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Cheers to Summer Drink Days

Cheers to Summer Drink Days

Bring on the bathing suits, ice cream cones and tan lines - your favourite season is here! With summer coming into full swing, we’re all scrambling to stay cool while exploring. The Canada Day long weekend is fast approaching and it's the perfect time to celebrate with a drink in hand.

My drink of choice: McCafé Premium Roast Iced Coffee

With the daily grind of work and play, iced coffee certainly keeps me going all day with a refreshing boost of energy and at $1 a pop - you see why I am treating myself.

There are plenty of things to smile about this summer. Whether you are soaking up the sun at an outdoor music festival, enjoying warm summer nights watching movies under the stars or perhaps working into the night - grab your summer drink of choice from a real fruit smoothie to iced frapp├ęs and take a moment to unwind and celebrate the highlight of your day thanks to a McCafé drink.

This summer I'll be on a mission to discover new gems in my adoptive hometown of Kingston, Ontario. From unique alleyways to picturesque trails, I'll be sporting my new accessory - a McCafé iced coffee! You never know what you'll stumble upon like this street art tucked away behind a building.

Cheers to McDonalds Canada for sponsoring this post!
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Rosalyn Gambhir
Let's Get Cheesy: Edition 2017

Let's Get Cheesy: Edition 2017

Camera ✔️ Foodie partner-in-crime ✔️ Road trip ✔️

The annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival returned to the Crystal Palace for two days of cheesy goodness on June 3rd and 4th. Passionate cheesemakers and artisans alike gathered upon Prince Edward County where Canada's best featured more than 150 cheeses from across the nation - melted fondue, cheese wheels, gooey curds and water buffalo cheese, there was plenty of cheesy delights on offer.

Guests also enjoyed their sweet and savoury items with a variety of beverages, including wine, craft beer as well as cider, and even a Canadian favourite - Caesars. Talking about all things Canadian, chef Jamie Kennedy served up fries and braised-beef poutine. On a sweet note, desserts such as chocolates and coffee were also available to end off the event.

Regardless of your cheese preference there was no shortage of food to satisfy the huge crowds that funnelled through all weekend long. The cheese festival drew thousands of visitors, both locally and from major hot spots such as Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal!

As one of the largest artisan cheese shows in North America, the Great Canadian Cheese Festival has certainly earned its title. As a regular attendee, it was been quite amazing to see the growth of this event over the past seven years since its conception in 2011.

Local Favourites

MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company, Three Dog Winery, Kingston Olive Oil Company, Seed to Sausage, Nick Allison Charcuterie Boards and lastly Wilton Cheese Factory.

Unique Additions

Deep friend cheese curds by Burger Revoltuion, cheesecake in a jar by The Cheesecakery Bakery and delicious local artisan cheese fondues by 1001 Fondues.

Ontario Water Buffalo Company

Sneak peek at my cheese haul:

Award Wining Canadian Cheeses

Cows Creamery of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island was the reigning champion this weekend. In 2006, the company branched out and began producing cheese. Cow’s cheesemaker, Armand Bernard, has proven the cheese factory is no side business – his Extra Old Cheddar and Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar have won rave reviews and awards from the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix and the American Cheese Society, with Avonlea taking the Cheese Of The Year Award in 2016 at the Canadian Cheese Awards.

Highlight of the Day

Deep friend cheese curds by Belleville's favourite joint - Burger Revolution!

What tickles my fancy about cheese?

The texture, smell and colour!

See you next year cheeseheads in Picton from June 2rd-3rd, 2018!
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Rosalyn Gambhir
Bringing Kingston Together For Victoria Park

Bringing Kingston Together For Victoria Park

As one of Canada’s most iconic and oldest cities, Kingston is proud to have such a vibrant population that is filled with history. It is home to creative minds, young professionals and families who relish in charming local gems and neighbourhood hang-out spots. From Instagram worthy coffee shops to our stunning waterfront, parks also play a vital component in bringing people together.

Community Love for Victoria Park

As summer approaches, things are changing - for the better and to spread community love! In recognition of Canada's 150th, the city of Kingston has taken part in the TD Common Ground Project flagship project of revitalizing Victoria Park, to help bring the community together.

Bringing Community Together For Revitalization of Victoria Park

Centrally located in proximity of our downtown core, Victoria Park holds a dear spot for many Kingstonians including myself. In the summer months, leagues are seen playing ball, students slacklining, evening barbecues, kids splashing around and students enjoying the sunshine. In the winter months, get your skates on as a community rink is installed and residents can be seen playing a good old game of hockey.

Residents are fortunate to have access to green space within Kingston, which sometimes is a rarity in other cities. As my adoptive hometown and a graduate of Queen's University, the ever so popular Victoria Park was my getaway for four years and still remains as I reside in a nearby neighbourhood.

The Revitalization

With a new season coming upon us, mother nature welcomes us with bright blue skies and Victoria Park will soon be reawakened from a slumber with this wonderful TD Common Ground Project to help foster a better and improved community space. Kington thrives on creativity and the enhancement of Victoria Park will be greatly noticed especially with its vision for upgrades.

