Andrea's Five Fun Things To Do This Weekend - Nov. 16-17

From a world music festival to an art show to a musical version of Anne of Green Gables, check out online host Andrea Bellemare's suggestions for weekend fun.

1. Kultrún Indigenous and World Music Festival

Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 am – 11:00 p.m., Sunday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The roster of performers for Kultrún is spectacular – from Shauit, a reggae singer who performs in Innu, French and English, to Vox Sambou, a Haitian-Canadian rapper, to singer Amanda Martinez, and that's just to name a few. Kultrún is the brainchild of Isabel Cisterna, who is the festival’s director and curator, as well as the artistic director of Neruda Arts. There are workshops including mural painting with the Alapinta collective, and a musical workshop with Joel Maripil and Patricio Chico. And don't forget Sunday is family day, with a kid-friendly event at The Walper in Kitchener.

2. BOX 13 Art Show and Sale

Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The Box Art Show and Sale won a Waterloo Region Arts Award for 2012, for the “Best New Festival or Event.” 33 artists, selected by a jury, will have their work on display for Box 13. In addition, there are public talks both days, and you can even pre-order a box lunch to eat while you enjoy the discussions.

3. Anne of Green Gables - The Musical

Friday, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

One of Canada’s most beloved literary heroines comes to the Centre in The Square in musical form. Heather Brezden plays red-headed scamp Anne Shirley. Enjoy Mathew and Marilla’s surprise at meeting Anne who was supposed to be a boy! Watch Anne agonize over puffed sleeves! See Gilbert Blythe tease Anne about her red hair! Plus a bonus: Spot CBC’s Jackie Sharkey as Mrs. Blewett, as well as a "lady of Avonlea". Oh look, here’s Jackie in costume as the latter! 

Jackie Sharkey as a lady of Avonlea. (Jackie Sharkey/CBC)

4. Cambridge Santa Claus Parade

Saturday, 6:00 p.m.

Hespeler Road, Cambridge

Santa Claus is coming to Cambridge on Saturday, so make sure you’re on the “nice” list. This year’s Santa Claus parade is 87 floats long, and winds down Hespeler Road. The parade grand marshal is Kayla Baker, a 15-year-old Cambridge teen fighting cancer who received a lung transplant earlier this year.

5. Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema

Friday - Sunday, various times. 

Here's your chance to see some of the best animated films from around the world on a big theatre screen.  Films range from The Congress, a fictional alternate version of actress Robin Wright's life and cautionary tale about extending life indefinitely through digital means; to a French film about a child named Jean with an unusual family, titled My Mummy is in America and She Met Buffalo BillThe films are screening at The Chrysalids Theatre in downtown Kitchener, located on Ontario St. N.

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.


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