Cairngorm Club of Toronto


The Cairngorm club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00pm
Canadian Latvian Cultural Center, 4 Credit Union Dr.

Upcoming Events:

Cairngorm Club is holding their 93rd Dinner Dance on Friday 8 November 2013
Q-Siss Restaurant and Banquet Halls
3474 Kingston Rd at Markham Rd in Scarborough.
6:00 pm Hors d'Oeuvres; 7:00 Dinner; Tickets are $40 per person.
Contact Glen Cameron 416 755-8189


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Some observations (by Peter Renzland) of a typical Cairngorm Ceilidh that may benefit first-time visitors:

The dances are on the first Wednesday of the month, October through May, from 8 to 10:30. The cost for visitors is $15, except for the May dance, which starts at 7, with a buffet dinner. Annual membership costs $65. The following monthly dances remain in this dance-year: Dec. 4, Jan 8 (!), Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7, 2014. Most of the gentlemen wear the kilt and a jacket, although the jacket may come off after a couple of dances. Usual footwear is dancing shoes, not ghillies. It is advisable to bring a dance partner.

The Ceilidh dances are not difficult, so there is no instruction, briefing, or calling. The couple-dances are simple enough that most dancers can do them after watching once or twice through. There may be two or three Set dances throughout the evening, such as the Reel of the 51st Division, Strip the Willow, or the "Quadrilles", which is somewhat similar to the Irish Plain Set, but most dances are easy couple dances. Typical couple dances are The Gay Gordons, The St. Bernard's Waltz, The Highland Schottische, The Military Two-Step, or The Canadian Barndance Schottische. (Perhaps later I will compile a list of the actual dances, with descriptions.)

The evening starts with a Grand March, led by the Pipers, promptly at 8 o'clock. Beautiful music is provided by a superb Accordionist. The Couple Dances are usually played twice in a row.

Tea is served during the Intermission. The evening ends with the Home Waltz, followed by the singing of Auld Lang Syne, the National Anthem, and the Royal Anthem.

These dances are a great treasure of traditional social dancing in Toronto, with a friendly atmosphere, lovely, lively music, and delightful dancing. About Scottish Dancing

This page is a courtesy information page about the Cairngorm Club, providing information current as at October, 2011. The official Cairngorm web page can be found Here, and was at least one year out of date when this courtesy page was created. Please contact peter at dancing dot org if/when this courtesy page is no longer needed. Thanks.