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New Beginner Classes have just started; still time to join: Recruit your friends, family, barista, or barrister

Beginner Classes are in two convenient on-the-subway locations:

Mondays at St Leonard’s (Yonge & Lawrence);
Thursdays at Eastminster (on Danforth near Broadview)

Complete info on the Lessons page.


Saturday, Jan 26 -  Robert Burns Celebration, Oakville

Oakville dancers would love to have you join us at our Burns Night. 
There will be a Haggis, steak pie, neeps & tatties dinner: $25

Dancing follows:  The Programme:  2019-Oakville-Burns-Night.pdf  

Info & Tickets:  Alicia Manson 905.849-7180 or Susan Eadie.

At the Royal Canadian Legion, 79 Jones Street, Oakville <map>


Sunday, Jan 27 -  The Great Canadian Kilt Skate

This is a uniquely Canadian and undeniably Scottish way to have fun during winter.
This year in Toronto the event will include Scottish Clan and Society information tents
around Nathan Phillips Square.

Don your kilt; skate!

Free. . . 1pm - 3:00 at the skating rink in front of City Hall

Free hot chocolate and shortbread.

Friday, Feb 1 -  Highlands of Durham Burns Celebration: An Evening of Musical Memories

Cocktails at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm. “An Evening of Musical Immortal Memories” will feature Stewart Bennett, Susan Ryman, and Lynn Swanson. Toast to the Laddies & Lassies by Athol Hart and Beth Hart. 

Special Guests: Scugog Mayor, Bobbie Drew, and Scugog Councillor, Lance Brown (ex CFTO TV).

Tickets $60:  Wee Tartan Shop 905.985-6573 or  Alan Graham  

Venue: Royal Canadian Legion, 177 Queen Street, Port Perry <map>

Saturday, Feb 2 -  Amadeus Choir: Songs From A Celtic Heart

This annual fundraising concert tugs at the Celtic soul, and oft brings a wee tear to the eye.

The concert features the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, with conductors Lydia Adams and Joan Andrews, plus conductor and pianist Shawn Grenke. Guest performers include Tom Leighton on guitar and vocals and Anne Lederman on fiddle.

Two performances: 2pm and 7pm  ~  At Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, Don Mills <map>

Single tickets; $50 | $40 | $25  ($5 off before Jan 15)  Call 416.446-0188

Info: www.amadeuschoir.com 

Saturday, Feb 9 -  South Simcoe’s Valentine Workshop and Tea Dance

Join your South Simcoe friends for our popular, and now-traditional, Valentine Workshop.

Teachers: DAVID BOOZ and ALMA SMITH    Musicians: Laird Brown & Don Wood

Cost: $45 per person Includes refreshments and lunch, with tea and goodies after the Tea Dance.

9:00 -    9:30 Registration                        12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

9:30 -   10:45 Class                                  1:30 - 3:30 Tea Dance

10:45 - 11:00 Refreshment Break             3:30 + Tea & Treats

11:00 - 12:15 Class


2019-Valentine-Workshop-Registration.pdf     2019-Valentine-Workshop-Tea-Dance-Briefs.pdf
Info:  Maureen Richardson

Saturday, Feb 16 -  56th Annual Tartan Ball

Music by Scotch Mist, a very danceable programme by Deirdre MacCuish Bark,
and this year we have a wonderful new home:  The Old Mill. More info on Tartan Ball Page

Order your tickets now:  Online via JotForm  or   Download paper-based form

Downloads:  2019-Tartan-Ball-briefs+video-links.pdf    |    2019-Tartan-Ball-Dance-Instructions.pdf
NEW ~ 2019-56th-Tartan-Ball-diagrams.pdf

QuickLinx:   • Ferry LouperBirks of Invermay  • White Cockade  • Glasgow Highlanders  • Remparts de Séville  • Australian Ladies  • Happy Meeting  • Balgeddie Reel  • Bob Campbell  • Chequered Court  • Ruby Rant  • Light & Airy  • City of Belfast  • Scotia Sea  • Lea Rig  • Reel of the 51st  •  EXTRAS:  • Jubilee Jig  • Jean Martin of Aberdeen  • Mairi’s Wedding 

Saturday, March 9 -  March Monthly Dance:  Beginners’ Night

Music by Scotch Mist.

All dances will be briefed and walked.

Download:  2019-March-Beginners-Night-briefs+video-links.pdf

QuickLinx:  • Provost Wynd  • Luckenbooth Brooch  • Gramachie  • Corryvreckan  • Lochiel’s Rant  • The Barmkin  • Edinburgh Toy Shop  • Swansea Strathspey  • Sailing On Shawnigan Lake  • Haste To The Wedding  • Karin’s Strathspey  • Duke of Perth  •  EXTRA: • Granville Market

Friday, March 22 -  Social Dance with Ellie Briscoe

Erin Mills (Fri.) Social Group welcomes guest teacher ELLIE BRISCOE from Alexandria, Virginia. 

Dancing begins 7:30 until 9:30.

Mississauga Seniors’ Centre,  Olga Tyne Auditorium,  1389 Cawthra Rd. <map>
(East side, at Arbor Crt., 2 lights south of QEW).

