A Kingston man is trying to raise money for a series of
free summer concerts at Newlands Pavilion at Macdonald
He'd also like to put aside some funds to maintain the
Bob MacKenzie says he was surprised at the effects of
vandalism and disrepair on the bandstand. "There's about 12
feet of railing ripped out and spindles missing from the top
of the structure," says MacKenzie. "Plus, it really needs a
coat of paint."
The city has given the green light for repair work, and a
carpenter is replacing a support and railing.
MacKenzie has approached the corporate sector in his quest
to raise about $25,000 -- to pay musician scale, provide a
sound system and set aside some funds for repairs. It would
take about $15,000 to pay for the summer concerts alone, he
MacKenzie has 13 concerts lined up. They run on civic
holidays and Sundays. The first concert is July 1.
Acts range from flamenco-classical guitarist Jim Graham,
the Music Vets big band and a folk musician from North
"It would be nice to see the building used for what it was
originally intended for," adds Mackenzie.
Built in 1896 by William Newlands, the structure was
restored in 1979 by architect Lily Inglis.
"Newlands has enjoyed a state of benign neglect," over the
last two decades, MacKenzie points out.
Some money has been donated but MacKenzie is optimistic
about further donations.
"Feedback has been positive," he says. "Everyone would like
to see free concerts there this