Arts & Culture
June 2nd | Acro Yoga at the Brewery | Railway City Brewery
June 5th (every Wednesday) | Transportation Heritage Exhibit | Dowler Karn Museum
June 5th - 29th | Lunenburg | Port Stanley Festival Theatre
June 5th | Brewery Bootcamp | Railway City Brewery
June 6th | Petals and Paint | St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
June 7th | P.A. Day Workshop June | St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
June 8th | Port Stanley Artist Guild Annual Show & Sale | Port Stanley Legion
June 12th | Spirit Garden Taize | St. John’s Anglican
June 15th | Romantic Designs Art Class | Romantic Designs Artist Studio
June 26th | French Storytime | St. Thomas Public Library
June 27th-29th | Theatre: Exciting Exploits of an Effervescent Elf | Princess Ave Playhouse
June 1st | Wannabe: A Spice Girls Tribute | St. Anne’s Centre
June 1st | Finlaggan | Princess Ave Playhouse
June 1st (every Saturday) | Speakeasy Saturdays ft. Trole Bros | Lotus Thai
June 2nd (every Sunday) | Music in the Park Concert Series | Pinafore Park
June 8th | Deni Gauthier | Princess Ave Playhouse
June 14th | A Very Special Fatherz Day Show | St. John’s Anglican
June 2nd | Espresso Your Local Love | Streamliners Espresso Bar
June 4th (every Tuesday) | Euchre Club | St. John’s Anglican
June 11th | Spring Flower Design Workshop | Harris Flowers Farm
June 14th | Comedy Night in the Shop | Elgin County Railway Museum
June 15th | Beach Walk For ALS | GT’s Bar and Grill
June 19th | West End Wednesdays | St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
June 19th | Quarter Auction | St. John’s Anglican
June 1st (every Saturday) | Horton Farmers Market | Manitoba Street
June 21st | Sensational Strawberry Social | St. John’s Anglican
June 28th | Almighty Roast Beef Supper | St. John’s Anglican
June 1st | Ready to Ride Saturday | St. Thomas Public Library
June 1st | Splashpads OPEN daily | Pinafore and Waterworks Park
June 4th | Family Game Night | St. Thomas Public Library
June 8th | Grandparents Day | Clovermead Adventure Farm
June 12th | Elgin Teddy Bear Picnic | Pinafore Park
June 14th | Locke’s Public School Centennial Family Fun Fair | Locke’s Public School
June 16th | Annual Fathers Day Car Show | Pinafore Park
June 5th - 8th | St. Anne’s Community Festival | St. Anne’s Centre
June 7th | Springwater Vanfest | Springwater Conservation Area
June 7th | Rosy Rhubarb Festival | Shedden Keystone Community Complex
June 14th-15th | Shedden Tractor Pull | Shedden Keystone Community Comples
June 23rd | Summer Solstice Festival | Wildflowers Farm
Public art has the power to enrich communities, create captivating spaces, challenge our ideas, provoke discussion or simply add beauty to our day. The Boxcar Mural Project provides an opportunity for local artists to create works of art on train boxcars within the city of St. Thomas. We are seeking a variety of artists, with diverse experiences, backgrounds, styles and techniques that reflects our values of creativity, inclusiveness and beauty.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Expressions of interest to submit and create an original design for a mural on a train boxcar, located outside the Elgin County Railway Museum (225 Wellington Street, St. Thomas). Designs for the boxcar should be original and modern. Artists applying to this project are encouraged to consider the context of the local area and the city as a whole, outside the box interpretations of Jumbo and our railway heritage are welcome but not required.
This call is being administered by Railway City Tourism.
