About the Juvenis Festival

Each year, Blue Canoe produces The Juvenis Festival which is one of only two youth arts festivals in all of Canada! Juvenis showcases the talented #ygkyouth aged 30 and under. 

This week long festival gives young people the opportunity to act, sing, dance, perform, and showcase their artistic talents, as well as participate in free workshops and masterclasses to build on their interests and skills in the arts.  While our workshops are only open to youth, we invite audience members of all ages to take in Juvenis productions and events!

Check out our website for more information!

Festival Projects

Since the Juvenis Festival is all about youth engagement, we encourage youth to propose projects they would like to oversee. These projects are always changing based on what gets submitted. Past projects include a yarn art gallery, self-written plays, dance shows, poetry readings, a fashion show, and more! We also have some staple festival events that happen each year, but with a different youth leader. For more information on all of the Juvenis Festival's projects, please visit our website!

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands gives emerging bands the chance to compete in front of our panel of experienced judges for a grand prize. Each band must make it through a preliminary round of auditions before hitting the main stage to sing it out in front of a live audience. The public is invited to cheer on their favourite bands and rock out to some music. 


Storefront Art Gallery

Each year, the Juvenis Festival puts on the Storefront Art Gallery in an empty shop downtown. The gallery has been curated by a young local artist and all pieces have been made by Kingston youth. This gallery gives emerging artists the opportunity to have their work displayed in a gallery and the chance to sell some art if they choose. The public is encouraged to check out the gallery as they walk around downtown Kingston.


Skill Builders

The Skill Builders are a series of free workshops offered to youth taught by industry professionals. Each year, we have different workshops in all arts disciplines. In the past, workshops have included embroidery, printmaking, hiphop dance, dance repertoire, self-marketing for artists, pop vocals, songwriting, improv, and clowning. For the past two Juvenis Festivals, we have partnered with the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts to have several workshops taught by Broadway performers and to give festival participants the chance to audition for the NYCDA's programming. 


Musical Event

Blue Canoe and the Juvenis Festival each put on a youth-led musical. Most years, there is a teen musical and adult musical. Every aspect of the show is made by those under the age of 30 including the entirecast, crew and director. Past musical that have been in the Juvenis Festival include Evil Dead, High School Musical, American Idiot, The Last 5 Years, Heathers, The Addam's Family, Fame Jr, and more!


Arts Career Expo

The Arts Career Expo is a day long event where youth can learn about working in the arts. The event is completely free and attendees can choose which portions of the day they want to attend.The day is typically composed of 3 parts;

Panel Talk - Arts professionals sit on a panel where attendees can ask any questions they have about  working in the arts. Questions can be addressed to specific panelists or the entire panel.

Networking Session - Youth get to chat individually with professional artists. They can ask questions, discuss how to break into the arts, and exchange contact information to continue the conversation. Representatives from arts related programs also attend to discuss their program and admissions. 

Professional Development - The day also includes time to work on your business skills! Attendees can go to workshops on relevant topics, such as resume writing.


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