Hey Fever! 2018

Hey Fever! 2017 was a pure joy! Hey Fever! 2018 is already being planned and will be posted here in the not too distant future. Check back. Reserve November 2-4, 2018 in your calendar!

What follows still covers Hey Fever! 2017.

Hey Fever! 2017

Mark your calendars for Hey Fever! 2017, Ottawa's Contra Dance weekend, on November 3rd to 5th, 2017! That's a week after Halloween. We'll have LOTS of fun, this year with our Dress Up Contra Dance on Saturday night and, of course, there will be TONS OF TERRIFIC DANCING all weekend! Plus the clocks go back on Saturday night! :-)

We have two wonderful bands and two excellent callers lined up for the weekend. In addition to all the great contra dancing, we plan some workshops and some fun themed dance sessions (squares, waltzes, ...).

A draft of the schedule is available on the Schedule page.

The bands are ...

The O'Schraves

Featuring Aine Schryer-O'Gorman, Zachary Schryer-Lefebvre, Benoit Schryer-Lefebvre, Julie Schryer and Pat O'Gorman!

"The O'Schraves" (The O'Gorman/Schryer/ Lefebvre Family) brings you wonderful music that is joyous, skillful, inspiring, and fun.

"The O'Schraves" have played for regular dances in the Algoma region for many years, including dances at AlgomaTrad Family Camp, and have been the dance band for the Bayside Travelers' contra dances in Traverse City, Michigan, the Toronto Country Dancers' Contra Dances, and the Owen Sound Spring Fling Dance weekend. After you've danced to their superb tune-playing and rock-solid groove, you'll Rave about The O'Schraves!

Check out this wonderful sampler video: The O'Schraves at this Barrie, ON house concert!.

Julie Vallimont & Friends

Featuring Julie Vallimont, Ryan McKasson and Russell Shumsky!

Julie, a former classical pianist and organist, fell in love with dance music after attending contra dances in Maine and Boston. Her compelling, rhythmic piano style draws on her study of New England contra piano and traditional Quebecois, Irish, and Cape Breton music, along with elements of rock and jazz. Julie performs nationwide with Nor'easter and several other contra and English collaborations. Julie will be leading us in Ottawa with her wonderful music.

Julie will be playing with Ryan McKasson, of the Syncopaths, and Russell Shumsky. Ryan is a National Scottish fiddle champion and a fantastic fiddler. He and Julie met a few years ago and really hit it off musically. Russell is an accomplished percussionist who specializes in West African Drumming. He plays marimba in his local contra dance band in Vancouver BC and has toured as a drummer with some great contra dance bands, such as Nor'easter, Lift Ticket and Contra Sutra. We are lucky to have him all the way from Vancouver! We are in for a treat with this wonderful musical trio!!

The callers are ...

Mary Wesley

Mary Wesley is a dance leader and caller for contras, squares, morris, and family and community dances. A native of Vermont, she travels throughout New England and beyond to follow and share her love of dance. Mary's friendly enthusiasm will please us no end!

David Eisenstadter

After humble beginnings calling a dance series in college, Dave Eisenstadter has gone on to call some of the largest dances in the contra domain, alongside some of the most talented musicians playing the circuit. Hoping to bring energy to each dance he calls, Dave can often be found dancing along to the music from the stage! We are in for a treat with Dave's calling!

Hey Fever! Poster

Want to let your friends know about this wonderful weekend dance? Why not send them this one page PDF poster? Or bring some with you to another dance you are attending! :-)

Oh my! Are we going to have fun!!