What's On in Stratford and Area Friday August 18, 2017 to Saturday August 19, 2017
RAZZAMAJAZZ - STRINGBONE
Stringbone  offers some universal country and popular tunes.  We look forward to finding out what they are all about.  This band is from Stratford.  All sailings are subject to skipper availability and weather.

Cost: Free

When: Friday Aug. 18th, 2017
Time: 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Avon River, Lakeside Drive, Stratford
DOWNIE STREET COLLECTIVE LIVE AT THE HUB
With roots in rock, jazz, pop and soul, the The Downie Street Collective is the Band you don't want to miss.  Playing songs from the 70's, 80's, 90's including originals, they will get you on the dance floor.  Band Members: Andy Allen Nick Bastian Sean Smith Michael Walsh    
When: Friday Aug. 18th, 2017
Time: 10 pm - 2 am
Where: 31 Marketplace, Stratford
Contact: 519-508-2337
www.27marketplace.com
RAZZAMAJAZZ - CONN SMYTHE
Conn Smythe is a one man show and is very popular on the river. He sings some Sinatra, show tunes and old time favourites.  Conn is a hometown boy from Stratford.  All sailings are subject to skipper availability and weather.

Cost: Free

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Avon River, Lakeside Drive, Stratford, ON
THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT OPENING
If oil were found beneath the streets of Paris, how would civilization fare against the demands of corporate greed? The answer lies with the flamboyantly determined woman whose quirky spirit informs this classic 20th-century comedy, as scathing as it is timely.  Scott Wentworth and Seana McKenna.  Photography by Lynda Churilla.
When: Friday Aug. 18th, 2017
Time: 8 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford, 111 Lakeside Drive
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
www.stratfordfestival.ca
THE BREATHING HOLE OPENING
Intersecting with Canada’s history from the moment of First Contact to a future ravaged by climate change, this saga follows the mythic adventures of a polar bear to a profoundly moving conclusion. Specially commissioned by the Festival to mark Canada 150.  Randy Hughson.  Photography by Lynda Churilla.
When: Friday Aug. 18th, 2017
Time: 2 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: Studio Theatre, Stratford, 34 George Street East
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
www.stratfordfestival.ca
BARGEMUSIC - CAPE BRETON CELTIC ENSEMBLE - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald join together, blending the rich traditional sound of the Cape Breton fiddle, with the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes. Combining their creative vision with influences from Old and New World Gaelic traditions, they create a powerful sound, heralded as "one of the most important folk acts on the Island [Cape Breton] today." (Wendy Bergfeldt-Munro, Producer/Host CBC). Tempering the sharp edge of the pipes and fiddle, Ben and Anita are joined by friends from the Maritimes and beyond.  Supported by a backing band, featuring Cape Breton-style piano, dynamic acoustic guitar, and rhythmic Acadian foot percussion, they create a sound that has captivated audiences across North America and further afield.   A cocktail of tradition, distilled like a pure drop of the Canadian Maritimes, their unique blend of driving dance music transcends boundaries - equally at home at a kitchen ceilidh or on a late night festival stage. 

Cost: Free

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 12 pm - 1 pm
Where: Avon River, Veterans Drive, Stratford
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/
THE KOMAGATA MARU INCIDENT OPENING
In 1914, a shipload of emigrants from the British Raj were denied entry to Vancouver, then Canada’s most diverse city. The play exposes the cost not only to those newcomers but also to existing minority residents who struggled to find their place amid the systemic racism of the era.  Photography by Lynda Churilla.
When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 8 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Studio Theatre, Stratford, 34 George Street East
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
www.stratfordfestival.ca
MR. NEW YEAR'S EVE: A NIGHT WITH GUY LOMBARDO
Written by David Scott. Though his own father adamantly opposed Guy’s love of Jazz, and Canadian radio stations showed active disinterest, Guy’s dedication to his craft was all consuming, and no obstacle could block his path to his dreams. Friend and influential colleague of some of the biggest names in show biz, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians blazed a path from Huron County to the Big Apple, the likes of which has never been seen, before or since.

Cost: $39/Per person

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 8 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth, 431 Queen Street
Contact: 877-862-5984
www.blythfestival.com
ST. MARYS CAR SHOW
Enjoy showpiece cars, music and family entertainment!

Cost: Free

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 12 pm - 3 pm
Where: Milt Dunnell Field, St. Marys, 86 Water Street North
www.townofstmarys.com
JEAN-MICHEL BLAIS | PIANO, IN RECITAL - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Jean-Michel Blais, a French-Canadian composer and pianist from Montreal, is very much a 21stcentury performer, rooted in the past but expressing himself and the sensations he feels through his music in the present.   His listeners, especially upon first hearing him at a performance or on a CD or via YouTube, describe what they hear, and feel, as refreshing, magnifique, mesmerizing, uplifting, superbe, beautiful.  “This is music that reminds you to breathe, that makes you feel more than you think you could...so, so beautiful,” wrote one new internet enthusiast.    We predict that Jean-Michel Blais will soon experience a quiet but steady career growth leading to a world-wide respect for his music, his style, his manner.  Stratford Summer Music and our audiences are fortunate to be welcoming Jean-Michel to this season’s piano performances. Repertoire will all be compositions by M. Blais, including selections from his first album, Il, improvisations, and recently composed works.

