Ontario Fiddle and Step Dance Scene

Keeping the tradition alive

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, traditional arts took a significant hit. Enter the Ontario Fiddle and Step Dance Scene, a source to find teachers, camps, contests and resources, and to discover Ontario traditional artists.

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Pembroke 2018
 

Recurring Events

Upcoming Events

Folk Music Ontario

October 13-16

London

Emily Jean Flack

Medusa

Upcoming Events

Vinta House Concert

November 25, 7:00 pm

Rockland

"Vinta House Concert in Rockland - Friday November 25

Chamber-trad quartet Vinta celebrates the release of their new album "Beacons" with an intimate house concert in Rockland, ON!

Vinta is Emilyn Stam, John David Williams, Nathan Smith and Robert Alan Mackie. "Beacons" features beautiful melodies dancing on colourful arrangements, played on fiddles, accordion, clarinet and upright bass.

Inspired by the old music and social dance traditions of western and  northern Europe, this chamber-trad quartet is "a huge breath of fresh air with their wonderful, creative reimagining of Balfolk dance forms" (James Stephens, Artistic Director, Gatineau Hills Music Festival)

Friday November 25

Arrive at 7 pm, Concert 7:30 - 8:30 pm, socializing and folk dancing 8:30-10 pm

Sliding scale donation for the band $20-30 per person.

Contact Thatiana (thatianacharlot3@gmail.com) to reserve your spot and receive the address, and etransfer vintatheband@gmail.com to confirm your spot.

Feel free to bring your own drinks and potluck snacks! Let us know if you can bring a chair or two, we may not have quite enough.

Check out the band here: www.vintamusic.com

or watch these videos

https://youtu.be/7wONfnGcc_I

https://youtu.be/wf6twLAvxT8

Fiddle Tunes Toronto album release show!

November 25, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Drom Taberna

We're releasing our debut duo album! It's called Fiddle Tunes and that is precisely what it delivers! Come to Drom for some cool snacks, Eastern European potions, and tunes galore. We'd love to see you!

Friday November 25th

6-8 pm pay what you can

A founding member of indie-folk band Fish & Bird, Adam Iredale-Gray is a versatile guitarist and fiddler with deep roots in Irish traditional music and a commitment to innovation. Fiddler and Hardanger fiddle player Elise Boeur draws from the wells of Norwegian and Swedish fiddle music, melds in fistfuls of arcane influences, and emerges with a multi-faceted sound grounded in Nordic traditions. As members of JUNO nominated neo-folk quintet Aerialists, Elise and Adam have toured extensively in Canada and Europe and taken home a Canadian Folk Music Award. As a duo, they celebrate the social folk music that's captivated both of them since they met as kids, exploring traditional fiddle tunes with the easy lockstep of people who've been playing together for decades. 

Beacons Album Release

November 26, 7:30

Small World Centre, 180 Shaw Street, Studio 101, Toronto

Vinta's album release show at Small World Music Centre in Toronto!

The evening will begin with a one hour sit down concert. And then... bonus!! after a break we will clear the seating and have a 'balfolk' dance. Join in and dance, or listen and watch!

Thanks to the Canada Countil for the Arts for supporting this project.

Tickets at vintamusic.com

Còig

November 25

Almonte Town Hall, Almonte

Ontario Small Halls

Còig

November 26

St. John's United Church, Brockville

Ontario Small Halls

Còig

November 27

Rideau Carlton Casino, Ottawa

The Fitzgeralds

November 29

Club Roma, St. Catherines

Guest appearance only

The Aerialists

November 30, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Tranzac Club, Toronto

Aerialists play the TRANZAC club Southern Cross Room!

