Ottawa Contra Dance

2013-2014 Schedule

The 2013-2014 line-up is filled with INCREDIBLE bands and callers from Quebec and the United States as well our local favourites. Come on out for some fabulous dancing - you will not be disappointed!!! In addition to our dances every 1st and 3rd Saturday, we offer a number of special afternoon events. These vary from 'mostly waltz' dances to workshop dances.

We also organize community talent dances on the 4th Tuesday of most months. These feature awesome local talent in a more intimate setting. It's a great way for some of our experience callers/musicians to try new stuff and for new folks to try calling/playing. Come check out this new initiative!

Our events start at:
-Tuesday community talent dances: 730pm, with no intro lesson.
-Saturday afternoon workshops: usually 330pm, although it can shift depending on the event. Look at the specific times under each date below.
-Saturday potlucks and/or dinners at restaurants: 530pm.
-Saturday night dances: 8pm, with free intro lesson at 730pm.

If you are interested in learning how to call or want to dance as new callers practice, contact Catherine at dance@ottawacontra.ca. Our callers group gets together once a month to practice - dancers as well as complete beginner callers are welcome!

DOWNLOAD and PRINT the FALL 2013 poster Here.

DOWNLOAD and PRINT the WINTER-SPRING 2013 poster Here.

Date
Band
Caller
Sep 213rd 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 guaranteed great night!

Watch Catherine here and here.

Oct 5 1st Sat There is a potluck @ 530pm. If you want to join, just bring something yummy to share!
Pete's Posse

Pete Sutherland is an amazing old time & contra fiddle/mando/guitar player from Burlington Vermont. He's coming up with Oliver Scanlon and one or two other folks to give us some wickedly good music to dance to!

Special afternoon MOSTLY WALTZ DANCE 330-530(including lesson @ 3pm) in addition to evening contra dance.

NOTE - both the afternoon & evening dance are at A DIFFERENT HALL!!! All Saints Church - 317 Chapel Street

Watch Pete here.

www.epactmusic.com
Mary Wesley

Mary Wesley is a fantastic young caller from Vermont. She is taking a firm leadership role in contra dance organizing within the New England States, and has fanastic calling skills. Under her hat already include working dance weekends like OohLaLa and the Youth Dance Weekend!

Click here to see Mary calling.

www.marywesley.com
Oct 19 3rd Sat
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.

Watch The 3$ Bills here.

Maura Volante & Ken Panton

Two of our talented local callers, Maura and Ken, will share an evening of programming that should delight you!

Watch Ken call here.

mauravolante.wordpress.com
Oct 224th Tues
COMMUNITY TALENT CONTRA DANCE

This is a great mid-week dance held in a beautiful century hall. Local musicians and callers do their stuff. 'Tis oodles of fun!

HALL LOCATION

4th Tuesday dances are held at the Orange Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave. Google maps will show you the way. :)

Nov 2 1st Sat There is a potluck @ 530pm. If you want to join, just bring something yummy to share!
Frost & Fire

Coming up from Vermont is Frost & Fire! These guys have awesometunes with absolutely fantastic energy.

Dress up in COSTUME for the evening dance to celebrate Hallowe'en!

Click here to see a video of Frost & Fire in action.

www.frostandfireband.com

Special afternoon 'Take your Dancing up a Notch!' session for experienced dancers from 330-530pm in addition to regular evening contra dance.

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 definitely have fun on the dance floor!.

Click here to watch watch a dance called by Adina.

adinagordon.com
Nov 163rd 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!

The evening dance is a YOUTH DANCE that is FREE for anyone 29 or younger. Tell your friends!

Click here to watch the Old Sod Band.

ottawacontra.ca/oldsodband/

PLUS... special FAMILY DANCE led by Catherine for kids and their parents in the afternoon ... come out and have lots of family fun! 330-5pm, 10$ for adults...kids free! More info here.

