Summer Programs 2024

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Thank you for your interest in our upcoming summer programs, which include workshops in blacksmithing, bookmaking & paper arts, and broom-making, in addition to two Acoustic Cafe evenings and a few AlgomaTrad info sessions, open to all! See below for more info and links to registration forms. AlgomaTrad is also hosting our annual Summer Concert Series, featuring three incredible groups of traditional musicians. Click HERE for more information about the Summer Concert Series!

Heritage Arts Workshops

Blacksmithing & Benchwork with Denis Frechette!

Learn blacksmithing/benchwork from master blacksmith Denis Frechette! Denis is offering beginner- and intermediate-level classes throughout July (click HERE to view the workshop schedule, or see below).

The beginner classes will serve as a great introduction to basic forging/metalworking. Intermediate classes are perfect for people who have some experience in blacksmithing and are looking to spend more time in the forge working on more complex projects!

For more detailed descriptions of the classes being offered this summer, click HERE.

Classes do not need to be taken in order – projects have been designed so that all of the information needed to do each project will be covered within that individual class. The cost for each 3-hour beginner class is $30 + HST, and the longer intermediate workshops are $80 + HST. Subsidized pricing is available for the intermediate classes, supported by the Nicholas Missere Bursary fund, to ensure that AlgomaTrad programming is accessible to everyone. If you are able, and would like to help others to participate in AlgomaTrad programs in the future, we gratefully accept donations for this bursary fund.


There are several different time options available, check the schedule HERE.

Broom-Making with Paul Oak

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL! If you want to be the first to know about AlgomaTrad programs and events, please subscribe below!

Saturday, July 20 (10 am – 3 pm)

In this 4-hour workshop, you will learn to make two different types of hand brooms (the turkey wing broom and the hawk tail broom) and make 2-3 brooms to take home!

This course is for participants ages 12 and up and requires some hand strength (for example, being able to open a sealed jar).

The course will take place on Saturday, July 20th, from 10am- 3pm, with a break for lunch. Cost for the workshop, including materials, is $85 +HST.

For more information, click HERE!

REGISTER NOW! Sorry we are full!


Book-Making and Paper Arts with Elizabeth Creith

Tuesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 25 (10 am – 4 pm on each day)

This two-day workshop, led by local author and artist Elizabeth Creith covers the foundational aspects of bookmaking and paper arts. From selecting materials, using tools, practising techniques, choosing content and adding decoration, Elizabeth will guide participants on a journey to produce their own handmade books and paper crafts! Workshop is recommended for ages 10 and up. If you have any questions about who is eligible to register, please contact us at or call 705 257 6106.

Participants will be given the opportunity to develop their bookmaking skills through learning how to make cards, albums, journals, archive books, notebooks, mementos and more. We will also explore how to create different styles of books, including a folded book, accordion book, lotus book, star book and others.

To learn more about this workshop and about Elizabeth, click HERE!

The cost for the week of workshops is $90 + HST. Subsidized pricing is also available, to ensure this workshop is accessible to anyone who wants to take part. This workshop is suitable for participants aged 10 and up. If you have any questions about who is eligible to participate, feel free to reach out to


Other Programs

AlgomaTrad Acoustic Café Nights – Sign Up Below!

Tuesday, July 9  &  Tuesday, July 16 (7-9pm)

The Acoustic Café evenings are a great opportunity for local musicians to share their songs or tunes in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Musicians of all ages are encouraged to sign up! The acoustic open mic nights will take place at the AlgomaTrad Centre Pavilion, 1249 F&G Line, St. Joseph Island. If you would like musical accompaniment, please let us know in the registration form – we are happy to find someone for you to play with. These are evenings of sharing and community, so please bring along your friends and family!


AlgomaTrad Info Sessions

If you’d like to stay in the loop about programs and development going on at the Centre, AlgomaTrad will be hosting a few info sessions throughout July, where members of the community and summer residents can come to be part of the conversation. There will be coffee, tea, and good company! The info sessions will be held:

  • Tues. July 9, 3-4pm
  • Tues. July 16, 3-4pm
  • Tues. July 23, 3-4pm