From chart-topping country stars to cinematic Halloween traditions, here are 24 things to do in Waterloo Region this week.
Oct 23: The Northern Pikes
The Saskatoon rockers rose to prominence in the 1980s with their highly successful major label debut, Big Blue Sky. Buoye by hit singles, ‘Teenland’ and ‘The Things I Do For Money,’ The Northern Pikes was picked to go on tour with Duran Duran and David Bowie. They’re celebrating the disc’s 30th anniversary with a tour that stops off at Maxwell’s.
Oct 23, 7.30pm, $25. Maxwell’s, 35 University Avenue E, Waterloo. Tickets.
Oct 24: Nigel Grinstead
Blackball Comedy welcomes the 2014 Toronto Comedy Brawl winner who recently won first prize at the Homegrown competition at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival. Blayne Smith hosts.
Oct 24, 8.30pm, free entry. Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King Street W, Kitchener.
Oct 24-29: Scream Park
To get into the Halloween spirit, Bingeman’s is promising their most terrifying scream park yet. Attractions include a maze that will have guests confronting their phobias, a gore gallery of twisted artifacts and Paintball Zombie Hunt (available on Oct 13-14, 20-21 and 27-8).
Oct 24-29, 7-10pm (Oct 19, 22-26 and 29) and 7pm-midnight (27-28), $5-15 (per attraction) or $25-27.95 (for access to five attractions). Bingemans, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener. Tickets.
Oct 25: Dallas Smith
The country music star became the first Canadian artist to have three number one singles from the same album, last year’s mega-hit Side Effects. The Juno Award winner recently picked up the Canadian Country Music Association Award (CCMA) for Single of the Year.
Oct 25, 7pm, $59.50-118.25. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen Street N, Kitchener. Tickets.
Oct 25: Scott Helman and Ria Mae
Live Nation presents this all-ages show that pairs Juno nominated singer-songwriter Scott Helman with Halifax singer-songwriter Ria Mae.
Oct 25, 7pm, $20. Maxwell’s, 35 University Avenue E, Waterloo. Tickets.
Oct 25: Tim Harmston and Mary Mack
To kick off this seasons Comedy @ The Registry series, Harmston and Mack will be bringing their comedic stylings from the wilds of Minnesota. Harmston has won the Acme Comedy Company’s 2003 Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest leading to appearances on Late Show with David Letterman and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. Mack has appeared on Conan and Last Comic Standing, lent her voice to Aqua Teen Hunger Force and is a podcast favorite appearing on Marc Maron’s WTF and The Bob and Tom Show.
Oct 25, 7.30pm, $25. Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick Street, Kitchener. Tickets.
Oct 25-28: Grand River Film Festival
The 11th edition of the film festival has a ‘Where Tech Meets Indie’ theme with documentaries She Started It and Geek Girls exploring the tech world from a female perspective. Other selections include Lucky, the directorial debut from actor John Carroll Lynch (Fargo, American Horror Story) starring the late Harry Dean Stanton (Paris, Texas) and David Lynch (Twin Peaks). For the full program and more details, visit the Grand River Film Festival official website.
Oct 25-28, various times, $15 per screening. Various locations. Tickets.
Oct 26: The Rural Alberta Advantage
The acclaimed folk-rockers have won CBC Music Prizes, been nominated for Juno Awards and have a deal with respected Omaha indie label Saddle Creek (Bright Eyes, Tokyo Police Club). Expect to hear plenty of songs from the group’s just released disc, The Wild. Vancouver indie rockers Yukon Blonde opens.
Oct 26, 7.30pm, $25. Maxwell’s, 35 University Avenue E, Waterloo. Tickets.
Oct 26: Elliott Brood
The Hamilton folk rock trio has been shortlisted for a Polaris Prize and won a Juno Award for their World War One inspired 2011 album, Days Into Years. Known for their energetic live show that’s been described as ‘blackgrass’ and ‘death country,’ they’re touring the world to support their just released sixth album, Ghost Gardens.
Oct 26, 8pm, $20. Starlight Social Club, 47 King Street N, Waterloo. Tickets.
Oct 27: Beer Brawl Championship
Uptown 21’s Beer Brawl series comes to a finale as St. Jacobs’ Block 3 takes on Stratford’s Black Swan for craft beer supremacy. Each brewery will be bringing five beers each that will be paired with five food courses with diners casting a vote each round.
Oct 27, 7pm, $65. Nick & Nat’s Uptown 21, 21 King Street N, Waterloo. Tickets.
Oct 27: The Matadors
The self-proclaimed “world’s great Horrorbilly band and foremost purveyors of Lucifarian Gospel Music” tap into devilish fun for a rocking Halloween at Maxwell’s.
Oct 27, 7.30pm, $15. Maxwell’s, 35 University Avenue E, Waterloo. Tickets.
Oct 27: Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
What started as a one-off tribute to Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett by established singer-songwriters Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson has grown into one of Canada’s most acclaimed roots acts. Over their two decades long career, the group has won a Juno and released eight albums including last year’s collaborative disc, King And Kings, which had the group teaming with acts like Bruce Cockburn, Eric Church, Vince Gill and City and Colour.
Oct 27, 8pm, $29.50-72.25. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen Street N, Kitchener. Tickets.
