Artist in Residence


2019 Artist in Residence

The City of Kitchener welcomes the 2019 Artist in Residence, Mary Neil: a community musician and founder of KW Junk Music which hosts participatory music making with handmade instruments from recycled items. Her passion for music is grounded in community building, sustainable practices and inclusive collaboration.

During her year long residency, Mary will create opportunities through workshop and events, for the community to make instruments, create unique musical compositions and to experiment. No musical experience is necessary to participate, just a willingness to explore, have fun and make new friends!

She hopes to incorporate these instruments on a music wall that will also link to the community compositions so everybody can enjoy music making!

Please check back regularly for updates on more events and upcoming workshops or sign up to the Kitchener Arts newsletter.

Upcoming events:

 Residency Kick-off Event

Thursday, March 7, 7 - 8:30 p.m

Kitchener City hall, Rotunda, 200 King Street, West, Kitchener

Join Mary as she talks about her practice to date engaging communities across the region and upcoming plans for her residency. Participate in a musical performance with Mary. All welcome, no registration required.

Trillium Public School

Monday, May 6

Mary will visit with elementary grade students to create instruments and a compostion highlighting the theme of resiliency. Closed to the public.

Young @rt

Thursday, May 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Road, Kitchener

Youth and guests attending the event will have a chance to participate in a musical session to reflect their varied interests in the arts. This will compliment other programming during this event that celebrates youth in the arts. Free, open to the public; no registration necessary. Get more information.

Downtown Community Centre

Saturday, May 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Mary will join The Amigos Social Spanish Group, a 55+ adults group, to get their musical perspective on the City of Kitchener.

 Hohner Avenue Porch Party

Saturday, May 25, 7:30 p.m.

Hohner Avenue, Kitchener

Come get your groove on during this fun event! Mary is the featured musician and will be asking the community: what does this porch party mean to you? Free, all ages, open to the public, no registration necessary. Get more information

 Neighbour's Day at KPL

Saturday, June 8, 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Kitchener Public Library, main branch, 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener

Mary will host a workshop of making instruments from recycled items and follow with a super fun junk music jam! She hopes to hear your interpretation of what the Kitchener Public Library means to you. Free, all ages, open to the public, no registration necessary.

 Cherry Park Festival

Saturday, July 6

Cherry Park, Kitchener

If you ever wanted to play a musical instrument, harbour a hidden dream of becoming a drummer or simply enjoy music and interactive play, join Mary for a junk music jam. Try out jammin' on different instruments and your hand at composing short musical compositions, in an inclusive and collaborative environment. Free, all ages, open to the public, no registration necessary.

 Kitchener Market

Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Kitchener Market, 300 King Street, East, Kitchener

Get your say through musical expression, what the market means to your community. Mary will host an instrument building workshop from junk items and facilitate the creation of a musical compostion. Great event for the whole family! Free, all ages, open to the public. Registration will be required. Check back for updates.

 Schneider Creek Porch Party

Saturday, July 27, 4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Peter Street, Kitchener

Another chance to jam with Mary and listen to other local musicians at a community building event. Free, all ages, open to the public, no registration necessary. Get more information

 Belmont Village Bestival

Saturday, September 14, time TBD

Belmont Village, Kitchener

Details forthcoming. Free, all ages, open to the public, no registration necessary.

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