Those crisp Autumn mornings are upon us. Wrap up in an extra layer, make yourself a cup of french onion soup and start working on your next song. Quick reminder that we have an abbreviated schedule this month. See details below.
Songwriting for Beginners
A rare Sunday Songwriting for Beginners class! Our October 1st class focuses on lyrical techniques.
Original Song Workshops
Creativity. Collaboration. Community. Next classes on Sept. 18 & Oct. 2. We return to Thursdays on Oct. 19.
Join us March 14-18, 2018 for the music vacation of a lifetime.
Songwriting workshops infused with the energy of a true music city.
Book your space
Finding the perfect mental space for creativity.
Elliott Smith gives a songwriting lesson.
Alan Doyle on getting Bob Rock to produce his album.
Watch a bunch of Game of Thrones actors cover Tom Waits.
Paul McCartney on songwriting: “You never get it down.”
Upcoming Music Grant Deadlines:
September 19 – Ontario Arts Council – Indigenous Artists in Communities Projects
September 19 – Ontario Arts Council – Indigenous Arts Projects
September 19 – Ontario Arts Council – Ontario Arts Presenters Projects
October 2 – Toronto Arts Council – Artists in the Library
October 2 – Toronto Arts Council – Music Creation and Audio Recording
October 3 – Ontario Arts Council – Music Production and Presentation Projects
October 5 – Ontario Arts Council – Touring Projects
November 15 – Ontario Arts Council – Music Recording Projects
December 15 – Ontario Arts Council – Artists in Communities and Schools Projects
January 25 – FACTOR – Juried Sound Recording
Always verify requirements and deadlines with the granting organization.
Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15
Canadian Music Project Festival of New Musicals
Sheridan College – Oakville, ON
Includes a staged reading of Murray Foster and Mike Ford’s new musical.
“I’ve been making music and writing songs with Murrman for over a decade and have loved every minute of it. Murray’s got such a broad musical experience from Folk to Jazz to Rock and all the way back again. Doesn’t hurt that he’s an awesome singer and vocal arranger either.”Alan Doyle, Great Big Sea
“Murray’s tremendous musical versatility and eloquence as a writer has always made him an invaluable creative collaborator and sounding board. His years contributing to countless Canadian projects have resulted in a honed skill for storytelling, developing and deftly refining musical and lyrical ideas in a surprising variety of styles. His depth of musicality is a constant known to everyone who’s had the pleasure of working with him.”Tory Cassis, 2000 Juno Nominee
“My partner Catherine and I started writing with Murray Foster in August of 2013 without any agenda other than to see if we could come up with a song or two. Immediately, I found Murray to be a laid back and receptive partner, open to suggestion and filled with thoughtful and interesting ideas aimed at making the songs as strong as they could be. To date, we’ve written three songs together that will be featured on our next record.”Andrew James O’Brien, Fortunate Ones
“I joined Murray Foster’s intermediate songwriting course as a 3-chord wonder. But by the time I finished the course, I had ventured into the scary realm of bar chords and even managed some finger picking. Murray taught me how to take my songs from that initial blast of inspiration to a complete package, something I have long struggled to do.”Ben Bull, Intermediate Course Student
“This course is what I’ve been searching for for years. Every class is the perfect mix of theory and hands-on experience, right from the very first week. Not only do you benefit from Murray’s wealth of knowledge and experience, but you get to work with other songwriters in the group and learn from their styles as well. I would absolutely recommend this class to anyone looking to build their skills and confidence as a songwriter.”Shari Archinoff, Intermediate Course student
“Your intro class was truly amazing! If this is what you get out of a 3 hour intro class, I can’t imagine the writing and music chops I’ll walk away with after attending a full class. Murray is not only talented in his own right but can actually teach the craft of songwriting!”Stephanie Brown, Intro Student
“The Songwriting Getaway Weekend with Murray Foster was an amazing experience. Murray’s insights are practical and intuitive, and I left with a renewed inspiration to build my tool-set and hone my craft. I’ll be the first to sign up for the next weekend, and every one after that.”Sean Hunt, Getaway Student
“An excellent communicator, Murray Foster has a depth of knowledge about contemporary and classic songwriting as well as popular music in general that is impressive. His use of humour in his teaching has endeared him to his students, who are consistently educated, engaged and entertained.”Blair Packham, Songwriting Instructor, Seneca College and Humber College, Toronto
“Murray Foster’s teaching skills are exceptional. The amount of information and ideas he is able to convey in a short period of time is unbelievable. In our class, we were able to broaden our songwriting experience by tapping into new avenues of creativity that hadn’t yet been realized. We only wished had more time with Murray and his phenomenal methods. Highly recommended!”Joy Thompson, Seneca student
“It was a pleasure working with Murray towards the creation of ‘Open Arms’, a song made for the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center (OICC). It didn’t take Murray long to develop just the right lyrics, tone, and energy for us that was uplifting and authentic to the experience that patients living with cancer can have. I would engage him in the process again in a heartbeat.”Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center
Any class, getaway or private lesson can be turned into a gift! Once you make your purchase, request a custom gift certificate for digital or in-person gifting by adding a seller’s note or dropping us an email.