Laker Music Project 



Scroll down for photos of the laker voyage!

Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts and Algoma Central Marine, David and Mike Ford had the great pleasure of traveling from Montreal to Thunder Bay on the good ship Algoville in 2005.

David and Mike then took a slideshow of their trip and some new songs of the Seaway to grade 6 classes in 5 port cities. Students from Amhearst Island/Bath P.S., Toronto Island P.S., Robertson Memorial P.S. (Goderich), St Rose Catholic School (Windsor) and McKay P.S. (Port Colborne) were then encouraged to write their own songs in a songwriting session after the presentation.

And now the fun part! The guys are putting on a concert in each city! They will show a few slides of their trip, sing new and old seaway songs and invite the grade 6ers up to perform their own songs...I can't wait! These shows are listed on our PERFORMANCE DATES page and are open to the public. Ticket prices will be posted shortly.

Here are a few photos from the trip.

photos by David and Beth

David waits at the Brockville train station for Mike to arrive from Toronto before driving to Saint Lambert Locks in Montreal to meet up with the Algoville.

Here's Mike - ready to board

Yes, that is where the guys had to wait from 4:30 pm till 4 am when the Algoville entered the locks - the Seamen's room

And here she is. What a ship! David and Mike had a fantastic trip - saw many wonderful sights and were honoured to get to know the captain and crew - all fine and interesting men.

On the way they went through many locks...

passed under many bridges...

and of course, saw many ships...

the Middletown

the American Mariner

and the Algontario, to name a few.

They saw - oh joy! - industrial landscapes, (David's favourite!)

and some wildlife (my favourite!) This is a Black-crowned night heron

and some massive grain elevators in Thunder Bay

Mike gazes out over the Saint Lawrence River

David had time to reflect on Lake Superior,

... and saw some wild weather on Lake Erie.

The voyage ended for Mike in Thunder Bay. David returned, back down the great lakes, to Iroquois Locks - where Colin and I got our first sight of the Algoville. Here she is just hoving into view.

A smiling David climbed down a very tall ladder for a happy reunion.

...and off she goes...seagulls in her wake

The Laker Music Project is made possible by a grant from The Canada Council For The Performing Arts and by the good folks at Algoma Central Marine

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