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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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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.

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2005-2021

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

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2016

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

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2018-2019

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

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2020

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

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Dining Hall with Kitchen Addition

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

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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.