KPP Concerts (KPP) has announced its inaugural SPRING REVERB showcase, running June 1-4, 2022, downtown Kingston, Ontario.  Through 7 concerts (featuring nearly 30 acts) and over 10 panels and talks, the event seeks to shine a light on the Kingston music scene, provide opportunities for networking and learning, and of course, celebrate the continuing return of live music. With a heavy skew towards Kingston's top emerging acts (like The Wilderness, Forty Seven Teeth, Funeral Lakes, and Hinterwood), the lineup also features some out-of-town headliners like Pup, Lowest of the Low, Terra Lightfoot, and Ombiigizi.

With over 20 years experience in promoting concerts, KPP came to a grinding halt at the start of the pandemic, cancelling and postponing dozens of shows. “The pause enabled us to reflect and rethink how we run KPP”, comments Moira Demorest, KPP’s General Manager. “We took time to speak with lots of bands and musicians, listen, and ask questions. A common thread emerged from these conversations – musicians wanted opportunities to open for bigger touring bands and they wanted more opportunities to meet and play for industry. So, we decided that we could potentially help with some of these things when the timing was right.”

With a private delegate-only radio conference headed to Kingston in early June (the National Community Radio Conference), KPP saw an opportune time to launch SPRING REVERB.  “Our friends at CFRC radio encouraged us to show-off Kingston to all the radio delegates that would already be in town early June – so, this was the impetus for us to finally move forward with SPRING REVERB. We knew we’d have a built-in crowd of music industry professionals”, says Demorest. “At first, we pondered making the event only open to industry and media, but in the end, we wanted to ensure that music fans had access to the shows, as well. Everyone has waited so long for shows to return, we wanted the event to be open to everyone.”

SPRING REVERB will offer lots of opportunities to learn about the Canadian music scene, with over 10 free panels, including guest panelists like Arachnid, Tim Fray, and music PR heavyweight Eric Alper.  There is also a program that will offer funding for new music video collaborations between Kingston production companies and musicians. In addition to the panels, industry and media will be attending the concerts, looking to discover Kingston’s next big thing.

“We have some big bands, like Pup and Lowest of the Low”, comments Demorest, “but we’re stoked to showcase local bands that people may not know, but SHOULD know. Former Kingston band Bedouin Soundclash were first discovered at one of our shows and I remember The Glorious Sons always making a splash when we had them opening for touring bands back in the day. I bet there’s other success stories waiting to happen and maybe it’ll be at SPRING REVERB.”

The inaugural SPRING REVERB runs June 1-4, 2022, downtown Kingston. The full lineup has been announced and tickets are on sale, although many events are free, including all the panels. For tickets and information, visit

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  • Dinah Jansen
    published this page in News 2022-05-02 16:50:00 -0400