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

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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.

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.

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


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.


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.


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.


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


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 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.

Taste of Grebel
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Friends and family of Grebel residents and associates are invited to share the day with us. We are planning a host of activities and events that will give you a sample of the student experience at Grebel. This, of course, include a great meal and an opportunity to connect with students, staff and faculty.

The Benjamin Eby Lecture with Reina Neufeldt @ CGR
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Reina Neufeldt will give a lecture titled, ‘Good Intentions are not Enough: Confronting Ethical Challenges in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation’ on October 26th, as part of the Benjamin Eby Lecture Series.

The Benjamin Eby Lecture is an annual lecture that presents the research of a faculty member at Conrad Grebel University College. It is named after Benjamin Eby (1785-1853), an early educator and Mennonite church leader in Waterloo County.

Reina Neufeldt’s research interests include the ethics of peacebuilding, civil society peacebuilding, the relationship between peacebuilding and development, ethno-national conflict, reflective practice, monitoring and evaluation.  She has worked with a number of nongovernmental organizations on peacebuilding, including Catholic Relief Services and Mennonite Central Committee.  Dr. Neufeldt is currently an advisory board member for the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) and serves on Project Ploughshares’ governing committee.  A professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on research, ethics, development and peacebuilding, as well as music, peace and conflict, and the quest for peace in literature and film.

Presidential Installation Service @ HH
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Marcus Shantz will serve as Conrad Grebel University College’s eighth president, taking office October 1, 2017.

Grebel invites the public to a Presidential Installation service on Sunday, October 29th, at the Humanities Theatre.

Shantz embodies a vision for an innovative partnership between the College, the University of Waterloo, the Mennonite church, and the local community. He is a well-respected leader in the Region of Waterloo in his current role as president of Mercedes Corp., a property management company based in St. Jacobs, Ontario. As a civic leader, Shantz has been board chair of Centre-in-the-Square and Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, and has served on the boards of Ten Thousand Villages and Conrad Grebel University College.  He has held leadership roles at Rockway Mennonite Church and Mennonite World Conference. 

Learn more about Marcus.

Vancouver Alumni Reunion
Nov 2 @ 4:30 pm – 4:30 pm

H2 Rotisserie & Bar (The Westin Bayshore)

Connect with old friends and hear what’s new and exciting at Grebel from Fred Martin ’87, Director of Advancement. Win some Grebel swag!

We will have complimentary appetizers and a cash bar available.

Please email Alison Enns at with your name and others that wish to attend.

Distinguished Alumni Award Concert with Amanda Kind @ CGR
Nov 9 all-day

Since graduating from the University of Waterloo just over a decade ago, Amanda Kind (BA ’06) has grown into an inspirational leader for young performers in her community. In recognition of her generous and dedicated service, Conrad Grebel University College has named Amanda the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Service Award winner.

Amanda will perform at Grebel on November 9.

Spirituality and Aging Seminar: The Need for a Spiritual Revolution in Residential Care @ CGR
Nov 17 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Need for a Spiritual Revolution in Residential Care

Presented by Kristine Theurer, MA (Gerontology), PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

How do we engage community in meeting spiritual needs? How do we continue to have meaningful friendships/relationships into old age, and what structures might support that, in our churches, in retirement communities and in long term care? The purpose of this seminar is to engage attendees in an interactive exploration of a new spiritual approach to psychosocial care within residential care (including long-term care homes, assisted living, and retirement homes)

8:30 Registration
9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:30 Morning Session Part I
10:20 (Break)
11:00 Morning Session continued
11:45 Lunch
1:00 Afternoon Session
3:30 Conclusion


Registration open September 11 to November 10, 2017

Register online or call 519-885-0220 x 24264
Registration Fee: $50 ($25 for students and seniors)
Personal cheque or credit card accepted.

The Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference @ CGR
Feb 9 – Feb 11 all-day

The Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship (ICPF) conference began in 1948 at Goshen College and represents the peace societies and other peace and justice interested students of Mennonite and affiliated colleges/universities in Canada and the United States. Each year, students organize and host a rotating conference that brings students together to learn from their diverse university experiences.

