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The Toronto Country Dancers is an informal organization run by dancers who love wonderful music, great dances and time to socialize. (See next dance)

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The caller teaches each dance before we dance it. No experience required, although we do have a "Basics Class" at 7 pm, before the dance, which can help new folks feel more comfortable jumping in.

It’s traditional to change partners for each dance, so you will dance with many people during an evening. Dress casually and comfortably in layers. It gets quite warm.

No special steps to learn. New dances each week so no memorization of dances required.

We dance to live music from the Scots-Irish or French Canadian tradition, usually played on fiddle, accordion, banjo, piano, or guitar but many other instruments are now used.

Second Dance Free Card

Receive your "Second Dance Free" card at the 7:00 pm Basics Workshop or ask for one at the desk.

If You Can Walk, You Can Contra Dance !

(No experience necessary.)

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Next Dance (Triple Dance and Pot Luck)

Fri Oct 24: English Country Dance

Evening dance: 7:30 - 10:30 pm ($10)

Caller: David Smukler , from Syracuse NY, began his calling career in 1981. He has a special fondness for English Country dances, where he blends old favourites with new gems.

Band: ECD Band is a local English Country Dance band comprised of Cathy Campbell, Ben Bolker, and Kevin Budd.

Sat Oct 25: Contra Dance

Advanced dance: 2:00 - 5:00 pm (usual TCD price)

Pot Luck and Chat: 5:00 pm. All welcome.

Beginners' lesson: 7:00 pm
Evening dance: 7:30 - 10:30 pm (usual TCD price)

Caller: David Smukler When calling for contra dances, David leads an eclectic repertoire including New England contras, squares, singing calls, mixers, old chestnuts and freshly minted dances.

Band: Ladies Chain is an energetic trio of talented young men from Ontario and Quebec. Eli Howard is known to many long-time TCD members, having attended our dances as a young child. His tin whistle playing adds zest and joy to Ladies Chain. Colin Savoie-Levac is a talented instrumentalist whose accomplishments include the mandolin, banjo, guitar and foot percussion. Benoit Schryer-Lefebvre has competed in many fiddle competitions and won numerous awards, including first place (twice) in the 18 and under class at the Pembroke Fiddle and Stepdance Contest.



Our dances are held every 2nd, 4th & 5th Saturday, from September to the 2nd Saturday in June. Regular evening dances are held 7:30 - 10:30 pm, with a beginners' lesson at 7:00 pm. We occasionally add an advanced level afternoon dance from 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

A list of upcoming dances, including bands and callers, can be found on our Schedule Page as well as on our Schedule Flyer.


Our dances are held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church Hall, on the southeast corner of Hampton & Danforth Avenues, west of the Chester Subway Station. There are Municipal parking lots east of Broadview and street parking nearby. (Detailed directions here.)


Admission $12; Members & Students $10; Under 16 yrs free

Occasional Afternoon Dances (2-5 pm): Same price as regular dances

Cups, Bottles, Fragrances

Toronto Country Dancers ensures that water is readily available for the duration of our events. We serve free cider or juice at the break. Please help us the keep the environmental footprint of our activities to a minimum by bringing your own cup, mug or water bottle.

Fellow dancers may be allergic to fragrances so we ask that you refrain from wearing perfumes, scented hand creams, hair products, deodorants, and after-shaves. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.



St. Barnabas has asked us to respect their shoe policy, which is that no street shoes are worn in the gym. Please bring a clean pair of shoes to change into. Any wide-heeled, soft-soled shoes are fine. Running shoes will do. Click here for more details.

Nearby Restaurants

There are dozens of restaurants in the neighbourhood of every variety.

Here's a view of the neighbourhood.

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Toronto Country Dancers Spring Thaw 2011

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