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Fabulous Getaway to the June Motel in Prince Edward County


It's pretty, colourful and irresistible to Instagrammers! The newly renovated The June Motel in Prince Edward County or The County as known to many, is a dream getaway and everything you could imagine and more. It's Insta-worthy as heck! No longer a hidden gem thanks to the fabulous realm of Instagram, best-friends April Brown and Sarah Sklash made a name for themselves prior to their doors even opening - let's be real they went viral and The June was an immediate social media magnet. Gotta love the online world and boss babes with passionate ideas.

From gorgeous floral wallpaper to cute tag lines everywhere, this cheery Miami vibe locale is designed with picture perfect details. Seriously, The June knocks down every motel misconception with its revamped modern day decor.

So what brought me to this little slice of heaven? Well like many, it was at the top of my travel list this summer and only an hour away from home, a room was booked with my gal pal Melissa. Gotta love semi-planned spontaneous trips. We said our goodbyes to Kingston for a day journey around the County for some much needed escape from the work grind and get inspired with good vibes.

In close proximity to local wineries, bourgeoning brewery scene, great eateries and stunning sceneries - the County has become the cool kid in Eastern Ontario and The June definitely plays on the local incredibleness of the community. Guests are not only greeted with a smile at the Wine Lobby, but also a glass of local wine and as an add-on are offered charcuterie boards of cheeses with other local goodness. They take pleasure in being part of the discovery as you make your way through the County.

A road trip to this boutique motel is a must and don't forget your smart phone!

Getaway to the June Motel in Prince Edward County

The Classic Room

Filled with an eclectic mix of vintage pieces and feminine touches, this room was nothing but basic. Blue velvet curtains, a bohemian peacock chair and palm print wallpaper completed the room decor.

Getaway to the June Motel in Prince Edward County

Getaway to the June Motel in Prince Edward County

Getaway to the June Motel in Prince Edward County

Getaway to the June Motel in Prince Edward County

Getaway to the June Motel in Prince Edward County

While we had every intention on popping by a winery during our journey, we simply went with the flow and kicked off the adventure with delicious authentic Mexican tacos at Parsons Brewing Company (also a new hot spot in the County). Dang this spot was ah-mazing. The foodie tour didn't stop here, the Drake Devonshire made the list as well as Sand and Pearl Raw Bar for oysters.

You can never have too much food right?

Getaway to the June Motel in Prince Edward County

Breakfast Is Served

After a night of watching the season premier of The Outlander and then passing right out from food coma, a light breakfast was perfect to get our day going. Served was orange juice, fresh scones and vegan breakfast cookie.

Getaway to the June Motel in Prince Edward County

Ready to book your getaway?

Head over to www.thejunemotel.com

Where: 12351 Loyalist Pkwy, Picton, ON K0K 2T0
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Community Love at the Grand Reopening of Victoria Park


Grand Reopening of Victoria Park

Smiles, laughter and pure joy were sentiments that could be felt and seen at the grand re-opening of Victoria Park this summer. Young and old, the community of Kingston gathered around the park as excitement grew to celebrate the completion of the redevelopment of the 125-year old Victoria Park.

Celebrating Canada 150

In collaboration with the TD Common Ground project, an initiative in recognition of Canada's 150th birthday, Kingston was chosen for its vibrant and rich history. As the home of Canada’s first Prime Minister, it just made perfect sense to honour our nation's first capital and invest in diverse yet growing community green spaces.

Located in the close proximity of downtown Kingston and quite the popular hangout spot, Victoria Park was one of many spaces across Canada fit for enhancements to achieve the goal of enriching and bring people together.

The Reopening 

As the town crier Chris Whyman rang his bell on Sunday morning and speeches were made - line ups for gelato and local food trucks grew as neighbourhood kids became anxious for the announcements to comment. The need for a little fun in the new splash pad was certainly growing. Previous council members stood amongst the crowd of over a hundred along with parents and students, the prospect of some much needed TLC finally coming to fruition was the joy the local community needed to kick off the last few weeks of summer within the city of Kingston.

