What's On in Stratford and Area Tuesday August 20, 2019 to Wednesday August 21, 2019
THE 2019 VOCAL ACADEMY FINALE CONCERT - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
 The program will culminate in a Finale concert with all participants.

Cost: $40 | $25/Per person + HST (+$5 at the door)

When: Wednesday Aug. 21st, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Where: Avondale United Church, Stratford, 194 Avondale Avenue
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca
MELODIES AT THE MUSEUM: JOSEPH AND MARIE FLYNN
Enjoy an outdoor concert every Wednesday evening from July 17 to August 28 in Cadzow Park. Admission is by donation and all proceeds go to the St. Marys Museum. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Joseph and Marie Flynn are sponsored by the Friends of the St. Marys Museum. 

Cost: Admission by Donation

When: Wednesday Aug. 21st, 2019
Time: 7 pm - 8 pm
Where: St. Marys Museum, St. Marys, 177 Church Street South
Contact: 519-284-3556
www.stmarysmuseum.ca
THE 2019 VOCAL ACADEMY MASTER CLASS - LECTURE - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Lecture on Bach's St. Matthew Passion - Howard Dyck Howard Dyck is the conductor of Nota Bene Baroque Players & Singers as well as Artistic Director Emeritus of the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Conductor Emeritus of the Bach Elgar Choir (Hamilton). His international conducting career has taken him to twenty countries on three continents. He is known to music lovers across Canada as the former programme host of Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC Radio. Howard has received numerous honours for his contributions to musical culture, both nationally and internationally. He holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Honorary Professor of Music at the Yunnan Arts University (Kunming, China). Howard is a Member of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Cost: Pay What You Can

When: Wednesday Aug. 21st, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Where: Avondale United Church, Stratford, 194 Avondale Avenue
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca
ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE ... HOSTED BY GLENN GOULD - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Led by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, Art of Time Ensemble transforms the way you experience music. Fusing high art and popular culture in concerts that juxtapose the best of each genre, Art of Time entertains as it enlightens, revealing the universal qualities that lie at the heart of all great music. Glenn Gould was known as both a musical genius and a great eccentric. His perspective is presented, via screenings of CBC’s Glenn Gould on Television, as introductions to live performances of chamber music by Dmitri Shostakovich and Ludwig van Beethoven. Andrew Burashko, piano, Steven Dann, viola, Mark Fewer, violin, Stephen Sitarski, violin, Thomas Wiebe, cello.

Cost: $50 | $30/Per person + HST (+$5 at the door)

When: Wednesday Aug. 21st, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Avondale United Church, Stratford, 194 Avondale Avenue
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca
OPEN KITCHEN | GET COOKING! | EASY ENTRĂ©ES
  Get ready for your harvest time entertaining with instructor Eli Silverthorne! Learn new recipes and insider tips on how to throw a stress-free dinner party where you can actually relax and enjoy yourself. After the cooking is complete, take off your apron and enjoy your creations with a glass of wine. Perfect for anyone who loves to entertain at home! Recipes: Cold Cucumber Soup with Crème Fraiche Summer Galette with Ricotta & Herbs Leg of Lamb, Greek Salad, Lemon Cous Cous, House Made Naan, & Tzatziki Grilled Peaches with Walnut & Honey Ice Cream For more information and to register, please go to: www.universe.com/easyentrees_aug19 Safety regulations require students wear closed toe shoes when participating in any cooking class. This class has a maximum capacity of 16 students. Classes are for students 16 years and older. Participants will be provided with an apron and all necessary tools and equipment. Menus, recipes and instructors are subject to change as required. Help us help the environment! In the off chance we cook too much, please bring a container with you to help take home any leftovers. (One 1 litre container is recommended). If you need to cancel a class, it is possible to get a refund (less the service fee) up to 7 days before the date of the event via your universe.com account. A credit note may be issued for cancellations received by email (admin@stratfordchef.com) a minimum of 48 hours before the event. Please note that there are no credit notes or refunds for missed classes or classes cancelled less than 48 hours before the event. * All Open Kitchen classes purchased online or by credit card are subject to a 5% service fee. Our ticketing service hosted by universe.com includes this fee in the total listed price.  

