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Algoma Trad Camp
Who we are
Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Group is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the celebration and learning of traditional music, dance and arts that are part of our Canadian culture and heritage. AlgomaTrad operates an annual traditional music, dance, arts, and heritage craft family camp, organizes dances throughout the year, and presents concerts of some of the finest traditional and folk musicians Canada has to offer. The organization has been supported over its 14 year existence with grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council Northern Arts and Arts Education programs, the FreshStart! program from Heritage Canada, and the Artist and Community Collaboration Program of the Canada Council for the Arts.
AlgomaTrad Camp 2017 is not a residential camp. All registrants are responsible for their own accommodation. Camping is available (see below). For those not interested in camping, motel and B&B information can be found under the Accommodations tab.
Breakfast, workshops/classes and the mid-morning Gathering (a community-building period of sharing music, song, and dance plus important announcements for the day),will be held on the Centennial Grounds in Richards Landing. Some workshops/classes as well as concerts and dances will occur at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall across from the Centennial Grounds and at the Old Town Hall in the village a few blocks away. Lunch, supper, and evening dances will occur at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall.
2017 Registration Fees
|DAYCAMPER Lunch only|
|Accompanying spouse or parent||$400||N/A||See below|
- FULL registration includes all meals, workshops, evening programming and camping.
- FULL registration with WORKTRADE is a reduced fee for up to 2 hours of work exchange each day.
- Full fee for Accompanying spouse or parent includes all meals, Gathering, and evening events.
- Daycamper registration includes lunch, workshops, and evening programming. Day campers 4 – 7 must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at all times. Please enquire if Parent/Guardian would like to purchase lunch.
- Children 3 years and under are welcome at no extra cost, but there is no specific programming for this age group.
The Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund is a needs-based bursary fund. Please inquire about availability.
Camping is available at the Centennial Grounds in Richards Landing. Registrants 13 and under must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Please contact us if you are between the ages of 14 and 18 and would like to attend the Camp without a parent/guardian. There is potable water onsite, but there are no water/sewage hook ups. Electrical outlets are limited and restricted to light use (no AC). There are washrooms onsite but no showers. Showers are available at several locations in Richards Landing for a nominal fee.
Classes and workshops
Workshops/classes/Mid-morning Gathering occur at the Centennial Grounds, the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, and the Old Town Hall.
Evening dances and sessions are held at the Legion Hall and the Old Town Hall. Concerts will occur at the Old Town Hall and Centennial Grounds.
Descriptions of levels are simply guidelines; if you have questions/ need some guidance, please feel free to consult us by email or phone at 705-257-6106. We want your experience to be both fun and challenging!
Introduction– introduction to the basics of a new instrument.
Level 1 – has learned the basics, can play a few simple tunes.
Level 2/Novice – has a good grasp of the basics and can play or accompany approximately a dozen tunes at a slow speed.
Level 3/Intermediate – has mastered the basics, can play or accompany many tunes at a medium tempo with ease and proficiency, and has experience learning by ear.
Level 4/Master Class – For experienced musicians who can play a large repertoire of tunes at dance tempos. Tunes will be taught more quickly with greater attention to style and technique. Advanced accompanists will be integrated with this level.
A schedule of workshops is sent by email in late June so each camper can select workshop preferences. A schedule will be posted on-line at the same time.
Overnight campers can arrive and check-in anytime after noon on Sunday, August 13th.
All AlgomaTrad registrants may check in, complete registration details, pick up name tags, schedules, workshop maps, etc. at the Centennial Grounds from 2PM onwards.
The camp will begin with an orientation Gathering and introduction to the Instructorson Sunday, August 13at 7PM at the Centennial Grounds. All registrants/students, including Daycampers, should plan to attend! A dance and jam sessions will follow the Gathering – the dance is a good way to get to know your fellow campers, to begin to build the community that you will get to know with for the week, and hear some great tunes!
Attending the daily mid-morning Gathering is part of the community-building experience that AlgomaTrad endeavours to foster – you’ll find out all kinds of daily information and get to know your fellow campers PLUS elective period choices, special events, presentations, performances, song sharing and other often unexpected fun stuff occur during the Gathering.
