Events

A listing of events in Kitchener-Waterloo and Waterloo Region by category.

Is an event missing? Contact Bob Jonkman at bobjonkman@kwpeace.ca

Aug
13
Sun
2017
Ontario Mennonite Music Camp @ CGR
Aug 13 – Aug 25 all-day

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp provides an exciting camp adventure for 12 to 16 year olds – pairing exceptional musical instruction with traditional camp activities! Campers will find a safe and supportive community to explore their love of music, strengthen their leadership skills and deepen their faith.

OMMC welcomes campers of all levels of musical skill and experience! Our goal is to help you have fun and grow, no matter where you’re at.

Read the camper expectations and camper information forms for more details about camp.

Visit the Ontario Mennonite Music Camp page for more information, or register for camp.

Aug
14
Mon
2017
3 week Grebel Gallery exhibit featuring Kandace Boos
Aug 14 @ 8:30 am – Aug 31 @ 4:30 pm

This special 3 week exhibit, featuring local artist Kandace Boos, is a visual exploration of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Join Kandace for the exhibit’s opening reception at 7 PM on August 14, 2017 in the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement’s Grebel Gallery.

Artist Statement:

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples may be the most important piece of legislature before our government in this generation. Indigenous rights, Reconciliation, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission; all of these issues have moved to the forefront of our news, especially in light of Canada’s 150th anniversary, but the majority of Canadians are not aware of the rights contained in the declaration. I believe many Canadians of privilege would be surprised to know the basic level of the rights contained within the declaration. I’ve connected several articles to images that are familiar and comforting to many non-indigenous Canadians, with the goal of helping the viewer to put themselves in the place of the Indigenous Community. Sometimes, we need to feel what it’s like to be the oppressed before we understand what it means to be privilege. 

Aug
17
Thu
2017
KWPeace Perspectives Planning Meeting @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

KW Peace

KW Peace logo

The groups of KWPeace are again hosting a Perspectives event this year.

At this meeting we’ll finalize the speakers for the panel discussion, unveil the artwork for the event posters and media, and prepare a list of local Peace and Justice Groups to be invited to participate with information tables.

After the meeting there’ll be an announcement about this year’s Perspectives event theme, venue and date!

Aug
19
Sat
2017
Solidarity Vigil against Fascism @ Waterloo Public Square
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Gather to grieve the loss of an anti fascist comrade who died fighting against the rise of fascism and white supremacy, and to build a movement that can make sure the events of Charlottesville can never happen again.

While Heather Heyer was the only one murdered that day in Charlottesville, attempts were made on other activists’ lives. A 20 year-old Black artist Dre Harris was beaten with metal pipes and could have died had other activists not intervened. We stand in solidarity with the Black community for these heinous acts of terror. Solidarity Vigil | Facebook

The terrorism we saw in Charlottesville is just the latest carnage inflicted by the horrors of white supremacy. Fascism targets minorities of all kinds, and ideology that spawns hatred against Black, Indigenous, Muslim, Jewish, disabled, trans, queer and otherwise marginalized lives must not be permitted to remain.

Let us unite to honour the memory of the freedom fighter Heather Heyer, to honour the lives of those we have lost to fascism and white supremacy, and to mobilize against the forces that seek to silence us.

Please consider donating to the medical bills of the victims:
Dre Harris – Fundraiser by Dre Harris : I Was Beaten By White Supremacists
General medical fund – Fundraiser for Maria Svart by Michael Patterson : Medical fund for Comrades in Cville

Poster for Antifascism rally

Kitchener-Waterloo Against Fascism – Home | Facebook

Aug
22
Tue
2017
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Aug
29
Tue
2017
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Aug
30
Wed
2017
KWPeace Summer Organizational Potluck Meeting @ Peace and Justice Room, Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church
Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Potluck dinner Join us for our summertime organizational meeting. Bring a dish to share, and we’ll have some dinner (mostly vegetarian or vegan), introduce ourselves, and bring each other up-to-date about our groups’ activities. We’ll also discuss our upcoming symposium, Connections, taking place on Saturday, 30 September 2017.

Everybody is welcome. If you’re an organizer of a Peace or Social Justice group in the Kitchener-Waterloo area you should come, and also join our mailing list.

Sep
5
Tue
2017
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Sep
12
Tue
2017
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Sep
17
Sun
2017
Peace Week 2017
Sep 17 – Sep 23 all-day

Every year, on September 21 and the week surrounding it, the world celebrates the International Day of Peace.

For the past 2 years, Conrad Grebel University College has initiated a series of community events to mark this day. Now, in 2017, we are opening up this initiative to Kitchener-Waterloo and beyond.

We invite you to join the celebration by attending an event or planning your own!

Jim Reimer Memorial Bluegrass Concert with Rescue Junction @ CGR
Sep 17 @ 2:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Join us on Sunday, September 17 at 2:30 PM at Grebel for the Jim Reimer Memorial Bluegrass Concert featuring Rescue Junction and special guests 5 on the Floor.

5 on the Floor members Bob Janzen, Henry Schmidt, Lyle Friesen, and Ron Harder are reuniting for this special event in memory of former band-mate Jim Reimer.

Rescue Junction is an award winning Canadian bluegrass band based out of Millbank, Ontario and has been travelling and singing together since 2009. Originally comprised of brother and sister, Kyle & Kaitlyn Gerber on mandolin and guitar respectively, the band has grown to include Roger Martin on banjo, Dallas Roth on upright bass and most recently Nick Huber on dobro .

Admission is free with donations to the Reimer Scholarship in Theological Studies.

Sep
19
Tue
2017
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Sep
20
Wed
2017
Noon Hour Concert: A Journey to Romantic Vienna @ CGR
Sep 20 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Presenting Lieder written by composers who lived and worked throughout the Romantic period of the Imperial city of Vienna. Sarah Marie Kramer, soprano and pianist Carl Philippe Gionet present works for the dramatic soprano. Composers such as Brahms, R. Strauss, Wagner, and Dvorak will be featured. Carl Philippe Gionet

 

Sep
21
Thu
2017
International Day of Peace
Sep 21 all-day

International Day of Peace logoEach year, 21 September is the International Day of Peace.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared this day for strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

International Day of Peace
Sep 21 all-day

International Day of Peace logoEach year, 21 September is the International Day of Peace.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared this day for strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Launch reception for Painting a Picture of Dignity exhibit @ CGR
Sep 21 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrate the International Day of Peace in a unique and refreshing way this year! 

Join us on September 21st – the International Day of Peace and World Alzheimer’s Day – to celebrate the launch of Painting a Picture of Dignity, the Grebel Gallery’s Fall 2017 exhibit.

Exhibit description:

Painting a Picture of Dignity showcases artwork by Canadian individuals living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Participating artists explore the theme of dignity through paint on canvas.

Background:

This exhibit was made possible by Marlena Books, a social impact venture in the Peace Incubator at the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement. Marlena Books provides meaningful leisure through cognitive stimulation in the form of reading to individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

         

Painting a Picture of Dignity Exhibit Launch Reception
Sep 21 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us on September 21, the International Day of Peace and World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day, to celebrate the launch of this exhibit. Painting a Picture of Dignity explores the theme of dignity from the lens of people who are experiencing Alzheimer’s and dementia.

We welcome the stories, wisdom, and beauty that these artists bring to our communities, and we welcome you on September 21 to engage this exhibit! Refreshments will be available. Registration information coming soon!

An initiative of Marlena Books, this exhibit explores the theme of dignity through paintings created by people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Register here.

Sep
26
Tue
2017
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Sep
29
Fri
2017
Austrian Pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits @ CGR
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Anna Magdalena Kokits – Coast to Coast Tour

Award-winning Austrian pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits will play a selection of modern and classical pieces as part of her coast-to-coast tour during Canada 150.

