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Summer Moon Fest announces creative workshop series

Workshop series happens at The Loft on June 21 and 22
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The Loft, a new venue built in the third floor of the Algoma Conservatory of Music.

This year's Summer Moon Festival will host a series of workshops at The Loft located in the top floor of the Algoma Conservatory of Music on June 21 and 22.

Workshop topics include Indigenous culture, podcasting, creative writing, songwriting, film production, and more.

"These workshops are free to access, however a $10 entry fee per workshop will be accepted for those who wish to support the workshop series operating expenses," states a news release issued today.

Workshop details and registration are available online.

Full text of the news release follows:

The Loft is proud to host Summer Moon Festival’s inaugural series of interdisciplinary artist workshops in collaboration with Algoma University and presenting sponsor, Your Neighbourhood Credit Union!

“We have been partnering with Summer Moon Fest since before we opened our doors,” said Greig Nori, sound engineer and music aficionado at the Loft, who shared his excitement after two years of pandemic cancellations. “We can’t wait to see emerging artists learn from these workshops. We’re looking forward to helping grow Summer Moon Festival to be as synonymous with the Sault as SXSW is for Austin, Texas.”

Day one of the workshop series will focus on up close and intimate workshops topics such as:
    •    Introduction to podcasting, from Borderline Radio
    •    Post production, with Rolling Pictures
    •    Do’s and don’ts of the written medium with author and comic book writer, Jesse Jordan
    •    Telling our Stories with Fringe North Artistic Producer Tova Arbus
    •    Live songwriting with Jay Case and Frank Deresti

The focus of the second day of workshops will be on skills development and displaying local Indigenous talent facilitated by PACE - Algoma University’s Professional and Continuing Education program.

“These workshops will embrace the seven grandfather teachings and will cultivate cross-cultural learning between Aboriginal communities and other communities,” shared Algoma University’s PACE director, Sumbul Syed.

Both days of workshops, facilitated by industry professionals will be held at The Loft at the Algoma Conservatory of music located at 75 Huron St.

These workshops are free to access, however a $10 entry fee per workshop will be accepted for those who wish to support the workshop series operating expenses.

To register for these great workshops or to learn more, please visit the website.

Summer Moon 2022’s title sponsor is Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU), in addition to support provided by the Ontario Arts Council. With more schedule details to follow and events requiring registration, visit the website, follow us on Facebook and @artsandculturessm on Instagram.

The Summer Moon Festival is an annual festival where organizations can work together to create and develop accessible, sustainable, multi-disciplinary public art, culture and heritage programming that supports tourism, economic diversity and arts sector development within the region. This event has created a more welcoming and inclusive community for all through increased representation and cross-cultural relationships and through the opportunity for community members to share in multi-cultural experiences and programming. Summer Moon Festival is intended to promote and foster a sense of pride, place, ownership, and inclusion in the community.