LOT42 is a performance and event venue located on Ardelt Place in Kitchener. This 17-acre facility is dedicated to providing a flexible space for use by the arts, technology, manufacturing, athletics, and community events. Their aim is to bring people together to “make things happen”, and to create a collision space for creativity, in support of regional prosperity and global benefit.
This large facility was originally built in 1955 by Rudolf Ardelt as the home of Ardelt Industries. LOT42 started its multi-million-dollar transformation in 2015 from a steel fabrication company to a global flex campus. It features indoor event spaces of various sizes, including The Factory at 40,000 sq. ft. and Studio 42 at 14,000 sq. ft. The indoor venues have kept their old world charm with original windows, open web steel joist ceilings, and an original 1930s Ardelt crane. Events hosted at LOT42 include the True North Waterloo global technology conference, the inaugural FUZEnation consumer tech show and music summit, and the KW Oktoberfest Miss Oktoberfest Gala.
There is a gantry crane running the entire width of the property, as well as some large outdoor event spaces, such as The Courtyard and the 10.5 acre Backyard. These spaces can be used as great locations for filming and photography.
LOT42 is currently home to Open Sky, a co-working office for start-ups; The Athlete Factory, an indoor sports training facility; Gym 41, a full-service gym; Renishaw, one of the biggest additive manufacturers in the world; Let’s Dance, a prestigious dance academy; and a co-working space called Innovation 42. It is also home to Blue Sky Enterprise for Arts and Culture, a social enterprise that exists to inspire people through arts and culture.
B Hospitality, which operates venues including B@THEMUSEUM, the Cambridge Hotel & Conference Centre and The Bruce Craft House, is LOT42’s food and beverage partner.