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David Goldbloom and Friends: In Conversation with Michael Bromwich

In a series of candid conversations among old friends, former Chair of the Stratford Festival Board of Governors and Senior Medical Advisor of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health David Goldbloom sits down with some leading advocates of our time to discuss their work and their lives, and maybe to reminisce a little about their university years.

In Conversation with Michael Bromwich is today's feature topic. Michael R. Bromwich has been a federal prosecutor, a special prosecutor and Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice, along with many other prominent positions. He has been called on countless times - by public corporations, private companies, and senior government executives, including President Obama - to deal with issues and problems of the greatest private and public significance. He recently served as one of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers in the confirmation hearing of Justice Kavanaugh. His greatest achievement may have been surviving David as a roommate.

When:  Sunday Jul. 28th, 2019
Where: Chalmers Lounge, Avon Theatre, Stratford
Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website
Contact: 1-800-567-1600

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.


When: Open Sundays from May. 26th to Sep. 29th, 2019
Where: Agora Gallery, Stratford
Cost: Free
Contact: 519-508-8700

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 mid-November, the market is outdoors.  From mid-November to the end of April, the market is indoors.

When: Open Sundays from May. 5th to Nov. 17th, 2019
Where: Market Square, Stratford
Cost: Free

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.

When: Open Daily from May. 18th to Sep. 7th, 2019
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford
Cost: 1 hour/$16, Half Day/$25, $30/Full Day
Contact: 519-271-7739

Open Kitchen | Trade Secrets | Dim Sum


Prepared as small bite-sized portions served in small steamer baskets or on small plates, dim sum is a Cantonese cuisine that has become a Sunday brunch tradition for many Canadian families. Learn how to make a variety of delicious dumplings and other bite-sized dishes with Eli Silverthorne. Perfect for the beginner to intermediate home cook (and dim sum lovers everywhere!).


  • Stuffed Lotus Leaf
  • Shao Mai
  • Steamed Pork Buns
  • Pork Stuffed Eggplant
  • Gyoza Dumpling
  • Potato Leek Potsticker
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls

For more information and to register, please go to: www.universe.com/dimsum_19

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.

When:  Sunday Jul. 28th, 2019
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford
Cost: $65/Per person + a service fee
Contact: 519-271-1414

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

Stories of Stratford Guided Tour

Come and join us on a guided tour walking around some of Stratford’s beloved landmarks, and be acquainted with some of Stratford’s most interesting stories. Take pictures and ask questions as you delve into the beginnings of Stratford’s history, and explore some of the oldest sites that Stratford has to offer.

Photo credit to the Stratford Perth Archives.

When: Open Sundays from Jul. 7th to Aug. 25th, 2019
Where: Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford
Cost: $7/Per person (HST included)
Contact: 519-271-5140

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?  

When: Open Daily from May. 18th to Sep. 15th, 2019
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford
Cost: $24/hr/Paddleboats, $25/hr/Canoes, $16/hr/Kayaks, $40/1.5 hours/Rowboats (Includes all equipment and taxes)
Contact: 519-271-7739

Wild and Sacred Places: An Exhibition of New Work by Top Canadian Artists

All Summer Long, Mountain Galleries East will be celebrating Summer New Arrivals by top Canadian Artists, and showcasing historic work from the Private Estate Inventory of the Late Doris McCarthy (1910-2010).

Featured Artists: Linda Wilder (AB), Brent Lynch (BC), Kate Taylor, (ON), Doria Mood (BC), Andrew Benyei (ON), Charlie Easton (BC), Bev Rodin (ON),  Randy Hayashi (AB), Rod Prouse (ON), and MORE…

When: Open Sundays from Jul. 14th to Sep. 29th, 2019
Where: Mountain Galleries East, Stratford
Cost: Free

Juliet III Cruise Boat Tours

The Tour Boat, running every half hour, is a great way to spend the afternoon on the River. 

There have been a few tour boats over the years spanning from the mid 1800's up to today. Officially their has been the Juliet I, II, and now III, but predating this there has also been a Juliet tour Boat back in the mid 1800's as pictured below. Countless tours have taken place over the years and proudly for more than 50 years the Herr family has carried on this tradition. Come enjoy a relaxing ride down the river and discover why this has been a tradition for many year and many more to come.

When: Open Daily from May. 18th to Sep. 7th, 2019
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford
Cost: $8.50/A, $7.50/SR, $3.50/CH (12 and under), $5.50/Youth (13-18 years)
Contact: 519-271-7739

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 Jul. 28th, 2019
Where: Avon Theatre
Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website.
Contact: 1-800-567-1600