SongRoots Summer Camp - August 26-30, 2024!

Join our incredible line-up of instructors for 5 musical and magical days in July!

Registration opens Sunday Jan 14th at 10:00 am PST

Registration for SongRoots 2024 will begin Sunday January 14th, 2024. We are so excited to be hosting SongRoots for our 11th YEAR!!

At this time, it is impossible to predict what the Covid situation could be by next summer. As a result, we are proceeding with flexibility. After two years of running SongRoots during Covid, we know that we can hold all of the classes and eat outdoors if necessary. We will be responsive to the current Covid situation and will proceed with appropriate caution as directed by the Provincial Health orders in the summer of 2024.

Cost for SongRoots this year will be $950 + $100 Registration Fee + GST

Cost includes everything - full tuition, accommodations, all meals and water taxi.

Read below to learn about the Camp 2 Instructors!!

Instructors - Aug 26th - Aug 30th

Adam Jacob Simon

Born and raised in Cambridge, MA, Adam is an avid folk singer performing frequently with Northern Harmony, traveling throughout Europe, South Africa and the U.S.

As co-founder of the folk music duo “Sophie et Adam” alongside his wife, French mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux, he frequently performs a varied repertoire of European and American folk music. He is an accomplished classical singer as well, recently performing the tenor solos in Mozart’s Mass in c minor with the Onion River Chorus in Montpelier VT. Recent solo highlights have been the tenor Evangalist in Arvo Pärt’s “Passio” and baritone in Duruflé’s Requiem with the Trinity Church Choirs in Boston, where he serves as staff singer.

As a composer, Adam has enjoyed many recent performances and commissions from nationally acclaimed ensembles including Lorelei Ensemble, Conspirare, Seraphic Fire, WordSong Boston, Palaver Strings and the Oriana Consort.

Ali Romanow

Ali Romanow is a non-binary music educator located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in Canada. Music has been part of their life since childhood, it has taken them over the world as both a performer and an educator. It is how they connect with others and has been a constant companion supporting them through life's ups and downs.

Ali’s main mission as a musical educator is to help build diverse, supportive and safe musical communities for people of all ages and levels of experience. We all deserve to play music together, regardless of your level of experience or skill. Together we will build the skills and confidence necessary to feel comfortable and confident making music with others.

Emily Miller

Emily Miller photographed by Stephen Schauer at Deep End Ranch, January 2015

Emily was born in Kansas and raised in Hong Kong, but her family's house was always filled with American old-time and country music. After performing with many different groups in her teenage years (most notably Northern Harmony, with whom she toured all over the US and Europe), Emily formed the honky-tonk country band The Sweetback Sisters in 2006 with fellow singer Zara Bode. They have recorded three full-length records and have performed their renegade retro style of country music in barrooms and concert halls around the world. Emily has appeared several times on national radio programs, including A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. Emily also performs old-time music as a duo with her husband, Jesse Milnes. They recorded their first duo record together in January 2015 and have toured across the US and Australia. Emily is also musical director for the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble's string band in Elkins, WV, which recruits talented instrumentalists and dancers from around the country for a high-level student performance ensemble. She and Jesse make their home in Valley Bend, WV.

Evie Ladin

Banjo player, singer, songwriter, percussive-dancer, choreographer and square-dance caller, Evie has always been surrounded by music – credit to her upbringing as daughter of an international folk dance teacher, and an old-time folk music devotee, she grew up thinking that playing music, dancing, singing with others was what people do.  Though entrenched in the traditional cultural arts of Appalachia, her home was in New York City, Baltimore, now Oakland – in cities, not mountains. But tradition bearers came through and played in her living room, with weekends spent at music festivals and house parties.

Evie’s performances, recordings and teaching reconnect Appalachian music/dance with other African-Diaspora traditions, and have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Lincoln Center, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Celtic Connections. Evie tours internationally with Keith Terry and her Evie Ladin Band; and has produced numerous albums and instructional DVDs.

