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Doors Open Waterloo Region is coming up on September 16th!

The Communitech HubOn Saturday, September 16th some of Waterloo Region’s most interesting buildings will be open for you to see! Most of these buildings are not normally open to the public, but will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission.

This year’s theme is Identity + Innovation! This dual theme celebrates Canada and Ontario’s 150th, and the 15th Doors Open Waterloo Region. The sites will represent who we are a region and the innovative spirit of Waterloo Region.

Since 2003, Doors Open has had more than 300 sites open their doors to more than 100,000 visitors. This year our neighbor 44 Gaukel and nearby schools, churches, theatres, museums, libraries, innovation hubs and more will be open for you to explore.

Don’t miss this exciting and free event celebrating Waterloo Region!

8 Amazing Things to Do this Summer in DTK!

warsaw-100294_1920July 7 & 8 – Cruising on King

Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8 is Cruising on King, one of North America’s largest classic car shows/parades. Come check out classic cars lining King Street to the sounds of The Caverners Beatles Tribute Band.

July 9 & 10 – Kultrún World Music Festival

Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 is the Kultrún World Music Festival in Victoria Park. This is a free, family-friendly celebration of diversity featuring local, national, and international world music bands, interactive activities, workshops, performance art, a food, craft, and art market, and more. The festival runs Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday noon to 9 p.m.

July 12 – Movie in the Park: Back to the Future

On Wednesday, July 12 the 1985 classic film, Back to the Future will play in Civic Centre Park, presented by Apollo Cinema. The screening will begin around 9 p.m. and Apollo will be serving popcorn! Bring your own blanket or seat.

July 14-16 – Ribfest

On Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16, head to Victoria Park for some delicious barbequed ribs and chicken, craft-brewed beer, and live entertainment! This event is free to attend, with food and drink available for purchase.

July 15 – OutLoud Music Series at Open Sesame

On Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Open Sesame, OutLoud returns for its third show in 2017! This time featuring Alan Charlebois and Seline Arsenault. Brought to you by Page 1 Productions in partnership with Open Sesame, they are excited to welcome both Alan and Seline to the stage.

July 21 – ONtour: Kitchener Waterloo

Celebrate #Ontario150 with a FREE concert in Kitchener Waterloo on July 21st!

The ONtour Concert Series will provide the soundtrack of Summer 2017; showcasing some of Ontario’s brightest musical talent and enhancing its reputation as one of the most vibrant, diverse, live music venues in the world. The best part of it all: the event is free, rain/shine, and open to music-lovers of all ages!

July 22 – Rock and Rumble

Saturday, July 22 is the 6th annual Rock and Rumble in Carl Zehr Square. This must attend event for motorcycle enthusiasts and concert goers includes live music, food trucks, craft brewery, motorcycles, boxing on the square and more!

August 11 – Kitchener Blues Festival

Thursday, August 10 to Sunday, August 13 is the Kitchener Blues Festival, one of Canada’s Largest Blues Festivals! The fun starts on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. on the Clocktower Stage in Victoria Park with The Sheepdogs! Get your tickets at

Spooky Halloween Events in K-W!

pumpkins-1572864_1920Kitchener-Waterloo is full of fun events to help you celebrate Halloween, whether you like a good scare, or are just in it for the candy! We’ve put together a list of great events in the community, and you’re sure to find the right fit for you and your friends and family.

October 29 – Trunk or Treat

On October 29 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., head to Northside Baptist Church at 1373 Lobsinger Line in Waterloo for the fourth annual Trunk or Treat. The parking lot will be filled with decorated cars and people in costumes. There will be fun games and displays in each trunk, with chances to win free candy, plus hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, and coffee and tea for the adults.

October 29 – The Ruse at the Walper Hotel

On Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m., The Ruse will begin at the Walper Hotel in Kitchener. The Ruse is an exciting experience featuring the magic of David Storm, blending intimate parlour magic and a contemporary vibe. The show is intended for ages 18 and over. Tickets are available on Ticket Scene.

October 29 – Monster Mash Party at the Kitchener Market

On October 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., come dressed as your favourite monster to the Kitchener Market for some Halloween fun for kids. There will be decorations, treats, goodies, crafts and some fun music for dancing. Bring a donation for the Waterloo Region Food Bank as admission.

