First Annual AlgomaTrad Harvest Fest, October 5-7

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We are excited to announce the First Annual AlgomaTrad Harvest Fest, a new festival celebration of Traditional Music and Dance, Heritage Arts, and Local Food featuring concerts, music, dance, and arts workshops, a Farm to Table Dinner, and a Family Dance. AlgomaTrad Harvest Fest 2018, supported by a grant from the Northern Arts Project program of the Ontario Arts Council, will kick off with a Friday evening concert by award-winning family group The O’Schraves and Callander, ON sisters, Ariel and Eshel Hyatt at the Richards Landing Old Town Hall. Friday afternoon and Saturday all-day will offer Heritage Arts workshops in blacksmithig, basketry, fibre arts (wool felting, spinning, textile-based fabric printing and embroidery, crochet), pyrography (woodburning), and bird feeder building; Saturday will also include  Music and Dance

Felting by Mireille Gagnon Moes

Workshops in fiddle (with Canadian Grand Master Champion Paul Lemelin), piano, ukulele, tin whistle, bagpipes, stepdancing, Turkish (Hand)Drumming, and more; Saturday evening will feature a Farm to Table Dinner and AlgomaTrad Youth Concert, showcasing The Wildman Sisters, 12 and under Canadian Fiddle Champ Lucas Candelino, Justice Stephney, and Elliott Nicholson; Saturday night will wrap up with an AlgomaTrad Family Dance, with calling by Paul Lemelin and Julie Schryer, and featuring music by Paul Lemelin, Melika Lemelin, Áine Schryer O’Gorman, and Pat O’Gorman.

Baskets created at AlgomaTrad 2017

Weekend Pass for all events, workshops, and Farm to Table Dinner is $95/Students $65, available until October 1st; Friday Concert tickets are $20/$10 students; Arts Workshop fees are $25/$20 Students, except for Family Bird Feeder and Community Crochet Project which are by donation and open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult);  Music and Dance Workshop fees are $20/$10 Students; Farm to Table Dinner Tickets are $35/$25 Students/$15 Children under 10 and include the AlgomaTrad Youth Concert; Youth Concert Only tickets $10, available after October 1 and subject to available space; AlgomaTrad Family Dance by donation, all welcome. Weekend Pass, Farm to Table Dinner & Concert, and Concert tickets can be purchased online at HERE or by calling 705-257-6106. Concert tickets will also be available at the door unless sold out. Ticket info updates will be posted on this website and on Facebook “AlgomaTrad”.

For Registration information for Heritage Arts and Music and Dance Workshops, download the Brochure HERE or call 705 257 6106 or 705 782 4311 or email A Workshop Schedule can be found HERE. Unless otherwise stated, materials for workshops will be provided. All workshop locations TBA.

Featured Artists at the AlgomaTrad Heritage Fest are:

Zach, Áine, Benoit of The O’Schraves

The O’Schraves – award-winning family group with guitarist/cellist/vocalist Zach Lefebvre, fiddler/banjoplayer/vocalist Benoit Lefebvre, 2018 winner of the Pembroke Open Fiddle contest, and fiddler/vocalist Áine Schryer O’Gorman, who recently placed fourth in the 18 & Under contest at Pembroke,with pianist Julie Schryer and piper and Irish fluteplayer Pat O’Gorman;

Ariel Hyatt

Ariel Hyatt – Champion Canadian stepdancer, world music percussionist, and vocalist,  joined by her sister, Eshel Hyatt, ukulele and vocals;

Paul Lemelin

Paul Lemelin – 2014Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion, with premier piano accompanist Melika Lemelin;

AlgomaTrad Youth Performers are: St. Joseph Island’s own Wildman Sisters, whose 3-part harmonies will astound you; Lucas Candelino, 2017 and 2018 12 & Under Canadian Fiddle Champion; vocalist Justice Stephney and multi-instrumentalist Elliott Nicholson;

Arts Workshops Leaders: Blacksmith Denis Frechette, instructor at AlgomaTrad Camp 2017 and 2018; Terryl Ryan, an multi-disciplinary artist who has been featured at Wabi Sabi and has taught at basketmaking at AlgomaTrad Camp for several years; local fibre artist Mireille Gagnon-Moes; local artist and sweetgrass and birchbark basketmaker Tracy Stevens; community arts organization Miranda Bouchard of Thinking Rock Community Arts; Hollie Lefebvre, who will host and mentor the community crochet project; and Zachary Lefebvre, woodburning instructor and Family Birdfeeder Building Project leader.