Oct 27-29: Fear Farm
Snyder’s Family Farm turns into a terrifying destination from Friday to Sunday all month. There’s six horrifying haunts to explore from haunted hayrides to zombie infested cornfields.
Oct 27-29 (Fri-Sun), 7-10pm, $29.99. Fear Farm, 936685 Blenheim Road, Ayr. Tickets.
Oct 27-31: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The musical about an innocent young couple stuck in the home of a sexy mad scientist is a Halloween classic thanks to its classic songs like ‘Time Warp’ and outrageous costumes. Get dressed up in leather and bring props like toast, water guns and newspapers for The Princess Cinema’s screening.
Oct 27-31, various times, $14. Princess Original Cinema, 6 Princess Street W, Waterloo. Tickets.
Oct 27 and 29: Kitchener Rangers vs London Knights
It’s been a roaring start to the season for the Rangers who currently sit atop the Midwest Division. They kick off October by hosting the Erie Otters before big divisional games against the Owen Sound Attack (Oct 27 @ 7.30pm) and the Central Division leaders North Bay Battalion (Oct 29 @ 2pm).
Oct 27 and 29, 7.30pm, $23 ($19 for children). Kitchener Auditorium, 400 East Avenue, Kitchener.
Oct 28: Halloween Costume Party Train
Take a heritage train ride through historic Mennonite country while dressed up in your best Halloween costume. Top costume winner will get to ride in the engine with the engineer. Other Waterloo Central Railway themed train events happening this month include the Festival of Colours Train (Oct 7 and 21) and a Pumpkin Patch Train (Oct 14).
Oct 28, 10am, noon and 2pm, $15.99 ($54.99 for family pass for four). Departs from Market Station, 330 Farmers Market Road, Waterloo. Tickets.
Oct 28: All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Party – Halloween Edition
Festival director of the Monster Fest in Melbourne, Kier-La Janisse curates this three hour collection of Saturday morning cartoons from the 60s through the 80s. Expect a mix of vintage favorites and obscurities with a Halloween twist. There willbe sugary cereals (with non-dairy options) on hand for attendees to tap into their childhood routine.
Oct 28, 10.45am, $13 ($10 for Apollo Cinema members). Apollo Cinema, 141 Ontario Street N, Kitchener. Tickets.
Oct 28: InterPlay Opening Weekend
TheMuseum’s latest family interactive exhibition traces the evolution of personal computers and video games, complete with playable consules and games. For the opening weekend, there will be robots and robot-themed activities. Robot costumes welcome.
Oct 28, 11am-3pm, $11.95. TheMuseum, 10 King Street W, Kitchener. Tickets.
Oct 28: Pinocchio
Award-winning Quebec theatre company Tout à Trac follows-up their internationally acclaimed adaptation of Alice in Wonderland by revisiting another children’s classic. Their lavish and colorful retelling of Collodi’s tale about a wooden puppet’s journey to become a real boy is recommended for audiences ages 6-10.
Oct 28, 11am and 2pm, $15-17.10 ($10-11.70 for children, $35-40.50 for family five-pack). Centre in the Square, 101 Queen Street N, Kitchener. Tickets.
Oct 28: Waiting for Fester – An Addams Family Musical Murder Mystery
Rhapsody Barrel Bar hosts this dinner theater production. Over a three course meal, diners will attempt to solve the crime while being entertained by Addams Family hilarity and musical numbers. Directed by Theresa Noon-Hunter.
Oct 28, 6pm, $60. Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King Street W, Kitchener. Tickets.
Oct 28: Troll 2
For their latest B-Movie Bingo night, The Apollo Cinema is revisiting a past favorite. Troll 2 tells the story of a family that swaps houses with another family with carnage ensuing.
Oct 28, 6.45pm, $11 ($8 for Apollo Cinema members). Apollo Cinema, 141 Ontario Street N, Kitchener. Tickets.
Oct 28: Just for Laughs Canadian Comedy Tour
Fresh from hosting two critically acclaimed sold-out galas at this summer’s 35th edition of the Montreal International Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Sugar Sammy headlines this two-week national tour that includes other rising Canadian comic talents, Alonzo Bodden and Gina Brillon. Recommended for ages 13 +.
Oct 28, 7.30pm, $39.50-57.25. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen Street N, Kitchener. Tickets.
Oct 28-29: Skycon
This gaming convention will feature guest speakers Ed Greenwood, creator of Forgotten Realms, and Empire’s Foundation scribe, Ryan Toxopeus. There will be plenty of vendors and an on-site play-to-win library of games that include Dungeons & Dragons, Magic The Gathering, Guild Ball, Star Wars: X-Wing and Zombicide. For more information, check out Skycon’s official website.
Oct 28-29, 10am, $12-20 (per day) or $33 (weekend pass). Holiday Inn, 30 Fairway Road S, Kitchener. Tickets
Oct 29-30: The Room
This modern day cult classic has been described as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Directed and starring Tommy Wiseau, The Room quickly developed a following due to its terrible acting, bizarre storytelling and its numerous loose plot threads. A Princess Cinema favorite, The Room is the subject of James Franco’s upcoming comedy, The Disaster Artist.
Oct 29-30, 7pm (Sun) and 8.35pm (Mon), $12. Princess Original Cinema, 6 Princess Street W, Waterloo. Tickets.