Algoma – The 15th Annual Algoma Traditional Music, Dance, and Heritage Arts Camp 2018 (AlgomaTrad 2018) is open for registration. The camp runs from Sunday evening, August 12 to Saturday morning, August 18 on St. Joseph Island with a complete line-up of beginner to advanced workshops for children, teens, and adults in fiddle, piano, whistle and flute, guitar, clawhammer banjo, bagpipes, singing, Ottawa Valley-style Stepdance, contra, square and Irish set dancing, Bodhran (Irish drum), community arts and theatre, basket making, blacksmithing, and much, much more. Evenings will feature concerts, dances, song circles, fiddle sessions and a fundraising live/silent auction. The Annual one-of-a-kind Staff Concert Extravaganza is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14, 7:15pm at the Centennial Grounds, Richards Landing. Registration info is available on-line at http://algomatrad.ca/camp/or by calling 705 782 4311.
AlgomaTrad 2018 features an exciting cast of great Canadian musicians and artists, including: Tom Fitzgerald, http://www.thefitzgeralds.net/ of the famous Ontario fiddle and stepdance family The Fitzgeralds and 2012 Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion; Four-time Canadian Stepdance Champion and multi-instrumentalist, Kyle Waymouth, http://kylewaymouth.com; Cape Breton fiddler Dan MacDonald, great performer and excellent teacher who just released his first solo fiddle CD Urban/Rural to a sold out show at Hugh’s Room in Toronto; guitarist and singer Andy Hillhouse, (Pierre Schryer Band), current Artistic Director of Harrison Festival in British Columbia, leading group singing/choir workshops and master guitar classes; fiddler, pianist and accordionist Emilyn Stam (emilynstam.com) has toured Canada and Europe with The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, The Shoeless, Eh?!, Filippo Gambetta (IT), John David Williams, and Té (NL) and is co-founder of Balfolk Toronto, a new movement of social folk dancing in Toronto; and Irish flute and clawhammer banjo players, Mark Roberts and Andrea Cooper, will bring their creativity and expertise to the AlgomaTrad experience once again after a 5 year hiatus.
Returning from last year are: Michael Ball and Jody Benjamin http://ballandchain.ca. who have been performing and recording on the Canadian music scene for years, running the gamut from old country and alt country to cajun and zydeco and from bluegrass to American Old-time; amazing bassist/guitarist Joseph Phillips (Pierre Schryer Band, London Symphony Orchestra, Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project) is returning this year bringing his incredible musicianship and great teaching ability; the ever-amazing multi-instrumentalist James Stephens, a core member of the AlgomaTrad organization; award-winning singer/songwriter Reenie Perkovic, who’s workshops and performances are always extraordinary; and Dance Caller Drake Meadows, from Ann Arbor, Michigan who brought his enthusiasm and experience with a variety of forms of community dance to AlgomaTrad 2017. Local family group The O’Schraves will be there with their joyous music. Basketmaker Terryl Ryan and blacksmith Denis Frechette return to provide their guidance in these heritage crafts. Ruth Howard, Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre and recent recipient of Toronto Arts Foundation’s Celebration of Cultural Life Award, and her colleague Jamie Oshkabewisens, an artist from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve and recent Assistant Director of The Rivers Speak Community Theatre project, will be working some community performance magic. Complete AlgomaTrad 2018 staff bios and photos can be found at http://algomatrad.ca.
AlgomaTrad is a not-for-profit arts organization that is dedicated to the sharing, celebration, and learning of traditional music, dance, art and craft that embrace our Canadian heritage. AlgomaTrad’s priorities are inclusivity and building multi-generational community through these living heritage arts. AlgomaTrad hosts community dances, concerts, festivals, and workshops throughout the year; a week-long family-friendly traditional music, dance and arts camp each August; and educational programs in local schools and communities.