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Send info to Webmaster:    RobLockhart@rogers.com. To also have your event in our monthly newsletter, Set&Link, copy Carole Bell: CarolewBell@sympatico.ca

Friday, March 24 -  A Social Evening with Fred DeMarse  

Fred DeMarse will warm up a winter’s evening with California Sunshine as Guest Teacher of
this Erin Mills Friday class. ( celebrating the 32nd West End Workshop  experience !)

Don Bartlett will provide the music, an added incentive to join in the fun !  
8pm to 10pm ( $8 at the door )

We hope to welcome you at the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre Olga Tyne Auditorium, 1389 Cawthra Rd. <map>
(East side, at Arbor Court, 2 lights south of QEW)

Questions:  Jean Hamilton:  905.566-9599

Saturday, March 25 -  West End Workshop & Tea Dance 

Teachers: Fred DeMarse, Christine Basnett, Deirdre MacCuish Bark. 
Musicians: Don Bartlett, Laird Brown/Don Wood, Fred Moyes.

Be sure to join us for a great day of dancing—for either the whole day,
or just for the afternoon tea dance—and food.

At Turner Fenton Secondary School in Brampton <map>.

Fred De Marse will also teach a Social Class Friday March 24 and
a Teachers’ Workshop Sunday, March 26.

Contact: theresamalek@rogers.com

Downloads:  2017-west-end-workshop-brochure.pdf    2017-west-end-workshop-tea-dance-briefs.pdf   Map-to-WEW.pdf

Saturday, March 25 -  Blair Spring Dance 

Dance with us at historic St Paul's Lutheran Church, 137 Queen Street, Kitchener ON N2G 1W2

We have a programme of mostly familiar dances, with light Refreshments to follow.

Music: The Best of the Bands (i.e. recorded)

$10 per ticket

Download:  2017-Blair-Spring-dance-flyer.pdf

Contact: klecocq@ymail.com or visit www.blairscottishcountrydancers.ca

Sunday, March 26 -  Teachers’ Workshop with Fred DeMarse  

Fred DeMarse will share his years of experience with:
Certified Teachers,
partially certificated teachers,
and (with permission*) those considering the teacher certification process.

Don Bartlett will play for the class.

Cooksville United Church, 2500 Mimosa Row, Mississauga <map>

Time and details:   1:45 - 4:45 pm

  1. *Contact: Barbara Taylor (905) 271-1598 or Arlene Koteff (416) 620-9628

Sunday, April 2 -  Tartan Day in Port Perry:  Parade, Church Service, and Party  

Highlands of Durham Scottish Country Dancers once again is hosting a Tartan Day Parade, Church Service, and Party. The Parade starts at Palmer Park (Queen & Water streets, Port Perry) at 2 pm, followed immediately by a Church Service at Port Perry United Church (Queen & Simcoe. Both the parade and church service are free.

The party will be at the Royal Canadian Legion, Port Perry (Old Simcoe & Bay) starting at 4 pm. Cost for Party is $20.

Tickets are available at The Wee Tartan Shop.

. . .Alan B. Graham, President, Highlands of Durham Scottish Country Dancers

Friday, April 7 -  Tartan Day Dinner and Ceilidh Dance  

Tartan Day is officially April 6 (Declaration of Arbroath), and there will be a big parade in New York, but April in Canada is better suited to indoor events -- such as a three-course dinner buffet, followed by some rousing ceilidh dances.

Reception at 6:00; Dinner at 7:00; Dancing at 9:00pm

At the Armour Heights Officers Mess, Canadian Forces College, 215 Yonge Blvd, Toronto.

Tickets and information:  www.standrews-society.ca/event/tartan-day-dinner-ceilidh-dance

Apr 7 - 9 - Lethbridge Workshop and Ball Weekend  >>> info here >>>

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

Apr 7 - 9 - Guernsey Scottish Dance Weekend, C.I.   >>> info here >>>

April 8 -  April Monthly Dance (Volunteer Appreciation Night)  NEW TIME: 7:30pm  (not 7:00 as previously stated)

This evening we dance Theresa Malek’s winning entry in the contest for Members to develop a Monthly Dance programme. The dances are all well known except for one. The Toronto Volunteers was devised by Deirdre MacCuish Bark especially for this occasion, and to express her appreciation to the many who volunteer time and talent to make RSCDS Toronto the wonderful organisation it is.

Volunteers are payment optional for this evening.
7:30pm - 11pm at Crescent School <map>.

Music by Scotch Mist.


•  Hooper’s Jig  •  Bridge of Nairn  •  Catch the Wind  •  The Laird of Milton’s Daughter  •  The Minister on the Loch  •  The Toronto Volunteers

INTERVAL  •  Mrs Stewart’s Jig  •  Barbara’s Strathspey  •  Blooms of Bon Accord  •  Scottish Reform  •  Bedrule  •  Reel of the Royal Scots 

EXTRAS:  •  Light and Airy  •  Maxwell’s Rant

Download:  2017-April-Volunteer-dance-briefs+video.pdf    2017-Apr-08-Dance-Instructions.pdf

April 9 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins 

This Shiftin' Bobbins session features teacher Christine Bassnet and live music by Fred Moyes.

