Old School Songwriting Camp – September 11th to 13th!

Hello campers! – the Old School Bluegrass Camp team is excited to announce a three day pop-up Songwriting Camp September 11-13th in beautiful Elphin, Ontario.

The number of attendees will be limited to 11.  The cost is $450 plus HST per camper and includes all classes and workshops, all meals, tent camping and amenities.

Our songwriting camp will be taught by David Francey, a three-time Juno Award-winner and Grand Prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Award (and fellow Elphin-ite).  

Other instruction and facilitating will be offered by 2 time Juno-winning songwriter and Camp Director, Jenny Whiteley along with Dora Award nominated singer/songwriter Kristine Schmitt, Juno-nominated musician Joey Wright and roots songstress/Camp Assistant Allison Brown.

All of our activities will take place outdoors.  Campers will tent on site (we can not accommodate trailers for this event), we have 2 beautiful outdoor, heated, private showers and our new “glamping” washroom facility with fresh running water.

We will dine outdoors in our large screened shelter and we will learn in that location as well.  

For those wishing to stay locally rather than camp, a partial list of Air BnB listings and Inns  is available on our website at


The camp will begin at 4pm Friday,September 11th and wrap up Sunday the 13th after lunch.

Programming will include interactive instruction with David, song circles and workshops on such topics as Stagefright Bootcamp, co-writing, finding melodies, breaking through a block and more. 

Pop Up, How it works:

We are calling it a pop up event because of the short lead up time, and because we will only run the event if we sell all the spots.  We will confirm that we are going ahead as soon as we are full.  Only those who have paid by email transfer will be considered enrolled. We will not deposit any money until we have confirmed that we are going ahead with the camp.

To sign up:

1st – send an email transfer to oldschoolbluegrasscamp@gmail.com for $450 plus HST ($508.50). Please send a separate email letting us know your payment has been sent to make sure we have your email address.

2nd –  you will get a confirmation email from us including a link to the registration form, you will email back with you password for the transfer

3rd – you fill out the online registration form

4th – we will confirm that we are running the camp, deposit your fee and send you the details of programming and other things you will want to know and need at camp.

Covid protocols:

 As mentioned, all activities are being held in the fresh air.  Facilities will be sanitized often and we will be in contact with all 11 campers about what to expect and what is expected as the date approaches.  We will be consulting with public health about any updates on protocols as camp approaches. 






Hope to see some of you at our pop-up Songwriting Camp this September! Jenny Whiteley and the Old School Bluegrass/Songwriting Camp Team