Kitchener Says Thanks campaign connects
​residents ​with local artists and each other

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By Carrie Debrone
Kitchener Citizen
​April ​​19, 2020

On April 14, the City of Kitchener launched the Kitchener Says Thanks campaign, which features a shareable poster and online performances by local artists.

The poster portion of the campaign offers residents the opportunity to share the countless examples of how people are caring for one another during the challenge of coping with the changes brought on by the Covid 19 pandemic by downloading a poster from the city’s website at kitchener.ca/kitchenersaysthanks and filling it out with examples of what you are thankful for.

It can then be shared on social media or placed in a window of your home.

The city is also hosting a live series of online performances by local artists. Tuesday mornings at 11am will feature performances geared toward children, while Thursdays at 7pm will offer programming suitable for the whole family.

About 100 people viewed the first live concert featuring 12 Mile Island on April 16. The first children’s performance will be Tuesday, April 21 and features Erick Traplin.

“Kitchener has always been a city that takes pride in being there for each other, and this difficult time has been no exception. We’ve seen so many examples of residents sharing an outpouring of gratitude for those in the community making a difference, and the City of Kitchener wanted to shine a light on these great examples of gratitude,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.

“It’s important for the community to stay socially connected while we are physically distanced right now. This campaign is an opportunity to entertain, bring people together, showcase gratitude and encourage the community to stay focused, whenever we can, on the great things that are still happening around us,” he said.

Vrbanovic added that the city hopes the campaign will provide a way for people to stay connected, to come together and to support local artists, many of whom cannot work during this time.

“It’s also a great opportunity for people to get their minds off some of the day-to-day challenges they may be facing. We’re also hoping people take the time to be thankful, to look for great things happening around them, and to share their messages of gratitude with friends, family, and the community.”

“I hope Kitchener residents continue to show the care and compassion they have demonstrated since Day 1, and that these #KitchenerSaysThanks initiatives help them do that,” Vrbanovic said.

The online performance schedule is as follows:

Tuesday mornings at 11am and Thursdays at 7pm local artists will show their thanks for the community through the weekly #KitchenerSaysThanks live concert and programming series. Performances and activities will be streamed live via the City of Kitchener's Facebook events.

​· Thursday, April 16: 12 Mile Island

​· Tuesday, April 21: Erick Traplin

· Thursday, April 23: Rufus John (Facebook event coming soon)

​· Tuesday, April 28: Artshine

· Thursday, April 30: Surprise performer announcement coming soon!

· Tuesday, May 5: Erick Traplin

· Thursday, May 7: Surprise performer announcement coming soon!

· Tuesday, May 12: Performer details coming soon

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Give a good neighbour a shout out

​Do you have a good neighbour who is helping out during the pandemic? Nominate them so they know their efforts are appreciated at www.kitchener.ca/KitchenerSaysThanks
Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic