Ottawa Contra Dance

2014-2015 Schedule

The 2014-2015 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 great 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 pot-lucks and/or dinners at restaurants (after a workshop): 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 2014 flyer from here.

DOWNLOAD and PRINT the WINTER-SPRING 2015 flyer from here.

DOWNLOAD and PRINT our 2014-2015 publicity poster from here.

Date
Band
Caller
Sep 61st Sat
730pm
AGM @ 4pm & pot-luck @ 530pm
Old Sod Band

Our first contra dance of the season – come celebrate the start of our 25th season! The Old Sod Band, who lay down a most beautiful groove, are playing. We are lucky to have them as our house band!

Click here to watch the Old Sod Band.

ottawacontra.ca/oldsodband/

There will be a pot-luck at 530pm. Bring something yummy to share and your own plate and cutlery. Come share a meal and conversation (find out what your dance buddies have been doing all summer). Please come to the pot-luck even if the AGM is not your thing. :-)

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.

Sep 203rd Sat
730pm With 330pm afternoon workshop & dinner out too!
Maivish

This is a fantastic Quebec band that dancers will love. Maivish (musicians Jaige Trudel & Adam Broome) draws inspiration from traditional sources, reinterpreting the old and contributing to the new with their hypnotic and scintillating melodies and grooves.

Watch Maivish here and check out their website here.

Special afternoon 'Novice Contra Skills' Workshop (330-530pm) with dinner out before the evening dance.

George Marshall

A SUPER experienced caller, George has called all over the continent and beyond, most regularly with his band Wild Asparagus. You won't want to miss George's calling!

Click here and here to see videos of George calling.

George is also leading a caller's workshop on Sunday morning, Sept 21st. Ask at the dance for more info or contact Catherine Burns at 613-725-3709.

Oct 41st Sat
730pm Youth dance!
Nova

Nova is young, up-and-coming, contra dance band from Vermont comprised of Kathleen Fownes (Fiddle), Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin (Accordion/Piano), and Everest Witman (Guitar). You can watch them here and find them on Facebook here. Come see what all the buzz is about!

And, to encourage lots of young dancers to enjoy this young band, Youth under 30 get in FREE! 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. Martha calls with a lovely confident & graceful style, and we are lucky to have her call for us!

Oct 183rd Sat
730pm
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.

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 284th Tues
730pm
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. :)

Oct 31-
Nov 2Woo Hoo! Dance Weekend!
Hey Fever! DANCE WEEKEND!!!!

Our very own Halloween Dance Weekend with two excellent bands: Crowfoot and Stringrays!!


Don't forget to wear a costume on Friday night!

Hey Fever! DANCE WEEKEND!!!!

And we have two first class callers: Sarah VanNorstrand and Nils Fredland!!

Note: This is a pre-registration only event (i.e. can't purchase tickets at the door on Saturday night). Sign up early as this will sell out!

All information, including how to register, can be found at: http://www.ottawacontra.ca/heyFever/.

Nov 153rd Sat
730pm With 330pm afternoon Family dance!
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/

PLUS... special FAMILY DANCE led by David Smukler, with musicians Greg Brown (fiddle) and Paul Hawtin (guitar), 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

Nov 254th Tues
730pm
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 61st Sat
730pm
Sassafras Stomp

Coming all the way from Maine, Sassafras Stomp blends New England and Southern music into a great groove!

Click here to watch Sassafras Stomp.

www.sassafrasstomp.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

Dec 203rd Sat
730pm
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 pot-luck snacks, carols, and other fun at the break! Wear red and green! Ho ho ho!

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 31st Sat
8pm Silver Contra Ball!
Frost & Fire

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

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

www.frostandfireband.com

This is our NEW YEARS SILVER ANNIVERSARY BALL!! Dress up in your finery, ideally something silver, (e.g. a costume, gown, tails, mask, ...), to celebrate the new year AND our 25th (Silver!) anniversary. We'll dance mostly contras but also a few other styles to make it a real party. You will have a BALL!

Special time (8-1130pm, no introductory lesson) and special price ($15 regular, $12 members and students, no 2nd dance free cards accepted.)

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

Jan 173rd Sat
730pm With 330pm afternoon Family dance!
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.

PLUS... special FAMILY DANCE led by Catherine Burns, with musicians Greg Brown (fiddle) and Paul Hawtin (guitar), 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.

