Festival Players to perform theatrical concert based on Al Purdy’s works

April 25, 2022

Festival Players of Prince Edward County this summer will stage The Shape of Home, a theatrical concert that investigates the life and work of Al Purdy, Canada’s unofficial poet laureate. Purdy’s quest to find beauty in unexpected places produced a body of work full of adventure, audacity and humanity. Created by award-winning artists Frank Cox-O’Connell,…

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Purdy A-Frame Open House (photo: Sue Capon at

Purdy A-Frame Open House, September 21 & 22

August 7, 2019

COME VISIT THE PURDY A-FRAME! We are open to the public Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, between 10am and 4pm. Check out the restorations we’ve done and see where Al Purdy wrote many of his poems. There will be free information handouts, Purdy memorabilia for sale, and friendly hosts to welcome you. Bring…

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Purdy Drinks 2019 on Monday, May 27 in Toronto

May 22, 2019

Purdy Drinks is an annual event held in support of the Al Purdy A-frame residency. This year we are lucky to be partnering with House of Anansi and Henderson Brewing Co to bring you something really special. In addition to readings by Damian Rogers, Meaghan Strimas and Sarah Dearing, we will have a silent auction…

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Writers in residence 2019

February 22, 2019

The Al Purdy A-frame Association is pleased to announce the writers-in-residence for the 2019 season at the A-frame in Ameliasburgh, Prince Edward County.   Cornelia Hoogland, April 13 to May 4, 2019 Cornelia Hoogland’s Trailer Park Elegy (Harbour, 2017), a book-length long poem, was a finalist for the League of Canadian Poets’ 2018 Raymond Souster…

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A walking tour of Al Purdy’s Ameliasburgh – 2018

February 3, 2019

Here’s the booklet produced for the 2018 Open House at the A-frame. (Click on any page to enlarge it.) Stay tuned for information on the 2019 event!

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The Al Purdy Songbook

Full house at launch of Al Purdy Songbook

January 6, 2019

The long-awaited Al Purdy Songbook was launched on Nov. 27, 2018, to a full house at The Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. Co-produced by Jason Collett and Brian D. Johnson, the three-disc set includes a CD featuring the words and music of 13 artists, a DVD and a Blu-ray of Johnson’s documentary feature Al…

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Come see the A-frame!

August 7, 2018

We are open to the public Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd, between 10am and 4pm. Check out the restorations we’ve done with your donations and see where Al wrote many of his amazing poems. There will be information handouts and friendly hosts to welcome you. Bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic by…

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Purdy Drinks

March 15, 2018

Join us on Monday, April 2, 2018 for a wonderful evening of poetry and music at the historic Monarch Tavern in Toronto (12 Clinton Street). Performers include Laura Clarke, Jeff Latosik, Damian Rogers and Karen Solie. There will also be music, plus Purdy items for sale. Tickets are $5.00, or free with valid student I.D.,…

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Al Purdy Writer-in-residence Program Launches its Fourth Summer Season

April 3, 2017

Two writers chosen for working retreats in 2018 at the A-frame Concert to highlight new work based on Purdy poem The Al Purdy A-frame on Roblin Lake is set to open April 15 for its fourth summer hosting writers-in-residence. Four Canadian writers will work in the seclusion of the lakeside retreat during the 2017 season.…

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Command Performance Choir

March 14, 2017

Amazing things are happening in the County this Spring – It is a fact acknowledged far and wide that one of the best things ever to come out of Canada is its music. Be it folk, traditional, rock, choral contemporary art music, or classical, the music from Canadians expresses the heart and soul of this…

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An Evening with Al & Leonard

March 1, 2017

On March 20th, the A-frame team will be hosting a wonderful evening of poetry and music in Toronto, dedicated to Leonard Cohen. The evening will feature internationally acclaimed musician Doug Paisley, poet and musician Max Layton, poet and Walrus poetry editor Damian Rogers, and poet Phoebe Wang. Buy your tickets here: Click HERE to…

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