Some pieces have already been selected:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

32 Variationen in c-moll, WoO 80 (1806)

Manuela Kerer (*1980) 

Dla Rajun (2013)

Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942)

Fantasien über Gedichte von Richard Dehmel op. 9 (1898)

Ernst Toch (1887-1964)

Capriccetti op. 36 (1925)

George Gershwin (1889-1937)

Rhapsody in Blue, Version für Solo Klavier (1924)

We’ll publish the full list when it’s become available.

You can listen to some samples of Ms. Kokits’s music on her website.

About Anna Magdalena Kokits

Anna Magdalena Kokits was born in Vienna in 1988. She received her first piano tuition at the age of four, and only a few years later found her ideal teacher and mentor in Alejandro Geberovich (*Buenos Aires, 1948), with whom she went on to complete her studies at the Vienna Conservatorium Private University in 2013.

As a prize winner of several national and international competitions she soon attracted attention, and gave her first solo performances with orchestras such as the Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich and the Moscow Virtuosos while still in her teens. Along with pursuing her solo career, which has made her a frequent and popular guest at festivals all over Europe (e. g. the festival “Nei suoni dei luoghi” in Italy, the “Euregio Musikfestival” in the Netherlands, the “Musikalischer Sommer in Ostfriesland” in Germany and the “Music in Rhodes Festival” in Greece), she has made chamber music one of the main focuses of her activity: From 2007 to 2014 she formed a duo with ‘cellist Alexander Gebert, performing at major venues across Europe and beyond and producing a CD recording due for release in 2015. Other partners of renown include Dimitri Ashkenazy, Eduard Brunner, Chen Halevi, Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer, Herbert Kefer, the Bennewitz Quartet et al. 

Anna Magdalena Kokits devotes a lot of her time to contemporary music, and has cooperated closely with composers such as Richard Dünser, Tomasz Skweres, Helmut Schmidinger, Thomas Larcher, Christoph Renhart and Lukas Haselböck. In addition, she is particularly interested in rediscovering lesser-known or forgotten repertoire – at present, she is working on the premiere recording of the complete piano works of Ernst Toch (1887-1964) and a CD of chamber pieces by Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996).

Ms. Kokits’s appearance is co-sponsored by Conrad Grebel University College and the Embassy of Austria in Ottawa. Photo of Ms. Kokits by Nancy Horowitz.

      

Sep
30
Sat
2017
Annual General Meeting @ CGR
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Members of the public are invited to Grebel’s Annual General Meeting from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Great Hall. This is a good opportunity to learn about the activity at Grebel this past year.

’85-’95 Era Reunion
Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm

GREBEL REUNION 2017

Join hosts Shrirley Grove ’92 and Steve (Berg) Martin ’88 on Saturday, September 30th in the John E. Toews Atrium at Conrad Grebel University College from 6:00 pm to late! 

Meet Grebel’s new president – Marcus Shantz, class of ’95!

Hot hors d’oeuvres, beverages and cash bar. Live jazz music provided by Al Armstrong ’94.

Tickets are  $25.00.

Please register via the UW Reunion site.

Or contact Alison Enns at aenns@uwaterloo.ca or 519-885-0220 x24217 for more info.

If you have any memorabilia to contribute to the display (which will be returned to you at the end of the evening), please let us know.

RSVPs collected so far: Marcus Shantz ’95, Al Armstrong ’94, Ken Grove ’87 (Winnipeg), Fred Martin ’87, Barry Hills ’96, Gordon Reusing ’89, Anita Fieguth ’92, David Willms ’94, Julie Snyder-Penner ’91, Russel Snyder-Penner ’89, Laureen Harder-Gissing ’91, Jane Kuepfer ’92, JD Kuepfer ’93, Wendy (Ueberschlag) Priebe ’85.

Oct
2
Mon
2017
International Day of Non-violence
Oct 2 all-day

United Nations Flag

Flag of the United Nations

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

International Day of Nonviolence
Oct 2 all-day

United Nations Flag
Flag of the United Nations

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

Oct
3
Tue
2017
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Oct
10
Tue
2017
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.