Hey Fever! 2017

Hey Fever! 2017 was a pure joy!

The bands were ...

The O'Schraves

Featuring Aine Schryer-O'Gorman, Zachary Schryer-Lefebvre, Benoit Schryer-Lefebvre, Julie Schryer and Pat O'Gorman!

"The O'Schraves" (The O'Gorman/Schryer/ Lefebvre Family) brings you wonderful music that is joyous, skillful, inspiring, and fun.

"The O'Schraves" have played for regular dances in the Algoma region for many years, including dances at AlgomaTrad Family Camp, and have been the dance band for the Bayside Travelers' contra dances in Traverse City, Michigan, the Toronto Country Dancers' Contra Dances, and the Owen Sound Spring Fling Dance weekend. After you've danced to their superb tune-playing and rock-solid groove, you'll Rave about The O'Schraves!

Check out this wonderful sampler video: The O'Schraves at this Barrie, ON house concert!.

Julie Vallimont & Friends

Featuring Julie Vallimont, Ryan McKasson and Russell Shumsky!

Julie, a former classical pianist and organist, fell in love with dance music after attending contra dances in Maine and Boston. Her compelling, rhythmic piano style draws on her study of New England contra piano and traditional Quebecois, Irish, and Cape Breton music, along with elements of rock and jazz. Julie performs nationwide with Nor'easter and several other contra and English collaborations. Julie lead us in Ottawa with her wonderful music.

Julie played with Ryan McKasson, of the Syncopaths, and Russell Shumsky. Ryan is a National Scottish fiddle champion and a fantastic fiddler. He and Julie met a few years ago and really hit it off musically. Russell is an accomplished percussionist who specializes in West African Drumming. He plays marimba in his local contra dance band in Vancouver BC and has toured as a drummer with some great contra dance bands, such as Nor'easter, Lift Ticket and Contra Sutra. We were lucky to have him all the way from Vancouver!

The callers were ...

Mary Wesley

Mary Wesley is a dance leader and caller for contras, squares, morris, and family and community dances. A native of Vermont, she travels throughout New England and beyond to follow and share her love of dance. Mary's friendly enthusiasm pleased us no end!

David Eisenstadter

After humble beginnings calling a dance series in college, Dave Eisenstadter has gone on to call some of the largest dances in the contra domain, alongside some of the most talented musicians playing the circuit. Hoping to bring energy to each dance he calls, Dave can often be found dancing along to the music from the stage! We had a treat with Dave's calling!

Hey Fever! Poster

Our 2017 poster was...

Oh my, what fun we had!