Gideon Crevoshay

Gideon Crevoshay is a musician from the hills of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He uses the human voice to explore the countless dimensions of sound, language, and improvisation. Gideon studies traditional and ancient forms of singing from the US, Caucasus, and Mediterranean, finding inspiration in the wisdom contained within these traditions and how they can inform present ideas of music making and community. He performs regularly with many projects including Tenores de Aterúe, Resonanda, Starry Mountain Singers, and Briars of North America, and is grateful to have been able to perform with such artists as Meredith Monk, Cynthia Hopkins, and Meshell Ndegeocello. Gideon has taught youth-oriented songwriting and sound production courses with Found Sound Nation, and teaches polyphonic singing to young adults with the world music organization, Village Harmony.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a singer and pianist born in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She specializes in jazz, blues, and world music. She is considered one of the more important jazz artists working in Canada and the United States today.

As well as being a performer, she arranges and writes jazz and pop tunes, with several CDs containing a combination of original tunes, tunes she has arranged, and more traditional tunes.

She has also appeared on many CBC recordings and has worked with many other musicians both live and in studio.


Karla Mundy

Karla Mundy is a vibrant, soulful and diverse vocalist, pianist, arranger and choir leader. Karla directs Rhythm ‘n’ Roots and Harmony Mountain Singers in Vancouver, the City Soul Choir and the Island Soul Choir on Vancouver Island. Karla leads harmony singing workshops throughout BC and organizes many singing camps, workshops and singing study trips abroad. Karla is a founding member of the No Sh!t Shirleys, TriVo, Cleia, Plough,  Tanglewood Trio and Big Whoop! Karla is passionate about teaching harmony singing, getting the music off the page and digging deep into new musical territory.

Lysander Jaffe

Lysander Jaffe is a violinist, violist, and vocalist based in Boston, equally at home in chamber music, traditional music, and cross-genre collaborations. He has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center and National Sawdust and on national television in Kosovo, Georgia, and Greece. He holds a Masters in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory, where he studied styles ranging from free improvisation to klezmer to Hindustani classical music. Lysander is a violist and Co-Artistic Director of the chamber orchestra Palaver Strings and a founding member of the vocal quintet Culomba. In 2017, he appeared as a soloist with Revels’ Venetian Christmas Celebration at the Sanders Theatre. He has studied with masters of traditional music in Bulgaria, Kosovo, Greece, Corsica, and Georgia, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council has supported his work on the music of Epirus, Greece.  As a teacher, Lysander is passionate about broadening sonic and cultural horizons, teaching not only repertoire but listening skills and expressive vocabulary. He has taught for SongRoots and Village Harmony and directs two Boston-area choirs, SingPositive and Boston Harmony. For more information, visit

Moira Smiley

Singer / Composer, Moira Smiley travels the world creating new works for voices and accompanying her performances with her banjo, accordion, piano, and percussive movement. Her recordings feature spare, vocally-driven collections of warped traditional songs and original polyphony. 

In February, 2021 Moira Smiley & VOCO (with Karla Mundy + Dawn Pemberton!) released vocal album, In Our VoicesMoira also recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel LiveLive on KEXP At Home, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with Tune-Yards for their Sketchy album release.

Shruti Ramani

Shruti Ramani is an innovative and emerging artist in the Canadian Jazz scene. She hails from Mumbai, India where she secured a degree in Hindustani music under the mentorship of Dr. Ritu Johri from the Agra Gharana. She moved to Canada and acquired a Bachelor in Jazz Studies (Performance) with a specialization in voice from Capilano University. Her original music is an eclectic combination of the Indian and Jazz traditions. She composes and arranges music that fuses the two traditions to create dynamic pieces for both large and small ensembles. She leads a collaborative ensemble named Raagaverse with respected musicians Jodi Proznick, Noah Franche-Nolan and Nicholas Bracewell. Some of her noteworthy performances include those as a bandleader playing her original music at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival, and at the Mixtophonics Festival where she premiered a string quartet composition.Shruti has extensive experience teaching music to people with a wide range of ages, musical abilities, and genres. As a teacher, Shruti prioritizes developing a strong mentorship relationship with students, and her teaching style is supportive
while building strong foundations of musical understanding in her students.

Sophie Michaux was born in London, raised in the French Alps, and now based in Cambridge MA (USA). Although she focuses on classical music, her versatility and musical curiosity have brought her to be an active performer in many repertoires including French Cabaret songs, English Sea Shanties, as well as a variety of world polyphonies: in 2014 and 2017, she toured the U.S and Europe with Northern Harmony, an ensemble that is renowned for its command of varied world ethnic singing styles from the Balkans, the Republic of Georgia, South Africa and the US. She is the founding member of Sophie et Adam,a folk music duet with guitarist and singer Adam Jacob Simon, and of Culomba, a world polyphony ensemble. She has also explored the Yiddish song repertoire, with performances at the Goethe Institute for the Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprise and the celebration of musical wealth in the Vilna and Łódź Ghettos during WWII.

Val Mindel

Val Mindel is a longtime musician, teacher and workshop leader, known for bringing out the best in singers, whatever their level. Her specialty is the close, buzzy harmony that makes American old-time, bluegrass and country harmony so compelling. She teaches workshops across the country and abroad, including at numerous music camps – the Augusta Heritage Center, Ashokan Music and Dance Camps, Centrum’s Voice Works, Targhee Music Camp, Allegheny Echoes and others in the U.S., SongRoots in Canada and Sore Fingers in the U.K.

She is a founding member of the California-based string band Any Old Time and continues to perform in various combinations, including with daughter and old-time country musician Emily Miller (they have two CDs together: In the Valley and Close to Home).

She is the author of So You Want to Sing Folk Music, which came out in 2017 and is part of the “So You Want To Sing” series for Rowman & Littlefield and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She lives in Elkins, West Virginia.

Admin and SongRoots Team Extraordinaire!

Ali Romanow  

Ali Romanow is a non-binary music educator located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in Canada. Music has been part of their life since childhood, it has taken them over the world as both a performer and an educator. It is how they connect with others and has been a constant companion supporting them through life's ups and downs.

Ali’s main mission as a musical educator is to help build diverse, supportive and safe musical communities for people of all ages and levels of experience. We all deserve to play music together, regardless of your level of experience or skill. Together we will build the skills and confidence necessary to feel comfortable and confident making music with others.

Wendy Knudson

Wendy is passionate about all aspects of music – organizing workshops, teaching, collaborating, and playing. From her living room to being onstage to time in the studio, Wendy sings, plays guitar, accordion, upright bass, ukulele and fiddle. She plays a broad variety of genres, ranging from Celtic, folk, gypsy jazz, Brazilian choro, to French café music, and western swing. Wendy has the great pleasure of teaching accordion, guitar, ukulele and fiddle to kids of all ages in Courtenay, BC.

Erinn Doncaster

Counsellor by day and harmony nerd by, well, also by day, Erinn has been singing harmonies for as long as they can remember. 

When they’re not being a trauma therapist or belting out a third harmony along with whatever folk duo is playing on the radio, Erinn co-directs Fieramente (a choir for the 2SLBGTQIA+ community in the Comox Valley), sings back-up vocals, and teaches workshops on music and mental wellness.



Wendy Knudson, Ali & Bob Romanow help out with many aspects of SongRoots. One of their important roles is that of 'Float Crew'These three people help get us all on and off of Gambier Island and help camp run smoothly.



Karla Mundy started SongRoots in July 2014 and is beyond thrilled at how this dream has taken root and is growing. After going to (and loving) many music camps and workshops, Karla thought it would be wonderful to have an all vocal camp in Western Canada. At most of the camps that Karla went to, there would be large overflowing and happy singing classes and she could imagine that a whole camp dedicated to singing would be wonderful. SongRoots is a chance to dig deeper, expand repertoire and styles and focus solely on the voice with others who love to sing in an intensive setting on a beautiful island away from our busy daily lives!  Karla loves the sense of community that has emerged from SongRoots and is delighted by the musical and personal growth that happens every year during (and beyond) these 5 magical days!

CLASSES - Aug 28th - Sept 1st 2023


Folk Singer's Toolkit w/ Pharis Romero (no limit)

Folk singing is a beautiful, age-old way of communicating. So much of it comes naturally, and we’ll explore ways to enhance our own natural approaches to folk singing  (and a lot of other singing genres too, but for this class we’ll use folk songs as the practice).
We’ll work on singing skills around breathing, range and body resonance. We'll discuss and practice different approaches to learning songs, and communicating through song.
You’ll leave with some excellent songs to have in your pocket!

Finding Your Voice w/ Cindy Scott (no limit)

This class will give you a much better understanding of the voice as its own instrument. You will learn how to develop more power and control throughout your range OVER TIME, but there are likely to be some instant improvements, as well. We will cover how that invisible thing actually works and what you can do to improve range, flexibility, and power. We will focus on some common issues for vocalists, like how to navigate through your break, how to avoid excessive fatigue, and much more! All levels welcome.

Your Voice, Your Song - A Singer's Masterclass w/ Brian Tate & Michael Creber (max 8 singers)

Discover your authentic voice through working with a song of your choice in a playful and safe environment. Expand your confidence, connect with your audience, and experience the many ways of expressing yourself through song. You’ll receive one-on-one coaching as well as the invaluable experience of learning from each other. Each session brings new and exciting ways of exploring your voice and your song. Singers of all levels and songs of all styles are welcome! You must bring a song that you are ready to perform (memorized words and music); also, bring the piano music (sheet music or lead sheet)

Classical Music & Madrigals for Everyone w/ Sophie Michaux & Adam Jacob Simon (no limit)

From the silliest falala-ing to the most melodramatic songs of pining, madrigals really do cover a lot of bases!

Come explore this fun and varied repertoire of beautiful and oh-so-satisfying harmony singing, that is anything but your typical “classical” choral music. Many songs will be in English.



Ukrainian Lyrical and Ritual Songs w/ Eva Salina (no limit)

We will explore a variety of folk traditional songs from different regions in Ukraine, from Spring calling songs to rich, lush polyphonic songs sung around the table after long days of work.  This class is an opportunity to connect with our shared humanity, to both honor and learn from the rich, deep, varied and ancient Ukrainian vocal traditions. We will listen to recordings of village singers, and sing the songs in both large and small group (as desired) settings.  All songs will be taught by ear.

Qigong for Singers w/ Jennifer Scott (no limit)

Energizing Qigong for Vocalists - In a workshop setting we will explore how breath directed movement can improve your breath support, vocal technique, performance dynamic and all around well being!

I will guide you through a short form (‘eight silken movements’), healing postures plus Shao Lin self massage and movements from the Wuji form in tandem with vocal exercises, focusing on easy and relaxed vocal production.

Finally, we’ll take our centred, energized bodies and sing together!

Repertoire will be varied & provided by me. Participants should wear non-binding comfortable clothes. Bare feet, socks or soft soled shoes are all fine


American "Shape Note" Music w/ Sophie Michaux and Adam Jacbo Simon (no limit)


Come explore this vast centuries old, living tradition of American hymnody: hymns and spiritual songs written with a peculiar multi-shaped note-head system. We'll explore the varied repertoire from 18th century "New England School" music, to the powerful and raw sound of the 19th century American South, and also fresh and fun music written by living composers from the United States.

Sound Playground w/ Dawn Pemberton (no limit)

Ear training is fun and helps to open up your musical world. This engaging and supportive class will submerge you in the world of musical sounds.

We'll work on strengthening and developing your musical ear by learning how to aurally identify music's building blocks.

Pop R&B Singfest! w/ Jennifer Scott (no limit)

Let’s sing a mixture of great singalong and arrangeable tunes by Earth, Wind & Fire, James Taylor, Sam Cooke and much much more!

Delicious Harmonies and group singing emphasized, (but with solo options, too!) so bring your voice and we’ll joyfully raise them together!




Country Duets w/ Pharis Romero & Beverly Smith (no limit)

Learn the big picture and the small details of duets in the style of the early country masters: Maybelle & Sara Carter, Bill & Charlie Monroe, Carter & Ralph Stanley, and many more. This will be both a repertoire and skills class, where we learn some of the songs along with the whys and hows of the duets they sang.

You and the Great American Songbook w/ Cindy Scott and Brian Seeger (max 8 singers)

Songroots “Mining for Magic” co-instructors Cindy Scott & Brian Seeger will help you craft a deeper connection with yourself and your audience while performing works from this classic repertoire. Limited to eight participants.  

Making It Your Own w/ Karla Mundy (max 12 singers)

This class is going to be all about PLAY and exploration. Over the week - we will learn 3-4 songs and we are going to play with movement, improvisation, phrasing and emotion. We are going to dissect these songs and put them back together again, getting out of our comfort zones and diving deep into discovery. We will work with practical exercises that will shift our patterns and we are going to fully embrace making ‘mistakes’ ! We will take turns singing so come ready to sing on your own, in a completely safe, fun and nurturing environment.  All are welcome and no need to prepare anything in advance. 


Old Time Country Singing w/ Beverly Smith (No limit)

From plaintive unaccompanied Appalachian ballads, hymns to honky tonk, bluegrass, blues, and country, the southern mountains have made an indelible mark on American music.  We will be looking into this deep repertoire, learning both solo and harmony parts and mostly singing! The Carter Family, Blue Sky Boys, Stanley Brothers, Almeda Riddle, Lily May Ledford are just a few of the folks we'll be listening to and learning songs from.

Bring your big ears and your real voice and be ready for three chords and the truth.

Aspiring Band Leaders w/ Brian Seeger (no limit)

Are you ready to front the band but feeling overwhelmed by the responsibility?

Let’s work together to get you moving towards a more confident, satisfying and joyful relationship with your band and your music.

This is open for everyone!



You Got Style w/ Dawn Pemberton (no limit)

Join Dawn Pemberton as she guides you through musical elements and vocal characteristics that will help you to cultivate and develop your own personal style as a vocalist. There will be aural transcriptions, comparative studies, and breakdowns of some of the most iconic vocal performances. If you’re looking for the next step on your musical journey this class is for you!

Songs of the Islands w/ Brian Tate (no limit)

As we gather on beautiful Gambier island, we’ll learn and sing a selection of traditional songs from many other islands around the world: from Cuba to the Hebrides, from the Georgia Sea Islands to Polynesia, and more!

All songs are scored in easy three-part arrangements. Sheet music will be provided, but reading ability not necessary!


Polyphonic Bouquet w/ Eva Salina (no limit)

In this class we will explore a variety of polyphonic songs from mostly Eastern Europe, with the tense and elemental melody-and-drone songs found in many parts of the Balkans but also the wild, independently moving voices as found in Georgia and Albania.  The songs will encompass a variety of textures, timbres, ornamentation, and language systems.  If you are new to these traditions, fear not—bring your curiosity and love of harmony, and you will leave inspired and electrified by new ways of singing with others. Songs taught mostly by ear. but I provide scores when and if I have them.

Monday August 28th-Friday Sept 1st 2023

Monday August 28th - Water taxis will begin taking people from Horseshoe Bay to Gambier Island at 10:30 am. Please arrive at 9:50 am for registration and to have your bag tagged and loaded.

Friday Sept 1st - Water taxis will begin leaving Gambier Island at 12:30 pm. The last water taxi will likely leave around 2:00. You can safely plan to be back at Horseshoe Bay between 1:30 and 3:00.

Here is a full view of the week's schedule! (This schedule is from 2022 - a new schedule is coming soon!!)


SongRoots – Summer Camp Accommodations

There are various options for accommodations at Camp Fircom.

1. Tenting! You have the option of bringing your own tent and setting up your home for the week in some of the gorgeous camp sites at Camp Fircom.  There are communal washrooms for tenters and cabin sleepers. (Tenters get a $20 discount)


2. Canvas Tents - Camp Fircom provides 6 large Canvas tents. These can be shared by 3-4 people and mattresses are provided  - all you need to bring is your own sleeping bag and pillow. This option is available at no extra cost if there are 3-4 people in one.


3. Cabin/Bunkhouse 1-4 – will sleep up to 8 in a room - everyone will get a lower bunk and can keep their gear on the top bunk. There are shared communal bathrooms and everyone brings their own bedding. There are electrical outlets in the cabins. This option is available at no extra cost. These Cabins are the newer ones that were built in the last few years.


4. Craigcroft – there is a choice of shared or single rooms (limited) in Craigcroft. Craigcroft is a 2 storey dorm-style residence with 12 rooms and a large common room. We will have 8 double rooms and 4 single rooms. There are two bathrooms with additional washrooms located in the dining hall which is right next door. You can bring your own bedding or you can pay an extra $35 to have it supplied for you. There is an additional cost to stay in Craigcroft of $120 for a double room and $240 for a single room.

5.  Farmhouse - this is the most luxurious accommodation available! There are two bedrooms (each with a queen sized bed), a fully equipped kitchen, a large patio (with a view of the water) and a beautiful living room. All linens are provided. There is an additional cost of $400 per room at the Farmhouse.



FOOD at Fircom!

Fircom focuses on healthy, delicious homemade meals to ensure that you are satisfied and feeling great during your time at camp. Our chef and farmer work together to grow beautiful, abundant harvests in our 1.5 acres organic garden. Much of the produce from the Farm ends up in beautiful meals or in the delicious and colorful salad bar served at each lunch and dinner.


Camp Fircom is endeavouring to be as sustainable as possible and tread lightly on the earth. One of the ways they are doing this is by trying to cut back on food waste. The main thought is 'take what you need, and eat what you take' - there is going to be plenty of food for second helpings so please don't be shy if you didn't get enough food the first time. 2nd helpings are available!

Everyone arrive at Horseshoe Bay around 10:00 am to register on Monday Aug 28th. For those people coming from Vancouver Island, you can take the 8:30 am boat and come straight over to register., We will be going over in many different water taxis - we can only load one at a time, so it does take a while to get the whole group over there. Be patient and it should all run smoothly - enjoy the beautiful ride!

You will be registered by Ali Romanow, Wendy Knudson and Bob Romanow. They have a wonderful system to get you all set up, loaded on the boat and sent over. You must check in with them first before heading down to the dock!!

We have to make special arrangements for the water taxis on Monday morning and those costs are included in your ticket. If you miss the water taxi, you will be responsible for getting yourself to the island (through Cormorant Marine Water Taxi) and will have to cover that cost. Some people have been asking about special water taxi departure times - I am unable to organize anything extra outside of our scheduled times.

Where to meet? Where to park?

 Meet on the lawn by the (former) Boathouse Restaurant. There you will receive your welcome package and be organized into different water taxis. The Water Taxi Loading area is at the end of the Government Dock in Horseshoe Bay, which is to the East of the Boathouse Restaurant. Please do not go to the Water Taxi office, as they are not responsible for the check-in of our campers.

Parking! - there are various lots at Horseshoe Bay. I would suggest carpooling. The lots closest to the terminal cost about $20/day. There is a cheaper lot up the hill. The best option is getting dropped off if possible!

LIONS OVERFLOW PARKING Located at 6318 Marine drive, West Vancouver Across from the 2nd hole of Geneagles Golf Club, just south of Geneagles Elementary School

**We will be arriving and leaving at low tide which means that the ramp to get to the boat is kind of steep!  The trip to and from Fircom is a little arduous. It does include carrying your luggage, walking up and down steep loading ramps and then walking up a hill on Gambier up to Camp Fircom. There is a truck that will take our luggage and could drive people with mobility problems. We will have designated helpers and lifters are all there to help each other.

3. Leaving on Friday

The boats start leaving Fircom at 1:30 on Friday. We can only load one water taxi at a time so I am unable to tell anyone exactly when they will get back to HSB. It could be as early at 2:15 or you could be on the last water taxi and not get back until about 3:30 or so.

See below for important info and helpful tips!

