Saturday, November 2, 2019 — 10:00 AM EDT
Student ambassadors

Come and see what Grebel and University of Waterloo have to offer! This open house is for students looking to attend UWaterloo in Fall 2020 or beyond. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019 — 7:30 PM EDT
Mark Vuorinen

Save the date! The 2019 Benjamin Eby Lecture will be presented by Mark Vuorinen. Join us for an engaging public lecture; the topic will soon be announced. Reception to follow.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 7:30 PM EDT

Finding Father: Stories from Mennonite Daughters, edited by Mary Ann Loewen. University of Regina Press. Presentations by local contributors Carrie Snyder, Maggie Dyck, Hildi Froese Tiessen, R.A. Plett, Ruth Loewen, Maggie Redekop, Mary Ann Loewen.

Monday, September 16, 2019 (all day) to Sunday, September 22, 2019 (all day)
Peace Week Logo 2019

Every year, on Sept. 21, the world celebrates the International Day of Peace. Inspired by this initiative, the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement and Conrad Grebel University College invite you to peace events throughout Sept. 16 to 22, or to plan an event to mark the occasion your way, in your community.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT


Watch for details for a Fall Date! 

The four University Colleges at UWaterloo are getting together to host an epic alumni evening of craft beer and snacks. This progressive tasting will end at Grebel for coffee and dessert.

Your fee includes local beer tastings from 3 different breweries, snacks and dessert, and an espresso bar. 


Sunday, August 11, 2019 (all day) to Friday, August 23, 2019 (all day)
OMMC campers

Join us for 12 fun-filled days of music camp!

August 11 - 23, 2019

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.

Sunday, July 28, 2019 — 7:30 PM EDT
3 stringed instruments

Four chamber groups will play a delightful selection of classical music.  Included this term are pieces by Mozart and Peterson.  Free admission, reception to follow.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 — 7:30 PM EDT

A moving concert of vocal and instrumental music inspired by magical tales and legends.  The music ranges from the enchanting "Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty" ballets by Tchaikovsky to arias from Mozart's "Magic Flute" and Massenet's "Cinderella", as well as orchestral music from Gounod's "Faust" and the great Can-Can from "Orpheus in the Underworld".

Saturday, July 20, 2019 — 7:30 PM EDT
University Choir
Monday, July 1, 2019 — 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM EDT
Brubacher House Garden

Visit Brubacher House on Monday, July 1st for a free, Canada Day open house and family garden party. 

Friday, June 14, 2019 — 7:00 PM EDT

The Balinese Gamelan is meant to be heard outdoors, so please join us at Waterloo Town Square for a terrific evening concert.  Free admission.  This ensemble is directed by I Dewa Made Suparta, a noted Gamelan composer, and Dr. Maisie Sum.  Stay after the concert to try out an instrument or two.

Thursday, June 13, 2019 — 10:00 AM to Friday, June 14, 2019 — 4:30 PM EDT
Aging and Spirituality: Finding courage and resilience

We can find ourselves in new territory where much is unknown as we face challenges and difficulties in illness, in the aging process, and in dying. In the same way the grit inside an oyster transforms into a pearl, we wonder if our fear and frustration can be transformed into something just as beautiful in us.

You are invited to a time of learning, reflection, and self-care.

Saturday, June 1, 2019 — 3:30 PM EDT
Students from 2005-2010

Celebrating those that were here anytime between '05-'10

Please join us for an afternoon BBQ informal event. The event will take place from 3:30-7:00 p.m.

Activities will include Beach Volleyball, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Board Games, Video Games, etc.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 — 7:30 PM EDT
Fretz lecture poster

Feeding the Colony, the Nation and the Market: Transported Foodways and New Crops in Latin American Mennonite Communities

How did persistent attachment to wheat shape Mennonite settlement in Paraguay? What did it mean for Mennonites to rapidly expand the availability and affordability of butter, milk, and cheese in local markets in northern Mexico and eastern Bolivia? Learn how the place of Mennonites in Latin American societies over the past century has been premised on practices of producing, marketing and consuming food.

Saturday, May 25, 2019 — 11:00 AM EDT
Grebelites sitting on Muskoka chairs

Students with offers of admission to University of Waterloo are invited to attend a special open house with a focus on finding the right place to live! 

