We are very excited to formally announce the launch of KOI Fest At The Parking Lot. Since KOI Music Festival first originated six years ago the festival circuit in Southern Ontario has become extremely competitive and crowded.  Many festivals had a challenging 2015 and KOI Music Festival was no different.  KOI founders, Cory and Curt Crossman have since recognized that they can no longer take on the massive undertaking alone. The Centre has presented KOI Music Festival with the opportunity to collaborate and create a new music festival with KOI Fest roots. This new creation is KOI Fest At The Parking Lot.

KOI Music Festival and Centre In The Square identify the creation and production of concerts and festivals in Kitchener-Waterloo to be a vital part of arts and culture in the area. This new partnership is a very exciting and promising way for both organizations to pursue their goal of presenting local talent and building the music scene in Kitchener-Waterloo. “The synergy between CITS and KOI works perfectly, meshing years of festival experience and a decade and a half of growing the local music scene with an organization that brings in top tier talent and culturally important productions to our region” says Curt Crossman.

Showcasing 14 local and internationally recognized bands on two separate stages on the Centre In The Square premise, KOI Fest At The Parking Lot is not just another event but rather a vehicle to revitalize the underserved young audience.  The festival offers a real chance to enjoy music with great production and an emphasis on the artist. This festival is looking to provide a unique platform to grow local talent in a progressive, innovative, and organic way while also featuring award winning artists.


KOI Fest At The Parking Lot takes place Sat, 25 June @ 12PM – 10.30PM
Location: Centre In The Square’s parking lot
Stage A and Garage VIP is 19+
Stage A Tickets: $69.50 + applicable fees
Garage VIP Tickets: $125 + applicable fees
Stage B: Free to all ages


Artist Line-up:

Sam Roberts BandHeadliner

Tokyo Police Club
The Strumbellas
Hannah Georgas
Kalle Mattson
Ria Mae
Poor Young Things
Teen Violence
Ivory Hours
Le Trouble

More of the line-up is to come, stay tuned!  Set times to be announced.

Festival Pre-Sale*: Thursday, March 3 @ 10AMTuesday, March 10 @ 10AM
Festival OnSale: Thursday, March 10 @ 10AM


The Parking Lot is a new initiative from Centre In The Square that transforms their outdoor space into a festival venue.  General Manager Rob Sonoda says, “The Parking Lot is an exciting new venture and creates new opportunities for community partnership and revenue generation that previously weren’t an option for Centre In The Square. The opportunities are endless with this new venue and we’re excited to see what the future holds.”