Events

CAFKA.16: Events, Performances, Workshops, Tours

Sat 28-May, 7 PM - 9:30 PM, CAFKA Reception, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, N2G 4G7. Produced by CAFKA.

Kick off CAFKA.16: What we do together that we can't do alone, with us at Kitchener City Hall. Sponsored by Littel Mushroom Catering and TWN Co-operative Brewers

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Thu 26-May, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Yellow Wallpaper with Julia Aplin, Anna Chatterton, John Gzowski, Ken MacKenzie, Jim Ruxton, and Jordana Deveau, Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener, N2H 2L9, $20/PWYC, http://openears.ca/oe16/yellowwallpaper. Produced by Open Ears.
The Yellow Wallpaper is an interdisciplinary performance piece combining the skills and insights of the collaborators into a complex duet for dancer and actor. Sound designer John Gzowski and media artist Jim Ruxton use an array of tools from analog sound processors to robots to create expressive depth and dimension to the aural experience of the work.
 
Fri 27-May, 4 PM, DRUMnBASS @ Communitech with Greg Harrison and Ryan Maguire, Communitech, 151 Charles St W Suite 100, Kitchener, N2G 1H6. Produced by Open Ears.
New drumset compositions and drum and bass improvisations from Greg Harrison, plus Ryan Maguire demonstrates the technology behind The Ghost in the MP3.
 
Fri 27-May, 6 PM, Listening Choir I with Christopher Willes and Adam Kinner, Admission free with pre-registration. Register at http://goo.gl/forms/aKu2ptaVAp. Space is limited. Produced by Open Ears.
Listening Choir is a performance that takes participants on group walks through urban spaces. Enacting a practice of group listening, these walks offer a way of encountering the affective landscapes of public settings together, reflecting on broad notions of common space and participation. Listening Choir invites making listening itself the thing that is listened to.
 
Sat 28-May, 10 AM - 1 PM, CAFKA Family Days I: Cardboard Creations, Kitchener Market, 300 King St E, Kitchener, N2H 2W8, $5/PWYC. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Produced by CAFKA.
Cardboard Creations will feature the CAFKA artist photo booth designed by Agnes Niewiadomski of KwartzLab.
 
Sat 28-May, 2 PM - 4 PM, Walking Tour of CAFKA, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, N2G 4G7, Admission Free. Produced by CAFKA.
Join us for an inaugural walking tour of CAFKA.16 in Downtown Kitchener.
 
Sat 28-May, 6 PM, Listening Choir II with Christopher Willes and Adam Kinner, Admission free with pre-registration. Register a http://goo.gl/forms/aKu2ptaVAp. Space is limited. Produced by Open Ears.
(See Fri 27-May listing)
 
Sat 28-May, 7 PM - 9:30 PM, CAFKA Reception, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, N2G 4G7. Produced by CAFKA.
Kick off CAFKA.16: What we do together that we can't do alone, with us at Kitchener City Hall.
 
Sat 28-May, 8:30 PM, Surface Image with Vicky Chow, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen St N, Kitchener, N2H 2H2, $25/$15 Student and Seniors/$5 Eye-GO, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2539132. Produced by Open Ears.
This is the first appearance at Open Ears for Canadian pianist Vicky Chow, who currently lives in New York City as a member of the Bang On A Can All-Stars. Through a string of groundbreaking works pairing acoustic instruments with hand-made 1-bit electronics, Tristan Perich has transformed the way in which traditional forms of composition can be enhanced and reinvigorated by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics, and code.
 
