15th Annual AlgomaTrad Heritage Arts Camp on St. Joseph Island is fast approaching.

The Algoma Trad Staff Concert. photo by Sarah Fleming

Algoma – The 15th Annual Algoma Traditional Music, Dance, and Heritage Arts Family Camp (AlgomaTrad 2018) is tuning up for an inspiring week of workshops, concerts, dances, and heritage arts, all happening in Richards Landing on St. Joseph Island, for all ages. The camp runs from Sunday evening, August 12 to Saturday morning, August 18.

Check out complete information about AlgomaTrad 2018 at http://algomatrad.ca/camp/. Full Camper registrations are full and now closed but Day Camper classes without meals are still open until Aug. 9th.

Several evening events are open to the public including the outstanding Staff Concert, which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14, 7:30 PM at the Centennial Grounds in Richards Landing. Admission at the door is $20, children 10 and under free. Featuring over 15 world-class musicians, the Staff Concert line-up will include:

Virtuoso Canadian fiddler Tom Fitzgerald, 2012 Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champ and member of the renowned fiddle and stepdance family group, The Fitzgeralds http://thefitzgeralds.net.

Cape Breton fiddler Dan MacDonald http://www.danmacdonald.org , who recently released his new CD Urban/Rural to a sold-out audience at Hughes’ Room in Toronto.

Singer and guitarist Andy Hillhouse, Artistic Director for the Harrison Festival of the Arts, founder of the Canadian Celtic  group Mad Pudding, and regular accompanist for Pierre Schryer and Celtic rock band The McDades.

Michael Ball and Jody Benjamin, http://ballandchain.ca who have been performing and recording on the Canadian music scene for years with their own projects, running the gamut from old country and alt country to cajun and zydeco and from bluegrass to American Old-time.

Kyle Waymouth, 4-time Canadian Open Champion stepdancer and multi-instrumentalist, in fact one of the greatest stepdancers in the world, who tours with The Fitzgeralds and international sensation Step Crew.

Fiddler, pianist, and accordionist Emilyn Stam http://www.emilynstam.com with 4 Canadian Folk Music and 2 Juno Award nominations to her credit and whose creative musicianship has been heard around the world with the Eastern European party-punk-super-band Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Dutch band Té, Canadian award-winners The Shoeless, and Italian accordionist Filippo Gambetta.

Old-time banjo and Irish flute players Mark Roberts, who was part of seminal Irish-American group Touchstone, toured with the Red Clay Ramblers, and has performed on Broadway, and Andrea Cooper, who doubled the fun when she met Mark as they have performed music on two flutes, twin penny whistles, and double banjos from Vancouver to Cotuit.

Joseph Phillips, is returning this year to work his Bass and Guitar magic with all the staff musicians. Joe performed regularly with the Pierre Schryer Band and the London Symphony Orchestra and tours with Jayme Stone’s Folklife.

Citizen Jane http://citizenjanemusic.com – featuring songwriter Reenie Perkovic, a semi-finalist in the 2016 UK Songwriting Contest, accompanied by one of AlgomaTrad’s favourite musicians on fiddle and viola, Lea Kirstein.

The O’Schraves – local musical heroes and award winning family music group.

Other evening events include Community Dances and the always entertaining Live and Silent Auction, slated for Thursday evening, August 16, which raises funds for the Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund, a fund that helps families and individuals take part in AlgomaTrad events and workshops. Please contact AlgomaTrad if you would like to make a donation to the auction. Check out an evening schedule at http://algomatrad.ca/camp/schedule/.

AlgomaTrad is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the sharing and celebration of traditional music, dance, art, craft and local food that embrace our Canadian heritage.  AlgomaTrad practices inclusivity and environmental consciousness, and nurtures joyous, multi-generational community through these living arts.