For further information please contact Megan Pickersgill, firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-631-1680 ext 4132
Web resource for mural inspiration: https://www.muralsinthemarket.com/
Sample Boxcar Murals:
A best friend, a love-provider, and a furball full of fun are some of the different ways canine enthusiasts use to describe their dogs. Plus, everyone knows dogs offer unconditional love, so it's up to you as a dog owners to find new ways to show that love in return! Fortunately, the team at Railway City Tourism have formulated a list of the top things you can do with your pups in St. Thomas to do just that.
1. A Social Outing
Being pack animals, it's no surprise that dogs love to socialize! So why not take your pooch out to meet some new friends? There are two great dog parks in the area to do just that!
2. long walks
Do you have a pooch with boundless energy? Or one who just likes to get out and smell the fresh air? Either way, dogs love long walks. Try one of these two options to help you pup stretch their legs (and yours!).
3. a Puppy pampering
It's a hard life being a dog. Our little furry friends need some extra love and care! Try one of the many options listed to help your pup be their best selves.
4. A Photo shoot
Look as good as Sadie here! Why not hire a local photographer for some special photos of your special friend? There are many beautiful locations around to capture the inner light of your bestie.
Need we say more? Find some special doggy goodies at these two local businesses.
Inverlorne House is more than just a heritage home, it houses a wealth of cultural significance and is now a popular destination for intimate live music.
Inverlorne is the stately house at the corner of Wellington and Stanley street in St. Thomas, across from the courthouse. Built in 1878, the large mansion was designed and constructed with an obvious nod to the Scottish Baronial revival neo-classical style and draws on other Victorian-era architectural approaches. The remarkable edifice features elaborate masonry with oak leaves and acorn motif, pillars, and peaked turrets.
*please note: Inverlorne is currently privately owned and is only open to the public for special live music occurrences. If you would like to keep in the loop about upcoming shows, contact their facebook page here.
Inverlorne received heritage designation under the Ontario Heritage Act in February 2014. The private residence’s designation means it is protected under Act. Any future construction or restoration projects must preserve the historical look and feel of the structure. The recognition isn’t meant to prevent change from happening but aims to regulate how changes will be made and what they will look like.
Receiving heritage designation involves:
Some other notable designated heritage properties in St. Thomas include the Old St. Thomas Church, CASO Station, and the Elgin County Courthouse.
More info: www.stthomas.ca/visiting_us/heritage_properties
This landmark at 1 Wellington Street was built by the educator, politician, and businessman, Archibald McLachlin, who immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1847. McLachlin was mayor of St. Thomas, a founder of Alma College and the publisher of the Canadian Home Journal. He was also involved in the development of the Canada Southern Railway.
The McLachlin house now boasts a metal marker to signify its contribution to the social, cultural and architectural heritage of St. Thomas.
Set in the library at Inverlorne is a unique live music venue for intimate and other-worldly shows. Join Railway City Tourism on May 18th 2019 for the After Dark: Inverlorne Edition.
Nathan Bishop MacDonald was born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and is an eclectic singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. He performs traditional and contemporary folk music drawing on the Celtic roots of his native island and composes songs that mix folk with pop, roots rock, soul and blues.
Nathan was the primary songwriter in the popular Ottawa Celtic group, Celtae. His song Merchant Marine has been covered by many other acts and was used as the theme song for the CBC Radio documentary On Convoy. Nathan released an AAA/Rock album under his middle name entitled Nathan Bishop - Lovers, Leavers and Believers. The album reached number 15 on iTunes Canadian male singer/songwriter chart and his song, Without You, featured on that album was a finalist in the Americana category of the International Songwriting Competition.
In both his songwriting and in his performing, the London, Ontario-based award-winning solo artist Ben Heffernan displays a maturity well beyond his 18 years of age. Over the past four years, Heffernan has worked hard to hone his performance skills, playing over 150 shows around Canada, sharing the stage with artists such as Justin Nozuka and Donovan Woods. His second EP “Home” was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in September 2018. Heffernan then contributed a cover of Tom Petty's Angel Dream to the “Canada Covers Tom Petty” Spotify playlist, which featured artists such as Matt Mays, Terra Lightfoot, and Royal Wood.
live music after dark: inverlorne
Join us for this exclusive and intimate evening in the Library of Inverlorne House. Take in live music from these talented artists starting at 7:00pm, tickets price includes entry and appetizers.
arts & culture
May 1st | Brewery Bootcamp | Railway City Brewery
May 2nd | Poetry Slam | Streamliners Espresso Bar
May 2/15/18/23/25/29/30 | Art Class | Romantic Designs
May 2nd-5th | Maggie’s Getting Married | Princess Ave Playhouse
May 3rd | EAT DRINK CREATE | St. Thomas Public Art Centre
May 6-31 | Art Exhibitions | St. Thomas Public Art Centre
May 11th | Beerlesque & Carnival | Elgin County Railway Museum
May 25th | Improv Night | Rail City Bistro
May 3rd | Open Mic Night | Streamliners Espresso Bar
May 4th (every Saturday) | TroleBros | Lotus Thai
May 4th | Blackstone Dinner and Dance | St. John’s
May 10th | Black Suit Devil | Railway City Brewing Company
May 11th | Mudmen | Princess Ave Playhouse
May 18th | After Dark: Inverlorne Edition | Inverlorne House
May 4th | Annual Fish Fry | CASO Station
May 7th (every Tuesday) | Euchre Club | St. John’s
May 8th | WrapAround Elgin Fundraiser | CASO Station
May 11-12 | High Tea Weekend | Wonderland Tea Room
May 24th | Almighty Roast Beef Super | St. John’s
May 25th | Cocktail Party & Silent Auction | Redtail Golf Course
May 4th | Superhero Saturday | Railway City Tourism
May 7th | Family Game Night | St. Thomas Public Library
May 9th | Impact Awards With Peter Mansbridge | St. Annes Centre
May 12th ( every weekend) | Scenic Train Rides | PSTR
May 25th | 28th Annual Strawberry Fields Kite Festival | South Lawn
May 9th | CASO Night Market | CASO Station
May 11th (every Saturday) | Horton Farmers Market
May 23rd | CASO Night Market | CASO Station
Saturday May 4th is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY and Downtown St. Thomas is ready to celebrate in Superhero style!
Free Comic Books will be available* at Fan of the Sport, Railway City Tourism, St. Thomas Public Library, Dark Matter and Submariner Tales in St. Thomas and our friends at The Elgin County Library will have also have comics available at their branches.
Soar into Downtown with your PASSPORT from 10am - 2pm and visit participating businesses for treats or a contest draw.
Visit at least 10 of the participating businesses to be entered to win one of three $50 prizes of Downtown Dollars! Passports can be left at your last stop or delivered to Railway City Tourism before 4 pm.
Print your PASSPORT at home before heading out.
Dress up as your favourite superhero for added fun! You never know who you might run into downtown for photos opportunities!
Follow along with the event page for more details and updates!
2018 Photo Album
This event is presented with the assistance of the Downtown Development Board.
*free comic books will be available until close of regular business day or until we run out. Dark Matter Toys and Submariner Tales will have back issue comics while Fan of the Sport, Railway City Tourism, St Thomas and Elgin County Libraries will have official Free Comic Book Day issues.
Calling all foodies! Try a #tasteofstthomas...
This April, a time known in some circles as "pre-Spring Spring" we encourage all to engage in our Railway City Soup Challenge! We are lucky to have an amazing selection of local eateries that offer a variety of soups made from scratch. So before the weather gets too warm, why not try a few for a chance to win?
*purchase required for soups
Print our passport, pick up at one of the eateries, or simply take photos of the soup you eat to show us! Slurping encouraged, but optional.
About the Eateries.
STREAMLINERS ESPRESSO BAR
Streamliners may be one of St. Thomas' leading coffee houses, but the team also offers a food based menu to its customers. Their soup options are crafted freshly from scratch daily. One example of their soup flavours is their potato bacon soup.
