Ottawa Contra Dance

2010-2011 Old Sod Activities

2010-2011 was the second year of us being in our new dance hall and running the dances by committee. The committee included Emily Addison, John Argus, Catherine Burns, Brenda Butler, Neville Miller, Robert Willson, and Roger Williams.

We were really happy with the talent Roger lined up this year and we focused our additional energies into special events. These included challenging contras, a style workshop, waltz events, and a concert by Nightingale!

Starting late the previous year, Catherine continued to lead a collection of budding callers who gathered once a month to practice. We also had two callers workshops that were fantastic.

Download the full 2010-2011 schedule here.
Download a copy of one of our posters here.

Date
Band
Caller
Sep 4 1st Sat
Godknowswhat!

Godknowswhat! plays traditional music in non-traditional ways. Clezmer frailachs, French-Canadian, Irish, Cajun, New Orleans marches, Cabaret-era swing, and Honky-Tonk all surface in this band's diverse repertoire. You never know what might happen!

myspace.com/godknowswhat

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!

Sep 18 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/
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
Oct 2 1st Sat This dance is at the Parkdale United Church (429 Parkdale Ave), just down the road from our regular hall.
Domino

Domino is a super-fantastic band, coming all the way from Quebec City to provide us drivin' quebecois tunes on the accordion, fiddle, and piano. The jump this band has in their music is incredible!

Watch two of the three members of Domino here.

Sabin Jaques
Rachel Aucoin
Will Mentor

Will is traveling from Vermont to call for us! Calling to hundreds in one room at events such as the 2010 Dance Flurry and the 2010 Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Will is in high demand for his contras and squares.

Watch Will's calling in action here.

Oct 23 3rd Sat This dance is the 4th Saturday rather than the 3rd.
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!

Nov 6 1st Sat special afternoon ADVANCED CONTRA SKILLS WORKSHOP in addition to evening dance
3 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.

Adina Gordon

Adina travels the continent calling as her full time job and it shows... she is a superb caller! Choosing gorgeous dances and delivering them beautifully, you'll have fun on the dance floor this night.

Click here to watch watch a dance called by Adina.

adinagordon.com
Nov 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/
Sarah Vannorstand

Sarah VanNorstrand is a wonderful young caller from the Syracuse NY area. Married to Andrew VanNorstand of Great Bear Trio, Giant Robot Dance, and the Andrew and Noah VanNorstand band, Sarah carries strong weight on her own as a very talented caller. Come check her out doing what she loves!

Dec 4 1st Sat special afternoon MOSTLY WALTZ DANCE in addition to evening contra dance
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
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
Dec 18 3rd Sat Our seasonal dance with potluck snacks, carols, and other fun!
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!

Jan 1 1st Sat
No Dance!
No Dance!
Jan 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/
Maura Volante

Maura Volante is a lovely caller from Ottawa who has been dancing and teaching for many years. She does a fabulous job with family dances as well as contra. We are glad to have her back this year!

mauravolante.ca
Feb 5 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
Mike Ayles
David Boulanger
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!

Feb 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/
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!

Mar 5 1st Sat This is a special youth dance!!!
Anadama

Anadama is traveling all the way from Boston to play for us! A fabulous young trio, comprising of Amelia (fiddle), Emily (accordion & fiddle) and Bethany (guitar), Anadama delights dancers with tunes from the New England, Irish, and French Canadian traditions.

Click here to watch Anadama.

myspace.com/anadamamusic
Rebecca Lay

Rebecca hails from Southern Vermont and calls in all the hot halls down that way. She will delight us with some very fun dances indeed!

Click here to watch Rebecca's calling at work during the Youth Dance Weekend.

tenspeedfarm.com
Mar 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!

Apr 2 1st Sat special afternoon CHALLENGING CONTRAS dance in addition to evening dance
Crowfoot

Dancers go wild where ever Crowfoot plays! They are one of the hottest contra dance bands in North America. And...we get them twice this year!!!

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

crowfootmusic.com
Nils Fredland

Nils, a contra dance caller by profession, is considered to one of the very top callers right now. Known for his technical skill, disarming friendliness, and soothing voice, he creates magical moments on the dance floor with every band he performs.

Click here to watch Nils.

nilsfredland.com
Apr 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/
Bev Bernbaum

Bev is a fabulous caller from Toronto who calls throughout eastern North America. It was a joy to have her last year and we're super glad to have her back to close the 2010-2011 season!

Bev Bernbaum
May 7 1st Sat
Domino

Domino is a super-fantastic band, coming out of 'retirement' to provide us drivin' quebecois tunes on the accordion, fiddle, and piano. All the way from Quebec City!

Watch two of the three members of Domino here.

Sabin Jaques
Rachel Aucoin
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!

May 21 3rd Sat special afternoon MOSTLY WALTZ dance in addition to evening dance and a Friday night CONCERT
Nightingale

What a dream!!! We have Nightingale coming to Ottawa for a three-event contra extravaganza. There is nothing to be said other than these folks are NOT TO BE MISSED and that some folks would drive days to hear them play!!!

Click here and hereto watch Nightingale. Oh my! And... watch a concert clip here

nightingalevt.org
Adina Gordon

Adina travels the continent calling as her full time job and it shows... she is a superb caller! Choosing gorgeous dances and delivering them beautifully, you'll have fun on the dance floor this night.

Click here to watch watch a dance called by Adina.

adinagordon.com
Jun 4 1st Sat
Montage

Montage is travelling up from around Rochester NY to lay down some European-based grooves. Jane, Rachel, and Torn are super talented players who cater their playing to make the most energy possible on the dance floor. You're in for a treat!

Click here to watch Montage.

myspace.com/montagedanceband
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!

Jun 18 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