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Kingston’s delegation showcased our connected community to celebrate our status as one of the Top7 Smartest Communities in the world at the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Summit in New York. “Being recognized as a Top 7 Intelligent Community acknowledges the success of our community. Our innovative businesses, schools and universities, cultural stakeholders, social organizations and

Everyone in Kingston knows the sound of the LaSalle Causeway. It has a very distinct hum caused by the vibration of a car’s tires as it drives over the grated surface. The pitch of the hum changes depending on the speed of the car. John Sanfilippo (Tyton Sound) approached old friend and long-time collaborator Jared

The Skeleton Park Arts Festival is a community-based festival presented every year in McBurney Park, which used to be the site of a former graveyard known as the Upper Burial Ground, hence the name.  An important focus of this annual festival is music, a fact that lead the organizers to create a community songbook featuring

Musical Journey

On June 25, 2011, the Kingston Arts Council, in association with the Kingston Jazz Festival and the City of Kingston, hosted a series of six concerts taking place on various porches throughout the city, from private homes to restaurant patios. Followers were encouraged to bring along their own instruments to join in on the musical

Chantal Rousseau, Duck vs Cat in a Shark Costume Riding a Roomba, 2014, animated gif Duck vs Cat in a Shark Costume Riding a Roomba is a hand-drawn reinterpretation of a found gif created from a segment of the video Cat In A Shark Costume Chases A Duck While Riding A Roomba. The video was

In June 2013, hundreds of people walked, paddled and cycled 7.7km along Kingston’s downtown shoreline to raise awareness about the need for better public access and waterfront planning in the city.  There was also an outdoor art exhibit called ‘Dear Kingston’ where 16 ‘word art’ installations were placed along the route. Find out more about the

Making Music

“Music is healing. Art is healing. When you’re limited with what you can control in your life, creativity is a way to break out of that. It’s an empowering, magical experience that brings people together and gives them hope.” – Chantal Thompson, Joe’s M.I.L.L. Run by volunteers, Joe’s M.I.L.L. – Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library

Happy Hour

Kingston band, The Gertrudes, are all members the Skeleton Park neighbourhood (host of the Skeleton Park Arts Festival) and record their music at North Of Princess Studios. Their albums have all been shaped with the help of Apple Crisp Arts, a north end not-for-profit music and arts collective that supports young, local Kingston artists. Along with its record

Wake-up call

Fort Henry was built from 1832 to 1837 to replace an existing fortification from the War of 1812 era. Situated atop Point Henry, the Fort protected the naval dockyard at Point Frederick, the entrance of the Rideau Canal and the town of Kingston, which was the major transshipment point along the supply route between Montreal

Every June 21, members of the Kingston community are invited to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of Canada’s First Peoples with music, dance, crafts, traditional food, live entertainment performances, and more. National Aboriginal Day welcomes everyone to learn more about the important contributions that a variety of Aboriginal communities have made

1,000 Words

Paul Wash was born and raised in Kingston and now works for the City. His passion is photography and the city itself is the inspiration to pursue his desire to illustrate and showcase its beautiful and historic

Al Purdy once called Steven Heighton “one of the best writers of his generation; maybe the best.” Since 1989, Heighton has published three novels, two essay collections, three books of short fiction, and five collections of poetry and each of these has served as further proof of Purdy’s accuracy. “A fusion of the classic and

Poetic Pause

Kingston WritersFest is one of the most highly regarded literary festivals in Canada. Now in its sixth year, the Festival has brought nearly 300 literary luminaries to Kingston audiences including Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Michael Crummey, Louise Penny, Anne Michaels, Charlotte Gray, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Auster, J.M. Coetzee, Romeo Dallaire, Scott Anderson, Elizabeth Hay,

Serving a four-year term, Kingston’s inaugural Poet Laureate, Eric Folsom, is the spokesperson for the literary arts in this city. The position of Poet Laureate is intended to recognize and honour individual achievement in poetry, and to foster expression of the life of our community. In addition to community engagements and public readings, Folsom creates

Visual Feast

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre on the campus of Queen’s University, a hub for fine art in Kingston, sparked the vision of Queen’s alumni Alfred and Isabel Bader as a vibrant home for their collection of European paintings. Evacuated from Europe in the months before the outbreak of World War II, Alfred Bader was moved

One of Canada’s most acclaimed bands in the last 25 years, all five musicians in The Tragically Hip are from Kingston, Ontario. Since forming ‘The Hip’ in 1983, the group has released 12 studio albums, two live albums, one EP, and 54 singles and nine of their albums have reached no. 1 in Canada. Meeting