Visit Streamliners at 767 Talbot Street this April, open daily, for a chance to enter the challenge!
Harvest Eats is a local eatery with many delicious menu options, all made with the most local ingredients possible. They offer a different soup daily, one being their Broccoli Cheddar. Better yet, all soup options presented by Harvest Eats are completely made from scratch!
Visit Harvest Eat’s at 481 Talbot Street Rear Unit Entrance on Hiawatha, during lunch hours Wednesday-Friday for a truly local taste!
The Bistro is a local restaurant with a menu designed to satisfy and their soups are no different. Their cheddar and ale soup stands out featuring locally brewed Railway City beer in the mix. Fresh ingredients, and a focus on starting from scratch is of the utmost importance.
Located at 625 Talbot Street, and open daily, be sure to try one of their soups for the challenge!
RAIL CITY BISTRO
Rail City Bistro makes everything from scratch, including soup, using as many local ingredients as possible. Their soup of the day is always a surprise, but the creamy tomato and herb bisque that's always on the menu is fantastic.
Find them at 599 Talbot Street, open Tuesday-Sunday and don't miss one of their soups for the Challenge!
Arts & Culture
April 1-6 | Patrick Thibert | St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre
April 1st | Elgin Writers Guild | St. Thomas Public Library
April 12th | Sparks + Splatter Retreat | Wildflowers Farm
April 13th | Spring Flowers Watercolour | Romantic Designs
April 13-30 | 50 Years Selections | St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre
April 17th | Red Cardinal Acrylic class | Romantic Designs
April 22nd | Pouring With Ellie | Railway City Brewing
April 27th | April Showers class | Romantic Designs
April 25-28 | Maggie's Getting Married | Princess Ave Playhouse
April 27th | Fish Tails Sculpture class | Romantic Designs
April 2nd | Sourdough Bread Demonstration | Harvest Eats
April 5th (every Friday) | Bonjour & Yum | Railway City Brewing
April 6th | Seed Confections 1 year | Seed Confections
April 13th | Sourdough Bread Experience | Harvest Eats
April 1st | Tundra Swan line | 10594 Hacienda Rd, Aylmer
April 2nd (every Saturday) | Euchre Club | St. John's Anglican
April 3rd | Brewery Bootcamp | Railway City Brewing
April 4th | Ready Set Grow | CASO Station
April 4th | Lioness Quartermania | Port Stanley Arena
April 6th | Shoot Out For Stigma | Joe Thornton Centre
April 7th | Mud Dog Run | Springwater Conservation
April 11th | Game of Thrones Trivia | Railway City Brewing
April 12th | Dirty Bingo | Railway City Brewing
April 12th | Spellbound | St. Anne's Centre
April 17th | Quarter Auction | St. John's Anglican
April 2nd (every Saturday) | Trole Brothers | Lotus Thai
April 5th | Rotary Music Festival Keynotes | Central United
April 5th | Open Mic Night | Streamliners Espresso Bar
April 5th | Dave Gunning | Princess Ave Playhouse
April 6th | Chicago Transit | Port Stanley Festival Theatre
April 13th | Sarah Smith with guests The Marrieds | Princess Ave Playhouse
April 13th | Village Band Concert | Elgin Heritage Centre
April 19th | Bach Mass In B-Minor | Centre Street Baptist
April 28th | Sunday Afternoon Concert Series | Central United
April 5-7 | Spring Garden Show | Canadale
April 13th | Country Craft Show & Sale | Masonic Centre
April 20th | Downtown Shop Hop | Downtown St. Thomas
April 25th | CASO Night Market | CASO Station
April 2nd | Family Game Night | St.Thomas Public Library
April 19th | Easter Egg Hunt | Port Stanley Terminal Rail
April 20th | Kinsmen Easter Egg Hunt | Pinafore Park