Toronto English Country Dancers present :

A Weekend with Colin Hume and Foxfire

Friday, June 18 to
Sunday, June 20, 2010

in Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Colin Hume Colin Hume
Foxfire Foxfire
Karen Axelrod
Daron Douglas
Saskia Tomkins and Steafan Hannigan

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York University conference: English Country Dancing: Rooted in the Past, Dancing into the Future – June 17-18, 2010


You won't want to miss Colin's second visit to Canada: a five-star event bringing together some of the most spectacular talent from Britain and the United States. This is a weekend packed with dances, workshops, master classes, demos and more, all performed to some of the hottest music around!

Friday Night Welcome Dance
Saturday morning advanced English workshop
Saturday afternoon workshops for all
Saturday night ball (all dances taught)

Sunday morning callers' workshop
Sunday afternoon Farewell Dance

Colin Hume

England's Colin Hume is a world-renowned authority on English and American dance. He has called dances and conducted workshops in many countries, including the United States, England, Denmark, Holland and Germany. Colin is also the distinguished choreographer and composer of many volumes of well-loved dances and tunes.


Foxfire (Karen Axelrod and Daron Douglas) are known for the richness of their harmonies and improvisation. With a complex range of musical roots, their signature freshness and energy never fails to delight.

Saskia Tomkins and Steafan Hannigan

Saskia is an all-UK Irish music champion fiddler who also plays viola and nyckelharpa. Steafan plays winds, pipes, flute and just about everything else, and has worked with such luminaries as Loreena McKennit, Laurie Anderson and Uriah Heep.


Friday June 18th

 6 Registration opens
 7 Community potluck
Ready-to-serve foods only, please!  We are not permitted to cook or heat food on the premises.  For travellers: a buy-in option is available, $7 or $5 for students, in advance.  However, there are many food shops and supermarkets in the neighbourhood for last-minute shopping.
 8 – 10.30  Evening dance with Foxfire

Saturday June 19th
 10.30 – 12.15  Advanced* English dance workshop – Colin Hume with Foxfire   (* What is "Advanced"?)
 12.15 Break
 1.15 –  2.45 Playford set dances for all – Colin Hume with Saskia Tomkins and Steafan Hannigan
 3 – 4.30 Colin's Dances for all – Colin Hume with Saskia Tomkins and Steafan Hannigan
 4.45 – 5.45 Waltz hour – Foxfire
 5.45 Dinner break
 8.00 – 11.00 English Country Dance Ball – Colin Hume with Foxfire
This is not a historical-themed ball, but festive or evening attire is encouraged.

Sunday June 20th
 12.00 – 1.30  Hands-on callers' master class for callers with some experience (Please note: bring a CD or ipod with your music. At Ralph Thornton Centre.) Dance angels dance for free!
 1.30 Short lunch break
 2.15 – 4.45 Farewell dance – Colin Hume with Foxfire - at St. Barnabas


St. Barnabas Anglican Church hall, 361 Danforth Avenue (Friday and Saturday, Sunday dance)

St. Barnabas is located along the Danforth in one of Toronto's most vibrant neighbourhoods.  The church is at the corner of Danforth and Hampton Avenues, near Chester subway station.  The hall has an excellent sprung wood dance floor with great acoustics.   Click for directions.

St. Barnabas hall has a strict shoe policy.  Street shoes will NOT be permitted on the dance floor at any time.  Please bring non-marking, preferably soft-soled dance shoes, with broad heels.

Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen Street East (Callers' workshop)

The Ralph Thornton Centre is 2 blocks east of Broadview Avenue, easily accessible by TTC.  Google map of area.

Getting to Toronto

There are frequent flights from most major cities into Toronto's Pearson International airport.  Toronto is also well-serviced by VIA Rail trains and Greyhound and Voyageur bus lines.  Public transportation (the TTC) is available from the airport, train, and bus stations.  Taxis, limos, GO, and Airport Express are also available from the airport.

Where to Stay and Eat

Toronto is a wonderful, safe, and clean city with many vibrant downtown neighbourhoods and an excellent public transit system.  The subways run until about 1:30 am, and there are buses and streetcars that run 24 hours a day, so getting around is easy without a car, and quite convenient for many hotels and tourist attractions, as well as the venues.

For billeting, please write us at billeting at torontoenglishdance dot ca

Excellent and extremely reasonable downtown dorm housing is available at Victoria University and New College, both part of the University of Toronto.

Dining information
The Danforth area has a large and diverse array of restaurants.  Note that all restaurants and bars in Toronto are now non-smoking.  Only some of the closest restaurants to the dance site are listed here. is one of many sites with more information.

More sightseeing sites:
Toronto Tourism & Travel Guide
Toronto CityPass – Admission discounts to 5 popular tourist attractions in Toronto.
TO Tix – Theatre ticket site



Please note: this event is priced separately from the conference.  Combination pricing is offered for those attending both (see below).

Friday, June 18th

Friday night welcome dance: $15 / $10 for students – plus a contribution of food to share for the potluck*

Saturday, June 19th

Saturday morning advanced workshop: $12 / $8 (not included in packages)
Saturday afternoon workshop: $12 / $8
Second Saturday afternoon workshop: $12 / $8
Waltz hour: $8 / $5
Saturday night ball**: $20 / $15

Saturday package (afternoon workshops, waltz, evening dance): $50 / $35 at the door, early-bird $45 / $30

Sunday callers' master class: $12 / $8 (not included in packages)
Farewell dance: $15 / $10

Full weekend package (not including master classes): $75 / $50 at the door, early-bird $65 / $45

Combination conference and dance weekend: early-bird only, $115 / $95

* Ready-to-serve foods only, please!  We are not permitted to cook or heat food on the premises.  For travellers: a buy-in option is available, $7 or $5 for students, in advance.  However, there are many food shops and supermarkets in the neighbourhood for last-minute shopping. 

** This is not a historical-themed event, but festive or evening attire is encouraged!

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Questions about the weekend?

For registration questions, write us at registrar AT torontoenglishdance DOT ca
For general questions, write us at billeting AT torontoenglishdance DOT ca

Last updated June 12, 2010

English Country dancing in Toronto