The popular Grand OnStage program launched its first virtual program this Wednesday night – the beginning of unique and customized online streamed experiences this season for the Kingston Grand Theatre.
The new format is a result of the current pandemic that resulted in shows originally scheduled as live, in-person performances for the current 2020-2021 season either being postponed or cancelled.
“After 12 incredible Grand OnStage seasons that have engaged, entertained, and inspired audiences through live in-person performance, the 2020-2021 program is being re-imagined in response to the dramatic impact of Covid-19 on the performing arts,” said Jayson Duggan, Performing Arts Manager, City of Kingston. “Through the development of a series of unique and exclusive digital broadcasts featuring a variety of artist performances, live interviews, engagement opportunities and audience Q&A sessions, audiences can soon re-engage safely with the Grand OnStage program.”
Wednesday’s virtual performance was by Juno-winning Canadian flamenco guitarist, Jesse Cook (pictured). The event was free and featured an exclusive 30-minute online performance, artist interview, and audience Q&A.
On Thursday, November 5, Grand OnStage will present contemporary dance artist and choreographer Christine Friday. An Anishinaabe kwe from the Temagami First Nation. Friday is described as a proficient and resilient Indigenous storyteller. The 30-minute free event will feature a performance of Maggie and Me, which has just recently been recorded by Christine on her home territory and produced exclusively for the Grand Onstage virtual program.
Grand OnStage programming is supported by Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and the Ontario Arts Council and you can register online for upcoming Grand Onstage events.
According to a media release: The virtual performances will be announced on an ongoing basis and shared directly to subscribers, patrons and the general public through the Kingston Grand Theatre newsletters, social media channels and website. Virtual events and performances will either be free of charge or available at an affordable ticket price.
Registration will be required through www.kingstongrand.ca to access the streaming link. The show must go on and, despite the current circumstances, the City remains committed to the artists presented through Grand OnStage and to Kingston audiences who enjoy the Kingston Grand Theatre.
Photo (Jesse Cook) via Kingston Grand Theater on Twitter