The City of Kingston stated that the planned upgrades thanks to TD's contribution will create a modern yet more inviting space but also preserve the historic character of the well-loved park. 

Get ready for summer fun as new additions will include replacement of active recreational courts, urban water features with renewal process, designated picnic/bbq zones and my overall favourite - new trees will be planted to help with the beautification of the park and support the diversification of the existing mature tree canopy. More greenery all around!

Bringing Community Together For Revitalization of Victoria Park

Are you excited? I am looking forward to seeing this project come together, and how the community will embrace the revitalized space.

To learn more about the Victoria Park project, be sure to visit: TD Common Ground Project

Twitter: @TD_Canada 
Instagram: TD_Canada


Thanks to TD and the TD Common Ground Project for sponsoring this post.
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Rosalyn Gambhir
Celebrate National Youth Week with Juvenis Festival

Celebrate National Youth Week with Juvenis Festival

The city of Kingston is filled with talented young folks and this summer, Blue Canoe Productions is proud to once again present the 2017 Juvenis Festival, Kingston’s youth arts festival. The festival runs from April 29 to May 7 and they've got loads of amazing events planned.

The best part is that this is a true celebration of youth arts in our fabulous city and highlights the passion that Kingston youth hold. But most importantly creates an opportunity in our community for all those to show off their work, perform, share their talents and experiences and learn.

Not only will Juvenis allow young souls to act, sing and dance their heart out, but it will also allow others interested to attend workshops and panel talks to gain confidence in their interests and skills in the arts. Neat right?!

 If you have a chance this week, go out and support Juvenis Festival!

The 2017 Juvenis Festival Lineup:

Storefront Art Gallery

Storefront Art Gallery returns to a mystery location in downtown Kingston. The art gallery will be facilitated by 2 youth curators: Christopher Grant in partnership with the Union Gallery, and photographer Claudia Pawlak who will be highlighting artwork and a performance series by LGBTQ youth in the storefront space. The curators are accepting submissions from local artists between the ages of 13-30. The gallery will be open from April 29-May 7 .

Homeschooled: The Musical

An original musical written by Ryan Cowl about the trials and tribulations of transitioning into high school and university after being homeschooled all your life. Directed by Mike Sheppard, this piece will run for 6 performances in the Baby Grand Theatre from Saturday, April 29- Sunday April 30. This is a ticketed event.

Viva Voce: Good Vibrations

Blue Canoe’s storytelling coffeehouse returns with a special twist, teaming up with the Good Vibrations youth music coffeehouse at 99 York Street on Saturday, April 29 at 6pm.

Musiikki Performance Series

This mentorship opportunity will pair one young, budding musician with a professional musician under 30 for a series of 4 different concerts featuring a total of 8 musicians. The series will conclude with a rocking jam session that will include all of the featured musicians. Sunday April 30- Thursday May 4 at Musiikki Café.

Art at the Alibi

A series of artwork by youth from 13-30 will be installed at the Alibi throughout the entire month of May. In addition, there will be two 19+ Juvenis concert events at the Alibi featuring youth solo acts Kieran Labbe, Masha Nazina, Erika Lamon, and Evan Jackson on May 2 and May 4 at 9pm.

Juvy’s Movies: Rapid Reel & KFPL Youth Shorts

In partnership with Reelout Arts Project, the Kingston Canadian Film Festival and KFPL, a night of movie magic at the Screening Room on May 1, featuring the return of our 48 Film Competition and KFPL Youth Shorts.

The Poetry Show: Featuring Johnny MacRae

A Kingston Poetry Collective project, co-presented by Kingston WritersFest, The Poetry Show welcomes Vancouver-based Johnny MacRae; and an open mic show, held on Tuesday, May 2 at the Mansion.

Zombie Prom: The Musical

Blue Canoe’s all high school musical! This show features an all high school cast, crew and band. Zombie Prom is a 1950s horror comic book brought to life as a musical comedy film and then a stage production. May 3 to May 7 in the Baby Grand Theatre. This is a ticketed event.


An original dance piece, choreographed and directed by Kay Kenney. The show features a solo by Kay and a piece featuring cast of 7 local youth dancers, happening at the Studio Theatre in the Isabel Bader Centre from Thursday, May 4- Sunday, May 7. This is a ticketed event.

Battle of the Bands

Taking the coveted Friday night slot, the all-ages Battle will be held at the Ale House on Friday, May 5 at 7:30pm. Six youth bands of a variety of genres will perform before a panel of celebrity judges for the chance to win the top prize. Judges include Paul Langlois of the Tragically Hip, Miss Emily Fennell, Michael George, Zane Whitfield, and guest host Riley Jabour of 98.9 The Drive. This is a ticketed event.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Play Series

This play series created by Scott Forster will uncover the depths of youth issues in the Kingston community that typically go unspoken. It features 4 original plays by youth about homelessness, post traumatic stress, abortion, and depression. Out of Sight, Out of Mind will be held at the Tett Centre Rehearsal Hall and will run for 5 performances from Saturday, May 6- Sunday, May 7. This is a ticketed event.

For festival schedule and more, visit
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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