Sat 28-May, 8 PM - 3 AM, CAFKA Artist Party, Featuring DJs: Adeel Khan, Purrpelle, Scarlet Spades. Performance by Bjorn Borg Collective. KWAG Community Access Space, Centre In The Square, 101 Queen St N, Kitchener, N2H 6P7, $20, http://cafkaparty.bpt.me/. Produced by CAFKA. Sponsored by the Yeti.
Let's celebrate the launch of the CAFKA biennial and party with the brilliant artists and volunteers that make it happen! The party takes place at two locations at the Centre in the Square. The Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery Community Space upstairs will start the party from 8 – 12 PM with disco and hits, then shift downstairs to the CITS Members Lounge from 10 PM - 3 AM for house and techno music 'till the wee hours.
 
Sun 29-May, 11 AM - 1 PM, Guided tour of CAFKA in Mandarin, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, N2G 4G7, Admission Free. Produced by CAFKA.
CAFKA.16 的中文普通话游览指南, 将于5月29日上午11点, 免费在奇基纳的市政圆形大厅中进行。 活动地址:200 King St W Kitchener, N2G 4G7.
 
Sun 29-May, 12 PM, Listening Choir III with Christopher Willes and Adam Kinner, Admission free with pre-registration. Register at http://goo.gl/forms/aKu2ptaVAp. Space is limited. Produced by Open Ears.
(See Fri 27-May listing)
 
Sun 29-May, 1 PM, Artist Talk: Tristan Perich with Tristan Perich, Open Sesame, Kitchener City Hall, 220 King St W, Kitchener, N2G 4G7. Admission Free. Produced by Open Ears.
 
Sun 29-May, 3 PM - 430 PM, What We Are Saying with Ame Henderson/Public Recordings, PUC Building, 191 King St W, Kitchener, N2G 4V6, $25/$15 Students and Seniors/$5 Eye-GO, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2539608. Produced by Open Ears.
 
Mon 30-May, 12 PM, This Could Be The Place: Insecure Ts, performance by Andrew McPhail, UW Arts Quad adjacent to Dana Porter Library, 200 University Ave W, Waterloo, N2L 3G1. Produced by University of Waterloo Art Gallery.
Insecure Ts combines craft, textiles and wearable art as an expression of personal anxiety. Words like REJECT or FLUNKEE are hand-sewn in glittering sequins onto black T-shirts available for the public to try on and wear during the event.
 
Tue 31-May, 12 PM, This Could Be The Place: Performance by Nahed Mansour, UW Arts Quad adjacent to Dana Porter Library, 201 University Ave W, Waterloo, N2L 3G2. Produced by University of Waterloo Art Gallery.
For more information, please see the http://uwag.uwaterloo.ca/about for details.
 
Tue 31-May, 8 PM, Dollhouse with Bill Coleman and Gordon Monahan, Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener, N2H 2L9, $25/$15 Student and Seniors/$5 Eye-GO, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2539136. Produced by Open Ears.
In Dollhouse, internationally renowned dancer/choreographer Bill Coleman inhabits an installation created by celebrated avant-garde composer Gordon Monahan. Movement, tap dancing and performance art intermingle with manipulated objects – mechanical and electronic, handmade and found.
 
Wed 1-Jun, 12 PM, This Could Be The Place: Shifting Shelter, performance by Vessna Perunovich, UW Arts Quad adjacent to Dana Porter Library, 202 University Ave W, Waterloo, N2L 3G3. Produced by University of Waterloo Art Gallery.
Shifting Shelter is a durational performance involving the assembly of household items and furniture into a transitory shelter that explores notions of transition and migration, poetically reflecting on the ongoing migrant refugee crisis.
 
Wed 1-Jun, 7 PM - 8:30 PM, Civilization of the Wild: Scratch & Sniff & Sip with Michelle Purchase, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T6. Produced by CAFKA.
Plants can be identified by sight, smell, taste, or touch. Come smell some fun plants, learn which ones can be tasty, and which can be very dangerous. Some basic plant identification terminology will be covered. Where to Meet - participants will meet Michelle Purchase on Roos Island (the large island in Victoria Park Lake) at Meaghan Harder's debris hut installation "Civilizations of the Wild"
 
Wed 1-Jun, 8 PM, Nazar-I Turkwaz with Nazar-I Turkwaz, KWCMS, 57 Young St W, Waterloo, N2L 2Z4, Adults $30/ Students & Seniors $20, https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/15369/. Produced by Open Ears.
This inspiring quartet of singers and instrumentalists will take you to Turkey, Egypt, Greece, the Middle East and beyond! Turkwaz is a unique combination of four musician/singers, immersed in diverse traditions from mysterious Sufi devotional love songs, to rousing Thracian dance music. Each performer brings a special flavour to the group.
 
