What's On in Stratford and Area Friday March 24, 2017 to Saturday March 25, 2017
ELVIRA KURT - COMEDIAN

Hops and Heels Stratford presents the comedian Elvira Kurt to Stratford. Elvira Kurt is a Canadian Comedy Award-winning, three-time Gemini Award nominated stand-up comic and Second City veteran, who’s starred, hosted appeared in and or written for too many TV shows and comedy specials to mention. Okay, except these: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Debaters, Montreal’s Just For Laughs, Comedy Central, E! Bravo, MTV’s Logo network, Showtime and HBO. A writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Ellen DeGeneres and nominated as U.S. College Comedian and Entertainer of the Year.
This event keeps in theme with Hops and Heels as craft beer will be offered from the cash bar. We will highlight Straford's own Black Swan Brewery with owners Ryan Stokes and Bruce Pepper speaking before our headliner Elvira Kurt!
This is a charitable event with all proceeds supporting the Emily Murphy Centre in Stratford.
Ladies and gents are welcome as long as you all over 19 years of age! Venue is handicapped accessible via the Curling Lounge entrance.

Event type: Ages 19+

Tickets available on-line.  

Cost: $35/Per person

When: Saturday Mar. 25th, 2017
Time: 7 pm - Doors open, 8:30 pm - Performance begins
Where: Stratford County Club, Stratford, 53 Romeo Street, North
Contact: 519-276-0100
LIVE AT REVIVAL HOUSE WITH THE SMALL GLORIES

String Bone Presents...Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic new duo planted on the Canadian Prairies. They are a study in contrasts; Cara, all earth mother on her 21-speed bike, helmet and backpack, environmentally friendly and wholesome, ebullient and engaging; and burly JD, looking like a cross between a biker and long-haul trucker in scruffy beard, ball cap, t-shirt and jean jacket, slightly intimidating (until you meet him). At first glance few would peg them for a highly creative musical partnership. Yet these two veteran singer/songwriters have teamed up and are building a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity and visceral performances.

Luft is a Juno award winner, co-founder of folk trio The Wailin' Jennys, and a touring road warrior. She has earned a solid reputation as an exciting live performer, accomplished guitarist, clawhammer banjo player and insightfully honest songwriter. Edwards has a voice that defies categorization, one that easily ranges from gentle and melodic to fierce and powerful, leaving listeners begging for more. He is truly one of the finest singers of his time. Together as The Small Glories, Luft and Edwards are a tour de force, a case of 1 1 = 3.

Cost: $59.99/Per person for dinner/concert (Limited $25 concert only)

When: Friday Mar. 24th, 2017
Time: 8 pm - 11 pm
Where: Revival House, Stratford, 70 Brunswick Street
Contact: 519-273-3424
www.revival.house
CONCERT III - ELIJAH WITH THE STRATFORD CONCERT CHOIR

"Elijah" is overflowing with much of Mendelssohn's best loved music and we present this dramatic work. Catharine Sadler, soprano; Anna Tamm Relyea, alto; Mathias Memmel, tenor; Gary Relyea, bass and Ian Sadler, conductor.  Tickets are available
on-line or at the door.

Cost: $20/Per person plus a handling fee and HST/In advance, $25/Per person at the door

When: Saturday Mar. 25th, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: St. James Anglican Church, Stratford, 6 Hamilton Street
Contact: 519-393-6879
www.stratfordconcertchoir.com
MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL 2017

Come out to the farm and learn how maple syrup is made!  Take a horse drawn wagon ride through the sugar bush and see how we collect the sap and then visit the sugar shack to learn how we make maple syrup.  Make a stop in the barn and see what the animals are up to and then stay for a delicious pancake brunch featuring McCully's own maple syrup!
Sugar Bush Tours - includes a wagon ride through our sugar bush, guided tour of our sugar shack and a visit with our farm animals.
Pancake Brunch - Pancakes served with McCully's own maple syrup, McCully's own maple pork sausage and maple baked beans and fruit. 

