A Pay What You Want Performance

Pay What You Want is a new program for our 2022-23 Grand OnStage season. 2 unique professional performances can be attended by simply booking your free ticket online, by phone 613-530-2050 or in person at Kingston Grand Theatre 208 Princess St., Kingston ON K7L 1B2.  All we encourage is that you consider a voluntary payment upon exiting the theatre that reflects your experience that evening.

These professional presentations offer extremely relevant social issues based work that are reflective of the City of Kingston’s Indigenous reconciliation and sustainability priorities. The Grand OnStage is removing any financial barrier, as we want to encourage as many patrons to experience these works.


Firewater Thunderbird Rising 2 - Friday Creeations

The spirit of the Thunderbird is the healing journey; connecting the past as Maggie & Me prepares the present moment to awaken the Firewater Thunderbird Rising for the healing of our Nations future.

A stunning multi-disciplinary contemporary dance presentation from Indigenous choreographer Christine Friday. Christine says that Thunderbird Rising 2 is the transformative spirit of dance travelling through realms of existence - ancestors, dreams, blood memory and the land directly connected to her Anishinaabek way of living and being. In addition to live dance, the performance will include a documentary dance film that witnesses the Friday Family as they return to the site of their residential school and speak their truth on their traditional Family territory.

* Pay What You Want allows you to attend the performance at no charge and remit a voluntary amount after the show based on your experience.

Join us for more! Stay for a post-show talkback with Christine Friday hosted by Melissa Noventa.

Melissa Noventa is a dancer and researcher originally from Guelph, Ontario. Throughout her career, she has accumulated a wide range of training, performing, and teaching experience. Melissa’s work has spanned across commercial, academic, and artistic settings allowing her to work alongside a formidable list of distinguished artists and institutions from Canada and abroad including some of Cuba’s premiere folkloric ensembles. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) with a minor in English Literature from York University where she also holds an MA in dance. Currently Melissa is in her third year of the Ph.D. program in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, where she is working on an archival project exploring cultural diplomacy between Canada and Cuba through music and dance. Since arriving to Kingston in 2019, she has been working with Queen’s Afro-Caribbean Student Association dance team, and the Movement market to share Afro-Cuban dance with the Kingston community. 

Melissa was a Kingston Grand Theatre Local Artist-in-Residence in 2022.



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