Calendar

yellow highlight = Ontario event

APRIL

Apr 5

Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Moneka Arabic Jazz, Balaklava Blues at The Opera House, 735 Queen Street East, Toronto, 8 pm. Tickets available through Eventbrite.com.

Apr 5

Roby Lokatos, Hungarian violinist at Koerner Hall playing Hungarian folk music, classical and jazz. Limited tickets available: rcmusic.com/events-and-performances/roby-lakatos.

Apr 6

BalkanTO Spring Concert, Sts. Cyril & Methody Hall, 237 Sackville St., Toronto, ON; featuring singer Ivan Dyakov and his daughter Ivanka Dyakov, dance performance by Golden Thrace, DJ and dancing to follow. Check Golden Thrace on Facebook for more information.

Apr 12-14

Spring Thaw Weekend, St. Barnabas Church, Toronto, ON; with callers Will Mentor, Kirsty Schut and music by Pete’s Posse, Mango Chaud Point. Website: Spring Thaw Weekend.

Apr 12-14

NEFFA Festival, Mansfield, MA; performances, dances, foods, crafts. Website: NEFFA Folk Festival.

Apr 14

DakhaBrahka (Kiev, Ukraine), Koerner Hall, 7:00 pm. Limited tickets available: rcmusic.com/events-and-performances/dakhabrakha.

Apr 19

Annual Twelve Dresses Dance, Adivi residence, 13620 Weston Rd., King City, ON; Website: Toronto English Country Dance.

Apr 25

Syracuse International Folk Dancers present an evening workshop and concert with Plaiurile Dornelor Ensemble from Vatra Dornei, Romania; potluck dinner at 6:30. Website: sifd.kbhavens.com.

Apr 26-28

Manitoba International Folk Dance Association, Winnipeg, MB; workshop with Jaap Leegwater & Mea Nordenfelt (Bulgarian). Website: www.mifda.ca/home.

Apr 27

Workshop with Edwidge Munn, Folkdancers’ Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS; Contact: folkdancens@gmail.com.

MAY

May 3-4

Spring Fling! Fiddlefern Country Dancers, Owen Sound, ON; with caller Darlene Underwood and music from Schryer-O’Gorman Trio. Website: fiddlefern-monthly-dances.

May 3-5

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, Toronto, ON; Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre. Website: flamencos.net.

May 3-5

Lyrids Folk Dance Festival, Peretz Centre, Vancouver, BC; Lee Otterholt (International), . Website: lyridsfolkdancefestival.org.

May 3-5

Oak Ridge Folk Dancers Spring Workshop, Square Dance Center, Knoxville, TN; with Michael Ginsburg (Balkan). Website: oakridgefolkdancers.org.

May 5

Turkwaz (Brenna MacCrimmon, Sophia Grigoriadis, Jayne Brown, Maryam Toller) at Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., 1 pm. Free. Tickets available starting April 29. Website: rcmusic.com/events-and-performances/turkwaz.

May 10-12

BeLev Achad 2019, Vancouver Israeli Folkdance Society, Vancouver, BC; in conjunction with JCCGV Children’s ‘Festival Ha’rikud’. Website: vancouverisraelidance.com.

May 10-12

IFDC Revival 2019, Hopewell Junction, NY; with Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian), Israel Yakovee (Yemenite) and Moshe Eskayo (Israeli)

Website: http://ifc-ny.com.

May 11

Apple Blossom Ball, Lord Grey’s English Country Dancers, Clarksburg, ON; Website: lordgreysdance.weebly.com or Lorraine Sutton www.countrydancecaller.ca.

May 17-20

Ontario Folk Dance Camp, Waterloo, ON; with Roberto Bagnoli (Israeli), Tara Bolker (English Country and Contra Dance). Website: Ontario Folk Dance Camp.

May 26

The Shevchenko Musical Ensemble will bring back to the stage A Feast of Thunder, a work commissioned by the Ensemble in 1973 and created by composer Morris Surdin and poet-playwright George Ryga. While rooted in archetypal Canadian themes, it is at the same time universal. Tom Allen, popular CBC radio personality, will join the Ensemble as Narrator for A Feast of Thunder along with the Shevchenko Choir, Toronto Mandolin Orchestra and vocal soloists. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. (west of Spadina), Toronto. 3:30 p.m.
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May 31

Folk Camp, Grafton, ON; early bird registration for August camp ends, staff and workshops TBA. Website: www.folkcamp.ca.

