Festival Cabane à sucre – a great success!

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Three days, three communities, three sold out soirees! We are emerging through the other side of a crazy, intense and beautiful francophone “Cabane à sucre” cultural festival weekend with events in Hilton Beach, Sault Ste. Marie, and Elliot Lake. From workshops, concerts, and suppers to song sharing, fiddle jams, heritage arts demos, and called dances, the weekend brought together more than 600 participants of all ages.

Thank you to our guest artists Reveillons, Paul et Melika Lemelin, Áine Schryer-O’Gorman, Les Anges, François Lemieux, Isabelle Michaud, Mireille Gagnon-Moes, Paul Oak ( Big thanks to our chefs Jazmin Hackett (Beaumonde) , Ian Thomlinson, Hannah-Lee Lawrence (Black Cat Kitchen); to our tourtières makers, Lise Roy, Emilie Taylor, Carole Reader, and Nicole; and to all the servers from CASS Dance Squad and Notre Dames-Du-Sault and other volunteers who helped with dishes and clean-up. More big thanks to the learners and students who added to the music each night – Marco Roy and his Notre-Dames-du-Sault students and the AlgomaTrad Fiddle Group.

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Ontario through a Francophone Community Grant, and to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, for tech support to livestream the event in Sault Ste. Marie and record the events in Hilton Beach and Elliot Lake.

A sincere and huge thank you to our tech and production team and partners: Emilie Taylor, Áine Schryer-O’Gorman, Fiddleworks/Violon à l’oeuvre, RAFO Rive Nord (Myriam et Tania), Pierre Lefebvre, Jean-Marie Wissell, Christine Viens, Kiwanis Club of Sault Ste. Marie, Gary from Camp Thompson, Isabelle Michaud, Louise Hayden, Aaron Gowlett, Jackson Reed, Kayla Bishop, Julie Corcoran and Steafan Hannigan. We could not have pulled off this ambitious project without your amazing support, music, and artistic input.

More photos and videos can be seen on our Facebook page, AlgomaTrad.