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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.

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Stich ‘n’ Kitsch turns 10

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

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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.

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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.

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Home for the holidays: Experiencing the season in WR

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

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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,…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The top 10 moments of the WR election season

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

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Election day in Waterloo Region

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

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Regional Councillor Debates

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

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Waterloo Mayoral Debate

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

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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.

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. By Tegan Thuss. Photos by Matt Smith.  CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL GOVERNANCE INNOVATION (CIGI) CAMPUS The most recent winner of the Governor General Medal (2014), CIGI is home…

Making local landmarks

Colleen Connolly CCE CONTRIBUTOR Since July, passengers of the iXpress 200 have been taking place in an exhibition entitled OnTheLine: A Gallery of Publicly Accessible Destinations in Waterloo Region. The exhibition is composed of map installations on each shelter along the iXpress bus route that display categorized data informing pas- sengers of events and locations within an…

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#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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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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 & 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…

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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;…

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…

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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…

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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 —…

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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…

Album Review: Trap Tiger – Maker Changer

Kurtis Thomas CCE CONTRIBUTOR Maker Changer Trap Tiger (2014) If you’re someone who participates even the smallest amount in Kitchener-Waterloo’s local music scene you’ve probably been fortunate enough to see Trap Tiger perform live. Forming in 2009, Trap Tiger has shared an esteemed stage with Canadian heavy hitters Arkells and Down With Webster. Given their…

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Tri-city thrifty: bookstores

Samantha Estoesta CCE CONTRIBUTOR The romantic reader: KW Bookstore  There is something about walking into a used bookstore and just seeing stacks and stacks of paperbacks that makes me feel at home. The KW Bookstore embraces its position as a quiet sanctuary, filled with the smell of well-loved pages and forgotten coffee. It is the…

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Accidents on the rise

Connor Ward CCE CONTRIBUTOR   On May 6, a construction worker fell from a balcony on a work site in Kitchener, suffering non-life threatening injuries to his back and legs. This incident closely resembled the fatal fall of another construction worker from an apartment being built across from the Wilfrid Laurier University campus on Bricker…

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Fife to follow same path

Justin Smirlies CCE CONTRIBUTOR Catherine Fife was only in office for little over a year-and-half before she had to go knocking on doors again. As the winner of the Kitchener-Waterloo byelection in September 2012, the New Democratic Party incumbent somewhat felt she wasn’t validated yet as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo. That feeling…

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Rolling through Waterloo Region

The sun is setting, pushing streams of orange and red light through makeshift, stained-glass windows. The nostalgia of every passenger who once rode the ancient locomotive is alive in this train car.

Reclaiming Urban Spaces

Anna Beard ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR Making something new again, fighting demons, putting your mark on the world – content creators turn to art for a variety of different reasons. For Kitchener visual artist, Chris Austin, reclaiming lost environments just comes naturally. “I started painting when I was 15, it was an escape from my…

Waterloo Gets Jazzy

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Luke Michielsen is releasing his third studio album this September and he is looking to raise $5750 through crowdfunding. • PHOTO COURTESY LUKE MICHIELSEN

Crowdfunding Community

Anna Beard ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR Folky, alternative, pop is one way to describe the musical styling of Kitchener based artist, Luke Michielsen. With two albums under his belt, and his third full length album Oh Surround Me launching this September, you would imagine that this guitar toting master would have the process locked down….

Deltron 3030 is back at it

Scott Glaysher CCE CONTRIBUTOR 2000 was a banner year – Y2K proved to be nothing more than a fatalist’s excuse, George Bush took over the white house to the despair of the much of the free world, and the Backstreet Boys were throwing youth into a frenzy. All that aside, the year 2000 saw hip-hop…

Pure & local: hazards of sunscreen

Carla Beharry Classical Homeopath, practicing at the True Wellness Integrative Health Clinic in Kitchener. Find her at: www.carlabeharryhomeopathy.com. As we head into Ontario’s summer months, we all deserve to soak up the warming and invigorating rays of the sun. But, how do we reap the benefits of maximizing our vitamin D production and allow ourselves…

Defining pro-choice

Stacey Jacobs Community Sexual Health Educator at Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region, ppwr.on.ca, and has taught sexuality classes at the University of Waterloo. Last week I was accused of being pro-abortion. This has happened before because I work at Planned Parenthood, and educate the community about abortion and the choices available to women. People have even…

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Elections call for digitized information hub

Anna Beard ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR In terms of municipal election years, 2014 is to be exactly like every other election year past. The first half of this year has been heavily consumed by declarations and hushed whispers of potential candidates. But like usual, there’s a lack of information sharing – who stands for what…

Encore Records moves shop

Cristina Almudevar CCE CONTRIBUTOR Downtown Kitchener record shop Encore Records is getting a second run in a new location. The shop is moving to King Street from their current Queen Street location, which they’ve been in since 1989. The recent sale of their building prompted their move, which is slated for July 1. “The building…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Lily Allen – Sheezus

Juliana Gomez CCE SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Sheezus Lily Allen (2014) Parlophone

Vote for your children’s children

Samantha Estoesta CCE CONTRIBUTOR The most animated that my family gets comes during election time. Growing up with a family of teachers, a social justice centered mother, nurses, immigrants, incredibly vocal students and the odd farmer tossed in there, every two years, dinner discussion is dedicated for talking about municipal, provincial, or federal elections. My…

The grapefruit is the culprit

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. She has a Master of Science from the University of Guelph and is thinking about completing a PhD. Your alarm goes off at 7 a.m. You stumble to the…

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Innocente brews in K-W

H.G. Watson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF When you visit Waterloo’s newest microbrewery, Innocente Brewing Company, be prepared to expand your palate. “I’m not going to shy away from flavour,” said owner and brewmaster Steve Innocente. “If it says it’s on the label, you are going to taste it.” A scientist by training, Innocente has a PhD in molecular…

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Roller derby girls dominate

James Blake CCE CONTRIBUTOR On May 24, the Tri-City Roller Derby house league kicked off its season with a double header featuring all three of its house league teams as well as the Kingston Disloyalists of the Kingston Derby Girls. The high paced and physical sport has risen over popularity over the past few years…

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25 ways to keep cool in Waterloo Region

As it heats up in K-W, we found 25 ways to keep you cool and happy for the rest of the summer. Photos by Matt Smith, CCE Contributor. 1. The Pink Salty Dog Rim glass with Himalyan sea salt Add ice Add one ounce vodka and a half ounce Campari Top with freshly squeezed pink…

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Library renovation complete

H.G. Watson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF On May 28, Kitchener’s Central Library opened its doors after closing in March for the final stage of their $40 million renovation. It was worth the wait. The new facility is double the size of the old, and comes with a ton of new amenities – and 72,000 new library materials. The…

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Food truck culture revitalized

Bryan Stephens CCE CONTRIBUTOR Once a not very visible industry in Kitchener, food truck vendors will be bringing their mobile cuisine options to more venues across the city. From the recent partnership between Centre in the Square and United Food Trucks Unlimited, local food truck vendors will be positioned outside of the Centers’ Otto Street…

Bike lane makeover for King St.

Allison Leonard CCE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Cyclists and advocates alike gathered in Waterloo City Hall on May 29 for a public consultation of the proposed introduction of segregated bike lanes on King Street. Delegates from the Region of Waterloo and IBI Group, a consulting firm hired for the project, circled the room, explaining the artists’ renderings that…

A letter from the (outgoing) editor

H.G. Watson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF A community is made up of stories. That’s what I wrote in my introduction to the first Cord Community. It wasn’t even in print yet — just a Tumblr page announcing that the arrival of a new community newspaper was imminent. Almost two years later, on the eve of my departure from…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Jimmy Johnson – In God We Trust

Scott Glaysher CCE CONTRIBUTOR In God We Trust Jimmy Johnson (2014) OVO-Sound So far, 2014 has been a banner year for hip-hop. With major tours, releases and singles being dropped left and right, it’s normal to think that the Canadian hip-hop scene would follow suit. Unfortunately, that is not the case. After Drake and Shad…

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BOOK REVIEW: Alessandro Magno – Bound in Venice

David Worsley CO-OWNER WORDS WORTH BOOKS Bound in Venice Alessandro Magno Europa Editions Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and Eli Whitney are readily noted inventors of tools that have been ubiquitous for generations or centuries, and most can figure Gutenberg as the inventor of the printing press. But what of the humble book? The answer, or…

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tri-Pride Celebrates Community

Anna Beard ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR Edging on their 20-year milestone, the 19th annual tri-Pride celebrations kicked off on May 9. With events ranging from bingo, fundraisers, baseball and dance parties, each event has added excitement leading up to Saturday, June 7 – tri-Pride’s live music festival which will be held at Kitchener’s Civic Square….

