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AlgomaTrad brings together master musicians, dancers, and craftspeople with people of all ages and abilities to experience joyful learning and sharing of traditional music, dance, and heritage arts. For 17 years, AlgomaTrad has rented venues for its dances, concerts, workshops, festivals, and annual Family Camp.
We have now secured a 50-acre site on St. Joseph Island, Ontario to create a permanent home. The infrastructure requires major upgrades, so we are raising funds to leverage conditional government funding to establish the long-envisioned, year-round AlgomaTrad Centre for traditional arts and culture.
Concept Sketch of Four-Season Performance Hall
Dining Hall with Kitchen Addition
Every $1000 raised in this fundraiser will leverage about $9000 in pending government funding. The $3M infrastructure plan includes:
2004 - Incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, and hosted the first AlgomaTrad Music, Dance and Heritage Arts Family camp, which continues as an annual event.
2005-2020 - Presented over 300 concerts, dances, classes, and festivals and partnered with local schools, municipalities, and arts organizations to offer diverse and accessible programs.
2016 - Acquired a 50-acre site on St. Joseph Island.
2018-2019 - Built a 30x60 pavilion with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, donations, volunteer, and in-kind support.
2020 – Initiated permaculture design and continued with environmental revitalization, including initial planting of thousands of native trees and shrubs.
FOUNDERS & ARTIST DIRECTORS
Founders and volunteer Artistic Directors, Julie Schryer and Pat O’Gorman are lifelong musicians and mentors steeped in the culture of traditional music. Supported by a Board and loyal volunteers, they are dedicated to building a multi-generational community through the celebration and sharing of music, dance, and heritage craft. The AlgomaTrad Centre will be a year-round home for this vision.
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