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Creating a passion for theater in Kingston

Theatre Kingston has welcomed its new Artistic Producer on board this season. Brett Christopher has been an active member of the Canadian theater community for more than a decade. Most recently he was Artistic Associate at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Christopher is perhaps best known for his performance in I Am My Own Wife in 2009. Founded in 1990, Theatre Kingston is Kingston, Ontario's professional theater company. Todd Moe spoke with Christopher about his goals, which include collaboration and community connections to keep local theater vibrant.  Go to full article
Mrs. McGarrigle's Fine Mustard anchors one of Merrickville's charming main streets.
Mrs. McGarrigle's Fine Mustard anchors one of Merrickville's charming main streets.

More than mustard: sharing the region's bounty

Farmers, chefs and retailers gathered in Kingston, Ontario yesterday to share ideas about locally produced food. Todd Moe talks with entrepreneur Janet Campbell, who was the featured speaker at the first Great Waterway Regional Culinary Tourism Summit.

For nearly 20 years, Campbell has owned and managed Mrs. McGarrigle's Fine Mustard in historic Merrickville, Ontario. She uses locally grown ingredients, including Canadian mustard seeds, in her products. Displays in her store feature many foods - cookies, chutneys and cheeses - created by regional growers and chefs. Todd Moe toured her shop and spoke with Janet Campbell about how the localvore culture can promote tourism and local economies.  Go to full article

Writers, readers gather in Kingston, Ontario

More than 60 nationally and internationally known writers will be in Kingston for four days of events this week that will help them connect with readers. The Third Annual Kingston WritersFest begins Thursday and will include book launches, readings and workshops for all ages and genres. Todd Moe talks with Merilyn Simonds, Artistic Director for the festival.  Go to full article

Preview: Kingston Jazz Festival

The Kingston Jazz Festival takes place today through Saturday with five headlining performances and other jazz activities around the city. Recently Joel Hurd spoke with Brian McCurdy, the cultural director for the City of Kingston, Ontario, to find out more.  Go to full article
Peter Milliken (Wikipedia)
Peter Milliken (Wikipedia)

Kingston's Peter Milliken steps down amid wide acclaim

Canada's three opposition parties defeated the minority government headed by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday afternoon.

Saturday morning Harper called upon Governor General David Johnston to formally dissolve Parliament in advance of a federal election now set for May 2nd.

No-confidence votes are nothing new. But that one was completely unprecedented: the government was found in contempt of Parliament for failing to provide accurate costs on several measures up for consideration.

A key player all along has been a Liberal MP from Kingston, Ontario.

Peter Milliken is stepping down as his native city's longest serving MP and Canada's longest serving Speaker of the House - a history-maker who earned near-universal respect.

Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article
Alan Marriott at the end of a long ride. Photo: Lucy Martin.
Alan Marriott at the end of a long ride. Photo: Lucy Martin.

Heard Up North: a cold, rainy Rideau Cycle Tour

Cold, blustery, and rainy weather kept lots of people indoors yesterday. But not the participants in the Ottawa Bicycle Club's annual season kickoff event. They had done the first leg of their Rideau Lakes Tour, from Ottawa to Kingston on Saturday. And yesterday, they headed back. Lucy Martin caught up with Alan Marriott at the end of a challenging ride home.  Go to full article

Brockville Musician Robert Graham officially releases new CD

After playing piano nearly non-stop for thirty years an Eastern Ontario musician has just released his debut solo CD and will be celebrating with an album launch party on December 14th. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article
Cedric Audette-Campbell. Photo by Lucy Martin.
Cedric Audette-Campbell. Photo by Lucy Martin.

Heard Up North: Cedric Audette-Campbell, Windsurfer

It may be easier to windsurf in warmer climates, but that doesn't stop people up north from loving the sport too. Cedric Audette-Campbell spoke just before participating in the Canadian Windsurfing Championship taking place in Kingston, Ontario this week. He's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Randy Hughson
Randy Hughson

The joy of classic and comedic theater

NCPR's theater critic Connie Meng took in some of the plays this season at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She also spoke with a favorite Canadian stage actor, Randy Hughson. He grew up in Kingston, Ontario, and played hockey and lacrosse while in high school. But he also hung a poster from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on his bedroom wall. He did a play on a lark, and found performing so much fun that he studied acting at Ryerson University in Toronto. Connie spoke with him about working with Peter Hinton at the NAC in Ottawa on "Buried Child" earlier this year, and about his current productions, including playing Senex in the musical comedy, "A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum" at Stratford this season.  Go to full article
The two vintage teams pose for a picture.
The two vintage teams pose for a picture.

Old-time baseball in historic Kingston

War of Independence and war of 1812 aside, there's always been more to bring residents on either side of the St. Lawrence River together than to keep them apart. Canadians and Americans have used the waterways for trade, prohibition-era rum-running, and family visits for more than 300 years. In mid to late 1800s, even before the first hockey games, bands of men were boating across the water, and the border, to play baseball in Sackets Harbor and Ogdensburg and Watertown and Kingston, Ontario. Today, baseball enthusiasts relive the old-time games with old-fashioned rules, snappy nicknames, and dapper uniforms. David Sommerstein went to a game in Kingston a couple weeks ago for our story.  Go to full article

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