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Discover April 2016 Events

Discover April 2016 Events

Embrace the fresh air and tap into nature at the Paris Lions Maple Syrup Festival, take a step back in time at an Edwardian Tea at the Bell Homestead, or enjoy a show at the beautiful Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts. There are so many ways to enjoy April in Brantford and area! 


Willows and Watersheds – The Grand River Landscape Exhibit
Exhibited until Sunday, May 22, 2016
Call Glenhyrst for Exhibit times at 519 756-5932
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford 

The artists gathered in this exhibition – Keith Shearsby, Jim Blomfield, Robert Achtemichuk, and Gerard Brender à Brandis – strive to represent the character, beauty, and spirit of The Grand River during a crucial point in its unfolding history.

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The Diversity Art Series - Yellow Brick Wall Exhibition – Wilfrid Laurier Brantford
Until Friday, April 29, 2016
97 Dalhousie St., Brantford
Admission: Free 

The series offers five unique pieces that will be accompanied by workshops that engage the Laurier community in a dialogue about diversity and equity.

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Great War Centenary Association Lecture Series
Each Tuesday up to and including April 12, 2016 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wilfrid Laurier University - Research and Academic Centre West Wing at 150 Dalhousie St., Brantford 

This year that Great War Centenary Association is hosting its’ annual lecture series at Laurier’s Brantford Campus in the Research and Academic Centre, West Wing, room 203. This free lecture series is geared for an audience of all ages. We will have guest speakers weekly, and running every Tuesday until April 12, 2016. Topics will cover a wide range of information regarding the commemoration of the Great War.

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Men of the Deeps
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts at 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford
Admission: $45.00 

This return performance marks the 50th anniversary of the Men of the Deeps, bearing hard hats and coveralls with lamp lights on their helmets lighting their way in this choir of working and retired coal miners from the island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada. 

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Paris Lions Maple Syrup Festival
Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
To be held on the Grand River St. between William St. and Mechanic St., Paris

Food service with Pancakes with Maple Syrup, Sausage, and beverages. Wood carving demonstration, Maple Candy making demonstration, Local businesses will line Grand River Street showcasing their many maple syrup products, crafts, merchandise, entertainment and food.

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Brantford Symphony Orchestra - Strings - Picked, Plucked and Bowed
Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 7:30  p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
St. Andrews United Church 95 Darling St., Brantford
Tickets: Adults $25.00, Students $15.00 

Local Guitar celebrity Patrick Feely joins the Brantford Symphony Orchestra as they celebrate the music of Vivaldi, Bach and more!

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Edwardian High Tea at the Exchange Café
Sunday, April 10, 2016 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $35.00 per person
Bell Homestead, 94 Tutela Heights Rd., Brantford 

Celebrate an elegant and fun Downton Abbey era with Edwardian Tea at the Exchange Café while enjoying the grounds of Bell’s Homestead. A scrumptious assortment of tempting tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts will be presented on finest china. Don your finest garments...hats, gloves or complete Edwardian ensemble is welcome...but, not required! Your afternoon will be enhanced by the musical talents of Edwardian trio, TimeSong.

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Personal Computer Museum Open House
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Personal Computer Museum ~ 13 Alma St., Brantford 

Display, preservation and interaction of personal computers are the concepts of the Personal Computer Museum allowing visitors to relive their earlier computer days or find out how we roughed it in the 70’s and 80’s.

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“New Forest in the City” Restoration Project
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Abbott Road off Garden Ave., Brantford 

“Vision 2012” – create a 65 acre (26.7 hectare) native tree forest within the City of Brantford for future generations that sees the rejuvenation of three natural streams. As of fall 2015, over 47,000 native trees and shrubs had been planted and 5 permanent bridges installed.  This year the goal is to plant another 10,000 native trees and shrubs with the help of the community.

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Brantford Downtown Jazz presents Luis Mario Ochoa Quintet
Monday, April 18, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts – Main Lobby at 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford 

The intimate setting of the Main Lobby of the Sanderson Centre as a backdrop, and a voice full of emotion, the Luis Mario Ochoa Quintet presents a unique interpretation of latin Jazz favourites.

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Brantford Music Club presents Springtime Melodies
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford
Admission: $25.00 

Final concert for the season for the Brantford Music Club featuring Diana Dumlavwalla –piano, Liesel Deppe – flute and Kenin McKay – violin, travelling through several diverse musical eras. 

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Brantford Potter’s Guild Spring Show and Sale
Friday, April 22, Saturday April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016
Woodman Park Community Centre at 491 Grey St., Brantford 

This annual pottery sale showcases the works of  36+ potters, each with their unique talent and perspective reflected in their work. The variety of pots and clay art to choose from ensure there is something for everyone.

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Annual Book Fair – Brantford Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday, April 27 9:00 a.m. to Friday, April 29, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Former Mohawk College site 411 Elgin St., Brantford
Admission: Free 

Proceeds from the Annual Book Fair help to fund Brantford Symphony Orchestra operations.

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Marc Jordan – Talking through pictures - My life in songwriting
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts at 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford,

As part of the Sanderson Centre’s Artists in Conversation series, Marc Jordan has battled dyslexia his entire life and this award-winning songwriter, singer and producer successfully contributed to over 35 million albums.

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Earliest History at the Fording Place Walking Tour
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
Starting at Fordview Park by the Lorne Bridge in Brantford
Admission is free for BHS members and $5.00 for non-members.

75-90 minutes in length, enjoy this earliest History at the Fording Place walking tour, a revised version of the previously known Fording Place Walk.

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Did we miss your April 2016 event? Submit it into the comments below! 


Upcoming May 2016 Events


Eliza Bell's Mother's Day Brunch
Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.
Bell Homestead, 94 Tutela Heights, Brantford


Woodland Cultural Centre First Nations Art Exhibit
Starting Friday, May 27 to July 29, 2016
Woodland Cultural Centre 184 Mohawk St., Brantford


Family Arts Day
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Road, Brantford



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