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Grand OnStage remains on hold for in-person performances until the Regina Rosen Auditorium reopens. Alternative offerings are being presented in the meantime with in-person performances expected to resume later in 2021 as circumstances allow.

Grand OnStage is a curated collection of shows presented by the City of Kingston to complement community and commercial rentals. The annual Grand OnStage season typically runs from September through April and includes a diversity of music, dance, theatre, circus, comedy and young audience programs, as well as, a robust education performance series for students and educators. Launched in 2008, the Grand Onstage program welcomes over 30,000 patrons annually to experience live presentations along with a variety of unique engagement programs designed to deepen the connection between audience and artist. 

GRAND ONSTAGE 2020-2021 GOES VIRTUAL   

We continue to be extremely grateful for the participation, encouragement and feedback offered by our Grand OnStage season subscribers. The Grand OnStage virtual program is one way that we strive to remain connected to you, our most impassioned patrons while providing meaningful artistic presentations during these challenging times. As a subscriber, you will always be the first to receive information about the Grand OnStage programs, new shows and program updates, as we work towards a return to live performance at the Kingston Grand Theatre.  In the meantime, we hope that you have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy the Grand OnStage virtual programming and look forward to gathering again in person.

The virtual Grand OnStage season also highlighted local artists including, dancer Kay Kenney, circus arts practitioner Erin Ball and jazz singer Michelle Kasaboski, while shining a light on the Indigenous community through performances by Twin Flames, contemporary dancers Christine Friday and Santee Smith, and Broadleaf Theatre’s production of “The Chemical Valley Project”.  In addition to the streamed programming, in-depth artist conversations were hosted by Kingston theatre practitioner Kemi King, and are available to watch on the Grand Theatre YouTube channel here

PUBLIC ART AT THE GRAND THEATRE  

 “The Woman in White” is an augmented-reality photo exhibit by Roshanak Jaberi, an Iranian-born Canadian artist based in Toronto. “The Woman in White” tells the story of Juana Irma Cisneros Ticas’ forced disappearance during the Salvadoran civil war and provides a look into a daughter’s journey through love and loss, and her quest for justice.   

“The Woman in White” is a companion piece to Jaberi Dance Theatre’s “No Woman’s Land”, a multi-disciplinary dance production addressing the plight and resistance of women in refugee camps. “No Woman’s Land” is scheduled to appear as part of the next Grand OnStage in-person season.   

“Throughout the pandemic, staff have strived to deliver impactful performing arts experiences by extending the Grand OnStage program through a variety of virtual presentations,” says Jayson Duggan, Performing Arts Manager. “The opportunity to present ‘The Woman in White’ allows Grand OnStage to move beyond the theatre auditorium and offer a captivating public art exhibit while introducing the work of interdisciplinary artist, Roshanak Jaberi to our community ahead of a future performance being planned.”   

“The Woman in White” exhibit is located at the front of the Grand Theatre at 218 Princess Street.  An interview with the artist is also available to watch on the Grand Theatre YouTube channel here

TO OUR SUBSCRIBERS    

We continue to be extremely grateful for the participation, encouragement and feedback offered by our Grand OnStage season subscribers. The Grand OnStage virtual program is one way that we strive to remain connected to you, our most impassioned patrons, while providing meaningful artistic presentations during these challenging times. As a subscriber, you will always be the first to receive information about the Grand OnStage programs, new shows and program updates, as we work towards a return to live performance at the Kingston Grand Theatre.

FUNDERS, DONORS AND SPONSORS  

The continued support of Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council has allowed Grand OnStage to offer virtual programs at low or no cost to Kingston audiences. Thanks to the generosity of our individual donors and corporate sponsors Grand OnStage is able to present exciting, entertaining and adventurous performing arts productions. 

The 2019/20 Grand Theatre OnStage season sponsors included Homestead; aquaterra and Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront; Walter Fenlon & Linda Ann Daly; Mercedes-Benz Kingston; Van Herpt Motors Volvo; Assante Wealth Management - Dianne Lackonick; Caldwell Advisory; Shoalts and Zaback Architects, Ltd.; Mackillop Law Professional Corporation; and Chez Piggy. 

 

THANKS TO OUR FUNDERS

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