Emily Addison

While relatively new to calling, Emily brings lots of playing and dance organizing experience to the floor. Come check out some hot dances she's picked up from recent travels!

Watch Emily call here.

Nov 264th Tues
COMMUNITY TALENT CONTRA DANCE

This is a great mid-week dance held in a beautiful century hall. Local musicians and callers do their stuff. 'Tis oodles of fun!

HALL LOCATION

4th Tuesday dances are held at the Orange Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave. Google maps will show you the way. :)

Dec 6-8
CAPITAL CONTRA DANCE WEEKEND!!!!

This is our Capital Contra Dance weekend with THE GREAT BEAR TRIO, PERPETUAL E-MOTION, SARAH VANNORSTRAND & WILL MENTOR!!!!

CAPITAL CONTRA DANCE WEEKEND!!!!

Note: This is a pre-registration only event (i.e., can't purchase a ticket at the door Saturday night). Sign up early as this will sell out! All information can be found at capitalcontradanceweekend.com.

Dec 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/

This is our seasonal dance with potluck snacks, carols, and other fun at the break!

Catherine Burns

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

Watch Catherine here and here.

Jan 41st Sat
Nicholas Williams, Mike Ayles, Alex Kehler, & James Stephens

Nicholas, Mike, Alex, & James are coming from their respective communities around Quebec play for our new years ball. These guys are each fabulous musicians having played in various bands. We're creating a mash-up tonight which includes the following instruments: piano, fluteX2, accordino, fiddleX2, bouzouki, nyckelharpa, guitar, banjo, mandolin, viola, and more. Be there as this is going to be fantastic music!

Bev Bernbaum

Bev is a fabulous caller from Toronto who calls throughout orth America. We missed out on having her last year so it's fantastic to have her back, especially for our ball.

Bev Bernbaum

This is our NEW YEARS BALL!!!!! Dress up in your finery (costume, gown, tails, mask, etc) to celebrate the new year. Special time (8-1130pm, no introductory lesson) and special price ($15 regular, $12 members and students, no 2nd dance free cards accepted.)

Jan 18 3rd Sat
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.

Watch The 3$ Bills here.

PLUS... special FAMILY DANCE led by Catherine for kids and their parents in the afternoon ... come out and have lots of family fun! 330-5pm, 10$ for adults...kids free! More info here.

OTTAWA CALLERS COLLECTIVE

Catherine Burns will host our Ottawa Callers Collective -- a group of local callers who will call a great evening of dances for you!

Jan 284th Tues
COMMUNITY TALENT CONTRA DANCE

This is a great mid-week dance held in a beautiful century hall. Local musicians and callers do their stuff. 'Tis oodles of fun!

HALL LOCATION

4th Tuesday dances are held at the Orange Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave. Google maps will show you the way. :)

Feb 1 1st Sat There is the option for dinner out at a local restaurant @ 530pm.
Maivish - Adam Broome & Jaige Trudel

As Maivish, Adam & Jaige have a super powerful sound that has a northern feel with heavy heavy groove. They will rock you out! :)

Click here to see Adam and Jaige with Nicholas.

maivish.com

ALSO, a special afternoon INSTANT CHOIR singing session led by Nils (330-530pm). This was super popular last year so we're bringing him back this year for a full 2hrs!

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
Feb 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/
Catherine Burns

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

Watch Catherine here and here.

Feb 254th Tues
COMMUNITY TALENT CONTRA DANCE

This is a great mid-week dance held in a beautiful century hall. Local musicians and callers do their stuff. 'Tis oodles of fun!

HALL LOCATION

4th Tuesday dances are held at the Orange Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave. Google maps will show you the way. :)

Mar 1 1st Sat
THE FREE RAISINS

Coming all the way from Boston, this young hot band is making a big impression on the contra dance scene with their blending of great tradition and new grooves!

Click here to watch the Free Raisins.

freeraisins.com
Sarah VanNorstrand

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!

Sarah's also leading a caller's workshop Sunday morning. Ask at the dance for more info!

