July 15, 2024


Despite the cold, Waterloo residents grabbed their skates and headed to Waterloo Town Square on Jan. 27 for Shake-n-Skate. The event combines the elements of skating and dancing with a DJ and funky lights to set the mood.

Shake-N-Skate is a free, family-friendly skating party series that was organized by the City of Waterloo and KDUB’s Vidman. This was the fifth year the event was held and last year KDUB held several events at the City of Guelph’s rink as well.

KDUB is a non-profit group that was founded by Dan Lauckner, a Kitchener resident. It is comprised of a few local event organizers in Kitchener-Waterloo. They have also organized events such at the Waterloo Zombie Walk, International Pillow Fight Day in Waterloo, and the Water Gun Bubble Battle among others in the city.

“I went to a skating party in Toronto, had a blast and thought, this could work in Waterloo.  I love my community and love to have fun,” Lauckner said about the inspiration behind the event.

The night featured music from DJs Marty McFly, CΛK€ and Vidman to accompany the skaters. There were also colourful, flashing lights, adding to the party feel. Free flashing toys were given to those who braved the cold, along with hot chocolate to keep the participants warm despite the temperature dropping to -15 C during the event.

“My kids and I try to come skating in Kitchener or Waterloo once every single week. The music and the glowing toys made it more fun this time,” said Deb Crawford, a Waterloo resident.

Crawford also said her children already asked to come to the next Shake-n-Skate in March.

Part two of Shake-n-Skate will be taking place March 1 at Waterloo Town Square’s skating rink featuring music from Souljah Sessions Crew and Vidman. For more information, visit kdub.ca.

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