The Last of the White Pine Loggers are returning home…
On August 2, the Wakami Wailers are hosting a benefit concert to help to restore the historic logging exhibit at Wakami Lake Provincial Park. The Wakami Wailers formed the band in 1981 – the band members all worked in the park as seasonal staff, and happened to be very talented musicians who had a love of traditional folk songs and a gift for story-telling. Over time, the band has built a large catalogue of songs that are now played by other bands, including their iconic song “The Last of the White Pine Loggers”.
Prior to the concert, there is an art show and book signing by artist and author Paton Lodge Lindsay. Paton Lodge Lindsay’s paintings and photographs reflect her love of the North. Her book, King of Algonquin Park is about her husband Emmett Chartrand (known as “Trapper”), his adventures growing up in Algonquin Provincial Park, as well as the two of them living on the shores of Wakami Lake, their relationship, and their very different backgrounds. Click here to listen to an interview with the author.
Proceeds from the concert will help to restore the park’s historic logging exhibit and trail. The exhibit features a large collection of authentic logging equipment and artefacts from the 1920s to the 1940s – a period in time when logging was changing from horse-powered to mechanised harvesting. Several of the features along the trail are in need of refurbishment and replacement and the concert will help to kick-start the process.
People, who wish to donate but can’t make the concert, can make their donations to Ontario Parks’ “A Lasting Gift” which directs donations to specific projects – in this case the Wakami Lake Historic Logging Exhibit. Donations over $10 receive a tax receipt.
Campsite reservations are still available at Wakami Lake for the weekend of the concert. To make a reservation click here or call 1-888-668-7275 (ONT-PARK).