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MoTour portraits during Movember at City Hall

October 28, 2014 -

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

"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 participants 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 Saturdays in November at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 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 other downtown locations.

A number of the portraits can also be seen at

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 portraits collection began in 2013 and will take a minimum of a decade to complete. This conservation work is vital to preserving our history.

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

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