Join us as we live blog from #Studio54KW, on Saturday, Feb. 28 at THEMUSEUM.
Follow as we brave the cold to curate content from the #BOHOGrandOpening.
Dani Saad goes under the blade at G&T Barbers to experience the long-standing tradition of a straight shave.
“How many varieties of cheese are there?” Mike McGuire asks rhetorically. “The only limit on the variety of cheeses is the imagination of the cheese maker.”
It’s a bold move to take on the name of a local historical figure. Bearface reports that Waterloo’s newest pub has done old Abe proud.
In the pantheon of geek culture, few things are more celebrated then the holy grail of all events, Comic Con. The celebrated convention makes its way to Kitchener this month.
Many experience trauma, embarrassment or poor health for not acknowledging or caring for all of their body’s parts. Stacey Jacobs shares how to #heartyourparts
Taking place in a pub or restaurant, Paint Nite introduces social art to the masses with the motto “drink creatively”.
Christina Proctor introduces her column on the economic impact, service and community of fashion in Waterloo Region.
It’s hiding in plain sight, nondescript, above an uptown bike shop; one of Canada’s most vital and celebrated underground collectives calls Waterloo home.
Urban Editor Andrew Morgan highlights content in this month’s letter from the Community Edition team.
Folk Roots Brew, a weekly music series is proving to be an alarm for a city that’s waking to a reinvigorated folk music scene and environment of community support.
Just up hill from the Kitchener Market, you’ll find a heavily populated, highly historic and unappreciated grouping of homes; welcome to Cedar Hill.
In a letter to the Community Edition, Alistair MacLellan shares his intention to give up alcohol for Lent and experience a self-exploring roller coaster all the way to Easter weekend.
It’s not everyday that you see the cast of a play smile their way through a dress rehearsal having as much fun when things are going wrong as when they go right.
Elliott Brood’s news album, entitled Work and Love opens with “Little Ones.” It’s a song that has the guts of Bruce Springsteen style heartland rock, combined with piano and slide guitar to elicit even more emotion.
Singing your name to 30 or so strangers is a really great way to jump into the fire.
Winter gives the quest for hydration — chapped skin, flare-ups of eczema and rashes, even wrinkles and fine lines appear more prominent. Jennifer Freitas shares skin care methods for the season.
In the wake of the most widespread Ebola epidemic in history Alan Quarry and his business partner, Glen Drummond, come up with the idea for Stone Soup WR: A Benefit Concert in Support of Doctors Without Borders.
Strides have been made in developing culture, community and economy, but don’t get lost in the #kwawesome hashtags, we’ve got a few steps to go.
If the social determinants of health hold such promise, what are we doing locally, provincially, and nationally to apply these ideas? This month, Cameron Dearlove asks how Canada measures up in prenatal care.
Apollo Cinema, a new independent, single-auditorium movie theatre has claimed its place in downtown Kitchener.
Don’t let winter put the brakes on cycling. Our friends at Tri-TAG and Recycle Cycles offer tips for braving the weather on two-wheels.
Winner of the Leading Edge Award at the 25th Arts Awards Waterloo Region, JoJo Worthington may well be the next big musical act coming out of Waterloo Region. I caught her as the opening act of Craig Cardiff’s December 17 show at Queen Street Commons.
Jon Johnson highlights his favourite beers of 2014: Looking back at the beers I’ve had this year, I’m also flooded with fond memories of the things I was doing and the people I was with when I first had them.
A soulful singer blessed with earthly grit and a gift for dense, technically immaculate, sensual arrangements, D’Angelo was on the brink of stardom after the release of 2000 sophomore album Voodoo. For the last decade and a half, waiting on a new album has become a parlour game on par with making year-end lists and complaining about each update to the iTunes interface.
In a way, FLASH WR is much more than an attempt to uncover talent in the region – it’s an opportunity to celebrate the intersection between Waterloo Region’s thriving technology sector and it’s ever bubbling, yet ever hidden, arts and culture ecosystem.