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

More info:  http://shiftinbobbins.webs.com

For Intermediate and Advanced dancers)  $25 Season Membership (7 classes) or $6 at the door.

April 21 -  RSCDS Peterborough Monthly Dance 

Live music tonight by Don Bartlett.

7:30pm at St John’s Anglican Church, 99 Brock St, Peterborough, ON K9H 2P2 <map>

Info:  Jim Armstrong

Apr 21 - 23 - Winnipeg Workshop and Ball Weekend   >>> info here >>>

Apr 21 - 23 - Tartan Tea Dance Weekend in Prince Edward County   >>> info here >>>

April 22 -  Back-to-Basics Workshop and Tea Dance, RSCDS St Catharines 

This workshop is ideal for those people who have just started dancing or who feel they would like to brush up on their dancing. The focus will be on Beginner and Intermediate level dancing skills.

Teresa Lockhart, a super teacher from Toronto, will be leading the workshop this year.

Register early so you don’t miss out!

Cost: Classes & Tea Dance $25     |    Tea Dance only (open to all levels) $10

Download the brochure/application form:  2017-St-Catharines-Workshop+Tea-dance.pdf

Contact Jeanne: jeanne@computan.on.ca  or visit the RSCDS St Catharines website

April 22 -  The White Cockade: AGM, Dinner, and  Dance 

Dancing to recorded music; programme devised and taught by various guest teachers.

At MacNab Presbyterian Church Hall, 116 MacNab Street South, in Hamilton.

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

The Programme:

  1. Campbell’s FrolicThe Silver TassieThe ClansmanFollow Me Home
    Chasing the Eclipse  ••The AGM••  Reel of the Royal ScotsSociety Piper
    The Golden YearsThe Duke of Atholl’s Reel • The Executive Reel

Extras:  Sauchie HaughHaste to the WeddingThe College Hornpipe

Download:  2017-AGM-Apr-29-briefs+video.pdf      2017-Apr-29-Dance-Instructions.pdf

April 29 -  RSCDS Hamilton Branch Spring Ball 

Dance with your friends in dancing to the music of Scotch Mist.

We’ll be dancing in The Scottish Rite. . .  a beautiful, historic, atmospheric building that would be right at home in an episode of Murdoch Mysteries (which it has been).

Dinner and dance:   $75 per person

The Scottish Rite is at 4 Queen Street South, Hamilton L8P 3R3 <map>.

Download:  2017-Hamilton-Spring-Ball-Registration.pdf

More info:  RSCDS Hamilton website

May 5 -  South Simcoe’s Spring Fling 

Join us, as we celebrate the arrival of spring! For the FIRST TIME, our seasonally-themed dance programme will be accompanied by Laird Brown and Donnie Wood of Scotch Mist fame! 

The dancing will be followed by a sumptuous supper. All for only $10!

The fun starts at 7:30pm. It's worth the drive to Alliston. Dance programme (.pdf) coming soon...

Knox Presbyterian Church, King St. South, Alliston <map>    Pocket map:  KnoxMapSnipped.PNG

Instructor: Maureen Richardson  416.520-1705      |    Contact:  Susan & Ed Elliotson  519.941-2134    South Simcoe on Facebook

May 6 -  The Youth Ball (for ages up to 35yrs) 

We’ll have live music by Fred Moyes and his bionic accordion.

And. . . Lorna Larmour will be our special guest at the youth ball this year. Many of you had Lorna as your teacher and I know you would love to see her and catch up, and she would love to see you!

Come and join us all on May 6th. Make sure the date is in your calendar!

Meanwhile, please join the Youth Ball Facebook group.

You might also like: 

Postie’s Jig as danced at the Youth Ball   De’il Amang The Tailors, reprise at the Youth Ball

The Highland Rambler at the Youth Ball

May 13 -  West Toronto Ball (a.k.a. The Beginners’ Ball) 

Come dance the night away at the 48th annual West Toronto Ball. This dance program is devised with the beginner in mind, but is fun for all levels of dancers. Enjoy a full service, sit-down meal, the Grand March, and dancing to the music of Scotch Mist. All-inclusive dinner and dance ticket $85 per person.

Ticket order forms available at your group or download: 
2017-West-Toronto-Ball-brochure.pdf     |    2017-West-Toronto-Ball-briefs.pdf

Info: Moira Loudoun at 905-274-0229

Held at the beautiful Sala Caboto in Villa Colombo, 40 Playfair Ave, Toronto. Free parking.

The Programme: Cutty SarkLady Lucy Ramsay • Scotland’s Gardens • The Starry Eyed LassieWisp Of ThistleSummer WooingThe Bramble Bush • Wells House • Davy Nick NackThe Dundee WhalerGeneral Stuart's ReelThe Kelloholm JigThe Lass Of Richmond HillThe Minister On The LochThe Machine Without HorsesReel Of The Royal Scots

May 16 -  Calvin’s Spring Celebration Dance 

Calvin SCD Group invites all dancers to join our Spring Celebration at our last dance of the season.

We’ll have wonderful music by Don Bartlett on piano. Your $10 entry fee includes light refreshments at the interval. Contact Nancy Stokes 416 425 2195 or Mary Baldwin 416 485 8280.

7:30pm at Calvin Presbyterian Church,  26 Delisle Avenue <map>

May 17 -  Glenview’s Spring Dance 

Enjoy an evening of dancing, to the live music of Fred Moyes, at Glenview's end-of-season dance.

Tickets $15 at the door. Refreshments follow dancing. Everyone welcome. Starts 7:30 p.m.
Info: glenviewscdg.org

May 24 -  St Andrew’s of Brampton Spring Dance 

St Andrew's of Brampton is holding a spring dance on
Wednesday May 24 at St Andrew's Church, 44 Church St E, Brampton <map>.  

Dancing will start at 7.30 and the cost is $8 at the door.  

The programme (by Paul Maloney) will be posted here.  

Come out and enjoy dancing on a wonderful wooden floor, and of course there will be refreshments!

May 24 -  Stoney Lake Weekend 

Join RSCDS Peterborough for 33rd Annual Scottish Country Dance Weekend.
Now at Pine Vista Resort on Stoney Lake, Ontario. 

Guest Teacher:  Sandy Gallamore, Richmond, Virginia.  Music by Fred Moyes.  Contact Joan Reeves 705-748-5255.

Visit:  Stoney Lake Weekend webpage

Download:  2017-Stoney-Lake-Flyer.pdf

June 6, 13, 20, 27 -  Dancing In The Park at Edwards Gardens 

Come and join in the fun at Edwards Gardens!  Each evening features at least two audience participation dances.

Please join us. Give it a go, or just enjoy the music, and the spectacle.

Tuesday evenings in June. Dancing starts at 7pm and goes until dusk (weather permitting).

Download:  2017-Dancing-in-the-Park-list-&-video.pdf.

Cribs and other details will be posted when available. And check this page:   The_Park

June 24 -  Canada 150 Celebration ‘Red & White’ Dance 

We request the pleasure of your company for a grand afternoon of whimsy and cheer to celebrate Confederation’s 150th.  Join the party by wearing something red and white.. it will be a great dance party! We’ve programmed 13 dances, reflecting the 10 provinces and 3 territories of our home and native land.

At Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road, Forest Hill. Full details TBA.

The Programme:  Canadian Barn Dance (warm-up) • The Jubilee JigWisp of Thistle • Maple Leaf Rant • Wild GeeseBob CampbellOh CanadaGranville Market •  INTERVAL  •  Tribute to the Borders • The Great Spirit’s Voice • The Craighellachie Reel • Bauldy Bain’s FiddleSaint John RiverMaxwell’s Rant •  EXTRAS: Montgomeries’ RantTerrace Loggers Jig (or Celebrations) • Seann Truibhas Willichan

July 15 -  40th Annual Orillia Scottish Festival 

Dancers of all ages are invited to dance in the Opening Ceremonies of this joyful event. The three short, simple dances are easy for the learner dancer and grass-friendly. Sign up as a 4-couple set representing your social group and receive an honorarium, or come on your own and be matched up to form two-couple sets. After receiving the applause of our several thousand spectators you are free to explore the delights of the festival grounds.

Parade 12 p.m. Opening Ceremonies 1:30

Pavilion dances adjacent to Lake Couchiching will be a mixture of communal dances and demo dances from each group. (2-4 p.m.).

A Potluck and BBQ is open to all dancers and friends and will commence immediately following closing ceremonies.
RSVP to Will Kinghorn 705 259 3232, freshstart.wk@gmail.com 

A Friday evening ceilidh hosted by the Scottish festival committee at the local Legion will be held 14th July, 6-12 p.m. For tickets  call 705 487 5868. 

Sunday evening: wee party bash (free) at the Royal Canadian Legion with live entertainment.

To register or for more info:  Will Kinghorn 705 259 3232, freshstart.wk@gmail.com.

Download:  2017-July-15-Orillia-Scottish-Festival-Dancers'-flyer.pdf

November 25 -  RSCDS Toronto’s 60th Anniversary Dance 

Save the date!  RSCSD Toronto celebrates our Diamond Anniversary year with a gala dance at beautiful Sala Caboto Ball room.

We’ll have have the great music of Scotch Mist and delicious catered snacks.

$60 for Members; half price for Youth.

More details and programme are under development. . . but it will be a great dance party!