Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest
   Benton Building east entrance
   Benton Street at King Street East
     (Speakers' Corner)
   Kitchener (originally named Berlin),
     Ontario, Canada
   LL: N 43.44903, W 80.48807
Site locator map


   Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest
     17 Benton Street
     Kitchener, ON  N2G 3G9
     Box 1053
     Kitchener, ON  N2G 4G1
   T: (519)570-HANS  or  1-888-294-HANS
   F: (519)742-3072


   Chimes on the hour; full animated show
   daily at 0900,1200,1700


   Glockenspiel with animation of
   Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs;
   opposite the Oktoberfest office.
   Previous report of traditional keyboard
   was incorrect.
   Taken down in 2009 when King Street was
   reconstructed; in storage until
   renovated by Verdin & reinstalled
   in 2019.

*Technical data:

   Electric-automatic carillon of 23 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G  in the treble octave
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   The whole instrument was installed in 1976
     with bells made by Eijsbouts   
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2005

TV news clip (2:30) about the completed restoration.

News article on the restoration, now under contract; to be completed in time for the 2015 event.

Another news article on the restoration indicates that the bells will be sandblasted, and has a photo of one restored bell on display for 2014 Oktoberfest.

News article on the proposed resurrection

The Website of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest makes no mention of this instrument.

The Wikipedia article about this Oktoberfest also doesn't mention bells.

No photo of this glockenspiel has been found, but there are text mentions of a "huge glockenspiel in downtown Kitchener by Speakers' Corner" and "downtown Kitchener across near the glockenspiel on the corner of King St. and Frederick St."

The Verdin Company's article on their restoration work

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American non-traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American non-traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American non-traditional carillons by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in ON.

   This page was built from the database on 16-Oct-22
   based on textual data last updated on 2022/10/06
   and on technical data last updated on 2019/06/06

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

[TowerBells Home Page] [Site data top page] [Credits and Disclaimers] [Feedback]

Please send comments or questions about this page to