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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cosmosuave is a Live PA artist and a producer from Toronto who has been producing techno for over 15 years. What is a Live PA? Live PA is akin to a DJ but differs in a way that the performer produces their own material and performs it live with the use of sequencers, synthesizers, drum machines, fx units, and a mixer… To describe cosmosuave’s sound it would be that of hard driving kick drums, deep bass driven rhythms, pulsing arpeggio synth lines bathed in warm washes of synth pads and strings that keep the people grooving.

cosmosuave | SoundCloud | YouTube

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Battle Android Trooper

Based in Waterloo, Battle Android Trooper has been DJing and performing live electronic music since 1998. Co-founder of the Found Ontario collective and the Cultural Rhythm Unit, Battle Android Trooper is a deep bass explorer.

His DJ sets are sonic time capsules that showcase 35 years’ worth of electronic funk from Afrika Bambaataa to Zapp. As a live performer, Battle Android Trooper wires together analogue synthesizers, archaic samplers and vintage drum machines to send dancefloors to outer bass with a blend of hard trance, melodic techno and bassbin-rattling electro.

Check out Battle Android Trooper on SoundCloud

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Gilt Stage

Check out the Gilt Stage, outside of one of Kitchener's newest hotspots at King and Water.

8pm - Rufus

9pm - Andy Klaehn

10pm - String Theory

11pm - Loretta Fullerton

12pm - Christen Zook

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Spectrum is rolling out all the cool games at GAYM ON! Come hang out with us and play a game! No skill level needed just a smile a desire for buckets of fun!


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Light Factory - Dial It In

The night will open with cosmosuave playing live techno from Toronto in his KW debut. Next up B.A.T. with his second installment of live electro at the SLF . Then long time DJ | Producer | Promoter Jordan Teschke will bring you the sounds of the European scene without the price tag to Ibiza. Next KW scene legend Chad Breen, owner of the hub and place where the KW scene grew up SPEED records, will be bring in a house set that you don't want to miss. The night will finish with and experimental set from SubStandard entitled "10 years"

8:00 - 9:00 cosmosuave | Live Techno
9:00 - 10:00 Battle Android Trooper | Live Electro
10:00 - 11:00 Jordan Teschke | EDM Live/DJ Hybrid
11:00 - 12:00 Chad Breen | House
12:00 - 1:00 SubStandard | ???

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String Theory

String Theory plays modern hits mixed with depression era jazz and trip-hop. 

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McCabe's - Come hang with us!

Enjoy our patio, grab a pint or some delicious pub grub!

McCabe's | @McCabesKW | Facebook

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Join Rufus as he sings some of your favourite Soul classics. From Marvin Gaye, Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder to Michael Jackson. Rufus is sure to sing something that with sooth your soul palate.

Rufus is a fresh face who is bringing a refreshing sound to Canadian R&B music. Along with being an artist Rufus is an entrepreneur, a graduated Child and Youth Worker and an Active Youth Mentor in his community. His music has undertones of Jazz, Funk, Soul and Hip Hop but everything he sings is sung with sou

Rufus | Facebook | YouTube

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EPIC-DERMIS: Live Body Art Demonstration

Over the span of 5 hours, Nadia will intricately decorate her art piece - a live volunteer - with a cohesive design that incorporates both modern inspirations, as well as traditional henna patterns.

Nadia Mohamed is a Henna Artist from Kitchener, Ontario, with an Indo-Tanzanian and Canadian background. She grew up playing around with this art form with her siblings, but has since expanded her work to the public.

Facebook | Instagram

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UW Ballroom Dance Club

The University of Waterloo Ballroom Dance Club is a sport club under the Department of Athetics and Recreational Services at UW. We are a not-for-profit organization that is run entirely by student volunteers. Our aim is to provide high-quality instruction in international style ballroom dancing to the UW community at a student-friendly cost, and to promote ballroom dancing to the undergraduate environment.

UWBDC | Facebook

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Luchador Gourmet Streatery

Proudly originating from KW Region, the MIGHTY LUCHADORS have been decorated as one of Canada`s Top Food Trucks & considered as cross-regional Captains of Industry. Check us out for our Mexican Fusion & International Cuisine!

Luchador Streatery | Facebook

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Andy Klaehn Jazz Duo

Andy Klaehn and Keith Murch have been an active part of the KW live music scene for many years. Their diverse repertoire entertains audiences of all ages. Andy will double on several saxophones, flute, and clarinet, and is accompanied by Keith Murch, who is without a doubt one of the area's finest guitarists!

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Christen Zook

Sweet. Soulful. Ethereal. Just some of the words that have been used to describe the effortless, beautiful voice of Christen Zook. As a child Christen found comfort and clarity in the songs and voices of her fathers record collection and 90's pop and alternative music, which in turn has inspired a life dedicated to the soothing power of singing her heart out. At 21, encouraged by the late and talented Matt Osborne, Zook began to write and perform in earnest, and her album 'Change Is Coming', produced by friend and Juno winner Rob Szabo, earned her a 2011 K-W Arts Award.

@christenlatham | Facebook | YouTube

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Loretta Fullerton

Loretta Fullerton is a local singer/songwriter who accompanies herself on guitar. Steeped in folk tradition, with pop, country/blues roots influence and versatile, strong vocals - Loretta's joy of performing and songwriting is evident. Past gigs include: participation in tribute shows, back up vocals for touring bands. Loretta's more recent bookings (along with joining musically with local musician Sandy MacDonald)....include an Artists on Board the Via Rail Canadian, Downtown Live, Waterloo Town Square and Thurs evening Uptown Waterloo Jazz Series and an upcoming shared house concert in Kitchener with recording artist Tia McGraff.



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Community Couch

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we often forget the people around us. How often do you strike up a conversation with someone in line at the grocery store, or say hello to someone you pass on the street? The people around us might be strangers, but they all have stories to tell and contributions to make to our lives, if only we’d offer them space in which to do so. The Community Couch brings people together to share moments. That’s it. And it could be wonderful, awkward or just something new. 

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Chad Breen

Chad Breen will be joining the LIGHT FACTORY stage from 11pm to 12am.

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Hopscotch (Chalkthoughts)

How long has it been since you've played hopscotch? Don't be shy and join in! You'll wonder why you ever stopped playing.

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Elsa Jayne: Album & Video Release

Kitchener local, Elsa Jayne, releases her second album, Heart, and her new music video for "Fourteen Days" live in concert at Cork Hall (352 King Street West).  Openers include JoJo Worthington from Waterloo, ON and Moosejaw from Barrie, ON.

Please note, this is a paid event cpinciding with the festival. 

Tickets available at McCabe's Pub, Encore Records, Orange Monkey and online at ticketweb.ca.
Rsvp on Facebook
Doors @ 7:30pm, ends at 11:00pm

Elsa Jayne | @elsajaynemusic | Facebook | YouTube

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Large Snakes and Ladders

Jump on/jump off! Play snakes and ladders in a big format. Bringing little kid out!

*Created by Chalkthoughts