Mar 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!

Wear GREEN in celebration of St. Patricks Day!

Click here to watch the Old Sod Band.

ottawacontra.ca/oldsodband/

PLUS... special FAMILY DANCE led by David for kids and their parents in the afternoon ... come out and have lots of family fun! 330-5pm, 10$ for adults...kids free! More info here.

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
Mar 254th Tues
COMMUNITY TALENT CONTRA DANCE

This is a great mid-week dance held in a beautiful century hall. Local musicians and callers do their stuff. 'Tis oodles of fun!

HALL LOCATION

4th Tuesday dances are held at the Orange Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave. Google maps will show you the way. :)

Apr 51st Sat There is a potluck @ 530pm. If you want to join, just bring something yummy to share!
Domino

Domino is a super-fantastic band from around Quebec City! They are coming west to provide us drivin' quebecois tunes on the accordion, fiddle, and piano.

Watch two of the three members of Domino here.

ALSO, a special afternoon DANCE THE OPPOSITE GENDER ROLE session for experienced dancers (330-530pm). You'll have a full afternoon to try the position of the opposite gender role and learn some tips and tricks to make various figures more fun. Note --- this is still a dance! Band for the afternoon is Richard Forest, Greg Brown, & Paul Hawtin.

Will Mentor

Will is traveling from Vermont to call for us! Travelling throughout North America and calling to hundreds in one room at events such as the Dance Flurry, Will is in high demand for both his contras and squares.

Watch Will's calling in action here.

Apr 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/

This is YOUTH DANCE that is FREE for anyone 29 or younger. Tell your friends!

Martha Cooper

Now living in Wakefield, 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!

Apr 224th Tues
COMMUNITY TALENT CONTRA DANCE

This is a great mid-week dance held in a beautiful century hall. Local musicians and callers do their stuff. 'Tis oodles of fun!

HALL LOCATION

4th Tuesday dances are held at the Orange Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave. Google maps will show you the way. :)

May 3 1st Sat There is the option for dinner out at a local restaurant @ 530pm.
Stolen Goods - our community band!

Stolen Goods is our Ottawa Contra Community Band, founded in September 2012. They pride themselves on 'contraband'... borrowing from other bands to create great community groove. You'll love their playful & fun sound!

www.ottawacontra.ca/communityband
laurarisk.com

Special afternoon MOSTLY WALTZ DANCE. Beginner lesson @ 3pm, Intermediate/'next steps' lesson @ 330pm, dance 4-530. This is in addition to evening contra dance.

Catherine Burns

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

Watch Catherine here and here.

May 17 3rd Sat
Godknowswhat!

Godknowswhat! plays traditional music in non-traditional ways. Klezmer 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!

Watch Godknowswhat! here.

myspace.com/godknowswhat

PLUS... special FAMILY DANCE led by Catherine for kids and their parents in the afternoon ... come out and have lots of family fun! 330-5pm, 10$ for adults...kids free! More info here.

Tom Calwell & Myra Hirschberg

Spending part of the year in the contra dance mecca land of N. Carolina, Myra & Tom work to bring in new innovative dances that are enjoyed by all levels!

www.dancingthread.ca
May 274th Tues
COMMUNITY TALENT CONTRA DANCE

This is a great mid-week dance held in a beautiful century hall. Local musicians and callers do their stuff. 'Tis oodles of fun!

This final 4th Tuesday dance of the year is for volunteers only (i.e., folks who have helped at some time during our 2013-2014 dance season). And note - it's free as it's the VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY!
HALL LOCATION

4th Tuesday dances are held at the Orange Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave. Google maps will show you the way. :)

Jun 7 1st Sat
Laura Risk & Nicholas Williams

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.

Catherine Burns

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

Watch Catherine here and here.

Jun 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/
OTTAWA CALLERS COLLECTIVE

Come celebrate the dance season with some of our Ottawa Callers Collective hosted by Catherine Burns!

Dessert potluck at the break!