Black Swan Coffee House Revival

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Black Swan event this year. We are so grateful for the incredible support from the guests, volunteers and performers! It was a great success and would not be possible without you. The next Black Swan event will be held on Monday August 12th, 2019.

To learn more about the Black Swan please continue below!

For  updates, see our Facebook page.


In 1961, the Black Swan Coffee House was established in Stratford as a seasonal operation by Harry Finlay. Originally located on Ontario Street, the Coffee House moved to Market Place and became a year-round establishment. It was the place to be for folk music, poetry, and dramatic readings during the 60s and 70s.

The Coffee House featured Canadian Legends, including: Perth County Conspiracy (does not exist), featuring Cedric Smith, Terry Jones, and David Woodhead; Brent Titcomb; John Jackson; Valdy; and Joe Hall. Performances usually began after the evening performances at the Stratford Festival and often lasted until 4 in the morning.

The Revival was started in 1990 as an annual celebration of the Coffee House, pay homage to the Perth County Conspiracy, and as a fundraiser for Shelterlink (then known as S.A.I.L.L.).

Each year, local businesses donate silent auction items, desserts, tea and, of course, coffee. CD’s of the featured musicians are also for sale.

The lineup of 2016s Revival included: Conspiracy alumni Cedric Smith, David Woodhead, Anne Lederman and Ian Bell, Joe Hall, Dan Stacey and The Black Swans, Rant Maggie Rant and Trent Severn.

For more information on the Black Swan media release for 2016, please take a look here, Black Swan Coffee Shop Transitions June 2016.

At Stratford Perth Shelterlink, our mission is to assist homeless youth and those at risk of becoming homeless. We do more than just assist in finding them a warm safe bed — we are actively working with youth to assist them in their pursuits, through education and skills development supports. We were recently the recipients of a grant through the Emergency Community Support Fund in conjunction with the local Stratford Perth Community Foundation. The grant allowed us to purchase laptops and upgrade our internet and purchase supplies for skills development programming. The staff and youth at the shelter are thrilled they will be able to carry on with education and pursue employment opportunities during the pandemic.

Stratford Perth Shelterlink are the proud recipients of a $7000 grant from the Emergency Community Support Fund with the assistance of the local Stratford Perth Community Foundation.

The grant was much needed support to our local Living Options for Youth and Emergency Community Placement Program which assists homeless youth, or those at risk of experiencing homelessness, during COVID 19.  COVID 19 cancelled a major fundraiser for our organization so we are grateful for the assistance to allow our programs to continue and our shelter to remain operational 24 hours a day.

Next Fundraising Event:

Coldest Night of the Year

Shelterlink Fundraising Events:

  Join us! We’d love to see you!

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Shelterlink Wish List

We could use your help! Shelterlink is in need of the following items for the Living Options for Youth program. Please consider donating.

  • Fans for the summer!
  • Single bed mattress covers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Non-perishable goods
  • Laundry soap
  • Laundry baskets
  • Towels
  • Dish soap
  • Single Bed Sheets
  • Grocery Gift Cards
    • to buy fresh items for our Breakfast Program
  • Staples Gift Cards
    • to buy much needed school and office supplies
  • Quarters for Laundry
    • $0.25 x 4 = 1 load

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