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THE SCOOP | Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Files For Bankruptcy

By Anya Wassenberg on September 22, 2023

The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts (Photo courtesy of KWS)
The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts (Photo courtesy of KWS)

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony has filed for bankruptcy, as announced at the end of the day on September 21. The Board of Directors responded in a statement.

“We are absolutely devastated about this outcome,” said Rachel Smith-Spencer, Chair of the Board of Directors. “In the last three days, we have appealed to all of our major stakeholders and have exhausted all available avenues to secure the $2M required immediately to continue operations.”


The musicians of the KWS have already banded together online, and initiated a GoFundMe to support the future of classical music in the region.

  • Donations can be made to the Support your KW Symphony Musicians fundraiser (administered by the musicians themselves) via GoFundMe [HERE].

The K-W Symphony Foundation is a separate organization, independent of the orchestra itself. It’s still in operation as the body responsible for managing donations that have come to the foundation via long-term investments accumulated over many years.

The bright spot in the situation is that the Foundation can still play a role in supporting classical music performance in the Waterloo Region going forward.

  • Donations can be made to the K-W Symphony Foundation via Canada Helps [HERE].

Bankruptcy proceedings are being managed by BDO Canada Limited.

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