Accompanying parent or guardian
Children between the ages of 4-7 taking day classes must be accompanied by a guardian when not in class. Guardians are encouraged to attend classes for this age group. All children are the responsibility of the parent or guardian at all times. A registered full-time guardian may attend lunch, supper, and evening events but is not registered to take any daytime workshops except when accompanying child/children under their care as an observer.
Centennial Grounds Camping
Though AlgomaTrad 2017 is not a residential camp, camping will be available at the Centennial Grounds in Richards Landing. Motel and B&B information can be found on the Accommodations page.
Registrants 13 and under who are camping must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Please contact us if you are between the ages of 14 and 18 and would like to attend the camp without a parent/guardian.
There are no water/sewage hook ups, but some electricity will be available. There are washrooms on-site but no showers; showers are available at several locations in Richards Landing, a small fee may be charged for this service.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Coffee and light breakfast fare will be available at the Centennial Grounds in the morning. Lunch and dinner will be served buffet-style in the Legion Hall across from the Centennial Grounds. The kitchen is large and fully equipped. Our chefs and volunteer kitchen staff will prepare lunch and supper plus snacks between workshops. We offer our campers a good selection of locally grown produce, August being the bountiful month up here for gardeners and farmers. Wholesome, delicious and nicely prepared food are a priority. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available upon request.
In-house live and silent auctions
On Thursday night we will have our fundraising auction. The proceeds from this auction go towards our needs-based Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund as well as towards educational programming throughout the year. We welcome campers to contribute handmade items, art, services, disservices, massages, dinner, babysitting, hair braiding, holidays, whatever you can imagine. This is a fun event, and your imagination can make it even more fun!! Smaller items will be placed in the Silent Auction area.
Conduct and behaviour
AlgomaTrad reserves the right to expel, at any time, campers deemed to be behaving in a way that threatens the safety and/or well-being of themselves or others, or who place at risk the property or campers. Refunds will not be given and if necessary, charges will be made for damaged property.
While considerable precautions are taken to secure the safety of campers, The Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Family Camp cannot assume liability in the event of sickness or accidents. Adequate health insurance is recommended. Day class registrants 8 to 18 not accompanied by a parent or guardian should provide their Canadian Health Insurance card number upon registration and a emergency contact number. There is a NO SMOKING ALLOWED policy on the site of the Centennial Grounds and at any of the sites being used for workshops, dances, and concerts.
The Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Family Camp cannot be held responsible for loss, theft or damage of belongings.
What to bring
Aside from your usual camping gear and toiletries, instruments and accessories bring a simple recording device as most workshops are taught “by ear”. Also, bring good humour and community spirit! A few weeks before camp starts we send out a final letter with specific advice what should be on your packing list and what to expect.
Registration payment options
Registration may be paid by cheque payable to AlgomaTrad, by email money transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by credit card through PayPal (FYI: PayPal takes 3% from the camp). Visit the registration page for fees and options (link above).
There are limited openings for campers in need of financial aid to receive scholarships from the needs-based Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund. Please inquire about availability.
Cancellations and refunds available up to July 31. No fee adjustments will be made in the case of late arrival or early departure.
Use of photos, videos and recordings
AlgomaTrad reserves the right to use digital media (photos, videos, audio recordings) for camp promotional purposes and we welcome your contribution to our YouTube channel and web albums.
There is cell reception throughout Richards Landing. There are no public phones at any of the locations we will be using. For internet, the local library is 2 minutes away and offers a high-speed connection and/or WiFi at a nominal fee.
For up-to-the-minute local weather forecasts shieldsweather.com is the best source. Nights can be damp or cool (they
can also be hot!); days can be pretty hot at this time of year. Bugs are minimal this time of year and it is unlikely you would need insect repellent, but if you do bring some, please use please use something that is natural or non-toxic.
How to get to camp
AlgomaTrad 2017 takes place in Richards Landing on beautiful St. Joseph Island in Ontario. View the map here where you can print out detailed directions.
Handy-dandy dates and details
A PDF copy of this year’s important dates and details can be downloaded and printed here.
Click on a photo to learn more about this year’s talented teachers and performers. We are still in the process of confirming some staff… more to come!!
