Some fun

Wow, that was some dance, eh?  Thanks go out to our great caller, Jacynthe Guimond, and to the band: Richard Forest, Peter Jellard, Rob Rohr and Kate Murphy.

WP_20131116_20_29_22_ProAt one point, I counted NINE SETS! That’s a lot of people. Especially when they are shouting with the joy and enthusiasm that this particular crowd was exuding.

If you wanted to attend and missed it, or if you want to come again, we are holding another one on Saturday, April 19th in the same place.

The session the next morning was also well attended. We are delighted to welcome Conny, who has never been before, as well as David P. (it’s been a while!) and Jasmine — both of whom had been out all night dancing the night before!

Happy times.

Oh, P.S.: The new site is up, but we are still fiddling with the mail server. Once that’s fixed — so you can get automatic e-mail notifications — we’ll pop over there (and give you complete instructions on how to use it).  If you want RSS, you can go there now… I especially like the new format calendar.

By TOqueTrad Posted in Dance

Saturday, November 16: Québécois square dance

Québécois set dancing at the benefit for Centre d'inspiration jeunesse

Square sets, from one of our previous Québécois dances.

Edith is organising another Québecois square dance to raise funds for the Centre d’inspiration jeunesse in Haiti, which offers development initiatives for rural an remote youth in the Verrettes area of Haiti. This is the third one she is putting on, so if you’ve missed this rollicking good time, now’s your chance!

This time out, we are inviting a new caller, Jacynthe Guimond. We are keeping our fabulous house band: Richard Forest (fiddle), Rob Rohr (fiddle), Peter Jellard (accordion), Kate Murphy (piano).

Jacynthe will be calling mostly squares from Quebec, although she may also call some round or contra-style dances. Similar to Irish and other types of square dance, Quebec squares have some very distinctive figures.

Jacynthe Guimond

Caller Jacynth Guimond

To give you an idea of her calling style, we found a video with Jacynthe calling in Montreal. She calls in French on this video but, don’t worry: she is a bilingual caller. Jacynthe practices a wide range of traditional dancing, including step-dancing and calls regularly at the Wheel Club in Montreal.

As usual, there will also be a silent auction. You can call Edith at 416-796-6379 for more information or to donate items for the silent auction. Invite your friends using Edith’s Facebook event for the dance.

Round Dance at the benefit for Centre d'inspiration jeunesse

Round dance at a an earlier Quebecois dance.

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Avenue just north of Bloor near Ossington (map)
Cost: $10 per person, though additional donations would be appreciated

We recommend that you bring a reusable cup or water bottle. You might just dance up a thirst!

We are certainly looking forward to this event, but if you can’t make it, you can still support this  worthwhile cause online.

Upcoming events: October and November

Laura Risk

Laura Risk

As almost always when we get together with this dynamic group of people for a session, we have some things to mention:

  • First off, a HUGE congratulations to Elizabeth on the birth of her first grandchild, Aurora, in Budapest, Hungary, last week.
  • Next, kudos to Joan for completing her first half-marathon today, with a blazing 3 hours and 27 minutes. Sadly, Ms. Weed was indisposed for today’s session.
  • Next weekend, there are several events of interest to Québécois music afficianados:
  • Sunday, November 3rd, the Brian Pickell Band is appearing at Claude Church for one of their memorable Parlour Concerts. Tickets now available online.
  • Saturday, November 9th, Dan Gorno is returning to Toronto to call a contradance at St. Barnabas featuring an exciting young band: Benoit Schryer-Lefebvre, Colin Savoie-Levac and Toronto’s own Eli Howard.
  • Saturday, November 16, Edith is organising another of her fabulous Québécois dances with Richard Forest, Peter Jellard, Rob Rohr and Kate Murphy. Dovercourt House, 7:30 pm. More information available on facebook.
Gemme Falquet

Pascal Gemme & Yann Falquet

That’s a lot of stuff in the next little while! We will post more details about the workshops next weekend, but if you want information sooner than that, please e-mail us at toqetrad@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Rob and Donna

Saturday, June 1: Québécois set dance and silent auction fund-raiser

Round Dance at the benefit for Centre d'inspiration jeunesse

Round Dance at the benefit for Centre d’inspiration jeunesse

Building on the success of her previous venture, Edith is once again hosting a Québécois set dance and silent auction for the Centre d’inspiration jeunesse, a non-profit organisation that helps communities in Haiti become self-sustainable.

