Rebooting the Arts Experience in Waterloo Region

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memories of Night/Shift 2014

Artists, Art Administrators and Art lovers in Waterloo Region sharing their vision of the type of collaborative, connected and compelling cultural experience worthy of community support at a “town hall” meeting Saturday, January 9th, 2016  in downtown Kitchener.

Shout out to THEMUSEUM for hosting Reboot #3 and Martin de Groot for steadying the ship

Go here to get a taste of the action in under one minute

Stylin’ in the Innovation District

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Looking for space

to build your start-up?

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After 8 decades of serving Kitchener-Waterloo with style, the MacIntosh Cleaners building, loaded with unique historical and architectural features, is preparing for its debut in Kitchener’s Innovation District.

Go here for a peak at the space just days before the completed interior demolition…

In the News!

The Record Letter to the Editor

Ho Ho Heroes and Guitars

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The First Annual Guitars For Kids Fundraiser captured live at the Preston Legion on Sunday, November 29th, 2015
Good times brought to you by Cambridge Live Music in partnership with Bob’s Guitar Service, Queen Street Music School and the Idea Exchange

Outstanding community support that just keeps on growing for this very worthy cause and one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities out there…

Want more? 

More smiles, more music and a message from Bob Egan

Watch the 12 minute montage video below:

Visit Cambridge Live Music here

 

Lovin’ Lambton Shores

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capturing the vibrancy

of Ontario’s West Coast

Clips of live performances by the Cats and Stegall,

local Grand Benders

as well as footage taken at the

2015 Pow Wow    

hosted by the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point

Fabulous Firkin Music Matinee

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 12th Cambridge Live Music Matinee MeetUp

25 minute montage capturing the Open Mic & Fundraiser
 Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Hosted by Official Live Music Venue Sponsor, the Fiddle & Firkin, 

707 King Street East in Preston Towne Centre, Cambridge, Ontario

WATCH 2.24 MINUTE TRAILER HERE

House Band – Factory City

Open Mic:
1. Alexia & Emma from Queen Street Music School  
2. Jim Dyer host of the Friday Night Jam at Brown Dog Coffee Shoppe
3. Piper In The Burg – Andrew Huxley Osborne
4. Craig Dougan Band   
5. The Sarcastic Onions  
6. Dan Walsh   
7. Sue Windover & Sandy MacDonald
8. Deluxe Drive Band
9. Legion – Derek Kasza
10. Joe Lopez of The Initials  

Gorilla recorded and mixed live off the floor using a Zoom H-6

Hosted by Midday with RJ from FM 98.5 CKWR – Cambridge Live Music’s Official Media Sponsor
Special thanks to the Fiddle & Firkin for preparing an amazing buffet for all the performers, and Black Tie Affair Hospitality for their assistance with serving and clean-up.

Great party! Can’t wait for #13

“I wish this was” La Mur

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Street Party Celebrations & Urban Art

captured live

Saturday, September 26, 2015

following 4 weeks of public outreach and community engagement

“I wish this was…”

A call for citizens to participate in the expression of a new vision for Hespeler Village, inspired by Neighborland (http://candychang.com/i-wish-this-was/), a forum/rally for collaborative civic art south of the border. Traditional media outlets, a social media campaign and a “chalkboard” have been used by the Village BIA to encourage community engagement and participation. The Chalkboard was mounted to a concrete monument located at the northeast gateway at Queen Street & Guelph Avenue which will soon be demolished to make room for the proposed Public Art. While the original intention was to commission the Work as part of the current streetscape project, the Hespeler BIA proposed to engage the community and get a sense of “I wish this was” at this very prominent corner. City of Cambridge staff are supportive and excited about the idea.

