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Elizabeth Van Den Broeck Artist's Talk and Exhibition Opening

Join us for an artist's talk by Elizabeth Van Den Broeck, to celebrate the official opening of her "Creative Process" exhibition, now on at Agora Gallery until November 10!
Elizabeth Van Den Broeck is the keeper of Huron County's most beautiful secrets: her way of telling them begins with a camera and a pair of hip waders, often traipsing through the landscape she loves while everyone else is sleeping. An entrepreneurial artist of singular focus, Elizabeth studied Fine Art at Sheridan College and Art History at the University of Toronto, before returning to Goderich to capture the simultaneous tranquility and vitality that she perceives in the landscape of Huron County. In 1992, she opened her own gallery and with her increasing commitments as a business owner, wife, mother and community leader, time spent devoted to the creation of art has been a challenge. Recently Elizabeth began to document her creative process on social media, exploring photography, encaustic, oil, acrylic, pastel and printmaking. Her commitment to beauty in the unassuming reveals a lifelong love and understanding of her homeland, as well as a skill built upon by steady practice, for which she has received many awards. (Image: Elizabeth Van Den Broeck, "Blue Pine" 2017, soft pastel on paper)

When:  Sunday Oct. 20th, 2019
Where: Agora Gallery, Stratford
Cost: Free
Contact: 519-508-8700

Little Shop of Horrors


Skid Row florist’s clerk Seymour Krelborn is too shy to declare his love for his co-worker Audrey – until a mysterious exotic plant brings him unexpected fame and fortune. There’s just one problem: the plant has ambitions of its own, and it thrives on only one food – human blood.

When:  Sunday Oct. 20th, 2019
Where: Avon Theatre
Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website.
Contact: 1-800-567-1600

Stratford's Slow Food Sunday Market

Featuring Perth County's local produce, meats, breads, cheese, coffee, pastries, preserves, prepared foods, handmade artisanal products, gluten free and vegan options.  From May to early November, the market is outdoors.  From early November to the end of April, the market is indoors.

When: Open Sundays from May. 5th to Oct. 27th, 2019
Where: Market Square, Stratford
Cost: Free

Creating Memorable Characters Workshop

What makes a character leap off the page and into a reader’s imagination? In this interactive workshop, novelist Becky Blake will discuss methods for creating believable and distinctive characters that really connect with readers.
What will the session cover?

  • Elements of building a strong character

  • Using “golden details” to make a character feel real

  • ​Finding a character’s unique voice

  • Technical tips that help to cement characters in a reader's mind

  • Writing exercise

  • Group discussion

Who is this workshop for? - This workshop is appropriate for fiction or creative nonfiction writers.

About Becky Blake - Becky Blake is a two-time winner of the CBC Literary Prize (for non-fiction in 2017 and short fiction in 2013). Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications across Canada. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education. Becky currently lives in Toronto where she’s working on a second novel and a memoir-in-essays.

About the Book - Proof I Was Here is a novel that tells the coming-of-age story of a young artistic thief from Toronto who attempts to reboot her life on the streets of Barcelona after an unexpected breakup. 


When:  Sunday Oct. 20th, 2019
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford
Cost: $40/Per person
Contact: Stratford Writers Festival

Literary Brunch for Caregivers

More than 8 million Canadians are currently caregivers. This role is about maintaining a delicate balance between time and resources while taking care of a loved one and practicing self-care. Whether you're a caregiver or a care recipient, this brunch and an insightful conversation with Lise Leblanc, author of the Conscious Caregiving Guide, is for you.

If you're a caregiver Lise wants you to understand that the greatest gift you can give a loved one is to show them that you are still able to enjoy your life to the fullest while caring for them. If you are a care recipient or supporting a caregiver, the greatest gift you can give them is a fun and healthy reminder that providing care for another starts with looking after their own health first.

We invite caregivers to take an afternoon off to talk about their role during a relaxing brunch where Lise will share her experiences and expertise. Guests will be treated to an intimate onstage interview and Q&A, a copy of the $20 Conscious Caregiving Guide book, and a meet-and-greet and book signing after the meal!


What can you expect from this event?

  • Expert tips and insights on navigating a caregiver role.

  • An intimate Q&A where you can submit questions to the moderator.

  • Author meet and greet and chance to have your book signed. 

Who is this event for?

  • Anyone who is a caregiver.

  • Anyone who wants to support a caregiver.

  • Anyone who is a caregiving recipient so that both roles are completely understood.

About the Author - Lise Leblanc has the experience and insight to make your caregiving journey a little lighter. As a registered psychotherapist, conflict resolution specialist and caregiver she has seen the impact that caregiving without personal care can wreak on all lives involved. Her personal lived experience has also shaped her useful perspectives. She was the main caregiver for her grandmother who had Alzheimer’s disease when her grandfather died suddenly. Her own parents and siblings lived afar and she was working full time while raising her two young children. The experience has shaped her dedication to helping people take responsibility for the quality of their own lives at the same time as making space to support a conscious caregiving model.

About the Book - What kind of caregiver are you? The Doormat? The Fighter? The Judge? What if you knew which style would be best for your own health and the health of your loved one? It is THAT important to decide now... on the way IN to the caregiving journey, one that often begins abruptly.

Lise LeBlanc carefully constructs a step by step, easy to absorb plan for working through the illness of a loved one in Wish I Knew: Conscious Caregiving Guide

When:  Sunday Oct. 20th, 2019
Where: Revival House, Stratford
Cost: 50.85/Per person (Includes HST), and includes a copy of the book
Contact: DigiWriting Stratford Writers Festival

Karaoke Sundays

Gemstone Entertainment presents Karaoke Party!

No cover and must be 19 years or older.

When: Sunday evening, year round
Where: Molly's Bloom Irish Pub, Stratford
Cost: Free
Contact: 519-271-2778