October 29 – Halloween Party

On October 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Waterloo Region Museum will be hosting a Halloween event perfect for the little ones up to age 8. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and will have a great time with a horse drawn wagon ride, games, crafts and other activities. Admission is $5 per child plus HST, with the accompanying adult free. Book by phone at 519-748-1914.

October 30 – Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Princess Cinemas

On October 30 at 7:30 p.m., the tradition continues with toast throwing, water guns, newspapers and more at the annual viewing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Princess Cinemas. Don’t forget your costume, and be sure to buy your tickets in advance on EventBrite.

October 30 – Sunday Family Fun Day: Scary Boo Fun

On October 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., head to the Waterloo Region Museum for a family fun day of games, decorating mini pumpkins, and making some spooky crafts! Costumes are welcome and the events are included with regular admission.

Throughout October – Bingemans Screampark

Every weekend in October, Bingemans Screampark will feature three haunted houses (Death Row, Waverly Hills Sanatorium, and Vile), two escape rooms (Red Room), zombie survival paintball (Ontario Zombie Oubreak), and a lounge for corporate events (The VooDoo Lounge). Buy tickets and see event days and times on the Bingemans Screampark website.

November 1 – Westvale Pumpkin Parade

On November 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., bring your best-carved pumpkins to line the pathways in Red River Park in Westvale. At dusk all the pumpkins will be lit for everyone to enjoy.

Written by Laura Janzen, Community Manager

Upcoming Fall Fun & Festivals in Kitchener-Waterloo!

leaves-1051937_1920Fall is a great time for fun, festivals, and food in KW! We’ve put together a list of some of this fall’s greatest local festivals and events – and some of them are completely free!

September 17—Doors Open Waterloo Region

On Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 48 locations across Waterloo Region will open their doors with children’s activities, music, drama presentations, walking tours and other special events! Discover some of the coolest places in Waterloo Region…for free. This year’s theme is “Into Science and Tech.” See the Doors Open website for more information:

September 18 – Outlaw Food Truck Picnic 2016

On September 18 from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m., this end-of-summer food truck picnic will feature a dozen food trucks, local live music and more outdoor fun in the green space (Civic Centre Park) between Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and Kitchener Public Library’s central branch.

September 21 – Waterloo Region Community Developer Breakfast

Every month, community development-minded folks meet for breakfast or lunch to sit, chat, learn, and eat! This month, on September 21, the group will be meeting at Kava Bean from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., on the right side of the restaurant.

September 23 – Craft Beer GO

Coming up this fall, THEMUSEUM is running a series of Beer +… events! The first event will be Beer + Pokemon GO at THEMUSEUM and B@THEMUSEUM on September 23 starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be lures, and over 10 Ontario Craft Brewers, plus food from The Bruce Caboose. Each ticket includes a free sample glass, two beer samples, and a snack!

September 24 – Etsy: Made in Canada

On September 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Kitchener City Hall will be filled with over 60 local vendors for the third annual Etsy: Made in Canada event! It is sure to be a fun day of shopping and community building.

September 28 – Beer + Survival

On September 28 starting at 6:30 p.m., the second Beer +… event will be Beer + Survival. You’ll learn the knots (rope knots?) you need to know in a survival situation, and make your own paracord bracelet with a built-in firestarter to take home. Each ticket will include your supplies for the paracord bracelet, one pint from Descendants brewery and access to THEMUSEUM’s exhibits before the event!

September 30 – October 2 – Culture Days in Waterloo Region

On September 30 to October 2, the second annual Culture Days weekend will take place, and feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities, throughout Waterloo Region. Culture Days will invite the public to participate and discover the world of artists, creators, heritage experts, architects, curators, designers and other creative people in the local community! See the Culture Days website for more information about activities and locations:

October 1 – KW Zombie Walk and Halloween Expo featuring KW Darkcon

On Saturday, October 1, starting at 12:00 p.m., the biggest and best KW Zombie Walk and Halloween Expo will begin at Kitchener City Hall! There will be Halloween vendors, family-friendly activities, costume contests, flash mobs, amazing makeup and face painting and more! All proceeds from the makeup table will be donated to The Canadian Women’s Foundation.

October 19 – Beer + Science

On Wednesday, October 19, head to THEMUSEUM at 6:30 p.m. to learn about the world of physics, quantum 101, followed by physics trivia. Dr. Shohini Ghose will also be giving a presentation, and be sure to check out QUANTUM: The Exhibition while you’re there. Each ticket includes the lecture and trivia, access to the exhibits before the event and one pint from TBA brewery.

