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Stratford: Player’s Backstage at the Stratford Perth Museum opens with three concerts

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Stratford Perth Museum presenting three days of music and talent in new venue later this month

The newly-minted Player’s Backstage, located directly behind the Stratford Perth Museum, will be the venue for the museum’s first Canada Arts Music Festival.

Beginning July 30 the museum is presenting three days of music performed by Canadian musicians. The festival will highlight local and national talent, including both emerging and established artists.

There will be three evening performances, each starting at 7 p.m., with a dynamic mix of familiar singer-songwriter and musical theatre performances. Audiences will be seated outside in the museum’s new performance space.

COVID rules and measures will be in place. To that end, you do not need to bring a chair, but please bring a mask!

Refreshments are available on-site for purchase.

Tickets are now available, online only, via the museum’s website

Click on the main Canada Arts Music Festival page or scroll down under the Events tab. Tickets are $40 plus HST for each show.

Friday | July 30 | Doors Open 6 p.m. | $40


A gifted Canadian singer and songwriter whose songs are by turns earnest and playful, Ron Sexsmith has won acclaim not only from music critics but from fellow performers like Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, and John Hiatt -- some of the same artists who initially inspired Sexsmith himself to become a musician.

He has a talent for catchy but graceful melodies that’s matched by his skills as a lyricist, drawing compact sketches of love and the trials of everyday life that are heartfelt and compassionate even when he’s being witty and warm without becoming overly sentimental.

Saturday | July 31 | Doors Open 6 p.m. | $40


A one-time musical theatre event where patrons will hear familiar performers, many from the Stratford Festival, share their favourite show tunes.

The Saturday night event features Scott Beaudin, Eric Charbonneau, Graham Hargrove, Evangelia Kambites, Heather McGuigan, Trevor Patt, Jade Repeta, and more! Eric Charbonneau is the musical director.

Sunday | August 1 | Doors Open 6 p.m. | $40


Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent with multiple Juno nominations and having been named Songwriter of the Year by iTunes. Wood has headlined all over the world, played Massey Hall, performed with major symphonies and has opened national tours for legendary artists like Bonnie Raitt and David Gray.