On the Streets of Kingston

This young lady is someone to take notice of! She said it was a “huge honour” to sing O’ Canada at the Pan Am Torch Relay Ceremonies at Fort Henry July 2! She has opened for Hunter Hayes, sang a duet with Dean Brody and will be performing at Boots & Hearts again this year! Check out this local sensation! http://www.abbystewartmusic.com/ Photo by Gail Paquette

This young lady is someone to take notice of!
She said it was a “huge honour” to sing O’ Canada at the Pan Am Torch Relay Ceremonies at Fort Henry July 2!
She has opened for Hunter Hayes, sang a duet with Dean Brody and will be performing at Boots & Hearts again this year!
Check out this local sensation!
http://www.abbystewartmusic.com/
Photo by Gail Paquette

As I continue my journey of exploring my new home of Kingston, Ontario by getting out and meeting people through my camera lens, I am constantly amazed at the genuine smiles I am capturing. Only three people of about 50 have said ‘No.’ I believe it was my approach, not explaining myself well enough. That happens, we all get tongue-tied. I’m not going to say it is not disappointing but I realize not everyone likes having his or her photo taken. It is the ones who allow me into their lives that compel me to continue this project. I find myself being curiouser and curiouser about this vibrant community and look for events within the city. I am lucky here, as there are almost too many events to attend. Being in a crowd and searching for that unique individual is exquisite.

Photo by Gail Paquette

Photo by Gail Paquette

Photo by Gail Paquette

Photo by Gail Paquette

Photo by Gail Paquette

Photo by Gail Paquette

Last week, I attended the Canada Day celebrations and the Pan Am Multicultural Event at Fort Henry. Both days were beautiful, weather-wise and the fort was filled with positive energy. I have to say besides the fireworks, the torch entering the fort carried by Kingston native Michele Kehoe was exhilarating. The people attending lined the route to the stage for the lighting of the torch bowl! Flags were waving and people were cheering.The energy was so high it was almost as if one’s feet were lifted off the ground.

Photo by Gail Paquette

Photo by Gail Paquette

Afterwards I was able to speak with Michele, a bubbly 20–something year old with a definite passion for her hometown and the support she received. Her enthusiasm boiled over as she spoke of her journey to become one of Kingston’s torchbearers. “It was a surreal moment when I read the email that said I was not only to be a torch bearer but THE final torch bearer. I must of read that email 100 times!” Congratulations Michele. You make your city proud!

“It was a surreal moment, when I read the email that said not only was I to be a torch bearer but THE final torchbearer! I must of read that email 100 times.” Michele, born and raised in Kingston, said she was fortunate to be able to return to her hometown after university to lead physical activity and healthy living programs for aboriginal youth in Kingston.

“It was a surreal moment, when I read the email that said not only was I to be a torch bearer but THE final torchbearer! I must of read that email 100 times.” Michele, born and raised in Kingston, said she was fortunate to be able to return to her hometown after university to lead physical activity and healthy living programs for aboriginal youth in Kingston. Photo by Gail Paquette

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