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Sept 1 -  Intro to Scottish Country Dance Class begins  

This 4-week “taster” class will gives you a chance to see if Scottish country dance is for you.

7:30 - 9:30pm at Eastminster United Church. Click for complete info.

Note: Due to on-going construction at the Eastminster Church side door, use the back door of the church, at the corner of Jackman & Hurndale. You may be able to enter the front door on Danforth and walk through the sanctuary but there’s a good chance the choir director will make you sing. 


Sept 4 -  Scottish Themed Tall Ship Cruise 

Join Scottish Studies for the Annual Tall Ship Cruise Sunday, Sept 4 (Labour Day Weekend). We sail on the Empire Sandy, Canada's tallest sailing ship, and we commemorate the arrival of the Scots pioneers in Pictou, Nova Scotia, back in 1773 on board the old ship Hector.

Entertainment includes the Celtic band "Mystic Fyre," Highland dancers from the Bold Steps Dance Studio, and piper Rory Sinclair.  The CNE's spectacular Air Show is also on that day — an added bonus!

Tickets purchased in advance* are $30 for adults and $5 for children (15 and under). Tickets purchased on day of sail: $35 adults, $8 children. Food and drinks are available for purchase on board the ship.  Details: www.scottishstudies.com or contact Heather Bridge 416-902-7872.

* You are strongly advised to get tickets ahead of time -- this event always sells out!


Social Groups Start: Sept 7, 12, 13, 14. . .  Click for complete list



Sept 8 -  Level 2 Class begins  

The Level 2 (Intermediate) class builds on basic steps and formations and introduces more complex formations. Dancers will grow confident in their abilities and enjoy more challenging dances. The art and science of finesse is also on the agenda. 

Your teacher, Teresa Lockhart, has been called “the dancing kelpie” because she charms people into Scottish country dance and inspires them, with great good humour, to strive for excellence and fun. 

7:30 - 9:30pm at Eastminster United Church. Click for complete info.

Note: Due to on-going construction at the Eastminster Church side door, use the back door of the church, at the corner of Jackman & Hurndale. You may be able to enter the front door on Danforth and walk through the sanctuary but there’s a good chance the choir director will make you sing.


Sept 9 - 10 - Annual Scottish Weekend in Jersey, C.I.   >>> info here >>>


Sept 10 -  Aurora Multicultural Festival : 11:00am - 4:00pm 

The Town of Aurora’s inaugural Multicultural Festival takes place at
Ada Johnson Park, Bayview Ave/Hartwell Way, Aurora
<map>.

RSCDS Toronto will dance a programme led by Maureen Richardson.
Audience participation dances will, we hope, encourage new dancers to join our
Aurora Beginners class.

The time slot for our demo is 11:30 am to 12:00 am.

There will also be children's activities, and cuisine from around the world.


Sept 11 -  Shiftin‘ Bobbins with Alicia Manson 

This advanced level group meets one Sunday a month under a different teacher in central Toronto. Programs are devised highlighting dances not usually seen elsewhere to provide a challenge for dancers already comfortable  with the more complex RSCDS formations.

This Sunday we welcome Alicia Manson from Oakville.

2:00-4:00 pm at Grace Church-On-The-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road  (Forest Hill Village) <map>

More info: shiftinbobbins.webs.com

Downloads:  2016-Shiftin'-Bobbins-overvu.pdf       2016-Shiftin'-Bobbins-Program-Sept-11.pdf


Rosedale classes for young people: Starts Sept 17  Click for complete info



Sept 16 - 18 - Scottish Weekend at Timber Ridge, West Virginia   >>> info here >>>


Sept 17 -  Scottish Studies’ Fall Colloquium 

The 2016 Scottish Studies Fall Colloquium will take place Saturday, September 17, at the University of Guelph (precise venue to be confirmed).  

This event will pay tribute to the Foundation and we are delighted to have Professor Emeritus Ted Cowan of the University of Glasgow on hand to deliver the Jill McKenzie Memorial Lecture.  Ted was professor of Scottish Studies at Guelph from 1979 to 1993 and inspired our early volunteers to establish a Chair of Scottish Studies there.  

More details on this event will be available soon.