Edith has asked us to pass on the info:

Come enjoy another fantastic and fun filled evening keeping up with fiery fiddle tunes brought to us by Quebec’s favourite fiddler, Richard Forest, the best of the new generation of callers, Jean-François Berthiaume, amazing accordionist Peter Jellard of Swamperella, and lucky for us, now of Toronto Rob Rohr from Vermont.

This is an irresistible event with dancers from the other floors wondering “who’s havin’ so much fun?” You don’t want to miss the fun and you also don’t want to miss the silent auction or the chance to support Centre d’inspiration jeunesse, a Haitian-based NGO supporting local sustainable development including a music program close to our hearts.

No experience necessary.

C’est une veillée de danse comme à Québec avec des grands musiciens traditionnels du Québec, Richard Forest (violoneux) et Jean-Francois Berthiaume (caller et percussionniste) et aussi des amis d’ici, Peter Jellard (accordéoniste) et Rob Rohr (violoneux). Vous ne trouverez pas une soirée plus agréable et en plus c’est une affaire charitable, qui soutien un beau projet à Verrettes, Haiti. L’expérience n’est pas nécessaire. Tout le monde est le bienvenu.

Québécois set dancing at the benefit for Centre d'inspiration jeunesse

Québécois set dancing at the benefit for Centre d’inspiration jeunesse

There will also be a silent auction. You can call Edith at 416-796-6379 for more information or to donate items for the silent auction. You can invite your friends using the Facebook event Edith created for the dance.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Avenue (map)
Cost: $10 per person, though additional donations would be appreciated

We are certainly looking forward to this event. If you can’t make it, you can still support this worthwhile cause online.

 

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 music@algomatrad.ca 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 shellyromalis@rogers.com 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.

Saturday, November 17: Québécois set and contra dance

Richard_Forest-1Our very own Edith is helping to organise a Québécois set dance / contra dance to raise money for the Centre d’inspiration jeunesse, a non-profit organisation that helps communities in Haiti become self-sustainable.

Enlisted in this cause is some pretty high-powered musical talent:

Joining them will be some local musicians, including Rob and Peter from our weekly sessions.

J-F Berthiaume

There will also be a silent auction. You can call
416-796-6379 for more information or to donate items for the silent auction

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Avenue (map)
Cost: $10 per person, or 2 people for $15

We are certainly looking forward to this event. If you can’t make it, you can still support this worthwhile cause online.

Kylie sends us a link to the facebook page for this event.

The O’Schraves with Dan Gorno: Fine Ontario music and a great caller!


You are invited. Come to dance or just to listen. You’ll be glad you did.

As part of a tour that will take them from Northern Ontario to St-Jean-de-Matha, Québec, this family band from Desbarats, in Northern Ontario, will make an all-too-brief stopover in Toronto. The O’Shraves features the talents of Toronto’s own Pat O’Gorman, the lovely and talented Julie Schryer, and their family Benoît and Zachary Schryer-Lefebvre and Aine. They really need no introduction!

Dan Gorno (caller) performs and teaches traditional dances from Ireland, France, England, Canada and Appalachia. He teaches workshops in many kinds of dance, and his square and contra dance calling is known for its high energy fun. The venue’s wood floor is ideal for dancing.

The dance will be held Thursday, February 23rd at Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Cathedral Church Hall, which is at 823 Manning Ave, Toronto (ON) M6G 2W7 (map) . The dance is up the stairs.

Doors open at 6:30, the dance begins at 7.  Entry is by donation (suggested donation of $10.00), all are welcome.

By transit: Get off at Christie subway station, walk a couple of blocks north to Follis Ave. (south of Fiesta Farms), and walk two blocks east to Manning. The church hall is on the northeast corner, one building north of the church.

Street parking is also available.

Anyone who has been to the AlgomaTrad camp will leap at the chance to dance! This year, the camp will be held from Sunday, Aug 12, to Sunday, August 19, on beautiful St. Joe’s Island.

Contra Dance
Thursday, Feb 28th 7:00 – 11:00PM
Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Church Hall
823 Manning Ave. Toronto
map

Band: The O’Shraves — Caller: Dan Gorno
Special Guests: Reel Bulgars and more?
Admission: $10

Doors open at 6:30PM