October 22 – Do-It-Yourself Festival

On October 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Kitchener Public Library will be the second annual DIY Festival. There will be local businesses, guilds and community partners there demonstrating their skills and ideas, plus workshops throughout the day in the theatre. There will be activities for all ages, interests and skill levels. The event is completely free and no registration is required!

November 5 & 6 – Night\Shift 2016

Sat. Nov. 5 & 6 | 7:00 p.m. – 1:59 a.m. | Downtown Kitchener

On November 5 and 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 1:59 a.m., Downtown Kitchener will be filled with free pop-up art, performance and placehacking on the night the clocks roll back! See the Night\Shift website for details:

November 23 – Beer + Holiday Wreaths

Wed. Nov. 23 | 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. | THEMUSEUM

On November 23, starting at 6:30 p.m., THEMUSEUM will be filled with activities and beer once again, as participants join Living Fresh Flower Studio and School as they learn to make their own holiday wreath. Each ticket includes the materials to make one holiday wreath, access to exhibits before the event begins, and one pint from Creemore Springs!

Flashback to Coworking Week 2016 at Treehaus!

IMG_0263Treehaus residents and guests came together for a week of fun and learning August 2-5 to celebrate our annual Coworking Week! It was a full week of fun, learning, networking, and getting to know friends new and old!

On Tuesday, August 2, we kicked things off with an Open Haus at Treehaus, a great chance for guests to get to know our space, meet members and enjoy some delicious cookies and lemonade.

Wednesday, August 3, Treehaus members took a well-deserved break at Yoga in the Park, followed by an afternoon of free coworking for our friends and guests in the community! After a productive afternoon, we headed to The Boathouse in Victoria Park for happy hour!

IMG_5841On Thursday, August 4, Rob Clement from the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre delivered an informative workshop on the Business Model Canvas. Members learned how to create a simple, but effective business model, either for a new idea or product, or to re-evaluate their current one. There was learning, networking and pizza!

Friday, August 5, was our final day of coworking week and Treehaus members enjoyed slushies and games, then headed to the Kitchener Clock Tower right out our back door for the Kitchener Blues Festival. The festival line-ups were fantastic and the food trucks were delish!!

Thanks to everyone who came out to Treehaus for coworking week, we hope you had as much fun as we did!

Celebrate Coworking Week with us August 2-5!


International Coworking Week is coming up and Treehaus is ready to celebrate with a full week of fun events for learning, bringing members together and having a great time!

Tuesday, August 2 | Open Haus & Chair Graffiti 1-4pm

We’ll kick things off with an Open Haus 1-4pm on Tuesday! Are you or your friends in coworking at Treehaus? Want to meet some new members? Just interested in the amazing snacks including cookies and lemonade? Come visit the Treehaus Open Haus!

Plus, we’re doing some chair graffiti! Bring your old glitter glue and spray paint (we’ll have some too) and we’ll use our creative side to decorate a chair for the space during the Open Haus!

Wednesday, August 3 | Free Coworking, Yoga in the Park & Happy Hour 12-7pm

Wednesday is all about celebrating our amazing location and community. At noon, we’ll head to Yoga in the Park with Queen Street Yoga, for some free de-stressing and time outdoors. Then we’ll host some Free Coworking for the afternoon until 5 p.m., followed by Happy Hour at the Boathouse in Victoria Park! This is the perfect day to introduce your friends to the beauty of working right in a park, and an ideal mix of fun and productivity!

Thursday, August 4 | Lunch & Learn 12-2pm

On Thursday we’ll get down to business (and pizza!) with a Lunch and Learn! Join us and Rob Clement from the Small Business Centre for a hands-on Business Model Canvas Workshop, and a free lunch! The workshop will enable participants to sketch out their business ideas or explore a new direction for a service or product. Bring your friends to check out Treehaus, learn something new and eat some delicious pizza.

Friday, August 5 | Board Games & Blues Fest 1-9pm

Fridays are for kicking back and getting ready for a weekend of fun! We’ll celebrate in this spirit with a Board Game Afternoon, plus slushies and snacks. Feel free to bring in some of your own games, and be prepared to get competitive and have a great time!

After an afternoon of board games, we’ll step right out our back door to Kitchener Blues Festival for free concerts starting at 5pm on the OLG Clock Tower Stage!


Written by Laura Janzen, Community Manager

Flashback to Treehaus 6th Anniversary Potluck Picnic!


Treehaus guests and residents new and old came together on July 5th to celebrate Treehaus’ 6th Anniversary with a potluck picnic in the park! Everyone brought something to share, from delicious salads to pitas and hummus, egg tarts and antojitos. The weather was beautiful as everyone in Treehaus took a break, sat outside and enjoyed learning more about the diverse range of people who cowork here. It’s important to take a break once in awhile!


To top it all off, we all enjoyed a huge chocolate cake and coffee from our brand new coffeemaker! Happy 6 years, Treehaus—we look forward to many more!

Written by Laura Janzen, Community Manager

You’re invited to a Treehaus Potluck Picnic!

6th Anniv Picnic Potluck

Treehaus is celebrating its 6th Anniversary, and you’re invited to celebrate with us at a picnic in the park on Tuesday, July 5 at noon.

Please bring a dish to share (no nuts please!) You can sign up and tell us what you’re bringing on the bulletin board at Treehaus or send us an email at We’ll bring the cake!

Just meet us in the front of Treehaus and we’ll find a nice shady place to sit in the park. Stick around after for an afternoon of complimentary coworking.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
Treehaus Team

11 Not-To-Miss Summer Festivals in Waterloo Region!

Series of picnic tables in a park with red or orange flowers in yellow containers.

There’s no shortage of events, festivals, food, and fun to be had in Waterloo Region this summer! We’ve put together a list of some of this summer’s greatest local festivals and events (many of them free!) and all of them guaranteed to be a great time.

Every Sunday Until August 7 – Waterloo Concert Band at Waterloo Park

Every Sunday until August 7 starting at 7 p.m. are Waterloo Park Summer Concerts, presented by the Waterloo Concert Band and the City of Waterloo, in the Centennial Bandshell in Waterloo Park. All concerts are free and appropriate for all ages. Just bring a lawn chair to sit on!

July 8 & 9 – CMT Music Fest at Bingemans

On July 8 & 9 at Bingemans is CMT Music Fest, a two-day country music festival, featuring: Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, and more! The event will also include a mini-food market and on-site general store.

July 8-10 – Kultún World Music Festival in Victoria Park

The Kultrún World Music Festival features local, national, and international world music bands, activities for kids, food and craft market, beer garden and more. There is a ticketed opening gala at THEMUSEUM on July 8 ($29-35). The main festival is free in Victoria Park on July 9 & 10.

July 15 & 16 – Cambridge Scottish Festival at Churchill Park

On July 15 & 16, the Cambridge Scottish Festival features traditional Scottish games, food, and music, exhibitors, and speakers, in Churchill Park in Cambridge. Some events are ticketed ($15-17).

July 22 & 23 – Epic Food Truck Fare at Kitchener City Hall

From 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m on July 22 & 23, Epic Food Truck Fare will be packed with local food, craft beer, family fun, and live bands in front of Kitchener City Hall. Proceeds go to Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region’s Access and Awareness programs.

July 30 – Afro Festival 2016 at Waterloo Park

On Saturday, July 30 from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., check out Afro Festival 2016! Presented by the African Women’s Alliance of Waterloo, this festival brings dance, music, drama, arts, crafts, clothing, storytelling, and African cuisine to Waterloo Park.

August 4-7 – Kitchener Blues Festival 2016 in Downtown Kitchener

The Kitchener Blues Festival 2016 is coming to Downtown Kitchener! There are two ticketed concerts on August 4 and August 5, as well as free concerts all day Friday to Sunday.

August 5-7 – Cambridge Rotary Ribfest at Riverside Park in Cambridge

If you love ribs, check out the Cambridge Rotary Ribfest is at Riverside Park on August 5-7. There will be free admission, parking, and entertainment, including concerts, a classic car show, and a vintage motorcycle show!

August 20 – Aviation Fun Day at Region of Waterloo International Airport

Aviation Fun Day is on at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. There will be a walking tour of the airport and aviation partners, static displays of aircraft from the Airplane Heritage Museum, and interactive displays that include flight simulators. Please bring a nonperishable food item to be donated as your admission.

August 27 – Cambridge Comic Arts Festival at Queen’s Square Library

Calling all comic book fans! The Cambridge Comic Arts Festival is at Queen’s Square Library, including regional artist displays, vendors, family programs, and character visits.

September 24 – Cambridge International Festival at Riverside Park

Relax and enjoy the end of summer on at the Cambridge International Festival on Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The festival is free and open to all-ages, and includes music, dance and performances, food, a vendor market, and more!


Written by Laura Janzen, Community Manager


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Release Date: August 7, 2015
Downtown Kitchener’s Treehaus Coworking Workplace celebrates five years in city’s business community

Kitchener, ON – This summer Treehaus Collaborative Workspace celebrates its fifth year of bringing coworking to the Kitchener community. Treehaus is an incubator for entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations and telecommuters in the region. With an open-concept office setting, a kitchen, two board rooms and more than 20 workstations, Treehaus has become a second home for many programmers, artists and start-ups for the past five years. With the coworking movement gaining momentum in Canada, there are three things that make Treehaus stand out: its commitment to diversity, affordability and community building.

Gabrielle Clermont, Co-founder and Treasurer, has been at Treehaus here since the beginning, ensuring that these three values are at the core of the organization. When it comes to its residents, she says “our members are working in all different fields but we all share a passion for getting to know each other and being part of the bigger community of Treehaus.” Treehaus is part of a vision that favours collaboration over competition and its members feel the benefits first hand. “At Treehaus, we don’t take just anyone willing to pay the rent. It’s a curated community,” shares Clermont.

At five years old, Treehaus is one of the founding grandfathers of the coworking movement in the province. “We are one of the oldest coworking spaces in Ontario. Coworking is still a fairly new concept in Canada. Most new spaces close within two years,” notes Clermont. Treehaus’ success is due in equal parts to support from the community and the City of Kitchener.

When it comes to company structure, Treehaus functions with a minimalistic sense of style. As a space that curates and nourishes the needs of local professionals, Treehaus prides itself on its ability to be financially independent. Operated through the collaboration of a volunteer Board of Directors and part-time Community Manager, Treehaus goes without general executive services, such as reception. “We are the only coworking space that is run as an incorporated nonprofit organization. It’s part of the reason our space is so affordable. Treehaus is a true 24/7, help yourself kind of a place,” notes Clermont.

As a member of the Ontario Coworking Collective, Treehaus believes in giving its residents incentives for choosing coworking over a traditional setting. One of these incentives is the Coworking Health Insurance Plan (COHIP), which provides the stability of accessible insurance coverage for independent workers in Ontario.

Treehaus is taking its fifth anniversary as an opportunity to give back to the community by celebrating coworking culture with International Coworking Week happening from August 10 to 14. Highlights from Treehaus’ Coworking Week celebrations include an open house, free coworking days and evening social events at the nearby Boathouse Restaurant. On Thursday, August 13, Treehaus hosts a free training session co-presented with the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre on the Canvas Business Model. The session features Q&A sessions with legal and marketing professionals, complimentary lunch and a coupon for a free coworking afternoon at Treehaus.

Treehaus is thrilled to present these and other community events to educate and celebrate Coworking Week in Kitchener’s downtown coworking space.

Monday, August 10
Monday Funday Lunchtime Frisbee: 12pm-1pm
Open House: 10am-5pm
Treehaus Tour: 10am, 2pm, 4pm
Boathouse Social: 5pm-7pm

Tuesday, August 11
Office Supply Swap: 11am-2pm
Treehaus Tour: 10am, 2pm, 4pm
Boathouse Happy Hour: 5pm-7pm

Wednesday, August 12
Potluck Picnic Lunch in Victoria Park: 12pm-1pm
Free Coworking: 1pm-5pm
Treehaus Tour: 10am, 4pm

Thursday, August 13
Free Waterloo Region Small Business Centre Canvas Business Model Q&A and Workshop,
with lunch included: 12:30pm-2:00pm
*Event registration through Eventbrite required
Treehaus Tour 10am, 2pm, 4pm

Friday, August 14
Open House 10am-5pm
COHIP Insurance Info Session 1pm-2pm
Treehaus Tour 10am, 2pm, 4pm

To see Coworking Week Events Poster, click here.

Media Contact: Alex Glass | Treehaus Board Member | 226.792.4849 |

Treehouse Collaborative Workspace is a nonprofit organization that has fostered over 85 different companies, individuals and organizations since its opening on July 1, 2010. Treehaus is home to consultants, single person businesses, nonprofit organizations, start-ups and telecommuters. Its proximity to the Iron Horse Trail and Charles Street Bus Terminal offers car-free commuting options for its residents year-round. Above all, Treehaus is committed to fostering a sense of community among its residents and regional businesses.