There are several available options for registrants who do not want to camp. Following is a list of motels, B&Bs, and cabins, or you can go to the St. Joseph Island Chamber of Commerce site.
The Clansmen Motel
H-K Units & Suites, high-speed wi-fi, cable TV, phones, in-room coffee, senior discount, weekly rates, seasonal pool, snowmobile trail,
minutes from Island Springs Golf Course. RR#2 Richards Landing, Teresa & Neil Caughil.
Fred’s Trailer Park and Laundromat
Walking distance to downtown Richard’s Landing. Full boat hook-ups, boat launch and docking. Laundromat open 24/7.
705-246-2572 | Nancy and Heather Littleton
Hilton Beach Inn
Year round accommodations in Hilton Beach. Guest rooms and suites, some with kitchens.
705-246-0063 | 866-946-0063 | hiltonbeachinn.ca
Quaint, lakeside cottage resort , 1 km outside of Richards Landing. Fully equipped housekeeping cabins with bicycles, canoes and kayaks, operating year round. Operated by Daniela and Detlef Gebhart.
Stonefield House B&B
An idyllic country retreat on 80 private acres. Three spacious rooms, all with en suite baths and satellite TV. Irish Pub-themed breakfast room, close to amenities, open all year.
Sunset Bay B&B
In addition to updates on this page, in early August registered campers will receive detailed information about all aspects of camp.
Sunday, August 13 to Saturday, August 19, 2017.
for those camping: anytime after 12PM on August 13.
At the Centennial Grounds: August 13, 2pm onwards for all registrants to pick up name tags, schedules, workshop maps, etc.
Sunday, August 13 at 7pm on the Centennial Grounds. All registrants/students, including Daycampers, should plan to attend! A dance and jam sessions will follow the Gathering.
Workshops take place daily from Monday to Friday, 9AM to 5PM. Workshop options will be sent out late June. You will have the opportunity to build your own schedule at this time. A pdf copy of the Workshop Schedule is available HERE.
August 19 after Final Morning Gathering. Volunteer wrap-up bee will follow.
Evening events will include concerts and dances. On Monday evening, August 14th there will be the Staff Concert featuring all the AlgomaTrad staff, at the Centennial Grounds Folk Stage. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature dances open to the public. Thursday will feature the ever amazing Live Auction at the Legion Hall, which raises money for our Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund that helps learners access camp and our programs throughout the year (There is a Silent Auction at the same time). On Friday there will be a Student Showcase concert at the Centennial Grounds, followed by a dance at the Legion Hall. The evening schedule that is open to the public is available HERE. Evening schedule for campers will be sent directly to them, or will be available at the camp.
Become an AlgomaTrad volunteer! Contact us for details.
Cancellations and refunds are available up to July 31 and no fee adjustments will be made in the case of late arrival or early departure.
Overnight campers under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please contact us if you are 14 to 18 years of age and would like to attend camp without a parent. Day campers between the ages of 4-7 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children are the responsibility of the parent or guardian at all times. A registered Guardian may attend lunch and evening events but is not registered to attend any daytime workshops except when accompanying a child/children under their care as an observer.
AlgomaTrad attempts to create an atmosphere of community and in this regard all campers will be encouraged to participate in Legion Hall preparation and clean up and Camping Site maintenance.
Conduct and behaviour
AlgomaTrad reserves the right to expel, at any time, campers deemed to be behaving in a way that threatens the safety and/or well-being of themselves or others, or who place at risk property or campers. Refunds will not be given and if necessary, charges will be made for damaged property.
There is a strict no smoking allowed at all times, in all locations used by AlgomaTrad.
The Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Family Camp cannot be held responsible for loss, theft or damage of belongings.
While considerable precautions are taken to secure the safety of campers, The Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Family Camp cannot assume liability in the event of sickness or accident. Adequate health insurance is recommended.
AlgomaTrad reserves the right to use photos, videos and audio recordings for promotional purposes in print or online.
By registering for Camp, I agree to let AlgomaTrad share my contact information with participants at this year’s camp and understand that my name/email will be added to the AlgomaTrad mailing list (to which I may easily unsubscribe or manage my subscription at any time).