COME ALL YE is a one-of-a-kind singing vacation.

Over 5 days a community of people who love to sing, become a choir and perform a concert on the edge of the North Atlantic. There is also plenty of time to be a tourist, as participants get to explore a beautiful area of our province through hiking award-winning trails, sampling local food, and exploring historic towns, as well as being able to enjoy spectacular views.

Growing The Voices: Festival 500 and Fisher’s Loft Inn & Suites have partnered to offer this all-inclusive experience.

Located in Port Rexton, NL, just 3.5 hours from the capital city of St. John’s, Come All Ye is a vacation package for singles, couples, or groups and absolutely no singing skill-level is required. Everyone is welcome to this inclusive singing experience. Register now to form new friendships and create lifelong memories.


The next COME ALL YE is October 21-26th, 2018



Combine ensemble singing with an inspiring landscape, fabulous  food & accommodation, a premiere hiking trail and strong heritage communities to visit and you have Come All Ye, a singing retreat staged by Growing the Voices: Festival 500 in Port Rexton, Newfoundland and Labrador. The retreat takes place from October   21st – 26th, 2018 at Fishers’ Loft; a high quality inn overlooking the community of Port Rexton and a spectacular landscape (3 hour drive from St. John’s).


Each day starts with early morning Yoga (optional) led by Ann-Marie – a time to breathe, balance, stretch; to build singing capacity.  After breakfast, it is: Sing till lunch time.  The hours after lunch are to hike, rest, visit a community or whatever tickles your fancy.  Then it is back late afternoon for more singing until dinner time. Led by skilled facilitators, the music program offers a wide range of singable tunes. The retreat culminates in a polished concert at the Garrick Theatre in Bonavista.

The singing program is under the direction of Dr. Douglas Dunsmore.

Since coming to Newfoundland in 1979, Douglas Dunsmore has worked extensively at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Music where he served as director of choral activities while assuming other leadership positions in national organizations. His credits include the founding of the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, prize winning performances in CBC national radio choral competitions, a long time mentorship role as founding co-artistic director of Festival 500 and an impressive number of successful choral graduates from Memorial University. In May of 2017 he was inducted into the Arts NL Hall of Honour, an award that recognizes a person, group, or organization that has made a distinguished lifetime contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. Always in demand as guest conductor, clinician and/or adjudicator, Dr. Dunsmore has maintained a busy outreach schedule, working at various times throughout the length and breadth of Canada. Since his retirement from Memorial (spring 2013) Dr. Dunsmore was the first Director of the university’s Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music. He is currently director of choral music at Gower United Church in St. John’s and Director of the Anchormen Barbershop Chorus in St. John’s.


Fishers’ Loft


Tucked away on a quiet back lane, Fishers’ Loft is a 4.5 star inn overlooking the harbor of Ship Cove. The Inn is a collection of structures which reflect the traditional architecture of Trinity Bay between 1850 and 1900. The buildings have been designed to endure the visitor’s comfort.


Fishers’ Loft is located in Port Rexton, one of the 12 picturesque outports dotted along the rugged coastline between New Bonaventure and English Harbour on Trinity bay – the Trinity Bight. In addition to the Skerwink Trail, there are six other breathtaking trails to explore. Read more at Hike Discovery.


The internationally renowned Skerwink Trail is on the Inn’s doorstep. A 5.3 km. coastal, woodland trail, it has been named by Travel & Leisure Magazine among the top 10 hiking trails in Canada.


In the neighbourhood of Fishers’ Loft are golf courses, historic sites, professional theatre, whale and iceberg watching (in season) puffin colonies, craft shops and studios.

Accommodation and Fees

Single occupancy – $1,785 (gratuity and Hst not included)

Double occupancy – $1,535 (gratuity and Hst not included)

Local Stay (overnight in alternate location with number of meals at the Inn) $998

What's Included

5 – night stay at Fisher’s Loft Inn

Breakfast x5

Lunch x 4

Dinner x4

Morning Yoga 9 (optional)

Opening Night Wine and Cheese Reception

Twice daily rehearsals

Sheet music and song book

Bus transportation to and from Bonavista

Afternoon tour in Bonavista

Dinner closing night in Bonavista

Concert in Bonavista


Not Included

Transportation to Port Rexton



To register contact Fishers’ Loft: 1-877-464-3240 or 1-709-464-3240

For more information call 709 738-6013 or email:


Past events


Check out some of the fun!


They came together from all over Canada.

Friendships were formed. A choir was born.

A wonderful time was had by all!

More pictures here.