No longer updated — Please use the new blog at

As mentioned in the previous post, this blog is no longer maintained after January 1, 2014.

Please go to the new blog at, which features a much-improved event calendar and updated posts, as well as all the posts that have appeared on this blog.

A new post has already appeared there.


Rob and Donna


GIANT session and “Where to Go Next”

WP_20131215_13_58_32_ProOur last session brought 2013 out with a BANG! We had a giant session and we even had Christmas cookies.

This year we hosted a joint session, with the usual suspects plus a very large number of Anne Lederman‘s students, who played a variety of traditional styles. It was so much fun, it might become an annual tradition.

We were thrilled to welcome so many new players, and hope that some of them might come back for our regular French Canadian sessions.


This is the last post of the year, and for this website. We will transition to the new website on January 1st, 2014.

On the right-hand side of the new website, click the Subscribe button, to sign up for an e-mail when the blog gets updated. For example, if you want a session reminder sent to your e-mail address, subscribe to the new blog. If you prefer, you can add an RSS feed to your feed reader.

At the top of the screen, the new events calendar lists the session dates, as well as dates and information about folk festivals, concerts, dances and other French Canadian events that WP_20131215_13_58_41_Prowe hear about. If you use an online calendar, click the Subscribe button at the bottom of the event listings to add all the events to your personal calendar (they auto-update). Or, you can add a single event to your calendar by clicking on the event itself and then clicking the Add to calendar button that appears under the map.   

And of course, we have moved Rob’s tune list to the new site, as well as the Resources section of this site.

As always, if you have any questions or problems, you can e-mail us at toquetrad(at)

We wish you a safe and a prosperous new year! The next session is confirmed for January 19, 2014.

Rob and Donna

Heads up! New website coming!

So we’ve been busy working on a new website. It will look very similar to this one, but it will move (instead of hosted on

We’ll let you know when we have finished and provide simple instructions on how to sign up for the blog, e-mail updates and the events calendar.

We are doing it for a few reasons (mostly ’cause it’s fun to set up a web server and a stand-alone implementation), one of which is a much-improved calendar of events.

Currently, we have a Gmail iCal calendar to which you can subscribe with your favourite calendaring software or app. When we cut over to the new server, you will be able to add items directly from the site to your calendar, either as a single event (like the dance) or as a series (like the sessions for 2014). We will send events from the site to the Gmail calendar.

You can still get RSS feed updates or sign up for an e-mail digest to automatically see new posts.