The exciting grand opening day started with a free community family friendly event throughout the afternoon on Saturday, October 21st.
With its roots as an industrial facility created by Rudolph Ardelt back in the post World War II era, Lot42 spans a whopping 17 acres in Kitchener.
Steered by President and CEO, David Brisson, and Managing Partner Patrick Doyle. that aims to be flexible for use in corporate tradeshows and conferences, concerts, and arts events. It aims to bring people together in the region and beyond through community events and more.
The impressive main building spans 40,000 square feet while the entire venue features 150,000 square feet of event space.
At the launch when we arrived for the evening portion, the party kicked off with host Josie Dye of Indie88.
The musical performances started off with Suzanne Doyle, the mother of Lot42 managing partner Patrick Doyle. Then next we had Romeo Sex Fighter, energizing the crowd with their energy.
While sipping on drinks and nibbling on bites from B Hospitality, we watched international artist Bruno Smoky spray paint a mural over some Nike Air Force One shoes. In talking to him on the ride there, it was interesting to hear that he was going to freestyle the work on site with his spray cans.
Skye Wallace rocked with her blend of folk rock punk. She’s a new artist, so be sure to check out her new full EP in 2018.
Tyler Shaw performing his crowd pleasing songs including Wicked
Then Toronto’s own Skratch Bastid closed out the night with his turntables.
The whole evening was just a small introduction to the massive venue’s capabilities.
While partnerships include giant tech firms on the conference side while music lovers should cross their fingers here for some big concert festival announcements to compete with Toronto venues. Being near the Conestoga Parkway, it’s just minutes away from the 401. And unlike Toronto venues, hello, to plenty of parking!
Check out the teaser video of Lot42 Global Flex Campus.
Lot42 is located at 41 Ardelt Avenue in Kitchener. For more information about Lot42 visit www.lot42.ca
Photos by Nick Lee