In 1923, Canada introduced the only immigration policy in our country’s history that singled out one cultural group and discriminated against them on the basis of race. This feature documentary examines the impact of Canada’s Chinese Immigration Act, more commonly known as the Exclusion Act, on generations of Chinese Canadians whose families were forced to live apart for decades until they were finally able to reunite in the 1950s and 1960s.
With exclusive access behind the scenes, Balancing Act follows the creative team and acrobats from more than a dozen countries as they converge on Hangzhou, China, to stage a spectacle – a new production from Cirque du Soleil that illuminates the delicate balance that exists between East and West.
This documentary follows doctors from Montreal and Toronto as they travel on a humanitarian mission to China, following in the footsteps of Dr. Norman Bethune. More than 80 years after his untimely death, the Canadian battlefield surgeon and early advocate of universal medicine, is still celebrated as a hero in China.
If not for The Next Generation, the iconic franchise known as Star Trek could well have disappeared into the oblivion of deep space. Chaos on the Bridge reveals the behind the scenes drama and chaos that nearly doomed this series reboot and how it succeed beyond all expectations.
Porn Diva. Bollywood Star. Provocateur.
Sunny Leone has reinvented herself as one of Bollywood’s biggest stars. She boasts more than 100-million fans and more than 20 million followers on social media. Her You Tube music videos generate over 85 million views and counting and in India she’s been the most ‘Googled’ celebrity for five years running.
Stratford Signatures is a variety show hosted by acclaimed Stratford actor and director Graham Abbey and featuring performances by Loreena McKennitt, Marcus Nance and Franklin Brasz, Anika and Britta Johnson with special guests Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath.
Cows & Classics is an annual event that takes place on the beautiful farm of David and Annamarie Murray that brings classics to the country in support of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra. Hosted by comedian and performer Rebecca Northan, the 2021 edition features a roster than includes celtic band The Bookends, singer-songwriter Hannah Thomas, musical theatre sensation Chloe Weir, Full House Brass Quintet, internationally-acclaimed flautist Liesel Deppe, Horns a Plenty, cellist Patrick Theriault and harpist Rose Soenen.
Cows & Classics is an annual event that takes place on the beautiful farm of David and Annamarie Murray that brings classics to the country in support of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra.
From the shores of Lake Huron, acclaimed stage actor and director Randy Hughson shares in this short documentary how his life on the stage has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic and how he’s keeping busy as he awaits his return to the spotlight.
A Hero to Me delves into the glamorous and controversial life of First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop. The documentary follows his granddaughter Diana Bishop as she explores the remarkable story of her family’s place in Canada’s war history, retracing her famous grandfather’s life and confronting the controversy that has tainted his war record and dogged his memory for decades.
Game Changers is a feature documentary that follows legendary quizmaster Alex Trebek on a personal journey through the world of television game shows. A familiar face to most viewers as the host of Jeopardy!, Trebek sets out to explore the influence of game shows and discover why they continue to endure as an integral part of our entertainment culture.
The Truth is in the Stars follows William Shatner, Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk, on his personal quest to discover the impact of Star Trek on space exploration, humanity and life itself.
A musical experience from the Stratford Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Brunch series. Enjoy this performance of Syrian folk songs (with on-screen captions) with Samir Azar on Oud, Jawad Azar on Buzuq and percussion and Rouba Nazir Battikh on vocals.
This short film depicts how a small Canadian city, bearing the name of Stratford and by a river Avon, created its own renowned Shakespearean theatre. The film tells how the idea grew, how a famous British director, international stars and Canadian talent were recruited, and how the Stratford Shakespearean Festival finally became a triumphant reality.
A Life in Stages provides a window into the remarkable career of Des McAnuff, one of the theatre’s most prolific and versatile artists. The director of such hits as Jersey Boys, The Who’s Tommy and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, and recognized for his artistic leadership of La Jolla Playhouse in California and the Stratford Festival, Des is also an accomplished writer and musician who began his career writing plays and composing scores.
