Songwriting Weekends

By Popular Demand: Email for all the details


September 9th to 12th 2021

Our second fun mashup of songwriting, fine food, yoga

and a deck to dream on!

Hi folks,

Last year I had the pleasure of working with Arvi Gosmo to create a weekend retreat setting that turned out to be a very rewarding experience for all our participants.

We’re going back this September to this unique and beautiful spot on Lake Simcoe, just an hour north of Toronto. By popular demand we are adding another night to the proceedings so we can have more time for songwriting and enjoying the natural setting overlooking the lake.

The Weekend (Thursday supper till Sunday Afternoon) includes:

*An opening reception and song circle

*6 delicious and nutritious gourmet meals cooked from scratch on-site by Arvi,

including a cooking class on the Saturday where you’ll create your own meal!

*A songwriting workshop, and an assignment that will get you started on the song you’ll write.

*Additional workshops on lyrics, melody and structure, and whatever you’re interested in.

Let us know!

*Friday and Saturday night song circle and jamming

*Lots of time and inviting spaces for you to work on your song.

*One-on-one time with James and Arvi to nurture along your song.

*Sunday afternoon session where you’ll share your new song, get positive feedback and a recording of it.

*3 night’s accommodation:

couples welcomed too, and camping available if that’s your preference

*Free boat ride to the retreat

Participants must be fully vaccinated for Covid

Let us know your dietary concerns.  We know you’ll love the food. Coffee, tea, water and juice will be available throughout the day. Light snacks will also be offered in between meals. Bring your own refreshments.

The cost:

575 dollars for the weekend. 625 dollars after August 15th

This is just 25 dollars more than last year and we’ve added an extra day.

NO EXPERIENCE or Instrument necessary. You’ll write a great song and others will help. Payment by e-transfer to

About the facilitators:

James Gordon is known in Canadian music circles as the “Songwriter’s Songwriter”. He’s written more than 1500 songs, and released 40 albums solo or with his former band Tamarack. He was songwriter-in-residence at CBC radio for many years, primarily with Arthur Black’s show, has led many songwriting retreats, solo or with Katherine Wheatley, and has been conducting his “Song Doctor” classes for a few years as well. His song “Frobisher Bay” has been recorded by over 100 artists world-wide, and his “Mining For Gold”, made famous by the Cowboy Junkies, has appeared in numerous films. His new album “When I Stayed Home” and his first novel are both being released in the summer of 2021

Arvi Gosmo: After more than 20 years of culinary experience, Arvi Gosmo is a very knowledgeable and highly successful culinary chef. She has cooked and owned her own restaurant and established a successful catering business with numerous testimonials to back up her expertise in the culinary trade.

Where many have developed their cuisine to fit the appetites of their customers, Arvi has taken it a few steps higher by ensuring the menu is not only tasteful but has been cooked and presented in a manner that is rich in appearance and when available, locally sourced. She has also developed healthy and nutritious meal options for those who prefer vegan and gluten free cuisine.

Her international menus include spicy Asian, tantalizing Mexican, mouth-watering Italian and even North American. Over the years she has perfected her style, created and implemented a niche and will wow you with her signature dishes and seasonal specials.

We’d love to have you join us!

More details on request…