Second Annual AlgomaTrad Fall Heritage Arts Festival, October 3-6

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AlgomaTrad is excited to announce the Second Annual AlgomaTrad Fall Heritage Arts Festival, a celebration of Heritage Arts, Traditional Music and Dance, and Local Food featuring Concerts, Workshops, a gourmet Farm to Table Supper, and Community Dances. From 2:30pm Friday, October 4 to 4:00pm Sunday, October 6, workshops will take place at the AlgomaTrad Centre, 1249 F&G Line, St. Joseph Island in Blacksmithing, Weaving, Fiber Arts, Green Wood Carving (Sloyd), Wool Skirting and Needle Felting, Bookbinding, Basketmaking, Tin Whistle, Ukulele, Dance Calling, Clawhammer Banjo, Knitting, and more.  Workshop information, artists bios, and workshop times can be seen HERE. A festival brochure can be downloaded HERE.

The 2019 AlgomaTrad Fall Heritage Arts Festival, 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, 7:30pm, at the Richards Landing Old Town Hall, with the opening ceremony and a  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, Sault fiddler Sheldon Jaaskelainen of the Wild Turkeys,  and other special guests TBA.

Hannah Shira Naiman

A Gala Concert on Friday, October 4 will feature Canadian Folk Music Award-winning songwriter, Hannah Shira Naiman with legendary banjo player Arnie Naiman; multi-award-winning family group The O’Schraves (Benoit Schryer-Lefebvre, Zach Schryer-Lefebvre, Aine Schryer-O’Gorman, Julie Schryer, Pat O’Gorman); and local songwriting duo the Crossroad Magdalenes (Greg MacLachlan and Christina Foster).

Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, will be full days of heritage arts and music workshops, including children’s interactive concerts with one of Canada’s foremost children’s performers Kathy Reid-Naiman.

2018 Farm to Table Dinner

A gourmet Farm to Table Dinner (by reservation only) will take place at 6pm at the Hilton Beach Community Hall, followed by an AlgomaTrad Community Dance.

Workshop and concert programming will continue at the AlgomaTrad Centre on Sunday October 6th, ending with a Family Dance in the afternoon. AlgomaTrad Centre will be open to the Public at no charge on Sunday, from 3pm to 5pm, to check out results of the workshops and join in the closing ceremonies.

Schedule, workshop information, and instructor bios are available by clicking HERE. Please call 705 257 6106 for info.

All-inclusive Pass, including all workshops, events, two lunches and, Farm to Table Dinner, is $150 Adults/ $100 Students and is available HERE Weekend Workshop Pass, which includes up to 4 workshops from Friday to Sunday plus two lunches is $110 Adult /$75 Student (click HERE to purchase on-line – Farm to Table Dinner not included); Friday Concert tickets are $20 Adult/$10 student (click HERE to purchase on-line);  Saturday evening Local Farm to Table Dinner tickets are $40 Adult/$25 Student/$12 Children 10 & Under (click HERE to purchase on-line); Individual Heritage Arts Workshop fees are $30 Adult/$20 Student/$10 10 & Under (click HERE to purchase on line), and Individual Music/Dance/Art Workshop fees are $25 Adult/$15 Student/ $10 10 & Under and Saturday and Sunday children/family concerts are $25/family (click HERE to purchase on line) . Thursday evening Opening Ceremony and Fiddle Fest, Saturday evening Community Dance (without Dinner), and Sunday afternoon Open House & Family Dance are by donation. All-Inclusive Pass, Weekend Workshop Pass, Farm to Table Dinner, and Friday Concert tickets can be purchased online HERE.  Concert tickets will also be available at the door unless sold out. Ticket info updates will be posted on the website and on Facebook “AlgomaTrad”.

Registration information for workshops or booking any event or workshop is also available by calling 705 257 6106 or 705 782 4311 or by email at Unless otherwise stated, materials for workshops will be provided. Please contact us if you are interested in a volunteer opportunity with the Festival.

The 2nd Annual AlgomaTrad Fall Heritage Festival occurs on the same weekend as the annual St. Joseph Island Country Road Open House, which features many local artists, demos, farms and village shops. Registrants and artists will be taking in the Country Road Tour Lunch on Sunday at the Richards Landing Old Town Hall, served up by the 4-H club. More info HERE.