Venues and Churches

Venues and Churches

The Isabel Bader Centre, Queen's University

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Queen’s University,  was opened in 2014. The complex houses rehearsal rooms, classrooms, and labs for the school of music, drama, art, film and media. The heart of “The Isabel” is its state-of-the-art 566-seat Concert Hall, with acoustics based on historic European “jewel box” concert halls, refined through 3-D acoustic modeling. Internationally-acclaimed organist Felix Hell will present the final concert of the Festival in the Isabel Concert Hall, performing on his own touring organ.

St. George's Cathedral

St. George’s Cathedral is located at the heart of Kingston’s downtown, diagonally across the street from the Four Point Seasons Hotel and just one block from Market Square and the City Hall. It will host our AGM, Felix Hell’s workshop, the Capital Chamber Choir concert, the Isabel Demers concert and more.

Kingston Korean Church

In the late 1970s, a group of theatre organ enthusiasts acquired a Kimball theatre organ and brought it to Kingston. Located in the Kingston Korean Church, it is the largest remaining theatre organ in Canada, and continues to be the proud showpiece of the Kingston Theatre Organ Society. Veteran theatre organist Dave Wickerham will play the organ in concert during our Festival.

Bridge Street United Church, Belleville

Founded by Methodist circuit riders inspired by the work of traveling preacher John Wesley, Bridge Street Church dates from 1815. The church’s Casavant Frères pipe organ, originally built in 1956, has undergone major renovations during the last five years. Re-leathering and mechanical modifications were done by Sylvain Brisson, with tonal revision by Alain Gagnon. Rachel Mahon will play her Belleville concert on the Bridge Street United Church organ.

Chalmers United Church

The original Chalmers Church congregation was established by sympathizers of the the Free Church of Scotland, and the present building dates from 1890. The Casavant organ was installed in 1960, and subsequent major renovations saw the addition of a new console, stops, and digital electronics. The Festival’s Academy will be using the organ for lessons and practice, and the Academy’s Student Concert will be held at Chalmers.

Sisters of Providence Motherhouse, Heathfield

The congregation of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1861, and since that time has had a long history of service to the poor and underprivileged. The organ was originally built in 1969 by Casavant Frères, and in 2006 it was completely restored and revoiced by Alain Gagnon and Sylvain Brisson. The beautiful Chapel, completely restored in 1993, will be the site of our Festival’s Convocation service.

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral

Construction was begun on St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in 1843. The spire rose to a height of 242 feet, and at the time was believed to be the tallest structure in the entire city of Kingston. The organ was built by the Karn-Warren Organ Company in 1905. It will be featured in a Festival concert by Canadian organist Mark McDonald.