Feb. 8-14: Singer's homecoming show; film fest lineup announced

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Deseronto native pop crooner Rylan James will perform at the Mansion on Saturday night. (Brian Ziff/Supplied Photo) jpg, KI

Saturday night sees the return of musician Ryland James to the area in which he grew up for his first headlining show. 

The Deseronto native has been busy building a music career for himself, having last toured with Alessia Cara (a personal hero of his) in the spring. The 20-year-old pop crooner, who has also shared bills with the likes of Ria Mae and Scott Helman, will be joined by Alexander Stewart and Lauren Carson at the Mansion, 506 Princess St. Tickets for the all-ages show are $15. The doors open at 7 p.m. 

Applications for the City of Kingston Arts Fund are now being accepted. There are two types of grants — operating and project — for which you can apply.  The CKAF has $610,267 ($599,000 from the city) to dole out this year. The deadline to apply is April 22. To download grant guidelines and application forms, go to www.artskingston.ca, the Kingston Arts Council’s website (it administrates the grants on behalf of the city). There will also be grant-writing workshops before the deadline, and I’ll do my best to keep you abreast of when those will be happening. 

The lineup for this year’s Kingston Canadian Film Festival was announced last weekend.

The festival starts March 11 with the screening of Antigone, winner of the best Canadian feature at the Toronto International Film Festival, inside the Performance Hall of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Over the course of the five days (Thursday has a full slate of films this year), there will be 38 feature films shown. Also returning will be three packages of short films —local filmmakers and youth, and Canadian filmmakers — as well as a new one of music videos that teamed local filmmakers with local musicians. This year, the films will be shown at the Screening Room and the Baby Grand downtown, and at the Isabel.   

Of course, there’s more to the festival than what’s on screen. There will be interviews with special guests, panel discussions, live performances (including Kid in the Hall Kevin McDonald doing standup in the Baby Grand and Queen’s University-formed Bedouin Soundclash playing the Ale House), and workshops aplenty. And even more events will be added to the schedule as the festival nears, festival director Marc Garniss promised. 

Toronto Symphony lead cellist Joseph Johnson joins the Isabel String Quartet for Schubert’s “Cello Quintet” in the next entry of the Faculty Artist Series on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. (Supplied Photo)

The Isabel this week is bookended by a couple of shows featuring local performers. 

First up is Saturday’s “Selkies to She-Wolves: Storytelling without Borders,” a child-centred show featuring storyteller Selina Chiarelli and marimba player Kyoko Ogoda. The duo uses traditional storytelling and music to share “timeless tales of bravery and strength.” The 45-minute show takes place inside the Isabel’s Rehearsal Hall at 11 a.m. (doors open at 10:30). Tickets are $8 for students and children and $16 for adults.  

The week ends with a Valentine’s Day show featuring Miss Emily. The past week was a huge one for her career as she won two Maple Blues Awards (for new artist and female vocalist of the year) and a Sapphire Award (best video) on Monday night. Tickets are $27 and $40 for the 7:30 p.m. concert. 

And there’ll be a couple of events in between that pair of shows at the King Street West venue. On Monday evening, as part of the Isabel’s Human Rights Arts Festival, there will be a screening of movie Matar A Jesus (Killing Jesus). It takes place inside the Gordon Vogt Film Screening Room at 6:30, and tickets are $6 and $12. Thursday sees the next entry of the Faculty Artist Series, as Toronto Symphony lead cellist Joseph Johnson joins the Isabel String Quartet for Schubert’s “Cello Quintet.” Tickets are $20 and $28 for the 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for any of the above events can be purchased through queensu.ca/theisabel. 

The Grand Theatre welcomes two very different events to its stage this week.  

On Saturday, it’s the Mini Pop Kids bringing their “Bright Lights” tour, performing songs first made famous by Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, the Jonas Brothers and others. There are two shows, at 2 and 6 p.m. Non-VIP tickets are $35.35 and $26.51 plus HST and handling fees.  

On Thursday, the day before Valentine’s Day, the 55 dancers of the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa (no, not that Odessa) brings Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet to life with a little help from the music of Sergei Prokofiev. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $26.50-$67.24.  

Oh, and it’s the last weekend to catch Theatre Kingston’s production of Peggy’s Song upstairs in the Baby Grand. 

Go to kingstongrand.ca for more information or online tickets.

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