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.


Rob and Donna


Middle of May: Workshops with Pascal Gemme, Laura Risk, and World Fiddle Day. Wow!

Pascal Gemme from Genticorum will be in town on May 18-19, and is offering some all-instrument workshops in Québécois music at our house, in the east end of Toronto (Main & Gerrard area).
Come learn some tunes!

PascalSchedule for the weekend workshops with Pascal Gemme

Saturday, May 18

  • Workshop from 2:30 to 5:00 pm
  • Potluck supper starting at about 6:00 pm, followed by an open session

Sunday, May 19

  • Potluck brunch from 10:00 to 11:30 am
  • Workshop from 11:30 to 2:00 pm

Registration and venue

The workshops are $30.00 each ($60.00 for the weekend). You can register by emailing us at toquetrad@gmail.com: we’ll reserve your spot and send you our address and directions. Please note that space is limited (we have about 15 spots available), so if you register there is one fewer place for other musicians. You would be expected to pay even if something comes up at the last minute to prevent you from coming. 

You can also e-mail us for directions to attend the Saturday potluck or session. All events are BYOB.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Conflict with the monthly session

Unfortunately, due to Pascal’s heavy touring schedule the only weekend he had available is also the weekend of our monthly session. There will NOT be a session at the Tranzac in May. Instead, the session will be the previous (Saturday 18th) evening at our home.  See schedule above.

Conflict with World Fiddle Day

Anne Lederman is organising an event for World Fiddle Day, which unfortunately falls on the Saturday of the workshop we are offering. Please e-mail anne.lederman@gmail.com if you would like information about her Around the World fiddling event at Howard Park Emmanuel United Church (corner of Wright and Roncesvalles) from 1 to 5 pm. All stringed instruments are welcome. Sheet music is available.

laura_greenMidweek workshop with Laura Risk

Renowned Montreal fiddler, Laura Risk, will be passing through Toronto on Wednesday, May 22nd, and is also interested in offering a workshop of Quebecois or Scottish fiddling pending sufficient interest.

The workshop is on the evening of Wednesday, May 22nd, in the St. Clair and Bathurst area of Toronto, and will cost $30 per person.  Please email toquetrad@gmail.com if you are interested.

Laura Risk is extremely well regarded as a teacher and touring fiddler with the group Triptych.  Workshop focus will depend upon the interest of the attendees.  Come learn from another extremely knowledgeable and skilled Quebecois fiddler.

This workshop is a great addition to the programs being offered by Pascal and Anne Lederman the previous weekend, and a great opportunity to learn some tunes should you decide to travel over the holiday weekend and miss World Fiddle Day and Pascal’s workshops and session.

May is an extremely busy month, so come on out and get your fingers flying!

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.

“Québécois squares” dance workshop

Elderly couple dancing TCA

Marie-Soleil Pillette will do a workshop on Québécois square dances this Saturday afternoon. An excellent and lively caller, Marie-Soleil is also a professional step dancer, choreographer and dance instructor.

Genticorum will be providing music for both the afternoon workshop and the evening dance featuring both contra and square dances called by Marie-Soleil and Judy Greenhill.

For fans of the band (who are numerous!), come and listen to the very different repertoire played by these consummate musicians, played in the context in which the tradition evolved!


Date: Saturday, March 24
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: St. Barnabas Church Hall, across from the Carrot Common near Chester subway station
Cost: $8.00 members, $10.00 for non-members


Date: Saturday, March 24
Time: 7:30 – 10:30 pm
Location: St. Barnabas Church Hall, across from the Carrot Common near Chester subway station
Cost: $8.00 members & students, $10.00 for non-members, $5.00 ages 8-17

See the TCD website for more information.

News flash: Workshops this Wednesday!

Genticorum credit Thom C in Flickr
Thanks to Thom C at Flickr for releasing this image under a creative commons license!

The band, Genticorum is touring the area this week, and their Wednesday gigs fell through, so they are available to us for workshops on Wednesday evening in the East End of Toronto.  The band members have graciously offered to provide simultaneous fiddle, flute and guitar workshops two days from now for anybody wishing to learn Québécois tunes and techniques.  Not just incredibly talented, these gentlemen are excellent teachers and wonderfully nice people.

Fiddle/Flute/Guitar Workshops with Genticorum

COST: $25/person
WHEN: Wednesday evening, March 21, 2012 — 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
WHERE: Main & Gerrard, in the east end of Toronto

How to register

Contact Rob Rohr
at toquetrad@gmail.com or 647-704-8642 to place a reservation and get information on workshop locations.  Please specify which workshop (fiddle, flute or guitar) and how many spots required when reserving.

About the band


Alex de Grosbois-Garand (Flute)
Yann Falquet (Guitar)
Pascal Gemme (Fiddle)

Genticorum are fast becoming one of the most sought-after proponents of Quebecois musical culture, firmly rooted in the soil of their native land. The energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of todays North American and European folk cultures in their music. Weaving wooden flute, fiddle, acoustic guitar, jaw harp, bass, foot percussion with strong vocal harmonies, they produce a brilliant tapestry which gives them their distinctive sound.

Since their debut in 2000, Genticorum have forged a solid place on the folk festival circuit, playing concerts and dances throughout Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.

Genticorum won a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005 for their second album Malins Plaisirs, as well as for their third album, La Bibournoise, 2008, both with the Roues et Archets label.  Genticorum has just released a fourth album on the same label, Nagez Rameurs.

À bientôt,

Email: toquetrad@gmail.com