Felicity Williams to Stage Surprise Purdy Concert

September 29, 2022

Here’s a really exciting and unique opportunity: Our current writer-in-residence, Felicity Williams, along with the A-frame residency ensemble, is giving a community concert on Thursday, October 6. Some of you will know Felicity’s work from the Al Purdy Was Here Songbook. The concert – Listening to the House Dream of Trees – will be a…

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Call for Applications Suspended

August 5, 2020

The Call for Applications for a residency at the A-frame has been suspended for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally, the A-frame association would be entertaining candidates for 2021 at this time. However, the residency program scheduled for this summer was cancelled. Writers who would have attended will be rescheduled in the 2021 season.

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Writers-in-Residence 2020

April 16, 2020

In light of COVID-19 restrictions imposed by federal and provincial governments, and to eliminate risk for writers-in-residence, attending volunteers and the local community, the Al Purdy A-frame residency program has been suspended until further notice. Future developments will be announced on this site.

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Successful Open House

September 23, 2019

Another great day at the A-frame. Over two days, more than 100 visitors, equaling last year’s total. So good to see continued interest in the preservation of the house and, especially, its role as a retreat for writers. A cultural crossroads it always was, and it remains. Al would raise a glass. And Eurithe, who…

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Rare opportunity to see poet Al Purdy’s inner sanctum

September 4, 2019

AMELIASBURGH Poet Al Purdy’s iconic A-frame on Roblin Lake in Prince Edward County will hold an open house on Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The house, built by Al and his wife Eurithe, has been restored as a retreat for Canadian writers and has welcomed more than…

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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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