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Sunday Kidspark event cancelled

Face painting at the Drayton Entertainment stand during the 30th celebration of the kids park at Victoria Park in 2018.

KITCHENER — The Kidspark event planned for Sunday has been cancelled due to weather concerns.

In a press release organizers said the event, which was to run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Victoria Park, was cancelled due to anticipated heavy rains and thunderstorm risk on Sunday.

“The City of Kitchener and event partner, the Kitchener Public Library want to thank performers, entertainers, vendors, sponsors and volunteers and all of those involved for their hard work and dedication to the annual event and look forward to bringing back a bigger and brighter Kidspark in 2023,” the release said.

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Seven events to check out in Waterloo Region this summer

Seven events to check out in Waterloo Region this summer

WATERLOO REGION — Summer is in full swing with local events happening all season. Here are seven events to check out.

1. Great Ontario Beer Festival

The annual festival brings together 38 breweries, three distilleries and four cideries from across the province. Attendees also have the chance to try different foods, listen to live music and play giant Jenga or beer pong.

Location: Bingemans — 425 Bingemans Centre Dr. Kitchener

Date and time: June 24-25

2. 55th annual KW Multicultural Festival

Hosted by the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, the festival offers live music, artisans and an array of food and craft booths. The annual event is family-friendly and draws upwards of 40,000 attendees each year.

Location: Victoria Park — 80 Schneider Ave. Kitchener

Date and time: June 25-26 from 12-6 p.m. each day

3. Canada Day in Downtown Kitchener

Canada Day events are returning to Downtown Kitchener this year with lots of family-friendly fun, an evening concert featuring singer Alyssa Reid and a fireworks display to end the night.

Location: Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall

Date: July 1 from 6 to 10:30 p.m.

4. Kultron World Music Festival

The festival features dance performances and activities from several countries as well as an art exhibit and a local artisan market.

Location: St. Jacobs Baseball Diamond Outfield — 3 Water St. St. Jacobs

Date: July 7-10

5. Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show

The annual event features barbecued ribs and chicken, Ontario craft-brewed beer, live entertainment and a kids zone.

Location: Victoria Park — 80 Schneider Ave. Kitchener

Date: July 15-17

6. Cambridge Scottish Festival

Founded in 1975, the family-friendly festival features various Scottish performances including Highland dancers, massed bands, heavy events and bagpipes and drums.

Location: Churchill Park — 200 Christopher Dr. Cambridge

Date: July 15-16

7. Blues Fest

The largest “true blue” festival in Canada will have more than 50 acts throughout the four-day event. Admission is free for the 20th annual Kitchener Blues Fest.

Location: Victoria Park — 80 Schneider Ave., Kitchener

Date and time: Aug. 4-7

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E-sports charity event is just the beginning

E-sports charity event is just the beginning

WATERLOO REGION — Three local e-sports enthusiasts can win a combined total of $750 worth of prizes at an upcoming charity tournament.

The Waterloo E-Sports Commission (WREC) is hosting the event starting at 10 a.m. on April 10, where players will battle it out in four rounds of Rocket League.

Each round will last about an hour and prizes include gift cards, tickets and passes to local events.

“This is one small step toward a bigger goal of ultimately hosting these larger tournaments and competitions, but also growing the (e-sports gaming) sector as a whole,” said Jeremy Dueck, the commission’s chair.

This includes through collegiate programs, and building regular events and leagues.

Rocket League is a game where players use cars to play soccer in a virtual arena.

The final two championship rounds will be livestreamed at 2 p.m. so that viewers can interact with each other.

Registration opened in early March at $10 per person, allowing those of all ages, both local and those from out of the region.

“There’s this phenomenal grassroots level of e-sports locally,” said Dueck.

“Finding out who enjoys playing e-sports, who enjoys building games and getting those people involved — I think it’s really about participation and community engagement.”

Participants will play from their homes, with use of video cameras encouraged.

The local e-sports commission’s vice chair, Allister Scorgie, hopes this event, as the commission’s first tournament, will be one of many. He looks forward to possibly doing in-person events in the future.

“One of the things we’re trying to do is create community using e-sports.”

“It’s gone from an activity that a lot of people did on their own and played from home, to something where there is a social component to it,” said Scorgie.

The group hopes to reach 120 players who would sign up to join the event. The commission partnered with the City of Kitchener to host it.

All of the tournament’s proceeds will go to the Every Kid Counts Program, which gives children with disabilities access to City of Kitchener and City of Waterloo summer camps. Dueck said a $400 donation would put a child in summer camp for a week.

To sign up for the tournament, go to