Stratford Summer Music


Tom Allen

Tom Allen is a passionate music lover, storyteller, accomplished trombonist, writer and broadcaster and brings a wealth of knowledge to CBC Music. Tom hosted Music and Company on CBC Music for 10 years and then went on to host CBC Music Mornings. Prior to this, his weekly stories aired to a keen Ontario audience on CBC Radio One's Fresh Air and nationally on This Morning.

He is the creator, along with the harpist Lori Gemmell, of a series of stage shows mixing storytelling, history, classical music and original popular song. These shows include Bohemians in Brooklyn ("slickly written" and "beautifully punctuated" - Now Magazine), The Judgment of ParisFrom Weimar to Vaudeville and The Missing Pages, all of which have received dozens of performances and tour the country on an ongoing basis. Tom has also authored three books, most recently The Gift of the Game, a reflection on hockey and the role the game plays in the life of a divorced parent. You can see Tom in the following performances:

The Brothers Creeggan

Two of the original members of the BareNaked Ladies bring their family duo to SSM, with extra special guests Tom AllenRobert Carli and Mark Fewer.  An uplifting night of music making and a Stratford Original production you won’t hear anywhere else!

Jake and the Musical Zoo“Help!  We’ve lost Jake!  He’s somewhere in the musical zoo and we can’t find him!” Join CBC’s Tom Allen and The Rosebud Quartet for the imaginary tale of Jake and the Musical Zoo.  Introduce your children to the world of music with this story of fun, friends, and family.  This concert will also feature SSM’s first “Musical Petting Zoo”!  Children will be welcome to try out a variety of instruments first hand at the end of the performance! 

Suggested age range, 10 years and under. However, all ages and abilities are welcome!

Assisted with a gift from:

David and Elizabeth Kerr

Sponsored by:

Nevermore – words inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, music by Alexina Louie - The Rosebud Quartet and harpist Lori Gemmell join forces to perform Canadian composer Alexina Louie’s musical take on Edgar Allen Poe’s classic. Narrating is the one and only Tom Allen.

Bohemians in Brooklyn - A potent mix of cabaret, social history, very juicy gossip, glorious music and all parts fun. Step inside 7 Middagh Street in Brooklyn, NY, where, in the early 1940’s, an amazing collection of artists lived under the same roof. The poet W.H. Auden, the Southern writer Carson McCullers, the composer Benjamin Britten and the burlesque entertainer and aspiring writer Gypsy Rose Lee all lived and frolicked there, followed, soon after, by just about everyone else in pre-war Manhattan. With humour, tragedy and dollop of juicy gossip, Bohemians in Brooklyn brings you inside one of the most fascinating addresses in history.

Tom Allen: narration, trombone, voice, Lori Gemmell: harp, guitar, voice, Bryce Kulak: piano, voice, Patricia O’Callaghan: voice, percussion

Friday Night Live at Revival House

$45 each show, in advance (+ $5 at the door)
$89 Dinner & Show package, in advance only 

Dinner & Show packages include one show and a 3-course dinner, HST, beverages and gratuities are extra. Dinner reservations are to be made between 7:30pm and 8pm and are only available by calling the Stratford Summer Music office. Show-only tickets are available online. À la carte menu available late night.

Patrons of the Friday Night Live at Revival House Performances:

Dr. Robert Close and Mary Kelleher

Hosted by: 

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Wednesday July 24 | 7 pm | with The Brothers Creeggan

The Avondale

$50 | $30 + HST (+$5 at the door)

Wednesday August 14 | 10 am | Jake and the Musical Zoo w The Rosebud Quartet

The Avondale

Pay What You Can

Thursday August 15 | 3 pm | Nevermore, Edgar Allen Poe w The Rosebud Quartet


Pay What You Can

Friday August 16 | 9 pm | Bohemians of Brooklyn

Revival House

$45 + HST (+$5 at the door)



Mark Fewer's Talk with CBC's Tom Allen