January 17, 2019

Oktoberfest: the festival that keeps on giving

By Darick Charbonneau, Spoke News Oktoberfest is fast approaching, and organizers are hoping its 50th anniversary celebrations are going to be wunderbar. Kitchener’s Oktoberfest celebration started off as a small part of the Centennial celebrations of 1967, when the Chamber of Commerce gave the Concordia Club $200 and a mandate to develop a tourism event that would attract visitors.  It was a huge success, with over 75,000 visitors drinking 215,000 … Continued

Animator blazes new path with Next Gen

By Darick Charbonneau, Spoke News Wesley Rodricks considers his latest project, the animated movie Next Gen, to be the highlight of his career. The movie follows a lonely girl named Mai Su, who befriends a top secret robot that turns her life upside down as they team up to save the world from an evil madman and his army of robots. Next Gen was recently purchased by Netflix for $30 … Continued

Hundreds demand change to combat global warming

By Darick Charbonneau, Spoke News Hundreds of people turned out on Sept. 8 for Rise for Climate, an international display of protest and calls for change that saw over 900 different actions in 91 countries across all seven continents. The Waterloo Region Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the Waterloo Region Labour Council, among others, in conjunction with 350.org, partnered to bring local activists and speakers together to demand change and accountability … Continued