About IRL

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Powered by a group of people passionate about  Irish culture in Waterloo Region, we are a not for profit festival that celebrates the rich history and modern ideas of Ireland. We believe that for one week every March, everyone has Irish roots. Slainte!

 

VISION STATEMENT 

 

To create a positive Irish cultural experience for Waterloo Region.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

To showcase the rich scope of contemporary and traditional Irish culture through a variety of events for all ages over the week of St. Patrick's Day.

 

Festival and Events

PAINT WATERLOO REGION GREEN
7-17 MARCH 2020

The fifth annual IRL Festival is bringing contemporary and traditional Irish culture to the Waterloo Region during the week of March 7th – 17th 2020. Join us for music, family fun, film, dancing, theatre, Irish cuisine and more.

Upcoming Events
The Mighty Craic
Sat, Mar 07
Victoria Park Boathouse
Mar 07, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Victoria Park Boathouse, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, ON N2G, Canada
A 5 km fun run for charity around Victoria Park!
Celtic Music School and Open Jam Session
Sat, Mar 07
TWH Social
Mar 07, 11:00 AM
TWH Social, 1 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3, Canada
Want to learn how to join in an Irish jam session? Wow your friends at parties? Learn something new? Sign up for one of our Celtic music classes here!
Celtic Spirituality
Sun, Mar 08
W-K United Mennonite Church
Mar 08, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
W-K United Mennonite Church, 15 George St, Waterloo, ON N2J 1K6, Canada
An afternoon exploring the ancient world of Celtic Spirituality.
The Paddy & The Jock Celtic Dinner
Sun, Mar 08
The Rich Uncle Tavern
Mar 08, 6:00 PM
The Rich Uncle Tavern, 45 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1, Canada
Join us at the Tavern as we host a very special Celtic dinner!
Irish Ukulele Jam
Tue, Mar 10
Music at Green Gables
Mar 10, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Music at Green Gables, 189 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON N2H 2H8, Canada
Music at Green Gables and the IRL Festival bring you a Ukelele jam featuring traditional and contemporary Irish tunes!
Talamh an Eisc (Land of Fish): Irish Music in Canada
Tue, Mar 10
The Registry Theatre
Mar 10, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON N2H 2L9, Canada
Join the IRL Festival for this one-off event featuring Anne Lederman and Peter Jellard on a musical tour of the East Coast of Canada.
Death or Canada - a Canadian-Irish docudrama
Wed, Mar 11
The Registry Theatre
Mar 11, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON N2H 2L9, Canada
Death or Canada is the tragic and true story of one family's epic journey to Canada fleeing the ravages of the Irish famine in 1847. Joining us for this special screening is Craig Thompson, the Executive Producer.
Stouts Honour
Wed, Mar 11
Princess Cafe
Mar 11, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Princess Cafe, 46 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J 2W8, Canada
They say stout gives you strength so come on out for a guided tasting of craft stouts!
Sharon Shannon Band - the Irish Folk Sensation
Thu, Mar 12
The Registry Theatre
Mar 12, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON N2H 2L9, Canada
An evening with the incredible Sharon Shannon, world-renowned Irish trad artist beloved around the world.
Clefs of Moher
Fri, Mar 13
Knox Presbyterian Church
Mar 13, 2:00 PM
Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1T1, Canada
A musical Tour of Ireland
Waking Ned Devine
Fri, Mar 13
Queen Street Commons Cafe
Mar 13, 6:00 PM
Queen Street Commons Cafe, 43 Queen St S, Kitchener, ON N2G 1V8, Canada
Queen St. Commons Studio and IRL Festival are excited to bring you the film Waking Ned Devine. A good-natured, hilarious, heartwarming little fable about death, deceit, and greed.
Kitchen Party with The Gaes and friends!
Fri, Mar 13
The Registry Theatre
Mar 13, 8:00 PM
The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON N2H 2L9, Canada
A classic Irish toe tapping, hand clapping kitchen party, hosted by The Gaes, playing traditional versions of well-loved Celtic tunes!
Paint the KPL Green!
Sat, Mar 14
Kitchener Public Library
Mar 14, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON N2H 2H1, Canada
Come out for a fun, free afternoon of foot-stompin', hand-clappin', fun-time-havin' Celtic music with Kitchener's own The Mighty Kin!
Blarney Beoirfest
Sat, Mar 14
TWB Brewing
Mar 14, 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
TWB Brewing, 300 Mill St #1, Kitchener, ON N2M 3R8, Canada
Join IRL Festival and TWB for the 4th annual Blarney Beoirfest, a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region!
The Clearing - A staged reading by Lost & Found Theater
Sat, Mar 14
The Registry Theatre
Mar 14, 7:30 PM
The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON N2H 2L9, Canada
“Full of treachery and treason, The Clearing adeptly funnels an intimate love story into a national tragedy, presenting a political and moral dilemma that still resonates today.” –Broadway World
St. Patricks Day Ceili
Sat, Mar 14
Victoria Park Pavilion
Mar 14, 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Victoria Park Pavilion, 80 Schneider Ave, Kitchener, ON N2G 1K9, Canada
Celebrate this time of year with a real fun Irish experience at the St. Patrick's Day Ceili!
Celtic Knitting Class
Sun, Mar 15
The Rich Uncle Tavern
Mar 15, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The Rich Uncle Tavern, 45 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1, Canada
A cozy morning of Irish knitting!
Celtic Skin Staining with Henna
Sun, Mar 15
The Rich Uncle Tavern
Mar 15, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
The Rich Uncle Tavern, 45 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1, Canada
Explore the ancient Celtic practice of skin staining in this exciting workshop that will include instruction in basic Celtic design.
The Clearing - A staged reading by Lost & Found Theater
Sun, Mar 15
The Registry Theatre
Mar 15, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON N2H 2L9, Canada
“Full of treachery and treason, The Clearing adeptly funnels an intimate love story into a national tragedy, presenting a political and moral dilemma that still resonates today.” –Broadway World
Paint the KPL Green with The Ugly Horse Band!
Sun, Mar 15
Kitchener Public Library
Mar 15, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON N2H 2H1, Canada
You can never have too much music! Join us again at the KPL main branch in the beautiful lounge to hear The Ugly Horse Band! Free fun for the whole family!
Celtic Illuminated Letters Class
Sun, Mar 15
The Rich Uncle Tavern
Mar 15, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Rich Uncle Tavern, 45 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1, Canada
Learn to draw Illuminated Letters such as found in the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels.
40 Shades of Green Social Paint Night
Sun, Mar 15
The Rich Uncle Tavern
Mar 15, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Rich Uncle Tavern, 45 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1, Canada
A night of painting and cocktails with talented instructor Sonia Nadeau! Come away with your own beautiful version of an Irish landscape!
Lost Children of the Carricks
Sun, Mar 15
The Registry Theatre
Mar 15, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON N2H 2L9, Canada
An extraordinary story of families from rural Sligo, carrying their music, folklore, language and religion to an emerging Canadian nation.
Family Shenanigans - an afternoon of IRL Festival family fun!
Mon, Mar 16
The Registry Theatre
Mar 16, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON N2H 2L9, Canada
Join IRL for a kids ceili and a screening of Song of the Sea, a beautifully animated adventure about Irish myths and legends.
Clefs of Moher
Mon, Mar 16
Knox Presbyterian Church
Mar 16, 2:00 PM
Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1T1, Canada
A musical Tour of Ireland
Olympic Origins - Greece or Ireland?
Mon, Mar 16
The Jazz Room
Mar 16, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Jazz Room, 59 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J 2X2, Canada
"Did the Olympic Games originate in Ireland?” was the question posed shortly by T.H. Nally in the 1920's. Join us for high tea and find out!
Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World
Mon, Mar 16
The Registry Theatre
Mar 16, 7:30 PM
The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON N2H 2L9, Canada
Colin Stafford leads you on a cinematic journey around one of the most stunning coastlines in the world - the Wild Atlantic Way.
Paint THEMUSEUM Green!
Tue, Mar 17
THEMUSEUM
Mar 17, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
THEMUSEUM, 10 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3, Canada
Want to build a magical forest? Learn some Irish dance? Listen to great fairy stories? Join IRL at THEMUSEUM for a fun family day with an Irish flair!
Paint the Rotunda Green!
Tue, Mar 17
Kitchener City Hall
Mar 17, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 4G7, Canada
Enjoy free live toe-tapping music on St. Patrick's Day itself in the Kitchener City Hall Rotunda!
The Irish Pub
Tue, Mar 17
The Registry Theatre
Mar 17, 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM
The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON N2H 2L9, Canada
Want to feel like you're at a real Irish pub for St. Patrick's Day? Well this film is the next best thing!
Spring Ceili!
Fri, Apr 17
Victoria Park Pavilion
Apr 17, 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Victoria Park Pavilion, 80 Schneider Ave, Kitchener, ON N2G 1K9, Canada
Put a spring in your step at the April Ceili! Fun for everyone!

Please use the below map to locate our event locations and directions.

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WHY YOU SHOULD

Sponsoring IRL is a fantastic way to support not only arts and culture in the Waterloo Region, but will also support small businesses and initiatives that the IRL showcases and partners with.

HOW YOU CAN

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