Once the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling of the plaque was completed as well as acknowledgment of the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Peoples, Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson gladly set his blazer aside and became the first person to test out the splash pad! Many cheered and finally joined in, keeping a close eye at the flow of water leading towards the demonstration garden filled with a variety of plant species.

Grand Reopening of Victoria Park

The Facelift

With the grand reopening of Victoria Park, it is now home to a newly designed splash pad, new tennis and basketball courts, nature inspired walk way, water conservation garden, diversification of trees, and expansion of community gathering areas.

After spending several years residing a few blocks away from Victoria Park, the added green space has made it much more inviting for gatherings whether a BBQ with friends or mid-day chill session under the trees.

Grand Reopening of Victoria Park

Grand Reopening of Victoria Park

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

Twitter: @TD_Canada 
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Thanks to TD and the TD Common Ground Project for sponsoring this post.
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A New Way to Cafe this Fall


Summer came and went in a flash - we loved our iced coffees but fall and winter belong to the latte. Am I right? I know we have three more weeks of official summer, but Labour Day weekend always feels like the true season finale. With this cold weather that we’ve been having, it feels much less like summer and more like fall. So what perfect way to embrace the season than with a delicious frothy McCafé French Vanilla Latte and of course a strawberry cream cheese danish. Match made in foodie heaven!

French Vanilla Latte - McCafé - McDonaldsThis fall, treat yourself to an extra special something in the morning that doesn’t put a dent in your wallet. The new McCafé French Vanilla Latte is the perfect blend of vanilla flavour and sweetness to get you excited for the day! I'm not a morning person by any means so this warm delight certainly gets me going before a long day – made with 100% Arabica beans, fresh steamed milk, all-natural and no artificial flavors, what more could you ask for.

French Vanilla Latte - McCafé - McDonalds

Whether it is a hump day treat or a weekend delight, satisfy your fall craving with a sweet burst of energy from McCafé. Grab your fleece blanket, your guilty pleasure reading material or in my case Kingston’s new city guide and cozy up on your couch.

French Vanilla Latte - McCafé - McDonalds

French Vanilla Latte - McCafé - McDonalds

Disclosure: Bon appétit to McDonalds Canada for sponsoring this post!
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Easy Ways to Achieve Morning Mindfulness


Let's be real, mornings are not my favourite and when it rolls around, I hit snooze at least a few times. But of course, like everyone else in the world we have to work hard to play hard - to accomplish dreams, have relationships, and be surrounded by friends and loving people.

To do so, you need to attain happiness - I'm here to share my insights and tips to being happy as happiness lies in your daily habits. The way you decide to start your morning often sets the stage for how the rest of the day unfolds. Life isn't perfect and we all have our off days - anything can happen in the present moment but how we start our day can often affect how we approached challenges throughout the day. So let's win the morning so you can win the day folks!


With a focused mind and energized body to start your day, you have the ability to thrive and kick butt with the inevitable ups and downs that you get handed. If you want to be more successful, or let's be real, just get out of bed feeling happier and less groggy (hands up!), below are few tips that may just help you start your day more positively and nurture your morning:

Wake up Early
This isn't for everyone as I'm guilty of snoozing my alarm clock but with that being said, everyone has their own morning schedule that gets them going for the day.  Some choose to wake up at 6 AM and enjoy their cup of joe, while others rush out the door because they decided to binge watch a show on Netflix at 2AM the night before. I'm not saying staying up late is a bad idea (hey, I love Netflix and chilling), but there's an alternative way to help make your morning more beneficial for you. That might just be giving yourself more time in the morning and establishing a good morning ritual by going to sleep earlier and waking up earlier.

Smile in the Mirror
While you are doing your hair or simply getting dressed, a quick smile in the mirror will boost your moral. We are all human and have our faults, so we need to accept ourselves and our imperfections. Or better yet put on some tunes and do a little dance if that's what gets you grooving to a positive morning.

Create a Tea or Coffee Ritual
Take the time to sit down and enjoy your morning drink of choice. Watching a minute or two of the sun coming up is an instant uplift to your energy and sets the tone for a positive start to the day.

Eat Breakfast Mindfully
Breakfast gives you energy throughout the day but most importantly, it fires up your metabolism to get your brain and muscles going in the morning. Whether it is a granola bar, cereal or a croissant - take a moment to fill your belly and nourish your senses.