Cost: $8/Per person for pancake brunch and $6/Per person for the sugar bush tour

When: Mar. 25th until Mar. 26th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Where: McCully's Hill Farm Market, St. Marys, 4074 Perth Line #9
Contact: 519-284-2564
www.mccullys.ca
A NIGHT AT THE SUGAR SHACK

Join us for another exciting Bruce Hotel exclusive dining experience as we roast a whole Berkshire pig at the top of the hill. New Canadiana at its best: ham hock & pea soup, classic poutine, tourtiere de lac-saint-jean, foie gras & maple pancakes, bakes beans, and sweet maple candy. 

Cost: $60/Per person

When: Friday Mar. 24th, 2017
Time: 5 pm - 10 pm
Where: The Bruce Hotel, Stratford, 89 Parkview Drive
Contact: 519-508-7100
www.thebruce.ca/ourevents
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 three days 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 Jan. 3rd – Dec. 22nd, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm - Sat
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
PERTH UP ! A RETROSPECTIVE OF DUTY AND VALOUR EXHIBITION

This exhibit traces the history of the Perth Regiment from its inception in 1866 to present day.
The theme of duty, sacrifice, valour, brotherhood, and remembrance are used to highlight the development of the Regiment from its earliest days as a volunteer militia company fighting in the Fenian Raids, through to its role in the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II.
This exhibit showcases objects, letters, photos, and personal stories from throughout the regiment's history.
Why "Perth UP"? The Maple Leaf "UP" was an ubiquitous marker during the Second World War pointing the way to Canadian front lines. "61" represented the Perth Regiment.

 

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST/CH, $20/Families

When: Open Daily from Feb. 21st – Apr. 13th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34, R.R.5
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
SAVOUR STRATFORD MAPLE TRAIL

From sap to syrup, generations of Canadians enjoy the sweet taste of local Maple Syrup.  Our culinary artisans invite you to sample their maple creations including handmade maple cream chocolates, freshly roasted maple coffee, locally crafted maple moonshine and sweet maple walnut crepes.  You have never experienced Canada's liquid gold quite like this!  
Gift certificates are available for the March 1 to April 30th touring. They must be redeemed for vouchers by the gift recipient at the Stratford Tourism Alliance before embarking on the trail.  Groups are advised to call ahead.      
The Savour Stratford Maple Trail adventure is a SEASONAL tour available from March 1 until April 30th.  The pass includes six vouchers that you can exchange for delicious maple tastes at six of 22 stops on your own self-guided tour.  Each voucher entitles you to a "tasting"  of  a unique maple treat.  You have three days from the date of purchase or redemption of your gift certificate to complete the trail.  
Limited offerings on Sundays and Mondays.

Cost: $25/Per pass plus HST

When: Open Tue. to Sat., from Mar. 1st – Apr. 30th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm - Sat
Where: Pick up vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
www.visitstratford.ca/mapletrail
GET BOARD!

Time to get BOARD! Make the library your living room and use our selection of board and card games or use your own, and have fun with family or friends. Sit back, relax and have fun.

Cost: Free

When: Open Saturdays from Dec. 3rd, 2016 – Mar. 25th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford, 19 St. Andrew Street
Contact: 519-271-0220
www.stratford.library.on.ca
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 Feb. 27th – Apr. 13th, 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
FUNKTION FRIDAYS

Dance Party weekly on Friday night hosted by resident DJ's.  19 plus.

When: Friday, 10:00 PM, year round
Open: Open Fridays
Time: 10 pm - 1 am
Where: Molly Bloom's Irish Pub, Stratford, 26 Brunswick Street
Contact: 519-271-2778
DRESSED FOR THE OCCASION: LIFE IN FASHION EXHIBITION

Every day we get dressed for an occasion.  Whether it's for work, school, the gym, or a party, we convey our personality and preferences through the garments we choose.  Those choices change from day to day, just a fashion styles have transformed across generations.

