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Friday, December 1, 2017 — 7:00 PM EST

Doon by Lantern Light Guided Tour

Join Grebel Alumni and Friends for a special AcWaterloo Region Museumross-the-Creek event at Doon Heritage Village in Kitchener.

Friday, November 17, 2017 — 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM EST

The Need for a Spiritual Revolution in Residential Care

Presented by Kristine Theurer, MA (Gerontology), PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

Thursday, November 9, 2017 (all day)
Amanda Kind.

Since graduating from the University of Waterloo just over a decade ago, Amanda Kind (BA ’06) has grown into an inspirational leader for young performers in her community. In recognition of her generous and dedicated service, Conrad Grebel University College has named Amanda the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Service Award winner.

Amanda will perform at Grebel on November 9.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 — 4:30 PM UTC

H2 Rotisserie & Bar (The Westin Bayshore)

Connect with old friends and hear what's new and exciting at Grebel from Fred Martin '87, Director of Advancement. Win some Grebel swag!

We will have complimentary appetizers and a cash bar available.

Please email Alison Enns at with your name and others that wish to attend.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 — 2:00 PM EDT

Presidential Installation 2017 at GrebelMarcus Shantz will serve as Conrad Grebel University College’s eighth president, taking office October 1, 2017.

Grebel invites the public to a Presidential Installation service on Sunday, October 29th, at the Humanities Theatre.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 — 7:30 PM EDT

Good intentions. Good ends. Failure. People usually assume peacebuilding is morally good because well-intentioned people are pursuing good ends.   Likewise, reconciliation. But, what happens when the moral values that drive peacebuilding become a problem?  

Saturday, October 21, 2017 — 2:00 PM EDT
Taste of Grebel invitation

Friends and family of Grebel residents and associates are invited to share the day with us. We are planning a host of activities and events that will give you a sample of the student experience at Grebel. This, of course, include a great meal and an opportunity to connect with students, staff and faculty.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
Book launch.

The Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies (IAMS) and Conrad Grebel University College invite you to celebrate the launch of Later Writings of the Swiss Anabaptists, 1529-1592, edited by former Grebel professor C. Arnold Snyder.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 — 12:30 PM EDT

Nominated in 2014 for “Best Percussion Ensemble” by DRUM! Magazine, Duo Percussion is a professional percussion pairing known for their eclectic and high-energy performances. Founded by Brennan Connolly and Dave Robilliard, Duo Percussion is dedicated to expanding the percussion duo repertoire and attracting new audiences by performing diverse and entertaining programs of classical and contemporary percussion music. They are committed to musical excellence and have a passion for fostering creativity.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 — 6:00 PM EDT
All college photo, 1993


Join hosts Shirley Grove '92 and Steve (Berg) Martin '88 on Saturday, September 30th in the John E. Toews Atrium at Conrad Grebel University College from 6:00 pm to late! 

Meet Grebel's new president - Marcus Shantz, class of '95!

Hot hors d'oeuvres, beverages and cash bar. Live jazz music provided by Al Armstrong '94.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 — 4:00 PM EDT

Members of the public are invited to Grebel's Annual General Meeting from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Great Hall. This is a good opportunity to learn about the activity at Grebel this past year.

Friday, September 29, 2017 — 7:00 PM EDT
Pianist Anna Kokits

Anna Magdalena Kokits - Coast to Coast Tour

Award-winning Austrian pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits will play a selection of modern and classical pieces as part of her coast-to-coast tour during Canada 150.

Some pieces have already been selected:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

32 Variationen in c-moll, WoO 80 (1806)

Manuela Kerer (*1980) 

Dla Rajun (2013)

Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942)

Monday, September 25, 2017 — 12:00 AM EDT to Saturday, November 11, 2017 — 5:00 PM EST
The World Remembers

Every day from September 25-November 11, the names of 661,818 soldiers and nurses on all sides of the First World War killed in 1917 will be digitally displayed at more than 60 locations around the world. The commemoration is a unique expression of remembrance, reconciliation and education, and shows the enormous human cost of the war. The Mennonite Archives of Ontario Gallery (3rd floor, Conrad Grebel University College) will be one of these display locations. The Gallery is also the location of the exhibit “Sites of Nonresistance: Ontario Mennonites and the First World War.”

