November 16, 2018

Festival organizer says fan satisfaction No. 1

BY PETER SWART The road to this year’s Ever After Music Festival has been an unexpectedly bumpy one for organizers. The most recent bump was the sexual assault allegations surrounding Datsik, who was scheduled to headline the festival, which lead to some frantic rearranging of the schedule. While this shook up the event and made fans scour the internet to see what the festival organizers would do to compensate for … Continued

Music festival to feature Excision

BY PETER SWART One of Canada’s most highly anticipated music events, the Ever After Music Festival, is taking place in Kitchener June 8 to 10 at Bingemans, with Canadian EDM heavy-hitter Excision headlining the jam-packed lineup. The three-day extravaganza will also feature performances from Claude VonStroke, Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, Illenium and many more. Marking the unofficial kick-off to summer, Ever After Music Festival officials say the event is the … Continued

Maple Syrup Festival is all about the money

BY DEANNA ROLLINS Driving into Elmira, home of the “World’s Largest Single Day Maple Syrup Festival,” you see horse-drawn buggies lining the sides of the main road, with Mennonites selling fresh maple syrup for the low price of only $40 per four litre jug. You turn onto a side street and see signs that read “park in this driveway for only $5 a spot.” So far, you’ve spent $45 and … Continued

Authors share stories and bring awareness

BY JOY STRUTHERS Festival Sunday in Eden Mills showcases Canada’s writers and publishers and the topics they care most about. Nestled in the Eramosa River Valley just outside of Guelph, the picturesque village provides a perfect backdrop for spoken word, storytelling and song. The publishers and booksellers line the main street of Eden Mills with tables full of books, magazines and art and many of the authors read from their … Continued

Jumping into the comedic mind

BY MATT LINSEMAN Waterloo Region residents had some good laughs at the seventh annual Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival opening night gala at Centre in the Square on March 3. The night’s lineup featured comedians Steve Patterson, Sean Cullen, Pete Zedlacher, John Wing, Chad Daniels, Scoot Herring, Emily Galati, Dwayne Perkins and Deanne Smith. Behind the curtain, though, two comedians gave a little advice and shared some insight into how they warm … Continued

Festival celebrates literacy

BY JOSH VAN OSTRAND The Word on the Street festival was held in downtown Kitchener Sept. 26 to promote literacy and Canadian authors. It brought artists from all over the region to celebrate the spoken and written word. The festival is part of a national organization, conveniently named Word on the Street, that runs festivals in four major cities across Canada. “Literacy is the building block for everything,” said Laura … Continued

40th festival a sweet success

BY JESSICA HAMMER The aroma of apple fritters and other wonderful delicacies filled the cool, crisp fall air in Wellesley, Ont. on Sept. 26. Wellesley’s Apple Butter and Cheese Festival, otherwise known as the ABC Festival, was celebrating its 40th anniversary. The town’s main street, arena and roads were full of people from all over the region. The lines for apple fritters and dumplings were long but the delicious apple … Continued

Thousands enjoy Oktoberfest

BY HEATHER STANLEY The familiar chant “Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi” resounded across Kitchener’s City Square as the verse was recited by thousands of festival goers who attended the Oct. 10 opening ceremonies of this year’s Oktoberfest. Started in 1967 with a vote of confidence and $200, the festival has grown to be the largest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Munich, Germany. This year marked the 46th … Continued