Paint by Munzy has been at 32 King St. N in uptown Waterloo for just over a year, and the community has been extremely supportive. It’s clear that Laura Munz has found her own passion in promoting her brother Jonathan’s work. It’s a bright, inviting space that showcases the scope of his work and his talent.
Sex education is more than sex. It teaches life skills that children and teens will use every day for the rest of their lives. Sexual health and sexual well-being are an important part of our overall health and well-being.
The Community Edition snapped a lot of scenes in KW this year. While we couldn’t get it all, we chose some of our favourites to recap 2014 in Waterloo Region.
Sasha Campbell encourages you to try a juicy new diet and gives you tips to help you succeed.
As one of the newest vendors at the Kitchener Market, Soup Surreal has been working hard to make sure downtown market-goers are acquainted with their extensive lineup of made-from scratch soups.
For more than five years, Stare City has made it their business to inform the community about all things local. Self-proclaimed “hyperlocal- focused” owners Vivian and Jason have found their niche by putting hard working citizens in the spotlight.
Arts Editor, Anna Beard, reflects on our makeover and sweet talks you into joining our awesome team.
This holiday season, the Community Edition is giving you the gift of eye-pleasing community media. We’re sorry that you missed the hilarious makeover montage but those suck anyway. In true Sandy Olsson fashion, we’re starting our makeover with a name change.
Youth in Kitchener will soon be able to access sexual health services without having to travel to Waterloo or Cambridge — or having to make an awkward trip to their family doctor.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the first day of winter is Sunday, Dec. 21, and the first day of spring is Friday, Mar. 20. That gives us 90 days of cold winter weather. Sheena Bounsanga helps you find your zen during the cold season
Tis the season. Parties, presents and good cheer – and to make the holidays extra special, a little smooching under the mistletoe. Special indeed, but this is exactly how you may get a cold sore (read: oral herpes). Herpes is highly contagious and can be contracted by kissing.
The KW music community is alive and kicking, that’s for sure — hidden somewhere outside of the traditional offerings, musicians are leaving it all on the floor for intimate crowds. The Community Edition set out to tell you where to find these hyper-local and pseudo-secret shows.
As Stitch ’n’ Kitsch craft show approaches its tenth year, this crafty collective is stronger than ever.
Stewart McLean is currently on the road with the annual Vinyl Café Christmas tour, which began Nov. 25 in Vernon, B.C., and is landing in Kitchener’s Centre in the Square on Dec. 16 and 17.
The Community Edition ventured backstage to bring you the performance behind the curtain at Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre. From rehearsal to opening night, the little space brings big-time heart to the Kitchener-Waterloo theatre scene.
The holidays and alcohol seem to go hand in hand. Sure, you’ve got your seasonal beverages – your rum and eggnogs, your hot toddies – but when it comes to beer, the Community Edition has got your seasonal options covered. Bearface breaks down the top brews to gift, to taste and to share.
Dave Emrich & Kurtis Thomas CONTRIBUTORS The Community Edition gives a low-down on top albums and books for gifting this holiday season. Album aficionados: For your pal: Bomb the Music Industry – Vacation Having called it quits back in January of 2014, Bomb the Music Industry were a tour de force in punk rock for…
Eat, drink and be merry – your holiday guide to WR.
Every Saturday at the far back corner of the Kitchener Market, behind a modest booth, stands Katharina Ortner. Fervently committed to perfecting her skill as a chocolatier, Ortner has found the market to be an ideal environment to share and sell her art without compromise.
GRT gave several reasons for eliminating the 7D and E buses, noting the proposal mostly has to do with the upcoming ION light rail transit service.
“There are people who aren’t served by the formal shelters and they aren’t served by Out of the Cold either — they’re sleeping in tents or on benches.”
Residing inside the new Delta Waterloo, Proof salutes the Region’s colourful past and exciting future in every facet of its business.