Scottish Studies’ website:  www.scottishstudies.com


Sept 17 - Oct 1 -  The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry — Telling Tales To Scotland 

The Scottish Diaspora’s tales are embroidered in works of community art that portray Scottish influence on countries around the world. Each panel tells its story in beautiful, imaginative pictorial style. A subset of the 305 completed panels from 34 countries will be on display in Toronto.

An accompanying exhibition booklet tells the story or history depicted by each panel.

Toronto host for this exhibit is St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Scarborough <map>

Host: Dr Bruce McCowan and St Andrew's Church

More information closer to the date.

Meanwhile, visit the Tapestry website (where you can download the booklet).


Sept 19 & 29 -  Beginner Classes begin  

Your life is about to change. . .  Beginner classes bring you into the exciting world of Scottish country dance — social dancing; Scottish style. Worldwide fun. No partner needed.

Three locations:

• Central Toronto (the Danforth); Sept 29
• North Toronto (Yonge & Lawrence); Sept 19
• Aurora; Sept 19

Click for complete info.



Sept 24 -  September Monthly Dance 

Get back into the groove. . . 8pm - 11pm at Crescent School <map>.
Music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs.

Host Groups:      Erin Mills (Friday) • Don Mills • Scarborough
Briefers:   Jean Hamilton • Joan Reeves • Donalda McDonald

The Programme: 

Hooper’s Jig, The Jordanhill Strathspey, Milton’s Welcome, Pelorus Jack, The Saltire Strathspey, J.B. Milne.

Interval

A Jig For Marcus, Argyll Strathspey, Back To The Fireside, Berwick Johnnie, Miss Eleanor, The Irish Rover.

Extra:  A Capital Jig


Oct 1 -  Culture Days Outreach: 1:30 - 4:00 at Eastminster  

We all know how much fun we get from Scottish country dance. Here’s a chance to introduce a new constituency to our beloved pasttime, and to celebrate the Scottish dance aspect of multiculturalism. Culture Days is a cross-Canada celebration.

Keith and Deirdre Bark will lead ceilidh dances, and some SCD favs, in the auditorium at Eastminster Church. Meanwhile, a piper and dance greeters will draw in innocent passers-by from the busy foot traffic on Danforth. 

Dancers are invited to come and be cheerful helpers.
Contact
Sue Ann Bryce for info and opportunities to contribute. 

1:30 - 4:00pm at Eastminster United Church. Click for complete info.

Note: Due to construction at Eastminster Church’s side door, use the back door, at the corner of Jackman & Hurndale. You may be able to enter the front door on Danforth and walk through the sanctuary but there’s a good chance the choir director will make you sing.


Oct 2 -  Shiftin‘ Bobbins with Claire Collier 

This advanced level group meets one Sunday a month under a different teacher in central Toronto. Programs are devised highlighting dances not usually seen elsewhere to provide a challenge for dancers already comfortable  with the more complex RSCDS formations.

This Sunday we welcome Claire Collier from Buffalo who will share her renowned enthusiasm and a variety of dances so often enjoyed at the “White Cockade”.

2:00-4:00 pm at Grace Church-On-The-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road  (Forest Hill Village) <map>

More info: shiftinbobbins.webs.com

Downloads:  2016-Shiftin'-Bobbins-overvu.pdf



Saturday, Oct 15 -  Family Ceilidh 

This event is for children, families, and all beginner and other dancers.  Dancing from 4-6 with pizza served at 6pm.  All ages are welcome.  Under 5s are free and families up to 4 people are $15.  Individuals are $5. 

The venue is St Leonards Parish Hall, 25 Wanless Avenue (just off Yonge Street just north of Lawrence subway station).


Oct 22 -  St Andrew’s of Brampton 50th Anniversary Dance 

Marjorie Coulter (recently deceased) started a dance group in Brampton on November 7, 1966. We have been dancing for half a century since!  We hope you will come and help us celebrate our 50th birthday.  

We will dance at the Chris Gibson Recreation Centre, 125 McLaughlin Road north, Brampton <map>.  

The dance will begin at 7:30pm and we’ll have music by Laird Brown and Don Wood.

Tickets are $15 at the door.

