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September / October -  Membership Renewal Time

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Don’t wait. . . Renew your Membership early and keep our association strong. Renew or sign-up here:  Membership Page.

Fridays, Oct 19 - Dec 7 -  South Simcoe’s Family-Friendly Dance Nights, Alliston

South Simcoe SCD is hosting eight family-friendly 1-hour dance nights.
Scottish Country Dancing is easy to learn at any age!

What will we be doing?   We begin with a gentle warm-up. Everyone then walks through each reel, jig, and slower-paced strathspey before the

music plays and dancing begins. You will love the music!

Who is Teaching?   Maureen R is a Royal Scottish Country Dance Society certified teacher. Her easy-going style is perfect for beginners!

What’s the cost?   Adults $5 each; Youth 10 to 16 are free and must be accompanied by an adult.

Do I need a partner?   No. Through the evening you will dance with many different people.

What should I wear?  Comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes.

Here is a great opportunity to get connected, get some light exercise, and have some fun.
Snacks and juice are included.

Fridays 6:30-7:30 pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, 160 King St. South, Alliston <map>   More info:  Lyn at 705.458-1006

Saturday, Oct 20 -  Celtic Colours Concert

The Durham Philharmonic Choir, Robert Phillips, Director, invites you to a programme of familiar and favourite Maritime and Celtic folksongs by Canadian composers and arrangers, including Alistair McGillivray, Lydia Adams, Mark Sirett, and others. We’ll also be treated to the premiere of She Moved Through The Fair by Paul Halley.

The choir will be joined by guest soloist Emily Rocha, 2017 Young Musician Scholarship winner, and local instrumentalists.  Download:  2018-Celtic-Colours-concert-programme.pdf

Tickets: $35 (youth discounts at the door)

7:30pm at Hebron Christian Reformed Church, Anderson Street, Whitby <map>

Info and Tickets: 905.728-1739 or visit www.durhamphilharmonic.ca

Sunday, Oct 21 -  Sunday Afternoon Dance at Banbury

Event:    Special Sunday Class

Date:      Oct 21, 2018

Time:      2pm-4pm

Venue:    Banbury Community Centre, Banquet Hall, 120 Banbury Road, Don Mills <map>

Teacher: Sandra Scott

Theme:   Old Favourites

Target:    All welcome

Join teachers from Ontario and Western New York for an exciting fundraiser to benefit TAC — the Scottish Country Dance Teachers Association of Canada.

We all benefit from TAC’s Summer School for Dancers, Musicians’ Workshops, Teacher Training Courses, dance books at TACBooks, and music resources at TACSound. TAC now needs our help to recover from a recent financial setback.

Experience a variety of dancing possibilities as TAC member teachers share interesting, favourite, or unique and challenging, dances ranging from the newly-devised to the rarely-seen-but-not-forgotten.

Music by “The Best of the Bands”

At Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga <map>     
Doors open at 9:00am.  (NB: Clarke Hall has a great wood floor)

Dance Options: Morning 9:30am-12:30pm ~$15 Cdn    |    Afternoon 1pm-4:00 ~ $15 Cdn    |    All Day 9:30am-4pm ~ $25 Cdn

Bring your own lunch and snacks to enjoy during the break, 12:30-1pm. Water, tea, and coffee provided all day.

We look forward to seeing you for this unique event.

DANCERS: To reserve a space on the dance floor and TAC TEACHERS:  To volunteer to share a dance. . .

Contact Marie Ziccarelli at Mrezz@roadrunner.com or 716.826-2614

Dance Marathon Committee: Marie Ziccarelli, Andrew & Mairi Collins, Ian Souter, Jean Hamilton.

Tuesday, Oct 23 -  Tayside Morning Class invitation

Are you a Scottish country dancer looking for a lively and fun-loving morning group? If you would rather not go
out on a cold, dark night to dance this winter, why not try the Tayside Morning SCD class?

Our teacher is Blair Gerrie, and we are happy to welcome new dancers — of any skill level.  

We meet Tuesdays (10:30 - 12:00) at Westview Presbyterian Church, 233 Westview Blvd. (nr O’Connor & Bermondsey) <map> 

We’ll dance until Christmas break. Join us for a relaxing morning of SCD. We hope to see you next Tuesday!