May 31-June 2

Statewide Folk Dance Festival “Ethnic Treasures”, Claremont, CA; hosted by the Folk Dance Federation of California. Cameo teaching appearances by Sevi BayraktarMihai DavidPetur Iliev, and Israel Yakovee, plus Sunday Salsa Rueda with Cesar Garfiaz. Music by Maimon Miller and Friends. Special room rate until April 30 at Doubletree Hilton, Claremont. Website: http://socalfolkdance.org/statewide.htm.

JUNE

Tuesdays in June (4, 11, 18, 25)

Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto; learn Scottish Country Dancing at TBG with the Toronto Scottish Country Dancers, 7:00 pm till dusk, music by Scotch Mist. Rainy day location and other information: Scottish Dancing in the Park.

June to September

Ontario Open Fiddle and Step Dance Competitions, including clogging and square dancing; various communities throughout Ontario. Website: FiddleContest.ca.

June 2

Bata Marcetic’s Academy of Serbian Dance, Annual Concert, John Bassett Theatre, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, ON; performances from all ensembles and folk band. Website: www.marcetic.com.

June 8-15

Scandia Camp Mendocino, Mendocino Woodlands, CA; dances from Norway and Sweden, dance and music classes, parties and culture sessions by Norwegian and Swedish teachers. Website: scandiacampmendocino.org.

June 14-16

Colin Hume weekend, English caller, choreographer and composer; Toronto English Country Dance Association. Website: Toronto English.

June 15

OFDA’s AGM & Camp Review Café at the Ralph Thornton Centre,
Time: 6–10 p.m.

Potluck Supper at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. East, Toronto.
Door: FREE

June 15-22

Mendocino Folklore Camp, Mendocino Woodlands, CA; with Michael Ginsburg (Balkan), Lynnanne Miller (Polynesian), Robert McOwen (Scottish), Aaron Alpert (Israeli), Bulgarian singing, Klapa singing, Balkan sing-along, sea shanties. Website: mendocinofolklorecamp.com

June 22-29

East European Folklife Center, Balkan Music and Dance Camp, Mendocino Woodlands, CA; with dance instructors Michael Ginsburg, Petur Iliev, Alex Marković, Caroline Simmonds, instruction in brass, Macedonian makam, Bulgarian kaval, Bulgarian gajda, gudulka, singing, and more. Website: www.eefc.org.

June 28-June 30

Toronto Is Real Dance Festival, Miles Nadal JCC, Toronto, ON; with Eran Bitton and Elad Shtamer. Website: israelidancetoronto.com.

June 29-30

Toronto Diversity Festival, David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West, Toronto; Moksha Foundation presents dance, food, drumming, crafts, art exhibits and more. Website: www.mokshacanada.com/events.

JULY

July 4-7

Latvian Festival of Song & Dance in Canada, Toronto, ON. Many events at several venues, including concerts of choirs and orchestras theatre events and more. Folk dance performances each day, with a Folk Dance Spectacle with 1000+ performers! For dance events see: https://latviansongfest.com/dance/ and for full list of events see: https://latviansongfest.com/events/events-calendar/

July 10-14

39th Annual Door County Folk Festival, Baileys Harbor, WI; Details TBA. Website: Door County Folk Festival.

July 14-20

Kentucky Dance Institute, with Ed Austin (International), Paul Henze (Square Dancing), Ahmet Lüleci (Turkish) and Marcie Van Cleave (English, Contra, Balkans). Contact Dawn Schwartz, dawn@knobtiger.com, Website: https://www.knobtiger.com.

July 15

Toronto Island Contra Dance by preregistration only; caller: Lisa Greenleaf, music: Tempest. Website: tcdance.org/island.

July 21-27

Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar, Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv, Bulgaria; instruction in traditional instruments, singing, dancing. Contact: Larry Weiner (USA): 1-301-565-0539. Website: folkseminarplovdiv.net.

July 21-28

July 28-Aug 4

Stockton Folk Dance Camp, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA; with Joe Graziosi (Greek), Gigi Jensen (Argentine couple dances), Gergana Panova (Bulgarian), Tony Parkes (Squares and Contras). Website: Stockton Camp.

