With the temperatures dipping this week, it’s clear that fall is now upon us and, with that, the start of the indoor entertainment season.
And while some venues and promoters optimistically (yet tentatively) programmed fall/winter seasons last year, most were put on hold or postponed by the time winter rolled around due to pandemic health restrictions.
This autumn, though, looks to be one of the busiest ever in Kingston. Look at the Grand Theatre’s schedule. In addition to its Grand OnStage program, there are plenty of other shows courtesy of other promoters who have rented the Princess Street venue, and there appears to be very few evenings this fall when the lights won’t be on.
Because there is so much happening, I’ve kept this list to shows at major venues for the most part. I’ve decided not to include tribute shows (and there are plenty) because, frankly, this list is already a bit unwieldy already without including those. That’s also the reason I’ve only included shows up until the end of November, too, and will tackle the December onward another time.
The ticket prices listed are for adults — check the venue’s website for other tickets. I’ve also included the venues’ addresses and websites in their first event listing, and shortened names — the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts becomes “The Isabel,” for example — in subsequent items.
Now, enjoy the typing and formatting extravaganza that is the annual fall preview.
20: “The Price is Right” live show at Leon’s Centre, 1 The Tragically Hip Way. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49-$59. Go to leonscentre.com for tickets and details.
23-24: The inaugural Mansion Kingston Music Festival takes place at Memorial Centre Park, 303 York St. Half Moon Run headlines the Friday night lineup, Dwayne Gretzky on Saturday night. The festival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Tickets $50 for each day or $80 for both. mansionmusicfest.rocks for lineups and tickets.
23: Kingston “folkestra” the Gertrudes perform at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, 390 King St. W. 7:30 p.m. $30-$43. For tickets and details, go to queensu.ca/theisabel.
23: The Live Wire Music Series returns with a double bill of Tragedy Ann and Lonesome Ace Stringband. Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave. $25. Go to livewiremusicseries.ca to buy tickets online.
24: After three pandemic postponements, Joel Plaskett Emergency with Mo Kenney finally perform at the Grand Theatre, 218 Princess St. 7:30 p.m. start. $29.50, $34.50 plus handling fee and HST. Visit kingstongrand.ca for tickets and details.
27-Oct. 30: “Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons” at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque. Head to www.1000islandsplayhouse.com to buy tickets, check showtimes and for further details.
27: Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band perform at the Leon’s Centre. 8 p.m. $69.50 to $350.
27: Estonian funk band Lexsoul Dancemachine plays the Mansion.
28-Oct. 3: Kingston WritersFest returns to an in-person format, with authors Heather O’Neill, Gabor Mate and Joshua Whitehead among the guests. Most of the events will take place at the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, 1 Princess St. Go to kingstonwritersfest.ca for a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets online.
28: Tom Cochrane and Red Rider perform. Grand Theatre. 7:30. $64.50 plus taxes, fees.
30: Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Bulat performs as part of “The Garden” tour. Isabel. 7:30 p.m. $30.
1: Miss Emily opens the Grand OnStage season with songs from her new record, “Defined by Love,” and others. Grand Theatre. 7:30. $29.50 plus fees, taxes.
2: The Kingston Symphony Orchestra season kicks off with guest pianist Avan Yu. The Isabel. 2:30 p.m. $27-$50.
4: So Percussion will be joined by soloist Dominic “Shodokeh” Talifero. The Isabel. 7:30. $45-$64.
4: Johnny Reid performs songs from “Love Someone” and others. Grand Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $64.50 plus fees, taxes.
6: Comedian Gerry Dee performs as part of his “Alone. On a Stage” tour. Grand Theatre. 8 p.m. $50.93 plus fees, taxes.
7: The Kingston Baroque Consort present the concert production “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.” The Isabel. 7:30. $10-$25 plus fees, taxes.
7: The Tenors, now with two new members, perform. Grand Theatre. 7:30. $79.50 plus taxes, fees.
8: Kingston-born Bryan Adams returns to play as part of his “So Happy it Hurts” tour. Leon’s Centre. 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $135.
8: Loreena McKennitt “revisits” her landmark record “The Visit” on its 30th anniversary. Grand Theatre. 8 p.m. $96.52, $73.51 and $59.70 plus fees, taxes.
8: The Kingston-born Mahones play at the Mansion, 506 Princess St. Doors at 9 p.m. www.kppconcerts.com. $15.
12: The Wiggles return to the Leon’s Centre. 6:30. $45.
12: Colin James performs as part of his “Open Road” tour. Grand Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $76.87 plus fees, taxes.
12-15: “How to Fail as a Popstar” is a theatrical performance starring Vivek Shraya. Baby Grand Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $29 plus taxes, fees.
13: British cellist Steven Isserlis is joined by pianist Connie Shih to play Schumann, Brahms and more. The Isabel. 7:30 p.m. $45-64.
13: Canadian rapper Classified performs inside the former mattress factory at Kingston Penitentiary. Reeny Smith opens. Doors open at 6. $40.
14: Status/Non-Status headlines, Funeral Lakes and Tiny Horse open. Kingston Penitentiary’s mattress factory. Doors at 6 p.m. $20.
14: The Vienna Boys Choir perform. Grand Theatre. 7:30. $39.50 plus fees, taxes.
15: What would a Grand Theatre season be without a concert by Classic Albums Live? This time around, they perform Aretha Franklin’s “Aretha’s Gold.” Grand Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Starting at $44.50 plus fees, taxes.