Cost: $75/Per person + a service fee

When: Tuesday Aug. 20th, 2019
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1414
https://stratfordchef.com/open-kitchen/
STRATFORD ART IN THE PARK
The Stratford Art in the Park Association celebrated its 50th season in May 2018. This group presents an outdoor juried fine art /craft show and sale along the banks of the Avon River between the Festival Theatre and Tom Patterson Theatre.   Meet the artists in this idyllic setting along the tree lined riverside every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting /10 am to 5 pm) throughout the Summer and into the Fall. Free Parking, Free Admittance & Handicap Accessible

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Wed., Sat. from May. 18th – Sep. 29th, 2019
Time: 10 am - 5 pm (Weather permitting)
Where: Lakeside Drive Park between the Tom Patterson and the Stratford Festival Theatres, Stratford
http://artintheparkstratford.ca
REMEMBERING THE FOREST: A NEW COLLABORATIVE PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION
 

Cost: Admission by Donation

When: Open Daily from Jun. 9th – Oct. 6th, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.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. 18th – Sep. 7th, 2019
Time: 10:30 am - 5 pm
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.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 see 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: $24/hr/Paddleboats, $25/hr/Canoes, $16/hr/Kayaks, $40/1.5 hours/Rowboats (Includes all equipment and taxes)

When: Open Daily from May. 18th – Sep. 15th, 2019
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.ca
AVON TRAIL TUESDAY MORNING RAMBLES
Every Tuesday morning year round, weather permitting. Meet Allman Arena north parking lot off Lakeside Drive at Morenz Dr. Approximately 1.5 hours  usually on Avon Trail, determined by hike leader or group. Varied terrain, moderate pace. Coffee time follows.   Contact Terry:  519-273-2233

Cost: Free

When: Tuesday, 9:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Tuesdays
Time: 9 am - 12 pm
Where: Meet at the north parking lot of the William Allman Memorial Arena, Stratford, 15 Morenz Drive
Contact: 519-273-2233
www.avontrail.ca
CONTROLLED CHAOS: ABSTRACT PAINTING IN CANADA. WORKS FROM THE GALLERY STRATFORD PERMANENT COLLECTION
Abstraction arrived late to Canada. Prior to the Second World War, it was dominated by the Group of Seven who worked to develop a distinctly “Canadian” artistic style. Taking Canada’s vast wilderness as their inspiration, the Group of Seven created abstracted landscapes using bright blocks of colour and thick applications of paint. Following the war, abstraction in Canada expanded and became a collection of regional groups and movements; each drawing inspiration from unique sources and developing different techniques. This exhibition brings together 28 abstract paintings from Gallery Stratford’s extensive permanent collection including work from Canada’s largest abstract art movements such as Montreal’s Automatistes and Toronto’s Painters Eleven, alongside contemporary artists continuing their traditions. Collectively, these works demonstrate the vast history of abstract painting in Canada as well as the continued desire to push the envelope. This exhibition also represents the diversity and strength of Gallery Stratford’s permanent collection, as well as their continued devotion to its care so future generations may enjoy the controlled chaos of abstract art.  – Jessica Sealey  

Cost: By Donation

When: Open Daily from Jun. 9th – Sep. 22nd, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
https://www.facebook.com/events/335839470411322/
OPEN STUDIO LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS
Drawing from a model each week, we will have a series of short poses in the first hour, two medium length poses in the second and a single long pose in hour three. As always, you are welcome to attend for whatever combination of times suits your schedule. Open Studio was started by the Gallery's first Director Robert Ihrig, the current program is hosted by Stratford artist Ken Nutt. Participants may also drop in and pay. Please bring your own drawing supplies.

