The Most Popular Kingston Herald Articles of 2017

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As this year comes to an end, we look back at which Kingston Herald articles generated the most ‘reaction’ engagements on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Here are our Top 5 Most Popular Articles in 2017 – click the headlines to learn more about each of them:


#5 – Tragically Hip Song Opens New CBC Series ‘Anne’

It’s no surprise that Kingston’s Tragically Hip are featured in our list of the year’s most popular articles.

When the CBC decided to reboot the Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables, they chose The Hip’s “Ahead by a Century” to accompany its intro.

The song was also the final performance by The Hip at their “Man Machine Poem” tour concert in Kingston on August 20, 2016. Check our our article to see the intro to “Anne”.


#4 – Kingston Frontenacs to Honour The Tragically Hip with Special Jersey

The Hip were also the subject of another of our most engaging articles.

During a home game against the Mississauga Steelheads in January, the Kingston Frontenacs honoured the band by wearing special Hip jerseys.

The uniforms were later auctioned off, with proceeds going toward the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research through Sunnybrook Hospital, and subsequently raised $73,383.98.


#3 – Former Prison for Women Put Up for Sale by Queen’s University

There was a lot of interest generated when Queen’s University announced it was putting the former P4W property up for sale.

The university had taken ownership of the property in 2008, following its decommissioning in 2000. Before the Prison for Women opened in 1934, female prisoners were housed in nearby Kingston Penitentiary, as depicted in this year’s CBC/Netflix miniseries based on Margaret Atwood’s “Alias Grace”.


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The announcement that some scenes for that miniseries would be filmed in Kingston, including at the Kingston Pen, was the #3 most popular article in our 2016 list of most popular articles.


#2 – Kingston Restaurant Voted One of Canada’s Most Romantic

The fact that Kingston has one of the highest numbers of restaurants per capita of any Canadian city was born out by the surprising popularity of our #2 story.

After counting up over 480,000 reviews, OpenTable released their 2017 list of most romantic restaurants to honour “seductive spots where couples are creating connections and savouring delicious memories,” and one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada was Kingston’s own Tango Nuevo.


#1 – Donate Your Halloween Pumpkins to this Local Pet Rescue Farm

The Kingston community really came together in early November when asked to donate their Halloween pumpkins to help feed animals at a local area rescue farm.

The collection was a huge success, with the farm reporting over 20 thousand pounds of pumpkins being donated!


Honorable Mention:

Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd: Ghostbusters in Kingston

Kingston Featured in Final Season of Rick Mercer Report

Kingston Scenes Appear in Margaret Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’ Trailer

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe 2018 to everyone from the Kingston Herald!


Photo (Kingston’s “Time” statue): Aidan Wakely-Mulroney (cc)