Doors Open Waterloo Region 2020

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Interact with us! On this Doors Open engagement page you can ask questions, complete the participant experience survey or subscribe to get updates. You can also follow Doors Open Waterloo Region on social media.

www.regionofwaterloo.ca/doorsopen , Facebook @DoorsOpenWR, Twitter @DoorsOpenWR, Instagram @DoorsOpenWR

What is Doors Open?

Doors Open Waterloo Region is part of Doors Open Ontario, a province-wide initiative of the Ontario Heritage Trust to celebrate community heritage and architecture. In 2020 Doors Open Waterloo Region's 18th annual event is launching as an entirely virtual experience to deliver fascinating stories with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to some of the region’s most interesting sites.

Doors Open Waterloo Region goes digital

Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region will provide meaningful, quality experiences through video storytelling, celebrating the region’s diverse community culture, heritage and architecture. Each video episode is five to 10 minutes in length and will debut online on the Region of Waterloo’s YouTube Channel and on Rogers Television between August 22 and September 19, 2020.

Join the Doors Open Waterloo Region mailing list to receive updates and notifications when episodes are released. Mailing list members are eligible to win great, exclusive prizes throughout August and September 2020.

Please note that the Participant Experience Survey will be available on September 19, 2020

Interact with us! On this Doors Open engagement page you can ask questions, complete the participant experience survey or subscribe to get updates. You can also follow Doors Open Waterloo Region on social media.

www.regionofwaterloo.ca/doorsopen , Facebook @DoorsOpenWR, Twitter @DoorsOpenWR, Instagram @DoorsOpenWR

What is Doors Open?

Doors Open Waterloo Region is part of Doors Open Ontario, a province-wide initiative of the Ontario Heritage Trust to celebrate community heritage and architecture. In 2020 Doors Open Waterloo Region's 18th annual event is launching as an entirely virtual experience to deliver fascinating stories with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to some of the region’s most interesting sites.

Doors Open Waterloo Region goes digital

Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region will provide meaningful, quality experiences through video storytelling, celebrating the region’s diverse community culture, heritage and architecture. Each video episode is five to 10 minutes in length and will debut online on the Region of Waterloo’s YouTube Channel and on Rogers Television between August 22 and September 19, 2020.

Join the Doors Open Waterloo Region mailing list to receive updates and notifications when episodes are released. Mailing list members are eligible to win great, exclusive prizes throughout August and September 2020.

Please note that the Participant Experience Survey will be available on September 19, 2020

  • Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory: Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region - Episode 10

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    19 Sep 2020

    Episode 10 - Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory: Behind The Scenes of a Tropical Paradise

    A year-round tropical paradise and home to thousands of exquisite plants, butterflies, moths and bugs, The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory has been a remarkable institution in Waterloo Region since 2001. As a privately owned Canadian corporation, it is entirely self-reliant and must juggle the business of attraction with the responsibility of education, research and conservation. Andalyne Tofflemire, Conservatory Manager & Naturalist, tours viewers throughout the magical 25,000 square foot facility and its daily behind-the-scenes operations.

  • Clearpath Robotics: Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region 2020 - Episode 11

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    19 Sep 2020

    Episode 11 - Clearpath Robotics: Automating Dull, Dirty and Dangerous Jobs

    Dull, dirty and dangerous. These are the jobs Clearpath Robotics is working to automate. Founded in 2009 by four University of Waterloo Mechatronics Engineering grads, Clearpath and its sister company Otto Motors develop hardware, software and services to enable self-driving vehicle development, deployment and fleet operation. The award-winning company works with over 500 of the world’s most innovative brands in over 40 countries, serving markets that span industrial materials handling, mining, military, agriculture, aerospace and academia.

  • Handmaid's Tale Part I: Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region 2020 - Episode 12

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    19 Sep 2020

    Episode 12 - The Handmaid’s Tale: How Cambridge became Gilead - Part I of II

    The architecture, heritage buildings and stunning natural features of Cambridge are showcased in the award-winning web television series The Handmaid's Tale. The city's unique assets, central location, and welcoming vibe for the production team made it winner. After three celebrated seasons and 37 major award victories, it's easy now to applaud the city's work to accommodate large production crews with tight schedules with narrow lead times. But what was it like for Devon Hogue, the Business Information Officer for the City of Cambridge during those first days in August 2016 when the Handmaid's Tale was just a concept being pitched for the first time? Just how do you explain to residents why there are gallows erected in the park, army tanks and men with machine guns on the bridge, and three bodies hanging from the wall by the river?

  • Handmaid's Tale Part II: Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region 2020 - Episode 13

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    19 Sep 2020

    Episode 13 - The Handmaid’s Tale: How Cambridge Became Gilead - Part II

    Under her eye: The award-winning web television series The Handmaid's Tale showcases much of the architecture, heritage buildings and stunning natural features of Cambridge in its fictional rendering of a dystopian Gilead. The city's unique assets, central location, and welcoming vibe for the production team made it winner. After three celebrated seasons and 37 major award victories, many of these key locations have put Cambridge on the map worldwide — with viewers and film production companies alike. Devon Hogue, the Business Information Officer for the City of Cambridge takes us for a tour of key locations and the many challenges and rewards along the way.

  • Region of Waterloo International Airport: Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region 2020 - Episode 14

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    19 Sep 2020

    Episode 14 - Region of Waterloo International Airport

    Once upon a time, YKF consisted of two grass air strips. Today, it’s one of the top 20 busiest airports in Canada. Our airport is unique in many ways, and this behind-the-scenes look at its daily operation reveals a thriving aviation community that is passionate about safety and growth, and still enchanted by the magic of air travel.

  • Waterloo Brewing: Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region - Episode 15

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    19 Sep 2020

    Episode 15 - Waterloo Brewing: A Passion for Craft

    While it's now the largest craft brewery in Ontario, it was also the first, and Waterloo Brewing is simultaneously expanding its scope while stoking that pioneering spirit which launched it 36 years ago. Brewing beer with character, for people of character, the entire operation now runs from a single Kitchener location. It features a new beer store, patio and Taphouse where a micro-brewery affords passionate beer-loving staff to dream up and test the next big thing.

  • Stephanie Boutari & Adam Schwartzentruber - BOKO Studio: Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region 2020 - Episode 16

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    19 Sep 2020

    Episode 16: Painting The Town Big

    In 2017, Stephanie Boutari took a big leap to paint big, joining her husband Adam on a path of artistic and design exploration to make ideas happen. Her large scale murals, often featuring vibrant palettes and geometric shapes, have been commissioned for dozens of public and commercial spaces throughout Waterloo Region. Inspired by the ways in which colour and scale transform the perception of space, Boutari’s work is refining her relationship between art and architecture.