The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains invites you to celebrate the 95th Anniversary of the Group of Seven painting on the Algoma Central Railway and the 81thbirthday of Glenn Gould, pianist extraordinaire and devotee of Lake Superior and the Algoma Highlands.
The Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event
September 20, 21 & 22, 2013
This year’s event is sold out!!! There is always a chance that someone will cancel. Please contact us using the information under the “Contact Us” tab to put yourself on a waiting list for this year, or to be first on the list for next year!
The magnificence of the Algoma Highlands clad in autumn splendour, the rugged northern coastline of Lake Superior, wild rivers descending out of the Highlands and into great lake – these have inspired many, including the painters of the Group of Seven and Canada’s internationally celebrated pianist, Glenn Gould. Join the Group of Seven & Glenn Gould Train Event 2013 and learn through experience, why and how the North Country so moved these men.
In 2013 the Train Event has a new format, in response to popular demand, which includes more time and activities spent in those areas of the North Country where members of the Group of Seven, and Glenn Gould, worked and wandered.
The Event will begin with a reception and presentation on Alexander Young Jackson, this year’s featured artist, and Jackson’s Algoma experience. The Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, will host the presentation on the evening of Friday, September 20.
On September 21, participants will board the Algoma Central Railway in Sault Ste. Marie and travel north to Hawk Junction (Wawa) on the same rails that took members of the Group to their various painting sites along the ACR. The train trip will include a live commentary on the Group’s painting sites visible from the train. The tour will be conducted by Michael Burtch, art historian and researcher.
At Hawk Junction the coach tour begins as participants leave the ACR and proceed into Wawa to the Wawa Motor Inn, Glenn Gould’s former lodging. In the evening guests will enjoy an excellent dinner at Rock Island Lodge set on the shore of Lake Superior, followed by a presentation with musicologist, Dale Innes, on the role the north played in the music of Glenn Gould.
Gould was a regular visitor to Wawa and the areas around Michipicoten. On the morning of the 22rd, following the opportunity to participate in a sketchbook journaling or photography art session or a coach tour of Wawa, participants will trace Gould’s footsteps as they tour those haunts – the waterfalls and shorelines – frequented by the pianist. Skills learned at the sketching and photography sessions can be put to use during the tour.
In the afternoon of September 22, participants will travel down what has been called one of Canada’s finest road trips – the magnificent eastern coastline of Lake Superior – as the Event winds its way back to Sault Ste. Marie. Stops are made to visit lookouts and points of interest including Lake Superior Provincial Park and its comprehensive Visitor Centre. The Train Event draws to an end in the late afternoon.
Ticket prices are as follows:
$390.00 for double occupancy (Tax incl)
$430.00 for single occupancy. (Tax incl)
Ticket includes train and coach transportation to and from Wawa, accommodation in Wawa, lunch and dinner on September 21, breakfast and lunch on September 22, and all presentations, tours, choice of art sessions or Wawa tour, and reception.
CBC has some information on the area and its signifance for Glenn Gould. Follow this link: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/