AlgomaTrad Family Camp 2020 Open for Registration!
The 17th Annual Algoma Traditional Music, Dance, and Heritage Arts Family Camp 2020 (AlgomaTrad Family Camp2020) is open for registration. The camp runs from Monday, August 10 to Sunday, August 16. Click HERE to Register. If you want to know more about the Camp, location, and fees, click HERE.
AlgomaTrad 2020 features an exciting cast of great Canadian musicians and artists (click on a name to see a full bio) who will spend the week at the AlgomaTrad Centre on St. Joseph Island instructing and performing, including:
Louis Schyer, one of the renowned Schryer Triplets and 8-time Canadian Open Fiddle Champ and 4-time Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champ, will be back to share his mastery of the fiddle;
Sophie and Fiachra, a duo playing traditional music from Ireland and Québec, is returning in 2020. Sophie Lavoie is a Québecois fiddler and singer and Fiachra O’Regan, from Ireland, is an all-Ireland Champion of the uilleann (Irish) pipes and Irish style tenor banjo-playing . Together they take the traditional music of Québec and Ireland and mesh it in a unique way, remaining true to their roots while creating a new and original sound;
Kyle Burghout has established himself as one of Canada’s foremost fiddlers. Kyle and his music have been featured on CBC radio and television, as well as in Irish Music Magazine and The Canadian Fiddler. His many awards include North American Irish Fiddle Champion, runner-up at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship, and three-time finalist at the All-Ireland Fiddle Competition;
Ian Robb is a highly respected traditional singer and concertina player who performs in various groups including Friends of Fiddlers Green. In 2005, he was the recipient of the first Canadian Folk Music Award for “Best Traditional Singer”, for his recording with the band Jiig, which included AlgomaTrad staff member James Stephens;
Martine Billette is an accomplished piano accompanist and an amazing traditional Québécois stepdancer. She has taught at the Goderich Celtic College, Camp Violon Trad Québec and the Ashokan Music and Dance Camp, and performed with Andre Brunet, Manigance, and the Pierre Schryer Band.
Martha Cooper, a second generation dance caller, has called all over Canada and is great with beginner and experienced dancers alike. If Martha is not calling a dance, or dancing, she greatly enjoys playing for the dances and teaching clawhammer banjo or Irish flute;
Shifra Cooper is returning again this year to continue her incredible work with the children’s program as well as offering an AlgomaTrad Choir experience based on her Community Choir work with Jumblies Theatre;
Bassist/guitarist Joseph Phillips (Pierre Schryer Band, London Symphony Orchestra, Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project) is returning this year bringing his impeccable musicianship and great teaching ability;
Multi-instrumentalist and arranger James Stephens, a core founding staff member of the AlgomaTrad organization and a much-loved mentor for years to AlgomaTrad learners, will be on hand to offer his magic to the AlgomaTrad community;
Ian Bell, a previous performer and instructor at Camp, is returning to offer workshops in printmaking. Ian studied animation at Sheridan College in the early 70’s and later drawing and painting at Ontario College of Art and Design. Ian has much to offer also with guitar, harmonica, song, and more.
Artist Miranda Bouchard, acting director of Thinking Rock Community Arts, will return to continue the AlgomaTrad Community Colours fabric and dye project that is supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council;
Sarah Buckley has been a Weaver for over three decades and has attended workshops in Canada, the USA and England. An active member of the Algoma Weavers’ Guild, Sarah was a featured artist at the AlgomaTrad Fall Heritage Arts Festival of 2019.
Blacksmith Denis Frechette, master accordionist and hammered dulcimer wizard Steve Schneider, whistle player extraordinaire Eli Howard, multi-instrumentalist and guitar luthier Zachary Lefebvre, fiddle and banjo player Benoit Lefebvre, children’s program leader Stephen Cooper, and members of Jumblies Theatre will fill out the program. We are also confirming other artists and musicians at this time, so make sure you continue to check the complete AlgomaTrad 2020 staff bios and photos HERE.