What's On in Stratford and Area Thursday April 26, 2018 to Friday April 27, 2018
ANTONIE LOS EXHIBITION
AGORA GALLERY reopens for spring with an exhibition celebrating the life and art of ANTONIE LOS (1946-2017).  Primarily known as an abstract painter, the exhibition consists of a wide range of work, including earlier representational paintings, allowing unique insight into his development as an artist over 50 years of painting. Born in Deventer, Holland, Los moved with his family to Canada at the age of 8, fleeing the aftermath of WWII. As a student enrolled in H.B. Beal's art program in the late 1960s, Los was inspired by the vibrant London art scene and influenced by his teachers Herb Ariss, Rudolf Bikkers and Don Bonham. His abstract paintings - often made by building up and sanding multiple layers of paint to create a unique sense of depth - reveal a sophisticated and bold colour sense.  They combine his lifelong study of theology and philosophy with his interests in music, anthropology, psychology, particle physics and the little incidents and motifs of everyday life.    

Cost: Free

When: Apr. 8th until May. 6th, 2018
Open: Open Sun., Wed. to Sat.

Time: 11 am - 5 pm
Where: Agora Gallery, Stratford, 17 Market Place
Contact: 519-508-8700
agoragallery.ca
NEW NEIGHBOURS NIGHT
Ever wonder… how to meet new people when you are new to the area? Join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings for refreshments at New Neighbours Night, the perfect opportunity to gather at the library and meet new people! Special guests each evening!

Cost: Free

When: Thursday Apr. 26th, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford, 19 St. Andrew Street
Contact: 519-271-0220 x132
http://www.stratford.library.on.ca/newneighbours
THEN, NOW AND NEXT EXHIBITION CURATED BY SHEILA MCMATH
The Gallery’s 25th Anniversary exhibition, Then, Now and Next is an invitational show featuring six acclaimed Canadian artists, Samantha Dickie, Susan Edgerley, Irene Frolic, Zachari Logan, Audie Murray and Peter Powning. The exhibition celebrates artists at various stages of their careers. Some have a long history with the Gallery; all are making their mark in contemporary ceramics and glass.  The exhibition also includes an In Memoriam section, which pulls work from the Gallery's collection and pays tribute to the makers of ceramic, glass and enamel art that we have lost over the past 256 years.   A significant ceramic work by Tony Urquhart will pay tribute to Jacques Israelievitch, a longtime collector and supporter of ceramic artists.   All We Can Do Is Keep Breathing (detail), 2018. Samantha Dickie. Photo: Cathie Ferguson

Cost: Free

When: Apr. 8th until Sep. 2nd, 2018
Open: Open Daily
Time: 11 am - 6 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 5 pm - Sat, 1 pm - 5 pm - Sun
Where: Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, 25 Caroline Street, North
Contact: 519-746-1882
www.theclayandglass.ca
2018 BOAR'S HEAD ENTERTAINMENT
Thorn & Roses - A high energy trio featuring a striking blend of three part harmonies and traditional instruments with a contemporary twist.  

Cost: Free

When: Friday Apr. 27th, 2018
Time: 8 pm - 12 am
Where: Boar's Head Pub, Stratford, 161 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1400
http://www.thornandroses.net/
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.   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 Mar. 31st – May. 31st, 2018
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
RAILWAY CENTURY EXHIBITION AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
This exhibit tells the story of Stratford as a railway hub, and highlights the prosperity that Perth County’s extensive railway links brought to farmers and businesses in the region. The Locomotive Repair Shop, operated by the Grand Trunk Railway and later the Canadian National Railway, was the driver of Stratford’s early economic development. Agriculture, dairy, furniture making, and knitting mills, now connected to the world by rail, were just a few of the industries that made Perth County one of Canada’s most prosperous counties.  

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

When: Open Daily from Mar. 31st – May. 31st, 2018
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
DARKNESS & LIGHT: CONTRASTS IN GALLERY STRATFORD'S PERMANENT COLLECTION
The selected works in this exhibition are a study in contrast, both in the predominantly black and white palette of the pieces, but also in the execution which ranges from the methodical and precise to the spontaneous and gestural. Positive and negative space is conveyed in different styles: some static and serene, others kinetic and free. Some representational, some abstract. There is a varying range of media: prints, drawings, paintings, collage and photographs - all executed in black and white, and all selected from the Gallery Stratford Collection by Community Curators, Carrie and Jeremy Wreford. Gallery Stratford is excited to showcase this work, that has all been selected by two members of our community. Image: Detail of Antoni Tapies (1923-2012), Untitled, n.d., lithograph on paper

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Daily from Feb. 24th – May. 4th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
http://www.gallerystratford.on.ca/exhibits/darkness-and-light
WAR MEDICINE EXHIBIT
Using local case studies, this exhibit explores medical innovations from the First World War.

Cost: Admission by Donation

When: Open Mon. to Fri., from Apr. 3rd – Jun. 1st, 2018
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
EMILY SCHAEFER: POETIC ALCHEMY EXHIBITION
My work focuses on the physical application of medium to surface, and the thought process behind it. I investigate how the formal components of a painting interact with one another, by analyzing and questioning the process with every decision made. In my paintings, colour is capable of changing everything. Poured instances of colour occasionally combine, creating a new colour on their own. Other times, they sit beside each other maintaining complete individuality. I explore the relationship colours form when made to exist with one another, by pushing them past their comfort zone. - Emily Schaefer Image: Untitled, 2017, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 16 x 16 inches  

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Daily from Feb. 24th – May. 4th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
http://www.gallerystratford.on.ca/exhibits/emily-schaefer
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 availability on Sundays and Mondays.  

Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST

When: from Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Tue. to Sat.

Time: 9 am - 5 pm - Tues - 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
STéFY MCKNIGHT EXHIBITION
if a tree falls in the bush and there is no one around, does it make a sound? Image: Detail of: if a tree falls in the bush and there is no one around, does it make a sound? (video still), 2017

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Daily from Feb. 24th – May. 4th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
http://www.gallerystratford.on.ca/exhibits/st%C3%A9phanie-mcknight
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!   The 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 on your own self-guided tour.  Each voucher entitles you to a "tasting"  of  a unique maple treat.   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.       Limited availability on Sundays and Mondays.

Cost: $30/Trail plus HST

When: Open Tue. to Sat., from Mar. 31st – Apr. 28th, 2018
Time: 9 am - 5 pm - Tues - 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
YOU ARE HERE EXHIBITION AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
This exhibit offers a glimpse into the history of Stratford and Perth County from settlement in the 1830s to today. Drawing on the museum’s collection of photographs, artifacts, and archival documents, the exhibit highlights the people, businesses, organizations, and events that make Perth County the vibrant destination that it is today. At You Are Here, experience a unique mix of poets and politicians, parades and plowing matches, settlement and sport history, and more that you can find here at the Museum and all across Perth County.

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

When: Open Daily from Mar. 31st – May. 31st, 2018
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
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 themes 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. This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada.

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

When: Open Daily from Mar. 31st – May. 31st, 2018
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34, R.R.5
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
SAVOUR STRATFORD CHOCOLATE TRAIL
EXPLORING THE CHOCOLATE TRAIL BURNS CALORIES. GOOD THING. The Chocolate Trail is a self-guided tour that introduces you to our world-famous confectioners and bakers.  You’ll get to sample our decadent treats and meet the makers who craft these indulgences year round.   Purchase your Chocolate Trail Pass in person at the Stratford Tourism office, which includes vouchers that entitle you to choose six of the stops on a self-guided tour.  The Chocolate Trail is offered year-round and is valid for 1 week from date of purchase. You can also give a gift certificate that the recipient can redeem for a Stratford Chocolate Trail Pass — those can be purchased online or in person.  Limited availability on Sundays and Mondays.

Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST

When: from Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Tue. to Sat.

Time: 9 am - 5 pm - Tues - 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
DUFFY DENT - A SOLDIER'S ART
Capt. 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 hat badge, was the editor-in-chief of “The Perthonian,” and an illustrator for the Royal Military College Journal. This exhibition displays samples of his work and personal memorabilia.

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

When: Open Daily from Mar. 31st – May. 31st, 2018
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
THE ROARING TWENTIES: CHILDHOOD DREAMS EXHIBIT
To celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Laura Louise Livingston, this exhibit highlights influences from her youth during the 1920s.  Laura Louise lived an opulent childhood which nourished a lifelong love of the arts.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/SR, $5/CH, $20/Family (Price includes HST)

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from Mar. 31st – Dec. 22nd, 2018
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Where: Castle Kilbride, Baden, 60 Snyder's Road West
Contact: 519-634-8444
www.castlekilbride.ca
WHAT'S IN A NAME EXHIBITION
Many landmarks in town bear the names of significant citizens or historical figures and you may not even know it. Find out the history behind some of these landmarks in our exhibit.

Cost: By donation

When: Open Mon. to Fri., from Apr. 3rd – May. 18th, 2018
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
STRATFORD FESTIVAL - 2018 SEASON
Be dazzled by some of the greatest theatre in the world. With 14 different productions to choose from, in three 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. 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 2018 Stratford Festival Playbill includes the following productions: The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Long Day's Journey Into Night, An Ideal Husband, To Kill a Mockingbird, Napoli Milionaria!, Bronte and Paradise Lost. 

Cost: Varies according to seating

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from Apr. 17th – Nov. 4th, 2018
Time: 2 pm and 8 pm performances
Where: Stratford Festival Theatre, Avon Theatre and the Studio Theatre, Stratford, 55 Queen Street
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/
PARTY ROCK DJ NIGHTS
Local DJ's spinning the best top 40, Electro-house, retro remizes and club hits with DJ Wigs, DJ Joel, DJ Michael Fuego and DJ Higgy.    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
STEPS TO STARDOM EXHIBITION
Steps to Stardom, tells the story of Justin Bieber’s meteoric rise from busking on the steps of the Avon Theatre to becoming one of the most popular pop stars in the world. The exhibit, created by the Museum in conjunction with Justin and his family, was given access to hundreds of items – awards, clothing, pictures, credentials, personal letters and even running shoes and we are now in the process of choosing the items for exhibit. In addition, a number of things have come forward from Stratford residents that have also been offered to the Museum — team pictures, hockey jackets, drum sets that were used by Justin long before he was an international pop star. The exhibit tells the story of the Stratford native’s career from those early years – busking in Stratford and performing in local talent shows – to the largest venues and stages in the world. Photo credit:  Stratford Perth Archives, The Beacon Herald collection.  July 2002.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH 12 and under, $20/Family (two adults and two children)

When: Open Daily from Mar. 31st – Apr. 30th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 4 pm Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca