Insider Itinerary with KaKaow

By Visit Kingston
KaKaow playing at the Toucan

Ricky Brant, known professionally as KaKaow, is a local musician known for his psychedelic and funk-infused sounds. He recently performed at the Katarokwi Indigenous Art & Food Market. 

Here are KaKaow’s top five things to do in Kingston: 

1. Seeing live music on any given night, at Musiikki, The Toucan, BLUMartini, The Mansion, Caesar and Co., Market Square, Confederation Basin, The Royal 2.0…the list goes on! 

2. Going on sunny days walks with friends along the waterfront, stopping at the Visitor Information Centre to play piano, and exploring the beautiful architecture located all throughout downtown Kingston and going to parks like Breakwater, Doug Fluhrer, Skeleton, Confederation, City Park.

3. Exploring new and exciting stores and talking to shopkeepers such as Montreal Street Collective, BSE, UNDR., Nexus, Birds and Paws, and more! 

4. Seeing art pop-ups, graffiti, murals, block parties, and art & music festivals from Francisco Corbett and 4WRLDStudios, EronOne, Skeleton Park Arts Festival, Artfest Kingston, Electric Circuits, and so many more! 

5. Kingston Farmer’s/Indigenous markets!!  


How does Kingston make me feel? 

Kingston makes me feel welcome and loved; it’s a place to grow and realize potential within a diverse and supportive community. 

If Kingston was a theme song, what would it be? 

I’d have to go with my KaKaow remix “Fonky Kingston” by Toots and the Maytals

Describe Kingston in three words.

Artistically vibrant amalgam. 

What’s next with KaKaow? 


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I have just recently released a four-track EP with a local hip hop artistDupel called MEMENTOS, available now on all streaming platforms! I am working on a new EP currently called Metatronic, which should be out this summer.  
Some upcoming live dates: 
June 16: Musiikki Café, 711pm 
July 7 9: Sonic Springs Music & Arts Festival – Paisley, ON. 
And I host the open mic at Musiikki Café every Tuesday night from 7 to 11pm!!