Info: contact Blair Gerrie 416.651-8933 or Gillian Clinton

Saturday, Oct 27 -  Family Ceilidh & Pizza Party

This is what happened last year. . . “Children and adults gathered for our Family Ceilidh at St Leonard’s Church. More than 50 people came out for a great afternoon! There was lots of fun and laughter as we learned new dances and made new friends. A number of the dances were Halloween themed, including a favourite Halloween dance, Tam O’Shanter. It was great to see kids as young as three out on the dance floor with their parents! The Rosedale Children’s Group impressed everyone with two beautiful demonstrations. By the end, everyone was well ready for pizza and the many desserts that people had brought. I hope the tradition of Family Ceilidhs continues!”  . . . Kaelan G.

We anticipate similar fun this year.  For more info, visit our ceilidh page.

4-6pm (and then pizza) at St Leonard’s Church Hall, 25 Wanless Avenue <map>
just off Yonge Street, a 2-minute walk north of the Lawrence station.

Saturday, Oct 27 - Dec 1  -  Scottish Step Classes with Alma Smith 

Scottish Step Dancing is a hybrid, falling somewhere between Scottish country dance and Highland dance, with elements of both. The genre originated in 19th century Scotland, typically taught to ladies by ballet masters, hence for generations it was called “Ladies’ Step”.  In these more inclusive times, men are welcome give it a go. Instructor Alma Smith is an excellent and patient teacher and beginners are welcome.

noon - 1:15  at Rosedale Presbyterian Church, 129 Mount Pleasant Rd at South Drive <map>.  

$25 for session of 3 or $10/class  ~  Session 1: Sept 22, 29, & Oct 6.
Session 2:  Oct 27, Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 1.

Please contact Moira Korus at smkorus@sympatico.ca to let her know if you will be attending.

More info and example video

October 27 - Nov 7  -  Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, 2018 

The Sky's the Limit was the theme of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo this year. The theme thus embraced Scotland's Year of Young People with colourful performers joining the event from across the globe.

A beautiful, hi-res, hi-fidelity presentation of the 2018 Tattoo will fill the big screen in special showings at three Toronto Cineplex Odeon Theatres. You will be gob-smacked by the precision, creativity, and spectacle of Switzerland's Top Secret Drum Corps. The Central Band of the Czech Armed Forces and the Royal Air Force will play to mark their 100th Anniversary. Many other performers and displays.

Toronto Showings . . . Tickets

Cineplex Yonge & Dundas   ~  Sat Oct 27 @ 12:55pm  ~  Sun Oct 28 @ 12:55  ~  Sun Nov 4 @ 7:00pm  ~  Wed Nov 7 @ 6:00pm

Cineplex Eglinton Town Centre  ~  Sundays Oct 28 @ 12:55pm  ~  Nov 4 @ 6:30pm  ~  Wed Nov 7 @ 4:00pm

Cineplex Scarborough  ~  Sunday Oct 28 @ 12:55pm

Sunday, October 28  -  Shiftin’ Bobbins with Claire Collier 

Claire Collier of Buffalo will lead a Sunday afternoon of interesting dances for Intermediate and Advanced dancers
and practise some of the dances on the Shiftin’ Bobbins St Andrew’s Dance programme (see below, Nov 24).

2:00-4:00 pm  at Grace Church-On-The-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road  (Forest Hill Village) <map>

Downloads:  2018-Oct-28-shiftinbobbins-cribs.pdf  

Info:  Shiftin’ Bobbins website

Friday, Nov 9 -  A Social Evening with Andrew Smith

All are welcome to join workshop teacher Andrew Smith for an evening of social dancing,
hosted by Woodglen Social Group.

FYI, St Andrew’s Church features a spacious room with a dancer-friendly wood floor.

$6 at the door.

7:30 - 9:30 at historic St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 115 St Andrews Rd., Scarborough <map> 

Saturday, Nov 10 -  The Toronto Workshop & Afternoon Dance

Andrew Smith from Emporia, Kansas, Sara Posen from St Catharines, and David Booz from Toronto, guarantee an enjoyable time, while offering teaching points to improve our technique as Scottish country dancers.

The wonderful dance facilities and food services at Branksome Hall, in central Toronto, have received rave reviews the last 2 years. There is lots of free on-site parking. The school is accessible by public transit, only a short walk from Sherbourne station. <directions>

Live music for the classes will again be provided by four very talented musicians: Don Bartlett, Laird Brown, Fred Moyes, and Don Wood.  Scotch Mist will provide the tunes for the Afternoon Dance.

