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Multidisciplinary Youth Arts Festival Returns to Kingston for 7th Season

Kingston – The Canoe Theatrical Productions is gearing up for its first in-person Juvenis Festival in two years. The Juvenis Festival is an annual multidisciplinary youth arts festival that takes place over National Youth Week. This year, Juvenis will run from April 27th to May 7th, with 8 events, over 20 workshops, and nearly 100 youth participants. All performances and exhibitions are produced entirely by youth ages 30 and under.

Events and workshops will be taking place throughout the city with some online options available for those who wish to get involved from home. The festival includes activities from a wide range of artistic disciplines including dance, writing, visual art, music, and film. Workshops are open to all skill and interest levels. For young people wanting to learn more about having a career in the arts, the Arts Career Series offers a seminar every day of the festival and covers topics including finances for artists, arts entrepreneurship, navigating careers in the arts, and more.

National Youth Week (May 1st to 7th) recognizes the invaluable contribution of youth, and Blue Canoe’s Juvenis Festival aims to empower young people and celebrate the artistic talent they bring to our community in Kingston. Tobias Partridge, director of Juvenis’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, says: “the opportunities Juvenis provides to young people are so important, especially right now. The Juvenis community allows its members to forge meaningful connections and develop skills they would never have the chance to otherwise.”


13: The Musical

Date: April 28th to May 1st at 7:00pm + weekend matinees Location: The Rotunda Theatre

Tickets: http://www.juvenisfestival.ca/13-The-Musical.php

The cast is composed entirely of local high school teenagers, but the stories that come to life here are ageless, the emotions they explore timeless, and the laughter and the memories they provide priceless. After all, if you really want to know about someone, ask them which lunch table they sat at.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Date: May 4th to 7th at 7:00pm + weekend matinees Location: Baby Grand Theatre

Tickets: http://www.juvenisfestival.ca/Gentleman’s-Guide-to-Love-and-Murder.php

Filled with laughs, unforgettable characters, and stunning musical numbers, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a modern classic that will leave you DYING for more.

Battle of the Bands Date: May 5th at 6:30pm Location: The Spire

Tickets: http://www.juvenisfestival.ca/Battle-of-the-Bands.php

Young local bands battle it out onstage by performing a short set in front of a live audience. Guest celebrity judges will crown the 2022 Juvenis Festival Battle of the Bands winner, and the winning band will receive a special prize.


Date: Premieres on May 1st at 7:00pm

Location: the Grad Club, video will be available on Youtube

Saudade is an RnB music video that journeys through the bittersweet times of change in our lives. The music video will be screened at the Grad Club alongside Life of August.

Life of August

Date: Premieres on May 1st at 7:00pm

Location: the Grad Club, video will be available on Youtube

Life of August is a virtual musical theater work that calls on youth conscience, promoting the role of young people as creators of substantial change. This show will air on YouTube Premiere and feature young artists from all over the world!

Mixed Media

Date: April 27th to May 7th

Location: Kingston School of Art Window Gallery

Mixed Media – A 12×12 art exhibition at the KSOA Window Art Gallery, featuring a compilation of artwork created by local youth artists in various media forms. Playing with mixed themes while using mixed media to create a mural on the walls.

Storefront Art Gallery

Date: April 27th to May 7th

Location: Cataraqui Mall (old Bluenotes store near Indigo)

Join us at the Cataraqui Mall for our pop-up Juvenis information booth and general art gallery! Come pick up a festival brochure and check out the beautiful artwork created by local youth artists. Select artworks will be available for purchase.

Viva Voce: Away

Date: May 2nd at 7:00pm Location: Daft Brewing

This event series showcases young people telling thematically connected stories. through song, dance, dramatization and other creative ways. The theme for this installment of Viva Voce is “away”.

Young Storytellers: Literary Heroes

Date: May 6th at 6:00pm Location: Tett Rehearsal Hall

Children 14 and under will be performing their favourite songs and scenes from beloved musicals based on children’s books!


The festival also includes over 20 free workshops for those ages 13 to 30 to attend. Workshops are taught by professional artists to help beginner and emerging artists hone their craft while eliminating the cost barrier of other educational opportunities.

Skillbuilder Series

Date: April 27th to May 7th Location: Various

Registration: http://www.juvenisfestival.ca/skill-builders.php

The Skillbuilder Series offers arts workshops that aim to give youth hands-on learning experiences. The festival includes workshops in all arts disciplines and covers a range of topics including creative writing, stage management, Hawai’ian hula dance, monologues, and much more! Workshops are completely free, include all materials, and are open to all skill levels.

Arts Career Series

Date: April 27th to May 7th Location: Various

Registration: http://www.juvenisfestival.ca/arts-career-series.php

We are hosting a career-related talk, workshop or seminar every day of the festival. Topics range from finances for artists, careers in film, art therapies and so much more! Registration is open on our website.

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