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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
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Contact: 519-271-2778
www.mollybloomsstratford.com



A Literary Brunch with Mary Berg

Does entertaining feel daunting or overwhelming for you? Join Mary Berg, MasterChef Canada winner, star of Mary's Kitchen Crush, and author of Kitchen Party as she shares her insider tips for stress-free cooking. Whether it's the planning, shopping, cooking, or clean up, during this afternoon brunch, you'll learn how to banish anxiety about preparing food. Guests will be treated to an intimate onstage interview and Q&A with Mary, a copy of the $32 Kitchen Party book, a gift bag courtesy of Bradshaw's, a brunch inspired by some of Mary's favourite recipes, and a meet-and-greet and book signing after the meal!
About the author:  MasterChef Canada winner and star of Mary's Kitchen Crush, Mary Berg Mary is a beloved voice of encouragement for all types of home cooks. She's also a cooking expert on CTV's Your Morning, The Social, and The Marilyn Denis Show. After degrees in history, English, and information studies, Mary detoured into a career in insurance for 5 years, before being convinced by her family to audition for MasterChef Canada and ultimately stealing the show! She has since launched her cooking career full time, and never looked back. Mary lives and cooks in Toronto. Her first word was "cheese."
About the book:  Everyone knows that a good party always ends up in the kitchen, whether you're grabbing a drink, tasting a dish, or just chatting with the host and other guests. That's because the kitchen is the heart of every home, big or small, and Kitchen Party is filled with Mary's family-style favourites for brunches, dinners, and special occasions–along with some of her famous baked goods and desserts, of course. 

All of Mary's recipes are meant to be laid down on a table that is groaning under the weight of delicious food and relaxed elbows. You'll find over 100 simple, straightforward and mouthwateringly-good recipes for dishes like Blueberry Cheesecake French Toast Bake with Apple Cinnamon Syrup; Ricotta, Roasted Grapes and Hazelnut Tartines; Flank Steak with Horseradish Cream; and Slablova (aka Pavlova for a Crowd). And with Mary's tips and suggested menu pairings for multiple occasions, from Mother's Day Brunch to a Low-Key Bridal Shower, you'll never find yourself short of ideas.

"There’s nothing like a good kitchen party to make you feel excited and at ease at the same time as you eat, and Mary is the definition of charming party host in this delectable book. You will revel in her stories and photos, which bring you right into the kitchen with her, feeling like you’re part of the party and ready to jump in and cook.” 
—Anna Olson

When:  Sunday Oct. 27th, 2019
Where: Revival House, Stratford
Cost: $65/Per person + HST (Includes copy of book)
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Contact: festival@digiwriting.com
stratfordwritersfestival.com



Dayna Manning Morning Light Album&Memoir Release Show

We're headlining the launch of singer-songwriter Dayna Manning's solo CD Morning Light which has a unique collaboration with songwriter Ben Bolt-Martin; Ben wrote the chamber music orchestration to all the songs on Morning Light. We're also featuring Dayna Manning's debut memoir Many Moons

Enjoy a moving performance and songwriting insights from an exceptional group of musicians: Dayna Manning, Ben Bolt-Martin, Andrew Chung, Laura Chambers, and Derek Conrod.

A 30 minute opening round will be performed by members of Dayna Manning's Folk Army comprised of female singer-songwriters from the Stratford area ages 8-18

What can you expect from this event?

  • An intimate performance of folk music and chamber music
  • Enlightening conversation between musicians and songwriters
  • An exclusive look into the mind and methods of songwriters

Who is this event for?

  • Dayna Manning fans
  • Folk/orchestra music lovers
  • Songwriting enthusiasts

About Dayna Manning - Juno-nominated artist Dayna Manning has worked with Sean Ono Lennon and luminary LA-based producer Jim Scott. Manning has performed with Great Big Sea, Spirit of the West, and Radiohead, toured nationally with Burton Cummings and Joe Cocker, and was part of Lilith Fair. Manning is launching her solo CD Morning Light and debuting as an author with her memoir Many Moons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwGDR1kR3Lc

Ben Bolt-Martin - Ben was the featured performer on a disc of new works entitled “Notes Towards” which was nominated in 2009 for a Juno Award. As a solo performer, his focus is on works for solo cello written for him or by him, often involving electronically “looped” material and spanning a multitude of genres and traditions. Ben performs with the Factory Arts String Quartet and Ensemble of INNERchamber.

