Blue Canoe Productions is a youth arts non-profit organization that creates opportunities for young people under the age of 30 in the arts. These opportunities range from gaining experience in theatre, to a youth arts festival, to education programs for a wider range of ages. Take a look into our many projects and learn more about us by visiting each page.
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Stage Theatre: Musical Theatre Productions
Blue Canoe was formed to give young people an opportunity to perform with their peers on stages in the Kingston community. Our stage productions hold open auditions for anyone between the ages of 13-30, the cast, production teams, crews, bands and producers are all within that age range. Click the links below for more on getting involved!
The Juvenis Festival: Kingston's Youth Arts Festival
Kingston's Youth Arts Festival, annually each May during National Youth Week. The Juvenis Festival is one of only 2 youth arts festivals in Canada and the only one in Ontario. Youth run, Juvenis gives young artists opportunities to take free workshops, work alongside professional artists and create their own arts projects. Juvenis is multidisciplinary, providing opportunities in a wide range of arts including but not limited to theatre, music, dance, photography, visual arts, film, and more!
Viva Voce: Storytelling Coffeehouse
Created by Tiana Prince and Alex Oliver in 2014, Viva Voce is a youth storytelling coffeehouse presented for free 3-4 times a year. This event showcases young people telling stories connected by a different theme at each event. The storytellers are selected in advance and rehearse leading up to the event date, the stories are not always told in the oral tradition, Viva Voce explores all ways to tell stories, through song, dance, dramatization and other creative ways.
Viva Voce is open to the public, storytellers are all between the ages of 13-30 and are selected through an open call process.
Songs & Spirits: A cabaret night
A cabaret style concert featuring youth performers, Songs & Spirits is a great chance to get involved in Blue Canoe through a smaller commitment then a full musical production. This event usually takes place at the Blu Martini or another pub or restaurant in Kingston, our audiences are able to enjoy some food and drinks while they watch the show.
Launch Point Academy- Performing Arts Education Programs
Launch Point Academy is Blue Canoe's education arm offering classes during the school year for ages 5-15, vocal lessons for all ages, a march break camp program and a summer musical theatre intensive. For more information check out the links below
Summer Theatre Intensive
Great for ages 8-15, all experience levels welcome!