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CAFK+A and Open Ears Team Up

Anya Lomako CCE CONTRIBUTOR This will be a year of firsts for Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area’s (CAFK+A) biennial exhibition of modern art. Working under the idealistic theme and title It Should Always Be This Way, this will be the first year the event will run for during June instead of September since the…

Hip-hop candy fest finals take place on June 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Preston Towne Centre in Cambridge • PHOTO COURTESY OF HIP-HOP CANDY FEST

Hip-Hop Gets Sweetened

Scott Glaysher CCE CONTRIBUTOR Contrary to popular belief, hip-hop culture has grown exponentially in the tri-city area over the past few years. From the fields of Elmira to the suburbs of Cambridge, youth across the region are familiarizing themselves with a culture that’s not often found in their backyards. However, even with emerging talent and…

The 4th Grand Porch Party takes place on June 8, 2014 and runs from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Beauty of Porches

Bob Egan CCE CONTRIBUTOR Take a walk through the neighborhood behind the Waterloo Town Square and you will find quiet streets with well-kept homes and nice porches. Take that walk on Sunday, June 8 and you will find 20 of those porches turned into live music venues featuring a smorgasbord of local and regional musicians….

Steel Rail Sessions tickets on sale at noon!

We’re asking you and 250 other KW folks to board the Waterloo Central Rail to weave through aisles, interpret installations, share stories and space during #SteelRails14. Kitchener-Waterloo’s moving art party on a train is back. Steel Rails leaves the station on June 20 at 7 pm. Buy tickets here at noon, May 23

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Win tickets to Steel Rails 2014!

Steel Rails tickets will go fast. Secure yours now – for free! The catch? You’ve got to share your stories of Steel Rails past. In honour of the Steel Rails five year anniversary we’re looking for the best story from the train. We want the risky, the clever, the hilarious, the romantic, the secretive – anything goes. Email…

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Getting lost in Cambridge

Janine Prew CCE CONTRIBUTOR While we’ve been debating urban intensification in Waterloo and counting the amount of coffee shops opening in Kitchener, to the south, there’s a whole city that’s quietly been revitalizing itself. Welcome to Cambridge — possibly one of the coolest places in Waterloo Region. The first thing to know about Cambridge is…

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With Age Comes Wisdom

Anya Lomako CCE CONTRIBUTOR Turning 30 is always an eye-opener, but if you’re a business, it’s a whole other cup of tea. That’s why Word’s Worth Books is going all out for their 30-year anniversary event. Planted snugly between William and Erb streets, this independent bookstore has seen a lot of changes in its 30…

Pure & Local: Chemicals in our grooming products

Jennifer Freitas owns and operates The Truth Beauty Company thetruthbeautycompany.com Spring is the season for renewal — cleaning our yards of all the winter remnants, spring cleaning our homes and even sloughing our skin of all its dry and dehydrated winter scales. Why not also take a look at what lurks in your medicine cabinet?…

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Waterloo’s wild weather

As the weather gets more extreme, governments learn to adapt H.G. Watson CCE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Art Janzen was away from his office during last December’s ice storm when he was texted a photo from one of his employees. A woman driving past Menno S. Martin Contractor Ltd, the construction company Janzen heads as president, had slid…

Maxwelll’s new location is set to open this autumn • Jody Waardenburg CCE CONTRIBUTOR

Maxwell’s Moves House

Laura Buck CCE CONTRIBUTOR Maxwell’s Music House is saying farewell to its current location in Waterloo as the popular music venue moves on to bigger and better things. Paul Maxwell recently announced the closure of Maxwell’s Music House, which he’s doing in order to shift focus to his latest project, a new venue on University…

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