Cost: $35 | $30 | $25 + HST (+$5 at the door)

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 2 pm - 3 pm
Where: Avondale United Church, Stratford, 194 Avondale Avenue
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/
IPPERWASH
Written by Falen Johnson & Jessica Carmichael. A play about the ever-difficult path to change, the need for wholeness in healing, and a country's hunger for hope.

Cost: $39/Per person

When: Friday Aug. 18th, 2017
Time: 8 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth, 431 Queen Street
Contact: 1.877.862.5984
www.blythfestival.com
2017 BOAR'S HEAD WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT
The Boars Head Pub features live entertainment on most weekends. Tonight's entertainment includes Mike Fagan.  
When: Friday Aug. 18th, 2017
Time: 8 pm - 12 am
Where: Queen's Inn, Stratford, 161 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1400
www.queensinnstratford.ca
OPEN KITCHEN CLASSES | TRADE SECRETS | SUMMER BLUSH: THE WORLD OF ROSé WINE
Think pink this summer! Rosé wine is having a well deserved resurgence. With bottles prominently populating the shelves of your local liquor store, it can be hard to know which one to best pair with a meal or appeal to your palate. Let sommelier Bob Latham guide you through the many shades and flavours of rosé during this fun two hour tasting. Snacks paired with the wines provided. Enjoy! Perfect for the beginner to intermediate wine enthusiast. Instructor: Bob Latham Participants are required to be 19 years of age or older.

Cost: $40/Per person + HST

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1414
https://www.universe.com/events/trade-secrets-summer-blush-the-world-of-rose-wine-tickets-CHD5PN
90'S DANCE PARTY AT THE HUB
Join the HUB at 27 Marketplace and DJ OXX for a night dedicated to the 90's!!! Let's turn the boombox up and dance the night away!!!  $3.00 PBR $3.00 Highballs
When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 10 pm - 2 am
Where: 31 Marketplace, Stratford
Contact: 519-508-2337
www.27marketplace.com
THE BERLIN BLUES
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor. Two German developers arrive unannounced on the sleepy, fictional Otter Lake reserve.They have with them international investors, $164 million dollars, and blueprints for a “Native Theme Park,” complete with bumper canoes, an international longhouse of pancakes, and a giant laser dream catcher. What ensues is a hilarious, laugh-a-minute riot, as some members of the community try to shut down the development, while others leap in with both feet. Full of absurd gags and indelible, larger-than-life characters, The Berlin Blues is a slap down drag ’em out cultural appropriation comedy of the highest (and lowest) order. 

Cost: $39/Per person

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 2 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth, 431 Queen Street
Contact: 877-862-5984
www.blythfestival.com
MUSICAL BRUNCH, FEATURING ERIC ST-LAURENT | JAZZ GUITAR - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Each weekend during the music festival, this popular series presents noted Canadian guitarists in solo and duet performances with a variety of repertoire styles performed on different types of guitars.    August 19 & 20.  Jazz Guitar, featuring Eric St. Laurent  Familiar rhythm & blues and soul classics are on the menu when Eric plays songs by Ottis Redding, Roberta Flack, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Stevie Wonder and Duke Ellington on his acoustic guitar.

Cost: $49.50/Per person (wine, tax and service not incl.)

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 11 am - 12 pm
Where: The Prune Restaurant, Stratford, 151 Albert Street
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/
BARGEMUSIC - CAPE BRETON CELTIC ENSEMBLE - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald join together, blending the rich traditional sound of the Cape Breton fiddle, with the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes. Combining their creative vision with influences from Old and New World Gaelic traditions, they create a powerful sound, heralded as "one of the most important folk acts on the Island [Cape Breton] today." (Wendy Bergfeldt-Munro, Producer/Host CBC). Tempering the sharp edge of the pipes and fiddle, Ben and Anita are joined by friends from the Maritimes and beyond.  Supported by a backing band, featuring Cape Breton-style piano, dynamic acoustic guitar, and rhythmic Acadian foot percussion, they create a sound that has captivated audiences across North America and further afield.   A cocktail of tradition, distilled like a pure drop of the Canadian Maritimes, their unique blend of driving dance music transcends boundaries - equally at home at a kitchen ceilidh or on a late night festival stage. 

Cost: Free

When: Friday Aug. 18th, 2017
Time: 12 pm - 1 pm
Where: Avon River, Veterans Drive, Stratford
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/
THE ARTIST'S VOICE | STRATFORD FESTIVAL FORUM
In the 150 years since Confederation, our awareness of the complexity of Canadian identity has grown. How do our writers navigate the process of capturing the diverse and shifting narratives of our country’s history and culture? Join Colleen Murphy, acclaimed playwright of The Breathing Hole, Sharon Pollock, celebrated playwright of The Komagata Maru Incident, and Colleen Wagner, author of the Governor General's Award-winning play The Monument, for a candid discussion on the playwright’s process, imagination, cultural intersection and collaboration. This event was previously titled The Borrowed Voice.