Martha Cooper

Now living in Wakefield, Martha carries on the tradition calling excellent contras and squares that she learned from her father. Martha calls with a lovely confident & graceful style, and we are lucky to have her call for us!

Jan 274th Tues
730pm
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 71st Sat
730pm Youth dance!
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.

This is a YOUTH DANCE. Anyone 29 or younger get in FREE. Tell your friends!

Sarah VanNorstrand

Sarah VanNorstrand is a wonderful young caller from the Syracuse NY area. She's a very talented caller who will charm you with her smooth style. Come check her out doing what she loves!

Feb 213rd Sat
730pm With 330pm afternoon Family dance!
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/

PLUS... special FAMILY DANCE led by Catherine and Maura, with musicians Greg Brown (fiddle) and Paul Hawtin (guitar), 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.

Catherine Burns & Maura Volante

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.

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.wordpress.com

Feb 244th Tues
730pm
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 71st Sat
730pm With 3pm Mostly Waltz lesson then dance & a pot-luck too!
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

Special afternoon MOSTLY WALTZ DANCE. Beginner lesson @ 3pm, dance 330-530. This is in addition to evening contra dance. We'll also have a pot-luck dinner at 530pm. Bring something yummy to share and your own plate and cutlery.

Luke Donforth

Luke is a new caller for us and we are lucky to have him! He brings a warm and inviting playfulness to the stage. He is based in Burlington, VT.

Catch Luke in action here (& hear that playfulness at 1:43 in :-)

Mar 213rd Sat
730pm
Genticorum

Genticorum is an incredible band that tours internationally impressing audiences as far as Australia. A great treat for us and a dance NOT to be missed!!

genticorum.com

Click here to hear them play their beautiful piece Reel Circulaire.

Genticorum will also be performing in concert on Sunday evening! Watch for more info on this.

This is the CDSS (Country Dance and Song Society) dance leadership conference "Puttin' On The Dance" weekend, held in Ottawa this year! Many dance organizers from across eastern North America will be attending the conference and this dance!

Chrissy Fowler & Catherine Burns

Chrissy Fowler is AAAAMMMAAAAZZINGG!!! Coming all the way from Belfast Maine to call for us, she is one of the most talented contra community builders around.

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.


Come early to be sure you get in! This one is likely to sell out!

Mar 244th Tues
730pm
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 41st Sat
730pm
Workshop @ 330pm, dinner out @ 530pm.
Nor'easter

A VERY strong trio of fiddle, piano, and mandolin/guitar, Nor'easter creates fantastic dance music. This is a band to watch for - and to dance to! Come on out!

Click here to see a video of Nor'easter in action.

noreasterband.com

Special "Upping your dance level" Workshop 330-530pm + dinner out + evening contra dance.

There will also be a Saturday morning Musician's Workshop! Please contact Emily at president@ottawacontra.ca if you are interested in the musician's workshop.

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

Apr 183rd Sat
730pm
330pm Family dance AND a family pot-luck @ 530pm
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/

PLUS... special FAMILY DANCE led by Catherine, with musicians Greg Brown (fiddle) and Paul Hawtin (guitar), 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.

There is a pot-luck at 5:30 pm. Bring something yummy to share and your own plate and cutlery!

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.

Apr 284th Tues
730pm
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 21st Sat
730pm Challeng- ing dance at 4pm & dinner out at 6pm.
Perpetual e-Motion

Perpetual e-Motion are ***AMAZING***!!! These two gents take electric violin, guitar, and digeridoo to a blissful level. You will love these guys...what a lift!

Click here and here to watch Perpetual e-Motion.

perpetuale-motion.com

Special afternoon Challenging contra dance 4-6pm + dinner out + evening contra dance

Will Mentor

Will is travelling 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.


This will be a very popular dance and might sell out. Come early to be sure to get in or come to the afternoon dance too and get a pass for both dances.

May 163rd Sat
730pm
Peach Jam

This is a new local band made up of Duncan Gillis and James Stephens, who are both members of the Old Sod band. This is their SWEET spin off project! Come and hear what these two talented musicians have in store for us!

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 264th Tues
730pm
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 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 61st Sat
730pm
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/default.htm

Catherine Burns & Maura Volante

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.

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.wordpress.com

Jun 203rd Sat
730pm Dessert pot-luck at the break! Mmmm!
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 pot-luck at the break! Bring a sweet or savoury goody to share. :-)