Studio54 at THEMUSEUM

Join us as we live blog from #Studio54KW, on Saturday, Feb. 28 at THEMUSEUM.


A Close Shave

Dani Saad goes under the blade at G&T Barbers to experience the long-standing tradition of a straight shave.


Comic Con Coming to Kitchener

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.


Mixing Cocktails and Canvases

Taking place in a pub or restaurant, Paint Nite introduces social art to the masses with the motto “drink creatively”.

Weird Canada operates from its covert Waterloo location at the corner of King and Erb Streets. MATT SMITH PHOTO EDITOR

Canadian Music Collective In Uptown

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.


A New Folking Tune at Boathouse

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.


Lessons in Lent

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.


Elliott Brood Evolving

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.



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.

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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.


Never ending cycle

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.


Rising Musician: JoJo Worthington

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.


Bearface on Beer: 2014 in Beers

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.


D’Angelo Back in Action After 15 Years

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.


Photography in a Tech World

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.

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KW’s Little Shop of Landscapes

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.



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.


Soup’s on at Kitchener Market

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.

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Personal guide in your pocket

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.


Welcome to 2015, Waterloo Region!

Arts Editor, Anna Beard, reflects on our makeover and sweet talks you into joining our awesome team.

Volunteer with the Community Edition team. Email allison.leonard(at)wlusp.com for more info. 

The Community Edition is getting a makeover

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.

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Underground venues

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.


Stitch ‘n’ Kitsch turns 10

As Stitch ’n’ Kitsch craft show approaches its tenth year, this crafty collective is stronger than ever.

Photo courtesy Scott Blackburn, the Vinyl Cafe

A Vinyl Café Christmas

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.


Behind the scenes at Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre

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.

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Bearface on beer: Holiday edition

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.


Under the tree, under review

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…


Home for the holidays: Experiencing the season in WR

Eat, drink and be merry – your holiday guide to WR.


The Edible jeweller

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.

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STEP home program to create stronger dialogue with local homeless

“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.”


Modern menu meets regional relics

Residing inside the new Delta Waterloo, Proof salutes the Region’s colourful past and exciting future in every facet of its business.

Visual story teller Darin White is helping build an artistic ecosystem in Waterloo Region • COURTESY DARIN WHITE

Lighting up the ecosystem

“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.”


Album review: B.A. Johnson – My Heart is a Blinking Nintendo (re-release)

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,…

12 Angry Filmmakers is attempting to make 12 short films in 12 months • COURTESY 12 ANGRY FILMMAKERS

Creating an industry of their own

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 finds success in disruption

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.


A history of entrepreneurship

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.


A shift in the culture

Editor-in-Chief, Allison Leonard shares her experience with Night\Shift after the animations were dismantled and the city had gone to sleep.

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Boathouse to open late December

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.


The top 10 moments of the WR election season

The Community Editions compiles ten highlights of the 2014 election season.


Election day in Waterloo Region

The Community Edition curates election day coverage, discussion, information and results.


Regional Councillor Debates

The Community Edition holds Twitter-only debates with participating Regional Councillor candidates for both both Kitchener and Waterloo seats.


Waterloo Mayoral Debate

The Community Edition hosts and curates Twitter-only debate with Waterloo mayoral candidates.


Waterloo Region votes: Ward profiles

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.

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More than brick and mortar

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.


Making local landmarks

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.

Gamers voiced their opinions online, forming an online community and #GamerGate

#GamerGate: The State of Gaming

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…

The Art. Design, & Architecture film series runs at the Princess Cinemas all month. • PHOTO COURTESY OF JON JOHNSON

Film with a Design Twist

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…

Highballer Pumpkin Ale is one of the tasty pumpkin ales available to connoisseurs this season • PHOTO COURTESY OF GRAND RIVER BREWING

Bearface on Beer: Pumpkin Ales

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.”


Album Review: Lowell – We Loved Her Dearly

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: after growing up in…

Sexplanations with Stacey: Designer vaginas

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…


The Best of Waterloo Region winners

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…

Hometown hops and local lagers

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…

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Waterloo Region votes: All candidates

Find all available Waterloo Region candidate websites, social media accounts and contact info by clicking on the image below:

A well deserved face lift exposes the historic underbelly of the Walper terrace Hotel in Kitchener • DAVE EMRICH CCE Contributor

YukYuk’s and the Walper go under the knife

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.

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From sea to cross-stitched sea

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…

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Album Review: Run Coyote – Youth Haunts

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,…

Album Review: Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs – Gates of Hell

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…


Looking behind closed doors

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…

Sexplanations with Stacey: Because I saw it on television

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…


Bottling up waste in WR

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…

Not your parents’ library

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…

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WR on board with GO changes

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…

Shape the debate: visions vs. speaking points

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…

Shape the debate: creating connected community

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…

Pure and Local: eating with the season

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…

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Don’t put up a parking lot

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…


Getting lost in open space

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;…

Sexplanations with Stacey: The privacy of pregnancy

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…

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Shape the debate

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…

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Wild politics in Kitchener

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…

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Core development

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…

Stager thinks there’s a growing audience for comedy • PHOTO COURTESY BEN STAGER

K-W comedian rising

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…

Art happening in the street during A Day & A Night. • PHOTO COURTESY A Day & A Night

Four years of A Day & A Night

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…

Downtown Kitchener’s Art Markets have become a second home for many local and independent artisans hoping to make a name for themselves • MATT SMITH CCE CONTRIBUTOR

Art markets take to the streets

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…

Hometown hero Shad is shortlisted for a Polaris Prize • RYAN HUEGLIN CCE CONTRIBUTOR

Hometown Polaris Nominees

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 —…


Book Review: Edan Lepucki – California

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…

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