Open Streets July 19 Recap: Family fun with music and more!

Thanks to all who came out in the fine mistiness of a Saturday to Open Streets! Our volunteers had a blast and we hope you did too! Check out the pics, tweets and vids from the event.

And we can’t wait until Saturday, August 3rd for the next Uptown Waterloo Open Streets!


Join us for a special evening event! Collect the JULY music pin – visit the Info Desk.

Enjoy live music, crafts, local vendors. There will be a special Jazz Fest twist to the music!

Plus, play eye-spy with our night time scavenger hunt, build a mask to masquerade in, and join us in our 10:30 lumiere lighting! Fun for all ages.

What you can do at Open Streets this weekend!

July-19-2014_varientWe’re just days away from the next Open Streets! This time it will take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 on the usual stretch of King Street.

Here is a list of what you can expect!

Bridgeport to Princess 

Predominantly games for people to play – Bungee Run, Ladder Ball and Bean Bag Toss

Princess to Dupont 

Bath Fitter

Avon Canada


Bratish Lingerie & Beachwear

Tocara Jewelry

My Thirty One Gifts

3 Crafters – Pat Hodgson

Lia Sophia Jewellery

Style Society

Street Lounge – will offer patio furniture with umbrellas


Scratch Designs

Long & McQuade – will have a musical petting zoo

Beau Bandeau

Mother Daughter Creations

Honeywalt Jewelry

Shelley’s Stoneworks

Shaidee Sun Gear

Hail Storm Accessories

Paint by Munzev

More Than Half

South Hill Designs

Dupont to Erb 

Chainsaw – will have ping pong and tacos from Taco Farm

Sunny Side Up Dresses

KEYLIME Athletic Wear

Splendid Henna

Willow – belly dancing station

With Style/Les Beaux

KW Book Social – literary activities for children

Two Needles One Hook

Art Innovators

Tot Spot – children’s play area

The Bright Spot – community-produced art projects

Waterloo Kung-Fu Academy

Erb Tracks 

Awedinary – interactive art

Canadian Blood Services

Words of Peace

Hoop The Loop – hula hooping and skipping area

Cycle Electric

Tupperware & Miche Purses

LillyPad Connections

Creation Africa – drum circle

JP Magic – busker magic show

Black Tie Magic

Mini HQ/GlowTent/Luminaires

Street Lounge (by the square) – will have patio furniture and umbrellas

Waterloo Town Square 

KDUB – will have glow body paint, a bubble machine and a DJ

The Wah’loo – American tribal style belly dancing

Zina Lavut Face Painting

Bands will also be playing on the main stage

Willis to the Starbucks Alley 

Grand River Bike Share

Haft Vadi Belly dance studio

Impact – Region of Waterloo Public Health

Five Rings Tae Kwon Do

Laurier Students Public Interest Research Group

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Fo Guang Shan Temple Buddha’s Light Centre Waterloo



Centre In The Square – ticket sales

Amnesty International

Food Spaces, Vibrant Places

KW4Rent Int.

The Cooperage at the Barrel Yards

Street Lounge – patio furniture and umbrellas

eyeGo to the Arts

Starbucks to William 

The Hep Cat Hoppers

iCare Acupuncture & Massage

Community Access Bikeshare

Tutor Bright

Tot Spot – children’s play area

Dreamlight Drama Products

KW Bike Polo

Get your PDF event map here.


Open Streets June 15 Recap: Porcupines, belly dancers, paper rockets, bike races and more!

If you have pics, vids and more, share it through social media and we’ll be sure to retweet, repost and give out the OSWaterloo love.

It was a gorgeous Sunday afternoon filled with petting zoos, belly dancers, swing dancers, community booths, artisans, musicians and chalk haven. Check out the event through the community’s eyes below!


Open Streets June Preview: Willis Way to William

Your final look at June 2014 street preview before Sunday’s big start! Did you know that Open Streets Uptown Waterloo is turning 4 this year? To celebrate the first of four events, we’re bringing you four collectible pins! Grab the first one on Sunday:



Here’s your look at Zone 3 on King Street, which is bounded by Willis Way (you’ll find Frenzi Hair Studio and Channers there) on one end, and William (by the HSBC and LCBO). Some fun things on the street include:

Together We Travel, Ride for Angels will be making their finish line in the Square as they ride to promote bike and commuter safety. Be courteous and share the road!