July 25-Aug 3

Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar – World Camp 2019, Berovo, Macedonia; Website: goranalachki.com.

Aug 1-4

New Mexico August Folk Dance Camp, Socorro, NM; with Roberto Bagnoli and Mike Garcia. Website: www.swifdi.org/.

Aug 4-11

Ti Ti Tabor Hungarian Folk Camp, Gig Harbor, WA: with dance teachers Gábor Norbert Kovács, Nora Gal, László Tihanyi, Viktoria Kovács, Erika Juhasz (singing), Düvö Zenekar (music) and more. Website: tititabor.org.

Aug 10-17

Balkan Music and Dance Camp, Rock Hill, NY; dance with Joe Graziosi (Greek), Petur Iliev (Bulgarian), Milo Destanovski (Macedonian), Steve Kotansky (Albanian & Balkan), Susan Kotansky (Albanian & Balkan); instruments with Raif Hyseni (Albanian accordion), Catherine Foster (trumpet, brass band), Nicolay Kolev (gudulka & Bitov ensemble) and more; singing with Judith Cohen (Balkan Ladino/Sephardic), Merita Halili (Albanian), Eva Salina (Romani) and more. Website: www.eefc.org.

Aug 11-17

Algoma Trad Camp, Richards Landing, St. Joseph Island, ON; traditional Canadian music (guitar, fiddle, flute, banjo and more), dancing, singing, story-telling, arts and crafts, culture. Website: algomatrad.ca.

Aug 18-24

Mainewoods Dance Camp, Fryeburg, Maine; with Caspar Bik (Georgian), Penny Brichta (Israeli), Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), John McIntire (English, Contras), MerakKef Express (International Folk Musicians). Website: Mainewoods Dance Camp.

Aug 19-25

Folk Camp, Grafton, ON; experience traditions of craft, song, dance and more, youth program. Website: folkcamp.ca.

Aug 19-25

Klezkanada 2019, Laurentians, QC; registration is open. More information TBA. Website: klezkanada 2019.

Aug 25-31

Mainewoods Dance Camp, Fryeburg, Maine; with Iliana Bozhanova and Todor Yankov (Bulgarian), Miroslav Bata Marcetic (Serbian), Jacqueline Schwab (English), Ajde (International Folk Musicians). Website: Mainewoods Dance Camp.

Aug 30-Sep 2

World Village Music and Dance Camp, Winchester, VA; with Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), Alexander Marković (Serbian), Roo Lester (Scandinavian). Website: dancingplanetproductions.com/dancecamp.htm.

Sept 13-15

Enon Valley Folk Dance Camp, Enon Valley, PA; with Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), Iliyana Bozhanova (Bulgarian). Website: www.folkdancepittsburgh.com.

Sept 19-22

Machol Merkaz, Israeli Dance Weekend, Milwaukee area, WI; Website: www.macholmerkaz.com

Sept 19-22

World Music and Dance Camp, Rock Hill, NY; with Fusae Carroll (Macedonian), Bianca De Jong (Bulgarian), Rena Karyofylidou (Greek), plus Joe Graziosi (Greek), Ahmet Luleci (Turkish), Rikki Weaver Nicolae (Balkan Basics), music by Edessa, Christos Tiktapanidis. Website: www.worldcamp.us.

Oct 19

OFDA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration with Dinner, Dance and Live Music; Details TBA. Website: www.ofda.ca.

Nov 1-3

Autumn Leaves, Nashville International Folk Dancers, Nashville, TN; with Steve Kotansky. Website: nifddance.com

Nov 21-24

Camp Nirkoda Bakerem, Wonder Valley Ranch Resort, Sanger, CA; with Yaron Malihi, Mitch Ginsburgh. Website: Camp Nirkoda Bakerem.

Tours and Cruises

2019

May 3-14

Iran – Culture Tour with Tineke and Maurits van Geel. Website: tinekevangeel.nl

May 7-19, 19-21

Albania (with Kosovo extension) (Tirana, Durres, Vlora, Kruja, 
Saranda, Berat, Shkodra, Gjirokastra) led by Lee Otterholt. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: Jim Gold Tours

May 14-24

Armenia – Dance and Culture Tour with Tineke and Maurits van Geel. Website: tinekevangeel.nl

May 14-26

Macedonia & Northern Greece with Ira Weisburd (US), Goran Alacki (Macedonia) and Mitko Petrov (Bulgaria), starting in Skopje, MK. Deposit due SAP. Contact: Ira Weisburd at dancewithira@comcast.net, or  Facebook Macedonia & Northern Greece tour.

