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Thursday, Aug 29Dance Dufferin Grove Park

Dufferin Grove Park is the most community-involved park in the city and each year they welcome this free, public-participation Scottish country dance event. COINCIDENTALLY. . . the event coincides with the Farmers’ Market in the park.

So come, stock up on fresh produce, and have a great deal of fun under the direction of Ceilidh Masters, Keith Bark and Deirdre MacCuish Bark.

6:30 - 8pm at Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Park Ave, M6H 4B2 <map> 

The park is on the east side of Dufferin Street, south of Bloor Street West.
It’s one block south of Dufferin subway station and across the street from Dufferin Mall.

[Did I mention this event is FREE?]

Download programme with video links:  2019-Dufferin-Grove-briefs.pdf

Friday, September 6South Simcoe Open House:  Discover the joy of Scottish Country Dancing

You don’t have to be Scottish to try it. Come alone or bring a friend.
Sit back and relax or get up and give it a go!

Dress comfortably, wear soft-soled shoes.

Your first evening is FREE! Treats at 8:30pm

Knox Presbyterian Church, 160 King St. South, Alliston <map>

More info:  SCDalliston@gmail.com

Downloads: 2019-Sept6-Open-House-Poster.pdf   2019-20-dance-events-info.pdf


September 20 & 21The Keppies are Coming!

Save the dates: 

Renowned Nova Scotians, Maggie & Duncan Keppie are visiting the Toronto area,
a sort of Haliburton reunion, CD launch, and Last Chance Tour.

We're quite ready for The Keppie Gathering on September 20 and 21st,  and looking forward to seeing those who have already registered!

For those now registering, please complete the 2019-Keppie-Gathering-registration.pdf form by printing and mailing with fee payment (or scanning to email). 

It helps planning to know how many will be coming.  Note the photo history request just after registration. There is a discount accommodation offer at Waterside Inn, a few minutes' walk from Clarke Hall (see page 3). It’s advisable to reserve asap. Mention "The Keppie Gathering" for the discount.

Here’s a poster about Duncan’s new CD Celtic Airs : Celtic-Airs-CD-poster.pdf  Details and ticket info:  2019-KEPPIE-CEILIDH.pdf

The CD is $20 plus shipping. If you order ahead Duncan will bring it to the Gathering. 
These earlier CDs of dance music can also be ordered: The Macadians…the Dance Goes On!!  and The Macadians Dancing Master (2 cd collection)

At Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga <map> 


Saturday, September 21 -  Family Ceilidh

Save the Date:  Bring your family and friends to the annual Family Ceilidh! 

Enjoy an afternoon of dance, followed by refreshments.

Keith Bark will lead the dancers with his customary wit and wisdom.

No experience is needed.

4:00 pm-6:30 at St Leonard’s Parish Hall

25 Wanless Avenue, Toronto <map>

(2-minute walk from Lawrence Station).


September 21 -  White Cockade

The White Cockade is a Scottish Country Dancing social group affiliated with the  Royal Scottish Country Dance  Society (Scotland) established in 1946 in Hamilton, Ontario. We meet the 3rd Saturday evening of the month from September to April, attracting dancers of all levels from southern Ontario and western New York State. Each evening, a certificated RSCDS teacher walks through a dancer-friendly programme.

Saturday, Sept 21, we shall be treated to live music by Don Bartlett and Jimmy Darge.

8pm at MacNab Presbyterian Church, 116 MacNab Street South, Hamilton <map>

Info:  https://whitecockade.webs.com


Saturday, September 28 -  Culture Days

FREE. . . AND FUN!   Culture Days is a cross-Canada celebration of the Canadian cultural mosaic. We are doing our bit by inviting interested persons (and unsuspecting passers-by) to join us for an afternoon of Scottish country dances. It’s a free drop-in --  there will be typically-Scottish treats, and easy-peasy, family-friendly dances. Dress to be cool (and stay cool), wear soft shoes. Bring your best smile.

Keith Bark and Deirdre MacCuish Bark will be your dance masters.
No experience is needed. Here’s an example video from last year.

12:30pm-3:00 at St Barnabas Anglican Church, 361 Danforth Avenue
(opposite Carrot Common; Chester Station)

Info: Sue Ann Bryce


Sunday, September 29 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins with Alicia Manson

Each session, a different guest teacher presents a challenging  program for those with prior knowledge of the more complex RSCDS formations,
the ability to phrase and execute all steps to a high standard and assimilate instruction quickly.

At this meeting Alicia Manson from Oakville will share dances to enjoy.

2 pm to 4:00

Parish Hall
Grace Church-on-the-Hill,
300 Russell Hill Road at Lonsdale, Toronto

Info:  https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com


Saturday, October 5 -  October Monthly Dance

Celebrate, well. . . anything!  We in Toronto are lucky to have big dances with live music. Most of the world dances to recordings.

8:00 - 11:00 at Crescent School.