Follow the campaign at:
facebook.com/HespelerVillageSmashup
twitter.com/skitaberry

Curious about Hespeler Village? Visit:

facebook.com/HespelerVillage
facebook.com/thecityofcambridge
The Fashion History Museum
Company of Neighbours
Queen Street Music School
Urban Artist Ean Kools
Galt Strokers Club
O&V Tasting Room

οἶκος – living on the east side

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Discovering Kitchener’s East End

Rockway

The Auditorium District

King Street East

#204-555 King Street East

Exploring neighbourhoods & lifestyle choices in Waterloo Region

KENA in the news! East End Neighbourhood Association Revived

KENA on facebook

 

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FHM – Weaving the Threads

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Kenn Norman, CEO & Jonathan Walford, Curator, co-founders of the Fashion History Museum speak with students from Ryerson University’s School of Architecture during their site visit to 74 Queen St East in Cambridge on February 25th, 2015. Stefany Kawka shares her passion for Hespeler Village as a local restaurateur and Chair of the BIA. Students were conducting field measurements and gathering historical, demographic and cultural clues to inform their case study of the former post office building. The site was chosen as the subject building for the 2015 CSC Student Design Competition sponsored by the Grand Valley and Toronto Chapters of Construction Specifications Canada.

Special thanks to Lary Turner, a local historian for leading students in a walking tour of the village which included a view of the Riverband Lofts development site, a visit to the Heritage Centre and tour of the Hespeler Carnegie Library.

The FHM story fast forwards to opening day on Saturday, June 27th with a sample of the exhibit “Back to the Eighties”. Follow the developing story at:

facebook.com/fashionhistorymuseum
kickshawproductions.com/blog
fashionhistorymuseum.com

for more information about the 2016 CSC Student Design Competition watch this site! And bookmark:
grandvalley.csc-dcc.ca
cscdesignchallenge.ca
Curious about Hespeler Village? Visit:
facebook.com/HespelerVillage
facebook.com/HespelerVillageSmashup

like the soundtrack? Visit jojoworthington.com
facebook.com/jojoworthington

milling about Hespeler

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the illustrious Mill Girls of Hespeler

while employed at Dominion Woollens and Worsteds

Soundtrack recorded at the Hespeler Heritage Centre

11 Tannery St., East in Cambridge, ON

Gramophone playback of Bing Crosby singing "Swinging On A Star" 
by songwriters Johnny Burke & James Van Heusen

more about the history of Hespeler Village at:
Visit Cambridge Ontario
The Company of Neighbours
Hespeler Heritage Centre facebook page
Jonathan Walford’s blog
The Star Nov 26, 2011

uwaterloo library archives

Lary in the News

Talkin’ it up! – The Mill Girls of Hespeler

LYRICS:
Would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a mule?

A mule is an animal with long funny ears
Kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny but his brain is weak
He’s just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
And by the way, if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule

Or would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a pig?

A pig is an animal with dirt on his face
His shoes are a terrible disgrace
He has no manners when he eats his food
He’s fat and lazy and extremely rude
But if you don’t care a feather or a fig
You may grow up to be a pig

Or would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a fish?

A fish won’t do anything, but swim in a brook
He can’t write his name or read a book
To fool the people is his only thought
And though he’s slippery, he still gets caught
But then if that sort of life is what you wish
You may grow up to be a fish

A new kind of jumped-up slippery fish
And all the monkeys aren’t in the zoo
Every day you meet quite a few
So, you see it’s all up to you
You can be better than you are
You could be swingin’ on a star

Stegfest 2015

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Thanks to real Grand Benders

the Stegall family

for sharing their talent & love for music

Fan video shot on location June 28th, 2015 at Gables in Grand Bend during “Stegfest”, a fundraiser in support of local Grand Bend music artists and sisters “Stegall” in advance of their trip to Ireland to record at the infamous Grouse Lodge. Stegall was one of three grand prize winners in the international RecordingFestival.com contest.

Looking forward to hearing their upcoming new album! Visit stegallmusic.com for a teaser

More about Stegfest:
exeterexaminer.com/2015/07/03/stegfest-fundraiser-makes-gables-debut-by-dan-rankin/
facebook.com/events/452145034941968/
recordingfestival.com/

Catch local legend Bud Mabon & the Magic Moments Blues Band on the main stage

Saturday September 5th in Goderich

at the West Coast Blues Festival