Escape the distractions of your busy life. Develop your craft and energize your writing with a Songwriting Getaway. Come away with us on one of our upcoming songwriting retreats and enjoy plentiful writing time, insightful feedback and an encouraging community.
The Toronto Songwriting School hosts multiple songwriting retreats throughout the year. These songwriting retreats give songwriters the opportunity to build their skills through songwriting workshops, original song feedback, group sing-alongs, one-on-one mentoring, communal meals, and plenty of free time for you to write songs and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Our songwriter getaways are appropriate for all levels of songwriters – even if you don’t play an instrument. The workshops help develop new skills and songwriting ideas, along with plenty of supportive feedback from the group. You will return from our songwriter getaways with renewed inspiration and a handful of new songs. Register to join an upcoming songwriting workshop today or join our mailing list to receive updates on future getaways and other Toronto Songwriting School news.
March 14-18, 2018
New Orleans, LA, USA
We’re opening 2018 with our first international songwriter getaway! We will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana, one of the most musically rich cities in the world. Come along on a music-themed vacation and find songwriting inspiration in guided workshops and the local music scene.
June 8-10, 2018
Our 10th songwriter getaway will be held in a beautiful 19th century farmhouse in rural Castleton, ON. Join a community of like-minded individuals and find new inspiration for your songwriting.
August 22-26, 2018
St. John’s, Newfoundland
A return trip to this colourful music city by the sea. We’ll combine songwriting and sightseeing in a trip that includes special guest instructors. Details…
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…
“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