I tell my students: if they are conducting, flick the baton like they are fly fishing or use a pendulum movement like they are playing golf or keep in constant motion but always stay ‘in the zone’, as they would while playing hockey.” “After all that, how could I say ‘No’ to Canada’s national sport? I think most Canadian families will spend at least one holiday night watching hockey. This concert is the same exact thing. It is lively, plus, it is smartly orchestrated, full of surprises like referee whistles, clashing hockey sticks, cheering crowds, and of course, those thrilling hockey rink fanfares.” “I hope children (who get into this concert for free) will bring their parents,” Tremblay laughs again, “because it’s fun and engaging and a family show. Music, like hockey, will always reflect back to all of us, the big human emotions.” _____ Orchestra Kingston gratefully acknowledges the support of the Kingston Arts Council, City of Kingston, and OLG. Masks are recommended by Public Health Ontario.

Location/Venue Name
The Spire

  • 82 Sydenham Street, Kingston, K7L 3H4
04:30 PM

Advent to Christmas: a candlelight service of readings and music

04:30 PM — 05:30 PM

St James Church presents “Advent to Christmas: a candlelight service of readings and music” on Sunday 11 December at 4:30pm. A selection of seasonal hymns will be sung, and the choir will sing anthems by Andre Thomas and John Joubert. Following the service there will be a hot apple cider reception. St James Church is at 10 Union St in Kingston. Visit stjameskingston.ca or call 613-548-7254. The service symbolizes the journey from Advent to Christmas, from the Old Testament to the New, from darkness to light. The readings and music will explore the themes of creation and re-creation in the context of ancient prophecies, the birth of Christ, and visions for the future.  

Location/Venue Name
St James Church

  • 10 Union St, Kingston, K7L 2N7
Friday, December 16
07:30 PM

Cantabile Choirs Presents: Winter Song

07:30 PM — 09:00 PM

As the days grow shorter and the cold starts to settle in, the songs of winter offer warmth and brightness that mark the changing of the seasons and time with family and friends. A beloved annual tradition for many, Cantabile’s December concerts are a mix of traditional carols and seasonal music from around the world – a festive musical journey to light up the dark nights with our collective winter song. This concert features the premiere performance of ‘River Snow’ by Qiushi Jiang, 1st-place prize winner of Cantabile’s inaugural 2022 BIPOC Song Competition.  

Location/Venue Name
The Spire

  • 82 Sydenham St, Kingston, K7L5J9
Saturday, December 17
07:30 PM

Cantabile Choirs Presents: Winter Song

07:30 PM — 09:00 PM

As the days grow shorter and the cold starts to settle in, the songs of winter offer warmth and brightness that mark the changing of the seasons and time with family and friends. A beloved annual tradition for many, Cantabile’s December concerts are a mix of traditional carols and seasonal music from around the world – a festive musical journey to light up the dark nights with our collective winter song. This concert features the premiere performance of ‘River Snow’ by Qiushi Jiang, 1st-place prize winner of Cantabile’s inaugural 2022 BIPOC Song Competition.  

Location/Venue Name
The Spire

  • 82 Sydenham St, Kingston, K7L5J9
Sunday, December 18
02:30 PM

Cantabile Choirs Presents: Winter Song

02:30 PM — 04:00 PM

As the days grow shorter and the cold starts to settle in, the songs of winter offer warmth and brightness that mark the changing of the seasons and time with family and friends. A beloved annual tradition for many, Cantabile’s December concerts are a mix of traditional carols and seasonal music from around the world – a festive musical journey to light up the dark nights with our collective winter song. This concert features the premiere performance of ‘River Snow’ by Qiushi Jiang, 1st-place prize winner of Cantabile’s inaugural 2022 BIPOC Song Competition.  

Location/Venue Name
The Spire

  • 82 Sydenham St, Kingston, K7L5J9
Monday, December 19
07:30 PM

Candlelight Christmas

07:30 PM — 09:30 PM

ARTISTS

Bradley Thachuk | Conductor Kingston Choral Society Ian Juby | Artistic Director

PROGRAM

Your Favourite Holiday Carols

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Ring in the season with our classical Christmas concerts! This is the perfect way to begin your holiday festivities, so make sure to include one of these delightful performances on your wish list as these concerts sell out every year. Hear music written to celebrate the season and sing along with the Kingston Symphony and Kingston Choral Society to your favourite carols. An early gift of music the whole family will enjoy!

Location/Venue Name
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

  • 390 King Street West, Kingston, K7L 2X4
Monday, January 2
12:00 AM

Kingston Grandmother Connection's 2nd Annual Polar Plunge & Challenge

12:00 AM — 01:00 PM

Grandmother Gail’s 2nd Annual Polar Plunge and Challenge will be on January 2 at 12 noon at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. You won’t want to miss this exciting event as Gail stays in the cold water of Lake Ontario for 5 minutes! Yes, 5 minutes. Donations are welcome in advance or at the event, with all proceeds to Help Lesotho and the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, helping grandmothers and their families in Africa. Cash, cheques, e-Transfers. See our website for details on how to donate:    www.g2gkingston.ca

Location/Venue Name
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour

  • 53 Yonge St., Kingston, K7M 6G4