May 11-12: The O’Shraves

The O’Shraves are in town to play a contra dance and a concert the weekend of May 11-12, 2013. Members of the band will also be available to for workshops Sunday afternoon.

Schedule for the weekendCourtesy: The O'Shraves

Saturday, May 11

  • The Toronto Country Dancers hosts a contra dance featuring the O’Shraves and caller Myra Hirschberg starting at 7:30. Please bring a pair of indoor shoes for dancing. (more information)

Sunday, May 12

  • Members of the band will be available for workshops in piano, fiddle, tin whistle or flute, and guitar Sunday afternoon. Please email Pat and Julie at before May 10 to register for this workshop.
  • Shelly Romalis is hosting a house concert in the Bathurst-St. Clair area of Toronto starting at 7 pm. Please email for tickets, which must be reserved ahead of time.

About the band

The O’Shraves (the O’Gorman/Schryer/Lefebvre family) from Northern Ontario play a mixture of music from the Canadian, Irish and Scottish musical traditions. Steeped in Ontario fiddle music, they play a lively and compelling mix of traditional tunes and original compositions with consummate skill and great joy.

Photo by Rob Majury, sootoday.comHeaded up by two of Canada’s finest traditional musicians, Julie Schryer (piano) and Pat O’Gorman (flute, whistle and bagpipes), this family band also consists of Benoît Schryer Lefebvre (winner of the 18 and under Pembroke Fiddle Contest in 2011 and in 2012, on fiddle), Zach Schryer Lefebvre (guitar, cello, whistle, piano and vocals), and Áine Schryer O’Gorman (winner of the 9 and under Pembroke Fiddle Contest in 2012, on fiddle, stepdancing and vocals).

They are an integral part of traditional music in Ontario. They run the AlgomaTrad Family Music and Dance Camp, and organize both dances and concerts all over Ontario and Michigan.


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