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Come to Stratford early and stay late! Construction delays may be significant in summer 2019 so be sure not to miss out on any fun!

Hwy 6 to Embro/401: Replacement of large culvert Aug-Nov

Expect delays but road will not be closed. Hwy 7 detour is suggested as above, if there is an overlap.

Hwy 8 between Stratford and Shakespeare: In progress

Beginning in early June, stretches of this road between the west end of Shakespeare and the east end of Stratford will be reduced on weekdays to a single lane, with flag people controlling traffic in both directions. Delays may be lengthy, so please allow additional time for your trip. (Both lanes are expected to be open on evenings and weekends.)

Don’t miss the fun due to construction delays!

Stratford's Music Highlights & Contemporary Music Scene

Whatever time of year you visit Stratford you will be treated to musical events and concerts from churches, heritage concert halls and in our parks and gardens.

  • The Stratford Concert Band has been a Stratford musical institution since 1907 and is recognized as one of Ontario’s best community orchestras.
  • The Stratford Symphony Orchestra is a regional orchestra that offers classical music concerts to Stratford and surrounding communities. "A Life-Enriching Experience Through Live Music Performance."
  • The Stratford Concert Choir was formed 27 years ago and is 70 voices strong. The Choir sings mainly from the classical repertoire and their concerts often include other musical forces, like the Stratford Concert Band, children's choirs, and many great soloists.
  • The highlight of the year is Stratford Summer Music with musical artists of international stature filling our concert halls, parks and churches in July and August.
  • The Blyth Festival presents its Ontario Open Country Singing Contest that gives every budding Idol a chance to air their pipes and win some great prizes.
  • The celebration of savoury ribs and soulful blues takes place each June along the banks of the beautiful Avon River at the Stratford Blues and Ribfest.
  • INNERchamber is a new chamber music concert series in Stratford, with a vision for reshaping the typical concert-going experience.
  • Spring brings out the blooms in our gardens but it is the start of our musical concert season starting with the Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts every April.
  • Perth Arts Connect is an arts collective composed of Stratford and Perth County artists, performers and cultural and heritage associations and is an excellent source for creative resources in the area.
  • Start Stratford's arts and culture magazine offers profiles and features on the writers, performers and artists who make Stratford their creative home.

Stratford's contemporary music scene

Stratford's contemporary music scene is one of the most vibrant in Ontario. From alt-country to folk, indie-rock to dance, we are pleased to present a few of our local musical artists and links to sample their music:

“Stratford itself is the type of walkable wholesome town Rodgers and Hammerstein might write a musical about.”

- Amy Alipio, Associate Editor, National Geographic Traveler

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