The Love of Music Marathon is an annual fundraising event where musical groups and musicians of all ages and skill levels raise pledges and perform over a seven-hour period to support the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS). Local composer and piano teacher Joanne Bender organized the first Love of Music Marathon in 2004, and it is still going strong.

Organised by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Volunteer Committee, musicians of all ages and skill levels raise money for the KWS by collecting pledges in exchange for performing at the Music Marathon. There is no entry fee and no minimum pledge. All performers receive a Thank You package. Performers who raise $125 or more in pledges on Music Marathon day will receive an incentive prize.


The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is an ensemble of professional musicians of the highest calibre, many of whom have moved from across Canada and the world to become part of the fabric of this community. Every year, the KWS presents a diverse and rich concert season, garnering national and international attention for its artistry and musicianship as well as for its innovative programming. Its education and outreach programs serve its evolving community and a continuum of ages.


The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Volunteer Committee (KWSVC) originated in 1948 as the KWS Women’s Committee and evolved to become the KWS Volunteer Committee. The Volunteer Committee is an independent charitable organization closely associated with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and works with that organization on many fronts.