AlgomaTrad Winter 2021 Virtual Learning and Sharing Program

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All classes are now closed for registration except for the beginner bagpipe class and the Sharing Art and Music and the Hootenanny! Song Sharing sessions. If you are interested in registering for these, please contact us at or phone us at the number below. Thank you everyone for all your interest and support!

AlgomaTrad is presenting a free, 6-week, all ages, online Learning and Sharing program from January 7 to February 17, 2021 under the auspices of the Canadian Red Cross COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations Granting Program, funded by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund led by Employment and Social Development Canada. This program is designed for people in the Central Algoma Region but some classes and sessions will be open to the general public; please enquire.

Ten instructors will offer weekly mentorship for: fiddle (beginner, novice, and intermediate), bagpipes (beginner); intro to stepdancing; ukulele and song; songwriting; tin whistle (beginner); small children singing and games (must be accompanied by a caregiver); Seniors/adult group singalong and song sharing; and fundamentals of couples/social dances. Julie Schryer and Pat O’Gorman will also host a weekly, 1.5 hour Sharing Music and Art session where everyone will be invited to share a tune or art they are working on.

All sessions will be delivered online through the Zoom platform. Some age restrictions apply and registration is limited for some classes. See the schedule and class descriptions for more information and times and REGISTER.

Mentors/instructors include Kerry Fitzgerald (fiddle and stepdance), Chelsea Sleep (fiddle), Ian Bell (group singing), Reenie Perkovic (songwriting), Eloise Phillips (ukulele and song), Josh Taylor and Emilie Pickell (partner and social dancing), Hannah Naiman (singing and games for small children and caregiver), Julie Schryer (piano), and Pat O’Gorman (bagpipes, tin whistle). See bios and photos of mentors/instructors here.

Training will be available for using Zoom prior to the beginning of the program.

For residents of the Central Algoma/North Shore region only:

Instruments and step dance shoes are available on a lending basis to  for the 6-week length of the program. Availability is limited, please enquire on registration form or call or email.

Please contact us if you would like to take classes but have limited or no access to the internet.

Some funding is available for child care/disabled care support to allow a caregiver time to take courses.