Our popular sale of donated items returns as a Dancewear Bazaar with bargains galore.

Register and pay online via PayPal (you can use VISA or MasterCard)
or download:  2018-Toronto-Workshop-brochure.pdf

Additional brochures will be available at upcoming classes and social events.

Questions? Christy Barber, Workshop Convenor  416.540-4311

Download:  2018-Nov-10-Workshop-Afternoon-Dance-briefs+links.pdf    |    2018-Nov-10-Dance-Instructions.pdf

These two dances briefed only:   Catch The Wind and  Balquidder Strathspey

QuickLinx:  Machine Without Horses  • Save The Children  • Rosnor Abbey  • City of Belfast  • Jubilee Jig  • Catch The Wind  • Lady Home’s Jig  • Balgeddie Reel  • Balquidder Strathspey  • Happy Meeting  • Betty Grant’s Strathspey  • Australian Ladies   EXTRA: • Auld Gray Cat

Saturday, Nov 10 -  Intro To Scottish Country Dance ~ Free Class

If you know someone, or are someone, who doesn’t now dance Scottish
this free class offers a taste — for free.

Be our guest at an Introductory class of Scottish Country Dance, with teacher Moira Korus.
You are also invited to be a spectator at the Afternoon Dance at 2:30, part of our annual Workshop.

1-2 p.m. at Branksome Hall, Athletics & Wellness Centre, Elm Street
off Mt Pleasant Road (one block north of Bloor)

There is lots of free on-site parking. The school is accessible by public transit,
only a short walk from Sherbourne station. <directions>

For info, or to register, contact Christy Barber, Workshop Convenor 416.540-4311

Download this postcard poster to share with friends:  2018-Toronto-workshop-intro-class.pdf

Sunday, Nov 11 -  Teachers’ Workshop with Andrew Smith

Teachers and Teacher Candidates are welcome to join this Sunday afternoon workshop with teacher Andrew Smith,
who will share his insights and experiences as a teacher of Scottish country dance.

There will also be a sale of dance books (some of them rare) from the Grant family archive, proceeds
benefitting TAC (Teacher’s Association Canada) to help them recover from a recent financial setback.
Cash only, please.

At Westway United Church, 8 Templar Drive, Etobicoke <map> 

More info: Vicky Zeltins, TATA Rep  (TATA is Toronto Area Teachers’ Association)

Thursday, Nov 15 -  Level 3 (Advanced) Classes with Moira Korus

This 5-week series of classes build on the skill base of the dancers. Formations and dances of more complexity are introduced to challenge the more experienced dancer.

Teacher, Moira Korus learned Scottish country dance as a child in Edinburgh, and attained her full certificate in 2006. Moira teaches the Rosedale Children’s Group and the Glenview social group. She also instituted, and taught, the DAA (Dancing Achievement Award) programme in Toronto. Moira is popular on the SCD workshop circuit.   

Eastminster Church <map> is at 310 Danforth Ave. one block west of Chester station.
Enter by the new side and go downstairs to Hurndale Room.

Contact Catherine MacLean 416.996-1136   Class Rep: Anne Bishop  647.234-4631

Saturday, November 24  -  St Andrew’s Charity Ball 

Our friends at the St Andrew’s Society of Toronto and the 48th Highlanders host this exuberant celebration
of Scots dance and culture at the Royal York Hotel. It’s been a Toronto tradition for generations.

You’ll have a typical Scottish meal, and enjoy dancing to the Pipes & Drums of the 48th Highlanders.

The dances are ceilidh favourites such as the Eightsome Reel, and there are free lessons at Moss Park Armoury.

NB:  RSCDS Toronto Members get a discount.

Info and tickets:  www.standrews-society.ca

Free Ball Practice Sessions, 8-10pm at Moss Park Armoury, 130 Queen Street East <map>:

  1. Nov 13  • Nov 16   • Nov 20 

  2. An Extra Practice Session will be held Saturday Nov 17, 2:00-4:00pm (location to be determined)

Saturday, November 24  -  Shiftin’ Bobbins’ St Andrew’s Celebration Dance 

Shiftin' Bobbins’ 5th Annual St Andrew's Night Celebration Dance and "bring and share buffet"
with live music by "Scotch Mist".

