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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. At the time, it was one of 17 halls in Canada, and the newest that had over 2,000 seats, an important place to come and play, and route events through. Geoff Butler was the 1st GM, and was awesome. Everyone became good friends with Geoff, and during his tenure here post-show “meetings” at the Tu Lane Truck Stops were memorable! I never thought I would return 23 years later to be part of the team here, and now the General Manager. Many ask “What does the future hold for Centre In The Square?” My team and I pledge to keep programming incredible shows & creating memorable experiences for all who step into Centre In The Square. The team dynamic is incredibly important to Centre In The Square. It takes an incredible staff to pull off a single event, let alone 100+ each year. We wish to further dedicate ourselves to all aspects of the Arts, Culture, and Entertainment world. You will see a variety of collaborations with cultural groups, community organizations, and aim to make the Arts a more inclusive space. Finally, I’m often asked what are some of my favourite moments here at Centre In The Square. Here are a few highlights:

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Important Information Regarding KWHYDRO Jeans ‘n classics – that’s my jam

Show Information:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the KWHYDRO Jeans ‘N Classics presentation of That’s My Jam, From Adele to Pharrell is officially cancelled.

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Important Information Regarding KWHYDRO Classic Albums Live – Music of Tom Petty

Show Information:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the KWHYDRO Classic Albums Live presentation of Damn The Torpedoes, The Music of Tom Petty is officially cancelled.

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Important Information: KWHYDRO Jeans N Classics

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the KWHYDRO Jeans ‘N Classics presentations of Every Breath You Take, The Music of Sting and The Police , and That’s My Jam, From Adele To Pharrell are officially cancelled.
Please note: Refunds will be processed within 30 days, and automatically refunded to the original credit card. If you would like to transfer the value of your tickets to a gift certificate to apply to next seasons Jeans N Classics or donate the value of your tickets to Centre In The Square please contact us by September 21. Our box office phone lines are open Monday-Friday 11AM-3PM for assistance at 519-578-1570.

To be eligible for a refund, you must be the original purchaser, and have purchased your tickets through Centre In The Square directly. Refunds will be processed within 30 days of notification, and automatically refunded to the original credit card. For those who have purchased tickets using cash, debit, or gift certificates, a cheque will be mailed to the original purchaser within 30 days.

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#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.

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#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 to keep going without any good news.”

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Important Information: Jesse Cook

With the continued uncertainty due to COVID-19 and the restrictions placed on travel and large gatherings, we regret to inform you that the presentation of Jesse Cook- The Tempest 25 Tour, originally scheduled for April 8, 2020 and subsequently postponed to September 15, 2020, has been rescheduled and will take place on Thursday, September 30 2021.

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Important Information: George Thorogood

George Thorogood And The Destroyers anticipated return to Centre In The Square will take place on May 19, 2021. 

All tickets for the originally scheduled show will be valid for the new date.   
If you prefer a refund you can request one by emailing comments@centreinthesquare.com 

Please Note: To be eligible for a refund, you must be the original purchaser, and have purchased your tickets through Centre In The Square directly. If you do not request a refund  your tickets will automatically be valid for the rescheduled date. Refunds will be processed within 30 days of notification, and automatically refunded to the original credit card. For those who have purchased tickets using cash, debit, or gift certificates, a cheque will be mailed to the original purchaser

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Important Information: Celtic Thunder

We regret to inform you that due to the ongoing concerns of COVID-19 Celtic Thunder: Ireland at Centre In The Square on December 3, 2020 is being postponed to December 13, 2021. Please hold on to your ticket until then, and we hope you will be able to attend the new date. All original tickets purchased will be honoured for the rescheduled date.

Please Note:  Centre In The Square’s box office is currently closed, however, to obtain a refund simply reply to this email or email comments@centreinthesquare.com

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Important Information: Dan Mangan

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