The Log Drive Café is a (mostly) traditional music concert series. Shows are held (usually) on the last Friday evening of each month from September through May, featuring local folk singers and musicians in a coffee-house setting, in which the audience is welcome to sing along.
It’s kind of a like a cross between sixties-style folk coffeehouse, community song circle and a Choir! Choir! Choir! session. Even if you come out and don’t know any of the songs, lots of people in the room likely will and the next thing you know you’re joining in on the choruses.
We serve coffee, tea, cold drinks and baked goodies provided by the Abbotsford House Members Council as a fundraiser for the centre.
Abbotsford House is a wheelchair accessible recreation centre focused on older adults, occupying an old, stone house at 950 Bank Street, across from Lansdowne Park. The recreation centre is owned and operated by the Glebe Centre (long term care facility).
Maura and Ranald decided in 2012 to do the Log Drive Café at Abbotsford House because it is accessible to people with mobility issues, and because it is centrally located. Pat Goyeche, the programme director of Abbotsford House, offered her support to make the Log Drive Café a program of the centre, and it has been running ever since.
After six years making the Log Drive Café what it is today, Maura and Ranald decided to hang up the reins but the Log Drive Café lives on because it’s a great idea, at least Chrissy Steinbock thinks so. Chrissy, who plays in a local Blackgrass duo called Wychwood decided to adopt the series and will be taking it into its 7th year for the 2018-2019 season. There’s lots of great music coming up and I hope you can be come be a part of it.
Abbotsford House: There are ten or twelve free spots in the Abbotsford lot on Bank Street for people attending the Log Drive. Barriers will be removed at about seven — first come, first served. You must approach on Bank Street from the north. Besides the marked parking spots, four cars can park parallel to the street, at the front of the lot. In the past, this lot has not been filled to capacity.
TD Place: There is sometimes paid underground parking available across the street at TD Place (Lansdowne Park). However, they are not providing discounts for people attending the Log Drive Cafe — the discount was a brief experiment.
Neighbourhood: For those with healthy hearts and legs, I’ve always been able to park on streets within a few blocks of Abbotsford, in either the Glebe or Ottawa South, no matter what was going on at Lansdowne Park. A parking garage is available on Third Avenue, west of Bank. There is also some paid parking at the Beer Store, on Bank Street, a block north — watch signs carefully to see the you’ve parked legally.
Buses #1 and #7 stop right in front of Abbotsford House going south, and across the street at Lansdowne Park going north.
Anyone interested in performing folk music at the Log Drive Café is invited to visit the For Performers page and then contact Chrissy.