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Sue & Ryan & Sam – for the love of

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Making Music

The Weber Brothers

For Sue Windover

An unexpected stroll into the heart of an artist to celebrate the release of

Park Your Boots

 

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Discover What I Don’t Know

and

Sample the latest CD from Sue Windover

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Special thanks to friend & folk artist Sandy MacDonald – for making the evening completeHappy to hear we will be seeing more of you in DTK!!

 

Don’t miss the Weber Brothers live

on Friday June 8th

at the MattW

Starlight 

 

with special guest

Matt Weidinger

And before you arrive

watch

Before We Arrive 

A feature length documentary of the Weber Duo’s musical journey

 

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24 for 48 Ontario

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Congratulations Winners!

Awards Night on May 16th held in the Atrium at Catalyst 137 – The site of last year’s design competition.  Gorgeous space – thank-you Frank, PM Riley & the Building Team – a pleasure!

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Shout out to our esteemed judges who made it possible to narrow down from 24 inspiring and noteworthy entries.  Well done students!

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Teams from Ryerson University, OCAD, UWaterloo, Conestoga College participated and five challengers rose to the top:

Fifth Place:  “Statera” – Conestoga College Team: Mashael Alharbi, Chelsea Hummel & Amber MacPherson

Fourth Place: “Blues & Brews” – UWaterloo Team: Marius Hexan, Alexandra Siu, Hayley Sykes & Emmeily Zhang:IMG_5690.JPG

Third Place: “The Dark Room Hotel” – OCAD Team:  Tori Wang, Lily Ni & Feeleng Leng:Third Place Winners.JPG

Second Place: “The Four-Eight” – UWaterloo Team: Teresa Tran, Azadeh Shayanfar, Anisha Sankar & Parisa Hassanzadegan:IMG_5703.JPG

First Place: “House of Tech & Blues” – UWaterloo Team: Lauren Kyle, Jeremy Jeong, Justyna Maleszyk, Michelle Piotrowski & Keegan Steeper:IMG_5695.JPG

Just AWEsome…for more about the Student Design Competition, visit the official website at cscdesignchallenge.ca

 

Glenn Smith Digs the Blues

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Glenn Smith shares his memories of ‘the Legion’ at 48 Ontario Street during a live interview with Martin de Groot shot at the Commons Studio.  Back in 1986 he began a new venture as a concert promoter, introducing an impressive rotation of blues talent to a receptive local audience.  Revisit our walk-about in February HERE

Legendary performances and Sold-Out shows at the Legion Dance Hall animate the story of Kitchener’s love affair with the Blues

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48 Ontario Street, an unassuming treasure nestled in Kitchener’s downtown technology cluster is the site of the 5th annual CSC Student Design Competition

Press Release Here

The winners of this year’s Design Challenge will be announced during the annual Grand Valley Chapter Connections Café on Wednesday, May 16th in the Atrium at Catalyst137 

Glenn – so appreciate the interview and your endorsement of the competition, but thank you most of all for the many years of gutsy investment in live music.  You’re the real deal.

Hope to see those posters someday!

Stroll through the K-Town Blues Garden:

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

Magic Slim & The Teardrops

Robert Cray

The Nighthawks

Albert Collins

Buddy Guy

Koko Taylor

Walter Wolfman Washington

Jimmie Vaughan

Kim Wilson & The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Colin James

Chicago Pete

Lazy Lester

King Biscuit Boy

Big Twist & the Mellow Fellow



 

 

Designing the Future

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Shout out to Chris Adamkowski who knows a thing or two about future proofing in the age of Artificial Intelligence. He was the keynote speaker at this year’s CSC Building Expo, on Wednesday, February 28th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Chris is the Head of Industry at Google and manages a high performance team dedicated to Government, Travel, and Tourism clients in Canada. He dropped by our display of the 2017 Design Competition winning entries from Conestoga College and was introduced to the unique Maker Space Hub at http://catalyst-137.com/.

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We hope to see more of him in Waterloo Region!

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to Trudy with Love

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Remembering Trudy Beaulne

Trudy Beaulne passed away suddenly on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the age of 63. She was an activist who genuinely loved her community, her neighbourhood and her mission. She worked tirelessly to advocate for those suffering, especially from the effects of poverty, physical disabilities and mental illness.  She was the Executive Director of the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region, formerly known as K-W Social Planning Council.  I met her sometime in the mid nineties and she was a big fan of my vision to use primary schools as the central community hub of neighbourhoods. This was a radical idea at the time and met with strong resistance.  Her loving heart and strong, tenacious personality set the example that I needed to draw from to navigate through the many obstacles to come.  Innovative partnerships were formed with Toastmasters, Katimavik, the Food Bank, Region of Waterloo Public Health & the WCDSB to provide lunch hour and after-school programming at Smithson Public School in Kitchener as part of a pilot project to explore the school/community hub model. The project had a huge positive impact on the children who benefited the most, but was ultimately shot down. The seed was planted, but the ground proved infertile. Trudy’s guidance gave me the courage to plant anyways, no matter what the outcome.

