AlgomaTrad Fall Heritage Arts Fest 2019 Workshop Schedule

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Below are the workshop choices, times, and descriptions for the AlgomaTrad Fall Heritage Arts Fest 2019. An on-line timetable of the schedule can be found HERE. A Festival Brochure, with fees and timetable, can be downloaded by clicking on the image. Information about concerts, dances, and Farm to Table Dinner can be found HERE. Please pre-register and pay for events, workshops, and weekend passes HERE or call 705 257 6106 or 705 782 4311.

Materials are provided unless otherwise stated.  For Heritage Arts Workshops, you can sign up for a one time period or progress through the weekend in several workshops but please note that some projects will take longer than one workshop period to complete. All workshops occur at AlgomaTrad Centre, 1249 F&G Line, St. Joseph Island, unless otherwise stated.

Registrants for Music workshops should provide own instruments. A limited number of  tin whistles will be available to purchase for $20, and a limited number of ukuleles will be available to borrow.

Click on an instructor’s name for bio info.  Schedule subject to change.


Thursday, October 3, 7:30PM

Opening and Kitchen Party Fiddle Fest, AlgomaTrad Centre

The AlgomaTrad Fall Heritage Arts Fest 2019, funded by the Government of Canada through a Building Communities through Arts and Heritage grant from Canadian Heritage, will kick off Thursday evening, October 3, at the Richards Landing Old Town Hall, with the opening ceremony and Kitchen Party Fiddle Fest, featuring local fiddlers Benoît Schryer Lefebvre, 2018 and 2019 winner of the Open Class Fiddle contest at Pembroke Fiddle and Stepdance Competition; Áine Schryer O’Gorman, winner of the 2019 18 & Under contest at Pembroke, Sault Ste. Marie bluegrass fiddler Ron Schryer, and other special guests TBA.

Friday, October 4

Heritage Arts Workshops 2:30 – 5:00PM, AlgomaTrad Centre

Blacksmithing with Denis Frechette

An unstructured workshop that will focus on learning the basics of blacksmithing including forming techniques and forge work and progressing at your own speed depending on how much time you have to invest during the weekend. Suitable for 15 years of age and older unless accompanied by an adult.

Weaving  w/ Sarah Buckley

This workshop gives participants a ‘hands on’ introduction to weaving.  Working on table looms, they will learn the basic skills allowing them to experiment with different structures and colours.  Participants will also learn a simple braiding technique they will use to produce bracelets or colourful shoe laces. Space is limited to 12 registrants per workshop period.

Basketmaking with Heather Pepper

Join a group (8 max.) session to create your own rustic woven willow bird feed from willow harvested on St Joseph Island.

Heather Pepper is a local basket maker, who learned traditional basket weaving skills with both natural local materials and processed reed at AlgomaTrad workshops. She currently teaches public and private lessons to aspiring basket makers.

The Community Colours Collaborative Art Project w/Miranda Bouchard

Weʼll connect to what “home” means by making and creating together with naturally-dyed fabrics and textile techniques. Together, we’ll artfully share and evoke the places where we live, exploring how place connects to our stories and our social fabric, learning new skills and contributing to a special community project for AlgomaTrad!

Processing Wool (skirting) for Beginners w/ Dawn Allard

After skirting the fleece, we’ll be walking through the rest of the processing steps.  We’ll discuss washing, combing or carding, hackling, and drumcarding. You’ll leave with the basic knowledge to finish your own skirted wool

Saturday, October 5

Heritage Arts Workshops: 10AM – 12:30PM AND 1:30 – 4PM

Registrants can sign up for one or both workshop periods.

Blacksmithing w/ Denis Frechette

See above

Weaving  w/ Sarah Buckley

See above.

The Community Colours Collaborative Art Project w/Miranda Bouchard

See above

Green Wood Spoon Carving w/ Abe Zettek

Carved Wooden Spoon

An introduction to “sloyd”– or greenwood – craft.  The hands-on nature of this class will focus on the safe and effective use of carving knives to bring a cooking spoon to finished form.
Some topics covered will include grain direction, drying techniques, finishing methods, and how function, durability, and aesthetics balance in well-crafted items.
Students will finish the class with good foundational knowledge of how to work with green wood, their own spoon, and an understanding of the next steps to continue their journey in the sloyd tradition!” NOTE: 10AM first period workshop is a prerequisite for taking the 2:30PM second period workshop.


Wool Needle Felting w/ Dawn Allard

Dawn Allard is a felting artist who has been part of the Sylvan Circle Tour. She makes her own soaps as well, which she uses in her felting process. The 10AM workshop will feature wool felting leaves and acorns, which will introduce the learner to armature work. The afternoon workshop will feature a gnome, similar to the wool felted one in the photo to the left.