MCs: Barbara Taylor, Moira Korus, Arlene Koteff, Donalda McDonald, Maureen Richardson, Alicia Manson, and Claire Collier

8.00 pm to Midnight, at Grace Church-On-The-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road  (Forest Hill Village) <map>

As space is limited all tickets must be reserved and paid in advance. There will be no tickets at the door.

Early bird $20 each until November 1st,  $25 thereafter.

Programme and Reservations: https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com/reserve-a-ticket

or by email to shiftinbobbins@gmail.com

Downloads:  St-Andrews-celebration-Nov-24-2018.pdf  

Sunday, November 25  -  Auld Acquaintance Tea & Chat 

Are your frailties keeping you from dancing?  Do knees or hips keep  you off the floor?

Do you miss the music and camaraderie of SCD? If so, this “non-dance” for older dancers may be for you.  Music provided by Keith and Deirdre Bark (who still dance!)

Admission: $6 — plus a plate of finger food.

Provided:  Tea and Coffee.

Parking:  Free, in the church parking lot.

Programme:   mingle, chat, light food, and – if the company wishes – a walk-dance or two.

Contact: Ian McHaffie 905.846-0567.

2-4pm at Holy Family Church, 10446 Kennedy Rd N, Brampton, L6Z 0A7 <map>

Saturday, Dec 1 -  Family Christmas December Monthly Dance

The most fun night of the year. Music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs.

All dances will be briefed and walked.

Download:  2018-Dec-1-Family-Xmas-dance+video-links.pdf

QuickLinx:  • Ferry Louper  • Green Dragon  • Birks of Invermay  • Maids of Currie  • Mathilde is a Delight  • White Cockade  • Tattie Bogle  • Domino Five  • Aging Gracefully  • Miss Hadden’s Reel  • Fair Donald  • Reel of the 51st    EXTRA: •  Flying Scotsman

Tuesday, Dec 11 -  Calvin Christmas Dance

Calvin SCD Group invites all dancers to join our Christmas party.

We’ll have wonderful live music from Don Bartlett on piano.

Your $10 entry fee includes light refreshments at the interval.

7:30pm at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Avenue (one block north of St. Clair, west off Yonge) <map>

Contacts:  Nancy Stokes 416.425-2195   or   Mary Baldwin 416.485-8280

Wednesday, Dec 12 -  Glenview Christmas Dance

Have you ever wondered how Santa stays fit enough to do his job?  He Scottish dances of course. 

Come get into the holiday spirit dancing to the music of The Scottish Heirs Duo. 

Refreshments to follow provided by members of Glenview. $15 at the door. 

7:30pm at Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Avenue <map>

Glenview website

Monday, Dec 31 -  Glenview Hogmanay Dance and Ceilidh

Start 2019 off on the right foot (unless you are a man doing a poussette,
in which case please start on your left foot). 

Join your friends for an evening of dancing to Scotch Mist. 

Bring and share refreshments at the end of dancing prior to midnight,

followed by a ceilidh after midnight.

$30 tickets to be purchased in advance from Valerie Fisher 

Glenview website

2019: Saturday, Jan 5 -  January Monthly Dance

Music by Scotch Mist.

These two dances briefed only:   Lea Rig  and  Sandy’s Scotch Broth

Download:  2019-Jan-5-Monthly-Dance-cribs+video-links.pdf

QuickLinx:  New Year Jig  • Lea Rig  • Fife Hunt  • Remparts de Séville  • Paisley Weavers  • Scotia Sea  • Twa Rogueish E’en  • Glasgow Highlanders  • Royal Deeside Railway  • Lincoln Imp  • Sandy’s Scotch Broth  • Orpington Caledonians  EXTRA:  Joie de Vivre

2019: Sunday, Jan 20 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins goes Highland

“and now for something completely different” — Shiftin’ Bobbins goes Highland!

Donald Holmes joins the group for this session, open to any dancers to learn basic
Highland steps or interested in pursuing the art of Highland Dance.

2 pm to 4:00

Parish Hall
Grace Church on the Hill,
300 Russell Hill Road at Lonsdale
Toronto. ($5 for non-members)

2019: Friday, Feb 1 -  Highlands of Durham Burns Celebration

(evening) - This will be held at the Port Perry Legion.