Lawren Harris is an artist of international stature, a giant of Canadian culture, a founder of the Group of Seven and leader in the emergence of Canada’s most famous school of painting. Our northern wilderness landscapes of tangled and brilliant colour, wide blue expanses of lake and sky, majestic arctic icebergs and expansive mountain vistas were captured by Harris in masterpieces that have become icons of Canada’s visual identity.
Produced by White Pine Pictures & Solemn Land Productions in association with TVO, documentary, YES TV and the OMDC in collaboration with The McMichael Collection of Canadian Art The Art Gallery of Ontario, The National Gallery of Canada The NORDIK Institute at Algoma University with the participation of The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Tourism Ontario, the Bell Fund, OMDC and the Canada Media Fund Developed with the assistance of TVO, Super Channel, OMDC.
July 8, 2022 is the 105th anniversary of the mysterious death of Tom Thomson, one of Canada’s most beloved painters. Join us for a screening of the film which includes access to bonus content that includes a discussion with the director and an expert on Tom Thomson.
Support Ukrainian resettlement efforts by purchasing a ticket to Loreena McKennitt’s performance at the Concert for Peace recorded live at London’s Aeolian Hall. Net proceeds from all ticket sales go to the charity Loreena supports.
This digital mini-concert aimed at children aged 7 -9 features a string quintet from the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, celebrating the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
What does Lego have in common with symphony music? Find out in this digital mini-concert featuring members of the string section of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra.
In this digital mini-concert, we explore the colours that make up the wind section of a symphony orchestra.
Members of the wind section of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra have some fun as they play a game of “Guess the Instrument” in this educational concert aimed at 4 – 6 year-olds. This concerts features a selection of memorable pieces including The Neapolitan Song, I Danced with a Mosquito and the Doll’s Waltz
In this digital mini-concert we explore the biggest and lowest instrument of the symphony orchestra, the tuba!
“Salar” is an environmental theatre performance about the Atlantic Salmon that inspires a greater awareness of the salmon’s life cycle.
Rose Soenen, of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, shares her love for her favourite instrument, the harp.
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The Stratford Symphony orchestra triumphant return to live performances with a thank you concert to the community entitled “A Stratford Celebration”, under the direction of William Rowson, recorded in October at Avondale United Church, premiering Thursday, December 16th”
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A brass and wind ensemble of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra performs selections from Carl Maria von Weber’s 1821 opera Der Freishutz or ‘The Free Shooter’ and Wolfang Amadeus Mozart’s 1786 opera Le nozze di Figaro – The Marriage of Figaro.
The Stratford Symphony Orchestra presents the music of Tomaso Albinoni, Alessandro Marcello and Henry Purcell.
In this episode. We look at the story of two composers whose lives were interlaced in the upper musical echelon of Viennese classical music – Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The Stratford Symphony Orchestra presents the works of George Handel, Gustav Holst and Gabriele Faure in a program that includes Handel’s Harp Concerto in Bb Op. 4. No 6, performed by harpist Rosemary Soenen, Faure’s elegant and graceful Pavane Op. 50 and Holst’s Brooke Green Suite.
The story behind one of the most well-known folk-tunes ever written – Greensleeves.
This program looks at 17th century Italy, and specifically, the Italian Plague of 1629-1631.
In today’s program we look at 17th century England and the Great Plague of London.
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without music! Get into the holiday spirit with the SSO, as we celebrate the season Stratford Style!
Imagine you are in Venice’s San Marco Basilica, everything is lit by candles, and you are surrounded by the beautiful sounds of brass! Our opening program shines a spotlight on the SSO brass section, in partnership with the London based ensemble Brassroots. Featuring music by Antonio Vivaldi, Giovanni Gabrieli, Paul Dukas and Scott Irvine. Also featuring the SSO’s own Julie Vaughan and Kevin Swinden!
The glorious sound of Brass!
In the late 18th century it was fashionable for nobles in German-speaking lands to employ a harmonie. These small house bands provided music at dinner, evening serenades and even morning music for guests to wake up to! Featuring the SSO woodwinds performing works of Mozart and Beethoven!