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Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts William Kentridge’s new production of Alban Berg’s expressionistic masterpiece Wozzeck, regarded for its intense emotional power and brilliant score as one of the most significant operas of the 20th century. Composed during and in the 5 aftermath of World War I, Berg’s dark exploration of a soldier besieged by the evils of society, is staged by Kentridge in a ramshackle warren of stairs, ramps, discarded furniture, and debris. His own theatrically animated charcoal drawings, along with other projected drawings, maps, and film clips, evoke a nightmarish world of crashed planes, searchlights, ghostly gas masks, and battlefields. Peter Mattei makes his role debut as Wozzeck opposite Elza van den Heever as Marie, the mother of his child. Singing the roles of Wozzeck’s tormentors are Christopher Ventris as the Drum-Major, Gerhard Siegel as the Captain, and Christian Van Horn as the Doctor. Andrew Staples makes his Met debut as Andres. Kentridge, who previously directed Berg’s Lulu and Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Met, unveiled the new production at the 2017 Salzburg Festival, where it received critical acclaim. Kentridge’s production is a co-production of the Met, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Australia, and Salzburg Festival.

When:  Saturday Jan. 11th, 2020
Where: Strtford City Hall 2F Auditorium, Stratford
Cost: $25/Non members, $23/Members
Contact: 647-628-0306

2020 Boar's Head Entertainment

Yeager -- Yeager has entertained at the Queens Inn and Boar's Head Pub for over 30 years. Yeager's soulful voice and harmonica playing take you on a journey down memory lane!.....Neil Young, Bob Marley, Hank Williams, Van Morrison, Tom Petty and many more!

When:  Saturday Jan. 11th, 2020
Where: Boar's Head Pub, Stratford
Cost: Free
Contact: 519-271-1400

Stratford Chocolate Trail


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.

When: Open Tue. to Sat.
from Jan. 2nd to Mar. 31st, 2020
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford
Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926

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 one week (7 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.

When: Open Tue. to Sat.
from Jan. 2nd to Mar. 31st, 2020
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford
Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926

Drop n' Swap: Accessories

Ever wonder… what to do with the stuff you no longer want? Join SPL’s sustainability effort to keep unwanted items out of our landfill – drop it off here, and swap it for something you may treasure! Free to drop, free to “shop”.


January: Accessories Only!  Drop off your clean, lovely, but unwanted accessories on Jan 10th from 10 am - 5:30 pm; “shop” for them on Jan 11th from 10 am - 3 pm.


  • Items must be clean, gently or unused, in good condition.
  • SPL staff reserve the right of refusal.
  • Donors of dropped items on Jan 10 will be given a voucher to attend the Swap as “early birds” on Jan 11 from 10am-11am.
  • Accepting: scarves, mitts, gloves, jewelry (no earrings), watches, purses, sunglasses, belts, ties, handkerchiefs, cufflinks, wallets
  • Not accepting: earrings, hats, caps, backpacks, or suitcases of any size

*BYO Bags for the swap

** Leftover items will be donated to Goodwill, House of Blessing or to the Salvation Army


When:  Saturday Jan. 11th, 2020
Where: Auditorium, Stratford Public Library, Stratford
Cost: Free
Contact: Robyn Godfrey 519-271-0220

Stratford Chefs School Dinner Series | International Inspirations

Under the tutelage of professional chefs from our community and across the globe, Stratford Chefs School students prepare and serve innovative four to six course dinner menus to the public.

Tuesday through Saturday from 6:30pmPrix fixe menus change daily.

Dinners include wine pairings and coffee or tea |  $70 - $90 per person + taxes.

Reservations Required.

Visit website for menus and to make reservations: www.stratfordchef.com or call 519.271.1414.

When: Open Tue. to Sat.
from Jan. 7th to Jan. 25th, 2020
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford
Cost: $70-$90 + taxes/Per person
Contact: 519-271-1414

Paul Coates Live at Red Lion Room

Paul Coates Live at Red Lion Room! 

Saturday, Jan 11 - 6pm - 9pm

When:  Saturday Jan. 11th, 2020
Where: Red Lion Room