NIGHT\SHIFT empowers local artists, makers, entrepreneurs and organizations to reimagine downtown venues with multidisciplinary visual and performance art, bright ideas and mind-opening interaction. The festival invites contributors and participants to reanimate intriguing pockets of their city core, share rare communal experiences and spark unexpected collaborations.


T he festival was hatched and developed by Eric Rumble and launched by Alternatives Journal in 2013, and has since paid hundreds of contributors to produce 110 pieces of original programming. NIGHT\SHIFT was named Best New Festival by the Waterloo Region Arts Awards in June 2015.

NIGHT\SHIFT culminates on the evening of the autumn time change – in 2017 that means the 5th annual festival peaks on Saturday, November 4th !