This year, there are just over 70 community gardens across Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and the surrounding townships. When KW’s Community Garden Council was first founded in 2005 there were only 28.
There’s a current of optimism about manufacturing in Waterloo Region. We’ve all heard about layoffs and plant closures, but people who make things are positive, whether it’s small-scale, niche production or larger, globally competitive companies marketing their products internationally.
TCE is sharing an on-going discussion series on ION impacts. This month, we sat down with Jay Walljasper, award-winning community builder, journalist, author, and city collector.
Big budget spectacles fill the theatres, page-turning novels keep us up at night, and music is played and sung along to loudly – summer is a great time for pop culture. TCE reviews the season’s got-to-check-it-out experiences.
“I’m not a cyclist by any stretch; I have a bike that has barely been wheeled outside of my garage since its purchase. In honour of bike month and the start of the car-less phase of my adult life, I challenged myself to bike as much as I could in June.”
TCE is exploring the good, the bad and the under-appreciated neighbourhoods of Waterloo Region. This month, we share the stories of Belmont Village.
The traditional economies – building a barn rather than a web page, incubating eggs rather than startups – continue to plow through the seasons, supplying refrigerators across the region.
Regular household in Waterloo Region has nearly $10,000 more in gross income than our neighbours in Toronto. You’d think this above-average financial situation would make us more charitable. Unfortunately that’s not the case.
When I was about eight years old I wondered if I could jump across the creek that flowed along the side of our yard. I backed up a few paces, ran and leaped.
TCE has been penning stories about WR’s neighbourhoods in the series “If streets could talk.” We’re compiling them here!
Early bird tickets for the downtown Kitchener festival went on sale the morning of the launch, selling out in 45 minutes.
TCE catches up with Cory Bluhm, manager of downtown development for the City of Kitchener to check in on downtown revitalization progress.
When the game of Kerplunk is five feet tall, it’s pretty hard to walk past without stopping to stare. That’s okay. In fact, it’s ideal on Ontario Street.
Mitigating WR’s challenge with waste management by highlighting international best practice.
“I have long wanted an open door market in Belmont Village. We have a good mix of residential and business; it just makes sense,” says Susan Broughton, owner-operator of All Things Tea on Belmont Ave.
TCE is exploring the good the bad and the under-appreciated neighbourhoods of Waterloo Region. This month, we share the stories of Kitchener’s Central Frederick.
“To kick off cycling in June, take part in an Aboriginal History Ride. Hosted by the Kitchener Public Library and BikeKitchener, these rides take cyclists on a tour of archaeological sites and Aboriginal culture centres in the city…”
Travelling east to west through WR, TCE visited seven little libraries along a 5 km route.
How the City of Kitchener and the University of Waterloo are collaborating to develop the Iron Horse Trail into an inclusive and equitable community asset.
Following a month of discussion and controversy surrounding “Live nudes,” including copies of TCE being pulled from stands in some locations, EIC Allison Leonard reflects on nudity, on media and on Waterloo Region.
Every factory or business closing is an indication of larger downward pressures. Our “Chicken Little” perspectives, however, tend to gloss over some great news in the local economy.
Every month, TCE will be sharing a conversation with someone affected by LRT construction. To start, we caught up with Kimberly Moser, manger of community relations for the ION.
Jon Johnson breaks down the history and varieties of this cyclist-inspired, citrus-filled summer staple.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Princess Project was formed to ensure that all girls are able to attend their graduation or prom, regardless of financial barriers.
“Whether or not you leave your underwear on will depend on the type of hair removal you want. If you have a vulva and would like the Brazilian or the G-string, the underwear will have to come off…”
“To make a long story short, a few of his classmates have decided that pink is no longer socially acceptable for boys. If you touch pink, you’re a girl. If I make you touch pink, you’re a girl…”
His time as one of Kitchener’s hardest working folk/roots musicians has paid off, Where Fools Gather is as refreshing as a cool glass of sweet tea on a hot summer day.
TCE was fortunate enough to get a preview of three tracks from the upcoming release, “Beyond the Pale.”
Kultrún Festival, the region’s celebration of local, national, and international world music, officially announced its lineup and new location at the Boathouse on Friday, May 29.
Partners Darryl and Sarah Haus took over the popular restaurant known for its authentic southern style barbeque last year. And while BBQ will still feature prominently in the restaurant’s future new southern influence is on the menu, too.
The Community Edition guide to experiencing the Region’s backyard.
Self-described Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super band the Lemon Bucket Orkestra celebrated the release of their sophomore album “Mookra” at Boathouse on April 22.
Kitchener’s first At the Root Festival described as “some of the best folk-indie-grassroots activists and artists in WR and beyond.”
The manufacturing of clothing has shifted almost exclusively to overseas facilities, Christina Proctor explores local alternatives.
TCE caught up with Ryan Mounsey, urban planner, economic developer, and Manager of Business and Retention Services for the City of Waterloo to talk about the vision for Waterloo’s development.
Masturbation Month began in 1995 in response to the forced resignation of U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who said the act was part of healthy sexuality.
TCE takes to the rooftops for a look at tricity skylines.
Allison Leonard sheds clothing and preconceptions alike at THEMUSEUM.
Pure & Local gives a low-down on repeat, pore-clogging offenders found in your kitchen.
Waterloo Region is one of the most active centres of Jane’s Walk activity. This year the Region hosted 23 completely different walks.
TCE is exploring the good, the bad and the under-appreciated neighbourhoods of Waterloo Region.
How can a region attract talent? Dan Herman asks what the Waterloo Region sales pitch is, and how it measures up to other Canadian cities.
As challenging as it may be, Waterloo, Cambridge, and Kitchener are stronger together than as individual cities.
TCE examines the living wage in Waterloo Region, how it compares provincially and what some companies are doing to raise the bar.
Wherever you live, whatever your background, and cycling ability level, there are plenty of exciting biking initiatives to discover, events to attend, and reasons to bike in Waterloo Region.
TCE sits down with Flanagan to chat music, community and how droning melodies bring both together.
The Community Edition set out to find the frames that withstood industry and time, the brick and mortar laid for generations to come. In a city of development, what historic buildings are candidates for renovation?
Finding sweet escape in a Waterloo Region sugar bush.
From the less travelled to the less-appreciated, TCE is exploring the good, the bad and the evolving neighbourhoods of Waterloo Region.
Claire Cameron’s “The Bear” deftly handles issues larger than the page span should allow.
Jeff Rosenstock’s new album, “We Cool?” debuted on the Billboard Charts at #7 for Heatseekers Albums, #43 for Rock Albums, and #157 for Current Albums.
Thousands of bands both new and old are posting music daily, and they’re all vying for the commodity most precious to them, your ears’ real estate. The Famines, who recently played Princess Cafe are taking a new approach.
Chloe Raincock, founder of Heel Boy, and Brie Heatherley, marketing and strategy manager are stepping up the shoe selection in uptown Waterloo.
First things first – always ask someone before licking their ass. The ass talk is an important talk to have, some people are not comfortable with sexual activities that involve the anus and that is okay.
The Savoury, hidden in uptown Waterloo is offering traditional English fare from shortbread to pot pies.
For this craft, you’ll need a mason jar, glitter and water.
“For me, and some people might disagree, to be a maker you have to do more than just make something or craft. Being a maker is also about rejecting aspects of modern consumer culture.”
Ontario’s sex education curriculum has not been updated in almost twenty years and navigating healthy sexuality through the lens of colouring book penises is no easy feat.
Once upon a time, the region was synonymous nationwide for manufacturing. Whiskey, hockey skates, Sorel boots, high definition televisions — they were all made within a stones’ throw of King Street.
Agricultural and chemical advances often come with unintended consequences. In an effort to fight harmful insect infestation, honeybees are taking a hit, too.
An awareness-raising campaign? A community art project? A neighbourhood party? Whatever your idea to better Waterloo Region, we want to hear it.
Unassuming art pieces link the region’s streets, highlighting local culture and heritage. TCE Photo Editor Matt Smith offers a walking tour.
Andy Brast, owner of Carry-On Comics in uptown Waterloo, breaks away from our interview to greet two customers who have just walked through the door. They exchange greetings of familiarity while he catches up with them and instinctually reaches for their weekly haul of comics behind the counter.
Four pylon-style gas lights have appeared atop Weber St. bridge, donned in art work representing the industrial heritage of the area.
In the midst of common despair, the playwright gives moments of grace and light and humour. Even though these are very flawed people, they reach for relationships and reach for something to grasp on to that gives them a bit of hope…
Can’t we simply outwit and outwait winter – sitting indoors basked in the warm glow of the screens that provide a safe and protected window onto our world? Of course we can. But I, for one, am skeptical of this long hibernation. Comfortable as it is, it comes at a cost.
Waterloo was noted as one of the country’s jewels, rating highly on most metrics, and coming out as one of the most attractive cities in the country – unfortunately, healthcare was not one of the city’s most charming qualities. Dan Herman explores the complexities of healthcare provision in Waterloo Region.
On the eastern edge of downtown, near an expressway onramp, under streets and residential properties, lie the remains of some of Kitchener’s poorest citizens.
I use a notebook for everything,” says Alistair MacLellan. As the executive director of Waterloo-based MacLellan & Baetz Publishing House, MacLellan will jot down lists, sketches and design concepts in his notebook as a place for safekeeping ideas. Consulting his notebook so often, MacLellan began to look beyond the pages.
I am not going to tell you what I thought of the books, the film, the writing or the acting. I am going to tell you that it is great to be curious.
Purchasing a suitable house is becoming increasingly challenging for the millennial demographic. The average purchase price for housing in Waterloo Region was $337,000, and though lower than many other large and mid-sized cities in Ontario, the figure has been gradually rising since 2005.
Superfoods are often used as a buzzword, Sasha Campbell shares effective ways to use these powerful produce in your daily menu plan.
The Globetrotters participated in their usual family friendly antics – such as the “bucket of water” gag, the “slow motion replay” gag and alley-oop, after alley-oop, after alley-oop, to be up by 9 points with just over a minute left.
Is your closet overflowing, yet you have nothing to wear? Do you dress in the same outfits regularly? Are you shopping frequently for new items? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, it’s time for a closet cleanout.
With little fanfare (save for an unassuming sandwich board proclaiming “Now Open!”), Raja has entered the fray of Kitchener-Waterloo eateries. And get this: with no advertising except word of mouth, there’s hardly a single table available on a Friday night.
As the city’s calendar dictates, initial responsibilities for Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky include everything from engaging the public to passing a budget. TCE sat down with Jaworsky to get some reflections on his mayoral experience.
It’s the space where the décor isn’t overthought and the paintings are either celebrating “the best team” or knick knacks you can find at a Saturday garage sale. Join TCE for breakfast as we profile our favourite greasy spoons in Waterloo Region.
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.