Programme, by Andrew Collins:

EH3 7AF   • Peggy Spouse MBE   • Ways in New Hall   • Waverley (Fergus McIver)   • Salute To The Borders   • Highlandman's Umbrella   • Wild Geese   ~interval~ • Shores Of Solway   • Polharrow Burn   • Fairly Shot O’ Her   • Banks Of Clyde   • Maxwell's Rant   Extra:  • Shiftin' Bobbins


Downloads: Briefs with video links and Instructions will be posted soon.


Saturday, October 5 -  Hamilton Workshop and Tea Dance

Full-day Workshop $60, Youth 25 & Under $30, Tea Dance Only: $15.

Tickets will be sold in advance.  Please register early.
Contact J'ina Middleton: 905.522-2151 

Teachers: Robert McOwen & Claire Collier

Live Music: Laird Brown & Don Woods

Where: McNab Presbyterian Church, 116 MacNab Street South, Hamilton [Map Link]  8:30 am to 4:45 pm. 

[Workshop Description & Tea Dance Programme

[Workshop Teachers; Workshop Schedule & Registration Form]


Sunday, October 27 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins with Claire Collier

Each session, a different guest teacher presents a challenging  program for those with prior knowledge of the more complex RSCDS formations,
the ability to phrase and execute all steps to a high standard and assimilate instruction quickly.

At this meeting Claire Collier from Buffalo will share dances to enjoy.

2 pm to 4:00

Parish Hall
Grace Church-on-the-Hill,
300 Russell Hill Road at Lonsdale, Toronto

Info:  https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com


Saturday, November 9 -  The Toronto Workshop

Save the date.

Three great teachers:
• Angela Young (Scotland)
• Claire Collier (New York)
• Colin Campbell (Toronto)

Check the Workshop page for up-to-date info and teacher bios.

Download:
2019-Toronto-Workshop-Handbill.pdf



Saturday, November 9 -  RSCDS Toronto Workshop Afternoon Dance

This dance is part of your full Workshop package, but even if you can’t Workshop, don’t miss the Afternoon Dance in beautiful Branksome Hall. The gym is magnificent, the music by Scotch Mist will be infectious, and the dancing brill.

Starts at 2:30pm. Tickets at the door.

Programme, by Andrew Collins:

• It's All Right  • Sugar Candie  • Kelso Races  • City Lights  • Gang The Same Gate  • Highland Rambler  ~Interval~  • Good Hearted Glasgow  • Lord Elgin's Reel  • Johnnie's Welcome Hame  • Over The Water To Charlie  • Memories Of Mary Ann  • Reel Of The Royal Scots   Extra:  • Postie's Jig 

Downloads: Briefs with video links and Instructions will be posted soon.


Sunday, November 10 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins goes Highland (again!)

Each session, a different guest teacher presents a challenging  program for those with prior knowledge of the more complex RSCDS formations,
the ability to phrase and execute all steps to a high standard and assimilate instruction quickly.

At this meeting Donald Holmes from Toronto will share Highland steps.

2 pm to 4:00

Parish Hall
Grace Church-on-the-Hill,
300 Russell Hill Road at Lonsdale, Toronto

Info:  https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com


Saturday, November 23 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins Annual St Andrew’s Dance & Buffet

Tickets $35 for Members, $40 for non Members
(Early Bird Offer: only $35 for non Members who buy a ticket prior to Nov9/10)
All are asked to contribute a “bring and share” item.

7:30 pm to Midnight

Music by Scotch Mist.

Parish Hall
Grace Church-on-the-Hill,
300 Russell Hill Road at Lonsdale, Toronto

Info:  https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com


Saturday, November 30 -  St Andrew’s Charity Ball

The last notes of the pipes wane like susurrus through the highland heather. The last beats of the toms ebb into the night like the rippled surface of a pristine loch. The last revellers, merry-makers, poets, players and, patriots leave behind the rehearsed steps of tradition. With the sounds of the highland’s in their ears, the taste of malt on their tongues, and the fire of Scotland in their hearts, they embark on another year of new adventures.

The 2018 St Andrew’s Charity Ball was a grand success. Attended by 461 supporters of the St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto and the 48th Highlanders of Canada.”

Relive the glory. . . the 2019 St Andrew’s Ball will be just as grand.

The dances are ceilidh; there are free rehearsals in the weeks approaching.

More info:  https://standrewscharityball.ca


Sunday, December 8 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins with Maureen Richardson

Each session, a different guest teacher presents a challenging  program for those with prior knowledge of the more complex RSCDS formations,
the ability to phrase and execute all steps to a high standard and assimilate instruction quickly.

At this meeting Maureen Richardson from Aurora will share dances to enjoy.

2 pm to 4:00

Parish Hall
Grace Church-on-the-Hill,
300 Russell Hill Road at Lonsdale, Toronto

Info:  https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com


Saturday, December 14 -  December “Family Christmas Dance”

One of the best nights of the year.