“Art has been a lifelong pursuit in a variety of mediums,” explained White when asked how he got involved with the arts. “Communicating through art just made sense with the way I was naturally wired.”
Andrew Morgan CONTRIBUTOR B.A. Johnston is labeled as “fat 30 Year-Old boy,” on the cover of his 2005 album, My Heart is a Blinking Nintendo. The ten-year anniversary of the album’s release was celebrated last month and for the occasion, B.A.’s label, Mammoth Cave, has issued a vinyl re-release of the recording. A new record,…
Smartphone in one hand, and a drink in the other, beer columnist Jon Johnson reviews pint-partnering apps.
In the words of HAL 9000 from Arthur C. Clarkes Space Odyssey series, not being at THEMUSEUM Saturday “could only be attributed to human error.”
12 Angry filmmakers (which actually contains over 3 times that many video creatives) has set out to create 12 original short films in only 12 months.
Uber, an app which connects drivers with ride-seekers and facilitates online payment has gained world-wide popularity. However, it’s this same popularity that has stirred the startup and brings forward questions of sustainability in disruptive innovation.
The impending closure of Schneider’s this December marks the end of another one of the city’s original industries; the innovative and entrepreneurial culture of the Region, however, remains.
Editor-in-Chief, Allison Leonard shares her experience with Night\Shift after the animations were dismantled and the city had gone to sleep.
The Community Edition caught up with Bill McTavish, owner of soon-to-open Boathouse for a tour of the tastes, talent and taps soon to grace the community pub.
James Hobson, Kitchener’s Tony Stark in the making and local engineering graduate from Conestoga College, has built a fully-functional exoskeleton in his garage.
Most over the counter whitening strips are made of polyethylene, a flexible plastic that molds to the tops, surfaces, edges and crevices of the teeth – a process that can be avoided with natural teeth-whitening methods.
The Waterloo Region Public Health Infectious Diseases Surveillance Report shows a significant increase in the rates of gonorrhea between 2012 and 2013.
The Community Editions compiles ten highlights of the 2014 election season.
The Community Edition curates election day coverage, discussion, information and results.
The Community Edition holds Twitter-only debates with participating Regional Councillor candidates for both both Kitchener and Waterloo seats.
The Community Edition hosts and curates Twitter-only debate with Waterloo mayoral candidates.
The Community Edition sources issues from citizens in every ward in Kitchener and Waterloo with the intent of shaping the debate from the ground up.
At Caroline and Erb Street, four uniquely crafted buildings bridge Waterloo’s history and innovation, landing national recognition. The CCE takes you inside WR’s Governor General Award winning buildings.
As part of Building Waterloo Region, an architectural festival that will commence at the end of the year, OnTheLine connects residents with a series of select destinations through both physical installations and digital interfaces.
Kurtis Thomas CCE CONTRIBUTOR A group of gamers aligning under the banner #GamerGate have started a targeted campaign against females in gaming, as well as those involved in the rise of independent video games. Imagine a multi headed hydra with no real focus or leader, lashing out through social media, and in some cases committing…
Anya Lomako CCE CONTRIBUTOR As a consumer of art, you know the familiar thrill of escaping reality with visits to art galleries and festivals like Nuit Blanche, an instantaneous departure from the dull colours of mundane everyday dwelling. As an artist, you come into any given art event with the intimate knowledge that it came…
Craftoberfest is a series of events that are being presented as an alternative to the Molson-Coors sponsored main event, and way to highlight the growing number of craft brewers in the region, and Ontario as a whole. The goal is to get us “back in touch with the region’s rich heritage” and to be “a space for our community to come together.”
