Best Of 2021: The Winners

We provided the categories: you supplied the nominations. We made the shortlist: you selected the winners. Here they are, folks, Waterloo Region’s Finest:

Your 2021 winners!

Notable Folks & Groups

BEST LOCAL WRITER:
Beth Bowles

BEST MUSICIAN/BAND:
Alysha Brilla

BEST VISUAL ARTIST:
Luke Swinson

BEST LOCAL MAKER:
Hush Puppy Designs

BEST FILMMAKER:
Taylor Jones

BEST LOCAL PODCAST:
Creative People Podcast

BEST LOCAL NEWSLETTER:
insideWaterloo

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER:
Shawn Johnston (Bangishimo)

BEST LOCAL MUSIC PROMOTER:
Good Company Productions

BEST REGIONAL-FOCUSED
SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT:

@CuratedKW

BEST VET HOSPITAL:
Mitchell Animal Hospital

BEST COMMUNITY LEADER:
Amy Smoke

BEST ACTIVE AND
PRESENT POLITICIAN:
Mike Morrice

BEST SOCIAL PROFIT/
NOT FOR PROFIT:
Women’s Crisis Services
of Waterloo Region

Live, Work & Play

BEST LGBTQ+ SPACE:
Jane Bond

BEST GALLERY OR MUSEUM:
THEMUSEUM

BEST OUTDOOR SPACE:
Victoria Park

BEST PLACE TO VOLUNTEER:
The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Food & Drink

BEST SANDWICH:
Princess Cafe

BEST ICE CREAM:
Four All Ice Cream

BEST SHAWARMA:
Ace Shawarma

BEST VEGETARIAN OPTIONS:
Jane Bond

BEST CAFE:
Princess Cafe

BEST PATIO:
Arabella Park Beer Bar

BEST PLACE TO
BUY GROCERIES (DTK):
Central Fresh Market

BEST NEW RESTAURANT:
Underground Flavour Group

BEST DONUT:
Debrodniks

BEST COFFEE:
Matter of Taste

BEST CASUAL RESTAURANT:
Grand Trunk Saloon

BEST SPECIAL
OCCASION RESTAURANT:
Red House

BEST UPTOWN
WATERLOO RESTAURANT:
Jane Bond

BEST DTK RESTAURANT:
Grand Trunk Saloon

BEST CAMBRIDGE RESTAURANT:
Little Mushroom Dining Lounge

BEST BEER SELECTION:
Arabella Park Beer Bar

BEST FOOD TRUCK:
Fo’ Cheezy

BEST LOCAL BREWERY:
TWB

BEST TAKEOUT:
Bao Sandwich Bar

BEST BREAKFAST:
The Yeti

BEST BURGER:
Ethel’s Lounge

Shops & Services

BEST RECORD SHOP:
Orange Monkey

BEST TATTOO PARLOUR:
Berlin Tattoo

BEST BOOKSTORE:
Words Worth Books

BEST ONLINE
SHOPPING EXPERIENCE:
Gifted

BEST BARBERSHOP:
Green Room Barbershop

BEST HAIR SALON:
Good Hair Co.

BEST CINEMA:
Apollo Cinema

BEST VINTAGE/
CONSIGNMENT SHOP:
White Tiger Vintage

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Kurtis Rideout, local musician, producer and ad manager for WLUSP