Food Trucks On The Streets [Willis Way intersection]
SWAT Truck
Great British Bake
West of Seoul

Get Moving
Haft Vadi Belly Dance - drum circle and belly dance
Infinite Wing Chun
Hep Cat Hoppers
Waterloo Kung-Fu Academy

Community Groups
Grand River Bike Share (GRBS)
Tri-Cities Transport Action Group
Westvale Community Association
The Bright Spot
Fair Vote Canada
eyeGo to the Arts
Waterloo Public Library
Laurier Student Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG)
Community Access Bikeshare
Amnesty International

Of course, there’s so much more. Bring your hat and sunblock (it’ll be a balmy 26 degrees), a reusable water bottle for the Waterloo Region Truck water taps, and run, walk, bike or shimmy down to King Street!


Missed out on what’s happening from Zone 1′s Bridgeport to Erb, or Zone 2′s Erb to Willis? We’ve got you covered.

Open Streets June Preview: Erb to Willis Way


Ready for Open Streets this Sunday? We’re excited to share a great lineup of musicians, activities and fun in store for you and your family. Here’s what’s happening from Zone 2′s  Erb Street to Willis Way, bounded by King Street Cycles and the BMO bank on one end, and the Main Square and RBC at the other end.

(It’s also where you’ll want to bring the kiddies, as there will be child-friendly activities.)

Waterloo Public Square Main Stage bands

Entertainment and Interactive Activities:
Mane Attraction petting zoo
Hoop The Loop
Telling Tayles
Black Tie Magic
The Wah’loo belly dancers
Street Lounges
Zina Lavut Face Painting

LillyPad Conections
Galaxy Cinema

Be sure to bring your reusable water bottle, as the Water On Tap Wagon will be there to help you stay hydrated.

And keep an eye out for the second annual Together We Travel, Ride For Angels cyclists, who will be making their finish line in the Square as part of Open Streets.  It’s a group ride in Waterloo Region to reinforce sharing the road and to honour the memory of cyclists killed or injured by motorists.


Missed out on what’s happening from Zone 1′s Bridgeport to Erb, or Zone 3′s WIllis Way to William? We’ve got you covered.

Open Streets June Preview: Bridgeport to Erb

sneakpeek1We’re scant days away from Open Streets in Uptown Waterloo. Here’s your preview of who’s on the street:

Zone 1 is bounded by Bridgeport Street where the Huether Hotel and old post office live, to Erb Street by Symposium and Sugar Mountain. Look forward to the following activities in that area!

Bands @ Princess

Sports, Entertainment and Interactive Demos:
Pure Wrestling Association
Five Rings Tae Kwon Do
Hockey Helps the Homeless
Willow – belly dancing
Street Lounge (Princess)
Tot Spots – protected areas for your little ones
Creation Africa – drum circle
Hoop the Loop

Community and Civic Groups:
Fire Department
Creative Enterprises Artists

Shopping includes vendors like:
More Than Half
Long & McQuade
Scratch Designs
Two Needles One Hook
Shelley’s Stoneworks
With Style / Les Beaux
Cocos Nucifera
Mother Daughter Creations
Wolf Muril
Bag it
Splendid Henna
and many more!


Missed out on what’s happening from Zone 2′s Erb to WIllis Way or Zone 3′s WIllis Way to William? We’ve got you covered.

A little bit about how we roll at Open Streets

Written by Nick, Sponsorship Director

Boards of Directors governing public companies have an average age of 62, and are made up on average of only 16% females. Open Streets’ board does things a bit differently, with an average age of 33 and is composed of 70% females! We use our younger group dynamic to generate creative ideas for events and to make Open Streets the best possible experience for all who participate!

If you’ve ever wondered what’s behind the scenes with the Open Streets Board of Directors…

Open Streets Uptown Waterloo is managed by a Board of Directors that is appointed by the City of Waterloo. The Board is governed by City of Waterloo policies, and is composed of community leaders from the Waterloo Region. The role of the board is to provide direction for Open Streets. Governing Boards in not-for-profit organizations have the ultimate responsibility for the organization’s:

Purpose – by establishing and implementing the organizations mission and vision

Continuity – by providing continuity for managing and implementing the organization’s affairs

Progress – by setting the rate of progress that the organization takes in reaching its mission and vision

Identity – by securing the community support and appreciation for the organization’s objects, beliefs, vision, mission, and long term direction

There are two types of volunteers in not-for-profit organizations, board volunteers and service volunteers. These volunteers have different roles and responsibilities:

Board volunteers are responsible for governance, through policy development

Service volunteers are responsible for policy implementation, doing so by carrying out the programs and services of the organization.

In many organizations, including Open Streets, board volunteers often work as service volunteers as well. Service volunteers are just as important to Open Streets existence as board members are. If you’re interested in finding out how you can get involved, as a board or service volunteer, reach out to volunteers.openstreets[at]