Tickets will be $65 pp. 

Info:  Alan Graham

2019: Saturday, Feb 2 -  Amadeus Choir: Songs From A Celtic Heart

This annual fundraising concert tugs at the Celtic soul, and oft brings a wee tear to the eye.

The concert features the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, with conductors Lydia Adams and Joan Andrews, plus conductor and pianist Shawn Grenke. Guest performers include Tom Leighton on guitar and vocals and Anne Lederman on fiddle.

Two performances: 2pm and 7pm  ~  At Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, Don Mills <map>

Single tickets; $50 | $40 | $25  ($5 off before Jan 15)  Call 416.446-0188

Info: www.amadeuschoir.com 

[Webmaster’s note:  several of our dancers are in this choir]

2019: Saturday, Feb 9 -  South Simcoe’s Valentine Workshop

Join your South Simcoe friends for our popular, and now-traditional, Valentine Workshop.

Details closer to the date. Info:  Maureen Richardson

2019: Saturday, Feb 16 -  56th Annual Tartan Ball

Music by Scotch Mist, a very danceable programme by Deirdre MacCuish Bark,
and this year we have a wonderful new home:  The Old Mill. More info on Tartan Ball Page

Downloads:  2019-Tartan-Ball-briefs+video-links.pdf

QuickLinx:   • Ferry LouperBirks of Invermay  • White Cockade  • Glasgow Highlanders  • Remparts de Séville  • Australian Ladies  • Happy Meeting  • Balgeddie Reel  • Bob Campbell  • Chequered Court  • Ruby Rant  • Light & Airy  • City of Belfast  • Scotia Sea  • Lea Rig  • Reel of the 51st  •  EXTRAS:  • Jubilee Jig  • Jean Martin of Aberdeen  • Mairi’s Wedding 

2019: Saturday, March 9 -  March Monthly Dance:  Beginners’ Night

Music by Scotch Mist.

All dances will be briefed and walked.

Download:  2019-March-Beginners-Night-briefs+video-links.pdf

QuickLinx:  • Provost Wynd  • Luckenbooth Brooch  • Gramachie  • Corryvreckan  • Lochiel’s Rant  • The Barmkin  • Edinburgh Toy Shop  • Swansea Strathspey  • Sailing On Shawnigan Lake  • Haste To The Wedding  • Karin’s Strathspey  • Duke of Perth  •  EXTRA: • Granville Market

2019: Saturday, March 23 -  West End Workshop


The teachers will be Ellie Briscoe from Alexandria, Virginia; Catherine Reid from Hamilton; and Arlene Koteff from Toronto.

Turner Fenton School in Brampton.

2019: Sunday, April 7 -  Tartan Day in Port Perry

(daytime) - Parade, followed by Kirkin' O' The Tartan, followed by a party at the Port Perry Legion.

Tickets will be $20 pp for the party. (Parade & Kirkin' free.) 

Info:  Alan Graham

2019: Saturday, April 13 -  April Monthly Dance:  Volunteer Appreciation Night

Music by Scotch Mist.

These two dances briefed only:  Silver Tassie  and   Mairi’s Wedding

The rest of the programme will be posted soon.

QuickLinx:  (to come)

2019: Saturday, April 27 -  AGM & Dance

Music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs.

These two dances briefed only:  Tarry A While  and  My Only Jo and Dearie O

Downloads:  2019-AGM-Apr-27-briefs+video-links.pdf

QuickLinx:  • It’s All Right  • Pair of Jeans  • Miss Catherine Allan  • Tarry A While  • Bridge of Nairn  • Whigmaleeries  • Retiring Chairman  • Westminster Reel  • My Only Jo and Dearie O  • Lass of Richmond Hill   EXTRAS:  • Tribute to The Borders  • Anderson’s Rant  • Lady Glasgow

2019: Saturday, May 11 -  West Toronto Ball

Save the date. At Sala Caboto. Music by Scotch Mist

Additional info and dance programme closer to the date.

2019: Sunday, June 9 -  White Heather Ball

(Due to a foul up by Sikorski Hall, our usual Saturday is not available.) 

Dancing will be from 2 - 5 pm, followed by our usual dinner.

Ticket prices are $75 pp for dancing & dinner, $40 pp for dancing only and $40 pp for non-dancers (dinner only). 

Info:  Alan Graham