October 12, 2016

We have an unprecedented choice of film festivals that includes the industry heavyweights like TIFF, Cannes and Sundance to genre specific and one-day fests like ZontaKW Film Festival and The Shortest Day Film Festival. With 10 years of presenting GRFF, we’d like to hear from you our audience.

We invite you to share your views on what brought you to GRFF in 2016 and what will bring you back next year. Our Board of Directors wants you to share your ideas about the future of GRFF and help shape what the next 10 years can be.

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October 12, 2016

Stay up to date with the latest local film industry happenings by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter!

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  • GRFF news
  • Film production in Waterloo Region
  • Local film premieres and events
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September 22, 2016

Advertise with us!

The Grand River Film Festival prints 3,000 programme guides each year, distributed before the festival, to various downtown locations and organizations across Waterloo Region. By advertising with GRFF, your organization will reach a community of loyal film fans and film industry professionals. 

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Closing Night After Party

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September 22, 2016

The Conor Gains Band @ EVO Kitchen Saturday October 29, 9:30pm

Join us as we close our 10th anniversary in style with The Conor Gains Band! Tickets can be purchased online or at the door $10 entry fee. Complimentary food, cash bar.

One of the most dynamic blues rock acts in Canada The Conor Gains Band have delighted audiences at clubs and festivals across the continent.

This past summer the band toured Canada with impressive festival performances at the Tremblant International Blues Festival and Calgary Blues Festival as well as numerous club dates from Montreal to Vancouver.

Conor Gains, 23, has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s best guitarists and singer/songwriters. Indeed, his tune “Leave It On the Line” won the prestigious Cobalt Songwriting Prize (best contemporary blues song) at the 2016 Maple Blues Awards.

Several tunes from the 2014 CD “Run Away With The Night” have been played on blues, country and classic rock radio stations.

At the 2015 Kitchener Blues Festival the Conor Gains Band were honoured to open for the legendary Burton Cummings to kick off the four day event.

A month earlier they earned a standing ovation at the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival. Conor was also invited to play in the Festival’s tribute to the late B.B. King in front of 50,000 people an eye catching performance that led the Montreal Gazette to call him ‘the life-force of the music‘ in its review of the festival.

In 2014 the Conor Gains Band won the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Competition and in 2012 they represented the Grand River Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

Conor has been performing live since the age of 12 and was invited to play with the late legendary Les Paul at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club in 2011 at the age of 15. Clearly the future is bright.

Sweet Thing (2016 recording)

Evil Man Live at 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival

First Impressions  Live at 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival

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Community Sponsors


September 22, 2016

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The Grand River Film Festival acknowledges the generous support of:

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