Live nudes

Allison Leonard sheds clothing and preconceptions alike at THEMUSEUM.


Remixing traditions with Lemon Bucket

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.


Waterloo’s development dialogue

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.


Walking with Jane in Waterloo

Waterloo Region is one of the most active centres of Jane’s Walk activity. This year the Region hosted 23 completely different walks.


Of brick and beam

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?


If streets could talk: Albert-MacGregor

From the less travelled to the less-appreciated, TCE is exploring the good, the bad and the evolving neighbourhoods of Waterloo Region.


Book review: The Bear, by Claire Cameron

Claire Cameron’s “The Bear” deftly handles issues larger than the page span should allow.

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Delivering music through mixed media

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.


Secret, simple, savoury

The Savoury, hidden in uptown Waterloo is offering traditional English fare from shortbread to pot pies.

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The makings of a maker culture

“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.”


10 ideas to change Waterloo Region

An awareness-raising campaign? A community art project? A neighbourhood party? Whatever your idea to better Waterloo Region, we want to hear it.


Finding community in comics

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.


Bridging history through arts

Four pylon-style gas lights have appeared atop Weber St. bridge, donned in art work representing the industrial heritage of the area.


Warming up to winter in Waterloo Region

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 Region under review: Complexities of healthcare

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.


The view from upstream: Unearthed poverty

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.


Books bound in tradition

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.


The heavy cost of a home in WR

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.


The nostalgia of the Globetrotters

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.


Belmont Village Raves for Raja

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.


Jaworsky’s first four months

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.


Waterloo Region’s best greasy spoons

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.


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.

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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.


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.

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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.”


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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