Connect with Nature
Reward yourself with fresh air and get outside. Live in the moment and connect with your senses. Three deep breathes usually does the trick for me to regain focus and get motivate for the day.

Recite Positive Affirmations
Morning positive affirmations are the core to a beautiful day - take a deep breath in the morning and begin your day with fresh and motivated mind. You deserve to a great day and exude confidence as well as happiness. Example include: "I choose to be happy right now. I love my life," "I am thankful for all that I have" and "I choose to work with a focused mind."

Let me know in the comments what you do to start your day!
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For All My McDonald Burger-Loving Foodies


50th Anniversary of McDonald Canada

As each new day passes by, you realize there really is only one moment in time, and that time is the now. Enjoy the small things that make you smile as they come - whether it is a cheat meal or escaping the task of making dinner, adding a few extra calories to my routine doesn't hurt. It's about maintaining a balanced lifestyle folks - so as a food lover, saying no to certain dishes is not my forte especially if there is a sentiment or memory attached.

When I got word about the news, I simply could not contain my enthusiasm. So drumroll please….get ready my hamburger-loving foodies as it is the most glorious time of the year to indulge! 🍔🍟

50th Anniversary of McDonald Canada

This year marks the 50th anniversary of McDonald's in Canada! And to celebrate, I'm reminiscing about all the classic meals I had as a kid!

50th Anniversary of McDonald Canada

For those of you who feature a burger into your diet on the reg, this celebration is for you!

As a kid, I remember the days when my mum would take me to McDonald’s for our weekly treat (aka a Happy Meal) and of course the best part were the burgers and the cherry on top - the collectable toys! This anniversary truly brought back happy memories of my childhood and youthful mum who has overcome a tremendous amount. McDonald's was our spot to laugh and be playful.

Thanks to my foodie partner-in-crime, we found some amazing vintage Happy Meal toys from the early 90s in his collection so what perfect way to celebrate a major milestone of 50 years. Bravo!

50th Anniversary of McDonald Canada

Disclosure: Bon appétit to McDonalds Canada for sponsoring this post!
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10 Ways to Inspire Personal Growth


So let’s take a moment to talk about YOU and your GOALS! Whether it’s about becoming happier, financially savvy, owning a home, starting a business or simply making it through the day - it's sometimes tough to achieve but hey, narrowing them down and going after them takes a bit of effort. We need to get real with ourselves, figure out what we want the most, and go after it. We can't be daydreamers for the rest of eternity and it's never too late - we're capable of achieving more than we can imagine, but we need to create a path for ourselves!

It took me four years of a computer engineering degree to realize that my true passion was in writing and marketing. But looking at the positive, I accomplished a degree that gave me valuable skills such as being a data geek that complements my current day job of being a social media coordinator quite well. Don't be afraid to switch jobs or your path in school because at the end of the day, you only live once, thus you should be doing what brings joy to you the most. With patience, we all find our true calling and grow as individuals.

I'm sharing some ways that truly helped me come out of my shell and prosper to where I am:

10 Ways to Inspire Personal Growth

 Get to Know Yourself
This is probably the most important - knowing your strengths and weakness allow you to fill in the gaps but this goes beyond this - it's about knowing who you truly are as a person. This will help you be proud of who you are and communicate that across to others without hesitation. This will transpire to you writing better resumes, cover letters, meeting new people and acing interviews, because you took the time to do YOU!

Surround Yourself with "Beautiful" People
I'm talking about inner beauty folks, seriously. Step away from cliques, drama and gossip. Find your tribe of like-minded individuals who will help you grow. Every person is unique and has a story to tell or valuable lesson to teach, you choose your path and your friends.

Refine Your Tribe
Rid yourself of people who bring you down. I'm all for this as you cannot be friends with everyone and you slowly realize who is meant to be in your circle.

Meet New People
 Whether it is attending a networking session, joining a sport team or messaging someone you follow on Instagram, don't be afraid to connect with others and step outside your comfort zone.

Stop Comparing Yourself
Avoid comparing yourself to what you see on social media as that is a small fraction of the truth. You are your own person and be proud of it.