May 25-Jun 6

Bulgaria Rose Festival Tour led by George Vishegonov, visiting Sofia, Veliko Turnovo, Pliska, Madara, Varna, Balchik, Nessebar, Kazanluk, Plovdiv. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: jimgold.com/folk-tours

May 31-June 10

20th Anniversary Northern Greece Seminar with Kyriakos Moisidis, at Neoi Poroi, near Pieria shore and Mount Olympus. Contact Kyriakos by email at moisidiskyriakos@gmail.com or Facebook at Kyriakos’ 20th Seminar of Greek Dance.

June 1-15

The Adriatic, Slovenia and Venice led by Folk Dance on the Water. Website: folkdanceonthewater.org/

June 2 – 14

Macedonian Folk Tour led by Vlasto Petkovski. Contact Vlasto: sunstagecompany@gmail.com. Click to view the Itinerary. Click to view the Registration Form.

June 4-12

Rose Valley Workshop and Party in Karavelovo, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, led by Donka and Nikolay Kolev. For more information, visit 2019 Rose Valley Workshop & Party

June 10-24

Poland, led by Richard Schmidt (Kraków, Zakopane, Lódz, Toruñ, Gdansk, Olsztyn, Warsaw). Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: Jim Gold Tours

June 11-24

Norway, Sweden Denmark (Oslo, Swedish West Coast, Hamlet’s Castle, (Elsinore), Copenhagen, Jutland peninsula,  Cruise of Oslo Fjord!), led by Lee Otterholt. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: Jim Gold Tours.

July 13-21

Wine tasting tour of Bulgaria, Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Turnovo, led by George Vishegonov. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com.

July 13-25

Ireland (Galway, Connemara, Aran Islands, Dingle, Killarney, Kerry, Cork, Blarney, Dublin), led by Jim Gold and Lee Friedman. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: Jim Gold Tours.

Aug 9-19

Ukraine – Dance and Culture Festival. Contact: info@cobblestonefreeway.ca. Website: www.cobblestonefreeway.ca.

Sept 1-10

Pontos/Black Sea Dance tour (Cappadocia, Yozgat, Gumushane, Trabzon) led by Joe Graziosi, Kyriakos Moisidis and Ahmet Lüleci. Website: danstur.com/september-dance-tour.

Sept 13-23

Georgia – Culture Tour with Tineke and Maurits van Geel. Website: tinekevangeel.nl

Sept 19-30

Bulgaria – The Land of 1001 Dances – folk and ethnographic tour with Vlasto Petkovski (choreographer) and Gratzian Kolev (musician).

Visit famous Bulgarian landmarks, folk festivals, dancing workshops, 

enjoy local food and wines, and plenty of fun. 

Contact: sunstagecompany@gmail.com or gratziank@gmail.com 

Trip details: https://youtu.be/zB2pQbzdF74

Sept 23-Oct 2

Armenia – Dance and Culture Tour with Tineke and Maurits van Geel. Website: tinekevangeel.nl

October 21-Nov 2

Romania Klezmer and Folk Dance Tour led by Jim Gold and Henry Sapoznik. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: Jim Gold Tours.

2020

August 2-16

Bulgaria! Koprivshitsa Folk Festival (Sofia, Plovdiv, Bansko, Veliko Turnovo and great Koprivshitsa Folk Festival ! led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: Jim Gold Tours

Oct 10-23/25

Greece and the Greek Islands – with Santorini extension led by Jim Gold and/or Lee Otterholt. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: www.jimgold.com/folk-tours

2021

June 16-29

Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland – Folk Dance and Yodeling Tour led by Jim Gold. Contact; jimgold@jimgold.com, website: www.jimgold.com/folk-tours

Cobblestone Freeway, a Canadian company, offers cultural and dance tours to many parts of the world including the Ukraine, Eastern Europe, South America and Canada. Website: cobblestonefreeway.ca