Bring the kids; bring the grandparents. There will be wonderful music and easy-ish dances; seasonal joviality will prevail; there will be nibbles; and Santa may visit!

This year, we are in beautiful Branksome Hall <map>   [Crescent School was not available]  

7:30 - 11:00pm

Programme, by Andrew Collins:

  1. New Year Jig  • Cabrach  • Calver Lodge  • Barley Bree  • Ross Meor  • Edinburgh Castle Reel   ~interval~  • Edinburgh Toy Shop  • Bedrule  • Crom Allt  • Well Done Jack  •  Seann Truibhas Willichan  • Christmas Ceilidh  Extra:  • See You Again 


Downloads: Briefs with video links and Instructions will be posted soon.



2020: Saturday, Feb 15 -  57th Annual Tartan Ball

Save the date and be part of the great Tartan Ball tradition!

This glamorous formal ball will be reconvened at The Old Mill Inn, Toronto.


The dance programme for the 2019/2020 season will be posted soon,
and all Tartan Ball dances will be taught in the various social groups prior to the event.

Details will be posted on the Tartan Ball page as they develop.

Programme, by Andrew Collins:

  1. EH3 7AF  • The Cabrach  • The Highlandman's Umbrella  • City Lights  • Gang the Same Gate  • Starlight  ~Interval~  • The Edinburgh Toy Shop  • Ice Crystals  • Polharrow Burn  • Green Grow the Rashes  • The Inimitable Derek  ~Interval~  • The Wild Geese  • The Orchards of County Armagh  • Over the Water to Charlie  • The Banks of Clyde  • The Reel of the Royal Scots   Extras:  • Flowers of Edinburgh  • Sandy O'er the Lea  • Miss Allie Anderson

  2. Downloads: Briefs with video links and Instructions will be posted soon.


2020: Saturday, March 21 -  March Beginners’ Night Dance

Another of the best nights of the year. [We have so many!]

After 10 weeks of lessons at Eastminster and St Leonard’s beginner dancers taught by Keith Bark and May Divers are ready for their début. The beginners will be nervous. . . BUT they will be wearing special ribbons so experienced dancers can make a point of cheerfully and graciously asking them to dance. For many, it will be their first experience of live music and a big crowd. It will be thrilling and fun for all!

Crescent School 7:30 - 11:00pm (starts promptly)   

Programme, by Andrew Collins:

• Cabbages and Kings   • Wisp Of Thistle   • Loch Ness Monster Reel   • St Andrew's Fair  
• A Man's A Man For A' That (Wilson)   • Flowers Of Edinburgh   ~Interval~  • Bethankit  
• Delvine Side   • Craigleith   • Laggan Bay   • Minister On The Loch   • Deil Amang The Tailors   Extra:  • Come Under My Plaidie

Downloads: Briefs with video links and Instructions will be posted soon.


2020: Sunday, March 27 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins with Moira Korus

Each session, a different guest teacher presents a challenging  program for those with prior knowledge of the more complex RSCDS formations,
the ability to phrase and execute all steps to a high standard and assimilate instruction quickly.

At this meeting Moira Korus from Toronto will share dances to enjoy.

2 pm to 4:00

Parish Hall
Grace Church-on-the-Hill,
300 Russell Hill Road at Lonsdale, Toronto

Info:  https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com


2020: Saturday, April 25 -  April Volunteer Appreciation Dance

This year we shall dance the winning programme in
the Devise A Dance Program competition.

More info anon.


2020: Sunday, April 26 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins with Lou Emslie

Each session, a different guest teacher presents a challenging  program for those with prior knowledge of the more complex RSCDS formations,
the ability to phrase and execute all steps to a high standard and assimilate instruction quickly.

At this, our season closer meeting, Lou Emslie from Guelph will share dances to enjoy.

2 pm to 4:00,  Parish Hall, Grace Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Russell Hill Road at Lonsdale, Toronto

Info:  https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com


2020: May 15-17Spring Fling 2020:  Toronto and St Petersburg ~ Dance Adventure for 12-35 yr-olds

Each year the Society mounts a special Spring Fling festival for young dancers (12-35),
typically in some exotic location worldwide (e.g., London, Bonn, Glasgow, Paris...).

In 2020, Spring Fling is spreading it’s wings — it will be in TWO exotic locations:
Toronto, and St Petersburg, Russia.

Toronto Teachers:
• Gary Coull (Scotland)
• Linda Henderson (California)
• Fiona Philip (Toronto)


Details are in development. Meanwhile, join the Spring Fling Toronto Facebook Group. What’s a SpringFling?  see Spring Fling 2019 in Paris.

Websites for info:  • Spring Fling Toronto    •  Spring Fling St Petersburg   (note, both websites are bare bones for now)

Typically, there is an accompanying Spring Fringe for adults, e.g. Paris Spring Fringe website

Download a printable reminder to stick on your fridge or calendar:  2020-Spring_Fling_Toronto+Russia_Flyer.pdf