Escape The Mayan Temple With Improbable’s Latest Game

Snakes, jaguars and fish – oh my! I was recently invited by Improbable Escapes Kingston to try out their brand new game Legend of the Mayan Temple.

Escape Room games are perfect team building exercises so I brought a few of my work colleagues along to join in the fun. If you’re unfamiliar with escape rooms, the concept is that you are locked in a room with various puzzles that you solve to escape. You typically have an hour to escape. It’s a great way to test your noggin’, communication skills and patience — plus it’s very validating when you solve a puzzle! Continue reading

Set Sail with a Cocktail on the Island Queen

1000 Island Cruises is really soaking up these last summer nights with a sunset cocktail cruise that is typically offered to companies as a private event. They invited a bunch of avid Instagrammers and bloggers to set sail Wednesday night and take in the beautiful night sky aboard the Island Queen.

I have to admit that I’ve never been on the Island Queen, it seems like something reserved for true tourists of the limestone city but it’s a real treat identifying Kingston’s architectural gems from a fresh perspective on the water. Continue reading

My Week with Peggy Baker: The Grand Presents Chorus

I had a full circle moment this summer.

A little background, I grew up dancing (ballet, jazz, tap, modern — you name it), it was a huge part of my life and four years ago when I was working as a journalist in Toronto, I had the privilege of interviewing highly acclaimed contemporary dancer Peggy Baker. I walked away from my interview with Peggy feeling filled with energy and inspiration. Her warmth was contagious and as a former dancer I felt moved to get involved in dance again but wasn’t sure how to go about it.

Fast forward four years and I find out that Peggy Baker is coming to Kingston for a residency hosted by the Ontario Dances Program. The call is for “adventurous movers between ages 16 to 75 to take part in a contemporary dance performance presented at the Grand Theatre.”  Continue reading

Contest: Win Tickets to DJ Kid Koala at The Grand

For the first time, award-winning Canadian DJ and music producer DJ Kid Koala will be scratching at The Grand Theatre, he’s toured with Tribe Called Quest, The Beastie Boys and Radiohead to name a few. He’s also composed for Sesame Street, Cartoon Network and The National Film Board of Canada. Kingston is lucky to have him! The Kick and Push Festival will kick off with this show that will be a unique experience. Continue reading

Not Your Grandma’s Theatre: Rediscovering The Grand

Growing up in Kingston, I’ve always associated The Grand Theatre with The Nutcracker performances during Christmas season. After a conversation with the Grand Theatre’s Performing Arts Manager Jayson Duggan it’s clear to me that they offer a wide variety of programming to attract every type of theatre-goer, from comedians like Louie Anderson and Roseanne Barr to world renowned dance programs like Ballets Jazz Montreal and Navdhara India Dance Theatre, plus legendary musicians like Gordon Lightfoot, Eddie Palmieri and Bruce Cockburn to name a few. Where have I been? Continue reading

Behind the Scenes: Cirque Du Soleil’s Opening Day!

Cirque Du Soleil

Original Filename: 9O6A1026.CR2

Today is the day that Cirque Du Soleil’s OVO opens its doors at the K-Rock Centre to all of us lucky Kingstonians. I will be stopping in at lunch to get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes action and will be sharing my visit with you on my social media handles. Tune into my Facebook page and Instagram stories around 12:15 pm to see the acrobats rehearsing and training backstage as well as a sneak peek of the beautiful costumes.

Cirque will be here for eight shows from Dec. 7 – Dec. 11 as part of its North American tour.

Lumina Borealis Brings Winter Wonder

Kingston Lumina Borealis

Update: This attraction is no longer in operation in Kingston.

I need to start by admitting to you that I am not a winter person, I do not enjoy the crisp air, the snow or the ice. I basically stay inside eating soup and watching Netflix until March. So when I tell you that I recently strolled outdoors through Lumina Borealis’ winter wonderland sans gloves and loved every second of it — you know I am keeping it real.

Like many Kingstonians, I’ve been reading the social media posts and seeing the signage for this magical experience and did not have one clue what it was. Lumina Borealis felt so mysterious with so few details being shared that it allowed the anticipation to build and build. I can tell you, it’s worth all of the hype.

I think a part of what made Lumina Borealis so wonderful was knowing few details so I am not going to give it all away but I will tell you a little about my visit.

When my husband and I arrive I can’t believe how cold it is (it turned winter over night!) so I am relieved that one of the kiosks set up outside of the entrance sells hot chocolate for $2 a cup. There are also fires lit to keep warm before the tour begins. Nice touch!

The self-guided tour is like walking through a Pixar film. Between the music, the intricate graphics flashing on the walls and the detailed installations, it is sensory overload. We were advised to move slowly through our tour to take everything in and I’m glad we did.

It brings out the kid in everyone, when we initially begin our tour everyone in our group is a little quiet and hesitant but with each section there is more and more laughter and genuine joy beaming from people’s faces.

It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Whether you enjoy a little whimsy  or not, you will appreciate the effort that went into creating this space. When we turn a corner and see a few dozen christmas trees light up, it’s hard not to smile ear to ear.

My advice to you if you decide to make the trip to Fort Henry between now and Feb 4th for Lumina Borealis: dress warm (even warmer than you feel necessary), bring change for hot chocolate, take your time and really soak in the experience, participate in the interactive aspects of the tour (don’t be shy!) and be prepared to smell like campfire when you leave.

I’m so grateful the team at Lumina Borealis invited me to experience their magic, for only $12 a ticket, I know I’ll be back!


Cirque Du Soleil Comes to the YGK (Contest Alert!)

Cirque du Soleil, Kingston

Growing up in Kingston meant visiting Toronto or Ottawa for big ticket entertainment. Concerts, plays and Cirque du Soleil were a two hour-plus drive away. Well, the times are a changing! Cirque du Soleil’s OVO will be making a stop in Kingston at the Rogers K-Rock centre from Dec. 7 to Dec. 11 for seven performances as part of their North American tour.

This year’s theme is a “colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love.”

OVO means egg in Portuguese and is fitting to the theme as the show revolves around a mysterious egg that appears and triggers the insects curiosity. Continue reading

Practice Your Pottery Skills with a Class at Amaranth Stoneware

Pottery is a hobby I’ve never considered. Sure, when I see the work of a skilled professional from time-to-time I think to myself “well done, pottery expert!” but I’ve never considered hopping on the ol’ spinning wheel and mustering up my own bowl, cup or vase. That is until Jo-Anne and Gerald of Amaranth Stoneware invited me to try one of their Drop in & Spin classes! I brought my husband for an afternoon of self-growth and bowl-making. Continue reading