18: Juno award-nominated Indigenous cellist and composer Cris Derksen. The Isabel. 7:30 p.m. $40.
19: The comedy “Menopause: The Musical” returns. Grand Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $56.01, $65.22 and $74.42 plus taxes, fees.
20-Nov. 5: Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” arrives the Domino Theatre, 52 Church St. Nightly performances at 7:30 (2 p.m. on Nov. 5). $20 plus handling fee.
21: Kingston jazz vocalist Chantal Thompson and her band perform selections from her upcoming jazz album “Temporal Space” and more. The Isabel. 7:30 p.m. $45-$64.
21: Americana musicians Roy Bonneville and Bruce Molsky perform. Octave Theatre. 7:30. $25+.
21: By Divine Right plays at the Mansion. Doors at 8. $15.
26: The contemporary dance presentation “Firewater Thunderbird Rising 2” from Indigenous choreographer Christine Friday. Grand Theatre. 7:30. Pay what you can.
27: Italy’s Quartetto di Cremona performs pieces by Barber, Prokofiev and more. The Isabel. 7:30 p.m. $45-$64.
27: “The Northern Happiness” tour features a pair of well-known Canadian rock bands: the Northern Pikes and the Pursuit of Happiness. Grand Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $39.50 plus taxes, fees.
30: The “Comic Strippers” return. Grand Theatre. 7:30. $48.67 plus fees, taxes.
30: Compositions by Kingston’s John Burge (“Flanders Fields Reflections”) and Dean Burry (“Tracing Colville”) are featured in the Kingston Symphony’s “Lest We Forget” concert. The Isabel. 2:30 p.m. $27-$50 plus fee, taxes.
1: Matthew Zadow (baritone), Dina Namer (piano) and Bruce Kelly (narration) present Schubert’s “Winterreise.” The Isabel. 7 p.m. $10-$32.
2-19: Theatre Kingston (www.theatrekingston.com) presents Craig Walker’s “These Deeds.” Baby Grand Theatre. 7:30 (and some 2:30 shows, too). $30, plus handling fee and taxes.
4: Alfonse Circus’ “Animal” sees the acrobats turn into singers, dancers and puppeteers. Grand Theatre. 7:30. $24.50 plus fee, taxes.
5: Cantabile Choirs of Kingston kicks off its new season with a concert titled “Constellations.” The Spire, 82 Sydenham St. 7:30 p.m. Visit cantabilechoirs.ca for tickets and details.
6: Harmon the Hound (featured in the series “Harmon in Space”) joins the Kingston Symphony Orchestra onstage for a family-friendly concert. Grand Theatre. 2:30. $20, $15 (students) and $10 (children), plus handling fee and taxes.
6: Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt returns to play pieces by Bach, Mozart and others. The Isabel. 2 p.m. $45-$64.
8: The Isabel Quartet plays compositions by composer and former Queen’s University professor Cliff Crawley, Haydn and Beethoven. The Isabel. 7:30. $10-32.
9: The Blue Stones, along with openers BRKN Love and Low Hum, perform at the Ale House, 393 Princess St. Doors at 7. $25.
10: Canadian funnyman Jeremy Hotz performs as part of his “Marquis de Sad” tour. Grand Theatre. 7:30. $39.50 plus.
11: The Israeli Chamber Project perform compositions by Saint-Saens, Stravinsky and more. The Isabel. 7:30 p.m. $45-$64.
12: Classic Roots, which integrates First Nations songs with electronica, performs “Boreal Spirit” as part of the “Children’s Corner” series. The Isabel. 11 a.m. $17 ($8 for children).
12: The Offspring take the Leon’s Centre stage. Opening will be Simple Plan. Leon’s Centre. 7:30. $49.50-$85.50.
12: The Kingston Symphony Orchestra presents “Score: The Art of Video Game Music.” The Isabel. 7:30. $27-$50 plus fees, taxes.
13: The Kingston Choral Society joins with Orchestra Kingston to present “Dona Nobis Pacem.” The Spire. 2:30 p.m. $25. kingstonchoralsociety.ca, orchestrakingston.ca.
15: The Grammy award-winning Robert Cray Band performs. Grand Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $59.50 plus handling fee and taxes.
17: JJ Wilde — who some might remember from the opening slot at the last Glorious Sons concert — headlines, Billy Raffoul opens. Ale House. Doors at 7. $20.
18: Skye Wallace performs at the Broom Factory, 305 Rideau St. Doors at 6. $15.
19: “A Tribute to Jeanne Lamon” will feature a number of baroque musicians performing in memory of the former musical director of Tafelmusik. The Isabel. 7:30 p.m. $45-$64.
24: The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois and his band perform, with part of the proceeds going to Kingston’s Integrated Care Hub. Openers are Kingston’s Kris and Dee. The Isabel. 8 p.m. $75 plus HST.
24: Choir! Choir! Choir! teaches the audience to sing along with some hits from the 1980s. Grand Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $29.50 plus HST and handling fee.
25: Singer-songwriter (and pianist) Michael Kaeshammer performs. Grand Theatre. 7:30. $32.50 plus.
25: Matthew Good performs at the Spire, 182 Sydenham St. Doors open at 7. $39.50.
26: Canadian singer Serena Ryder performs. Clerel opens. Grand Theatre. 7:30. $49.50 plus.
27: Tout a Tac presents the family-friendly “Alice in Wonderland.” Grand Theatre. 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 plus fees, taxes.
30: Ria Mae and Virginia to Vegas bring their “Rock, Paper, Scissors” tour to the Broom Factory. Doors open at 6. $25.