Entertainment On Fire: Algoma Fall Festival Takes Over Sault Ste. Marie In October!

President of the Algoma Fall Festival, Donna Hilsigner welcomes you to the 42nd Algoma Fall Festival in Sault Ste. Marie!

"This October you'll have a fantastic seat as music, arts and creative expression take over streets, our theatres and our gallery. An outstanding line-up of Canadian and international talent and unique events include The Group of Seven in Algoma, Northern Ontario's first Nuit Blanche and Celtic Colours in Algoma. Celebrate the season and blaze the night away with Entertainment on Fire!"

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"Our mission, as the Algoma Arts Festival Association, is to enhance life for the people of our northern community by bringing to them the experience of excellence in the visual and performing arts.

The Algoma Arts Festival Association is the presenter of the Algoma Fall Festival, a multi-disciplinary arts celebration held each year in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada in October. The Festival maintains a range of programming that includes music, theatre, dance and the visual arts. The Association also delivers the Festival of Learning; an extensive arts outreach and education program. The Association was incorporated in 1972 and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012. The Algoma Fall Festival wishes to engage the community on a variety of levels. If you are interested in volunteering for the Algoma Fall Festival please contact the Festival office about how you can support the arts in your community."

Event Listing

Group of Seven in Algoma
and a mysterious death

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Thursday, October 2 to Sunday, October 26
Art Gallery of Algoma
10 East St

Tickets $8

An exhibition of paintings by members of the Group of Seven is paired with contemporary artist George Walker's Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson.

The Group of Seven show will feature original paintings borrowed from local collections and select art institutions.

While George Walker's The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson will tell a story in over 100 wood engravings.

Together, both exhibitions show the stunning artistic beauty of Northern Ontario's rugged landscape and the how the Group's paintings, their lives and deaths continue to inspire one of Canada's leading living artists and printmakers.

Carlos Núñez

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Friday, October 3, 8:00 PM
Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre
1007 Trunk Rd

Adult $35
Students 18 and under $20

Carlos Núñez comes from Galicia, the Celtic region in the North West of Spain. He is considered one of the biggest artists in the international World/Celtic Music scene, having the quality of a classical music virtuoso and the charisma of a rock star.

With Núñez on Galician pipes and whistles, his band has expanded the borders of Celtic music to Flamenco, Fado, Cuban, Mexican, Brazilian and classical music, movie soundtracks and contemporary dance... As he describes it, he plays Celtic music with Latin passion.


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Nuit Blanche
visual arts: outside and after hours


Saturday, October 4, 7:00 PM
Self guided tour
Bay St & Queen St

Free Admission - Open to the public

Northern Ontario's first Nuit Blanche will feature a self guided tour of contemporary visual art projects and installations along Queen and Bay St. Guided by the original principles of the first Nuit Blanche this event will be free to attend and go deep into the night. Focused on the theme: The Great Lake Superior participants can expect the unexpected when natural wonders "appear" in this downtown urban setting.

So stay out late and experience a new vision revealed through the contemporary art projects and installations of creative and talented Canadian artists. This event runs throughout the night, rain or shine.

To have a "Nuit Blanche" means to "Have a Sleepless Night". The first Nuit Blanche took place in Paris France in 2002 and went all night long. Featuring all manner of artistic expressions and projects, it brought many tourists and visitors to Paris. Since then, Nuit Blanche events have spread across the world including Paris, Rome, Madrid, Toronto, and now Sault Ste. Marie. These events attract millions of visitors, art lovers and curiosity seekers and have become a cultural phenomenon.

Ron James
Take No Prisoners

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Thursday, October 9, 8:00 PM
Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre
1007 Trunk Rd

All Tickets $52

Hailed by critics from coast to coast, award winning comedian Ron James has consistently sold out theatres across the country with his marathon, side-splitting, kinetically charged performances. With a comedian's eye for satire and a poet's ear for language, Ron cuts a wide swath through contemporary culture with a razor sharp wit and machine-gun delivery, making him a stand-out among storytelling performers.

Ron's one hour comedy specials, The Road Between My Ears, Quest for the West, West Coast Wild, Back Home and Manitoba Bound garnered nearly one million viewers on CBC Television. They also received huge critical acclaim, with comments ranging from 'a comedic tour de force' (Globe and Mail) to 'explosively funny' (Halifax Herald) to 'hilarious verisimilitude delivered with poetry and soul' (Toronto Sun).


Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Tour

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Tuesday, October 14, 8:00 PM
Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre
1007 Trunk Rd

All Ticket Price $52

In a rare and intimate setting, Randy Bachman weaves together the iconic hits of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive with the often-humorous stories that brought the songs to life. Inspired by his award-winning radio program Vinyl Tap, Randy takes his master story-telling and voluminous musical knowledge on the road and takes fans on a retrospective of his career.

A visual backdrop illustrating Randy's legendary rock n' roll journey will accompany each song, giving viewers a historical glimpse into one of Canada's greatest musical ambassadors.

The man, who is often referred to as the "architect of Canadian rock n' roll", has earned over 120 gold and platinum album/singles awards around the world. His song writing has garnered him the coveted #1 spot on radio play lists in over 20 countries and he has amassed over 40 million records sold.

Joining Randy Bachman is the sovereign trio of Brent Howard, Marc LaFrance and Mick Dalla-Vee, who have been performing together for over 20 years.


Redefining our Defiant Spirits
a new discussion on the Group of Seven and their times

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Saturday, October 18, 2:00 PM
Algoma's Water Tower Inn and Suites
360 Great Northern Rd

Free Admission - Open to the public

Who were the Group of Seven and why did they paint in the style they did? Come and participate in a lively discussion with art historians and curators and experts as they re-examine the lives and times of this extraordinary painting movement and its artists who found enduring images of the Canadian nation in the landscape of northern Ontario, particularly in and around Sault Ste. Marie. The speakers will pose questions relating to the originality of their styles, their relationships to modern painting in Europe in the early twentieth century, their lives and loves during a time of great upheaval following the First World War. Their answers are sure to startle and surprise, while giving new insight into their contributions to the development of Canadian art and the formation of a national identity.


Ross King is the bestselling author of six books on Italian, French and Canadian art and history. One of these books Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven, traces the artistic development of the future members of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson over a dozen years in Canadian history.

Nancy Lang is a producer and researcher for White Pine Pictures, and is currently producing Spirit Land: In Search of the Group of Seven, a documentary that weaves through the history of the Group in Algoma and The North Shore. Lang is a graduate of The University of Toronto and Ontario College of Art. She painted and exhibited for 15 years.

Tom Smart, is an award-winning author, Deputy Director and Curator of the Art Gallery of Sudbury, and former CEO of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, where he presented exhibitions and programs, such as Defiant Spirits and In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven, that re-interpreted the contributions of the Group of Seven and the way we view the landscapes that they painted today.

A Novel Dinner

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Saturday, October 18, 6:30 PM
Algoma's Water Tower Inn and Suites
360 Great Northern Rd

Adult $95
Students 18 and under $75

A Novel Dinner brings together four extraordinary and diverse authors, to discuss their books, the creative process and their lives over a sumptuous meal hosted by CBC's Anna Maria Tremonti. Enjoy dinner with fashion journalist and bestselling author Jeanne Beker, bestselling author and comic novelist Terry Fallis, bestselling author and art historian Ross King and neuroscientist and pop-sci author, Dr. E. Paul Zehr.

Jeanne Beker

Iconic Fashion Journalist

Jeanne Beker is one of the most iconic, influential, and fabulous women in the fashion industry—in Canada and around the world. A long-time celebrity, Jeanne speaks on how she rose to the top of "arts and culture" media as the long-time host of TV's Fashion Television; successful entrepreneurship; and—of course—what's hot in fashion today.

Terry Fallis

Author and New Media Expert

For 25 years, Terry Fallis enjoyed a successful career in politics, public affairs, and public relations consulting. Despite his success, he felt something was missing, and embarked on following his dream of becoming a novelist. Since then, he has gone on to win the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor and the prestigious CBC Canada Reads competition. In his lively and engaging talks, Fallis encourages others to follow their dreams (no matter how farfetched they might be) and also shares the strategies he's learned over the years as someone at the forefront of new media and communications strategies.

Ross King

Redefining the Defiant Spirits

Ross King is the bestselling author of six books on Italian, French and Canadian art and history. One of these books Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven traces the artistic development of the future members of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson over a dozen years in Canadian history.

Anna Maria Tremonti

Host of CBC Radio's The Current

Every day, Anna Maria Tremonti transfixes tens of thousands of listeners across Canada, as the host of CBC Radio One's most popular news-magazine radio program, The Current. Whether sharing stories from her 30 years of reporting or explaining the importance of traditional media in today's information-overloaded world, her talks keep audiences absolutely captivated.

Dr. E. Paul Zehr

Finding your inner superhero.

Dr. E. Paul Zehr is a professor of neuroscience and kinesiology at the University of Victoria, B.C. He has a tremendous passion for the popularization of science and is involved in numerous outreach activities. His recent pop-sci books include Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero and Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine

Chef Michael Smith: East Coast Kitchen Party
with Andrea Beaton


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Friday, October 24, 8:00 PM
Algoma's Water Tower Inn and Suites
360 Great Northern Rd

Kitchen Party Tickets $69
VIP Reception plus Kitchen Party $99

Join Chef Michael Smith, one of Canada's best know chefs, as he shares his passion for simple, sustainable home cooking. This evening is sure to captivate and mesmerize as Michael tells stories of his professional journey, his own food awakening and it's connection to today's food lifestyle.

Celtic fiddle sensation Andrea Beaton joins the fun in a cooking moment of "teach the fiddler to cook and the chef to fiddle". And you get to join in too as you enjoy a tasting of selections from Michael's latest cookbook Family Meals while you Interview the Chef.

Pick up a copy of Michael's latest book Family Meals onsite and have it signed! Feel free to bring any well-loved books from Michael's collection and don't forget your camera!

VIP Reception

A limited number of combined VIP private reception and East Coast Kitchen Party tickets are available for purchase for $99 at the Box Office. For more information contact the festival office at 705-949-0822.


Chef Michael Smith talks Family Meals

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Saturday, October 25, 1:00 PM
Superior Heights Collegiate
750 North Street

All Tickets $20

Go back to school for a one hour presentation with Chef Michael Smith as he shares his tips and tricks to inspire families to create their own healthy food lifestyle.

Pick up a copy of Michael's latest book Family Meals onsite and have it signed! Feel free to bring any well-loved books from Michael's collection and don't forget your camera!


The Beaton Family of Mabou

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Saturday, October 25, 8:00 PM
Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre
1007 Trunk Rd

Adults $35
Students 18 and under $20

The Beaton Family is a traditional music group from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, highly noted for their lively, energetic fiddle playing and dancing. Their musical heritage is rich and has been passed down through generations of pipers, fiddlers and dancers from the Western Isles of Scotland to the Island of Cape Breton. The band features husband and wife Kinnon Beaton and Betty (MacMaster) Beaton, their daughter Andrea Beaton and nephews Rodney MacDonald and Glenn Graham all from the extended family of Donald Angus and Elizabeth Beaton of Mabou. Individually they have their own musical careers, and are composers, constantly adding to the repertoire of their homeland. Together, they are a tightly knit, dynamic bunch, and great ambassadors for their beloved Cape Breton Island.

Contact Algoma Fall Festival

680 Albert St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2K6
Call: 705-949-0822
Email: fallfestival@algomafallfestival.com

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Plan A Visit to Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie (also known as "the Sault" or "the Soo") is a city located on the St. Mary's River in Ontario, Canada. It is the third largest city in Northern Ontario, with a population of approximately 75,000 and one of the oldest settlements in North America. With many of the buildings reflecting architectural influences from the late 1800s and onward, Sault Ste. Marie is a charming, waterfront border town with lots of history and culture to enjoy. Take in the gardens and view as you stroll along our boardwalk, do some shopping in our downtown or stop for a bite and friendly service at any one of our fantastic restaurants. Visit www.algomafallfestival.com to learn more!

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About Dionne Elgie

Dionne Elgie grew up in Sault Ste. Marie and has a deep personal love for this city, and like many Saultites, a real passion for the great outdoors. Along with her team at DIG (Digital Intelligence Group)—she works with Tourism Sault Ste. Marie to curate compelling travel stories and collect truly useful tour tips that appeal to both local residents and out-of-town visitors. You can contact Dionne at dionne@digdeep.ca—she’d love to hear from you!

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