Book Works: Bookbinding Workshop w/ Matt Ceolin

An exploration of the basic techniques of bookbinding that will examine the structure and construction of various types of books. On day one, participants will learn the tools and techniques associated with traditional book-binding and will participate in the making of 2 varied types of books: Simple pamphlet and Stab-Binding.The second day will focus on a small Case-Bound book. Over the course of the workshop, numerous techniques will be examined and discussed.

Music/Art/Dance Workshops – 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Learn to Play the Tin Whistle 10-11AM w/ Pat O’Gorman

Get started on an instrument that is simple yet wonderfully expressive – a true gateway to hours of musical happiness. For ages 8 and up.

Learn to Knit Barnyard Animals,

Part One, 10-11AM w/ Hollie Lefebvre

Come learn the basics of knitting by learning to knit Barnyard Animals. This is a 3-Part workshop for ages 8 and up. Part 2 is Saturday, October 5 at 3pm. Part 3 is Sunday, October 6 at 3pm.

Since she was a child, Hollie Lefebvre has had a passion for crafts ranging from knitting to leather work and everything in between. She enjoys doing these crafts in her spare time and loves sharing her passion with others.

Clawhammer Banjo 10-11:30AM w/ Arnie Naiman

Arnie will go over basic clawhammer stroke, hammer on, pull off, slide, double thumb, drop thumb, banjo tunings, setup. Registrants will start working on learning a tune (tabulature provided )


The ABCs of Early Childhood Music 11AM-Noon w/ Kathy Reid Naiman

Singing to your Baby is one of the most important gifts that you, as a parent can give…and it is free! From the first lullabies you sing to sooth your baby, to telling tiny stories that will engage your child and strengthen the bond between parent and child, there will be something for every parent and child at this workshop.

Dance Calling 11AM – 12:30PM w/Hannah Shira Naiman

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a dance caller? Hannah Shira Naiman will unveil the inner workings of the arcane art of calling contra and square dances.  Bring your questions and your dancing feet! Dancers Welcome!!


Music/Art/Song Workshops – 1:30-4:00PM

Autumn Lantern Making for families 1:30- 2:30PM w/ Julie Schryer

Information coming soon.

Learn to Play the Ukulele 1:30 – 2:30PM  w/ Kathy Reid Naiman

Adding an instrument to storytimes is a great way to further engage the children. The ukulele is the perfect instrument for this; it is small and quiet and its gentle sound will encourage the children to listen. This is an introductory workshop for those who have had NO previous ukulele playing experience. It begins at ground zero and is very basic. You will learn: How to tune the ukulele; the basic chords needed to play simple songs; and 1 0r  2 songs.

Some ukuleles will be available to borrow for the workshop.

Learn to Knit Barnyard Animals, Part 2 1:30 – 2:30PM w/ Hollie Lefebvre

See above

Song Circle 2:30 – 3:30PM w/ Hannah Shira Naiman, Zach Lefebvre, Kathy Reid Naiman

All are welcome to come and share an hour of song, led by our wonderful festival singers!

Sunday, October 7

We encourage registrants to check out the self-guided Country Road Studio Tour in the morning. Information will be provided at the Festival or found at

10 & 11AM – Guitar Maker’s Workshop Tours w/ Zach Lefebvre – Hilton Beach

Two time slots are available for Guitar Workshop tours with luthier Zach Lefebvre who was recently featured at the Montreal Guitar Festival. Tour is by donation or for Weekend Pass holders, but registration is required. Register at AlgomaTrad Centre or call 705 257 6106

Noon – Lunch for Registrants/Artists at Richards Landing Old Town Hall

Luncheon, hosted by the St. Joseph Island 4H Club as part of the Country Road Studio Tour, is provided to Weekend Pass holders but is open to the Public for $12 .

Workshops 1:00 – 3:30PM

Heritage Arts Workshops in Blacksmithing, Weaving, Wood Carving, Bookbinding, Community Colours Collaborative Art Project. See above for info.

Family Concert: Songs and Fingerplays, 2-3PM w/ Kathy Reid Naiman

Tickles and Tunes – Songs, fingerplays, tickles and tunes, to delight and entertain even the smallest child. We will reach for the stars, zoom to the moon and hop like bunnies. We will play musical ‘freeze tag’ to a catchy fiddle tune. We will identify the colours of our clothes, tell a story with our hands and sing a few of our favourite songs.

Learn to Knit Barnyard Animals, Part 3, 3-4PM w/ Hollie Lefebvre

See above

Open House 3-5PM

Public is invited to watch ongoing workshops and visit the AlgomaTrad Centre

3-4PM – Tune Session – Slow Jam

Bring an instrument and join in to a session where everyone can share a tune…but slowly please!

Closing Family Dance 4-5PM