About Us & Mission Statement

About Us

The Old Sod Folk Music Society is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that promotes contra dancing and contra dance musicians/callers in Canada’s national capital. During the dance season (September – June), we hold 2-3 dances a month. We also organize other events such as an annual dance weekend (Hey Fever!), workshops, and concerts.

Mission Statement

To provide an affordable opportunity for our community to participate in well-run, vibrant, exciting, and energetic contra dances with live music on a regular basis.

  • We aim to provide a fun, friendly, welcoming, and inclusive social atmosphere and work to foster a strong sense of community.
  • We actively pursue a goal of offering a program to dancers with a wide variety of ages, skill level and abilities.
  • We are an all volunteer non-profit organisation with an active, involved organising committee and we encourage all of our dancers to volunteer in the running of the dances. Our aim is to have well-informed and committed volunteers who are a very important part of our community.

Musicians and Callers

Our goal is to offer programs with a variety of high quality musicians and callers, both local and touring talent, experienced and newer talent and more traditional with more modern genres. We also try to ensure that all of our musicians and callers have a positive experience when they come to perform at our dances and concerts.


Everyone is welcome at our dances regardless of age and experience. We work hard to make sure that everyone has a good time and that beginners feel part of our community. We offer our dancers the opportunity for physical, social and intellectually engaging activity and we have special events to strengthen our community such as potlucks and after dance get togethers.

Concerts and Other Events

In addition to regularly programmed contra dances, we may host special afternoon dances to give dancers diverse opportunities. We promote traditional song and music by hosting concerts and song sessions. We also support the growth of local talent by offering musician and caller workshops.