Toronto English Country Dancers present :

A Weekend with Colin Hume
and Bare Necessities

Friday, June 18 to
Sunday, June 20, 2004

in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

with special guests
for the Friday night contra dance



Colin Hume   Colin Hume
Bare Necessities   Earl Gaddis
Mary Lea
Jaqueline Schwab
of Bare Necessities
Flapjack   Flapjack
Sam Allison
Jay Edmunds
Teilhard Frost
Karen Taylor

Quick Links
Overview Schedule  
Location Where to Stay and Eat  
Registration Registration Form (pdf)


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

  Friday Night Contra Dance with Flapjack
Saturday Workshops
Saturday Night Ball (all dances taught)
Sunday Advanced English Workshop

Callers' Workshops with Colin Hume
Musicians' Workshop with Bare Necessities
Traditional Dance Demonstrations
and more!

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.

Bare Necessities

The musicians of Bare Necessities have been delighting dancers, callers and music-lovers for the past 25 years. Their unique, unmistakeable style has made them the continent's foremost performers of English country dance music.


Originally based in Toronto, Canada's premier contra band Flapjack has rapidly become one of the most vibrant stars on the North American contra scene today.


 4.30 Registration opens
 5.00 -  6.30  Callers' Master Class I: Colin Hume will conduct the first segment of a two-part contra and English callers' workshop. This session offers the chance to talk with one of the world's foremost callers. Calling experience preferred but not essential.
 6.30 -  7.30  Dinner break
 7.30 - 10.30  Friday Night Contra Dance with Colin Hume and Flapjack. Performance by Toronto Women's Sword during the break.

11.00 -  1.00  English Workshop I: How to Enjoy English An excellent workshop for both English and non-English dancers alike.
 1.00 -  2.30 Lunch break
 2.30 -  5.00 English Workshop II: Pre-ball English workshop. All welcome! Performance by Toronto Morris Men during the break.
 5.00 -  8.00 Dinner break
 8.00 - 11.00 Saturday Night Ball with Colin Hume to the music of Mary Lea, Jacqueline Schwab and Earl Gaddis. Evening, festive or period attire encouraged, but not required. All dances will be taught.

12.00 -  1.30  Musicians' Master Class: Bare Necessities will lead a master class for aspiring and accomplished musicians. While this is a special treat for English musicians, both contra and English musicians are welcome. Shandy Hall, a tune in the blue Barnes book of English Country Dance tunes, will be the featured tune for all to play at the end of the presentation.
 1.30 -  2.15  Short lunch break
 2.15 -  4.45 Advanced English workshop
 4.45 -  5.00 Brief setup break
 5.00 -  ? Callers' Master Class II: Colin Hume will conduct the second segment of a two-part callers' workshop. This session offers the chance to call a dance and receive feedback from Colin. Attendance at the first session is recommended but not required; non-callers also welcome. The length of the class will depend on the number of callers participating.


St. Barnabas Anglican Church hall, 361 Danforth Avenue

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.

New Rochester-Toronto ferry service!
The ferry service between downtown Rochester and downtown Toronto has been postponed to a new start date of June 19, 2004.
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 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 church hall.

Accommodation (including billeting) information

Dining information (PDF file)
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.

"Even More for Even Less" Toronto 2004 deals are being offered again this year, from June 1 to July 4.


Weekend package (13½ hours of dances and workshops) includes :

Saturday package (eight hours of dances and workshops) includes :

Package prices :
before June 4th    after June 4th
  CDN   US   CDN   US
Saturday package   $38 / $31   $40 / $32
Weekend package   $55 / $43   $65 / $50
Individual event prices at the door:
    CDN   US
Friday Contra $15 / $12
Saturday English Workshop I $12 / $10
  English Workshop II $12 / $10
  Night Ball $18 / $14
Sunday Advanced English Workshop $12 / $10
Master Classes :
  CDN   US
Friday Callers I $10 / $ 8
Sunday Callers II $10 / $ 8
Callers I and II $17 / $13
Sunday Musicians $10 / $ 8

Price of Master classes not included in either package.

Registration form  (PDF file).

Last updated June 7, 2004.
Questions about the weekend?

English Country dancing in Toronto