Get Outside
This is your chance to recharge your batteries and inspire yourself by getting in touch with nature. Take time out to get some fresh air, walk through a park or visit a waterfront to hear crashing waves.

10 Ways to Inspire Personal Growth

De-Clutter
We all have baggage one way or another that we are emotionally attached to. When you finally purge and rid yourself of all the clutter you've hoarded over a lifetime, trust me, it's quite freeing!

Turn Off Netflix
Thanks to friends recommendation, putting a hold on your Netflix binge is quite useful to get off the couch and reconnect with colleagues, family or friends.

Seek a Hobby
The world is your oyster in this aspect. Being passionate about something different is awesome and makes you attractive. You will create your own energy that will draw people in and it doesn't even matter what it's about as long as you are passionate about what you do! Everything else will simply fall into place!

Jot It Down
Whether it's a blog or going old should with pen and journal, writing is a therapeutic outlet for your thoughts and keeping track of your goals! Great way to stay accountable.

What are your goals for the year?
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Kingston is a Haven for Locavores


Definition: one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible

Kingston is why I am a locavore - a statement that rings truth to my time living in the city. I didn't know it at first but with the proximity to local farms, farmers' markets and best of all restaurants, the city of Kingston is a haven for foodies craving true local cuisine. Whether it's visiting Chien Noir Bistro for French inspired dishes, Olivea for savoury Italian delight or Tango Neuvo for Spanish flare, you're in for a treat.  If you’ve never grown your own food or experienced the joy of eating a freshly picked veggie from the farmers' market, you’re missing out! Not only is it a journey for all of your senses, locally produced foods are tremendously beneficial for your community, your health, and the environment.


From our own urban veggie garden, annual subscription to community supported agricultural group (CSA) at Salt of the Earth Farm, attending food shows such as the Great Canadian Cheese Festival and routine visits to the local farmers' market, my foodie partner-in-crime and I are what you consider Locavores.

If you want to get to the nitty gritty, a locavore so to speak is someone who prefers to eat locally  grown and, when possible, rely on meat, eggs, and other food products from local sources. To go further, we are passionate locavores that tend to eat by what's in season but also finding the balance between good food and local ingredients. We are supporting local growers and sustainable farming practices; we eat foods that are better for us, the environment, and more importantly our taste buds!

But the main question on people's mind is why? That's simple! Local products are fresher, better-tasting, longer-lasting, and more nutritious. In a nutshell, consuming locally-sourced food has health and wellness benefits and this is why we choose a locavore lifestyle.

From fruits and vegetables to cheese curds, granola, beef, eggs, and more - the city of Kingston is in the perfect epicentre of local goodness between the Ottawa region and the picturesque Prince Edward County.  The perfect location to dig into local food year-round! 

Some of my favourite finds at the Kingston Memorial Farmers' Market on Sundays:

Glorious Blueberries from Briarlea Farms

Locavore - Farmers Market, Foodie, Local Culinary

Cheesy goodness from Crusty Bakers

Locavore - Farmers Market, Foodie, Local Culinary

Strawberries from Mensen Farm

Locavore - Farmers Market, Foodie, Local Culinary

Milk from Limestone Organic Creamery

Locavore - Farmers Market, Foodie, Local Culinary

Vegan donut from Eat Lover

Locavore - Farmers Market, Foodie, Local Culinary

What tickles your fancy when eating local?
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Tips for Visiting Ripley's Aquarium


This past Canada Day long weekend, my foodie partner-in-crime and I ventured to the big city of Toronto for a night to explore the sights and its many festivities. As we are both kids at heart, Ripley's Aquarium next to our hotel was at the top of the list. We wanted to be as strategic as possible for our visit and to be honest, avoid tourists and groups of children - so as always I did some research for the following tips for the best underwater experience.

So if you're like me and get quite anxious around large crowds, the following tips are for you when visiting one of Toronto’s hottest tourist attractions:

Skip The Line

Buy your tickets online ahead of time. Trust me on this one - you'll thank me later because who seriously likes to wait in line. At Ripley's, you have the option of picking you date and entry time, so it is quite flexible and allows for a smooth entrance without dealing with the stress of busy periods.

