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

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BIO

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

Welcoming spring with the Great Canadian Tree-Warmer

It’s a treat to be able to offer a unique exhibition like The Great Canadian Tree-Warmer. Showing work from talented and creative artists in the woods to outdoor enthusiasts and curious art lovers alike. A short hike along the Tree Hugger Trail provided a picturesque view through the mixed hardwood forest that was dotted with gems of knitting, crochet, painting, recycled wool, quilting, macrame and embroidery. Every artwork displaying wonderful details of each artists craft, the work by Shelley Clark was also accompanied by poetry that could be read while viewing her installation (One of the poems below).  To get a closer look at the work, click on an image to open the gallery view.

Such Singing in the Wild Branches

It was spring
and I finally heard him
among the first leaves––
then I saw him clutching the limb

in an island of shade
with his red-brown feathers
all trim and neat for the new year.
First, I stood still

and thought of nothing.
Then I began to listen.
Then I was filled with gladness––
and that’s when it happened,

when I seemed to float,
to be, myself, a wing or a tree––
and I began to understand
what the bird was saying,

and the sands in the glass
stopped
for a pure white moment
while gravity sprinkled upward

like rain, rising,
and in fact
it became difficult to tell just what it was that was singing––
it was the thrush for sure, but it seemed

not a single thrush, but himself, and all his brothers,
and also the trees around them,
as well as the gliding, long-tailed clouds
in the perfect blue sky–––all of them

were singing.
And, of course, so it seemed,
so was I.
Such soft and solemn and perfect music doesn’t last

For more than a few moments.
It’s one of those magical places wise people
like to talk about.
One of the things they say about it, that is true,

is that, once you’ve been there,
you’re there forever.
Listen, everyone has a chance.
Is it spring, is it morning?

Are there trees near you,
and does your own soul need comforting?
Quick, then––open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song
may already be drifting away.

-Mary Oliver

Without a doubt Liz Pead took her vision of a “hockey game of the trees” above and beyond with The Sweetest Game installation. Check out this short fun video

A huge thank you to all the participating artists and those that made it out to view to exhibition. Owl Ridge Acres couldn’t have celebrated the sweet end to winter and the maple syrup season without you!