Thu 2-Jun, 12 PM, This Could Be The Place: Performance by Francisco-Ferdinando Granados, Arts Quad adjacent to Dana Porter Library - University of Waterloo Campus, 203 University Ave W, Waterloo, N2L 3G4, Admission Free. Produced by University of Waterloo Art Gallery.
For more information, please see the http://uwag.uwaterloo.ca/about for details.
 
Thu 2-Jun, 6 PM - 10 PM, CAFKA Pub Crawl I, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, N2G 4G7, $25, http://bpt.me/2547046. Produced by CAFKA.
Receive a guided tour of CAFKA installations through Downtown Kitchener. While you're out, enjoy drinks and discussions, and share your creative side at art stations set up at participating bars. Pre-register online or register at Kitchener City Hall at the start of the Crawl. Cost includes three drink tickets and snacks. Register online at, http://cafkapubcrawl.bpt.me.
 
Thu 2-Jun, 8 PM, Pushing the Perimeter: Conducting the Ether with Carolina Eyck, Perimeter Institute, 31 Caroline St N, Waterloo, N2L 6B9. See website for ticket information www.openears.ca, http://openears.ca/oe16/conductingtheether. Produced by Open Ears.
A rare opportunity! Straight from Berlin, Carolina Eyck, international theremin virtuoso.
 
Thu 2-Jun, 10 PM, Dodecaphunk: Kyle Brenders Band, with Allison Au with Kyle Brenders Band, with Allison Au, Jazz Room, 59 King St N, Waterloo, N2J 2X2, See website for ticket information www.openears.ca, http://openears.ca/oe16/2016/6/2/dodecaphunk. Produced by Open Ears.
Atonal "12-tone" music gets funked up by the Kyle Brenders Big Band. Perhaps no single movement in western music has fractured and divided audiences, performers and composers alike as the rise of serial, atonal music - no more major or minor, and sounding to some like the beep-boops of machines or random noise generation.
 
Fri 3-Jun, 12 PM, This Could Be The Place: Belle & Boy’s Savage Buffalo Happy Hour, performance by Adrian Stimson & Lori Blondeau, Arts Quad adjacent to Dana Porter Library, University of Waterloo Campus, 204 University Ave W, Waterloo, N2L 3G5, Admission Free. Produced by University of Waterloo Art Gallery.
Belle & Boy’s: Savage Buffalo Happy Hour harkens to a time when Buffalo were savage and the people were happy. Savage Buffalo Happy Hour will be a space where anything can happen, photo ops, interpretive dance, indigenous critique, six gun justice and much more. Like spectacles of the past Bell and Boy, recreate a variety show that will shock, rock and tickle the Nation.
 
Sat 4-Jun, 10 AM - 1 PM, CAFKA Family Days II: Buttons, Stickers, and Magnets, Kitchener Market, 300 King St E, Kitchener, N2H 2W8, $5/PWYC. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Produced by CAFKA.
Local collage artists Caroline Wesley and Ellie Anglin, armed with their trusty hand-held button makers, will lead participants in creating their own one of a kind collage buttons, stickers, and magnets, from start to finish. Memorialize Cafka in button form or use your own inspiration to create one of a kind, wearable art. 
 
Sat 4-Jun, 9 AM - 11 AM, Civilization of the Wild: Bread Oven Building with Meghan Harder, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T7, Admission Free. Produced by CAFKA.
Alfred and the KW Cobbers from Transition KW will be demonstrating how to build a simple earthen oven.
 
