Various Events in addition to the Festival are found at

Immerse yourself in a cultural experience and join us from 2pm - 4pm alongside the Global Community Drum Circle on Sunday October 21st to create tissue altar flowers, headbands, and painting sugar skull sculptures in preparation for the Day of the Dead celebration on November 3rd.

Ollin and Canadian Mental Health Association Presents

Full Moon Sugar Skull Paint Night!


$10/person at 6PM-8PM on Wednesday October 24th at 400 Elliot Ave, Unit 11.


Option to paint on canvas or a mask, and have your work exhibited (optional) at the 2018 Dia de los Muertos Kingston Festival! Come learn about Dia de los Muertos and about Sugar Skulls.


Facilitated by Yessica Rivera Belsham. All ages welcome.


Refreshments available. Wheelchair Accessible Location.


To register please contact Yessica Rivera Belsham via text/call 6137704522 or Facebook Message to CMHA Kingston Branch or Día De Los Muertos Kingston - Community Celebration of Life or email

2018 Dia de los Muertos Kingston Festival:

Community Celebration of Life



Through art, music, food, and more, we honour our ancestors, pay tribute to loved ones, celebrate life and raise awareness of amazing services in Kingston.



Every year the festival expands and the 2018 will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Hall at 588 Division Street (Behind 580 Division Street). This venue is wheelchair accessible with limited parking; however, there are lots of small surrounding streets to park on.



This year the event is with community partnership of Ollin and the Kingston Branch of Canadian Mental Health Association and with participation and support of the Kingston Community Health Centres, James Reid Funeral Home, Hospice Kingston, City of Kingston, Bereaved Families of Ontario, Kingston National Indigenous Peoples Day, Sisters in Spirit, YourTV and more.


Entrance Fee/Funding:


Entrance fee is a suggested minimum donation of $5 for adults (sliding scale $5-20); however it will remain a pay-what-you-can to ensure it remains accessible to all.


We are reaching out to members of our community, asking for your financial support to help fund the event this year. Dia de los Muertos Kingston receives no funding for this event and each year we rely heavily on the entrance fee donations to ensure this successful and exciting event can continue in the Kingston community. The pay-what-you-can entrance fee/donation allows no barriers for anyone to attend, and also allows attendees to donate as generously as able to. For additional ways to help, please visit the Sponsorship and Donations page at


Food for Sale: Fri. Nov. 2th 11am-4pm & Sat. Nov. 3rd 11am-4pm

Mexico Lindo y Que Rico Restaurant: Tamales de Mole! Tamales Verdes! Tamales con Rajas!

Turtle Island Indigenous Catering: Pan de Muerto! Frybread Strawberry Dessert, Tinga en Tostada!


Ongoing Activities/Offerings:​


Community altar/offrenda: Community is welcome to add to the community altar/offrenda with notes, photos, or art in tribute of people that have passed away. Want to create and display something large? Feel free to connect to us for details.


Community Booths such as Kingston Community Health Centre and the interactive Tree of Life, Bereaved Families of Ontario, Hospice Kingston, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ollin, James Reid Funeral, and more!

Friday November 2nd 2018

11am-3pm End-of-Life Symposium ($5-20 Suggested Donation)

588 Division Street

Cross-cultural speakers will share perspectives on end of life care, grief, burials, bereavement, etc. An open discussion and dialogue will follow.

 Tentative Agenda:


11 AM Yessi introduce the day

Sharp Dopler opening and land acknowledgement

Lorrie and Yessi welcoming in the spirits with whistle and conch

Yessi and Theo share a welcoming song


11:20 am Yessica Rivera Belsham;

Yessica Rivera Belsham is the founder and artistic director of Ollin's Dia de los Muertos Kingston. Former Communications Officer of Palliative Care Nurses Interest Group, she has been in the healthcare field providing supportive end of life care and grief and bereavement since 2014. She is grounded in her indigenous roots and heritage of Mexico and has been sharing about Dia de los Muertos in the Kingston community since 2015. Yessica is a multidisciplinary artist, holistic health practitioner, musician, humanitarian and passionate about community.


