August Art + Acoustic Sounds

What good would summer in Bancroft be without an outdoor art installation, house concert and bonfire? Guess what friends you’re in luck! Nicole E. Schlosser is gathering a few good people from Atelier Presse Papier to bring you a garden of silk screened works that are part of a project called 123 PARC that will be displayed around the grounds of ORA. Through play and art 123 PARC encourages the discussion of values such as ecology, agriculture, food and social commitment.

We’re also glad to have local musician Ian Russell back for another house concert performance!


This mid August event is bound to be an impressive, creative and fun filled afternoon/evening so don’t let summer pass by without joining us. 123 PARC will be installed and available for viewing anytime after 1pm on Saturday. There will be a silk screening demonstration around 3pm, feel free to bring a t-shirt or other fabric clothing to have it silk screened with a new Owl Ridge Acres design! Ian Russell will be playing a beautiful set in the living room while the daylight fades to dusk. Then feel free to hang out for a fire, bring a chair, a blanket and fingers crossed we won’t need bug spray.

Saturday, August 17th

1pm – til late – 123 PARC (installation viewing)
3pm – Silk Screening with Atelier Presse Papier
7pm – House Concert with Ian Russell
9pm – Bonfire (weather permitting)

This is a PAY WHAT YOU CAN event, any donations to the artists & musician are greatly appreciated.
As always, feel free to BYOB or BYOW, please consume responsibly.

30914 HWY 28 East – Bancroft

PS – Guests are welcome to hang out for the day, we’ll happy share the bbq for cooking a meal so pack a picnic. We might even have time to hike the property at ORA before the house concert.

Fall/Winter Work Share Residencies

As we continue renovations to upgrade the shared amenities here at ORA we’re happy to offer up work share residencies from late October 2018 to early April 2019.  These zero fee self guided residencies are best suited to those interested in an hour or two work per day to help maintain the space. The main duties consist of managing the outdoor wood furnace, some snow removal, placing waste and recycling at the curb, or if you feel there is project you can contribute we’re happy to consider proposals.

Interested folks should be able to spend a week minimum to 3 months maximum, lift 40lbs, comfortable tending a fire, enjoy rural settings, and give a no more than 300 word description of the art project you wish to focus on during your residency. Apply by sending an email to with your contact info, dates you would like to request for your stay, project description and a subject line that says “Fall18/Winter19 Work Share“.
Accepted residents stay in a private room with full use of the common areas (kitchen+equipment, laundry, bathrooms, living/dining room), bedding and towel provided. They also receive a hands-on tutorial on how to run the daily systems of the property, how to manage the wood furnace heating, how to work the back-up electrical in the event of a major power outage, how to conserve water and separate recycling.

Beyond minimal daily chores and the time you have for art projects, the property offers a few kms of hiking/snowshoe trails with beautiful views to enjoy. There are also many Provincial Parks close by for day trips that offer hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Bancroft is a well serviced town with a few grocery, department, hardware stores, lots of local shops and restaurants.

If you’ve read this far and feel like some time away in a rural setting to focus on a project is the perfect thing for you this fall/winter, but aren’t completely sure what a wood furnace is I’ve shared a link below.



Cicadas signal a summer update + Live Music!

As the cicadas buzz high up in the trees signaling the half way point to summer we’re reminded that it’s time for a little update. Thinking back to the end of winter and that precious/sweet sap season, it seems like so long ago that we were mumbling the words “will this winter ever end?”. But much like the sap season all good things do come to an end and the seasons change almost right before your eyes.

Spring burst into life with beautiful apple blossoms, tulips, lady slippers and a new crop of vegetables to look after. It also brought us a very special house concert with the musically talented local Ian Russel. As the evening sun poured into the room the cords and rhythms from Ian’s guitar satisfied our thirsty ears. Add in some oyster shucking and  a blazing bonfire to top of a wonderful night, it’s always a treat to open the living room to musicians and share the space here at ORA with great people.

Which brings us to our last update, we’re happy to announce that Rube & Rake are returning for a second show this August. It’ll be an early show followed by a bonfire, unless we still have a fire ban and then we have to settle for a good old kitchen party.

Rube & Rake are a folk/roots duo based out of St. John’s, NL, with a primary focus on creating sparse, stripped down songs. While many performers often look to expand their arrangements, the duo has found the opposite works best for them, allowing their harmonies and delivery of lyrics to come to the forefront. The two members, Josh Sandu (vocals/guitar/banjo) and Andrew Laite (vocals/guitar), have been honing their craft for four years, starting with a two-month cross-Canada tour in 2014.

Having released their debut album “Back and Forth” in November 2017, they’ve had a busy start to 2018. Having toured in the winter, spring, and summer, a recent appearance on CBC television as a feature artist on “Absolutely Canadian”, playing multiple summer festivals in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond, they’ve curated an evening of music and storytelling worth seeing.

Rube & Rake
Saturday, August 18th
$10 or PWYC
House Concert 6pm
Bonfire 8pm
30914 Hwy 28 East

As always, feel free to bring your own adult beverages, non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

Rube & Rake set to bring some Newfoundland charm to your family day.


This February end your family day weekend with a bonfire and house concert featuring Rube & Rake. Coming to us all the way from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Josh Sandu and Andrew Laite are a folk/roots duo that have played across Canada over the last 4 years.

Rube & Rake craft and sing mournful traveler’s songs in a vocal style reminiscent of The Everly Brothers or Simon & Garfunkel, usually accompanying themselves with a banjo and acoustic guitar. Their harmonies and lyrics have caught the attention of the CBC and have been featured on CBC’s Absolutely Canadian, view that episode and other video below.

