The criminality of stigma – Friday May 7th, 7pm

The criminality of stigma: Sex work, labour and decriminalization
Friday May 7, 7pm
presented by Tuulia Law, Internal Coordinator of the Sex Professionals of Canada
Renaissance, 285 Queen St, Free

Sex workers have long been fighting for sex work to be recognized as labour. Tuulia Law considers sex work, labour, and the dangers and difficulties of stigma and criminalization, as well as the constitutional challenge by the Sex Professionals of Canada for the decriminalization of consensual adult sex work.

This event is part of the MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts running in Kingston from May 1st – 9th.

Grow a Row Kick Off – May 13th, 6pm

Loving Spoonful and the Grow a Row Committee are kicking off Kingston’s 2010 Grow a Row campaign on Thursday May 13th, 6-9pm at the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship (214 Concession St). You are welcome to bring food to share! This is a family friendly event that will include kids activities, music and more information about the Grow a Row campaign.

Our goal this year is to raise 4000 lbs of locally grown food for donation to local meal programs and agencies. To find out more about Grow a Row and how you can get involved please visit: viagra for sale.

Local Perspectives on the Niqab Ban: Tues April 27th

Local Perspectives on the Niqab Ban: Interpreting Quebec’s Bill 94

Tuesday April 27th, 2010  6:30pm
Wilson Room, KFPL – Central Branch, 130 Johnson St

Dr. Mona Rahman – Active member of the Islamic Society of Kingston
Dr. Beverly Baines – Department Head, Gender Studies & Professor of Law, Queen’s University
Dr. Dana Olwan – Assistant Professor, Gender Studies, Queen’s University

In early 2010, the Jean Charest government proposed legislation which, if approved, by the National Assembly of Quebec, would deny essential government services, public employment, educational opportunities, and health care to people who wear facial coverings. Join us for a panel that will explore Bill 94 from legal, feminist, and religious perspectives, followed by a discussion.

This event is sponsored by Ontario Public Interest Research Group Kingston (OPIRG) and the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s (SGPS).

Serving up some Soul for Loving Spoonful

Saturday April 24th, 10pm, Time To Laugh Comedy Club (394 Princess St)
$8 before 11pm, $10 after.

This month DJ E, La Gringa, Redfoot will be joined by DJ Omid, debuting with the Shakedown. Other friends still to be announced!  There’s lots to celebrate so come on out.

Soul Shakedown parties aim to bring the best in rare dance grooves from funk, soul to Latin, Brazilian, Pan-African, Arabic, Asian Dub, Bhangra Hip Hop and more. The party also raises funds for organizations doing social justice work and groups that challenge the status quo of neoliberal capitalism and colonization. We strive to construct a safe space where diverse peoples can shake it out with freedom and flair.

Mayworks Calling on Artists

Submissions close Monday, April 12th, at 4:00 pm

The Kingston MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts, is currently seeking submissions from Kingston and the surrounding area for two art exhibitions, in which works will be showcased over the course of the festival and through the month of May. Works will be displayed at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and The Sleepless Goat Cafe and Workers-Cooperative that fit within the stated goals and themes of the Mayworks Collective (see below) and the spirit of the Art Policy found on the Sleepless Goat’s website ( cheap viagra ). We encourage submissions from artists of marginalized identities and work experiences.

Please submit works in jpeg, or by linking to them directly if they are hosted online, and include a brief artist’s statement, description of your piece (including materials used, and dimensions) and bio.  Submissions close Monday, April 12th, at 4:00 pm and should be sent with “Art Showcase” in the subject line to buy viagra

All submissions will be reviewed by the curatorial committee. Successful artists will be viagra online responsible for costs of transporting their artwork to the showcase venue. Selected artists will be provided a modest honorarium.

The MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts is a joint project with OPIRG Kingston. The festival will take place May 1st – 9th, 2010. Stay tuned for details.

d'bi young @ Culture Shock Launch with OPIRG 8PM TUES MAR 30th ARTEL

Spoken word artist d’bi young!!!

d’bi.young is a Jamaican-Canadian dub poet, as well as Dora-winning actor and playwright.

As an actor, she has appeared in Trey Anthony”s da kink in my hair, which garnered her a Dora nomination for best actress, and the television sitcom Lord Have Mercy.  She won outstanding new play and outstanding performance by a female in a principal role in a play in the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her play blood.claat: one womban story.

She has also led a summer dub theatre program for youth in Toronto.

Local Performances

All Ages Free Food and Drinks

Alcohol Free Event!!

Feminist Jubilee: A Defiant Celebration of Freedom


This jubilee will be a subversive celebration of freedom­an artistic and collective proclamation that a different world is possible. A world that honours love, peace and equality. Through free food, music, art and conversation we will use the simple act of celebration as a defiant form of resistance. By coming together to unite in the common vision of equality and social-justice for all, we can, despite our differences, actively reject and condemn the very systems that imprison us. It is through celebration and community that even in the midst of oppression we will find our freedom. (even if it’s only for one afternoon…)

So join us! Rain or shine at Skeleton Park, on the 27th of March between 1-3pm. ALL are welcomed/encouraged to come regardless of race, class, gender, religious, political and/or sexuality differences.

The afternoon will consist of the following :

* A Neighbourhood “Stuff” Exchange
(Everyone who can, can bring a couple of items, be it clothing, books, household things, etc. and we can share it, garage sale style, with NO money involved)

* A free communal pot-luck style picnic
( bring a little food to share, that could be easily eaten outside)

* Bubbles (because they are pretty)

* Music ( if you play something bring along an instrument)

* A christian feminist confessional booth (this collective photography project will be the central focus of this jubilee. it will displayed in the park for the afternoon…it will stand as a symbolic peace-offering, an artistic cry for change, an attempt to take responsibility for the things we’ve done to damage the freedom of others)

🙂 Invite your friends. your enemies. your lovers. your sisters. anyone, everyone, pass along this invitation to those you feel might be interested!

The point of this afternoon is to bring people and worlds together that normally don’t share the same spaces. So please, Come together, share. Drink a tea in the park with a stranger. learn. love. relax. RESIST.

Canadian Musicians Support Prison Farms


Join us for an evening of music and words to Save Canada’s Prison Farms.


Sarah Harmer, Fred Penner, Luther Wright, Open Heart Society featuring Chris Brown and Eric Schenkman, Brian Flynn, Kris and Dee, Maya Thau-Eleff and Special Guests


$15 ($5 for unemployed and underemployed) available at Renaissance Music, Tara Natural Foods, Brian’s Record Option, and Local Family Farms in Verona – cash only please. A small number will be available at the door.


Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice, Frontenac Cattlemen’s Association, Frontenac Federation of Agriculture, John Howard Society, National Farmers Union, Local 316, Sisters of Providence Justice and Peace Office, Union of Solicitor Generals Employees, Urban Agriculture Kingston

For more information, or to volunteer for the Save Our Prison Farms Campaign, please contact, 613-767-4127,