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Thank you to everyone who shared their stories, photos or videos about The Aud this spring! The video commemorating The Aud’s 70th anniversary featuring your content is now available on this page and on YouTube. Come back and visit this page any time to see the video and read through everyone’s memories.

Photo of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium logo featuring the building’s façade seen at the East Avenue entrance on top of a collection of community memories at The Aud.

This year The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium is celebrating 70 years of memories with the residents of our community. In honour of this amazing building we want YOU to help us collect digital content of The Aud to celebrate our history!

For the past 70 years, The Aud has been famously known as Kitchener’s premier sport and entertainment venue, hosting national and international competitions, shows, and trade shows. Whether it was at your favourite concert, watching your child play their first hockey game, or catching a special show with a loved one, we want to know your favourite Aud Memories!

This page will serve as a hub where residents are encouraged to send in their personal images, stories, and videos related to The Aud. All approved memories will then be posted on the memory wall for residents to connect and engage.



This year The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium is celebrating 70 years of memories with the residents of our community. In honour of this amazing building we want YOU to help us collect digital content of The Aud to celebrate our history!

For the past 70 years, The Aud has been famously known as Kitchener’s premier sport and entertainment venue, hosting national and international competitions, shows, and trade shows. Whether it was at your favourite concert, watching your child play their first hockey game, or catching a special show with a loved one, we want to know your favourite Aud Memories!

This page will serve as a hub where residents are encouraged to send in their personal images, stories, and videos related to The Aud. All approved memories will then be posted on the memory wall for residents to connect and engage.



Thank you to everyone who shared their stories, photos or videos about The Aud this spring! The video commemorating The Aud’s 70th anniversary featuring your content is now available on this page and on YouTube. Come back and visit this page any time to see the video and read through everyone’s memories.

  • Paw patrol fans

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    by Daniela Salazar,


    ​Myself and the two biggest Paw Patrol fans! The Nephews had a blast! - Mark Kukovica
  • A Grandfather's beloved arena

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    by Daniela Salazar,

    My Grandfather George Klinck was a huge Rangers fan! He went to all the games for many years and made great friends with many of the ushers! When he was in his late seventies and became ill with leukaemia, many of the ushers would let him in side doors to allow him access without stairs and also find him a great empty seat! He enjoyed his last years with his beloved Rangers!!!! He passed in the early eighties! A true Rangers fan!!!! - Paul Stewart

  • First date!

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    by Daniela Salazar,

    My first date! Bus ride from Forest Heights to the Aud to see a Kitchener Rangers game. I wore a dress, he wore black velvet jacket, pouffy shirts and massive “Kiss-like” boots. - Kathy Fogal

  • Valentine's day concert

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    by Daniela Salazar,

    Arkells concert. Valentine’s Day 2019 - Avery Reyner

  • Farming father

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    by Daniela Salazar,

    My late father rented land just behind the Aud where the parking lot is now. I helped him plow the land and plant and harvest grain from circa 1952 to 1962. - Murray Baker

  • A special goal

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    by Daniela Salazar,

    Scoring a goal when I was 7 years old playing Police Boy hockey on the split rink.

    I shot the puck from the corner, to the goal at centre ice. It went though 6 o4 7 kids and the goalie , into the net. My one and only goal for the year. They all had a great laugh ! My memory from 65 years ago. - Chris Kraemer

  • Family skate

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    by Daniela Salazar,

    I am a member of the Auditorium Neighbourhood Association Board. For the past three years (pre Covid), our neighbourhood association organized a free neighbourhood skate at the Aud. This is my husband Jamie and our son Clark, learning to skate during this great event! - Louise Jessup

  • 1952 first visit

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    by Daniela Salazar,

    My 1952 first Aud visit


    I remember vividly attending Kitchener Dutchmen Senior A hockey games at the Aud in for the first time in 1952. A huge portrait of King George VI hung at the end of the ARENA....... In 1953 the (Gordie Howe) Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings played an exhibition game against the Dutchmen (Senior Champions) in front of 7,000 fans! The game was tied 3-3 with one minute to go and Detroit's Earl "Dutch" Riebel (from Kitchener) scored the go-ahead goal and a last second empty-net goal clinched a 5-3 Detroit win in a hard fought game. The end boards had metal chicken wire. (no glass in those days). Of course, no netting to protect the fans, so you had to stay alert. I witnessed more than one serious fan injury in the pre-glass days. Once the Kitchener Rangers were established, in 1963, I have attended Ranger games EVERY season since..... and even had a ticket for the March 15, 2020 game which was cancelled by the Pandemic.......So many great memories of many special events at the Aud, including even singing in the mass choirs at the Christmas Public School concerts.

    - Tony Pihowich

  • Second home

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    by Daniela Salazar,

    I don't know where to begin. Ever since I was little the Aud was my second home. First my mother started working there and then my father. All 5 of us Kempel children followed. From Hockey games Jr. A and B. Ice Capades, Sportsman show, COE, even Bingo. So many memories. The last few years working there I got to share a booth with my mom. I met my husband there and when our daughter was little I had taken a break from working and we were seasons ticket holders. Getting hit in the face with a slap shot from Corey Keenan at the blue line while expecting my 2nd daughter made my decision to go back to work in the booth a no brainer. There were so many coworkers that were family. They were the best of times. - Sandra Kube Kempel

  • WE Day

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    by Daniela Salazar,

    When I was 13 I got to attend WeDay at The Aud with my school, it was such an inspiring experience! The guest speakers included Spencer West who spoke about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Magic Johnson and Shawn Desman who was a very relevant singer at the time. My memories of that time include that of the inspirational speeches and the performance by Shawn Desman which turned out to be quite funny as he ended up just jumping around the stage and yelling yeah into the microphone while the crowd sang the song. I met some great FreeTheChildren ambassadors which I still have contact with today and I still have my commemorative t-shirt from the day. - Stacey Lion