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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Songs of the Departed: Food. Music. Film.

Culinary & food Film & video Intercultural Music Theatre
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Heritage Discovery Centre @ Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site

Sault Ste. Marie, ON


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


George Al-Khoury served as a guide in United Nations' refugee camps throughout Lebanon during the early days of the Syrian crisis.

There, George discovered the musicians and singers using their music to keep a nation's soul alive while they waited for the chance to go home again.

Often while playing along with them on his darbuka, George recorded these one-of-a-kind 'jam sessions' for his upcoming documentary, "Songs of the Departed."

This event is a special screening of selected footage accompanied by narration from the musician, filmmaker, storyteller and restaurateur himself, George Al-Khoury.

Join us for this deeply-moving and life-affirming journey into the heart of a homeless nation to hear the stories of those musicians and singers

At the end of the presentation, samples of Syrian and Middle Eastern cuisine will be provided by Georgie's Shawarma.

This event is free as part of Culture Days 2019 in Sault Ste. Marie. We will be accepting a "pay-what-you-think-it-deserves" donations for the meal.

Due to limited seating registration is required:



Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site & Local Immigration Partnership

The Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site is a Museum / Historic Site which houses 2 of the oldest stone buildings northwest of Toronto. The Heritage Discovery Centre is a part of the Site with a theatre, exhibit gallery, gift shop and accessible washrooms. Open year round to present and encourage participation in Sault Ste. Marie's heritage. Our museum plays host to many Cultural Tourism events, Festivals and Events.


This event is part of a hub:

Saultites: Walk the Arts and Wellness Trail

James L. McIntyre Centennial Library Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Culture Days 10th Anniversary KICK OFF will start with Opening Ceremonies, at the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site at 9:30 a.m., on Friday September 27, 2019. Make your way along the cultural corridor to vibrant festivities at the...

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