Algoma Fall Festival announces line-up

Chef Chuck Hughes

The Algoma Arts Festival Association is pleased to announce the 2017 Algoma Fall Festival!  Our 45th Season will be a celebration featuring Canadian Icons including Serena Ryder, Sylvia Tyson, Celebrity Chef Chuck Hughes, author Madeleine Thien and Dr. Roberta Bondar’s photographic exhibition Light in the Land.

“What a fantastic group of Canadians for audiences to see and hear in October!” said Rosetta Sicoli, President of the Algoma Arts Festival Association.  “There truly is something for everyone.”

Sylvia Tyson will grace the stage on October 6.  Critically acclaimed artist Serena Ryder will thrill with her performance on October 15.  Recording countless hits, six Juno Awards, and receiving an abundance of praise around the world, the Festival is excited to bring Serena for the final show of the Gal Pal Weekend line-up, October 12 to 15.  Jonathan Roy, new to the Canadian music scene opens the weekend on October 12.
Light in the Land was created by The Roberta Bondar Foundation to honour the 25th anniversary of her flight into space.  The exhibition is presented by the Festival in partnership with The Art Gallery of Algoma and the Ontario 150 Fund.  “The light in each image reveals the unique natural landscape that is Canada, from sea to sea to sea.” said Roberta Bondar.  Also exhibited at the Gallery will be pieces from their permanent collection of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries including Emily Carr, Jack Bush and Robert Pilot.

Soulpepper in the Sault features Riverboat Coffee House, sharing the stories and songs that made Yorkville the place to be in the free-loving sixties.   And Soulpepper Theatre’s Albert Schultz will talk with Shingwauk Residential School survivor Shirley Horn about Truth, Art and Reconciliation.

This year, the Festival concludes with its popular Celtic Colours in Algoma weekend. Step and Square dance with Mairi Rankin & Wendy MacIsaac, or see them perform with their traditional Celtic friends as Beòlach.  And Cape Breton fiddler Colin Grant returns to the Sault with guitarist Scott Macmillan to share their unique style of fresh yet traditional Celtic tunes.

Tickets will be available starting August 17 online at and at the Sault Community Theatre Box Office in the Station Mall.  View the entire Festival line up at