We’re proud to support the Summer Lights Festival

Momentum Developments is proud to be a sponsor of the 4th annual Summer Lights Festival in Downtown Kitchener.

The festival consists of live musical performances, a chance to sing karaoke, fun games such as life size scrabble, ping-pong, badminton, super sized jenga and more. There will also be multiple food vendors and food trucks ranging from sweet and salty options for everyone’s taste.

Our projects like Charlie West, the One Hundred and 1 Victoria are making an inedible contribution to the fabric of Downtown Kitchener, and this street festival celebrates everything we love about Kitchener-Waterloo. Summer Lights showcases our strong community presence, growing tech hub, music, theatre and art – just like KW there will be something for everyone.

Join us from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 for a free night of music, art, dance and games. Be sure to stop by the ‘Charlie West’ section of the festival on King Street between College and Young. You can’t miss it – on one side is Kitchener City Hall, and on the other side is the Charlie West Sales Centre.

We hope to see you there!

Momentum proud to support Five Weeks for Miles

Momentum Developments is proud to sponsor Five Weeks for Miles, a celebration of the career of Miles Davis in support of affordable housing in Downtown Kitchener. Each Saturday in April, Brownman Music will be exploring a different era of Davis’ career at The Boathouse in Victoria Park.

This year, there are five Saturdays in April – a perfect metaphor for the five stages of Davis’ career. Acclaimed trumpeter Bowman Ali will be leading five different bands through Davis’ career, from his early work with Dizzy Gillespie through his entire career.

The five performances are:

Week 1: April 1, 2017 – “Young Miles” The Bird Years

Week 2: April 8, 2017 – “Birth of the Cool and Kind of Blue” Post-Bop Miles

Week 3: April 15, 2017 – “Plugged Nickel” The Shorter Years

Week 4: April 22, 2017 – “From Bitches Brew to Tutu” Electric Miles

Week 5: April 29, 2017 – “Doo-Bop” Had He Lived…

Tickets are $20 and can be either be purchased here or at the door, with proceeds going to support affording housing and shelters in Downtown Kitchener.

Victoria Park is a focal point for great local events year-round, not only in the summer! Five Weeks for Miles is a great example, but don’t take our word for it – here’s the Record’s Terry Pender:

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Innovation District Attracting International Attention

Justin Trudeau brought his charisma and charm to Waterloo Region on Thursday January 14th. His trip included stops at the University of Waterloo main campus, Blackberry World Headquarters and the new Google Canada Development Office in the Innovation District of Kitchener. At Google, Trudeau was speaking at the grand opening of the new 185,000 sq. ft development headquarters, which will be adding an additional 350 engineers to the Canadian team. He was toured around the incredible office which includes a full dining room, fitness facility and rock climbing wall. Don’t we all wish we had an employer with such incentives and benefits! Via the Canadian Press, Trudeau said “there is just so much to see” referencing the new office space. He also spoke more broadly on Waterloo Region praised it as an “extraordinary hub” for innovation “at the cutting edge of the global economy.”

Trudeau continued his whirlwind travel schedule after Waterloo, visiting Davos Switzerland for the World Economic Forum (WEF) . While delivering his keynote speech, Trudeau continued his praise for Waterloo Region and the extraordinary eco-system we have here! Via the University of Waterloo website, Trudeau “highlighted Waterloo’s unique ability to develop phenomenally talented, entrepreneurially-minded students and graduates.” The WEF is the world’s premier forum for public policy debate. This is a major platform and garners international attention for Waterloo!

Thank you Justin Trudeau! All of us in Waterloo Region know how blessed we are to have talented people and companies operating here. The momentum is growing and every day there is a new major announcement. Whether its Google expanding, a new start-up from California setting up shop, or a University of Waterloo start-up developing ground breaking technology. The future is here and this region is ready to explode!

 

Peter Whitby

 

 

The Museum Continues to Deliver

The Museum continues to deliver amazing exhibitions and world class culture in downtown Kitchener. Momentum Developments is proud of our partnership with The Musuem and wants to highlight several upcoming events. A Night in Havana is the Valentine’s Day party to attend in the Region with a world class salsa band and a rum bar on site! How genius is a rum bar in Kitchener! Brilliant! The Beer + Series is another favourite of Momentum’s with a focus on local craft brewers and arts including painting, dinosaurs and colouring. All of this culture is leading a renaissance in the downtown core and enhancing our amazing city. Momentum encourages you to check our The Museum and we look forward to seeing you out there. More details can be found on the The Museum website.

Peter Whitby

Invest in the Innovation District

      The City of Kitchener continues to bloom and the Innovation District is the epicentre of this growth. Once a manufacturing district, the King and Victoria neighbourhood has transformed into a world class technology centre. This transformation was started with the decision to build the University of Waterloo’s Health Science Campus on the former BF Goodrich lands. This has led to a renaissance in the neighbourhood and a fantastic opportunity for real estate investment.
      The Innovation District has the three things real estate investors desire: employment, institutions and transit. Employment highlights include Google Canada headquarters, Desire2Learn headquarters (850 staff), Square (founded by Jack Dorsey of Twitter), Shopify,  Communitech, the top two emerging start-ups in Canada last year (Thalmic Labs and Vidyard) and traditional employers such as the City of Kitchener and Manulife. Institutions include the University of Waterloo Health Science Campus with the School of Pharmacy (500 students) and a satellite branch for McMaster Medical School (160 students and resident doctors). The highlight for me is the incoming Transit Hub with GO trains to Toronto, new Bombardier LRT, inner city buses with Grand River Transit headquarters, outer city buses with Greyhound, VIA rail and taxi stand.
     Momentum Developments has two projects in the neighbourhood. 1Victoria Condominium is at the corner of King and Victoria, kitty corner to the Transit Hub. It is the best location in the city. Our new development called One Hundred Condominiums, is a two tower project that is 400 meters west of King and Victoria. It is a three minute walk to the Transit Hub.
      Momentum Developments is very positive on the Innovation District and we think you should be too.
Peter Whitby

Oktoberfest Returns!

