Fall Songwriter Getaway – Orillia, Ontario

Fall Songwriter Getaway – Orillia, Ontario

Songwriter Getaway – Fall 2017 – SOLD OUT!
November 3-5, 2017 :: Orillia, ON

  • Toronto Songwriting lessons

Everyone has a song. Find yours at our Fall Songwriter Getaway.
Combine an intensive songwriting retreat with a relaxing weekend getaway in Orillia, Ontario, Canada – the birthplace of Gordon Lightfoot!

The Songwriter Getaway Weekend includes songwriting workshops and original song feedback, group sing-alongs, individual song feedback, communal meals, and plenty of free time for you to write songs and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Located 90 minutes from Toronto in Ontario’s Lake Country, our songwriting getaway location is in a beautiful area 10 minutes north of Orilla, ON with granite rock croppings, open fields, miles of trails, and a 40-foot bridge over a creek. The retreat centre is equipped with towels, linens, a fire pit, and plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces to find songwriting inspiration.

A typical menu for the weekend includes chicken curry, salmon filets, roast beef, roasted vegetable and brie paninis, cheese plates, crepes, and omelettes. Dietary restrictions are happily accommodated!

Whether you are new to songwriting or an experienced professional, you will return from this songwriting weekend energized by the break – with a handful of new original songs! We aim to give everyone who attends a great weekend experience, some new insights into songwriting, and the inspiration to keep writing songs after you leave. Includes one-on-one feedback from Murray Foster, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with two platinum and five gold records.

PRICING – All rooms at the house are sold out, but we have blocks of rooms available at nearby hotels. See below.

Single Room – $600/person*   SOLD OUT
Shared Room/Separate Beds – $475/person* SOLD OUT
Non-songwriting Partner – $250* SOLD OUT
DayPass – $225/person* SOLD OUT
Saturday-Only DayPass – $150/person SOLD OUT


Songwriting Getaway Agenda

Friday – Make your way to the retreat centre where you will enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by us. That evening, join in on a campfire-style sing-along where you will get to know your fellow songwriters. Guests are welcome to arrive any time after 4pm. Dinner will be served at 7pm.

Saturday – Enjoy a fantastic breakfast to start the morning right! Throughout the day, take part in group songwriting lessons aimed at different levels of songwriting proficiency, or write and relax on your own. Book an appointment with Murray to get feedback on some of your songs. A buffet lunch and full dinner will be provided. That night, we will share our new songs at another sing-along.

Sunday – Another breakfast and an opportunity to share songs written throughout the weekend and to schedule one-on-one feedback from Murray. More time to write or relax. Departure is early afternoon.

Non-alcoholic beverages provided at all meals, but you are welcome to BYOB.
While we will provide all meals, if you would like to bring along a side dish or snack for the group, it will be gratefully accepted.
Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. We are happy to accommodate.

The numerous bedrooms at the retreat centre offer a wide variety of sleeping arrangements whether you’re interested in having your own room, sharing a room with someone else (separate beds), or a room with a shared bed (for partners or close friends). If you already have a roommate in mind for a room with separate beds, please include a note stating this when registering. We can also pair you in a room with another same-gender songwriter.

Note: Once you select your room type on the registration form, you must click Attendee Information to complete your registration and provide dietary restrictions so we can plan accordingly.



Toronto Songwriting School is proud to offer scholarships to two up-and-coming songwriters who wish to develop their songwriting skills at our Orillia Songwriter Getaway, but would not be able to attend this songwriting workshop without financial assistance.
We thank the SOCAN Foundation for their generous support.

Local Hotel Options

Lodging at the Songwriter Getaway goes fast! If you wish to stay at a local hotel, there are several options within 10-20 minutes of the Songwriter Getaway. DayPass holders are invited to join us for all meals. We recommend the following hotels:

Stonegate Inn 
437 Laclie St
Orillia, ON L3V 4P7
13 minutes by car
Please call 1-877-674-5542 and mention TORONTO SONGWRITING SCHOOL to book at our negotiated group rate of $102+tax per night. (while rooms last)

Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn
400 Memorial Ave
Orillia, ON L3V 6J3
20 minutes by car
Please call (705) 325-9511 and mention TORONTO SONGWRITING SCHOOL to book at our negotiated group rate of $139.95+tax per night. This rate is available until October 3, 2017

Many of our Getaway attendees stay in nearby Airbnb rooms when joining our getaways. There are many Airbnb options in the Orillia area. We encourage you read reviews and host policies if you select this option. If you are new to Airbnb, use our Referral Link to receive a credit toward your first reservation.






Toronto Songwriting School gratefully acknowledges the support of the SOCAN Foundation.



Murray Foster retains his portion of the royalties for any co-writing he contributes to a song above and beyond the normal course of a lesson. Read more…