1) How do the canvas tents (sibleys) work? Canvas Tents can accommodate 3-4 people– Fircom provides mattresses and you bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. Think sleep over/slumber party! You will be close and cozy. If you have a group of 3-4 people, there would be no extra cost.

2) How can I pay in instalments? How much is camp?

Camp costs $890 + $100 Registration + GST. There are several accommodation upgrades that cost extra. You can pay in instalments - just get in touch with Karla to sort out a schedule.

3) I'm really new to singing and nervous about coming.. what classes are best suited for beginners/less experienced singers?

Folk Singers Toolkit, Finding Your Voice, Qigong for Singers, Sound Playground, Pop R&B Singfest, Country Duets, Old Time Country Singing, You Got Style, Songs of the Islands.

4) Are there any Bed & Breakfasts available near Fircom?

No, Fircom is on the south eastern corner of Gambier and there is no road access to New Brighton or most of the rest of the island. There are no accommodation rentals in the near vicinity.

5) Can I bring my own boat to Fircom?

You can, but there is no mooring on the government dock. You can anchor in Fircom Bay or Halkett Bay, however you will have to bring a dinghy and paddle in.

6) Where can I tent?

There are several lovely tenting areas in the forest and in more open areas.

7) Can I come for part of the camp?

This event is all or nothing. We will have additional boats in emergency circumstances but otherwise we expect participants to stay for the duration of the program.

8) Can I bring my dog?

Unless you have an assistance/service animal, animals are not permitted.

9) Is the accommodation wheelchair accessible?

Please contact Karla for more information on the accessibility of the site and facilities. There are many gravel roads and a fair bit of walking between class - Karla could try to accommodate accessibility as much as possible with accommodation choice and class location.

10) I own a cabin on Gambier. Can I just come for the days?

Yes that would be fine. Contact Karla and we would sort out your cost for the camp.

11) I’d like to bring my baby, is that ok?

That could be possible and it might be a little tricky. We could try to sort out an accommodation that would work for you. Please contact Karla and talk through what the days are like and how you could try to make it work for you and your baby.

12) I’d like to bring my 8 year old, is that ok?

At the moment, this camp is geared towards adults and we don’t currently have it set up to work for kids as well (we are working on that for the future)

13) I’d like to know more about what emergency services are available on Gambier. Can you tell me about that?

Fircom is an isolated site however emergency services can be dispatched to site. In case of an emergency medical situation, the patient will be evacuated either by boat or by helicopter.

14) This year seems more expensive than last year. Why is that?

Costs for absolutely everything involved with camp have gone up. In addition to that, we also need to operate camp with reduced capacity this year because of Covid. As a result, we have had to slightly increase costs.

15) Finances are tight. Is there any way I can barter my fee?

There could be some limited possibilities of helping out with camp and reducing some of the fee. Please contact Karla if you have some ideas. There are some bursary funds available!

It is still too early for us to know exactly what our Covid protocols will need to be. As it is a constantly evolving situation, we will create our final Covid plan closer to the time. Our plan will be based on PHO Health Orders and many other factors (Covid case numbers, variants)

  • We will operate with reduced numbers, approx 90 participants, 10 instructors and 4 assistants (typically SongRoots has 110 participants, 12 instructors and 3 assistants)
  •  At this point, the plan is for all classes to be held outdoors in covered areas to ensure that we have excellent air flow. We will re-assess closer to the time.
  • At this time, our plan is that all meals will be eaten outside in covered areas.
  • Accommodations will be Cabins (8 people), Craigcroft (4 single rooms, 8 double rooms), Farmhouse (2 single rooms (or couples)), Bring your own Tent & Shared Sibley Tents (suggested for 3-4 people)
  • For masking & physical distancing, we will follow the current PHO rules.
  • Masking (at this point) is not considered necessary outside. Anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask is completely welcome to. We may be required to wear masks inside buildings and on the water taxis.
  • As Covid is an ongoing and shifting situation, we will follow all PHO rules and guidelines and stay up to date with the latest advice.
  • We will be sending out a Covid symptoms checklist prior to camp. Anyone experiencing any symptoms leading up to camp need to get tested for Covid.