yellow highlight = Ontario event

June 2017

June 2

Hamilton IFDC End of Year Party, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, West Hamilton, 8–11 pm. Website:

June 9

IFDC at U of T, End of year dance party, 371 Bloor St. W. at Spadina. Website: IFDC at U of T.

June 10

OFDA AGM & Camp Review, 6-10 pm, Ralph Thornton Centre. Website:

June 10

Volunteer Appreciation Dance, Toronto Contra Dance, 7:30pm – 10:30 pm, Judy Greenhill (caller), Kate Murphy, Brian Pickell, Benoit Schryer-Lefebvre (music). Website:

June 10-17

Scandia Camp Mendocino, Mendocino, CA. dances from Norway and Sweden, dance and music classes, parties and culture sessions by teaching staff. Website:

June 17-July 24

Mendocino Folklore Camp, Mendocino Woodlands, Northern California with Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu (Romanian), Roo Lester (Scandinavian), Yiannis Konstantinou (Greek) plus music and singing instruction. Website:

June 22

Beyond the Pale, new CD `Ruckus’ release at Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 8:30, $15 in advance. Website:

June 24-July 1

EEFC West Coast Balkan Music and Dance Workshop at Mendocino Woodlands, Northern California, 28 instructors in music, dance and singing, kids’ program. Website: West Coast Balkan Camp

June 25-July 4

Transylvanian Childrens Philharmonic Choir performance in the Ontario region For Canada’s 150th birthday, a large Children’s Philharmonic Choir (150 children on stage) is coming to Canada. They are from Transylvania singing (and playing music), Hungarian, Romanian and other folksongs/music are in their repertoire.

See their schedule of dates and locations.

June 29-August 31

Summer Music Series, Toronto Botanical Gardens, 777 Lawrence Ave. W at Leslie; Performers TBA, each Thursday to August 31. Website: Summer Music Series at TBG.

June 30-July 2

DanceFestival Toronto Israeli dance with teachers Yaron Ben Simchon, Elad Shtamer. Website:

July 2017




Balfolk continues during the summer. Check Toronto Weekly Classes  on this website.

Tuesdays in June

Toronto Botanical Garden, Scottish Country Dancing at TBG with the Toronto Scottish Country Dancers, 7:00 pm till dusk, music by Scotch Mist. Rain cancellation and other information:


Richmond Hill, Mill Pond Park, weather permitting. International Dancing. 7:30-9:00 p.m., June 18, June 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6. Free.


Toronto, during July and part of August, 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. Free. New Location necessary this year; we will meet at Hillcrest Park the first Tue. in July and continue there, if it works well. The park is located at the northwest corner of Christie and Davenport and there is free street parking on the neighbourhood streets. Check here over the summer for any updates or changes.


Hamilton, International Folk Dancing Tuesdays in July, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. On the Hamilton Waterfront at the covered stage next to Williams Fresh Café, 47 Discovery Drive. Rain or shine. Free. Contact:


Owen Sound, the Grey Bruce International Folk Dancers in Owen Sound is running outdoor dance at Harrison Park every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to sunset in July and August with Kee-May Murphy.


Toronto, English Country Dance Assembly, dancing every Friday all summer. Check Toronto Weekly Classes  on this website.

July 7-9

Mariposa Folk Festival, Tudhope Park, Orillia ON. Performers include The Bare Naked Ladies, Bruce Cockburn, more details tba. Website: Mariposa Folk Festival.


Out of Province


Montreal, Dancing instruction at Beaver Lake in Mont Royal Park, June 5 to August 28, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Free.


Vancouver, Dancing in Stanley Park, Ceperley Meadow, 7:30 – 9:30 PM, mid June to mid August, past the tennis courts, across from the Pitch and Putt, and near Second Beach. Open to everyone, all ages, all skill levels. No previous experience necessary. We teach very easy dances from many countries. And, best of all – it’s FREE!


Victoria – Dancing at the band shell in Beacon Hill Park, Fridays, June 17 to August 12, 7:00 p.m. to dusk. Free.


Montreal, Dancing at Beaver Lake in Mont Royal Park from June 1 to August 31, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Free.


Halifax, Dancing on the docks at the Dartmouth Ferry terminal starting June 15, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Website: Halifax FD

July 2017

July 7-9

Mariposa Folk Festival, Tudhope Park, Orillia, ON, Website: Mariposa Folk Festival.

July 12-16

Door County Folk Festival, north-east Wisconsin between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, with Steve Kotansky (Balkan, Moldovan), ethnic dance, Israeli, singing. Website: DCFF.

July 14-16

Canada 150 Dance Weekend, Toronto English Dance Assembly. See Flyer for schedule and other details.

July 16

Toronto Island Dance, Toronto, ON; Ward’s Island Recreation Association Clubhouse 3:00-9:30 p.m. with caller Drake Meadow and Big Fun. Email:

July 16-23, 23-30

Stockton Folk Dance Camp (Wk 1/Wk 2) at University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, with Roberto Bagnoli (International), Caspar Bik (Georgian), Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion (Romanian), Bruce Hamilton (English Country), Radboud Koop (Russian), France Bourque-Moreau (French Canadian, International), Tony Parkes (American Squares and Contras), music directed by Miamon Miller. Website: Stockton Folk Dance Camp.

July 21-23

Scandinavian Folk Festival, Gerry NY; Website: Jameston Scandinavian Festival.

July 25-Aug 3

Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar – World Camp 2017 at Berovo, Macedonia, instruction in Macedonian dance, music and singing. Website: Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar.

July 30-Aug 6

Ti Ti Tabor Hungarian Music and Dance Camp, Raft Island, with dance teachers István (Pisti) Kis and Erika Kis Demeter, Erika Juhasz (singing), Düzü Zenekar (music and band). Website:

August 2017

Aug 4-7

New Mexico August Folk Dance Camp, Socorro, NM, with teachers Andy Taylor-Blenis and Miroslav Marcetic, The Pinewoods Band (music); sponsored by Southwest International Folk Dance Institute (SWIFDI); Website: New Mexico Dance Camp.

Aug 4-6

Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music, Cambridge, ON, events held in various areas of the downtown and are FREE. Performers include Bourrée à Trois, Turkwaz, Light of the East, Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme and Morris dance teams. Website: MillRaceFestival.

Aug 5-12

EEFC East Coast Balkan Music and Dance Workshop, Iroquois Springs, Rock Hill, NY, 28 instructors in music, dance and singing, kids’ program. Website: East Coast Balkan Camp.

Aug 6-19

Folklorama, Winnipeg – a celebration of cultural diversity at the world’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival. Email: Website: Folklorama.

Aug 13-19

Algoma Trad Camp, Richards Landing, St. Joseph Island, Ontario; music, dance, arts that are part of our Canadian culture and heritage. Website: Algoma Trad Camp

Aug 13-19

Mainewoods Dance Camp, Session 1 with Tom Bozigian (Armenian), Miriam Handler (Israeli), Steve Kotansky (Balkan), MerakKef Express: Joe Blumenthal, Kitty Kagay, Karen Klevanosky, Barb McLean, Bob Schulz, Debby Szajnsberg (International Folk Musicians), plus English, Contra and Squares with John McIntire. Website:

Aug 20-26

Mainewoods Dance Camp, Session 2 with Harry Khamis (Scottish), Lee Otterholt (Balkan & Beyond), Vlasto Petkovski (Macedonian), Susan Anderson, Carol Wadlinger, Bill Wadlinger, Anne Ehrhart (International Folk Musicians). Website:

Aug 21-27

KlezKanada Laurentian RetreatYiddish Rennaisance, Camp B’nai Brith, Lantier, Quebec; workshops, dance parties, concerts, lectures, films and Yiddish language instruction. Website: Klez Kanada.

Aug 21-27

Folk Camp Canada – Summer Camp 2017 at PLAST Campground, Grafton Ontario; program includes Romani singing, Balfolk Dance, American Folk and Harmony singing, herbalism, spinning. Website: Folk Camp 2017

Sept 1-3

Shelter Valley Folk Festival, Grafton ON, Performers tba. Arts and Crafts, song circles. Website: Shelter Valley Folk Festival.

Sept 1-4

World Village Music & Dance Camp, Timber Ridge Camp, Highview, WV, Dance teachers: Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu (Romanian), Steve and Suzy Kotansky (Balkan), Roo Lester and Harry Khamis (Scandinavian). Singing: Carl Linich (Georgian), Music: Loretta Kelley (Scandinavian). Website: World Village Music & Dance.

