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Bird's eye view of the AlgomaTrad Centre

AlgomaTrad Centre
A permanent, vibrant year-round home for
Algomatrad’s programs of  traditional culture and heritage arts.

In 2016, AlgomaTrad and its supporters acquired the 50-acre former Algoma Music Camp property on St. Joseph Island to develop the AlgomaTrad Centre. Since then, AlgomaTrad has created a comprehensive business plan and produced drawing designs (see below) for a $3 million upgrade of the infrastructure on the site, which will include winterizing the main building, adding a modernized kitchen facility large enough for workshops, building a signature 4-season concert/dance hall with studios, installing a proper septic system, and upgrading the grounds for permaculture and accessibility. 

  • Raise $300k to leverage $2.5M confirmed and pending government funding 

  • Finalize environmentally sustainable building designs

  • Establish a permaculture landscape

  • Expand educational programming and performances

  • Begin infrastructure construction

  • Provide community space for local events,  weddings, and conferences

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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.

Large group dancing in the AlgomaTrad pavilion

Presented over 300 concerts, dances, classes, and festivals and partnered with local schools, municipalities, and arts organizations to offer diverse and accessible programs.

Bird's eye view of the AlgomaTrad Centre

Acquired a 50-acre site on St. Joseph Island.

AlgomaTrad Pavillion at dusk

Built a 30x60 pavilion with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, donations, volunteer, and in-kind support.

Aerial shot of the AlgomaTrad Centre

Initiated permaculture design and continued with environmental revitalization, including initial planting of thousands of native trees and shrubs.

Drawing of dining hall concept with kitchen addition

Dining Hall with Kitchen Addition

Renovation and winterization of the existing dining hall, including a new "workshop" kitchen and accessible washrooms ($1.5M)​.

Drawing of Dan's hall concept

Concept Sketch of Four-Season Performance Hall

A new 4-season timber frame performance hall to replace the existing barn ($1.3M).

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Overview of the AlgomaTrad Centre Site

Install a septic system, parking, and improve accessibility ($170k), and establish a permaculture design/landscape ($80k).

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Despite the pandemic, we forged ahead in 2020 and initiated a Permaculture assessment of the property. We also received funding to plant 7,000 trees at the Centre in the Spring of 2021 through the federal 50 Million Trees program.

Besides being a beautiful place where both local people and visitors to St. Joseph Island can immerse themselves in unique cultural experiences and hands-on learning, the Centre will benefit the region through tourism, local employment, support for local farms and businesses, and as a catalyst for new arts entrepreneurship. To help offset operating costs, the Centre will be available for conventions, weddings, and rental by community and arts organizations.

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