I Do/I Will

Over the last year, the community has been developing a Kingston Climate Action Plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas  (GHG) emissions and preparing residents and organizations to become more prepared to deal with the effects of a warmer, wetter climate and more extreme weather events. Lead by the City’s Dan Hendry, Public Education Coordinator, the

Dan Hendry combines his interest in the environment, youth, and the arts, in the City of Kingston’s latest initiative from the Environment and Sustainable Initiatives office. The Public Education and Promotions Coordinator led the creative project, Climate Action Clothesline, which is an innovative way to invite people to participate in actions needed to diminish the

As seen on TV

Thanks to CKWS TV for spreading the word to the #ygk community about the call for #seriouslysmart photos. You can see the full video

We’ve shown you a few of the things that help make Kingston a #seriouslysmart place to live, work, and create – now it’s your turn. We want to know what you think makes Kingston #seriouslysmart! Print out this sheet on standard sized 8.5 x 11 paper (a card stock works best), and trim along the

Queen’s professor Roel Vertegaal and student Antonio Gomes of the Queen’s Human Media Lab have unveiled PaperFold, a ground-breaking smartphone technology. The shape-changing, touch sensitive smartphone allows the user to open up to three thin-film electrophoretic displays to provide extra screen real estate when needed. Displays are detachable so users can fold the device into

In anticipation of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Summit in June, we are happy to share some #seriouslysmart ICF news. The latest news is the announcement of the Visionary of the Year award. It will be presented at the Summit 2014 in New York City when Kingston and the other six contenders will find out

The multimedia design and production studio creates exhibits that fuse art and technology to generate insights for all who see them.  Their films and exhibits generate interactive fun for visitors to places like Ottawa’s Museum of Nature, the Boston Museum of Science, and Science North in Sudbury.  But turning explanations into engaging experiences can be

Meeting of the Minds and Living Cities have invited civic-minded leaders across sectors to participate in a group blogging event focused on the question: How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?  Here is an answer from the Seriously Smart Kingston team. Kingston, Ontario has been designated a 2014 Top7 ‘Intelligent Community,’

The City of Kingston has amassed and uses all kinds of information about the city it serves: information on its population, streets, land parcels, land uses, its environment, places and spaces. The City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) joins together business data and spatial data to produce maps that can look at trends, patterns and relationships.

Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Association represents more than 750 businesses located in the cities city’s dynamic and vibrant downtown. Downtown Kingston! is a key organizer of special events throughout the year that attract residents and visitors to enjoy the downtown’s restaurants, shops, waterfront view and heritage buildings. The organization’s seriously smart approach to animating the

The City of Kingston’s Acting Cultural Director Colin Wiginton and Julie Brown chat about what it means for Kingston to be one of the World’s Top7 Intelligent Communities in 2014. Thanks to Cogeco for featuring this seriously smart topic on ‘KEDCO on the

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is one of the country’s most and is located in the heart of the Queen’s University campus. Local blogger Rosalyn Gambhir recently took a tour of this prestigious facility and has shared her experience on the Kingston Lobby blog. You can read the full article and found out more about

What makes up a smart city? Thanks to Postscapes for sharing this engaging infographic with Kingston and for these #seriouslysmart stats: Up until 1975 there were just 3 Megacities (New York, Tokyo and Mexico City). Today there are 21. The top 600 urban centres generate 60% of global GDP By 2025, the number of megacities

Audioconexus

Techie tourism

The world’s connected travellers share their stories and selfies using mobile technology. But what about the actual experience of interacting with cultural and heritage sites and attractions with engaging and immersive stories year-round? Kingston’s own AudioConexus is #seriouslysmart about techie tourism, providing tour guide systems, GPS triggered and handheld audio and multimedia interpretation in the

It was six years ago that the owners of Kingston’s Transformix Engineering Inc. saw that the decline in North American manufacturing hurting so many of their top customers would likely soon start to hurt them too. Then primarily a designer and supplier of factory automation systems and products to the domestic market, the folks at

Sam Rogers and Ted Bailey know all about making the best of a bad situation. After all, they created environmental consulting agency Aureus Solutions Inc. to chase a lucrative military contract that they failed to capture and decided to stay in business anyway. It was a contract for outsourced work that Bailey had been doing

#YGK presentation

Being one of the world’s Top7 Smart communities has already attracted positive attention for Kingston, which was invited to present at last week’s Smart Cities summit in Toronto. A small delegation made the short trip where Campbell Patterson from Utilities Kingston shared his #seriouslysmart presentation. Revealing how Kingston is a leader in broadband, supports a

Lou Zacharilla

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) defines a Top 7 smart city as “not the most advanced technology centers, the most wired cities or the fastest growing economies in the world.  Instead, each exemplifies best practices in broadband deployment and use, workforce development, innovation, digital inclusion and advocacy that offer lessons to regions, cities, towns and