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Serving the Children of the World


The Bandshell Then and Now - 02/26/2018

In 1986, the “We Build” committee of the Kiwanis Club of Stratford proposed that they take the leadership in building an open air thrust stage and bandshell on the south side of the Pavilion in Upper Queen's Park. The club members hoped that it would attract local and visiting musicians and “provide a new and exciting venue for Stratford's artistic community.” The Board of Parks Management, the Stratford Festival and many area musical groups agreed that the stage would boost the city's cultural atmosphere. Two of the club’s members, David Johnson and Terry Marklevitz provided the engineering and design for the project. The Club pledged $35,000 of the...

2018 Sunday Evening Concerts in the Park - 02/26/2018

June 24:            Metropolitan Silver Band of Toronto 
July 1:               NO CONCERT 
July 8:               Strings and Traps 
July 15:             Festival City Big Band 
July 22:             Weston Silver Band 
July 29:             Michael Kelly Cavan 
August 5:           Kitchener Musical Society Band 
August 12:         Summer Festival Wind Ensemble 
August 19:         Waterloo Concert...

Tim Adair looks back on 30 years of concerts in the park - 07/05/2017

Free Sunday evening concerts have been staged for 30 years at the band shell in Upper Queen's Park, thanks to Tim Adair and the Kiwanis Club of Stratford.

"The Stratford Concert Band played on the grass in front of the pavilion back in the 1970s," Tim Adair recalled. "Keith Adair, my dad, a Kiwanian, said off-handedly 'There should be a bandshell built here.'"

Kiwanians formed a "We Build" committee including Jim Fair, Tom Hodgins, John Wilkinson, Dave Johnson, Charles Paris, Terry Marklevitz and Tim Adair. Firms owned by Architect Terry Marklevitz and Engineer Dave Johnson drew up plans for a thrust stage and band shell. The Kiwanis Club pledged $35,000....

Music Theatre Performer Returns to Nationals - 06/15/2017

Chloe Weir placed first in Open Music Theatre competition at the Ontario Music Festivals Association (OMFA) Provincial Finals held at Hamilton May 27 to June 3, qualifying for a second appearance in the National Competition taking place at Ottawa August 6 to 13.

Weir represented Stratford at the nationals a year ago in Vancouver.

Janis Auster, Executive Director of the Stratford Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts said: "We are immensely proud of Chloe. Music theatre plays a strong role in our Festival. Advancing to the Provincials is an achievement in itself. That explains why we are equally proud of all 40 performers from Stratford who earned the right to go to the Provincials at Hamilton."


Kiwanis Clubs Coming to Stratford in 2019 - 06/07/2017

Kiwanis clubs from throughout Eastern Canada and the Caribbean are coming to Stratford in May, 2019.

Planning is already underway for the district convention to be hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Stratford with assistance from Kiwanis Clubs in neighbour ing communities such as Kitchener, Waterloo, Brantford, Guelph, Cambridge, and Elmira.

The Eastern Canada and Caribbean District includes 246 Kiwanis Clubs. It is one of the largest and most diverse Districts among the 50 Districts spanning 80 countries in Kiwanis International.

This year's convention, held May 18 to 20 at Ottawa, attracted some 420 delegates, club members and others. The convention was attended by Kiwanis International...

Stars of the Festival of the Performing Arts - 04/27/2017

                    Stars from the Kiwanis Festival to perform at Avondale United

Winners from the 2017 Stratford Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts will showcase a wide range of talents in the annual Stars of the Festival Concert taking place at Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Monday, May 1 at 7 p.m. Admission is by freewill donation only.

The concert features just some of the top performers from the 2017 Stratford Festival of the Performing Arts which drew close to 1,000 entries in 470 classes at the festival held in Stratford from April 3 to 21.

"Choosing the line-up for this year's Stars...

Concerts in the Park 2017 - 04/27/2017

Stratford Kiwanis Club announces Summer concert schedule

The Stratford Kiwanis Club will host 11 free Sunday evening concerts at the Bandshell in Upper Queen's Park in Stratford this summer, Club President John Patterson announced today.

"Our club has presented these popular and well-attended concerts as a service to our community since 1987, and we are pleased to do so ounce again," he said. "Thanks to the efforts of Tim Adair, concert-goers will enjoy a top-notch line-up of concert bands and other performers at the Bandshell this summer."

Concerts are scheduled as follows:

Galt Kiltie Band, June 25; Festival City Big Band, July 2; Goderich Laketown Band, July...

Top talent steps forward to support Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts - 02/28/2017

Top talent has stepped forward to take part in a benefit concert supporting the 2017 Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts. 

Ralph Milton, President of the Stratford Kiwanis Club, and Larry Davis, President of the Festival City Kiwanis Club, said:

"We are thrilled to announce that Chilina Kennedy and Cynthia Dale will perform in a concert that plays a key role in the success of our Festival year after year."  

Chilina Kennedy currently stars in the title role of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. Stratford icon Cynthia Dale has performed in more than 15 productions at Stratford, including A Little Night Music, South Pacific, Camelot and My Fair Lady.

Ms. Kennedy...

Kiwanis Community Centre - 11/01/2016

Stratford Kiwanis comments on proposed redevelopment of the Kiwanis Centre

The Kiwanis Club of Stratford will work diligently with City Council and the Stratford Festival concerning any proposed redevelopment of the Kiwanis Community Centre, Ralph Milton, President of the Stratford Kiwanis Club, said today. 

"Since its inception in 1948, the Kiwanis Club of Stratford has responded to the many and varied needs of Stratford's citizens," Mr. Milton said. "We will continue to do so unwaveringly. Our club members are ready as ever to face the future, no matter what lies ahead. 

"Yet, the overriding question before us is: How will this proposed redevelopment of...

Stars of the Festival 2016 - 04/27/2016

Kiwanis Festival stars to perform in concert Monday

Favourite performances from the 90th annual Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts will be showcased in a concert at Northwestern Secondary School on Monday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m.

More than 40 awards will be presented to festival performers, including the Perth Regiment IODE Award for Best of the Festival, and the new Encouraging Musical Education Award sponsored by St. Marys Presbyterian Church in memory of Brian Emery. 

(Mr. Emery led the music program at St. Marys for 23 years, prepared almost 400 successful students for the Royal Conservatory, and for many years was a much sought-after accompanist at many Stratford Kiwanis Festivals. ...