Centre In The Square unveils completed washroom renovation project

Kitchener, Ontario, May 24, 2023 — Canadians everywhere have felt the impact of COVID-19 on their families, their livelihoods, and their way of life. As the arts & entertainment industry continues to re-build and rebound, Centre In The Square, alongside the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, and the City of Kitchener are excited to unveil a washroom renovation project which will have a positive impact on the over 150,000 yearly visitors for generations to come. Today, MP Valerie Bradford, MP Tim Louis, MPP Amarjot Sandhu, and City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic are excited to announce the completion of […]

$14,000 in Create + Connect grants awarded to local artists

To support and inspire local musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Kitchener through its Film, Music, and Interactive Media Office and the Centre In The Square partnered to create a fund to help local artists do what they do best — create and connect. Today, the City and Centre In The Square are awarding 14 grants of $1,000 each to help musicians create audio and video content to engage and grow their audiences.   “The pandemic has devastated the music industry around the globe and here at home – affecting the lives and livelihoods of so many in our community,” said City of Kitchener Councillor and Centre In The Square board member, Bil Ioannidis. “I hope the Create and Connect grants will help some local artists with projects that help to bring valued music and entertainment […]

Canada and Ontario invest in upgrades to the Centre In The Square in Kitchener

Canadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19 on their families, their livelihoods and their way of life. Together, Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment. Today, Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener—Conestoga; Mike Harris, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener—Conestoga, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; Amy Fee, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister […]

#ItHappenedAtCITS: Blue Rodeo

Blue Rodeo — one of Canada’s all-time greats. We were lucky to have Blue Rodeo here at Centre In The Square in February, 2020 for a sold-out concert. Opening that night was Elliot Brood who were the perfect band for the night. Blue Rodeo were on FIRE playing a solid mix of hits, and new favourites.

#ItHappenedAtCITS: Choir!Choir!Choir!

On February 8, 2020 Choir! Choir! Choir! gathered 2047 people (completely sold out theatre) to sing the music of Abba! Choir! Choir! Choir! is a great success story whose sold out shows across the world have been gaining momentum and popularity by the minute! They first played here in Kitchener to 200 at Kitchener Public Library, then 900 people as part of our largest OnStage show ever, and then the full theatre a year later. We can’t wait to bring them back.

#ItHappenedAtCITS: Marianas Trench

On January 24, 2020 we welcomed Canadian pop-hitmakers Marianas Trench to Centre In The Square to blow the roof off the joint for a sold out night of 2000+ Trenchers! Check out some photos from their set and feel free to stream their latest album on Spotify or Apple Music!

Centre In The Square Turns 40!

General Manager Rob ‘Kato’ Sonoda on Centre In The Square’s 40th Anniversary My first experience with Centre In The Square was around November 20, 1980 — this arts centre was only 2 months old. I was the promoter/tour rep. and assistant production manager for the Burton Cummings “Mile A Second” Tour. We played 2 sold out nights! I recall wandering into this beautiful theatre, and wondered how this City pulled off creating such an awesome space. To top it all off, the acoustics were incredible! We made Kitchener a mandatory stop on all of our touring schedules from then on. […]

#ItHappenedAtCITS: Dallas Smith

In October 2017 Dallas Smith returned to Kitchener with pals Cadillac Three and Lauren Alaina for a sold out concert for the ages. Playing a mix of his new hard-hitting country tracks, and hits from his days in Default, Dallas had the crowd here at Centre In The Square on their feet from start to finish! Here are a few photos from Dallas’ set that night.

#ItHappenedAtCITS: Jim Cuddy Band (Countrywide Soul Tour)

Jim Cuddy has an incredible new single out called “Good News”. Jim says, “After all the isolation and barrage of news, I felt uplifted that so many people were working together to protect each other. We’ve all been locked down for months and spread away from each other and yet there has been a concerted effort to respect each other as well as the activism in the streets, so it’s been a very inspiring time in many ways. ‘Good News’ is sort of the contrast between how inspiring it’s been to watch everybody work together and how difficult it’s been […]

#ItHappenedAtCITS: Tom Cochrane

In the lead up to Canada Day we’ve been celebrating some of the best Canadian talent to hit our stage in recent years. Today, we’re feeling nostalgic over Tom Cochrane’s Mad Mad World Tour with Red Rider at Centre In The Square back in March, 2017. The event featured Tom Cochrane reunited with his Red Rider bandmates Kenny Greer and Jeff Jones, and a full performance of Mad Mad World in its entirety, with additional fan favourites. Here are a few photos of that night.