Tips for Visiting Ripley's Aquarium - Toronto

Take An Evening Tour

Seriously - this is probably the best tip you'll get. An evening tour at Ripley's = no wait, no children (for the most part) and almost no crowds (unless a holiday). During our visit, the aquarium closed at 11pm but with a last admissions around 9pm. This is the perfect chance to enjoy the sights of the different species in an almost serene ambiance. Take your time and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of sharks, jelly fish, sting rays and special hidden gems.

Bring A Camera

This is a no brainer. Though remember that the aquarium tends to be a tad dark and flash photography is not permitted, so test shots are key. This is your chance to get creative and play with different angles, lighting and silhouettes! The options are endless and come with a fully charged camera and lots of space on a memory card.

Tips for Visiting Ripley's Aquarium - Toronto

Take Your Time

I would recommend at least 2 ½ hours to fully explore Ripley's. Don't be shy - let your inner childhood shine through. This is youe opportunity to interact with displays and snap photos every few seconds but also anxiously wait for your favourite sea creature to swim by.

Tips for Visiting Ripley's Aquarium - Toronto

For more information, visit ww.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/
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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.

Cheers to Summer Drink Days

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 frappés 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 Summer Drink Days

Cheers to McDonalds Canada for sponsoring this post!
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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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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 
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Thanks to TD and the TD Common Ground Project for sponsoring this post.
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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.

UNFAMILIAR

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 www.juvenisfestival.ca
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Perfect Sweet Spring Treat


April showers bring May flowers!

Spring is upon us so let's celebrate with cupcakes evocative of the season. I'm quite excited about the lighter flavours of spring from raspberry to lemon and I've found the perfect local gal to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings. Meet Brianne of Bri Bakes Kitchen - a lover of all things pink. Her motto - there's always a reason to throw a party, so no wonder her passion involves crafting elaborate birthday cakes and decadent cupcakes.

What started off as a side hobby being highlighted on Instagram has now launched into a site in hopes Bri Bakes Kitchen Sweets find their way into your homes.

Bri Bakes Kitchen - Kingston Food


How pretty are these? Seriously who doesn't love a pop of colour and sprinkles!

Bri Bakes Kitchen - Kingston Food

Having a party? Or just having a night in with friends?

These will be the perfect way to end a long week!

Bri Bakes Kitchen - Kingston Food

 Order your fabulous creations now at www.bribakeskitchen.com

Bon appetit!
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Spring Welcomes New Shops in Downtown Kingston


The city of Kingston is awakening from the untempered  winter weather with some truly delightful and vibrant new spots in the downtown core. This spring, we welcome some new fun filled additions within the same block that certainly require mention and will be at the top of your bucket list.

NORTHSIDE espresso + kitchen

Inspired by the thriving cafe culture of Melbourne, Australia, Northside is located in the old but beautiful Turk's building on Princess Street. This cafe is where breakfast is served all day, coffee is a way of life and bright vibes can be found. 

Where: 281 Princess Street, Kingston, ON

NORTHSIDE espresso + kitchen Kingston Ontario

The food is seriously delicious and Instagram worthy!

NORTHSIDE espresso + kitchen Kingston Ontario

Freshii

This new spot is all about making healthy eating convenient and affordable by offering fresh and nutritious meal choices that energize people on the go. So if you're a fan of buddha bowls, smoothies or energy bits, Freshii was made for you!

Where: 275 Princess St, Kingston, ON

Freshii Kingston Ontario

The Pangoa bowl is highly recommended - it is the perfect combo of fresh with an extra kick of spice.

Freshii Kingston Ontario

New Brunch Menu at Stone City Ale

Though in operation for over 2 years, Stone City Ale has always been a favourite of mine and better yet, it has recently offered a scrumptious but simple Sunday brunch menu. From breakfast bao, waffles, poached egg over hash with sweet potato, more options now include shakshuka, citrus salad and a vegan breakfast taco. This locale is perfect community hang out and a great supporter of local farmers and suppliers

Where: 275 Princess St, Kingston, ON

Stone City Ale Kingston Ontario

-xoxo
Rosalyn Gambhir
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