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Pontiac Enchanté is a year-round series of (mostly!) classical chamber music concerts. All of our concerts happen at Venturing Hills Concert Studio, a refurbished hayloft on the second floor of a horse barn, located at Venturing Hills Farm in Luskville, Quebec. Luskville is only a 30 minute drive from central Ottawa, but when you arrive you could not feel further removed from the bustle of city life. As you drive towards Luskville on Highway 148, make sure you enjoy the magnificent view of the Ottawa River winding away from you, and the silhouette of the Gatineau Hills in the distance. Venturing Hills Farm is nestled right up against the imposing cliffs of the Eardley Escarpment, which is also the border of the Gatineau Park. As you walk from your car into the barn, you might encounter one of the 35 horses that live on the property going out for its daily ride, or if you look up, you may see a peregrine falcon circling around the cliffs of the escarpment. When you enter the Concert Studio, collecting a glass of wine with your ticket, you can choose to sit right up front, no more than 5 feet from the performers, or take in a wider-angle view from our small balcony, which is still only 40-odd feet from the stage area. After the concert, our performers are always happy to chat with the audience. In short, this is not your standard concert experience. We believe that good music is best enjoyed in an intimate, relaxed venue, and that close connection to the natural world provided by our rural location only heightens the experience of being 'transported away' from the stresses and worries of daily life that makes listening to live music so special in the first place.
With space to seat a maximum of 120 people, Venturing Hills Concert Studio is an ideal space to both play and listen to chamber music. It was originally the hayloft of the horse barn, but when a new hay facility was built, the space was left vacant, and was transformed into a concert venue in 2008. All of the wood used for the walls was supplied by Log's End, an Ottawa-based company that specializes in retrieving “lost” timber from the heyday of 19th-century Ottawa Valley logging operations from the bottom of the Ottawa River. While the loft was repurposed, the horse barn below was not: it is still home to 30 horses, and their neighing and stamping can sometimes be heard during our concerts.