Oktoberfest Starts at The Queensmount

Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest starts early this year with festival halls opening a week early to attract Homecoming crowds of the local universities.  Bands were entertaining festival goers with a notable absence of polka music to kick off the annual celebration of beer, schnitzel and sauerkraut.  I managed to snag some photos close to the stage at the Queensmount arena where The Argues family band were having a great time on stage.  Performing a mix of classic and original hits they opened the Oktoberfest hall with a bang!

 

Following the Argues, the hard rock band Three Quarter Stone hit the stage.  Their chest thumping beats were keeping the Queensmount fans energized.

Kitchener- Waterloo holds the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside Germany!  If you’re looking for a good time and a chance to listen music, drink beer and eat a lot you can’t go wrong with this event.  Tickets to the festivals can be purchased online and there’s free transit from October 9 through 17th to get you to and from the venues safely.

 

 

Backyard Tourist – Kultrun Music Festival

In celebration of the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Neruda Arts presented the Kultrun Music Festival in Victoria Park in Downtown Kitchener.  Celebrating diversity, this festival features local and international music artists and artisans representing the only event in the region selected by Ignite Ontario to host a cultural celebration of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.  These images are of Tribu Baharu, a high energy band from Caribbean region of Colombia; if you ever get a chance to hear them I’ll doubt you’ll be able to stand still.  Their over the top personalities and charisma is definitely contagious!

 

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