Andrew Chung- Andrew Chung is a core member London Symphonia, while also serving as General Manager of the new organization. He also performs regularly with the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Stratford Festival Orchestra, and he is a Creative Director of Nota Bene Baroque Players. Andrew was awarded his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees with Distinction from the Australian Institute of Music while studying under Alice Waten and Sophie Rowell.

Don't miss this intimate show with Canadian songwriters! You will receive preferred seating if you arrive early for dinner. Revival House offers a 3-course dinner before the show for $49/person. Seating is according to reservation bookings so call in advance to reserve a table if you are coming for dinner.

*If you reserve late you may be seated at a table with other guests.*

When:  Sunday Oct. 27th, 2019
Where: Revival House, Stratford
Cost: $50.85/Per person ($45+ HST)
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Elizabeth Van Den Broeck Exhibition

Elizabeth Van Den Broeck, celebrating her "Creative Process" exhibition 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: Open Sun., Wed. to Sat.
from Oct. 23rd to Nov. 10th, 2019
Where: Agora Gallery, Stratford
Cost: Free
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Contact: 519-508-8700
agoragallery.ca



Little Shop of Horrors

IT’S FUNNY HOW LOVE CAN GROW

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. 27th, 2019
Where: Avon Theatre
Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website.
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Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://stratfordfestival.ca



Food Photography and Props Workshop with Terry Manzo

Want to take the ultimate food photo? Whether for your blog or to post your latest meal to Instagram or Facebook, food photographer Terry Manzo will once again be holding a workshop to inspire bloggers, Instagrammers, and those with a great love of photography. While she'll be building on sessions from previous years, attendance at those workshops is not a prerequisite. And tools can be as simple as a pocket camera or a smartphone, so don't be intimidated! Terry will demonstrate simple techniques and inexpensive props to shoot like a pro. Other topics discussed will include composition, lighting, camera angles, and editing apps that will help you to create the perfect image. Feel free to bring some props to the class to get Terry’s advice and perspective.

What will the session cover?
 

  • Choosing the right props
  • Essential props list
  • Simplifying your workflow and setup
  • Composition and camera angles
  • Lighting techniques and inexpensive tools 
  • Editing apps

Who is this workshop for?
 

  • Instagrammers
  • Food bloggers
  • Culinary professionals
  • Food companies
  • Beginners and hobbyists

This course is limited to 10 attendees, so sign up early to snag your spot!

About Terry Manzo - For thirty years, professional photographer Terry Manzo has been combining unique and compelling perspectives with strong technical skills. A Stratford Chefs School alumna, her photographs appear in Farm to Table and she has exhibited regularly in Ontario and worked on several ambitious social media projects, posting daily or weekly photographs or photographic collages for a year during 2011, 2013, and 2016. She has taught photography courses at Gallery Stratford since 1999, and her commercial work encompasses a broad spectrum from publicity, events, products, concerts, and theatre, to people at work and play.

When:  Sunday Oct. 27th, 2019
Where: Stratford Chef School Learning Centre, Stratford
Cost: $40/Per person
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Contact: Stratford Writers Festival
stratfordwritersfestival.com



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
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www.slowfoodperthcounty.ca



A Literary Cafe with Mary Berg

Love Mary Berg's famous baked goods and desserts? Think Ricotta, Roasted Grapes and Hazelnut Tartines; or Slablova!

Due to an overwhelming amount of requests, we're launching our second event with Mary! If you missed out on a ticket to the literary brunch, or if baking for a crowd feels daunting or overwhelming for you, join us at the Literary Cafe where a plate of desserts will be awaiting you at your table!

During this two-hour event, Mary Berg, MasterChef Canada winner, star of Mary's Kitchen Crush, and author of Kitchen Party will share her insider tips for stress-free cooking. Whether it's the planning, shopping, cooking, or clean up, during this afternoon cafe, you'll learn how to banish anxiety about preparing food. Guests will be treated to an intimate onstage interview and Q&A with Mary, a copy of the $32 Kitchen Party book, a gift bag courtesy of Bradshaw's, desserts inspired by some of Mary's favourite recipes, and a meet-and-greet and book signing!

Please note that you must call Revival House at (519) 273-3424 to confirm your reservation.

When:  Sunday Oct. 27th, 2019
Where: Revival House, Stratford
Cost: $65/Per person + HST (Includes copy of book)
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Contact: festival@digiwriting.com
stratfordwritersfestival.com