What's Happening 2015

Looking for photos of Summer Lights Festival 2015? Check out snaps from Brent Wettlaufer and Al Doerksen.

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Yoga Under the Stars

Join us for a yoga session at Carl Zehr Square (City Hall) after the bands are finished, at midnight! Led by David from Bikram Yoga KW.

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Inspire Health and Wellness

Inspire is an all in one natural health clinic in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo! At Inspire our clinical team works closely with each patient to address the source of their symptoms and to work towards a natural solution. We strive to provide exceptional care and results and this is reflected in our high customer satisfaction.

We will be onsite providing FREE massage therapy and acupuncture! Visit Inspire at the CHILL Zone to find out!

Inspire Health and Wellness | @InspireHW | Facebook

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The AcaBellas

The AcaBellas are the University of Waterloo's premiere all-female a cappella group. Founded in 2009 by just seven girls with a dream, the group has now grown to include as many as 19 members at a time, and was the first a cappella ensemble at Waterloo to truly incorporate group collaboration into their musicality, and dance into their performances.

10pm - Boathouse Stage (#6)

12pm - City Centre Stage (#4)

12:30pm - City Hall Stage (#5)

The Acabellas | @theacabellas | Facebook | YouTube

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West of Seoul

Kitchener's favourite Korean and Asian inspired street food. 

Location of food trucks subject to change.

West of Seoul

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Nerd Nite KW presents Rock Band

Sing karaoke-style and rock out with plastic instruments playing the best-selling video game, Rock Band. No-fail mode is always on and our song library contains more than 1,800 of the greatest songs of all time. Whether you want to wail on the drums, jam on the guitar or bass, or sing your heart out, we've got room for you. Pick your favourite song and join us!

Nerd Nite KW @nerdnitekw | Facebook

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Vintage Arcade

Come play some of the classic arcade games from the 80's & 90's. All games play on quarters just like the arcade days.

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Snacks on Wheels

Don't want to move to get snacks? No problem! The snacks will come to you. Our snacks will be on Central Fresh Market carts and will be found all over the festival. Remember that Central Fresh Market is still open during construction. Shop local!

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Our World Music Festival Stage

Our World Festival of Music has been celebrating our community’s cultural diversity, annually since 2006. On June 20th Our World celebrates its 10th anniversary of service to The Waterloo Region.

Peoples from around the globe have made our community a model of unity in diversity from its earliest beginnings. Our World Festival of Music reflects that abundance by presenting free, live concert performances every in June at Kitchener City Hall Civic Square.

Our World is an all ages, family friendly event at Kitchener City Hall Civic Square on Saturday, June 20, beginning at 8pm, right after the K-W Multicultural Festival wraps up in Victoria Park. The festival features performances by artists whose roots reflect Canada’s rich cultural diversity.

Kobo Town - Canada’s Great Nu-Calypso Band

Canada's dynamic Caribbean ensemble with their upbeat brand of Nu-Calypso. Drew Gonsalves & his band were a huge hit at Our World 2013, and we welcome them back to kick off a great night of live music.  www.kobotown.com

Alysha Brilla & the Brillion Dollar Band

Kitchener’s own Alysha Brilla was a 2014 JUNO Award nominee. The critically acclaimed Tanzanian-Canadian artist is known for her delightful mix of jazz, world and pop. Alysha was such a hit last year, that we welcome her and her great band back to headline Our World 2015. at 9:45pm. www.alyshabrilla.com

Contemporary School of Dance

One of the most popular and successful local dance schools, the Contemporary School of Dance has a wonderful group of young emerging dancers. Under the direction on Natasha Mansell, they will offer a Beatles themed selection of fun and creative original dance performances during our intermission at 9:15pm. www.cdsdance.com


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Open Ears Regatta and Dreamworld Jukebox

Open Ears is celebrating the summer solstice by holding the first Open Ears Regatta at the 125,000 litre Reflecting Pool at Carl Zehr Civic Square. We will begin the evening with our DreamworldJukebox, where multiple groups and sound sources ringed around the square simultaneously play an identical set list in their own style. Audience members and unsuspecting passersby can drift from one overlapping sound world to the next with strange continuity, while folding colourful origami boats, and floating them in the pool.

Kathryn Ladano, Michael Borkovic, Ben Grossman, Jason White, the Sorbara-Aldcroft duo, Suba Sankaran, Dylan Bell and more!

11:00pm to 11:45pm

Open Ears@openearsfest | Facebook YouTube

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The Chill Zone

Come chillax, take a load off your feet, and get well treated. Free massage and acupunture provided by Inspire Health and Wellness!

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Glow Ride with CAB

Light up SummerLights on two wheels. With tours leaving every hours, and bikes available if you don't have your own, help us with our people powered moving bicycle art display.

Tours leaving at 9pm, 10pm, 11pm and midnight.

CAB | @CABikeshare

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Painters of the Night

Four artists from Waterloo Region, all members of Central Ontario Art Association, will be demonstrating their painting & sketching skills at various sites around the "Summerlights Festival". Brenda Turnour, Michelle Braniff, Salome Perez & Eva Ivanov welcome your questions & will be glad to share their knowledge about their chosen mediums as well as talking about portfolios, what inspires them & what art means to them & you.

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Mary Guillaume and Brenda Turnour have joined together to bring a variety of their paintings to Kitchener City Hall.