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, includes a great meal and an opportunity to connect with students, staff and faculty.

Friday, October 13, 2017 — 12:30 PM EDT

No, not those three tenors, but our own instrumental version.  This concert will feature the musical legacy of Tenor Saxophonists: Jimmy Heath, Hank Mobley, and Stan Getz.

Presented by Michael Wood on the Vibraphone, Ernie Kalwa on Tenor Saxophone, and Bassist Greg Prior.

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

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.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

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

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

Presenting 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.

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.

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.  

Saturday, July 1, 2017 — 4:00 PM EDT
Celebrate Canada 150 with Grebel
Planning on spending Canada 150 in Waterloo?

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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 — 6:30 PM EDT

Time: 6:30pm reception, meal and presentation to follow

This is a Mennonite Church Eastern Canada event in support of the Anabaptist Learning Workshop.

Guest speaker: Alan K. Sapp

Thursday, June 1, 2017 — 4:00 PM EDT
Collage and Connectedness.

Join us for a Launch Reception as we celebrate the newest exhibit in the Grebel Gallery, Collage and Connectedness.

Throughout February and March, a group of Waterloo Region youth set out to explore what “connectedness” meant to them through mixed media techniques. The products of their exploration are on display in the Grebel Gallery throughout May to August 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017 — 2:30 PM EDT
Bike trek.

Join us for a leisurely afternoon of bike riding.

Monday, May 15, 2017 — 8:30 AM to Thursday, April 11, 2019 — 4:30 PM EDT
Sites of Nonresistance.

War monuments, cenotaphs and honour rolls remind us daily of the most dramatic and familiar stories of war.  This exhibit tells war stories of a different kind, and lays out an alternative memorial landscape—the landscape of nonresistance.

These stories are gleaned from letters, diaries, newspapers, photographs, government documents and family histories found in the Mennonite Archives of Ontario. Together, they paint a picture of the Great War from a “peace church” perspective.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 — 7:30 PM EDT

The Instrumental Chamber Ensembles consist of 3 to 4 student musicians, usually string trios or a brass group. They are directed by Ben Bolt-Martin, a well known local cellist who also plays at the Stratford Festival.

Free admission, reception to follow.


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watch past lectures

Watch our special event videos: the Bechtel LecturesMennonite Literature series, the Eby Lecture, and the Sawatsky Lecture.