Cost: $10/A/Two hours, $15/A/Three hours, $5/ST/Two hours, $10/ST/Three hours

When: Wednesday, 7:00 PM, year round
Open: Open Wednesdays
Time: 7 pm - 10 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
EVERY HEART CAN GROW BIGGER: A PRINT INSTALLATION BY LIBBY HAGUE
In assembling her installation, Hague prints off multihued  versions of these diagrammatic sheets with slight variations to capture the complexity of the pervasive data-streams.  Instead of drowning us in the overflow of information, she harkens back to the earliest forms of graphic communicaiton, creating hieroglyphs to still the tumult and give us space for reflection in the midst of this pandemonium.  She traces a path through the rapids and records the journey for posterity - or as a cautionary tale.  This particular arrangement of her materials (the figures, the prints, the words, the emblems) will be dismantled, only to be remounted in different ways on different walls.  What remains amidst the change is the enduring river.  

Cost: By Donation

When: Open Daily from Jun. 9th – Oct. 6th, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
https://www.facebook.com/events/297207564519176/
SUMMER EXHIBITIONS AT THE CLAY&GLASS
Join us at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery for the opening reception of our summer exhibitions at 2 pm on Sunday, July 7. The opening remarks will be followed by a talk and tour from artists Nurielle Stern & Nicholas Crombach. This event is free, all are welcome. Summer exhibitions include: The Eye of the Beholder June 1 to September 8, 2019 Artist: Joon Hee Kim From the Collection: Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day June 19 to September 8, 2019 Artists: Carl Beam, Ann Beam, Anong Migwans Beam, Michael Robinson, Nick Sikkuark, Steve Smith, Leigh Smith Whale Fall July 2 to September 8, 2019 Artists: Nurielle Stern & Nicholas Crombach En Route : Sculptural Ceramics and Glass Emerging from Manitoba July 6 to September 8, 2019 Curated by Sheila McMath and Grace Nickel Artists: PJ Anderson, Gayle Buzzi, Grace Han, Terry Hildebrand, Monica Mercedes Martinez, Alana MacDougall, Christopher Pancoe, Mary Stankevicius, Peter Tittenberger To learn more, visit the website: www.theclayandglass.ca Image: “In Your Hands” (Detail), 2019, Glazed Ceramic, Gold Luster. Joon Hee Kim.

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Mon. to Fri. from Jun. 3rd – Sep. 6th, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, 25 Caroline Street North
http://www.theclayandglass.ca/
SUMMER EXHIBITION AT AGORA GALLERY
Agora Gallery's popular Summer Exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints and photography by some of Stratford's finest artists, including: Marion Anderson, Susan Benson, Patsy Berton, Linda Brine, Tom Campbell, Allan Davey, Mary Anne Dente, Scott Fillier, Renata Fitzgerald, Luc Forsyth, Kathryn Friis, Jacob Grodzinski, Antony John, Paul Johnston, Gloria Kagawa, Chris Klein, Antonie Los, Tanya Lyons, Terry Manzo, John Pennoyer, Kathi Posliff, Stacey Stuart, Elizabeth Van Den Broeck, Lesley Walker-Fitzpatrick and more. The exhibition will evolve throughout the summer: as pieces are sold, new artworks will be put on display, so visit often to see more work by your favourite Stratford artists.  Join us Sundays @ 11am to hear exhibiting artists talk about their work.  

Cost: Free

When: Open Tue. to Sat. from May. 25th – Sep. 28th, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Agora Gallery, Stratford, 17 Market Place
Contact: 519-508-8700
agoragallery.ca
A JUBILEE OF SILVER EXHIBIT
All that glitters is not gold. This year at Castle Kilbride it is SILVER! Castle Kilbride museum is celebrating its silver anniversary.  This fun and whimsical exhibit that displays some traditional silver artifacts, but will also features items with a twist on the name silver. Curious? Come celebrate with us.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH, $20/Family (2 adult and 3 children)

When: Open Sun., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from May. 1st – Aug. 31st, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Castle Kilbride, Baden, 60 Snyder's Road West
Contact: 519-634-8444
www.castle.kilbride.ca