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TL;WR for September 19 through September 25 2023
What to do.
Tuesday, September 19
The "Duke It Out" Trivia League is back at the Duke of Wellington starting at 7 p.m.
The Apollo has a Rainbow Film Club screening of Some Like It Hot at 6:45 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20
In partnership with the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Waterloo, Kitchener Public Library presents a Latin American Film Festival screening of The Sleepwalkers at 6:30 p.m.
Miriam Wright from the University of Windsor is visiting the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada to launch her new book, Sporting Justice: The Chatham Coloured All-Stars and Black Baseball in Southwestern Ontario, 1915–1958 on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. (232 King St N, Waterloo or on zoom.)
EVO Kitchen & Bar has trivia starting at 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 21
K-W Musical Productions is opening up their 75th Anniversary Season with the classic musical – Guys and Dolls! Catch a performance during its six-day run Sept. 21 to 30 at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse.
BeccaHosts has Boy Bands & Girl Groups Music Bingo at The Rabbid Fox starting at 8 p.m.
Join Regional Councillor Rob Deutschmann for Renovictions – Righting the Reno-Wrong on Sept 21 at 6:30 p.m. Tune in to hear from a distinguished panel of experts who will delve into residential tenancy laws and the rights of renters.
The Waterloo Region Record’s Luisa D’Amato sits down with Canadian television news icon Lisa Laflamme for an in-depth conversation about her experiences travelling, reporting on world-changing events, and the importance of journalism for democracies.
Stop by Heffner Studio for the kick-off event for PRODUCE : HER Sessions. PRODUCE : HER Sessions is a monthly program for women, non-binary, trans, and gender expansive people who are interested in music production and the recording arts.
Also at Kitchener Public Library, check out 85 Queen: An Evening with Marsha Faubert. Author Marsha Faubert discusses the photos and research that led her to writing her first book, Wanda's War.
Midtown Radio is kicking-off their new season with a live recording of On The Scene at AOK Craft Beer + Arcade on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.
Friday, September 22
Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence has a 3-course lunch for $30 prepared by its students starting at 12:30 p.m.
B.A. Johnston is playing Short Finger Brewing with very special guests Gourmet and Beef Boys starting at 7 p.m.
Fast & Loose are playing Wineology in DTK at 7.
Rusty Nail Comedy has headliner John Mostyn at the Crazy Canuck DTK starting at 7:30 p.m.
Marianas Trench plays Bingemans Koolhaus Oktoberfest starting at 7 p.m.
Maxwell’s Concerts & Events presents the Stranger Things 80’s Party on Friday Sept. 22 with DJ Rob Da Selekta starting at 8 p.m.
The Berlin 95 food truck will be at Wave Maker for their Oktoberfest party from 4 to 8 p.m. Starting at 7, the Duo Auf Gehts will don their lederhosen and entertain you with traditional tunes to get you up and dancing!
Join HIP Developers on Friday, Sept. 22 at the Waterloo Park Bandshell for the Strata-sphere Drone Show—a free drone show celebrating the launch of Strata in Uptown. The show begins at 7:30 with a DJ, food vendors, and more!
Arabella Park’s Oktoberfest kicks off with imported German beers, German-inspired Ontario craft beers, and some special German-inspired menu items!
Kick off fall with line dancing, live country music, and craft beer and cider at the St. Jacob Market District Harvest Hoedown. The shops and vendors of the St. Jacobs Farmers Market will be open for this one-night-only licensed event.
Saturday, September 23
The Mary Allen Studio Tour is happening on Saturday, Sep. 23 and 24. It’s an amazing artist showcase and walking tour throughout the Mary Allen neighbourhood and other parts of Uptown Waterloo and Belmont Village. Local artists open their doors and invite you in to see their works, discuss their processes, and purchase beautiful handmade works of art.
Explore the past, present, and future of Downtown Kitchener with Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery’s Walk The Talk: Architectural Tour from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Doon Fall Family Fun Fair goes down at the Pioneer Park Library from 10 to 12 with a morning of fun with a performance from Erick Traplin, face painting, storytime, crafts, and snacks.
Kitchener Public Library has a free family screening of The Super Mario Bros Movie at 2 p.m.
GRFF presents Claydream at the Princess Twin on Saturday Sep. 23 at 2 p.m. Claydream, one of the best documentaries of the last few years, follows the life and career of Will Vinton, the pioneering animator who created advertising juggernauts like the California Raisins and The Noid using stop-motion "claymation". Over his life Vinton transformed animation and advertising, and his studio continues to push the boundaries of filmmaking with movies like Coraline and The Boxtrolls.
TWB Brewing Co-Op presents Falling For Fabulous: A Fall Drag Spectacle. Check out dazzling performances, extravagant costumes, and a dash of seasonal spice—this show celebrates the start of autumn while showcasing the fabulous talents of its dazzling drag performers.
The Lumen Festival returns to Uptown Waterloo on September 23 for a night of light, art, and technology. Lumen features over 30 visual, interactive, new media, and performance-based installations at locations like the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Waterloo Public Library, and the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery.
Andrew Bentham-Riley, Graven, and Neil Little play Emmanuel United Church starting at 7 p.m.
David Wilcox plays the Bingemans Koolhaus stage starting at 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 24
Back at Emmanuel United Church, check out Desiree Dorion with Stacey Lee Guse (Western Swing Authority) & Carrie DeMeayer live at 7 p.m.
The Moving for Good: The Walk to End Chronic Homelessness will take place on Sunday, Sept. 24 starting at 1 p.m. The walk begins and ends at the parking lot at 61 Green St Kitchener adjacent to KCI.
David Buchbinder’s Jazz Circus has a special Sunday matinee starting at 4 p.m. at the Jazz Room.
Monday, September 25
Kitchener Public Library presents One-dertime at 10:30 a.m. It’s a 30-minute program that builds on early literacy, fine and gross motor skills, and early socialization.
Ways to get involved.
Waterloo Region Community Foundation is currently accepting applications to their Arts Grants Fund. Approximately $250,000 is available to support small or medium sized arts organizations and collectives, as well as projects focused on the arts. Learn more and apply before the Sept. 24, 2023 deadline: www.wrcf.ca/artsgrants
On Saturday, Sept. 23 at Winnie’s Gluten-Free Bakery, all sales from their cupcakes will go towards their fundraising goal for the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure. (If cupcakes are not your thing, any donation would be appreciated.)
What to read.
Fun by Day, Fear by Night: Family Fun in Waterloo Region (Kathryn Dickson for Explore Waterloo)
Heather Dixon Speaks on Belonging and Writing Advice (Harleen Kaur Dhillon in Community Edition)
Lulu’s Roadhouse, Helix lead singer deemed ‘fascinating’ in local author Dave McPherson’s music trivia book (Joel Rubinoff in The Record)
Grand River Transit sets a ridership record with 150,000 riders on buses and trains per day since school started (Liz Monteiro in The Record