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.


Originating in 2015 Queen’s University, Kasador wears the label “Kingston band” well with family connections to The Hip and a history of performing all over the limestone city. Cam Wyatt and Boris Baker discuss the making of their first full-length album including the logistics, the inspiration, the creator behind the artwork and more (it’s releasing in September right before Rocking the Big House at the Kingston Pen), plans for their current tour out west and the importance of radio-play in a time of streaming. Listeners will also get a chance to listen to a single from the album, Brood and Bloom.

Grand OnStage

John and Riley go on location to the Grand Theatre to chat with Program Manager, Jayson Duggan. They discuss the history of one of Kingston’s most historical and prettiest live venues, its beaming reputation with artists, their favourite Grand Theatre memories, and the plans for the upcoming season Grand OnStage programming which includes a variety of performances at every price point. Find out who you can look forward to seeing perform at The Grand and learn about the perks of subscribing to the program. 

Mid-show, Johnny and Riley follow the tradition of listing every show worth attending in the Kingston area from now until September. 

Firebird Sessions

Speaking of shows happening this summer in Kingston, their next guest is Selina Chiarelli, the founder and host of Firebird Sessions at Musiikki Café, which showcases female jazz musicians. Selina calls it a “Female Forward Jazz Jam,” explaining “as artists, women are encouraged to explore where we want to go, what we want to express and how we want to do that. By taking ownership of our own expression, we’re releasing ourselves from unspoken factors that hold us back or constrain us to certain aesthetics.” She adds, “I’ve spent a lot of my life feeling like I have to sound a certain way, choose a certain repertoire.” And, “It’s really about sloughing off those restrictions that are imposed on us and trying to find a space where we can get funky with it.” Selina touches on how Firebird Sessions originated, its importance and highlights upcoming performers.

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. They also air on Wolfe Island Radio on Tuesday and Thursdays! You can also follow them on Instagram. 

Missed episode 7? Catch the recap here.