11:30 am Sharp Dopler from Sharp Solutions;

Sharp Dopler is a two-spirit person who has been an educator, community worker and activist for over 20 years. Sharp is originally from Newfoundland and is of Tsalagi/Meshkwakie/Ashkwakie and Irish descent. Living and working in the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin people for over 25 years, Sharp is privileged to call Ottawa home. Sharp also served for 16 years as a member of the CIC with the Canadian Armed Forces, receiving the Canadian Forces Decoration.

Sharp has facilitated workshops and groups at various venues at the local, regional, provincial, national, and international level on topics including but not limited to: Cultural Competency, History of Indigenous People in Canada, Two-spirit issues, Decolonisation, HIV/STI’s Healthy Sexuality, Anti-Oppression and Anti-Bullying. Sharp is honoured to be considered a Traditional Knowledge Keeper and carrier of Ceremony. Sharp uses this traditional knowledge and Indigenous ways of being in the world to inform how the work is done

Indigenous perspectives on death: this workshop will provide some perspectives on some Indigenous perspectives on death. In many Indigenous traditions there are ceremonies and practices that are designed to encourage us to face that difficult transition between this world and the spirit world. The transition is more challenging for those of us who are left behind but that difficulty is lessened if we have the correct tools at hand.


12:40 pm Aileen Stewart; As a Deathcare Guide Aileen empowers people to uncover what a ‘good death’ means to them, through conversation, reflection and deep listening. From there a written death plan can be co-created that honours the individual’s values and has the details identified to support that vision of a good death. Aileen can also offer care and support during the dying time as well as after-death care and home funeral guidance.


1pm Lorie Young; Lorie Young is from the Dene blood and Cree nation from Northern Alberta, where she was born and raised. In the 1980's she moved to Ontario. She is a sixties scoop survivor and her mother attended Residential School. Lorie will be sharing about butterfly teachings. Her people honour the Butterfly and have a butterfly dance.

It's about death and rebirth, being Free and Vicarious like the Butterfly.


1:20 pm Brian J. Melady; Brian J. Melady is a Grief Recovery Specialist, Certified by The Grief Recovery Institute. Having experienced and dealt with the devastating effects of grief after losing his wife and 4 children, Brian delivers an action based program to help others with broken hearts, move beyond death, divorce and other losses. Brian runs his own company as a Financial Planner and resides in Kingston with his spouse Vicki.


2pm Mary Farrar; Mary Farrar is president of the community association, the Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour concerned with stewardship of the environment and heritage of the Inner Harbour.

A couple of years ago, her husband who has dementia almost died in the hospital from overdose of medications. That caused her to think seriously about preparing for his death. She is now an advocate for green burials and will share what she has learned about the logistical and legal requirements when someone dies and about how to prepare for your own living space for aging.


2:15 pm Ophelia Rigault; Ophelia Rigault is an Ordained Metaphysical Minister, Certified Grief Counsellor, Life Coach and Energy Practitioner. Ophelia will be speaking about grief, loss and how you can build resiliency.


2:30 pm Sarah Reid & Heather Jackson; Heather has been a licensed Funeral Director for the past 28 years. She has a vast array of experience in funeral services ranging from At Need Director to Advanced Planning Director in both Toronto and Kingston. Heather has been in her present capacity as Advanced Planning Funeral Director for the past 11 years at the James Reid Funeral Home.

Her compassion for the local community has been demonstrated throughout the years by her volunteerism for various charitable organizations including The Salvation Army. She is a wife and mother of 2 daughters who especially enjoy boating through the 1000 Islands in the summer.


3 pm Théo Paradis; Théo Paradis, is an Anishnaabe, who grew up in Cornwall and whose family originates from along the Ottawa and St.Lawrence River in the territory of the Algonquin and Kanien’kehá:ka (“People of the Flint”). She is Agokwe nini (2 Spirit) and Oshakbaywis (traditional helper) with elders and knowledge keepers in the community. She is of the bear clan and parent to two amazing children.

In Théo’s role as a traditional helper of ceremony, drumming and singing provides her with a deep rooted connection of traditional and indigenous way of life.

Bundle preparation: This sharing will provide an offering to the community alter with an indigenous bundle that honours those who have passed. The bundle carries those who have passed in a good way as the journey in the spirit world.


3:20 pm Théo will lead into the open discussion (death cafe style) around with our closing around 4 pm.



