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Kingston Musicians Union hosts first Live Audience Streamed Concert

Friday August 6th, Kingston Musicians Union co-hosted with St James Anglican Church, Kingston’s first live concert. This concert series has been made possible by the sponsorship from the Music Performance Trust Fund. The idea for the concert series has been in the works since July 2020 when the Local was looking for venues to host the streamed concerts that they initialized and were fully funded by MPTF, however the church was unavailable for use so streaming was exclusively performed at the Royal Theatre in Gananque.

This current series, doors opened to the public for a noon hour concert that featured Spencer Evans and his son Oscar. Stringent Covid 19 protocols were in place to ensure that both the audience and performers had a safe place to enjoy this live concert and with limited seating the Local provided a polished stream of the performance. The series continues for the next seven weeks with a variety of performances from Jazz,  Classical, and concept art forms. Tickets are available from Eventbrite

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Live and Streamed Concert Series opens in August

Kingston Musicians’ Union,  the Music Performance Trust Fund and St James Anglican Church present “Music on Union- Sounds of Hope” a series of free live indoor concerts  every Friday from August 6th  through 24 September at St James’ Church, 10 Union St in Kingston. A live audience of up to 50 people can be accommodated, with appropriate physical distancing. To reserve a seat visit, or call 613-548-7254. The concert will also be live streamed via Music on Union Poster 1

August 6th 12;10-12;50 pm: Spencer and Oscar Evans will perform pieces from the Great American Songbook, through classic Jazz standards by Duke Ellington and Horace Silver, to original compositions by Spencer. These original works will be featured on Spencer’s upcoming debut self-titled release (currently available on Spotify and iTunes).


General Meeting Notice

Members are invited to attend a zoom meeting to discuss the General business of Local 518 Kingston Musicians union

Date: Sunday  11th April 2021

Time: TBD

Place: Zoom meeting as per COVID 19 guidelines

Please check your  email in boxes for the newsletter which will contain the  details of this meeting and zoom invitation.

Part-time, contract and seasonal workers now qualify for COVID-19 emergency benefits

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced more flexible rules for claiming the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) in response to critics who pointed out the initial rules excluded too many people, including those working reduced hours.

Seasonal workers and those who have recently run out of employment insurance will now also be eligible for CERB. People who make less than $1,000 a month due to reduced work hours will also qualify.

Listen to a recent testimony before the Parliament Standing Committee on Finances – Friday April 3rd  Our thanks to Luc Fortin for his outstanding effort.

Job Posting

Musicians wanted for a reception at the Isabel Bader Performing Arts Centre.

When: December 7th, 2019

Time: 4:30 – 5:00 pm

Style of music: Light Classical, easy listening,

Description: An end of year social event at the Isabel. The Octane Medical Group has requested a  small ensemble of 2-5 players to provide background music for their end of year reception. The musicians will be playing at the beginning of the evening as guests arrive. The style of music that has been asked for is a selection of light classical music or easy listening that reflects the ambiance of the evening. For more information and contract details please contact the office.


Musica Viva Kingston

Over the last 3 months we have been running a pilot project at one of the local schools. We hired three contrasting professional bands to come and play at the school and developed a curriculum that accompanied each visit. With help from performances from Trevor Strong, the class prepared for each upcoming performance weaving the music curriculum into their classroom activities over the weeks proceeding each concert to produce a cross-curriculum project. Our last band to visit was Kingston band The Wilderness, which had the whole school rocking to the beat of their music. None of this would have been possible without the generous support from the Music Performance Trust Fund who provided the entire funding for this project. Many thanks to the trustees for their sponsorship. This has had an enormous impact on these children and the school. A truly memorable experience for all involved. Help us keep music alive in our schools.