Kitchener-Waterloo is very proud to host the second largest Oktoberfest in the world, surpassed only by the celebrations in Munich! The annual festival kicks off Friday before Thanksgiving and extends until the following Saturday night. The city is home to a large population of German Canadians and the pride is everywhere. The city is awash in all things German including lederhosen, dirndl’s, pretzels, schnitzel and beer!

There are many highlights to the festival but for me it has to be the parade. Held on Thanksgiving day, the parade will draw up to 100,000 people! It’s a great event for families and children and a great chance to see iconic Oncle Hans. Oncle Hans is the festival mascot and is a German man with a giant head dressed in traditional German lederhosen. This year Ron Maclean from Hockey Night in Canada was the parade grand marshal.

The centre of adult entertainment is certainly the beer halls better known as Festhallen. Five German Canadian clubs run the Festhallen and it’s a great place to experience German polka music, party and have a good time. The most famous Beer Hall is Concordia which I highly recommend visiting. The biggest nights of the year would be the first Friday and last Saturday at Concordia Club. Good luck securing tickets!

One impressive event in the Oktoberfest schedule is Techtoberfest. This event pays homage to the considerable start-up and technology talent in Waterloo Region. Venture capitalists, technology icons and speakers from Silicone Valley and across the world will participate and visit. What could be a better way to kick off your start-up than to meet an investor over a pint?

Oktoberfest is a wonderful time of year in Kitchener-Waterloo. Make it a point to join the celebrations.

Peter Whitby

 

 

 

Waterloo Breweries, Brewpubs, and Beer

Brewing Craft Beer in Waterloo

Waterloo Breweries, Brewpubs, and Beer

Beer has always had a place in Waterloo Region, dating back over 175 years. The Ayr Brewery opened in 1857 and operated for over a century; Waterloo’s Kuntz Park Brewery opened in 1854 and became the second largest brewery in Ontario by 1910; and we can’t forget that nearly one million visitors come to Kitchener-Waterloo every year to enjoy the tasty suds at our annual Oktoberfest celebrations.

Prohibition along with increasing mechanization and consolidation meant the end to most independent brewers. However, small breweries have experienced significant growth in recent years, including here in Waterloo Region. Today there are a number of brewpubs, craft breweries and restaurants with extensive beer lists contributing to this growing industry. The focus on specific flavours and brewing styles is making beer connoisseurs flock to their favourite suds in the same fashion that fine wines and whiskeys have done for generations.

Within the Waterloo city limits, you’ll find 4 great breweries:

Abe Erb

A new brewery and pub in Uptown Waterloo, they have a rotating experimental tap with new and seasonal brews.

Innocente Brewing Company

Located at Northfield at Bridge in Waterloo, stop by for a tour and sample their latest brews.

Lion Brewery

Founded in 1842 and located in the Huether Hotel block. Try their 4 mini-glass sampler!

Brick Brewing

Home of the Waterloo Brewing Co craft brew series, as well as the Laker brand beers.

If trying new beer is your thing, try visiting one of the local brewpubs or craft breweries. If you’re interested in hearing how beer is made or want to learn more about the history of beer in this area, Waterloo Region Museum is running “Beer! The Exhibit” until January 3, 2016. Check it out!

Patio Season in Waterloo

It’s patio season! With the weather getting warmer and the sun shining brighter, there’s no better way to cool off in the city than sipping an ice-cold drink with friends.

There are a lot of beautiful patios in Uptown Waterloo and Downtown Kitchener. If you’re looking for a cozy rooftop patio, be sure to check out Shoeless Joe’s on the corner of King and University. Outdoor couches and live music make for a relaxing summer night after a long week. If you’re looking for a taste of Waterloo, take a stroll down King Street to the Barley Works. They’ve got a great balcony patio with an awesome view of Uptown. While you’re there, be sure to try one of their craft beers brewed at the Lion Brewery right next door.

If you want a place to catch-up with a big group of friends, pop into Bobby O’Brien’s in Downtown Kitchener. This pub and grill boasts the largest patio in the tri-city area and even has its own outdoor beach volleyball court. Looking for a bite to eat during your lunch hour? The Firkin at the Tannery has an inviting patio located in the heart of Kitchener’s tech hub. And if you’re feeling low-key and casual, you can always work on your tan while eating tacos at Ethel’s, especially on Taco Tuesday!

For more summer patios in Waterloo, check out Uptown’s Patio Map.

Patio chair photo above from Wicker Paradise.

Living in Uptown Waterloo

Living In Downtown Kitchener

Living in Uptown Waterloo

If you’re not well acquainted with Kitchener’s revitalized downtown, you might want to be. Since 2004, the City and its partners have invested heavily in the redevelopment of the downtown with new streetscapes, a new School of Pharmacy, the Communitech Hub and much more, not to mention a new multi-modal station with a Light Rail Transit system that will transform the area.

The City of Kitchener aspires to make its downtown one of the best downtowns in North America. The plan is to create an urban environment that’s truly unique, creative, energetic and welcoming. And the plan seems to be working.

Today, global companies like Google and countless startups are setting up here. There are also many unique restaurants, pubs, cafés and retail shops in downtown, as well as a thriving arts community. That’s probably why a growing number of people are choosing to live here, too. It could be the start of something awesome.

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