LATEST NEWS:

LATEST NEWS:

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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Seven Canadian Writers Chosen for Residency

February 27, 2014

Seven Canadian writers chosen for A-frame residency in first two years January 21, 2014For immediate release AMELIASBURGH, Ont. – Seven Canadian writers have been chosen for the first working retreats at the Al Purdy A-frame house in Prince Edward County. They were chosen from dozens of submissions. The seven are Katherine Leyton, Sue Sinclair, Nick…

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Sponsor a Fixture at the A-frame!

February 7, 2014

The Purdy A-frame A-list: your money, your name, forever Originally posted by Leslie Kenney on the Descant Blog, Jan. 24/14 People are funny and generous and kind. But mostly funny. That’s why Descant blog commenter “RW” had such a great idea: why not print the actual list of items needed to restore the Al and Eurithe…

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Original Call for A-frame Residency Applications

January 22, 2014

APAFA ANNOUNCES CALL FOR A-FRAME RESIDENCY APPLICATIONS 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…

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PURDY DRINKS: A NIGHT OF POETRY AND HISTORY

January 22, 2014

Please come raise a glass with us to the legacy of famous Canadian poet Al Purdy at the MONARCH TAVERN in Toronto on MONDAY, JANUARY 20th, 2014. “Purdy Drinks” will be a casual night featuring readings by acclaimed poets Paul Vermeersch, Jim Smith, and Stuart Ross, and the announcement of the inaugural writer-in-residence at the…

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Upgrading Underway at A-frame

August 13, 2013

‘Tis the season of upgrading at the Al Purdy A-frame on the shores of lovely Roblin Lake as architect and director Duncan Patterson and builder-supporter Matti Kopamees oversee careful renovation of the historic building in preparation for its new role as a writer’s retreat, to begin in 2014. So far two major projects have been…

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FRAME FOR (A)FRAME

June 25, 2013

FRAME FOR (A)FRAME: A benefit premiere of the independent Canadian feature film “The Shape of Rex” was held in support of the Al Purdy A-frame. All proceeds were for the ongoing restoration of the A-frame as a writers’ retreat.Friday, June 7th, the Royal Cinema, 608 College St., Toronto 7 p.m. Film critic Brian D. Johnson…

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What a Fabulous Night it Was!

December 3, 2012

Over 700 came out to Koerner Hall in Toronto Feb. 6 for a great evening of music by Gord Downie, the Bidiniband and Skydigger with readings by Margaret Atwood, Gordon Pinsent, Michael Enright, Karen Solie, George Elliot Clarke, Ken Babstock, George Bowering, Dennis Lee, Phil Hall, and others, in what one veteran literary event attendee…

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Gala Fundraiser Set for Toronto Feb. 6, 2013

December 3, 2012

RENOWNED POETS AND MUSICIANS TO CELEBRATE AL PURDY The Al Purdy A-frame Association announced today that tickets are now on sale for THE AL PURDY SHOW on February 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm. It promises to be a fun evening of poetry and music to benefit the restoration of Al Purdy’s former residence, the A-frame.…

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CBC Ottawa Runs Story on A-frame Acquisition

October 31, 2012

The A-frame home built by the late Canadian poet Al Purdy has been bought by a non-profit group and will be turned into a writers’ retreat. Purdy and his wife Eurithe built the home in the late ’50s on the shore of Roblin Lake in the Prince Edward County hamlet of Ameliasburgh, Ont., about 16…

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The Al Purdy A-frame Has Been Saved!

October 26, 2012

“There was wonderful news today in the Canadian literary world, and the centre of gravity of this news was not all that far from Queensborough and the Manse.” So writes journalist Katherine Sedgwick in an excellent entry on the Purdy A-frame published in her blog “Meanwhile, at The Manse.” Read it at http://bit.ly/xpiAnn

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