Each year, we look for captivating female talent to perform on the stage bringing together dancers, musicians, singer-songwriters from Kingston and the surrounding area. We celebrate the diversity of female performers who continue to be a highlight for visitors to the festival.
The Kingston Women’s Art Festival has a growing audience of over 4,000 people. Get inspired by and meet other talented performers while celebrating women in the arts on this one day event.
Please Note: Performances are on a volunteer basis only and are not paid. Performers may bring their own swag and merchandise to sell on event day. A table will be made available near the stage for this purpose.
If you are interested in performing at the Kingston Women’s Art Festival this year, please complete the form below.
The deadline for applications is May 31, 2020.
KWAF’s 2019 Performers
11:00 – 11:25: Nicci Rea
Nicci has performed with many local theatre companies in plays and musicals. She was a longtime member of the Limestone Chorale. Nicci is half of the duo Panaché who play fun family tunes in French and English. Her songs are a mix of folk, pop, and country. also
11:30 – 11:55: Jennie Marshall
Jennie Marshall is a lifelong musician, songwriter and poet. Since
retiring from her career in teaching, she has pursued her passion for
music and poetry in both Kingston and Victoria. She has performed at
many events and venues including Home Grown, 100,000 Poets for
Change, Artsfest, Songwriters at the Old English and the Women’s
12:00 – 12:55: Debbie Fredericks Music and Artists of Bump Coaching
Drawing from 20 years of experience, Debbie is no stranger to the professional music industry. She has worked with some of Canada’s prominent artists, producers, songwriters and industry leaders.
She is the founder of bump vocal coaching where she helps aspiring singers build their skills and confidence to pursue their passion for singing.
She can often be seen in the community with her singers as they perform at various events. They will be joining her on stage at this years Women’s Art Festival.
13:00 – 13:25: Toute Ensemble
Toute Ensemble is a local flute trio consisting of Anne Archer, Debbie Twiddy and Melanie Fyfe who all studied at various times with Donelda Gartshore, formerly of the Kingston Symphony. Their combined years of experience in ensemble playing, teaching and musical arrangement has allowed them to develop a wide repertoire including Classical, Baroque, Renaissance, Celtic, Jazz, Folk, Blues, and Pop .
Anne Archer plays various flutes, whistles and the sax with the Kingston Ceili Band and in the duo CACCIA, and teaches music privately. Debbie is retired from her job as a lab technologist at the Kingston General Hospital. She has been playing flute for over four decades and has been involved in a wide-ranging collection of ensembles over the last 20 years. Debbie also does many of the group’s arrangements. Melanie started her musical education as a child, playing piano and recorder and singing in a choir as a child. She started her flute studies in high school and continued in the Flute Performance program at McGill University. She has taught flute and recorder and played in numerous ensembles over the years.
13:30 – 13:55: Kingston Bellydance Collective
The Kingston Bellydance Collective is a community group bringing together dancers from Kingston and the surrounding area to share bellydance with everyone!
14:00 – 14:55: The HeartBeats
The HeartBeats are a dynamic dance-inducing band based in Eastern Ontario, offering unique arrangements of covers, and creative originals.
15:00 – 15:25: Jeanine Noyes
Toronto singer/songwriter Jeanine Noyes has toured Canada and Europe, playing music festivals and churches, house concerts and beer gardens, bars and rib fests, coffeehouses, castles caves, soft seat theatres, basements, conferences and kitchens…you name it.Her favourite gigs? The ones where she is connecting with an audience, where they’re close…no matter the size of gathering.
Jeanine’s two critically acclaimed recordings received radio play in Canada and Europe. Her current project is a collection of old songs and hymns in honour of her mother who died of Alzheimer’s disease. The project is called “The Last Song You Forgot”. To make a charitable donation to the project visit https://www.jeaninenoyes.com/last-song.html
15:30 – 15:55: Paula Wood
Paula Wood is a local singer/songwriter/guitarist whose unique & powerful vocals & deep dedication to the spirit of each song makes for a captivating performance. Paula is accompanied by keyboardist Derrick Claridge who has played with several favourite local bands over the last 25 years.
16:00 – 16:30: Erika Lamon
Erika Lamon is a folk-rock singer-songwriter based out of Kingston, Ontario. Heart-felt and honest, her music has since taken her all the way from North America’s largest Francophone music festival, to the more intimate settings of the festivals, pubs and cafés of her hometown.
In 2016, she released her first single, “Strangers Know”, a moody and shimmering pop song infused with Dido and Jewel undertones. Her self-titled debut EP, released in October 2017, was met with enthusiasm and appreciation from its listeners. Since then, her songwriting has matured and taken a turn towards lush electric guitar sounds, refined acoustic riffs, and vocal harmonies that create an atmosphere from which her lyrics flourish.