NightShift - AJ



A\J presents Night\Shift, Kitchener's inaugural nuit blanche-style festival of art, culture and nocturnal adventure.
Come see Kitchener in a whole new light – by exploring it in the dark.

9 pm to 3 am, November 2nd, 2013 

A\J is collaborating with local artists and the City of Kitchener to produce downtown Kitchener’s inaugural nuit blanche-style festival of art, culture and nocturnal adventure. On the night of the autumn time change, come downtown to explore an unconventional showcase of arts, technology, bright ideas and nightlife on foot.

What’s happening

NIGHT\SHIFT will be spread throughout various indoor and outdoor locations downtown, based around a central event hub on Duke Street (closed between Frederick and Queen), and spreading out in both directions along Queen. 

  • Indoor and on-the-street installations, performances, demonstrations & activities
  • Open after hours: K-W Art Gallery, THEMUSEUM & Duke Street Food Block
  • Experiential music showcase by Weird Canada
  • Spoken word showcase by K-W Poetry Slam & The New Quarterly
  • Activists’ bazaar & nighttime art market
  • + Much more to explore & experience at Centre in the Square, Registry Theatre, Imbibe, Queen Street Yoga & Café Pyrus

Why A\J?

Martin DeGroot, arts columnist for The Record and active member of the local arts community, does a great job of answering this question in his recent column, A Nuit Blanche for Kitchener:

Night\Shift grew out of discussions about a launch event for the next edition of the magazine, volume 39, number five, The Night Issue.

Another factor is that the magazine moved from the University of Waterloo campus to a downtown location about a year ago. Part of the purpose is to make connections with new neighbours downtown.

The aims of the Night\Shift project are consistent with the A\J mission: exploration and discovery, especially of the sort that deepens our sense of where we live, along with inspiration, experimentation with new ideas and celebration are all key components of “a vision of a more sustainable future and the tools needed to take us there.”

Get Involved

We are seeking contributions and creations from a range of (primarily local) visual artists, media and research labs, technologists, students and student groups, musicians and small businesses. We’re also aiming to involve local community leaders, cultural stakeholders and other entrepreneurs in a collaboration that sheds new light on the local cultural landscape. Here’s how you can get in on the fun:

 Submit a proposal

We are currently inviting individual artists, performers, entrepreneurs and cultural organizations to submit short written proposals for installations or exhibits, technology demonstrations, performance pieces and other participatory public events on the theme “Intervention.”
The deadline for proposal submissions is noon on Friday, September 13th, 2013.
Download the call for proposals | Download the proposal application form 


We’re looking for enthusiastic, dedicated individuals to fill a variety of volunteer positions both before and during the event, from promoting the event and setting up installations, to running interactive exhibits and helping people find their way around. We’re in need of information ambassadors, art guides, activity facilitators, tech supervisors, and more! Email volunteer @ to sign up.
Download the call for volunteers

 Become a Night\Shift partner

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. NIGHT\SHIFT is a celebration of artistic excellence in Kitchener & the greater Region of Waterloo – and, as such, is an excellent platform for sponsoring organizations to demonstrate their commitments to the community and celebrate the achievements and innovations that have propelled their success.

If your business or organization is interested providing sponsorship, in-kind donations or any other kind of support, contact us at nightshift @ or call David at 519-888-4506.

Download the Night\Shift one-page overview

 Anything else: email us at nightshift @

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