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City of Waterloo
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PO Box 337, Station Waterloo
Waterloo, Ont.
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Lumen is a festival that showcases light based new media, media art, and projection based installations. This free event invites citizens to explore the city through a new lens -- one that illuminates Waterloo through art and technology. 

Lumen will take place in uptown Waterloo on September 29, 2018 from 6 - 11p.m. and is divided up into five zones. Click one of the five links below for more information on all the installations featured at Lumen 2018:
Zone 1 - Waterloo Public Square
Zone 2 - Erb/Caroline
Zone 3 - Train Station + Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
Zone 4 - Waterloo Park + Uptown Waterloo
Zone 5 - Kid Koala: Satellite Turntable Orchestra

If you are intrested in volunteering to help make this exciting event happen, please connect with City of Waterloo Volunteer Services.

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Button Factory Arts

Lighting up the Community, Button Factory Arts

Button Factory Arts (25 Regina St S)

"Lighting up our community" is an interactive multi-media art installation that explores live music, art, and light. Participants will be able to create a face with the simplest of media; white paper bent and shaped into sculptural forms. These forms will be attached to a wall and illuminated from above. The shadows from the paper forms will create a diaphanous tableau of our community. On completion, the gallery installation will celebrate our diverse community. 



Pixel Stick
Laney McLaneface Lane

Digital meets analog with this LED light-painting. Join THEMUSEUM as we capture images with our Pixelstick.

Amanda Garbe

Forest of Dreams

Laney McLaneface Lane

Forest of Dreams explores the intrinsic beauty of paper art when melded with technology. This interactive experience is staged as a whimsical forest. Participants are encouraged to write their "dreams" on small paper flowers before adding them to the vines. By the end of the night, the forest will be alive with the collective dreams of the community and festival goers.


Sherwood Music

Kazoo! Stage

Waterloo Public Square

Staging and sound for the Kazoo Stage provided by Sherwood Music

Kazoo! Fest Stage

Waterloo Public Square: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Kazoo! have teamed up with Lumen Festival to bring a genre-defying lineup of artists to Waterloo. Kazoo! Festival is a not-for-profit DIY arts organization who host a year-round music series and annual festival each April in Guelph, ON. As part of Lumen Festival, get ready for a lineup including avant-jazz, electro-experimentalism, post-punk, and instrumental hip hop. Unfurl your freak flag and let's get weird in Waterloo!

Kazoo! Fest Presents: Esther Grey 

Kazoo! Stage
Waterloo Public Square @ 6 p.m.

Esther Grey, a band hailing from Guelph, dishes up garage-cooked spook-pop that oscillates between scrappy and ethereal. Performing now as a trio, they play the low notes, they play the high notes, and they play the notes in between.

Kazoo! Fest Presents: Eddyevvy 

Kazoo! Stage

Waterloo Public Square @ 7 p.m.

Waterloo has birthed a monster. Originating in 2016 as a duo consisting of Micaela Loreto and Mitchell Hartung, EDDYEVVY has since fleshed out into a 4-piece with the addition of Jae Holdsworth and Eric Repke. Recalling early '90s bands like Slowdive, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine, Eddyevvy plays music that thoughtfully blends the noisey with the melodic.


Kazoo! Fest Presents: Isla Craig 

Kazoo! Stage
Waterloo Public Square @ 8 p.m.
Isla Craig is a multi-dimensional vocalist and songwriter living and working in Toronto. With pointed attention towards vocal delivery and melodic play, her music is underpinned by languid psyche blues rhythms and arrangements that tumble into trance states. In addition to her work as a solo artist, she is an active collaborator in the Toronto music scene, currently performing with Jennifer Castle, IC/JC/VC, and the Cosmic Range.

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Kazoo! Stage

Waterloo Public Square @ 9 p.m.

OBUXUM is a Toronto based Somali-Canadian producer and beat maker, whose lush and characteristic sound celebrates story telling. She has made her presence known with notable festival performances at Wavelength Festival, Kazoo! Fest, Electric Eclectics, and Venus Fest. NOW Magazine also recently included her in their list of Toronto electronic musicians to watch in 2018. 