Jamieson Cox CCE CONTRIBUTOR Elizabeth Lowell Boland, the performer who records as Lowell, makes palpably ambitious, socially conscious music that strives to strike a balance between the overtly political and the simply melodic, the painfully personal and the widely applicable. Her feminism and passion for social justice were shaped by experience: after growing up in…
Designer vagina’s are here. Now, not only can you get your breasts augmented – you can get your vagina enhanced as well. Vulval and vaginal augmentation can include lipouction of the mons pubis (the pocket of fatty tissue over the pubic bone), labiaplasties (the surgical reshaping of the vulva or labia – often a decrease…
With over 3000 votes in every category, we’ve compiled a list of Waterloo Region’s winning places, spaces and folks – as decided by you. Congratulations to the title holders and nominees. The CCE team extends incredible thanks to WR for its overwhelming participation in the #BestofWR series. Click on one of the links below to…
Bill McTavish CCE CONTRIBUTOR Over the last couple of years there has certainly been a renaissance in the beer industry in the KW Region, and it’s in- credibly exciting to be able to witness it first hand. In what was a fairly gloomy environment for those looking to quench their thirst with substance and flavor, there are…
The Community Edition hosts a Twitter debate with Kitchener mayoral candidates.
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Built in 1893, the Walper Terrace Hotel in Kitchener has been a mainstay of the downtown Kitchener landscape before it was even known as Kitchener.
Back then, it was know as the Town of Berlin, and the hotel commonly abbreviated to just “The Walper,” was a shining architectural example of what locals were capable of. However, date that building 121 years and one will find that it could use a bit of a facelift.
Anya Lomako CCE CONTRIBUTOR If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of a dozen sewing machines stitching simultaneously somewhere in the region. That’s because artists of all trades are getting ready for the first Etsy Made in Canada day on September 27. As part of a cross-Canada celebration, for one day only, The…
Kurtis Thomas CCE CONTRIBUTOR The word zeitgeist means ‘the spirit of the times’. Various items exist in a snapshot of an era, like Pepsi Blue in the early 2000’s, or Tiffany Amber Thiessen during any point of the 90’s. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a word to means ‘the spirit of a place’ though,…
Dave Emrich CCE CONTRIBUTOR You may remember Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs as the beer-soaked foursome that promised high-energy country twang to a crowd of sweaty 20-somethings dancing and chanting along to songs like “All To Myself” or “Violent Girls.” Since then Coffey has relocated to Toronto and the original Iron Lungs have progressively…
Content courtesy Doors Open. Photos by Matt Smith. Doors Open Waterloo Region, a heritage architecture tour featuring the region’s special and pseudo-secret locations, is held on Saturday, Sept. 20. The CCE went behind closed doors to preview four must-see spaces. AIRBOSS RUBBERCOMPOUNDING AirBoss Rubber Compounding is the largest custom rubber mixing facility in North America. It…
Stacey Jacobs Stacey Jacobs is the Community Sexual Health Educator at Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region, ppwr.on.ca, and has taught sexuality classes at the University of Waterloo. I was talking to grade six boys about puberty when one boy blurted out, “I am never having sex, I hate cigarettes!” Confused I asked him what he meant…
Allison Leonard CCE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Eric Rumble is living in a sea of water bottles. The Alternatives Journal Editor in Chief and Night\Shift organizer has spent the past few months collecting the community’s empty plastic vessels, in hopes of sculpting five large-scale sea creatures to be suspended in Kitchener locations by Nov. 1. “I was inspired by…
Janine Prew CCE CONTRIBUTORS This isn’t your parents’ library anymore. The newly renovated downtown Kitchener Central Library features a brand new Digital Media Lab, introducing cutting-edge hardware and software that is designed to give people hands-on experience with technology. The most important – and certainly the most popular – piece of equipment the library has…
Justin Smirlies CCE CONTRIBUTORS Minor changes are being made to the GO train and bus schedules for Kitchener and Waterloo this September, a service that eventually hopes to see increased transit to and from Toronto by 2016. In addition to increased bus service to both Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, train service…
