Kingston Live, Episode 5: A Summary

By Tianna Edwards

Kingston Live is a monthly podcast that offers up behind-the-scenes insight into the Kingston music scene. If you’re looking to learn more about the city’s emerging artists and where to see them play live, you’ll find it here! If you’re a resident music lover or visitor looking for the inside scoop on Kingston’s local music scene, it’s a perfect fit for you, too.

John and Riley have prepared a jam-packed episode for local live music lovers. Not one, not two, but three interviews plus a list of live music shows happening in the YGK from May through to August. They start with local band, Oakridge Ave (they’ve recently been named as one of the top acts to see play live in Kingston!), then move into a phone interview with Lowest of the Low’s Ron Hawkins and close the podcast with a conversation with Tanya and Céline of video production company, Velour Sessions, they provide video and photo footage to bands for self-promotion.

Oakridge Ave

The members of Oakridge Ave, Alex “Lefty” Amey, Harrison Stewart-Juby, and Sean Patterson, share the meaning behind their band name (yes, it’s named after the Kingston street), what it was like performing on their latest east coast tour and meeting and then collaborating with the Canadian producer Ian Blurton. They also talk about their favourite live music venue in Kingston (can you guess?) and give a grateful shout-out to those who supported the crowdfunding of their latest album. Plus, if you’re a budding musician, get their advice on how to get started.

Lowest of the Low’s Ron Hawkins

Lowest of the Low will be back in Kingston this May 30 and performing at the Mansion. They have a new album dropping that Ron shares details about, it has an overtly political voice and he explains why,

“Over the last couple years, I’ve been frustrated with seeing things as ridiculous as fascism on the rise. I started to get back into the bigger issues,” adding that people need to “be energized to change things” and music can help do that. Ron touches on the upcoming show and the importance of bands getting political. You can enter to win tickets to their show at the end of May if you follow Kingston Live on Instagram! Oakridge Ave will be opening.


Velours Sessions

Musical Videographers and founders of production company, Velours Sessions, Tanya and Céline offer an important service to musicians, the ability to make their shows live on through images and video footage for self-promotion and well as other creative video content. They talk about how they met, the details of how they can support musicians through their work, and the challenges of getting great footage as well as the challenges of being women in the video production industry. Céline shares that their work is about helping musicians creatively display who they really are. If you’re in a band and want to know how much their services cost, they give a bit of insight on their prices (a third of the corporate equivalent!).

Look out for new podcasts every month to stay up to date on the Kingston music scene! The Kingston Live podcast is syndicated to all major podcast platforms. Find them wherever you get your podcasts and make sure to subscribe: Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, TuneIn and Stitcher. You can also follow them on Instagram.

Missed episode 4?
Catch the recap here.