Ottawa Contra Dance

2009-2010 Old Sod Activities

2009-2010 marked the first year of the amalgamated contra dance groups in Ottawa as well as the running of dances by committee. It was a fun year indeed of many potluck meetings and great discussions! The 2009-2010 dance committee comprised of Emily Addison, John Argus, Catherine Burns, Brenda Butler, John Gusdorf, Neville Miller, and Roger Williams.

News on the dance floor included the fact that we relocated to a new hall in order to be in a more accessible location and to improve the sound quality of the room. We also hired Greg Brown as our sound tech -- he did an incredible job with all of his trad and dance music knoweldge! We held dances twice a month, up from one every three weeks and we also hosted two 'mostly waltz' sessions.

In the concert hall, we held three concerts: Enoch Kent, Crowfoot, and Finest Kind!

Below is a link to a few of our posters as well as the 2009-2010 dance schedule.

Examples of 2009-2010 flyers

2009-2010 schedule

Date
Band
Caller
Sep 5 1st Sat
Old Sod Band

Old Sod is a super talented band that lays down a most beautiful groove. We are lucky to have them as our house band.

Click here to watch the Old Sod Band.

ottawacontra.ca/oldsodband/
Catherine Burns

Catherine Burns is the reason contra dancing exists in Ottawa. She is an AWESOME caller, working to make fun for all.

Sep 19 3rd Sat
Crowfoot

Dancers go wild where ever Crowfoot plays! They are one of the hottest contra dance bands in North America.

Click here and here and here to see videos of Crowfoot in action.

crowfootmusic.com
Bev Bernbaum

Bev is a fabulous caller from Toronto who calls throughout eastern North America.

Oct 3 1st Sat
Rachel Aucoin & Richard Forest

All the way from Quebec city, Rachel & Richard will lift your feet off the ground.

Pippa Hall

From Ottawa, Pippa has super warm and fun way of delivering her dances which makes for a great night.

Oct 17 3rd Sat
No dance this Saturday

The hall was unavailable!

Nov 7 1st Sat
Garton-Ayles-Boulanger

Garton-Ayles-Boulanger is a driven' band from Montreal that play super lively Quebecois music. Sure to be a great night!

Joanne Garton
David Boulanger
Mike Ayles
Tom Calwell

Living part of the year in the contra dance mecca of North Carolina, Tom is full of exciting and fun dances.

Watch Tom here and here.

dancingthread.ca
Nov 21 3rd Sat
Old Sod Band

Old Sod is a super talented band that lays down a most beautiful groove. We are lucky to have them as our house band!

Click here to watch the Old Sod Band.

ottawacontra.ca/oldsodband/
Martha Cooper

From Kingston, Martha carries on the tradition calling excellent contras and squares that she learned from her father.

Dec 5 1st Sat
Genticorum

Genticorum is an incredible band that tours internationally impressing audiences as far as Australia. A great treat for us!

genticorum.com
Pippa Hall

From Ottawa, Pippa has super warm and fun way of delivering her dances which makes for a great night.

Dec 19 3rd Sat
Old Sod Band

Old Sod is a super talented band that lays down a most beautiful groove. We are lucky to have them as our house band!

Click here to watch the Old Sod Band.

ottawacontra.ca/oldsodband/
Catherine Burns

Catherine Burns is the reason contra dancing exists in Ottawa. She is an AWESOME caller, working to make fun for all.

Jan 2 1st Sat
Three Dollar Bills

This is a fantastic local band that dancers will love. Made up of three experienced players who play in other bands, Duncan Gillis (whistles, flute, bagpipes), Paul Hawtin (guitar), and Greg Brown (fiddle, accordion, concertina...and everything else!) will rock the evening!

Catherine Burns

Catherine Burns is the reason contra dancing exists in Ottawa. She is an AWESOME caller, working to make fun for all.

Jan 16 3rd Sat
Old Sod Band

Old Sod is a super talented band that lays down a most beautiful groove. We are lucky to have them as our house band!

Click here to watch the Old Sod Band.

ottawacontra.ca/oldsodband/
Catherine Burns

Catherine Burns is the reason contra dancing exists in Ottawa. She is an AWESOME caller, working to make fun for all.

Feb 6 1st Sat
Godknowswhat!

Godknowswhat! plays traditional music in non-traditional ways. This Wakefield-based quartet combines accordions, fiddles, standup bass, ukulele, drums, piano and horns to create new musical worlds where various forms meet: Clezmer frailachs, French-Canadian, Irish, Cajun, New Orleans marches, Cabaret-era swing, and Honky-Tonk all surface in this band's diverse repertoire. The guys promise to remain relatively tame for a night of fine contra dance music, but you never know what might happen!