Sun 4-Jun, 11 AM - 4 PM, CAFKA.16: Symposium, with Christine Shaw, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Mississauga and Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery; Mona El Khafif, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo School of Architecture; Gabrielle Moser, writer, educator and independent curator based in Toronto, Critical Media Lab, 44 Gaukel St, Kitchener, N2G, Admission Free.
Featuring presentations by Christine Shaw, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Mississauga and Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery Mona El Khafif, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo School of Architecture Gabrielle Moser, writer, educator and independent curator based in Toronto. CAFKA.16: Symposium is a project of the Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo Fine Arts, University of Waterloo Art Gallery and CAFKA.
 
Sun 5-Jun, 8 AM - 9:30 AM, Civilization of the Wild: Birdwatching with Meghan Harder, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T8, Admission Free. Produced by CAFKA.
Come for an early morning stroll through Victoria park and learn to identify local birds with David Gascoigne.
 
Sun 5-Jun, 10 AM - 12 PM, CAFKA.16:  Art Journaling Tour, $5 Register via: http://www.meetup.com/Waterloo-FAY-Meetup/. Produced by CAFKA & Waterloo FAY Meetup.
Meet at the Open Sesame and take a guided tour to the Downtown Kitchener CAFKA.16 locations. Bring a scrapbook and basic artist tools like pencils, crayons or sharpies.
 
Sun 5-Jun, 7 PM - 9 PM, Une visite guidée de CAFKA.16, The Boathouse, 57 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener, N2G 7T6, Admission gratuite. Produced by CAFKA.
Rejoignez-nous pour une visite guidée de CAFKA.16 en français.
 
Thu 8-Jun, 11 AM - 2 PM, The Well with Zhaoyi Kang, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, N2G 4G7, Admission Free. Produced by Idea Exchange Art and Design.
The Well is a durational performance by artist Zhaoyi Kang in which he builds a temporary wall around himself by meticulously stacking hundreds of bananas.
 
Sat 9-Jun, 6 PM - 7:30 PM, CAFKA Cycle I, Carl Zehr Square, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, N2G 4G7, $18. Produced by CAFKA.
Meet at Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall for a bicycle tour of Downtown Kitchener CAFKA.16 locations. Ticket price includes a drink and snack. Register online at, http://cafkacycle.bpt.me.
 
Sat 11-Jun, 10 AM - 1 PM, CAFKA Family Days III: Treasure Maps. 300 King St E, Kitchener, N2H 2W8, $5/PWYC. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Produced by CAFKA.
Print your own treasure maps & colouring pages. Printmaker Sarah Goldrup and Michelle Purchase will help participants block print their own exhibition map with corresponding colouring book pages for each of the CAFKA installations. Colouring book pages will be drawn by various local artists including Julian van Mossel-Forrester.
 
Sun 12-Jun, 10 AM - 12 PM, CAFKA Coffee Crawl I, The Yeti, 14 Eby St N, Kitchener, N2H 2V6, $5/PWYC. Produced by CAFKA.
Meet at the Yeti and take a guided tour to the Dowtown Kitchener CAFKA.16 locations.
 
Sun 12-Jun, 3 PM - 5 PM, Civilization of the Wild: Tree ID with Meghan Harder, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T9. Produced by CAFKA.
Come for a guided walk around Victoria Park and area and learn about native and invasive trees in downtown Kitchener with Dan Root
 
Tue 14-Jun, 10:00 - 12:00 PM, Civilization of the Wild: Shelter Building with Meghan Harder, Roos Island, Victoria Park. 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T6
Join Meg in a hands-on demonstration of debris-hut building.
 
