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Limestone City Blues Festival 2022

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 August 25-28, 2022

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Every August, the streets of downtown Kingston come alive with the raucous sounds of the blues. The Limestone City Blues Festival, the year’s celebrating 25 years,  is known for its legendary line-ups, authentic blues performances, and adoring audiences. With a mobile main stage and an impressive roster of talent at local bars and music venues, the energy delights and invigorates. And this year is no exception! 

Visitor-facing information: 


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Buy tickers here

Blues Schedule- Thursday

Blues Schedule- Friday Blues Schedule- Saturday

where the action's at 

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Approved Road Closures

  • Thursday August 25 
    • Ontario Street from Market to Brock St from 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Friday August 26 
    • Princess Street from Division to Barrie from 4pm – 11:30pm
  • Saturday August 27    
    • Market Street from Ontario to King – from 11pm Friday until 11:59pm Saturday August 27
    • King Street from Clarence to Brock – from 3:30pm to midnight
    • Brock Street from Ontario to Wellington – from 3:30pm to midnight

BIA Marketing Support

Digital/Web/Social Media:

  • Press Releases to 60+ local media contacts, and additional out-of-market media contacts
  • Feature placement on 2 editions of the BIA’s Downtown Dish: Visitor Digital Newsletter
  • 2 special, dedicated Blues-specific E-blasts to Visitors audience, including Blues mailing list
  • Placement on BIA’s Members’ Digital Newsletter
  • FB Event page (boosted)
  • FB: 15-25 dedicated posts (10 boosted)
  • Instagram: 15-25 dedicated posts (10 boosted)
  • Ongoing FB Stories, IG Reels, reposts, shares, likes, etc.
  • Supplementary Social Media promotion from partner organizations, bracelet giveaways, contesting
  • Digital ad placement:
  • Digital ad placements on all regional channels- Post Media
  • Digital ad placements- run of Network, over 60 digital channels- Rogers Sports and Media Network
  • Elements featured on DKBIA homepage
  • Featured Event page on DKBIA Website
  • Featured Event page on DKBIA Members Website

Printed materials:

  • 200 Promenade Posters distributed to downtown businesses and hotels
  • Additional Posters to sponsor locations, bracelet sales locations, concert venues
  • 3,000 Handbills distributed to downtown businesses, hotels, and bracelet buyers

Print (feature):

  • 2 x ½ page ads in Kingston This Week
  • 2 x ¼ page ads in the Whig Standard
  • Feature interview and article: Hendra/Whig Standard

Print (inclusion/mention):

  • 15,000 Calendar of Events Rack Cards- Distribution to over 140 BIA businesses & hotels
  • Kingston Life, Full Page ads, May/June, July/August
  • Kingston City Guide, Full Page ad, Summer
  • Summer in the City, Riverview, Full Page ad, Summer/Fall


  • Presenting Sponsor, CKXC, Country 93.5: 220 x 30s commercials
  • Presenting Sponsor, CIKR, K-Rock 105.7: 220 x 30s commercials
  • Multiple Live, on-air mentions from broadcast staff, contesting: Cruise, on CKXC, and CIKR
  • On-site presence from CKXC/CIKR, including MC duties throughout festival
  • Supplementary social media promotion from CKXC/CIKR
  • Supplementary web promotion from CKXC/CIKR
  • On-air mentions, CKWS/Global TV

Asset capture:

  • Staff Photography throughout
  • Contract Photography (2 photographers with multiple sessions)
  • Contract Aerial Drone Video Provider: 1 session

Blues Festival- Map

For more information about The Limestone City Blues Festival, go to our visitor's website at

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