Wednesday November 30th, 7:30-9:30 pm

Pay what you can

Elise Boeur - fiddle

Màiri Chaimbeul - Harp

Adam Iredale-Gray - guitar

Robert Alan Mackie - bass

Steven Foster - drums

some known quantities

some never heard tunes from our upcoming album

some laughs

some tears

some jigs

https://aerialistsmusic.com

The Aerialists

December 1 2:30am - 3:45am

Drom Taberna, Toronto

It is technically Friday morning at 2:30 am but you are going to be experiencing Thursday night perhaps in a new way

Aerialists play the DROM Taberna!

Thursday December 1st late night 2:30-3:45 am

$15 at the door

Elise Boeur - fiddle

Màiri Chaimbeul - Harp

Adam Iredale-Gray - guitar

Robert Alan Mackie - bass

Steven Foster - drums

JUNO nominated prog-trad quintet meets the best bar in town

We think this will be very fun

https://aerialistsmusic.com

The Fitzgeralds

December 1, 8 pm

Ingersoll

$35 per performance

call for tickets 519-636-2010

The Barrel Boys Christmas Special

December 1

The Cameron House, Toronto

Our Christmas Specials are once again available for your viewing pleasure! You can find them here: https://thebarrelboys.com/christmas-specials

We are also very excited to announce that this year we will be doing some live Christmas shows again! Stay tuned for info on tickets.

The Fitzgeralds

December 1

Stonecroft House Concerts, Ingersol

The Fitzgeralds

December 2

Grand Theatre, Gergus

The Barrel Boys Christmas Special

December 2

St. John's Anglican Church, Elora

Our Christmas Specials are once again available for your viewing pleasure! You can find them here: https://thebarrelboys.com/christmas-specials

We are also very excited to announce that this year we will be doing some live Christmas shows again! Stay tuned for info on tickets.

Karen Reed Orchestra Christmas Concert

December 3, 7:00 pm

Glencairn Church, Kitchene

Tickets: $15 in advance

Visit: karenreedorchestra@gmail.com

5 yrs and under free

$20 cash at door

Doors open at 6:30 pm for general admission

The Fitzgeralds

December 4, 2 pm

Village Playhouse, Bancroft

Come and get in the holiday spirit with us at one or all of these fantastic concerts and live performances! TICKETS ON SALE NOW AND GOING FAST: https://www.tweedandcompany.com/upcoming

The Barrel Boys Christmas Special

December 3

Trinity United Church, Smiths Falls

Our Christmas Specials are once again available for your viewing pleasure! You can find them here: https://thebarrelboys.com/christmas-specials

We are also very excited to announce that this year we will be doing some live Christmas shows again! Stay tuned for info on tickets.

The Fitzgeralds

December 6

Aeolian Hall, London

The Fitzgeralds

December 7

Noonan's Pub, Toronto​

Hannah Shira Naiman and Nathan Smith

December 7, 7 pm

Knowhere Public House, Sudbury

Tickets avail aonline; 

$20 early bird by Nov 23rd with promo code EARLYBIRD

$25 Nove 24th onwards. Get them here; www.sudburyfolktrad.ca

Hannah Shira Naiman and Nathan Smith

December 8, 7:30 pm - 10 pm

The Pier Blind River

Honoured with Traditional Singer of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards for her album Know the Mountain, Hannah Shira Naiman combines her powerful songwriting and impressive musicianship to deliver exciting contemporary versions of the traditional music she was raised on.

"The Wheels Won't Go", Hannah's new album, features songs inspired by her move from Toronto to northern Ontario, the COVID pandemic, and her experience of new motherhood. Whether performing in concert, penning a murder ballad, or calling a square dance, Hannah is uniquely positioned to make a lasting mark on the Canadian music landscape.

Hannah will be joined by Nathan Smith. Originally from North Bay, ON, Nathan Smith is a fiddle player, guitar player, and singer-songwriter whos upbeat and soulful original songs and fiddle tunes combine a deep wealth of experience playing bluegrass and old-time music with a lifetime of playing traditional Canadian fiddle. Nathan's main touring acts include CFMA-nominated bluegrass/roots powerhouse The Barrel Boys and dynamic trad supergroup Vinta. He is also in demand as a sideman and session player. Nathan's 2020 debut album "Let it Rest, Let it Rise" showcases a diverse array of compositions inspired by family, community, and the Northern landscape.

