Acoustic Christmas Songwriters Circle with Royal Wood, Peter Katz, Andrew Allen, and Dayna Manning

Avondale Church 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Celebrate the spirit of Christmas with a truly unique musical event that will conjure up your appetite for holiday music and awaken the Christmas spirit in you! This one-of-a-kind Christmas acoustic concert on Friday, November 23, at Stratford's Avondale Church will feature an all-star line up of some of Canada's top songwriters such as Juno award-winning artist Royal Wood, Juno nominee Peter Katz, multiple chart-topping artist Andrew Allen, and Trent Severn's Dayna Manning. From the time you arrive at the decked out hall to the moment you take your seat, you'll be in for a special holiday experience as these talented songwriters perform their favourite Christmas songs and share the stories and memories behind them. The Acoustic Christmas Songwriters' Circle in Stratford promises to deliver festive surprises that will magically amp up your Christmas spirit!

$45 – $70

A Poetic Journey with Najwa Zebian

Avondale Church 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Young people can change the world. Instagram poet and inspirational speaker and author Najwa Zebian has been referred to as Canada’s next Rupi Kaur. Her poems transcend the screen and page, speaking to young women all over the world with their themes of love, friendship, honesty, and identity. Accompanied by artistic visual representation, Najwa will read from her new book, The Nectar of Pain, speak about the thematic flow of her poems, and discuss how redefining the poetry scene makes it relevant to a fresh generation of new, discerning readers.

$25

Governor General Award-Winning Author Cherie Dimaline in Conversation with Candy Palmater

Avondale Church 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

In their entire careers, few authors experience the kind of recognition that Governor General Award-winning author Cherie Dimaline has garnered over the past year for her latest novel, The Marrow Thieves. In an intimate conversation with award-winning comedian and broadcaster Candy Palmater, Dimaline will discuss a variety of subjects including the present-day universal resonance of her Indigenous dystopian YA novel, the responsibilities and opportunities one faces when writing for young people, and what it’s like to suddenly have so much success—after over a decade as a published author.

$25

Journey Through Time: Canadian Historical Fiction Panel

Avondale Church 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Have you ever wondered what Canada was like in years gone by? Join us as we take a trip back in time at the Stratford Writers Festival! Lynne Golding writes about Brampton, Ontario, in the early 1900s in The Innocent, while Joanna Goodman focuses on 1950s Quebec in The Home for Unwanted Girls. Both of these authors base their novels in fact, and seek to guide their readers through a familiar Canadian place, albeit in a historical setting with which many readers may not be familiar. Join them as they discuss their approaches—Lynne spent years interviewing her great aunt in order to do her story justice, while Joanna's tale is based on her mother's experiences—and styles in this uniquely Canadian historical fiction panel discussion.

$25

Soldiers and Secrets

Avondale Church 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

In honour of upcoming Remembrance Day, we launch our festival with a co-production with INNERchamber, where music punctuates the words from Tim Cook’s new book, The Secret History of Soldiers. The stories in this book offer a glimpse into the inner lives of Canadian soldiers seeking relief from the horrors of the trenches. Actor Tim Campbell joins the Factory Arts String Quartet in bringing these stories to light, with music by Shostakovich, Elgar, and additional selections from the wartime era.

$45

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