With April being national poetry month, there have already been a few events in the city celebrating it.
April is also, according to the Smithsonian Institute, jazz appreciation month, apparently. That’s one of the reasons you can catch five hours of jazz for free at BluMartini, 178 Ontario St., on Sunday.
The initial idea was to bring back all of the Kingston-raised jazz musicians who had to leave the city to establish their careers, but Sunday’s event had to be scaled back due to less-than-expected funding. Still, this event will give the city a small sample of the rich jazz scene in Kingston.
Holding court for most of Sunday’s event, which runs from 5 to 10 p.m., will be the Dave Barton Trio. Barton, Paul Clifford and Rich Bannard will be joined by singers Carolyn Credico, Michelle Kasabowski and Chantal Thompson, and sax players Jon “Bunny” Stewart and James Wannamaker.
Opening the event will be local stalwarts Eight to the Bar followed by the 20th Century Band.
Sarah Harmer, Luther Wright, Miss Emily and Julia Finnegan will be among the performers Saturday at a fundraiser for the Grandfriends Project in Sydenham.
The Grandfriends Project takes grades 3 and 4 students from Elginburg and District Public School to Fairmount Home in Glenburnie, where the seniors and students interact (and sing) together. The fundraiser runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and takes place at the Sydenham branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 4376 William St.
To purchase tickets, which are $20 apiece, email firstname.lastname@example.org. There were just 25 tickets left as of press time, so there might be some at the door. Donations will also be welcomed.
Saturday night is the radio release party at the Ale House for Kyle Dunn and the Marauders’ new single, “Can I see you tonight?” Fellow Sydenham High School alum Emily Bashall will be opening. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $10 apiece.
Just a few blocks away is the Brooklyn pub, which is closing its doors this week after five years of serving craft beers. Before it does so, though, it will present one last concert by favourites The Wilderness, who played regularly at the Garrett Street venue for a number of years. The show is Wednesday night.
The Tone Deaf Festival is bringing a unique show to Kingston this week. “Luminous electronic innovator” Nadah El Shazly of Cairo, Egypt, will perform at the Grad Club, 162 Barrie St., on Wednesday evening. Kingston rapper/performance artist H1BA opens. Cover is $10.
The Grad Club will also be hosting an out-of-this-world fundraiser Sunday for the Cellar Door Project’s upcoming production.
The family-friendly, pay-what-you-can “Moonlanding” party will feature live music, photography, jingle-writing, face-painting (of course), and more. It runs from 2 to 5 p.m.
The money raised will go toward CDP’s production of “Search Party,” which will be included in June’s Festival of live digital arts, or FoldA.
The She Sings women’s choir returns to Chalmers United Church Saturday evening with a show titled “Thank you for the Music.” Joining the choir for the 7:30 p.m. show will be tenor Darrell Bryan and accordionist Jan LeClair. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, and free for those 12 years old and younger.
Wednesday at 5 p.m. is the deadline to submit applications for project and operating grants from the City of Kingston Arts Fund. Go the Kingston Arts Council website, artskingston.ca, for more information and how to apply.
Victoria Park will be hosting a public art project, as part of the city’s public art program, and the preliminary proposals of the five artists shortlisted for the project will be unveiled during an open house at the Memorial Centre Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Since the proposals are preliminary, the artists looking for feedback and input from the public. A public art jury will make its selection in early summer, and the piece installed in early 2020.
If you like concerts in more intimate venues, you might want to make your way down to Something Else Records on Sunday. That’s where and when the Wellington Street music store will be welcoming Kingston’s Anna Sudac and Slow Man Tofu (a.k.a. singer-songwriter David Parker) for a performance from 4 to 7 p.m. It’s a pay-what-you-can event (although $10 is suggested) and you just pay at the door.
That won’t be the only intimate concert Sunday afternoon. The final “Inside Agnes” event of the season takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Suzanne Becker (violin, vocals), Ray Desrosiers (accordion, vocals), Gary Greer (rhythm guitar), Ron Heidebrecht, (lead guitar, vocals) and Andy Rush (bass) will perform gypsy jazz popularized by Django Reinhardt in France in the 1930s.
Tea will be served, followed by a discussion at 3 led by Vanessa Nicholas and Lorna Rowley, the Isabel Bader Fellow and Graduate Intern in Textile Conservation and Research, respectively. They will share what they have learned about the oldest garment in the Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress, which includes a Regency-style dress that was once in Agnes Etherington’s closet.
And finally, Ralph Allen, a prolific artist, former Agnes Etherington Art Centre director, and a longtime professor in Queen’s University’s fine arts department, died March 26 at age 93. A celebration of his life will take place Sunday at the Queen’s University Club, 168 Stuart St., from 2 to 5 p.m.