Sept 22-25

World Camp, Iroquois Springs Camp, Rock Hill, NY– Joe Graziosi, Yannis Konstantinou, Steve Kotansky, Ahmet Luleci, and others. Music: Edessa, Zlatne Uste, Raif Hyseni and Merita Halili, Chris Tiktapinidis. Website:

Oct 6-8

Ellen Golann Folk Dance Weekend, Hopewell Junction, NY with Yves Moreau.

Oct 6-9

Oktoberfest International Dance Weekend, Fairlee, VT, Dance teachers: tba in September, Music: The Pinewoods Band. Website: Oktoberfest International Weekend.

Nov 3-5

Autumn Leaves International Dance Workshop (XXXIV), Nashville, TN – Tom Bozigian with Sheree King (Armenian). Info: Website:

Nov 23-26

Texas Camp, Texas International Folk Dancers, Bruceville, TX – Teachers tba. Website: Texas Camp



June 27 – July 5

Greece – 18th Seminar of Greek Dance, with Kyriakos Moisidis – Papa Nero, Pilion, Thessaly, Greece. Kyriakos will be teaching dances from Macedonia and Thrace, as well as Pontic dances. Contact:

July 3-17, 2017

Europe from A to Z, Amsterdam to Zurich along the Rhine July 3-17, 2017 – led by Marija Hillis of Dance on the Water. Contact:

July 4-15

Culinary Tour of Bulgaria! Food, culture, wine and more A Jim Gold tour led by George Vishegonov

July 13-21

Wine Tasting Tour of BulgariaSofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Turnovo. A Jim Gold Tour led by George Vishegonov. Contact

July 16-23

Turkey/Greece with Ahmet Luleci, travelling in northwestern Turkey and northern Greece. For complete tour information contact Ahmet at Danstur.

July 18-28

GREECE: GIANNINA /IPIROS PROJECT! with Kyriakos Moisidis. Picturesque villages, high mountains, rich culture, music, songs and dances. Contact: Kyriakos at

July 21-Aug 5

Poland! Krakow, Zakopane, Lodz, Gdansk, Olsztyn, Warsaw. A Jim Gold Tour led by Richard Schmidt. Contact:

July 23-29

Bulgarian Folk Music and Dance Seminar in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Contact: Larry Weiner by phone at 1-301-565-0539 or

July 28-Aug 8

Bulgaria Led by Belčo Stanev, dance seminar and International Folk Festivals in Veliko Tarnovo and Varna. E-mail:

Aug 5-17

Romania! Bucharest, Sibiu, Cluj and more. Led by Jim Gold. Contact:

Aug 7-20

Scotland! Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, St. Andrews, Aberdeen. Led by Richard Schmidt. Contact:

Sept 4-15

Culinary Tour of Bulgaria! Food, culture wine and more. A Jim Gold tour led by George Vishegonov. Contact:

Sept 12-23

Transylvania An ethnographic and cultural tour with Sonia and Cristian in collaboration with Camelia and Nelutu Motoc. Contact:

Sept 15-23

Wine Tasting Tour of Bulgaria Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Turnovo. A Jim Gold Tour led by George Vishegonov. Contact

Sept 21-30

Balkan Journeys – Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary. Contact:

Oct 5-17

Hungary: Dance and Cultural Tour with Steve and Susan Kotansky. Contact:

October 15-29

Balkan Splendour – Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Montenegro. Led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt. Contact:

July, August, September 2017

Ukraine Several tours to Ukraine focussing on varying aspects of Ukrainian culture, music, singing, dancing. Contact:

2018 Tours

March 11-22

Israel! Jerusalem, Masada, Tel Aviv, Galilee, Haifa, Tiberias, Safed, Golan Heights. Led by Jim Gold with Dr. Joe Freedman. Contact:

June 12-25

Norway/Denmark/Sweden. Led by Lee Otterholt. Contact

July 29-Aug 12

Wow! 5 Balkan Countries Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Greece! Led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt. Contact


Spain Led by Jim and Lee Friedman. Contact

2019 Tours

February 2019

Argentina. Led by Jim Gold and TBA. Contact

October 2019

Greek Islands: Crete and Santorini. Led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt. Contact

Evening Cruise Hungarian Folk Dance
Budapest, Hungary, Dinner tours and Hungarian Folkdance show, year-round