For Father’s Day, June 18 we are launching the first of a series of lunchtime matinees at Ross Creek Annex! We are really excited to offer great music in a family-friendly setting. Bring your kids, have lunch from the community kitchen and stay for none other than Jim Bryson, possibly the sweetest, Dad-est indie songster in Canada. Benj Rowland shares the bill, coming from Peterborough with songs from his Joel Plaskett-produced album "Community Garden". Kids are free of course! Ages 18 and under.

In the morning, we invite people to join us for an informal round-table on arts and inclusivity. This is a subject we and the Ross Creek folks are passionate about. We are inviting people in the arts with diverse experiences and backgrounds to share ideas on how to make our community more connected through the arts. This session will focus on accessibility for youth and families. 10am and free to the public.

We haven’t sorted out all the details yet but lunch will be simple and affordable (pay separately, suggested $5-$10), and we’ll have toys and some teenagers to distract your kids downstairs, so if they get squirmy you can still listen to the music. Happy Father's Day! Please RSVP if you want to have lunch with us so we know how much food to make. Email and pay ahead by e-transfer, or cash or card at the event.

Jim Bryson is a National Folk Award nominated Canadian Singer-Songwriter and Record Maker. He has released a number of recordings in all kinds of popular formats and in places all over the map. His most recent release is 2022’s “Country Wifi”: a hushed pile of beautiful whispers and gently considered lyrical ruminations. In Jim’s former lives, he traveled extensively as a side player for artists such as Kathleen Edwards, The Weakerthans and The Tragically Hip. Jim lives with his partner and children in his old family homestead in the once quaint Stittsville, Ontario.

Where the Bungalows Roam, Jim Bryson :

Benj Rowland makes many left turns while still creating beautiful folk melodies on Community Garden. Whether he backs himself with banjo or accordion, Rowland can be wry in one song and heart-on-sleeve passionate the next. Much like a community garden in the real world, Rowland’s Community Garden is full of characters you won’t interact with on a daily basis but are full of stories you’ve never heard.

Benj & Joel Plaskett:

Music starts at 1pm-ish. Tickets for the music are $20 or pay what you can. Purchase via the link or send e-transfer to for pay what you can option. Tickets at the door if they don't sell out.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts in helping us offer a series of family-friendly events, workshops and round-tables this spring and summer.

$20 + tax / $25 at the door / email to reserve pay-what-you-can tickets