Illustrated by remarkable pieces owned and treasured by residents of Perth County, the Stratford Perth Museum's new exhibit showcases fashion from the everyday to the extraordinary.  Join us as we get Dressed for the Occasion and showcase clothing and accessories from weddings, galas and uniforms worn in Perth County over the last 180 years.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST/CH, $20/Family (These prices include HST)

When: Open Daily from Feb. 21st – Apr. 13th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
THE FACING PAGE: ILLUSTRATIONS BY SCOTT MCKOWEN FOR JANE URQUHART'S A NUMBER OF THINGS EXHIBITION

Jane Urquhart celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial with a rich collection of essays inspired by fifty quintessential (and often surprising) Canadian objects. Scott McKowen spent eighteen months tracking down each of the objects on Jane’s list capturing them in his distinctive and exquisite scratchboard illustrations. This exhibition, featuring 45 original engravings for the book, looks at the celebration of a uniquely formed Canadian Identity and Iconography as interpreted through the dual lenses of an artist and writer and the relationship that is formed between image and text.
Image: Detail of Scott McKowen illustration

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from Mar. 11th – Apr. 13th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.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
DUFFY DENT - A SOLDIER'S ART

Captain John Duffy Dent served in the Perth Regiment during WWII. He was an accomplished artist who captured moments of military life, its conditions and situations, in his striking black and white drawings.  Dent redesigned the Perth Regiment logo, was the editor-in-chief of The Perthonian and an illustrator for the Royal Military College Journal. 

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST/CH, $20/Family (These prices include HST)

When: Open Daily from Feb. 21st – Apr. 13th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.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 25 stops on a self-guided tour and are valid for three days 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 Jan. 3rd – Dec. 22nd, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm - Sat
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
PAPER EFFECTS: SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION, CURATED BY ANN MARIE STASIUK AND RICK MATTHEWS

Paper Effects is an exhibition of works drawn from Gallery Stratford’s permanent collection, which includes a variety of media - drawings, etchings, paintings, photography, and woodcuts – with subject matter that is equally diverse.  These works on paper, most of them black and white, are all original works found in the Gallery’s permanent collection, and selected by Community Curators, Ann Marie Stasiuk and Rick Matthews. The marks that an artist choses to place on the surface of a piece of paper may be bold and graphic or subtle and muted.
Gallery Stratford is excited to showcase this work, that has all been selected by two members of our community.

Image Detail: Harold Town, Chaplin & Cherrill in Tillies Punctured, lithograph, 20x14 inches

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from Mar. 11th – Apr. 13th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.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: Saturday, 11:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Saturdays
Time: 11 am - 12 pm
Where: Junction 56 Distillery, Stratford, 45 Cambria Street
Contact: 519-305-5535
www.junction56.ca
CAN YOU DIG IT PERTH COUNTY'S AGRICULTURAL ROOTS EXHIBITION

Celebrate Perth County's rich agricultural history with this exploration of early settlement and farming practices.

Imagine standing outside and looking out across the land.  Instead of rolling fields and crops dotted with farmhouses and towns, picture endless forests and swamps.  That is how Perth County looked before the late 1820-'s, when the first European settlers arrived.  

When the Canada Company purchased this land from the British Crown with the goal to develop farmland, it was wilderness.  At first, surveyors laid out the concession roads that determined the plots of land for farming.  Then the settlers who occupied the lots took on the hard work of clearing the land, raising homes and growing crops.

You will learn about the early days of building communities, homes and farms in Perth County.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST/CH, $20/Family (These prices include HST)

When: Open Daily from Feb. 21st – Apr. 13th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
KEN NICOL: OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE ORDER EXHIBITION

Ken Nicol’s work reflects his obsession with collecting and repetition. ‘Obsessive Compulsive Order’ is a collection of work from the artist that showcases his use of a variety of materials, which includes works on paper, as well as everyday objects. Each piece echoes the artist’s methodical and laborious process to his work, as well as his life.
Nicol is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist who studied at the Ontario College of Art and at the Sheridan College, Toronto. His work has been exhibited in Miami, Chicago, New York, Winnipeg, and Toronto. 
Image Detail: Ken Nicol, Disassembled Clock

 

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from Mar. 11th – Apr. 13th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca