Congratulations to A-frame Alumni

May 5, 2021

Former A-frame residents are finalists for three 2020 Governor General’s Awards. Madhur Anand’s The Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart (Strange Light/Penguin Random House Canada) is a finalist in the non-fiction category. Oana Avasilichioaei is a finalist in two categories: Eight Track (Talonbooks) in poetry, and The Neptune Room (Book*hug Press) in translation (Bertrand…

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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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Picnic Photos

August 4, 2015

On July 18 under sunny skies, on the shores of Roblin Lake, with poetry readings by Robert Priest, Carolyn Smart, Adam Sol, Paul Vermeeresh, and writer-in-residence Laurie D. Graham, the third annual Al Purdy A-frame Picnic got underway.  The afternoon was a wonderful success with events and open house at the A-frame  and satellite events…

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2015 Writing Workshop

July 8, 2015

  2015 Writing Workshop at AL PURDY A-FRAME Ameliasburgh, Prince Edward County with award-winning poet Ken Babstock August 10–14th from 1 pm–3 pm daily Register soon – space is limited Week’s FEE $150 Ken Babstock was born in Burin, Newfoundland, in 1970 and grew up in the Ottawa Valley. He has been published internationally and…

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3rd Annual Al Purdy Picnic

June 30, 2015

The Spirit of Al Purdy Returns to Ameliasburgh On July 18, the heritage village of Ameliasbugh will honour the late poet Al Purdy by welcoming the public and hosting a series of events to complement the 3rd Annual Al Purdy Picnic, being held at the Purdy A-frame on beautiful Roblin Lake. The picnic on Saturday…

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May 6, 2015

FACEBOOK EVENT:     TO BUY A TICKET IN ADVANCE: After you click on the ‘add to cart’ button, the shopping cart should appear on the right hand side.  After you complete your purchase through PayPal, you will be emailed a link to your ticket.  Bring this with you to the event either on your…

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March 23, 2015

    Three new Canadian writers chosen for A-frame residency March 4, 2015 For immediate release AMELIASBURGH, Ont. – Three Canadian writers have been chosen to join the original seven in working retreats at the Al Purdy A-frame house in Prince Edward County. Among the three is the first appointment acknowledging and encouraging academic research.…

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The Purdy Songbook

November 27, 2014

Announcing the Purdy Songbook, a fundraiser for the Al Purdy A-frame Association.  Sometimes, when you listen closely to Al’s  poetry, you can hear music. In some poems it’s spelled out. “The Freezing Music” takes us to a place where “lake water sings into ice.” In “The Dead Poet,” Al hears “the music of blood on…

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Purdy Drinks III @ the Monarch Tavern in Toronto

October 29, 2014

Please join us for an evening of poetry and music! All proceeds help the Al Purdy A-frame Association with its restoration of the A-frame and writers-in-residence program. Featuring performances from Canada’s first poet laureate George Bowering, Griffin poetry prize winner David McFadden, amazing spoken word artist Ian Kamau, and the first Writer-in-Residence Katherine Leyton. Al…

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The A-Frame Residency

September 2, 2014

             The A-frame house at the edge of Roblin Lake was built in 1957 by Al Purdy and his wife Eurithe, who had set aside $1200 dollars from CBC radio plays Al had written in Montreal. They bought a piece of land and a load of used buildings material from a structure being torn down…

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