Kazoo! Fest Presents: Dan Lee (of Phedre) & MC Lil Gay 

Kazoo! Stage

Waterloo Public Square @ 10 p.m.

Frequent collaborators Lee Paradise and Lil Gay (who both perform with Phèdre) combine live hardware electronics with low bass-laden rhythmic vocals. Expect 140 bpm, continuous beats, and Lil Gay raps.

Trevor Waurechen

Lumen Moire

Waterloo Public Square 

Working with halftone dot and line patterns, this installation overlaps images to create a large-scale moiré as one walks through and around the installation's panels, different moirés will appear and disappear in their vision, as the patterns overlap and "move" before one's eyes.

Nik Harron

VRLENS Kaleidoscope

Waterloo Public Square 

Harking back to the early days of ­film-based raree shows and sideshow peep boxes, the VRLENS project combines code-driven visuals, laser cut fabrication, and animation. This  installation includes three kaleidoscopic mirror boxes integrated with VGA video monitors that each provide a unique visual experience based on a shared video source.


Jim Fare

Rubens' Tubes & Rubens' Table

Parkette at Erb/Caroline (South East Corner)

A Rubens' tube, also known as a standing wave flame tube, uses flames to physically demonstrate acoustic sound waves. Invented by German physicist Heinrich Rubens in 1905, the Rubens' Tube operates as a oscilloscope and is frequently used to demonstrate the relationship between sound waves and sound pressure.

Communitech & SkyWatch

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Communitech Data Hub (14 Erb St W)

Coming soon!

Allie Brenner


Memorial Park (40 Erb St W)

Housenumber_street.jpg uses photos sourced from Google "street view" archives to create sculptural objects. Images feature houses in Waterloo Region that have been demolished. These images are printed on transparencies and constructed into simplified house-shaped structures where participants are confronted with images from the past and a recognition of a community's changing landscape.




Shopify/Manulife Clocktower

Spend a little time trying to find an abstract landscape projected on Shopify! 'Actualizer' is an interactive environ that responds to the movement of people through space. Participants traveling between the main LUMEN sites will sense that their presence and passage through the space causes large-scale and indefinite changes. The installation elicits questions about human migration and digital anonymity.


Open Ears & NUMUS 

Moving Music

Centre for International Governance Innovation (67 Erb St W)

Featuring the exploratory sounds of Stealth duo, and the musical mastery of Colin Labadie, come listen and watch sound be visually displayed using cymatics. Cymatics is when the surface of a plate or membrane is vibrated, and the sound is made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste or liquid.


The New Quarterly

WMRC Sign in the Museum Lot

Coming soon!

Charlena Russell + Bernie Rohde

Waterloo Visitor and Heritage Information Centre (10 Father David Bauer Dr)

An interactive performance featuring multi-instrumentalist Charlena Russell in her custom-built light suit, collaborating with Bernie Rohde hand-made sound-activated LED installations.  


Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

Ancient Glass: Lecture and Viking Bead Kiln
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (25 Caroline St N)

Join us for a talk about Ancient Glassmaking by Wilhelm Nassau, who has been involved in the research of ancient glass, specializing in its technology for the past forty-five years. 6PM. Neil Peterson from DARC - the Dark Ages Re-Creation Company - is firing up a reproduction Viking bead kiln to create tiny archeological experiments using ancient technologies. 7-11pm. The Gallery will have all exhibitions open to the public from 6-11pm! Come see Embodiment: 30 Years of Sculpture by Susan Low-Beer, Earthborn 2018, and The Sculptural Teapots of Wayne Cardinalli. Gallery Shop open 6-11pm.


Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery 

1979.206.200, Brendan Fernandes

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (25 Caroline St N) 

Modelled on an African mask found within the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this sculpture communicates to passerby both within and outside an institution's walls. Pulsing in a manner that suggests Morse Code, the sculpture invites us to consider the potential of an animate object demanding the details of its origin and an explanation of how it came to be so far from home.


Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Collection. Gift of Brendan Fernandes, 2017.

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Photo: Robert McNair. Courtesy of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery



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Jordyn Stewart

Please do not feed the ducks

Waterloo Park - East Gazebo

What is Silver Lake--a water reservoir, a large puddle, a pond? It's not quite suitable for swimming, or boating, but there seems to be a lot of ducks hanging out there.


Through experimental documentary and performance, Stewart will examine the wildlife that inhabits Waterloo Park. Drawing inspiration from local waterfowl, Stewart takes on the persona of a fowl enthusiast eager to identify the habits of these domestic-like creatures and our co-existence. Employing site-sensitive observation and documentation practices Stewart surveys the lake's many inhabitants, but the ducks get centre stage.


"She's like a crazy cat lady, but for ducks!" - Construction Worker (Waterloo Park)

Student Art Innovation Lab

Supporting Jordyn Stewart's Please do not feed the ducks instalation

Waterloo Park - East Gazebo

S.A.I.L. (Student Art Innovation Lab) is a University of Waterloo outreach arts program designed to animate our community's engagement in fine and performing arts. It is a mobile initiative program that runs out of a vintage Airstream trailer owned by the Fine Arts Department. The program is student-driven and runs with support from faculty and resources housed in Fine Arts and Theatre and Performance.

Nicholas Rees

The Enchanted Garden

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An installation of 6+ garden sculptures created from ferrocement. The sculptures are illuminated with tea lights and will be lit at dusk for all to enjoy.  

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Waterloo Park 

43.4677° N, 80.5277° W is a video piece that culminates St Marie φ Walker's Waterloo Park Artist Residency. The work consolidates their experiences in the park and their interactions with both the public and the natural/build terrain. The final video captures ephemeral moments within micro-landscapes of the park. The work endeavors to re-see this communal space as ever changing, diverse and yet geographically fixed... while still being a place where we can all belong.

Garner Beckett & Rob Porteous

Lewey's Dream

Waterloo Park - Silver Lake Dock (near Grist Mill)

An outsiders view of night time leisure presented though light, sound, and organic shadow.


The Firm Murals

Light Graffiti

The Grist Mill - Caroline St N

Using highly luminescent paint, lasers and a wall, The Collective aims to create an interactive experience that will transport participants into another realm filled with graffiti and street art. Viewers will have the chance to create their own temporary dimension and help shape the exhibit of light. 

Stephen Orlando

Motion Exposure

Waterloo Public Library Parking Lot (35 Albert St)

Motion Exposure combines equal parts of art, light, and technology. A long exposure photo is captured to reveal the paths of the LEDs and to tell the story of movement. Spectators will be able to watch others play the violin or drums and instantly see the photographic results projected onto screens and will also receive a low resolution version of the image as a memento of the event.

Waterloo Public Library

Library of Light and Sound

Waterloo Public Library Parking Lot (35 Albert St)

The library is a community space for collaboration, creation and play. Using pianos, lasers and light create music and art with other festival attendees or build new landscapes in our augmented reality sandbox. 

Princess Cinemas

Princess Cinemas Presents

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Princess Cinemas (6 Princess St W)

This projection based installation will feature Canadiana shorts, images, and films of a  pre- tech world.  

Fresh Air Films

Mobile Movie Screen


A travelling theatre that will delight viewers with Canadian shorts by talented filmmakers. 


Kid Koala

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Satellite Turntable Orchestra

Temporary Parking Lot A (Corner of Regina & Bridgeport)

Our latest show will have EVERYONE in the audience playing along on turntables! We've created a series of Satellite Orchestra tone vinyl where each disc is designed to harmonize with key moments in the show. Each audience member will be seated at one of 60 mini turntable stations which includes a small crate of colour coded custom vinyl, an effects pedal, and a record player. Through subtle coloured lighting changes in the room, the audience is cued to play along.

Kid Koala will present an innovative collection of dreamy, atmospheric tracks composed especially for this event.





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