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MoTour portraits during Movember at City Hall

Oct. 28, 2015 –

Celebrate Movember and the City of Kingston's portrait collection with a special series of free MoTours, Thursdays in November!

Now in its second year, the MoTour promises to be MoFun than ever!

"The portrait subjects display such a variety of facial hair styles, we thought discussing them would be a fun, engaging way to introduce visitors to the gentlemen represented and their significance in Kingston's history," says Paul Roberston, City Hall Curator. He encourages those participating in the Movember campaign – supporting awareness of prostate and testicular cancer and men's mental health – to come find the portrait they most resemble.

Guided Movember-themed tours of the preeminent facial hair in the civic portrait collection run Thursdays in November at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tours begin at the main entrance of City Hall, 216 Ontario St. Brochures for self-guided tours are available at the main entrance to City Hall and at other downtown locations.

A number of the portraits can also be seen at www.CityofKingston.ca

The portraits offer snapshots of facial hair trends over the course of Kingston's history. The civic collection includes some awe-inspiring facial hair creativity, including: rogue sideburns, a variety of full beards – including a French fork, an Imperial, and a Garibaldi – a wide range of chin curtains, mutton chops with and without soul patches, an a la Souvarov, a chevron, a few walruses, a bandito, and a wilted Dali.

The collection of more than 60 portraits includes Kingston mayors and other City officials dating from the 1840s to the present. It is one of the largest and oldest municipal portrait collections in Canada and includes many prize-winning portraits.

A conservation program for the portrait collection began in 2013 and will take at least a decade to complete. This conservation work is vital to preserve our history.

Join us online and use the "stachetags" #YGKmo #MoTours #mo #movember #MentalHealth #mobro #mosista #moustache #mustache.

Find out more about The Movember Foundation at http://ca.movember.com/ and find out how to use the power of the moustache to create a conversation about men's health.

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About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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For all media inquiries please contact Kat Evans, Communications Officer for City of Kingston Cultural Services at 613-546-4291 ext. 1377 or kevans@cityofkingston.ca