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
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.
Presented over 300 concerts, dances, classes, and festivals and partnered with local schools, municipalities, and arts organizations to offer diverse and accessible programs.
Acquired a 50-acre site on St. Joseph Island.
Built a 30x60 pavilion with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, donations, volunteer, and in-kind support.
Initiated permaculture design and continued with environmental revitalization, including initial planting of thousands of native trees and shrubs.
Dining Hall with Kitchen Addition
Renovation and winterization of the existing dining hall, including a new "workshop" kitchen and accessible washrooms ($1.5M).
Concept Sketch of Four-Season Performance Hall
A new 4-season timber frame performance hall to replace the existing barn ($1.3M).
Overview of the AlgomaTrad Centre Site
Install a septic system, parking, and improve accessibility ($170k), and establish a permaculture design/landscape ($80k).
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.