Friday November 2nd, 2018 


Ollin SOUNDSCAPE 6PM-8PM ($5-20 Suggested Donation)

(588 Division Street)


+ join us for a special journey through sound and voice in the spirit of remembrance with Ollin Soundscape from 6-8pm (bring a mat or blanket if you wish to lie on the floor). 

Join father daughter duo Carlos & Yessica and guests as they create a soundscape for deep relaxation in tribute/honour of water, ancestors, Mother Earth, and loved ones that have passed. Yessica incorporates her traditional and intuitive medicine songs fused with songs in Nahuatl, an indigenous language of Mexico along with the use of Quartz crystal singing bowls and accompanied with her father Carlos that plays a native flute and a variety of instruments such as the Rav Vast drum, ocean drum, thunder drum, rain sticks, and prehispanic instruments with colour and water effect lighting in the room. 

The wide collection of quartz crystal singing bowls are vibrational transmitters that carry the vibrations into our cellular knowing. Through the raised vibration of voice, percussion, and the singing bowls, participants’ minds and bodies receive a cellular massage as our bodies are mainly made up of water. Water is life. 

By gathering to honour water, people are strengthening to create healing for our waters and thus healing for all of life. Healing starts with a shared intention and collective action.

During this session, participants will begin with a guided meditation, intention setting, and then the soundscape as they laydown on yoga mats or sit in chairs. Self-guided yoga poses of experienced yogis is welcome.


Participants in the past have expressed experience of a deeper state of relaxation, consciousness and the ability to connect and awaken their own inner healer.

This session is judgment free zone, body positive environment, and open to all. Location is wheelchair accessible.




Saturday November 3rd, 2018 

CELEBRATION OF LIFE ($5-20 Suggested Donation)

588 Division Street

11am-4pm Día de los Muertos - Community Celebration of Life 

The day will feature an open community altar in remembrance of loved ones, and honouring to the Ancestors, Silent Auction, International Performances, Educational and Community Displays, Sisters in Spirit tribute and more!

Face Painting by Not So Amateur Amateurs, arts/craft workshops, and more.


11:10 Opening

11:30 Ballet Aztlan Mexico : Ceremonia prehispanica Mexica para dia de muertos! (en nahuatl es hueymicailhuitl o solo micailhuitlla) +  La Danza del Fuego, El Poema Mexica, y la Danza de Cenzontle.

12:10 Whispering Wind

12:30 Viva Mexico

1:10 Ollin Global Drum Circle

1:30 Ballet Aztlan Mexico (La Danza de los Mayas, Danza del Venado)

2:10 Red Shawl MMIW AND Two spirit tribute

2:30 Viva Mexico

3:10 Closing address and thank you

3:30 Final performance Ballet Aztlan Mexico (Fiesta en Jalisco)

4:00 Closing by sending spirits home Lorie Young and Yessi



We are still graciously accepting donations and sponsorship. If you are able to contribute, please contact

Cell text/call 6137704522


At the Grad Club - 162 Barrie St. - 8PM-2AM


Tickets Online ($10) & at the Door ($5-$20 PYWC)

Advance ticket buyers may request an artist or song to be played (no guarantees though!)




THIS STARTS AT 8PM - so an early night is no excuse!



TUMBAO MTL is a collective of DJs and music junkies that aims to share and explore the rich musical heritage of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, by connecting the dots that unite these different cultures through educational activities and monthly dance parties. Their goal is to bring the concept of "picós", monster-sized sound systems that represent the beating heart of Colombian street parties, to Canada!! Get ready to dance dangerously with this trio of local DJs!



Through art, music, food, and more, we honour our ancestors, pay tribute to loved ones, celebrate life and raise awareness of amazing services in Kingston. See the main event here: 2018 Día de los Muertos Kingston Festival


TUMBAO MTL est un collectif de DJs et mélomanes ayant pour objectif de partager et explorer le riche héritage musical de l’Afrique, l’Amérique Latine et les Caraïbes, en exposant les influences qui unissent ces différentes cultures musicales à travers des activités éducatives et des soirées dansantes. Leur but est d'amener le concept des systèmes de sons monstres de "picós" colombiens au Canada! Préparez-vous a une Rumba sans réserve avec un trio de DJs prêts à vous faire danser! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeepa!

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