Cost: $25/Per person

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 12 pm
Where: Studio Theatre, Stratford, 34 George Street, East
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/TheForum/Borrowed-Voice
VOCAL ACADEMY MASTER CLASS - ALINE KUTAN - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Canadian Armenian soprano Aline Kutan has established herself as a versatile and refined artist in both opera and concert. She is consistently acclaimed for her crystalline voice, amazing vocal virtuosity and powerful scenic presence. Her musical training began with tenor David Meek shortly after immigrating from Istanbul to Vancouver at age 10. At 18, she sang the role of Flora in Vancouver Opera production The Turn of the Screw by Britten. Later she attended UBC and then worked with Louise André at l'Université Laval in Quebec City. Ms. Kutan is grateful to the scholarships received early in her career from Jeunesses Musicales, Joseph Rouleau, George London, Licia Albanese, COC, Vancouver Operatic Society, Toulouse Int'l Voice Competition and the Canada Council. In 1995, she won the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Auditions and a year later made an impressive debut as Lakmé in Arizona Opera. With over 30 roles such as the Queen of the Night, Zerbinetta, Olympia, Konstanze, Violetta, she has dazzled her critics and audiences. She has sung at l'Opéra de Paris, Glyndebourne Festival, Chorégies d'Oranges, Geneva, Marseille, Monte Carlo, San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Colon in Argentina, Teatro de Santiago Chile, Capitole de Toulouse, Canadian Opera Company, Michigan, Arizona, New York City Opera, among others. She's created the role of Pasiphaé in Philip Fénelon's world premiere of Les Rois in Bordeaux and sang in Europa Riconosciuta at La Scala di Milano. She performs regularly with the Montreal Opera and sang Nanetta last year in their production of Falstaff. Since winning the MSO Voice Competition in 1993, she's performed with them such works as Gliere's Concerto for a coloratura Soprano, Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Concert Arias, Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortilèges, Stravinsky's Mavra and Rossignol, Mahler's 8th symphony, the Angel in the Messiaen's St. Francis of Assisi. Recently, she was heard in Carmina Burana with Kent Nagano conducting at the Olympic Stadium. Besides collaborating with chamber music ensembles and preparing recitals, Ms, Kutan also teaches at the Conservatory in Montreal and the McGill Schulich School of Music. She has several recordings of chamber music and opera under the Atma, Analekta and Sony BMG labels.

Cost: Pay What You Can

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 11 am
Where: Avondale United Church, Stratford, 194 Avondale Avenue
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/
SONG AND DANCE: GUYS AND DOLLS | STRATFORD FESTIVAL FORUM
Find out what it’s like to be in a musical at the Stratford Festival. Company members teach you a song and dance from Guys and Dolls.

Cost: $29/Per person

When: Friday Aug. 18th, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 12 pm
Where: Festival Theatre, Stratford, 55 Queen Street
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/TheForum/Song-and-Dance
DINNER OPERA - DON PASQUALE - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Old Love. New Love. Trick Love. True Love. Following the successes of The Magic Flute (2015) and The Barber of Seville (2016), we happily bring you Don Pasquale, a boisterously comic opera about family rivalries, love and money.  Join us for a delightful musicale, served up with delicious food by Chef Loreena Miller and her team at Revival House, and sung by a talented cast of emerging Canadian opera stars. Brunch Opera Menu Dinner Opera Menu The Story: Don Pasquale, a wealthy, elderly bachelor, is annoyed with his nephew and heir, Ernesto.  Ernesto is in love with the sprightly young widow, Norina, and wishes to marry her.  Pasquale disapproves, and threatens to take a wife himself, sire an heir and disinherit Ernesto.  Enter Pasquale’s friend, Dr. Malatesta, who pretends to take Pasquale's side but is actually plotting on behalf of the young lovers.   Deceptions, disguises and misunderstandings ensue, but love triumphs in the end. The Cast from left to right: (photo credit: Gary Beechey, BDS Studios)  Ernesto:   Jonathan MacArthur, tenor Directed and designed by Amanda Smith Don Pasquale:  Alexander Dobson, baritone  Norina:   Irina Medvedeva, soprano Music direction by Peter Tiefenbach      Dr. Malatesta:   Joel Allison, bass-baritone Notary:  Noah Grove, baritone (not shown in photo) Find out more about Don Pasquale by taking in the illustrated lecture, Don Pasquale:  A Comic Gem, by CBC broadcaster and music critic, Robert Harris, on Wednesday, August 16.