Tickets available online and at Pier Seventeen. Chilren 12 & Under Free

The Fitzgeralds

December 8

St. Francis Centre, Ajax

The Fitzgeralds

December 9

Opera House, Orillia

The Fitzgeralds

December 10

Classic Theatre, Cobalt

Le réveillon

December 17

Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, Azilda

A traditional Christmas feast with all the trimmings including an incredible 90-minute concert featuring Franco-Ont., Métis and Acadian folklore. Do not be disappointed-RESERVE your table now by going to www.cafeheritage.ca and click tickets on our poster. For additional information please call Gary at 705-918-1534 or email at garyjm@sympatico.ca

Hannah Shira Naiman and Nathan Smith

December 9, 7:30 pm - 10 pm

Old Town Hall, Richards Landing

Honoured with Traditional Singer of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards for her album Know the Mountain, Hannah Shira Naiman combines her powerful songwriting and impressive musicianship to deliver exciting contemporary versions of the traditional music she was raised on.

"The Wheels Won't Go", Hannah's new album, features songs inspired by her move from Toronto to northern Ontario, the COVID pandemic, and her experience of new motherhood. Whether performing in concert, penning a murder ballad, or calling a square dance, Hannah is uniquely positioned to make a lasting mark on the Canadian music landscape.

Hannah will be joined by Nathan Smith. Originally from North Bay, ON, Nathan Smith is a fiddle player, guitar player, and singer-songwriter whos upbeat and soulful original songs and fiddle tunes combine a deep wealth of experience playing bluegrass and old-time music with a lifetime of playing traditional Canadian fiddle. Nathan's main touring acts include CFMA-nominated bluegrass/roots powerhouse The Barrel Boys and dynamic trad supergroup Vinta. He is also in demand as a sideman and session player. Nathan's 2020 debut album "Let it Rest, Let it Rise" showcases a diverse array of compositions inspired by family, community, and the Northern landscape.

Tickets available online and at Pier Seventeen. Chilren 12 & Under Free

The Barrel Boys Christmas Special

December 4

The Stillmans House Concert, Douro

Our Christmas Specials are once again available for your viewing pleasure! You can find them here: https://thebarrelboys.com/christmas-specials

We are also very excited to announce that this year we will be doing some live Christmas shows again! Stay tuned for info on tickets.

A Celtic Family Christmas

December 20, 7:30 pm

Kingston Grand Theatre, Kingston

Welcome to A Celtic Family Christmas with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy - award-winning fiddle virtuosos - and their seven children in an intimate and unique Christmas concert you will never forget!

Join the family and stellar band as they warmly invite you in to share their music, their unique way of life and Cape Breton Christmas traditions still honoured and celebrated. 

This show will feature some traditional and original music with the family but also special numbers with their incredible band, as well as a few personal stories and candid moments from the MacMaster/Leahy setting.

Life is never dull, especially at Christmas!

The Fitzgeralds

December 22, 7 pm

Marble Arts Centre, Actinolite

Come and get in the holiday spirit with us at one or all of these fantastic concerts and live performances! TICKETS ON SALE NOW AND GOING FAST: https://www.tweedandcompany.com/upcoming

Old Man Flanagan's Ghost Duo with Emily Yarascavitch

December 30, 9:30 pm

The City Pub, Toronto

We return to the fabulous PJ O'Brien's for more fiddling Celtic tunes and other gems.

Let's party like it's almost 2023!

Sociable!

Tartan Terrors

January 21

Gravenhurst Opera House, Gravenhurst

Canadian fans!!!!

We ARE coming to Gravenhurst!!!!

Save the date and get your tickets at

https://tickets.gravenhurst.ca/TheatreManager/1Eonline?performance=1182