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Mapping the scene in Canada’s smaller towns and cities

1. AKA Autonomous
Social Centre
75 Queen Street,   akakingston.org
Co-op space that hosts events and houses the Miasma Infoshop: a “radical literature distributor” and lending library.

2. The Artel
205 Sydenham Street, the-artel.ca
Arts centre, performing space and home to rotating group of live-in artists.

3. The Sleepless Goat
91 Princess Street, thegoat.ca
Workers-run café and hangout spot for alternative Kingston folks.

4. CFRC Radio
Lower Carruthers Hall,
Queen’s University, cfrc.ca/blog
Community radio station that trains newbies in broadcasting great Canadian air waves.

5. National Grocers
Building Studio
12 Cataraqui Street
notyournormalschool.blogspot.com
Warehouse studio for potters, metal smiths, ceramists and other craft artists.

6. The Modern Fuel
21 Queen St. modernfuel.org
Gallery that specializes in showcasing young artists. Bonus — it rents out recording equipment.

7. Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Lending Library
559 Bagot Street, joesmill.org
Registered charity that lends out guitars, drums, keyboards and other instruments — some for up to six months.

8. The Fruit Belt
Named after a cluster of fruit and tree-titled streets, this ‘hood just north of Kingston’s main drag, Princess Street, has become home to young artistic types over the last decade. (Laura Trethewey)

* Thank you to Kingston local Mark Streeter for his help and advice on noteworthy spots.

Is there a burgeoning indie scene in your town? Pitch the places you love to assisteditor (at) brokenpencil (dot) com and get your town mapped here.

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