Made up of amateurs, students from Wilfrid Laurier University, and seasoned professionals, the 34-member Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra is truly a community ensemble. And the group takes its cultural responsibility seriously—each season, they delve into the lesser known works of beloved 18th and 19th century composers to unearth and play forgotten gems. Before presenting pieces by such luminaries as Beethoven and Mozart, the orchestra invites audiences to pre-concert performances from a small ensemble.
Kiwi partners with the Cambridge Farmer’s Market to bring its patrons fresh, locally acquired ingredients. In fact, the staff brings those ingredients to guests in the finished form of plates such as short rib ragu, lamb cevapi, NY strips, and glazed halibut. However, there are vegetarian options, such as the veggie burger. The eatery offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a culinary blend that's Italian, American, and Canadian.
Situated on the Grand River in southwest Ontario, Kitchener is the cultural hub of the Waterloo Region. In 1800, German Mennonites journeyed from Pennsylvania to settle in this farming region, known as Berlin, between 1854 and 1916. In honor of its German roots, the city hosts an annual Oktoberfest celebration. It draws 700,000 visitors, making it the largest Bavarian festival in the world outside of Germany. Five miles from the hotel, Doon Heritage Village simulates life in Berlin in 1914, and just around the corner, the Joseph Schneider Haus preserves artifacts from the Germanic settlement. More than 30 miles (100 km) of walking and biking trails traverse the riverfront landscape around Kitchener, and playgrounds and toboggan hills line its 220 city parks. One of the most popular of these parks is Victoria Park, which was built in 1896 by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted. It’s centered on a massive clock tower salvaged from old city hall as well as a cast bronze statue of Queen Victoria and a lifelike replica of her royal tinfoil crown.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Maxwell's Music House encompasses both a live performance venue and a music school where professional teachers instruct students in their choice of instrument and style during half-hour lessons. Parents can enrol kids or sign themselves up to learn to sing, beat drums, learn piano or use telekinesis to pluck the strings of electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. A range of music styles abounds to sate most musical appetites, including rock, pop, jazz, classical, and blues. Learn to read music in one of the jam space practice rooms, or practice rock star air splits during lessons on the facility's real concert stage. Meanwhile, instructors with extensive professional performing experience guide maestros-to-be as they learn the finer points of playing favourite songs using their own instruments or one of the facility's provided song-makers. Students can take home an optional recording of their lessons, with which can be used to track personal progress or to lure wild guitars from their caves.
Ellen's Bar & Grill has all the makings of a classic sports bar. Sporting events flash on the big, flat-screen TVs, and servers sling frothy pints of beer across a sleek, wood-finished bar. But it's easy to see personal touches that set the restaurant apart. To be sure, the menu serves up the traditional pub fare you'd expect, from jumbo hot wings to burgers so big they're billed as "two-hand burgers" and were once sold by Napoleon to the United States. Many of the salad dressings and sauces are even made in-house. Diners can also nosh on a shareable plate of nachos or coconut shrimp, savor a spinach-stuffed ravioli, or dig into poutine piled high with caramelized onions, steak, blue cheese, and gravy.