Cost: $55/Per person + HST (opera portion only)

When: Friday Aug. 18th, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Where: Revival House, Stratford, 70 Brunswick Street
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/
DINNER OPERA - DON PASQUALE - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Old Love. New Love. Trick Love. True Love. Following the successes of The Magic Flute (2015) and The Barber of Seville (2016), we happily bring you Don Pasquale, a boisterously comic opera about family rivalries, love and money.  Join us for a delightful musicale, served up with delicious food by Chef Loreena Miller and her team at Revival House, and sung by a talented cast of emerging Canadian opera stars. Brunch Opera Menu Dinner Opera Menu The Story: Don Pasquale, a wealthy, elderly bachelor, is annoyed with his nephew and heir, Ernesto.  Ernesto is in love with the sprightly young widow, Norina, and wishes to marry her.  Pasquale disapproves, and threatens to take a wife himself, sire an heir and disinherit Ernesto.  Enter Pasquale’s friend, Dr. Malatesta, who pretends to take Pasquale's side but is actually plotting on behalf of the young lovers.   Deceptions, disguises and misunderstandings ensue, but love triumphs in the end. The Cast from left to right: (photo credit: Gary Beechey, BDS Studios)  Ernesto:   Jonathan MacArthur, tenor Directed and designed by Amanda Smith Don Pasquale:  Alexander Dobson, baritone  Norina:   Irina Medvedeva, soprano Music direction by Peter Tiefenbach      Dr. Malatesta:   Joel Allison, bass-baritone Notary:  Noah Grove, baritone (not shown in photo) Find out more about Don Pasquale by taking in the illustrated lecture, Don Pasquale:  A Comic Gem, by CBC broadcaster and music critic, Robert Harris, on Wednesday, August 16.

Cost: $55/Per person + HST (opera portion only)

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Where: Revival House, Stratford, 70 Brunswick Street
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/
MR. NEW YEAR'S EVE: A NIGHT WITH GUY LOMBARDO
Written by David Scott. Though his own father adamantly opposed Guy’s love of Jazz, and Canadian radio stations showed active disinterest, Guy’s dedication to his craft was all consuming, and no obstacle could block his path to his dreams. Friend and influential colleague of some of the biggest names in show biz, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians blazed a path from Huron County to the Big Apple, the likes of which has never been seen, before or since.

Cost: $39/Per person

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 8 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth, 431 Queen Street
Contact: 877-862-5984
www.blythfestival.com
OPEN KITCHEN CLASSES | TRADE SECRETS | PASTA
Learn basic pasta making techniques, including the preparing, rolling and cutting of fresh pasta. Students will learn critical steps to ensure the success of freshly made pasta, how to cook it, and judge proper doneness. Simple pasta sauces will also be discussed and prepared. Perfect for the beginner or intermediate home chef. Instructor: Ian Middleton

Cost: $60/Per person + HST

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1414
https://www.universe.com/events/trade-secrets-pasta-tickets-15M4ZD
BARGEMUSIC - CAPE BRETON CELTIC ENSEMBLE - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald join together, blending the rich traditional sound of the Cape Breton fiddle, with the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes. Combining their creative vision with influences from Old and New World Gaelic traditions, they create a powerful sound, heralded as "one of the most important folk acts on the Island [Cape Breton] today." (Wendy Bergfeldt-Munro, Producer/Host CBC). Tempering the sharp edge of the pipes and fiddle, Ben and Anita are joined by friends from the Maritimes and beyond.  Supported by a backing band, featuring Cape Breton-style piano, dynamic acoustic guitar, and rhythmic Acadian foot percussion, they create a sound that has captivated audiences across North America and further afield.   A cocktail of tradition, distilled like a pure drop of the Canadian Maritimes, their unique blend of driving dance music transcends boundaries - equally at home at a kitchen ceilidh or on a late night festival stage. 

Cost: Free

When: Saturday Aug. 19th, 2017
Time: 3 pm - 4 pm
Where: Avon River, Veterans Drive, Stratford
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/
CONCEAL/REVEAL: IDENTITY AND THE STAGE AT STRATFORD
The Stratford Perth Museum is proud to be the venue for this exhibit created and curated by the Stratford Festival Archives. The masks we hold up to face the world – to reveal our desired identity or conceal an inner self – are many and varied. Through a dazzling range of props and costumes, at the Stratford Festival this 2017 exhibition will show how onstage masks and disguises are at the heart of drama.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH, $20/Family(Two adults and two children)

When: Open Daily from May. 29th – Oct. 30th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
ST. MARYS FARMERS MARKET - CELEBRATING 25 YEARS!
Downtown St. Marys gets really fresh as local food producers and unique artisan vendors convert the Jones Street Parking Lot into the place for home grown goodness and handmade specialties.
When: Open Saturdays from May. 20th – Oct. 28th, 2017
Time: 8 am - 12 pm
Where: Jones Street Parking Lot, St. Marys, 6 Jones Street East
www.stmarysfarmersmarket.ca
HOOKED ON OUR HERITAGE EXHIBITION
Fibre artists from Kitchener-Waterloo Rug Hooking Guild have captured their take on heritage in a very unique way.  Each piece has been created with influences from what makes them proud to be Canadian whether it is on a personal, regional or national level.  On display in the Belvedere Gallery.