Chris Hyde CCE CONTRIBUTORS It’s election time again in Waterloo Region and soon candidates will be reaching out to the citizens of the region to ask for our vote. While most campaign teams will use door knocking, lawn signs or debates to get people to come out and vote, I’ll make this very easy on…
Jim Tigwell CCE CONTRIBUTORS During the coming municipal election, it’s imperative we address the diverse disengagement of citizens. For a smallish city made larger by our neighbors, we have easily recognizable divisions. Less apparent divides include gender identity, race, class, and sexual orientation. More than where we work and where we play, these divisions determine…
Sasha Campbell Sasha Campbell is a Certified Life Skills Coach & Raw Nutritionist and Chef. She is the founder of Blyssful Health where she educates others on healthy eating, raw food and vibrant living. www.blyssfulhealth.com Although we have access at grocery stores to many types of food throughout the year, by observing Mother Nature, we…
Juliana Gomez SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR On a sunny Sunday afternoon in July, a group of 20 people gathered in a darkened room at the Joseph Schneider Haus Museum to catch a glimpse of the tri-cities’ past. Through photographs, the group explored the changing landscapes of Kitch- ener, Waterloo and Cambridge from as far back at the…
Allison M. Leonard EDITOR IN CHIEF Hints of sidewalk chalk line King Street, a telling sign. The space, now occupied only by its usual car traffic and the pastel coloured dust has shape shifted. Hundreds of Waterloo Region citizens very recently occupied the space now inundated with the wheeze of city busses, however they felt compelled;…
Stacey Jacobs CCE CONTRIBUTOR When are you having children? Many assume that if a couple has been together for an extended period of time, has gotten married or live together, that this is the automatic next step. Or that a person, usually a woman, of a certain age has a biologically ticking clock. These assumptions…
Bryn Ossington CCE PUBLISHER Everyone wants to have a say in what happens in the community but so few are interested in making the effort to have the most basic say that Canadian democracy affords. Municipalities are responsible for some of the most important services people need to live work and play and ensure they can…
Anna Beard ARTS AND CULTURE EDITOR While his nomination papers for Kitchener’s top job haven’t been filed, there’s one bear in Waterloo Region that’s looking to shake up the local political landscape. “I think Kitchener is ready for a change. I think Mayor Zehr has done an amazing job for Kitchener, and I’m very sad to…
Justin Smirlies CCE CONTRIBUTOR With Kitchener’s down- town intensification plan now in motion, Cory Bluhm hopes the most populous city in Waterloo Region one day becomes just as recognizable as Boston or San Francisco. “I think for us it’s really about getting downtown Kitchener to a place to be one of the premier downtowns in North…
Dave Emrich CCE CONTRIBUTOR It is commonly referred to as “the best medicine,” but for Waterloo-born comedian Ben Stager, laughter is much more than medicine — it’s a life force. “It’s really fun to see if it works or not,” said the 22-year old about what drives him to keep performing. Stager describes the defeat…
Anya Lomako CCE CONTRIBUTOR It’s difficult to picture Waterloo Region without its artistic backbone of street festivals like Open Streets, Night\Shift, Days of #KWAwesome and Cambridge’s upcoming A Day & A Night Art Meets Music festival. Taking place on August 23, A Day & A Night Art Meets Music, is an interactive arts, music and…
Anna Beard ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR Waterloo Region isn’t short on local, independent artisans. Summer street festivals have turned both business cores into entrepreneurial hubs for those looking to sell their goods, gain exposure and make some money without breaking the bank. “Setting up a storefront or even a studio space outside of my home…
Jamieson Cox CCE CONTRIBUTOR Since its establishment in 2006, the Polaris Music Prize has become more than a lump sum award and a series of big parties — it’s a celebration of Canadian music and culture, and a means of cultivating regional and national pride. While Canada’s cultural hubs — particularly Toronto or Montreal —…
David Worsley CO-OWNER WORDS WORTH BOOKS California Edan Lepucki(2014) Hachette/Little Brown There’s something to be said about picking your battles, but when the right book by the right author comes along at the right time, that’s a trifecta of wonderful all around. First, some background: currently, web behemoth Amazon is locked in a fight with…