Thu 16-Jun, 6 PM - 10 PM, CAFKA Pub Crawl II, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, N2G 4G7. Produced by CAFKA.
Receive a guided tour of CAFKA installations through Downtown Kitchener. While you're out, enjoy drinks and discussions, and share your creative side at art stations set up at participating bars. Pre-register online or register at Kitchener City Hall at the start of the Crawl. Cost includes three drink tickets and snacks.  Register online at, http://cafkapubcrawlii.bpt.me.
 
Fri 17-Jun – Sun 19-Jun, 11 AM - 8 PM, Altekrea, Festival of Alternative Creation, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, N2G 4G7. Produced by Altekrea.
Altekrea celebrates the artistic excellence of comic, sci-fi, fantasy, animation and other alternative branches, providing professional and development opportunities to emerging artists through showcasing, networking, workshops and reviews.
 
Sat 18-Jun, 10 AM - 1 PM, CAFKA Family Days IV: The Art of Calligraphy, Kitchener Market, 300 King St E, Kitchener, N2H 2W8, $5/PWYC. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Produced by CAFKA.
Zohra Wali and Ala' Al-Thibeh from Illuminate Arts, Coalition of Muslim Women, KW will help participants create a collaborative contemporary art windows using text in any language. This project is inspired by the CAFKA artist Jamelie Hassan and local artist Soheila Esfahani.
 
Sat 18-June, 8 PM - 1 AM, Summer Lights Festival 2016, Downtown Kitchener.
Summer Lights is a street party featuring the best of art, tech, merchants, food/drink, dance, music and creative experience. For more information please see www.summerlightsfestival.com.
 
Sun 19-Jun, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Civilization of the Wild: Natural Cordage with Meghan Harder, Roos Island, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T6. Free.
Come learn the ancient practice of making string from native plants.    
 
Wed 22-Jun, 7 PM - 8 PM, Civilization of the Wild: Bioregional Poetry and Story Reading I with Meghan Harder, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T10. Produced by CAFKA.
Come join in a round of reading of ecology-based poetry and short stories. Feel free to bring along poems and stories to share with the group, either written by yourself or collected favourites. A selection will be explored through shared reading and reflection.
 
Thu 23-Jun, 6 PM - 7:30 PM, CAFKA Cycle II, Carl Zehr Square, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, N2G 4G7, $18. Produced by CAFKA.
Meet at Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall for a bicycle tour of Downtown Kitchener CAFKA.16 locations. Ticket price includes a drink and snack. Register online at, http://cafkacycleii.bpt.me.
 
Sat 25-Jun, 10 AM - 1 PM, CAFKA Family Days V: Book Binding, 300 King St E, Kitchener, N2H 2W8, $5/PWYC. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Produced by CAFKA.
Publication Studios Guelph will bring their booking-binding machine and participants will be able to bind their own CAFKA sketchbooks. CAFKA colouring book pages will also be available.
 
Sun 26-Jun, 10 AM - 12 PM, CAFKA Coffee Crawl II, The Yeti, 14 Eby St N, Kitchener, N2H 2V6, $5/PWYC. Produced by CAFKA.
Meet at the Yeti and take a guided tour to the Dowtown Kitchener CAFKA.16 locations.
 
Sun 26-Jun, 7 PM - 8 PM, Civilization of the Wild: Bioregional Poetry and Story Reading 2 with Meghan Harder, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T11. Produced by CAFKA.
Come join in a round of reading of ecology-based poetry and short stories. Feel free to bring along poems and stories to share with the group, either written by yourself or collected favourites. A selection will be explored through shared reading and reflection.
 
Sun 10-Jul, 2 PM, Outside In, Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, 25 Caroline St N, Waterloo, N2L 2Y5. Produced by Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery.
The Summer 2016 exhibition at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery features artists Rory MacDonald (Halifax), Dear Human (Jasna Sokolovic & Noel O’Connell) (Montreal), Orest Tataryn (Toronto) and Vanessa Yanow in collaboration with John Tinholt (Montreal).
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Saturday April 23, 2016 /// 12PM