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 owlridgeacres@gmail.com 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.

 

 

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

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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
http://dogisblue.com/

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

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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.
Enjoy
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.