Rube & Rake on CBC’s Absolutely Canadian click here

Early Show!
Rube & Rake
Monday, February 19th
Welcome Fire – 4pm
House Concert – 6pm
Tickets $16.95 – Please purchase online CLICK HERE
Cash payment at the door will also be accepted.
Facebook event link CLICK HERE

Light snacks, hot and cold beverages provided, but feel free to bring your own adult beverages.


Extend your long weekend fun with Dog is Blue

Don’t let the summer go by without a warm evening bonfire and good southern Ontario sounds from Dog is Blue. We’re so pleased to be able to bring you Indie-folk duo Paul Watson, principal songwriter and cookie-tin pedal enthusiast, and Laura Heaney, purveyor of ghost-noises and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire. Together they bramble around proudly with all the jangly toys of a tickle-trunk and the surefooted bravado of travelling snake-oil salesmen. Lighthearted in their dedication to the ephemeral, the duo get their ya-yas out peddling a unique brand of self-described Garage-Folk.

To sample their music  check out the

Sunday, September 3, 2017
Welcome Fire at 7PM
House Concert at 8:45PM
30914 HWY 28 East

Suggested Donation of $10 or Pay Way You Can will be greatly appreciated by the musicians
Light snacks and non alcoholic refreshments provided, feel free to bring your own adult refreshments

Click facebook event

Owl Ridge Sessions

We’ve had an absolute pleasure hosting Kenton Loewen on residency from Vancouver, plus a few other guests over the last four weeks. Being able to provide space for creative people to connect, concentrate and collaborate is something we really enjoy doing. So when Roey Shemesh and Howard Goldbach had a chance to spend a weekend with Kenton jamming, we were super impressed to see what they could produce in a limited time.
The video below dubbed Owl Ridge Sessions, is a musical journey of three men that braved the elements and black fly season to be inspired by their surroundings during this short stay.
If you’re interested in hearing more from these three
Big love and best wishes to the three of you from ORA!

A year at ORA

Looking back on the past year at Owl Ridge Acres gives us a lot of joy, its been quite a special year. From guiding hikes through the woods to experience The Great Canadian Tree Warmer installation to intimate heart warming concerts while gathering in the living room, 2016 is full of happy memories.

But there is an event in particular that really strikes a chord with us. One warm August night a small group of folks gathered around a bonfire under a star filled sky to experience a slice of Canadian history in the making. The Tragically Hip performed their last show and with the help of the CBC we were able to take in the moment while projecting it on a white sheet hung on the side of our barn. Although it probably wasn’t as good as actually seeing the show in Kingston, I’m positive everyone that attended will remember exactly where they were that night. Thank you for the memories.

We’d also like to extend a heart-felt Thank You to all the artists, musicians, writers, creative folk and their appreciators that made 2016 a great year for us. May 2017 bring you new creative energy and have you wandering into valuable new experiences.

An evening with Tim Moxam


As we enjoy the remaining weeks of summer, taking in the moments like lake swims, picnic gatherings and exploration hikes. We’d like to invite you to celebrate the passing season and welcome autumn with a bonfire and house concert featuring Tim Moxam.

Tim is a Toronto based singer/songwriter,  currently touring to support his debut album Soft Summer. No stranger to Bancroft or North Hastings, Tim has local roots spending many seasons at his family’s cottage in the area. Since the release of Soft Summer the album has gained attention from CBC Radio 2 and favourable reviews from Exclaim Magazine. Tim has played numerous shows and shared the stage with such acts as Coeur de Pirate, The Strumbellas, Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies, and most recently the Peterborough Folk Fest, the but we hope that our show will be one of the most intimate.

Please join us Saturday, October 1, 2016
Welcome Fire at 6pm
House Show at 8pm
A suggested donation of $15 or PWYC would be hugely appreciated by the musician.

If you’re unfamiliar with Tim’s music feel free to check out his website
below is one of our favourite videos

In the living room with Jesse Speed

Next up at ORA, we’re pleased to be hosting musician Jesse Speed, for an evening of music in the living room. Jesse has played many folk festivals in Canada/US and has been described as “Jesse Speed’s music is strikingly honest, thoughtfully crafted, and beautifully sung.”  Brooklyn Doran – KickDrum



Jesse Speed – his real name – is a Montreal based singer-songwriter who is originally from the rural township of Hinchinbrooke in the South-West of Quebec. He submersed himself in songwriting after an ultra-conventional 9 to 5 job made him question his beliefs and focus on what became truly important to him. His sound has been compared to American folk artists Bonnie Prince Billy, Iron and Wine and Father John Misty. His lyrics are bleak yet present a clearly liberating thread of articulations about the archetypes of modern life. His debut EP Shepherd’s Call shines with its raw and minimalist sound, making it perfectly transposable to the stage for a strikingly honest performance. Jesse has performed at Folk Alliance 2015 in Kansas City, the Montreal Folk Festival and the renowned emerging arts festival Zone Homa. He has opened for Safia Nolin, Tire le coyote and Jordan Officer. With a long list of shows in Montreal and the surrounding regions of Quebec, his catalogue of collaborations includes many artists like Megan Nash, Daniel Isaiah and Old Cabin.

Saturday – May 28th – 2016

Join us for a welcome fire starting at 6pm
Show starts at 8pm
A suggested donation of $15 would be hugely appreciated by the musician

Limited seating