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Ontario Welsh Festival starts Friday

Award winning soloists are coming to the Festival City for the Ontario Welsh Festival.

The Voices of Wales concert on Saturday will feature Baritone Steffan Lloyd Owen and Tenor Trystan Llŷr Griffiths, accompanied by Rhiannon Pritchard, at Avondale United Church.

The concert is the highlight of a full weekend of Welsh-themed events, said organizer Carys Wynn Hughes. Activities get going on Friday with an afternoon tea with Welsh cakes, and a welcome to Stratford. An entertainment evening will feature singing and poetry.

Saturday includes a full slate of events including a bus tour around Stratford, with stops including Jobsite Brewery, local theatres, Chocolate Barrs and a meet and greet with Mayor Martin Ritsma at city hall.

Saturday will feature a dinner followed by the main concert gala. There are still tickets available.

“Stefan and Tristan are well known in the U.K.,” said Hughes. “They have won many awards…this is their career. They travel all around the world. They are not well known in Canada, but you never know, after a few more visits they could break out into North America.”

Sunday will feature hymn singing in Welsh and English, also at Avondale United Church, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Hughes said the Welsh have always had a passion for singing. Born in Wales, Hughes said she is a proud Canadian while also proud of her roots.

The festival travels around Ontario. Next year Niagara Falls will host.

“This is a proud time for me to showcase Stratford.”

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