Cost: $6.50/A, $5.50/SR/ST, $4.50/CH, $19/Family

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from May. 28th – Aug. 27th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Tues - Fri, 1 pm - 4 pm - Sat and Sun
Where: Castle Kilbride National Historic Stie, Baden, 634 Snyder's Road, West
Contact: 519-634-8444
www.castlebride.ca
THE FRANKLIN EXPEDITION
This pop-up display, presented in conjunction with Parks Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum, examines the mysteries surrounding the Franklin Expedition and sheds light on the historical context of science and exploration in the 19th century. The display focuses on Inuit traditional knowledge, the reasons behind the fatal expedition and the clues collected during the initial research efforts. It allows the visitor to create links with contemporary research in the Arctic and the methodology and progress of ongoing scientific work in the Canadian North. Supporting the exhibit will be a number of reproductions of Franklin Expedition artifacts, dive equipment, photos and resource materials.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH, $20/Family(Two adults and two children)

When: Open Daily from May. 6th – Sep. 23rd, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
STORIES OF STRATFORD - DOWNTOWN HERITAGE TOUR (ENGLISH AND MANDARIN)
Come join us on a scenic tour of Stratford’s historic downtown core. Taking approximately one hour, this guided tour will take you along a route filled with beautiful architecture and many interesting tales of Stratford’s past. What famous inventor stayed here in the 1860s? What could Jack the Ripper have to do with Stratford? What happened on November 23 1897? Find the answers to these questions and more as you delve into the rich heritage of our beautiful city.   Tickets are available on-line up to one half hour before the tour starts or by chance at the beginning of this tour in person. Book your tour in Mandarin at least one day in advance by calling 519-271-5140 or 1-800-562-7926. Subject to guide availability.  Photo credit to the Stratford Perth Archives.

Cost: $7/Per person (HST included)

When: Open Saturdays from Jul. 8th – Sep. 2nd, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: Meet at the Visitors' Information Centre, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-5140
www.visitstratford.ca
STRATFORD FESTIVAL - 2017 SEASON
Be dazzled by some of the greatest theatre in the world. With 14 different productions to choose from, in four distinctive venues, the Stratford Festival offers something for every taste. Hilarious comedies, heartrending tragedies, delightful romance – our electronic gift certificate gives you access to it all. Enjoy the rousing Broadway musical Guys and Dolls, the spectacular family adventure Treasure Island or such beloved Shakespeare classics as Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night – to name just a few. As you marvel at the brilliant performances and stunning designs, you’ll discover that a visit to the theatres of Stratford is an experience to be treasured forever. The 2017 Stratford Festival Playbill includes the following productions: Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Twelfth Night, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Treasure Island, Tartuffe, The School for Scandal, The Changeling, Bakkhai, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Komagata Maru Incident, The Virgin Trial, and The Breathing Hole.

Cost: Varies according to seating

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from Apr. 15th – Oct. 29th, 2017
Time: 2 pm and 8 pm performances
Where: Stratford Festival Theatre, Avon Theatre, Tom Patterson Theatre and the Studio Theatre, Stratford, 55 Queen Street
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/
JULIET III CRUISE BOAT TOURS
The Tour Boat, running every half hour, is a great way to spend the afternoon on the River.  There have been a few tour boats over the years spanning from the mid 1800's up to today. Officially their has been the Juliet I, II, and now III, but predating this there has also been a Juliet tour Boat back in the mid 1800's as pictured below. Countless tours have taken place over the years and proudly for more than 50 years the Herr family has carried on this tradition. Come enjoy a relaxing ride down the river and discover why this has been a tradition for many year and many more to come.

Cost: $8/A, $7/SR, $3.50/CH (12 and under), $5/Youth (13-18 years)

When: Open Daily from May. 16th – Oct. 9th, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 7 pm
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.ca
YOU ARE HERE EXHIBITION AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
This exhibit, created especially for the sesquicentennial, highlights, through hundreds of images and artefacts, the people and events that established Stratford and Perth County. You Are Here not only speaks to the earliest days of settlement and the mapping of the Huron Tract but creates that important link to the present. We explore a century and a half of innovative development in agriculture, manufacturing and technology and the bold decisions and ideas that have helped create our home.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH, $20/Family (Two adults and two children)

When: Open Daily from May. 6th – Sep. 30th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
TO CANADA, WITH LOVE FROM WILMOT EXHIBITION
In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, this exhibit will feature the events, people and products that put Wilmot Township on the national stage.

Cost: $6.50/A, $5.50/SR/ST, $4.50/CH, $19/Family

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from Jul. 4th – Nov. 10th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Tues - Fri, 1 pm - 4 pm - Sat and Sun
Where: Castle Kilbride National Historic Site, Baden, 60 Snyder's Road, West
Contact: 519-634-8444
www.castlekilbride.ca
SAVOUR STRATFORD CHOCOLATE TRAIL
Many visitors to Stratford claim that they come for the chocolate and stay for the plays.  We are the perfect destination for choco-holics.  What could be better than spending an afternoon (or two!) strolling the Victorian streets of Stratford and sampling chocolate?  The self guided Chocolate Trail is great for a girls' getaway, a couple's diversion or just for fun.  These vouchers are offered year round and can be used at six of the 24 stops on a self-guided tour and are valid for 1 week from the date of purchase.  Chocolate trail gift certificates are great for birthday and anniversary gifts which can be redeemable at a later date.   Limited offerings on Sundays and Mondays.

