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Master the Art of Songwriting with the Calabogie Peaks Songwriters Workshop

SongwritersWorkshop2016_logo_blacktextMusic touches us all and for some it’s a calling. To create a song with nothing more than a few words, a rhythm, and a trusty guitar requires a combination of raw talent and experience, but gaining those career-defining lessons can be difficult when you don’t know where to begin. That’s why we’re incredibly excited to host our first Songwriters Workshop here at Calabogie Peaks Resort from June 27th to 29th, right before the Mountain Man Music Festival.

Hosted by professional Nashville songwriters Byron Hill, Gil Grand, and Jeffrey East, this 3-day Workshop will provide the basis for aspiring songwriters of any style looking to make their mark in the industry. You can learn more by checking out our Songwriters Workshop page on the CPR website and read the press release below. To sign up, give us a call at 1-800-669-4861 or email events@calabogie.com.


BYRON HILL, GIL GRAND AND JEFFREY EAST FROM NASHVILLE TO TEACH ASPIRING SONGWRITERS AND SINGERS AT CALABOGIE PEAKS RESORT JUNE 27, 28 AND 29, 2016

“So many promising singers and songwriters have the talent but don’t know how to get to the next level, we want to help them” – Gil Grand

Byron Hill, an award winning record producer, has written songs released on 77 gold and platinum albums and singles and 32 U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits among other accolades. Byron was a 2015 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee and his songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, George Strait, Kenny Rodgers, Randy Travis,  Alabama and so many others.

Gil Grand, a songwriter, producer and publisher, is a multiple CCMA winner and nominee including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Record Producer of the Year”.  A much anticipated single will be released in the next week.

Born into a preforming family, Jeffrey East’s songwriting career took off when he allowed his emotions to drift into song.  His passion for the craft has led recording artists Dierks Bentley, Sister Hazel, The Farm, Rainey Qualley, Point of Grace and others to record his masterful pieces.

Connecting with these three award winning songwriters, workshop participants will learn among other things, how to become noticed in the industry, improve their songwriting skills, how to collaborate with others and how to get a demo produced and heard by the right people. The workshop will conclude with a “In the Round” performance which will be opened to the public.

To maximize the writing experience and the intimacy of this event with Byron, Gil and Jeffrey there are a limited number of spaces  for the workshop.  For more information go to www.calabogie.com or contact us at 1-800-669-4861.

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Why Choose? The True Spirit of the Mountain Man Music Festival

It wouldn’t be summer without music festivals and it’s not like we’ve been joining the bandwagon here. If anything, I’d like to say we’ve been one of the early leaders in local, community-driven festivals and this year did not stray from that goal. But this year was different. This year was, shall we say, a little risky. And we’re happy to say that it was totally worth it.
If you had a chance to join us over the June 26-28th weekend, then you know exactly what I’m talking about: the Mountain Man Music Festival. Every one has its theme (OK, most of them do) and this one was very unique: three stages playing non-stop music all weekend long featuring a variety of genres played by local artists. It was like a gallery of undiscovered Ottawa Valley talents mix with a healthy spoonful of crowd favourites churning out reggae, blues, folk, country, R&B, and a little something extra in between. Needless to say, pulling off a festival like this was a bit of a challenge and came with some risks. There’s generally very little runoff between so many genres of music and with no major headliner to take the spotlight, there was no guarantee people would make the drive to spend the day or stay the weekend.
I’m happy to say we were pleasantly surprised by both the turnout and the reactions from the crowd. It may even be safe to say we’ve already accumulated some fans. (What should we call them: mountaineers?)

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A summer sunset behind the outdoor stage as the Steve Marriner Band plays on into the night. Photo courtesy of Lori Hoddinott.

What was nice about Mountain Man was the relaxed atmosphere about it all. You could enjoy a full band on the outdoor stage – a brand new and permanent addition to The Peaks, I might add, made with help from our sponsor, Renfrew Home Hardware – or take in a smaller venue with a personal touch upstairs in Black Donalds on the Ottawa Blues Society stage. Personally, there were some nice surprises even I wasn’t expecting and I’ve already found myself shopping online for The Riot Police and Lucas Haneman. In fact, Lucas was probably the breakout, slap-across-the-face performer of the entire weekend, in my opinion. Judge for yourself with this video of just his second song from Friday night’s show. (Apologies in advance for some of the audio in some parts as this was all captured with my Canon without any special recording gear.)
And of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t make mention of the other fantastic performers: Jeff Rogers, Dan Livingstone, Andria Simone, Soulstack, Richard Martel, and more. So now that we have that one done and over, you’d think we could rest for the summer, right? Wrong, because there’s the always-popular sensation we call Calabogie Blues & Ribfest. That means we take a couple of days to rest, catch our breath, and dive right back into the swing of things.
See you in August!