Friday, September 22, 2017 — 12:00 PM EDT
Changing the Historical Narrative

Conrad Grebel University College invites you to join us for a gathering to plant a new sign our Mennonite commemorative garden. In 2005 the College created a garden beneath a black walnut tree that marked the 200th anniversary of a land purchase along the Grand River by Mennonite settlers from Pennsylvania. As we continue to educate ourselves about injustice towards Indigenous peoples and recognize their history on this land where Conrad Grebel now sits, we acknowledge the need to change the historical narratives of Mennonite settlement in the region.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 — 4:00 PM EDT

Celebrate the International Day of Peace in a unique and refreshing way this year! 

Join us on September 21st - the International Day of Peace and World Alzheimer’s Day - to celebrate the launch of Painting a Picture of Dignity, the Grebel Gallery's Fall 2017 exhibit.

Exhibit description:

Painting a Picture of Dignity showcases artwork by Canadian individuals living with dementia and Alzheimer's. Participating artists explore the theme of dignity through paint on canvas.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 — 12:30 PM EDT

Sarah Marie Kramer, sopranoPresenting Lieder written by composers who lived and worked throughout the Romantic period of the Imperial city of Vienna. Sarah Marie Kramer, soprano and pianist Carl Philippe Gionet present works for the dramatic soprano. Composers such as Brahms, R. Strauss, Wagner, and Dvorak will be featured. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017 — 2:30 PM EDT
Bluegrass Concert

Join us on Sunday, September 17 at 2:30 PM at Grebel for the Jim Reimer Memorial Bluegrass Concert featuring Rescue Junction and special guests 5 on the Floor.

5 on the Floor members Bob Janzen, Lyle Friesen, and Ron Harder are reuniting and joined by Tim Bergen (Fiddle) for this special event in memory of former band-mate Jim Reimer.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 (all day) to Saturday, September 23, 2017 (all day)
Peace Week: September 18 to 23 2017

Every year, on September 21 and the week surrounding it, the world celebrates the International Day of Peace.

For the past 2 years, Conrad Grebel University College has initiated a series of community events to mark this day. Now, in 2017, we are opening up this initiative to Kitchener-Waterloo and beyond.

Sunday, August 13, 2017 (all day) to Friday, August 25, 2017 (all day)
Music Camp

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp provides an exciting camp adventure for 12 to 16 year olds – pairing exceptional musical instruction with traditional camp activities! Campers will find a safe and supportive community to explore their love of music, strengthen their leadership skills and deepen their faith.

OMMC welcomes campers of all levels of musical skill and experience! Our goal is to help you have fun and grow, no matter where you're at.

Monday, July 31, 2017 — 9:00 AM to Friday, August 4, 2017 — 4:00 PM EDT
Children at Peace Camp.

Children at Peace Camp.

Join us July 31 - August 4 2017 for a week of peacebuilding! Camp programming begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.

Ages: 11-14    Cost (Full day with lunch): $210

Sunday, July 23, 2017 — 7:30 PM EDT
String Instruments

Four different chamber trios will perform a wide selection of classical music pieces.  The musicians are gifted students, so this is a delightful way to spend a Sunday evening.  There will be two string trios, one woodwind, and one mixed.  Free Admission, with a reception to follow.

String Instruments

Sunday, July 16, 2017 — 7:30 PM to Thursday, July 20, 2017 — 10:30 AM EDT

This summer, a celebration of hymnody will collide with the 500th anniversary of the reformation at “Now Thank We All Our God: Celebrating Congregational Song since the Reformation.” The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada encourages, promotes, and enlivens congregational singing as an integral component of worship. The group will hold its annual conference at Grebel this summer, July 16-20, drawing hundreds of hymn aficionados.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 — 7:30 PM EDT

Geographers, anthropologists, and sociologists study islands as unique environmental and cultural systems. This term we will study and present some of the world’s most unique music from island cultures around the world. We will be performing musics from well-known Island cultures such as Hawaii, New Zealand, and Jamaica while exploring lesser-known musics from isles of Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, and North America. The final concert will also feature dance and images.

Saturday, July 8, 2017 (all day)
UWaterloo Gamelan

The UWaterloo Balinese Gamelan Ensemble will be appearing at the KULTRÚN FESTIVAL on Saturday July 8, 2pm and a free workshop at 3:45pm. Join us at this wonderful FREE international festival in Victoria Park.  

UWaterloo Balinese Gamelan

Saturday, July 1, 2017 — 4:00 PM EDT
Celebrate Canada 150 with Grebel

Planning on spending Canada 150 in Waterloo?

Celebrate Canada 150 with Grebel

Canada Day 2017

Join Grebel Alumni & Friends at the biggest celebration UW has ever hosted!


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