Come experience what residence life at Grebel is like! On-site applications to residence and interviews will be offered.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 — 7:30 PM EDT
New Fraktur banner

Join us for a reception celebrating the new Grebel Gallery exhibit, New Fraktur, on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:30pm. Register here. Meg Harder’s recent work considers the social history of fraktur, an imaginative, densely detailed, and symbolic illuminated folk art practiced by early Mennonite settlers in the region. 

Monday, May 6, 2019 — 9:00 AM to Tuesday, May 21, 2019 — 10:00 PM EDT

Spring 2019 Ensemble auditions are open for registration. See Ensemble page for details. 
In Spring term we offer the Balinese Gamelan, Instrumental Chamber groups, orchestra@uwaterloo, and the University Choir.
The orchestra needs 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, & 2 bassoons
4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, and a tuba

Monday, May 6, 2019 — 8:30 AM to Friday, October 25, 2019 — 6:00 PM EDT
New Fraktur exhibit

Meg Harder is an interdisciplinary artist working and living in the Grand River Watershed. Harder graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the University of Waterloo, which included a six month exchange at Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. She studied under Paula Wilson at Haystack Mountain school of crafts in 2018. She was the 2015 Eastern Comma Artist in Residence at Rare Charitable Research Reserve and at Vermont Studio Centre in 2018. She has exhibited at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Forum of Kitchener and Area, and The Museum, Kitchener.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (all day) to Monday, May 3, 2021 (all day)
Growing Family banner

New Exhibit at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario:

“Growing Family: Design & Desire in Mennonite Genealogy”

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 — 4:30 PM EDT
Groundbreaking for Grebel's Kitchen and Dining Room Expansion

You are invited to join the Grebel community as we officially break ground for our Kitchen and Dining Room expansion project! Hear from Grebel President Marcus Shantz and a Board representative, as well as a word from our architects. You'll have a chance to speak with students involved in the project and learn how the renovation and expansion will increase their quality of living at Grebel.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 — 2:00 PM EDT
Grebel Convocation 2019

Conrad Grebel University College honours graduates who have lived and studied at Grebel while completing their University of Waterloo degree programs. This special Convocation takes place several weeks prior to the University of Waterloo Convocations where the official degrees are conferred. Faculty, staff, students, families, and friends celebrate this significant accomplishment together.

We welcome friends and families to this celebration on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 — 7:30 PM EDT

Repertoire includes the Brahms Piano Concerto #2 in Bb major, with Soloist Eric Liang (winner of the 2018 UW Concerto Competition) and Von Suppé ‘s Poet and Peasant Overture plus Bruckner’s  Overture in G minor.

Every two years, orchestra@uwaterloo holds a Concerto and Aria Competition that is open to University of Waterloo students and recent graduates, and is judged by a panel of professional musicians. Winners perform as soloists with the orchestra in a public concert.  The contest is sponsored by Prof. David Taylor. 

Free Admission, tickets available at the door.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 — 7:30 PM EDT
Balinese Gamelan Ensemble

Come experience the polyrhythms and polyphony of Balinese gamelan music played by Waterloo’s two local ensembles: the UWaterloo Balinese Gamelan and Grebel Community Balinese Gamelan. Directed by artist-in-residence, I Dewa Made Suparta, students and community members gather over a 12-week period to learn traditional and modern pieces through listening, imitation, repetition, and memorization.

Sunday, March 31, 2019 — 7:30 PM EDT
Sam Schirm, cello

Six different Instrumental Chamber Ensemble trios will play a lovely selection of classical music.  Composers for this term include Brahms, Beethoven, and lesser known composers such as Von Call, Weber, Rheinberger, and Arensky.  Chamber Ensembles are directed by Ben Bolt-Martin.

Reception to follow, Free Admission.

Sunday, March 31, 2019 — 2:00 PM EDT
Jazz Ensemble

The UWaterloo Jazz Ensemble consists of approximately 20 jazz aficionados playing standard and non-standard jazz instruments.  Directed by Michael Wood, this ensemble will play a wide selection of popular jazz music. 

Tickets available at the door.  Reception to follow. 


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Multimedia Videos

watch past lectures

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