Cost: $25/Per pass plus HST

When: Open Tue. to Sat., from Jun. 1st – Sep. 30th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 6 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm - Sat and Sun
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
www.visitstratford.ca/chocolatetrail
STEVE DRISCOLL - JUST A SLIVER OF THE ROOM EXHIBITION
Like the water coursing through so many of his landscapes, painter Steve Driscoll moves ever forward, injecting fresh energy into a most traditional Canadian genre. The exhibition Just a Sliver of the Room marks the latest point in Driscoll's ongoing exploration of this fertile terrain. The centerpiece, Recovered Shore, is a stunning eight-panel shoreline scene, ablaze with the colours of late summer. At forty feet in length, it is comparable in scale to Monet's Water Lilies, and is Driscoll's largest work to date. Special thanks to Angell Gallery Image: Installation image from Angell Gallery

Cost: Free (Thanks to Orr Insurance and Investment)

When: Open Daily from Jul. 15th – Sep. 24th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
TREASURE ISLAND: LIVE THE ADVENTURE EXHIBITION
This interactive exhibit augment’s the Stratford Festival production of Treasure Island being mounted this season at the Avon Theatre. Geared for children, the exhibit explores the classic children’s story, its cast of unsavory characters as well as the book’s author Robert Louis Stevenson. Visitors to the Museum, both young and old, can dress up like Long John Silver, grab a sword, sport an eye patch and pose for a picture on the deck of a pirate ship. Or you can be a young Jim Hawkins and quietly hide in a barrel for safety. And, there’s even a treasure map.

Cost: $7/A, $6/ST/SR, $5/CH, $20/Family (Two adults and two children)

When: from Sunday to Saturday, 9:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Daily
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
PARTY ROCK DJ NIGHTS
With local DJ's which could include DJ Wigs, DJ Joel, DJ Michael Fuego, Retro Dance, Top 40 Remix, House and Club Bangers, Reggae and Hiphop.  19 plus.  

Cost: No cover charge

When: Friday, 10:00 PM, year round
Open: Open Fridays
Time: 10 pm - 2 am
Where: Molly Bloom's Irish Pub, Stratford, 26 Brunswick Street
Contact: 519-271-2778
www.mollybloomsstratford.com
RAILWAY CENTURY EXHIBITION AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
The influence of rail is a major element of the sister exhibit “You Are Here.” Rail connects two momentous events that transformed Perth County – the linking of the railways and the establishment of the Locomotive Repair Shops in Stratford. For a hundred years the railway lines that connected this region to the rest of world were responsible for a growth in industry – the ability to get materials to Stratford and the ability to get finished products, both industrial and agricultural, to the rest of the world and markets. Even more significant was the establishment of CNR Repair Shops. A monster employer, during their heyday, nearly 40% of Stratford homes had a member that worked at The Shops.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH, $20/Family (Two adults and two children)

When: Open Daily from May. 6th – Sep. 30th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
Looking to hit a home run with your friends and family this summer?  Located adjacent to the Quarry, Canada's largest outdoor swimming pool, the Hall is housed in a century-old building, the shrine pays homage to 106 inductees who have left their mark on Canadian baseball.

Cost: $7.50/$6/SR, $3.75/CH(6-16), $15/Family (2 adults, 2 kids)

When: Open Daily from Jun. 1st – Aug. 31st, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun
Where: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Marys, 386 Church Street, South
Contact: 519-284-1838
www.baseballhalloffame.ca
GHOSTS OF STRATFORD WALKING TOURS
Join costumed guides for a stroll through our beautiful city's dark and haunted past.  Tickets are available on-line one day prior to the tour at 6 pm or by chance at the beginning of the tour.

Cost: $20/A/SR, $15/CH (Under 16), $60/Family (Includes 2 Adults + 2 Children under 16) plus a handling fee and HST

When: Open Saturdays from Jul. 8th – Sep. 9th, 2017
Time: 8 pm - 9:15 pm
Where: Edison's, Stratford, 46 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-274-1525
www.play.makers.ca/ghost-tours
SAVOUR STRATFORD BACON AND ALE TRAIL
Bacon and Ale - two of life's greatest creations!  You'll gain a whole new appreciation for your favourite obsessions.  This self-guided walking trail includes vouchers that you can use at 5 stops.  Each voucher will entitle you to a "tasting" of a unique bacon and ale inspired treat and the chance to speak to Stratford and area's culinary stars while visiting our unique restaurants and retail locations.  This trail is offered year round and is valid for 1 week from the date of purchase.  Bacon and Ale Trail gift certificates are great for birthday and anniversary gifts, which can be redeemable at a later date.  Limited offerings on Sundays and Mondays.  

Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST

When: Open Tue. to Sat., from Jun. 1st – Sep. 30th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 6 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm - Sat and Sun
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
www.visitstratford.ca/bacontrail
DOWNTOWN HERITAGE CARRIAGE RIDES
Step aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a tour through Stratford's Victorian street. These rides are offered by Stratford City Centre businesses on a first come, first served basis.  