Contact: Jean Hamilton  905.566-9599

Saturday, March 23 -  West End Workshop & Tea Dance

Enjoy a day improving your dancing skills with three great teachers:
  1. ELLIE BRISCOE from Alexandria, Virginia 
    • CATHERINE REID from Dundas, Ont.
    • ARLENE KOTEFF from Toronto

Musicians: Don Bartlett, and Laird Brown with Don Wood. 

$75 Full day workshop, lunch, tea dance and afternoon tea;
$35 Youth (14-25); $20 tea dance only including afternoon tea. 
Registration starts at 8:30am; Tea Dance at 2:30pm

Turner Fenton School Secondary School, 7935 Kennedy Road, Brampton <map>

Note: The Tea Dance includes after-dance tea and treats.

Download:  2019-West-End Workshop.pdf (includes registration and Tea Dance programme)

Sunday, March 24 -  Teachers’ Workshop

Special guest teacher ELLIE BRISCOE will lead a workshop for certified teachers,
partially certificated teachers, and (with permission*) those considering the teacher certification process. 

Don Bartlett will play for the class.

*Contact: Barbara Taylor 905.271-1598    $15 at the door  (doors open at 1:30pm).

2-5pm at Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Rd. W., Mississauga <map>

Sunday, March 24 -  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 will share interesting dances.

2 pm to 4:00

Parish Hall
Grace Church on the Hill,
300 Russell Hill Road at Lonsdale
Toronto. ($5 for non-members)

Info:  https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com

Sunday, April 7 -  Tartan Day in Port Perry

(daytime) - Parade, followed by Kirkin' O' The Tartan, followed by a party at the Port Perry Legion.

Tickets will be $20 pp for the party. (Parade & Kirkin' free.) 

Info:  Alan Graham

Saturday, April 13 -  April Monthly Dance:  Volunteer Appreciation Night

Music by Scotch Mist.

These two dances briefed only:  Silver Tassie  and   Mairi’s Wedding

QuickLinx:  • Machine Without HorsesSilver Tassie  • Society Piper  • Follow Me Home  • Anna Holden’s Strathspey  • Toronto Volunteers  ~Interval~  Tribute To The Borders  • The Bonnie Tree  • St Andrews of Brampton  • Cranberry Tart  • Neidpath Castle  • Mairi’s Wedding  • ~Extras~ • Wild Geese  • Maxwell’s Rant  • Miss Milligan’s Strathspey

Sunday, April 14 -  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 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. ($5 for non-members)

Info:  https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com

Saturday, April 27 -  AGM & Dance

Music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs.

These two dances briefed only:  Tarry A While  and  My Only Jo and Dearie O

Downloads:  2019-AGM-Apr-27-briefs+video-links.pdf    2019-Apr-27-Dance-Instructions.pdf

QuickLinx:  • It’s All Right  • Pair of Jeans  • Miss Catherine Allan  • Tarry A While  • Bridge of Nairn  • Whigmaleeries  • The Retiring Chairman  • Westminster Reel  • My Only Jo and Dearie O  • Lass of Richmond Hill   EXTRAS:  • Tribute to The Borders  • Anderson’s Rant  • Lady Glasgow

Saturday, May 4 -  15th Annual Youth Ball

Come join the celebration!   Dance to the wonderful music of Fred Moyes.

• Reception at 5   • dinner 5:30   • dancing 6:45-9:30

This year at Willowdale United Church, 349 Kenneth Avenue, Toronto M2N 4V9 <map>

Tickets, including dinner, $30 available soon.   Info:  Maureen Richardson

More details anon.

QuickLinx:  • Borrowdale Exchange (a mixer in circles of 3 couples)  • Joie de Vivre  • The Piper & The Penguin  • Slytherin HouseShetland Shepherdess   • Madame Pipeau (medley)  • Trip To Timber Ridge  ~INTERVAL~  • The Flying Scotsman   • The Kissing Bridge  • Miss Gibson’s Strathspey •  Loki’s Dance   
• Mathilde Is A Delight  •  Reel of the 51st Division   
~EXTRAS~  • St Andrew’s Fair   • The Lass of Richmond Hill

Saturday, May 11 -  West Toronto Ball

Save the date. At Sala Caboto. Music by Scotch Mist

Additional info and dance programme closer to the date.

Sunday, June 9 -  White Heather Ball

(Due to a foul up by Sikorski Hall, our usual Saturday is not available.) 

Dancing will be from 2 - 5 pm, followed by our usual dinner.

Ticket prices are $75 pp for dancing & dinner, $40 pp for dancing only and $40 pp for non-dancers (dinner only). 

Info:  Alan Graham

Saturday, July 20 -  42nd Annual Orillia Scottish Festival

Dancers of all ages are invited to join in the mass dancing of the Opening Ceremonies and to promote Scottish Country Dancing. Sign up as a 4-couple set representing your dance group or come on your own. Individual dancers will be matched up to form sets (if enough numbers).

We’ll dance three short, simple dances. A free CD of the music will be available for your group to practice.

Parade at noon. Opening Ceremonies at 1:30pm.

Your group is invited to perform selected demos, and audience participation dances in the lake-side Pavilion. (2-4pm)       

The Scottish Festival Committee hosts a ceilidh at the local Legion Branch 34, Friday July 20th from 6-12pm. For tickets call 705-487-5868.

On Sunday the 22nd there is a wee afternoon party bash at the Royal Canadian Legion with live entertainment – FREE!

Info: Will Kinghorn