Andrea’s Five Fun Things To Do – Jan 18-19

Looking for some excitement this weekend in Waterloo Region? Online host Andrea Bellemare has you covered.

1. A Story of Canadian Art: As told by the Hart House Art Collection

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener

Curator’s talk Friday, Jan 17,  7:00 p.m., opening reception from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Gallery open Saturday, Jan 18, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, Jan 19, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

A representative collection of famous Canadian painters and important art, including Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, William Weston and more from the University of Toronto’s Hart House Art Collection. It's a rare chance to see the works all in one exhibition, so don't miss out!

2. Zhang plays Rachmaninoff

Centre in the Square, Kitchener

Friday, Saturday, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Haochen Zhang is a concert pianist from China who won the Van Cliburn Gold Medal, tied with Japan's Nobuyuki Tsujii. The Van Cliburn Piano competition has been held every four years since 1962, and the winners are among the best piano players in the world. Zhang is playing a selection including Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and British conductor Courtney Lewis will lead Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet. He's playing both Friday and Saturday, so you've got two chances to hear some fantastic music.

3. Family Literacy Event and Free Skate

McCormick Library Branch, 500 Parkside Drive, Waterloo

Friday, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

It's a little bit of indoor fun and a little bit of outdoor fun at this family event. Kids can make crafts and listen to stories from 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., while a free skate starts at 2:00 p.m. at the East Arena in the McCormick Rec Centre. There will be hot chocolate, special guests and even prizes. Lace up those skates!

4.  Wooly Kinderconcerts

Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre, ​Guelph

Saturday, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

The Wooly Kinderconcerts are targeted at the young'uns, as a way to introduce them to classical music. The Guelph Symphony Orchestra will accompany a storyteller who will read stories about Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin and his golden lamp and more. After the performance kids can ask orchestra players questions and are welcome to touch the instruments. A great way to start the weekend.

5. Keep the Change and guests

Chrysalids Theatre and L-Lounge, Kitchener

Saturday, 6:00 p.m.

This all-ages concert features local artists including Keep The Change, The Ragged Suits, Safe as Houses, Right Side Up, The Red Factor, The Sailboat and the Sea and Whitefire.  For $10 a ticket, you can't find a better deal for Saturday night fun.

About the Author

Andrea Bellemare


Andrea Bellemare is a producer and reporter working at CBC Montreal. She has worked in many departments at CBC, from radio to TV to online, and she has also reported for the wire service Agence France-Presse.