Hey Fever! 2019

Mark your calendars for Hey Fever!, Ottawa's Contra Dance weekend, on November 1st to 3rd, 2019. Our weekend is really fun, friendly, and welcome to all. While we love dancing contras, we also appreciate different formation dances, outstanding live music, and socializing with dancer friends from near and far. We have two fantastic bands, Gaslight Tinkers and Julie Metcalf & Benjamin Foss, and two excellent callers, Will Mentor and Angela DeCarlis, lined up for the weekend. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Max Newman (originally scheduled) will be unable to join us this year and Benjamin Foss will be joining us instead.

In addition to all the great contra dancing, there will be some workshops, some fun themed dance sessions and dance types (e.g. waltzes, squares, ...). And, since this is so close to Halloween, there will be a Dress Up (fun or fancy) contra dance on the Saturday night too, including a costume parade! Plus, for our convenience, the clocks go back on Saturday night!

The bands are ...

The Gaslight Tinkers

Featuring Audrey Knuth (Fiddle, Vocals), Jopey Fitzpatrick (Drums), Garrett Sawyer (Bass), Peter Siegel (Guitar, banjo, mando, ...)

The Gaslight Tinkers' blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Since its formation in 2012 the band has lit up the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Caribbean, headlining dances and festivals! The sound and energy of Audrey, Jopey, Garrett, and Peter are universally irresistible.

The Gaslight Tinkers' are a wonderful Contra dance band! Check them out here at the Flurry!

Julie Metcalf and
Benjamin Foss

Julie Metcalf is an accomplished fiddler and violinist who can often be spotted at contra and English dances in the Boston area, either on stage playing fiddle or on the dance floor. Julie is also a skilled and varied jawharp player. Benjamin Foss is a gifted multi-instrumentalist. He plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and foot percussion for contra dances. We are delighted to welcome this talented duo to Hey Fever for the first time!

The callers are ...

Will Mentor

Photo: Trish Finn

Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph events with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: "It's about the dancers!"

Angela DeCarlis

Known for their musical vocables and creative teaching style, Angela DeCarlis has called for dances across the United States. They love nothing more than to witness a thriving and inclusive dance community, and are overjoyed to serve as a caller and "facilitator of fun" for contra dancers both near and far.

Hey Fever! Poster

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

Here's what dancers said about Hey Fever!

2018: "Amazing bands, wicked callers, awesome crowd, smooth organization"; "superb event." "Great dance! This was my first year and I'll definitely be back!!" "This was such a spectacular Hey Fever!"; "some of the highest quality talent at an event"; "already looking forward to the next one."

2017: "Was fabulous from start to finish." "Everyone had a blast." "I cried a little when it was over." "My first full weekend dancing, I couldn't imagine better." "Hey Fever is becoming one of our favorite dance weekends. It's a long way from central New Hampshire to Ottawa, but well worth the trip."

2016: "Hey Fever is one of my favourite dance weekends." "I can't imagine a better time." "Your community in Ottawa is so incredibly wonderful!" "I *love* Hey Fever." "Totally worth traveling 3000 miles!" "It just gets better every year!" "It was perfect."

Oh my! Are we going to have fun fun fun!!