The February 9-11, 2018 conference hopes to engage not only students, but also members from the surrounding community on the topic of Restorative Justice.

Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar Lecture @ CGR
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Grebel is pleased to welcome Don E. Saliers as the 2018 Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar. Don will offer a public lecture on Thursday, February 15th.

Dr. Don E. Saliers is a Theologian-in-Residence at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. For many years he directed the Master of Sacred Music program at Emory, and was an organist and choirmaster at Cannon Chapel for 35 years. Before joining the Candler faculty in 1974, Saliers taught at Yale Divinity School, and has taught in summer programs at Notre Dame, Boston College, Vancouver School of Theology, St. John’s University, and Boston University School of Theology.

An accomplished musician, theologian and scholar of liturgics, Saliers is the author of 15 books on the relationship between theology and worship practices, as well as more than 150 articles, essays, chapters in books and book reviews. He co-authored A Song to Sing, a Life to Live with his daughter Emily Saliers, a member of the Indigo Girls.

Saliers sits on the editorial board of Worship, Weavings, and Spiritus journals, and is involved in the development of United Methodist worship resources. He has served as president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Society for the Study of Christian Religion, and helped found the Academy for Spiritual Formation.

Bechtel Lecture in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies @ CGR
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

David Weaver-Zercher is the guest lecturer for the 2017-18 Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies. His lecture will focus on the social history of the Martyrs Mirror. David will also take part in a panel discussion on Amish, Mennonites, and the media.

David is currently a professor of American religious history at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. His writing is focused on portrayals of the Amish from an outsider’s perspective. His publications include, The Amish in the American Imagination (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001); Writing the Amish: The Worlds of John A. Hostetler (Penn State University Press, 2005); and a coedited volume with Diane Zimmerman Umble, The Amish and the Media (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).

Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies

The Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies were established in 2000 through the generosity of Lester Bechtel. As a devoted churchman with an active interest in Mennonite history, Lester’s dream was to make the academic world of research and study accessible to a broader constituency and to build bridges of understanding between the academy and the church. This lecture series provides a forum through which the core meaning and values of the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith and heritage might be communicated to a diverse audience and be kept relevant and connected to the rapidly changing world of our day.

The Bechtel Lectures provide the opportunity for representatives of a variety of disciplines and professions to explore topics that reflect the breadth and depth of Mennonite history, identity, faith and culture. Conrad Grebel University College is pleased to host this annual event.

Alumni Trip to Costa Rica
Mar 9 – Mar 17 all-day

Join fellow Grebel Alumni on an EcoTeach trip to Costa Rica: March 9 – 17, 2018.

With Grebel Alum Deb Smucker ’87 as your EcoTeach liaison, travel to San Jose, Monteverde, Arenal, Atenas and the Pacific Coast. This is an amazing opportunity to travel with friends from Grebel and connect with alumni who have first hand experience with Costa Rica, its history, the sights, the wildlife and its people.

See the link for details about this exciting trip and more info about EcoTeach. The dates are during March Break, 2018.  The price of $1,595 USD includes all in-country expenses (meals, travel and accommodation) but not air fare.

If you are interested in hearing more about Costa Rica and this trip please contact Fred W. Martin, Director of Advancement at Grebel 

Here’s a quote from EcoTeach:

Experience the Pura Vida of Costa Rica!

EcoTeach’s ecological and cultural expeditions are unlike any other.

Sure, you’ll have unforgettable adventures. You might encounter volcanoes, raft on rivers, trek through rainforests, fly on zip lines high above the canopy, and meet monkeys, sloths, and birds of every color. But you’ll also have rich cultural and environmental encounters: you may help protect endangered sea turtles and their hatchlings, accept the hospitality of a local farming family, and work with local environmentalists on projects to protect the delicate balance of some of the world’s richest ecologies.