This video is a collection of photos taken during the Festival of Neighbourhoods Celebration & Awards Ceremony at City Hall. Trudy “hired” me as the event photographer from 1997 to 1999. These photos were doubles of my prints uncovered on Valentine’s Day in a shoe box and scanned yesterday afternoon to create this slideshow.

The soundtrack “How I Got to Memphis” is one of my favourite songs by Soulstack, recorded live off the floor at the Boathouse in Kitchener on December 9th, 2017

Like Soulstack on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Soulstack/

Trudy’s signature…

Anti-Poverty Activist – Stood Up For Others

“take care of each other”

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Catalyst Conestoga Co-op

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Congratulations to Professors Sarah Turner & Ann Callaghan and Students of Conestoga College’s Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)

2017 Design Competition Winners

You are all winners

The energy and enthusiasm at The Pines on the evening of May 11th was absolutely infectious.  Design teams from Conestoga College presented their vision for a public gathering space at Catalyst137, the subject building of the 2017 CSC Student Design Competition to an audience of AEC professionals at Connections Cafe, an annual networking event sponsored by the Grand Valley Chapter of Construction Specifications Canada.

The 475,000 sq ft building located at 137 Glasgow Street in Kitchener, historically used for warehousing tires and footwear will soon house the world’s largest maker space campus, a hub for the talent, hardware, engineering services and venture capital support needed to build the next generation of IoT companies.

The theme of the Design Competition, “public collaboration and connection” inspired student designers to create a space that would invite social interaction between building occupants and neighbours of Belmont Village. Interaction with the natural environment added a strong complement to the theme, through various strategies including the use of the Iron Horse Trail for commuting to the site.

Team Two Takes top prize of $2,000! 

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The People’s Choice Award

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Nicely done! 

Second Place winning $1000…

IMG_9220.JPGCongratulations Team Three:  Brooklyn Taylor, Emily Turchi, Maria Van Woundenberg & Han Xie

Third Place winning $500…

IMG_9217.JPGCongratulations Team One : Brianna Dancy, Jandi Gunn, Laura Kular & Tessa MacDonald

Fourth Place awesomeness…..

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Congratulations Team Four:  Stephanie Moraweitz, Mia Bartels, Gemma Gorkes & Kelsey Elford

The scope of the design competition did not impose budget constraints on the proposals, but the inclusion of specific construction materials and a detailed product specification was required to qualify (view competition documents here) More about the 2017 CSC Student Design Competition here and Connections Cafe here

Construction Canada Announcement here

Catalyst Conestoga Co-op?

The Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) program has been designed in consultation with the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and is on ARIDO’s list of recognized interior design programs.  It provides a unique co-op experience, with a focus on technical competency that stresses the importance of building code compliance, accessibility, sustainability, energy efficiency, building maintenance and operations to inform design intent and provide both aesthetically pleasing and build-able solutions.

Invited guests from the local construction and design community joined event sponsors in rallying around the competing teams while students seized the opportunity to network with industry professionals, welcoming the spontaneous “peer review” of their projects while vying for the “People’s Choice Award” decided by popular vote during the evening.  Take in the action at #connectionscafe2017

Thank-you Community Partners, Catalyst137 and iGuide and members of the Design Competition Team at CSC Grand Valley and CSC Toronto for making it happen…

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See you next year!

data! tada!

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The Honourable Liz Sandals MPP (Guelph) & President of the Treasury Board opened the 2017 GO Open Data Conference on May 5th at the City of London’s Public Library. Minister Sandals spoke about the Province of Ontario’s commitment to open, transparent governance and announced that Ontario has officially adopted the International Open Data Charter

Download a copy of the Conference Review at opendata.ca

Culture, Currency & Communitech

Kevin Tuer, Ph.D., P.Eng and Managing Director of odx Canada’ Open Data Exchange, spoke at the Conference about the need on both the supply side and demand side to understand the value of open data and the need to strategize to define an outcome. Kevin made reference to Map Your Property as an App that demonstrates that understanding.  Minister Sandals is also a fan (go to the 5 minute mark on the video). I haven’t had a chance to try it out, but as a tool for real estate/land development professionals working in Toronto or York Region, it looks very promising!

Communitech data hub

“newest addition to Waterloo’s Innovation Ecosystem”

 Open Data 150 Canada Project

Thanks to organizers of the GoOpenData conference for sending this update:
“The Open Data 150 (OD150) is your opportunity to be heard. It is the only survey of its kind in Canada to identify open data use and needs by companies. The survey results will be reviewed by Governments at all levels (Municipal, Provincial, Federal) to understand the value of Open Data sets so that resources can be applied to priority data sets. Advocate for your data set and your company and be part of the 150. 
Additionally, for a limited time only, companies who fill out the survey by May 31st will receive a custom ODX shirt”
Open Data 150 link: http://canada.opendata500.com/
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 “The real battle is for the data that delivers the most relevant and pertinent insights — the combination of data sets that enable effective and more rapid monetization of data.” This means combining data from customers, social media, machines and the Internet of things. It means finding new ways to transform the data into information and knowledge. In the end, Capgemini CEO John Brahim noted, organizations that do not act…and react appropriately, face a “serious threat to survival.” – See more at: http://www.cioinsight.com