Adina Gordon

The fantastic Adina Gordon is coming up from southern Vermont to call for us! Last calling in the spring for a really hot dance with the Figments, it's great to have Adina back this year.

Click here to watch watch a dance called by Adina.

Feb 20 3rd Sat
Old Sod Band

Old Sod is a super talented band that lays down a most beautiful groove. We are lucky to have them as our house band!

Click here to watch the Old Sod Band.

ottawacontra.ca/oldsodband/
Maura Volante and local caller night!

Maura is an experienced community performer calling family dances, running choirs, and teaching singing... it should be a great time dancing to Maura! In addition, a few 'newish' local callers will each be calling a dance tonight. Come and support!

mauravolante.ca
Mar 6 1st Sat
Richard Forest & Martine Billette

Richard Forest is back a second time this season to play for us. A lovely fiddler from Montreal, he plays with Reveillions. Martine Billette is a great compliment on the piano. :)

myspace.com/richardforest
Ric Goldman

Ric Goldman coming up all the way from California to call some dances in the area including ours! A very experienced morris, English, and contra dancer, he calls throughout California and at festivals and camps such as Pinewoods!

rgoldman.org
Mar 20 3rd Sat
Old Sod Band

Old Sod is a super talented band that lays down a most beautiful groove. We are lucky to have them as our house band!

Click here to watch the Old Sod Band.

ottawacontra.ca/oldsodband/
David Smukler

A true expert at calling, David has written much on contra dancing including its historical roots of dancing. Don't let that fool you - he's up on modern dances and delivers them with that added bit of detail that makes them special!

David Smukler
Apr 3 1st Sat
Contrast

Contrast is a great local band that delivers a nice groove of Irish, Quebecois, and old time music. Super drive and disciplined feeling means a good night of dancing! We're glad to have them back :)

Catherine Burns

Catherine Burns is the reason contra dancing exists in Ottawa. She is an AWESOME caller, working to make fun for all. A guarenteed great night!

Apr 17 3rd Sat
Old Sod Band

Old Sod is a super talented band that lays down a most beautiful groove. We are lucky to have them as our house band!

Click here to watch the Old Sod Band.

ottawacontra.ca/oldsodband/
Hannah Naiman

While still only in her 20s, Hannah Naiman is no newbie to contra dancing or calling. Coming from a long line of folk musicians and dancers, Hannah has much experience leading dances. She'll bring a great mixture of new and old dances to the floor.

hannahshira.weebly.com
May 1 1st Sat
Laura Risk, Nicholas Williams & Rob Graves

Many Ottawa dancers know Nicholas Williams as one of the three musicians that make up the fabulous band Crowfoot! Nicholas will be playing with Laura Risk, a super-talented fiddle player originally from California, now living in Montreal.

Click here to listen to Laura play. Click here and here and here to watch Nicholas play with Crowfoot.

laurarisk.com
nicholaswilliams.ca
Nancy Turner

Nancy is coming to us from the mountains of Vermont for her first time calling in Ottawa. Some dancers who have travelled to Montreal may have experienced her amazing talents and lovely dances! A treat to have a Vermonter :)

Click here to watch Nancy call.

May 15 3rd Sat
Old Sod Band

Old Sod is a super talented band that lays down a most beautiful groove. We are lucky to have them as our house band!

Click here to watch the Old Sod Band.

ottawacontra.ca/oldsodband/
Myra Hirschberg

Spending part of the year in the contra dance mecca land of N. Carolina, Myra works to bring in new innovative dances that are enjoyed by all levels! A favourite in Ottawa.

Click here to watch Myra call a dance.

www.dancingthread.ca
Jun 5 1st Sat
Three Dollar Bills

This is a fantastic local band that dancers will love. Made up of three experienced players from other bands, Greg Brown (fiddle, accordion, concertina, etc), Duncan Gillis (whistles, flute, bagpipes), and Paul Hawtin (guitar) will rock the evening.

Martha Cooper

From Kingston, Martha carries on the tradition calling excellent contras and squares that she learned from her father. While we miss her presence living in Ottawa, we're glad she can make an appearance calling.

Jun 19 3rd Sat
Old Sod Band

Old Sod is a super talented band that lays down a most beautiful groove. We are lucky to have them as our house band!

Click here to watch the Old Sod Band.

ottawacontra.ca/oldsodband/
Catherine Burns

Catherine Burns is the reason contra dancing exists in Ottawa. She is an AWESOME caller, working to make fun for all. A guarenteed great night!
Last dance of the season!