Cost: Free

When: Open Saturdays from Jun. 3rd – Sep. 30th, 2017
Time: 12 pm - 3:30 pm
Where: Memorial Gardens, Ontario Street, Stratford
Contact: 519-508-1415
www.stratfordcitycentre.ca
NANUK'S JOURNEY: INUIT ART FROM THE SAMUEL AND ESTHER SARICK COLLECTION AT THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO
Nanuk’s Journey will feature approximately 40 major sculptures from the AGO’s Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection. Focussed on the subject of Nanuk (the polar bear) the exhibition compliments the Stratford Festival’s The Breathing Hole, a new play by Colleen Murphy directed by Reneltta Arluk (Gwich’in and Chipewyan-Cree). Curated by Andrew Hunter (the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art) in consultation with Inuvialuit Reneltta Arluk. The exhibit includes work by: deceased Cape Dorset artist and hunter Tim Pitsiulak, Tudlik, Niviaksiak, Matthew Aqugaaq, David Ruben Piqtoukun, Osuitok Ipeelee, Pauta Saila, Andy Miki, Parr and  Bill Nasogaluak, among other notable Inuit artists. Following its presentation at the Stratford Perth Museum, the exhibition will be featured in the AGO’s Samuel and Esther Sarick Gallery.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH, $20/Family (Two adults and two children)

When: Open Daily from May. 6th – Sep. 23rd, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
JUST LOOK AT YOURSELVES!
In honour of Canada's 150th, Just Look at Yourselves is the ultimate celebration of celebrations!  Perth County and the City of Stratford have a history of making a big deal out of major events.  This exhibit shows off some the biggest and best parades, fairs, and other happenings from throughout the decades.  You can also join in on all this merriment by visiting our selfie station where you can take your picture in front of a historic Stratford street scene and add your photo to our Celebration Selfie Slideshow (ask Archives staff for assistance)!   

Cost: Free

When: Open Mon. to Sat., from Jun. 1st – Sep. 30th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Archives, Stratford, 4273 Line 34
Contact: 519-271-0531, ext 259
www.perthcounty.ca/archives
AGORA GALLERY - SUMMER EXHIBITION
Agora Gallery's most popular exhibition of the year, featuring fine art by more than 20 local artists in a range of media, including photography, drawing, painting and sculpture.  Join us for Artists' Talks Sundays taking place at 11 am throughout the summer. 

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Wed. to Sat., from May. 21st – Sep. 10th, 2017
Time: 11 am - 5 pm
Where: Agora Gallery, Stratford, 17 Market Place
Contact: 519-509-8700
www.agoragallery.ca
CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS - RUNNING WITH FIBRE EXHIBITION
Connections Fibre Artists is dedicated to the exploration of fibre – cloth, thread, paper and mixed media, as an art form. Established in 1999, members come from diverse creative backgrounds, and are connected by this common thread. Artists work together to raise the awareness of fibre art, and to develop their talents by exchanging ideas and sharing new skills and techniques. Members teach, give lectures, exhibit independently and show internationally.  Image details: Maggie Vanderweit, All of Us and Aliens Too, 46 x 46 inches, Commercial cotton, hand stamped machine pieced and quilted textile

Cost: Free (Thanks to Orr Insurance and Investments)

When: Open Daily from Jul. 15th – Sep. 24th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
AVON BOAT RENTALS
Paddleboat not for you, then how about a canoe?   Canoes have been on the river for over 135 years - why not wee why with a quiet paddle down the Avon River?   More adventurous than a paddleboat or a canoe, why not then try one of our kayaks?  

Cost: $21/hr/Paddleboats, $24/hr/Canoes, $16/hr/Kayaks, $40/1.5 hours/Rowboats (Includes all equipment and taxes)

When: Open Daily from May. 16th – Oct. 9th, 2017
Time: 9 am - Dusk
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.ca
CULTURAL TOPOGRAHIES: THE COMPLEXITIES OF HISTORY AND IDENTITY IN CANADA EXHIBITION
This exhibition features concept-driven artworks in ceramic and glass that explore identity, culture and history in Canada. Exhibiting artists include: Ann Beam, Adrian Blackwell, Laurent Craste, Chris Curreri, Léopold L. Foulem, Mathieu Grodet, David R. Harper, Sarah Maloney, Kelly Mark, Nadia Myre, Tasman Richardson and Tim Whiten. These artworks are outstanding examples of the potential of ceramic and glass art works to examine the complexities of our culture, inspiring fresh perspectives and new considerations. Curated by Julie Rene de Cotret.

Cost: Free

When: Open Daily from Apr. 9th – Aug. 24th, 2017
Time: 11 am - 6 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 5 pm - Sat, 1 pm - 5 pm - Sun
Where: Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, 25 Caroline Street, North
Contact: 519-746-1882
www.theclayandglass.ca
BICYCLE RENTALS
Traverse the picturesque parklands of Stratford and take in the scenery at your own pace when you rent a bike.  Light lunches are available on the patio. Bicycle rentals include helmet and lock.  Great rates for 2 or more days, please enquire.

Cost: 1 hour/$16, Half Day/$25, $30/Full Day

When: Open Daily from May. 16th – Oct. 9th, 2017
Time: 9 am - Dusk
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.ca
STORIES OF STRATFORD - DOWNTOWN HERITAGE TOUR (ENGLISH AND MANDARIN)
Come join us on a scenic tour of Stratford’s historic downtown core. Taking approximately one hour, this guided tour will take you along a route filled with beautiful architecture and many interesting tales of Stratford’s past. What famous inventor stayed here in the 1860s? What could Jack the Ripper have to do with Stratford? What happened on November 23 1897? Find the answers to these questions and more as you delve into the rich heritage of our beautiful city.   Tickets are available on-line up to one half hour before the tour starts or by chance at the beginning of this tour in person. Book your tour in Mandarin at least one day in advance by calling 519-271-5140 or 1-800-562-7926. Subject to guide availability.  Photo credit to the Stratford Perth Archives.

Cost: $7/Per person (HST included)

When: Open Sun. to , Wed.Fri., from Jul. 3rd – Sep. 1st, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Where: Meet at the Visitors' Information Centre, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-5140
www.visitstratford.ca
JUNCTION 56 DISTILLERY TOUR
Come visit Southwestern Ontario's premier craft distillery. Learn about the history of the distillery and the building we are in, and walk through the process of how we take locally grown corn and wheat and create unique and delicious spirits such as Gin, Vodka, Moonshine and Whisky. Tour includes a sampling of each product, and there is a store on site where all products and other merchandise are available to purchase

Cost: $10/Per person

When: Open Tue. to Sat., from Jun. 1st – Aug. 31st, 2017
Time: 11 am - 12 pm
Where: Junction 56 Distillery, Stratford, 45 Cambria Street
Contact: 519-305-5535
www.junction56.ca
PERSONALITIES OF STRATFORD - RIVER WALK HERITAGE TOUR
Come join us on a guided tour of Stratford’s scenic Avon River and its surrounding residential areas. Take pictures and ask questions as you see the homes of some of Stratford’s most interesting figures and learn their stories. Visit some of Stratford’s most beloved landmarks and get acquainted with some of our fine-feathered ambassadors, the swans. Tickets are available on-line, one half hour before the start of this tour or by chance at the beginning of this tour in person. Photo credit to the Stratford Perth Archives.

Cost: $7/Per person (includes HST)

When: Open Tue., Thu.Sat., from Jul. 4th – Sep. 2nd, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Where: Meet at the Visitors' Information Centre, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-5140
www.visitstratford.ca
BLYTH FESTIVAL ART GALLERY - DARREN WOLUSCHUK
Darren Woluschuk works from his third-floor home studio in Seaforth to produce vivid life-like images interwoven into a surreal landscape. He will be exhibiting works drawn from his daydreams and abstract thoughts, and showing how the images that we surround ourselves with, inevitably spill out into our daily lives.

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Mon. to Fri., from Aug. 4th – Aug. 28th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm (Evening performance days until 9 pm)
Where: Bainton Gallery, Blyth Memorial CommunityHall, 431 Queen Street
Contact: 877-862-5984
www.blythfestival.com
CRAZY ABOUT CANADA
Get crazy about Canadian books, songs, inventions, places, critters, as we discover all kinds of amazing things about Canada while celebrating our country's 150th birthday! Have fun with new friends from our community, and those from abroad, as we virtually join Westlock Libraries in Alberta through our TD Summer Reading Club Sister Libraries program. Recommended for School Age children. 

Cost: Free

When: Open Fridays from Jul. 7th – Aug. 18th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 11:30 am
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford, 19 St. Andrew Street
Contact: 519-271-0220, ext. 140
stratford.library.on.ca
STRATFORD FARMERS MARKET
Farm fresh veggies, cheese, meats, baking, flowers, crafts, handmade gifts and more.  Our year round indoor Market expands outdoors from May through to October.

Cost: Free

When: Saturday, 7:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Saturdays
Time: 7 am - 12 pm
Where: Agriplex Building at the Rotary Complex, Stratford, 353 McCarthy Road
Contact: 519-271-5130
www.stratfordfairgrounds.com
OUR BOYS IN BATTLE EXHIBITON
Learn about local involvement in WWI through this exhibition commemorating soldiers who lost their lives in 1917.

Cost: By donation

When: Open Mon. to Fri., from Aug. 14th – Sep. 1st, 2017
Time: 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: St. Marys Museum, St. Marys, 177 Church Street, South
Contact: 519-284-3556
www.stmarysmuseum.ca
LEGOMANIA
What will you create? The houses of parliament? The Eiffel Tower? A Car? We provide the LEGO and DUPLO, you provide the inspiration! Build to your heart's content during Legomania. 

Cost: Free

When: Open Fridays from Jul. 7th – Aug. 18th, 2017
Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: Festival Marketplace Shopping Centre, Stratford, 1067 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-0220, ext. 140
stratford.library.on.ca
STRATFORD ART IN THE PARK
Stratford Art in the Park Association presents a juried fine art and craft outdoor show along the banks of the Avon River between the Festival Theatre and Tom Patterson Theatre.  They're entering their 49th year of bringing art to the public in Canada's Premier Arts Town.  Meet the artists and enjoy the visual arts in this idyllic setting.   Weather permitting.  

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Wed.Sat., from May. 20th – Oct. 1st, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Lakeside Drive and North Street, Stratford
Contact: 226-880-2972
www.artintheparkstratford.ca