Events and Recommendations

Check out Kevin's events calendar & shopping recommendations below....updated details will be published as I receive them.

Calendar for 2017 Stratford Festival Season, please click here.

Stratford Masonic Concert Hall features many gigs this winter-too many to mention. Click for the full calendar.

Stratford Community Music Calendar

The Forum, don't miss this one.... Donna McKechnie, best known for her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Cassie in the original cast of  A Chorus Line, speaks candidly with director Donna Feore and theatre critic Richard Ouzounian about the ground-breaking production, the show’s creative team, and her own illustrious, ongoing career.

Stringbone presents the likes of The Small Glories, Craig Cardiff, Joe Crookson + The Young Novelists, Digging Roots with Special Guest String Bone. Gigs are at The Revival House. We highly recommend!!

Black Swan brewing, our newest is featured about town now. Follow them here
Waterloo Lectures. Various times & locations.

Stratford Warriors  Winter Season GOJHL Junior B Hockey. 

Stratford Chef School

Dinners, the cost runs $35-$85 per person including wine pairings. Molly Wizenberg is the 2016-17 Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence. Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times


Gallery Stratford. Exhibits continue to change. We visited the Salvadore Dali museum in St.Petersburg Fla recently and are thrilled that our own museum features some Dali sketches. Nuit Blanche, which literally translated means “white night”  will feature diverse and inspiring happenings, projects, and experiences all night long. September 27th.

Art in the Park, every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, June to September - weather permitting. Features up to 50 artists and a wonderful selection of one of a kind pieces. Take a few minutes and meet these interesting folks. Lakeside Drive, Stratford. I recently met up with new AITP member David Sharpe-lovely addition to the already strong line up of talent. Also check out Brad Jesson, works in glass. Look for Dave Humphrey and Edward Payne's art in the house!

Stratford Shakespeare Festival Mid-April-October 30th. Follow on twitter @stratfest, Youtube,  facebook


Shopping news,
soon to be considered an extreme sport in both the Winter and Summer Olympics....

We like to shop local right here in Stratford. Especially as all these stores are not more than 10 minutes from our door.
Try Factory 163 for the annual artists sale called 'StartTheHolidays" Music, food & drink help set the Christmas mood. Recommended!!
Karen Hartwick's Tea leaves not to be missed, order online too.
Village Studios on Downie St have a fine selection of art for sale from local artists, our fav at the moment is the works of Leslie Watts.
Slow Food Stratford brings it's Sunday Market downtown every Sunday 10am-2pm. The Slow Food Market features locally grown and organic food from McIntosh Farms, Lindsays Bakery, Monforte Dairy, Soiled Reputation and our own Conor at the Youth booth (Slow Food) to name a few.
Note my recently purchased fine Harris Tweed jacket from Macleods Scottish Shop. The last one finally wore out after 22 years! I'd have preferred to keep wearing it but divorce was mentioned once or twice. Good British chocolates there too & curly wurly's! They are now stocking Guinness 'wear'. Sign up for their newsletter-very amusing.
A store for the knitters-Close Knit 106 Wellington St. Rhumba, 80 ontario St for great ladies wear-so says Kim! Cora Couture on Market square-for the ladies.
Or you can wander back to Revel for coffee as prescribed earlier by Dr.Kev.
'An Artists Cottage', many of you will know it as the home of Gerard Brender a Brandis, who still makes his own handmade books, wood engravings of flowers and too many other interesting and unique artifacts to mention.(77 Brunswick St. 519.273.7523). He is a class act and a gentleman. We are lucky to have him live in our fair city.
Fanfares bookstore is only 3 minutes walk down the street.
The Milky Whey Cheese shop will celebrate it's fourth year this summer in Stratford. Lovely selection of local and not so local cheeses. 118 Ontario St.
Your Market Co-op is a local and seasonally inspired market supporting local farmers, producers and artisans. An onsite bakery producing affordable freshly baked bread daily is available too. Worth a look, next to Fosters Inn. Rheo Thompson Candies for all your sweet treats, vanilla fudge-my fav and famous mint smoothies-55 Albert St. Chocolate Barrs have moved to 55 George St.
Flower arrangements-Bella Floral in Tavistock go the extra mile. We'll pick up the flowers and have them waiting upon your arrival!


Golf - Stratford Country Club, Rebel Creek, Science Hill Golf Club & St.Mary's Golf Club.

St Mary's has the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Stratford receives national and international awards as Canada’s premiere garden city.
Stratford is Canada’s Best Blooming Community in 2008. In a national competition by Communities in Bloom, in which hundreds of towns and cities competed, Stratford was selected as the overall national champion for its gardens and community involvement in beautification, environmental awareness and heritage conservation.

Stratford also won the Communities in Bloom International Challenge 2013 and runner up 2014 competing against communities of its size in countries such as America, Britain, Japan and Ireland.

The Stratford farmers market has moved to it's new home. 7am-noon every Saturday.
Ontario pdf map.

One last note; Please don't get disapointed, book your favourite event or dinner early. Kim and myself are always happy to make reservations for you. (We especially recommend this option for those arriving on friday evenings).
In any event, you can always call us for up to the minute advice, directions or even a chat!
Remember we are a B&B; callers and arrivals after midnight until after breakfast will be ignored and served old soggy waffles for the duration of their stay!!! (Emergencies excepted).

You can go to the forums on Tripadvisor, (or even review B&B's!!) I like to use it a lot myself when we travel, but always cross reference the information shown, just to be sure. To post on their forum you will need to log in or register, it's very easy!

2017 Season Playbill

Click for Stratford Festival 2017 Calendar
The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 season features

Romeo and Juliet
Guys and Dolls
Twelfth Night
Treasure Island
HMS Pinafore
The School for Scandal
Timon of Athens
The Changeling
The Madwoman of Chaillot
The Virgin Trial
The Breathing Hole
The Komagata Maru Incident

Forum events are ongoing-very much worth a look
Go to for more details.
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