Momentum Sponsors Strummerfest

Momentum Partnership’s project, Garment Street Condos was delighted to be a sponsor of Strummerfest. The public gathered in Waterloo Town Square over the Civic holiday weekend on Aug 3rd + 4th to listen to 20 amazing local bands, all performing in lieu of a great cause.

Some of the performances included: Heirs, Jesse Weber, Skylar Valli, Rose Cora Perry + The Truth Untold, The Baudelaires, Holy Smokes, Dead Sould, The Essential Letdowns, Copper Crown and the Wormwood Scrubs.

Strummerfest helps to bring awareness and support for Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council + Your Life Counts, this year they have also expanded to include House of Friendship. As Strummerfest so eloquently states, “The  value of the work performed by these organizations, and the hope and support  they provide to struggling individuals and families, cannot be overstated. We  are very pleased to be able to contribute all net proceeds to these organizations. Strummerfest is entirely non-profit, particularly with respect to  its organizers who are all volunteers, and most bands perform at discounted rates or for no fee at all”.

As a key part of Kitchener-Waterloo, Momentum has shaped the region since 2006 as a builder, business + contributor to events like these that bring attention to important issues in our community.

Big thank you to Michael Clifton and all the organizers that made this event happen, we look forward to what next year has in store. For more info on this event visit their website. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here.

Community sponsor of K-W Ribfest & Craft Beer Show

Friends, family and co-workers gathered for this annual three-day event celebrating great BBQ and delicious Ontario craft beer. Over 35,000 attendees were present at the event spanning from July 20-22.

2018 marked the 15th Anniversary of K-W Ribfest, exploding with flavours of barbequed ribs and chicken, great craft-brewed beer, with live entertainment – all in the open atmosphere of Victoria Park in Downtown Kitchener.

Everyone enjoyed samples from 19 great Ontario Craft Breweries, a couple of our favourites were Wellington BreweryBobcaygeon Brewing Company, Waterloo Brewing CompanyRhythm & Brews Brewing and Nickel Brook Brewing Co. to name a few. For those who felt like an alternative, Dixon’s Distilled Spirit and Shiny Apple Cider hit the spot with their spirits.

K-W Ribfest has implemented several programs to support and give back to the community. Donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region are taken at the gate in lieu of admission. Since 2008, they have raised $51,682.27 and 13,669 lbs of food! A Green Management program was established in 2016 to better recycle and compost waste. In 2017, they managed to divert over 50% of waste from landfill.

Events like these are staples of summer in Downtown Kitchener and are anticipated all year by the locals and because of this, are a great opportunity to connect with the community. It is important to nurture these experiences & grow our region through founding relationships. K-W Ribfest also has an admirable social and community reponsibility that align with our Regions’ needs.

Great fun (despite the clouds), looking forward to next year!

Hole Sponsor for 25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Momentum Partnership was excited to sponsor a hole this year at the 25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region. Golfers gathered Tuesday, June 26th to a Shot Gun Start at 11:30am at Rebel Creek Golf Club.

Established in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region is a non-profit housing organization working to break the cycle of poverty by building simple, decent and affordable homes with hardworking families.

Last year Realtors raised over $31,000 in support of Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region and sold over 6,000 homes here in Waterloo Region. Now, their Association is looking to take their community efforts a step further and build a Habitat for Humanity home.

Thank you to Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors and all the volunteers for including us in this fun event for such a great cause.

Presenting partner for Summer Lights Festival

The Momentum Partnership (Zehr Group & Momentum Developments) is a proud Presenting partner of the 5th annual Summer Lights Festival in Downtown Kitchener last month.

The K-W community gathered from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, June 9 for a free night of local art, interactive games and live performances.

The Garment Street Condos hub (located on King Street from Francis to College) hosted amazing performances by: UW Cuban Salsa Club, Excluisve Vibez and UW Mambo Club.

Summer Lights Festival is near and dear to us, as we have been a sponsor since year 1. SLF is about more than life-size scrabble, music and karaoke.

By supporting events like these, we hope to showcase Kitchener-Waterloo’s local makers and provide a platform for our arts community to flourish. To learn more about how to get involved with Summer Lights click here.

We can’t wait to see you next year!

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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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!

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