The programme, with Instructions and video links is posted on our website:

http://www.maloneys.ca/SAB/50thanniversarydance.html 

More info:  Ann Campbell  (905) 459-5213



Oct 28 - 29 - A Reel Scottish Weekend in North Carolina   >>> info here >>>


Nov 4 - 6 - Kingston Branch 50th Anniversary Weekend Workshop & Ball   >>> info here >>>


Nov 12 -  The Toronto Workshop & Afternoon Dance 

This year we welcome three accomplished teachers to the Toronto Workshop: Linda Henderson of San Francisco Branch, Alicia Manson of Oakville, and Vicky Zeltins of Toronto.

Visit the Workshop page for teacher bios and other information.

Our wonderful new location is Branksome Hall school for girls near Bloor and Mt Pleasant. More specifically, we’ll dance in Branksome’s spiffy new Athletic and Wellness Centre, with a spacious and light filled gym that will amaze you.

Later that afternoon, the gym will host an afternoon dance with music by Scotch Mist.

Cost is the same as last year -- i.e. $90 for workshop and afternoon dance.

Sign up online, or download 2016-Toronto-Workshop-brochure.pdf to fill out and mail in.

Downloads:  The afternoon dance program cribs will be posted soon.


Nov 12 - 13 - 44th Annual Jeannine Carmichael Ball & Brunch, West Point NY   >>> info here >>>


Nov 25 - 27 - RSCDS Lyon Winter Weekend, France   >>> info here >>>


Nov 17 -  Level 3 Class begins  

The Level 3 (Advanced) classes build on the skill base of the dancers.  New formations and dances of more complexity in their combination of patterns challenge the more experienced dancer.

Teacher, Fiona Philip, was raised in a dancing family and we don’t often get to experience her teaching excellence. Don’t miss this opportunity.  

7:30 - 9:30pm at Eastminster United Church. Click for complete info.

Note: Due to on-going construction at the Eastminster Church side door, use the back door of the church, at the corner of Jackman & Hurndale. You may be able to enter the front door on Danforth and walk through the sanctuary but there’s a good chance the choir director will make you sing.


Nov 26 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins’ St Andrew’s Celebration 

Join us for the 3rd Annual St Andrew’s Celebration Dance with music by Laird Brown and Donny Wood.

MCs: Donalda McDonald,  Moira Korus, Claire Collier, Alicia Manson, Maureen Richardson, and Jean Hamilton.

$20 for members; $25 non members.  Tickets must be reserved and pre-paid. Contact:

At Grace Church-On-The-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road  (Forest Hill Village) <map>

More info: shiftinbobbins.webs.com

Download:  2016-Shiftin'-Bobbins-overvu.pdf


Dec 10 -  December “Family Christmas” Dance 

Always the most fun night of the year. . . 7:30pm - 11pm at Crescent School <map>. Live music by Scotch Mist.


Dec 18 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins with Moira Korus and Donalda McDonald 

This advanced level group meets one Sunday a month under a different teacher in central Toronto. Programs are devised highlighting dances not usually seen elsewhere to provide a challenge for dancers already comfortable  with the more complex RSCDS formations.

This Sunday we welcome Moira Korus and Donalda McDonald who will lead an ‘open house” welcoming newer dancers to practice dances from the Glenview SCD Hogmanay program.

2:00-4:00 pm at Grace Church-On-The-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road  (Forest Hill Village) <map>

More info: shiftinbobbins.webs.com

Download:  2016-Shiftin'-Bobbins-overvu.pdf


Jan 14 -  January Monthly Dance 

Dance away the holiday hangover. . . 8pm - 11pm at Crescent School <map>. Music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs.


Feb 18 -  The 54th Tartan Ball 

Memories will be made. . . 5pm - the wee hours in the beautiful Concert Hall of at the Royal York Hotel. Music by Scotch Mist.


March 11 -  March Monthly Dance “Beginners’ Night” 

Okay. . . maybe *this* is the most fun night of the year. . . 7:30pm - 11pm at Crescent School <map>. Music by Scotch Mist.


Apr 7 - 9 - RSCDS Lyon Spring Weekend, France   >>> info here >>>


April 8 -  April Monthly Dance (Volunteer Appreciation Night) 

Volunteers are payment optional for this evening. . . 7:00pm - 11pm at Crescent School <map>. Music by Scotch Mist.


April 29 -  RSCDS Toronto’s AGM and Dance 

Dance, discuss, dance some more. . . 7:30pm - 11pm at Crescent School <map>. Music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs