Toronto English Country Dancers present :

A Weekend with Brad Foster and Foxfire

Friday, May 17 to
Sunday, May 19, 2013

in Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Brad Foster Brad Foster
Foxfire Foxfire
Karen Axelrod
Daron Douglas

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You won't want to miss Brad's first visit to Toronto (and Foxfire's second!): a superb event bringing together some of the very finest talent from the hotbed of English Country Dancing in North America. A bloomy spring weekend of dancing, music, workshops, silent auction, food and community in one of Toronto's famous multicultural neighbourhoods — what could be better?

Friday night community potluck and silent auction
Friday night welcome dance

Saturday morning advanced English workshop
Saturday afternoon sessions for all
Saturday afternoon waltzing with Foxfire
Saturday night social dance

Sunday afternoon farewell dance

Brad Foster

Brad Foster's warmth and good humour combine with an extraordinary knowledge of the dance and music forms he works in. We're delighted to have him with us for his first Toronto weekend!


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 fail to delight.

Christine Robb, Dorothy de Val, and Stephen Fuller

Christine Robb for many years was the leader of Toronto English Country Dancers, and she now calls regularly at all the Boston-area English dances. Dorothy de Val (piano) and Stephen Fuller (fiddle), both classically trained, are passionate about playing for dancers and combine a beautiful sound with energy and inventiveness.


Friday May 17th

 6.45               Doors open
 7 Community potluck and silent auction begin
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, $8 or $6 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 Brad Foster and Foxfire

Saturday May 18th
 10.30 – 12.15  Advanced* English dance workshop – Brad Foster with Foxfire   (* What is "Advanced"?)
Dances that Flow: English country dances with great transitions from one figure to the next, ranging from old classics like From Aberdeen and Barham Down to modern compositions like Companions and Footprints in the Sand. Come prepared to be mesmerized by the dance pattern and the beautiful music!
 12.15               Break
 1.15 –  2.45 Afternoon dance session for all – Christine Robb with Dorothy de Val and Stephen Fuller
The Active Inactive: While enjoying some fun dances, we'll look at ways alert inactives can make them great.
 3 – 4.30 Afternoon dance session for all – Brad Foster with Foxfire
Calculated Figures: new and old dance compositions by Gary Roodman. Gary, from Leeds, Massachusetts, is one of the top composers of English country dance. He has published ten books containing almost 150 dances. I will be choosing from among those, from new compositions written after his latest book, and from dances Gary has altered after publication.
 4.45 – 5.45 Waltzing with Foxfire
 5.45 Dinner break
 7.45 Silent auction ends
 8.00 – 11.00 English Country Dance Ball – Brad Foster with Foxfire
This is not a historical-themed ball, but modern festive or evening attire is encouraged. All welcome.

Sunday May 19th
 1.15               Doors open
 1.30 – 4  Farewell dance – Brad Foster with Foxfire


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.

Getting to Toronto

There are frequent flights from most major cities into Toronto's Pearson International airport and Billy Bishop International Airport, which is located adjacent to downtown, on Toronto Island.   Porter Airlines flies into the Island airport and has frequent sales.   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 non-smoking. 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


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Questions about the weekend?

For registration or general questions, write us at registrar AT torontoenglishdance DOT ca
For billeting questions, write us at billeting AT torontoenglishdance DOT ca
For silent auction questions, write us at silentauction AT torontoenglishdance DOT ca

Last updated April 30, 2013

English Country dancing in Toronto