Arts Career Expo!

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Saturday May 5 from 1-4pm


ReStart Employment Services
900 Montreal St, Kingston



We will be offering FREE workshops for youth ages 13-30 on the following topics. Please register by filling out the form below!

1:30-2:00pm: How to Write an Artist Statement with Chrissy Poitras
2:00-2:30pm: Making a Pitch with Debbie Fredericks
2:30-3:10pm: Self-Branding with Debbie Fredericks
3:15-3:45pm: Artist Portfolios/Tips for University Auditions & Applications with Christine Harvey

The following organizations will be present with information about their work locally, how you can get involved and how you can start on a career path in their specific disciplines!

Writers Fest Literature
Arts Council Arts Administration
Storefront Fringe/ Theatre Kingston Theatre
Reelout Queer Film
Modern Fuel Visual Art
Agnes Visual Art
CFRC Radio
Sparkbox Visual arts
Centre Culturel Frontenac Performing arts/French programming
Queen's University including the Departments of: Film and Media, Art History and Art Conservation, Fine Art                            

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Meet the Workshop Leaders:

Christine Harvey is an energetic lady, with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Drama and a Bachelor of Education. She is the co-founder of the Not So Amateur Amateurs, a non-profit theatre company in Kingston, Ontario. She writes and directs for the company. Christine has directed over 300 theatre productions and has has written over 60 theatre pieces, including 13 full-length and one one-act musical. She is published with six different companies all over the world and has won grants and awards for her writing, including the Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest.

Other roles have included head of drama for Dreams In Motion, drama consultant performing coach for Children's Aid Society training videos, and currently travels to schools from Toronto to Kingston running one-week theatre programs. Christine is the drama instructor at New Leaf Link in Harrowsmith and the director of NSAA camps. She has also acted in videos, commercials, standardized patient programs and variety of theatre productions.

Christine is also a professional face painter, the co-coordinator of the Kingston Kiwanis Music Festival and mother of five.


Chrissy Poitras is a painter and printmaker, as well as co-owner of Spark Box Studio- an artist residency, print studio and educational facility in Prince Edward County. She graduated from the Queen's University Bachelor of Fine Art Studio program. Her work often explores accidental marks found in her surroundings. Worn tables, subway walls, studio floors are a few of surfaces which inspire her work. These marks– left behind by artists, travelers, friends and family– create a mess of interesting shapes and compositions. She uses these found marks as the subjects of her paintings, drawings and prints.  Additionally, Poitras has been involved in a number of community based art projects with such groups at the Crazy Dames, Skeleton Park Music Festival and the Firelight Lantern Festival. She is highly involved in her artistic community and has built a career that is rooted in creation, community and public outreach


Pulling on 20 years of experience, Debbie is no stranger to the professional music industry. She won her first talent search at fourteen. At twenty, she signed her first recording contract releasing 4 dance charting singles, and has collaborated with some of Canada’s prominent artists, producers, songwriters and industry leaders.

Committed to supporting young artists, she created her vocal and performance coaching company “bump” to support, motivate and inspire her clients to work confidently towards their true artistic potential.

Debbie is a member of the Artist Teaching Roster through the City of Kingston’s Arts Culture and Community Engagement Services Department, and holds a certification in Artist Teaching Foundations through the Royal Conservatory of Music. · 613 305 2905 · Facebook: @bumpvocalcoaching · Instagram: @bump.vocal.coaching · Twitter: debbie@bump