LIVE Session: Sunday, September 19, 2021

Last month’s session at Nancy and David’s near the Tranzac worked so well, we’re going to do it again. Our beloved Tranzac is still not opened to the public, though Betty and the Bobs are booked in for Hallowe’en, so the end is in sight. Nancy and David have again volunteered their home in easy walking distance from the Tranzac for our next live Toquetrad session of the decade! We will not be posting their contact information here, but a quick email to us at toquetrad@gmail.com will get you the details of how to join us on Sunday. The details: Date: Sunday, Read More …

Session: Sunday July 18, 2021

Toronto has just relaxed restrictions to allow inside gatherings and dining, but the way is not yet clear for a return to the Tranzac for live and in-person sessions, so we are having another Zoom session via the pandemic-inspired “usual means.” We certainly look forward to joining you in playing our favourite Quebecois tunes with our favourite people! The details: Date: Sunday, July 18th, 2021 Time: Noon to 3PM (Eastern Standard Time) Location: Our traditional zoom link. Please contact us at toquetrad@gmail.com for the link. As always, bring your itchy fingers for playing tunes, your listening ears for appreciating what your fellow sessioneers are Read More …

Session: Sunday June 20, 2021

We’re very nearly out of this pandemic! Stay with us… Canada’s hot spots are changing from virally hot to just-plain-toasty hot. Most folks who want it have their first jab, and a non-trivial percentage of those of a certain vintage have had their second. Toronto has ended its record lockdown, and it is possible to have people in your sight-line without resorting to cold-war duck-and-cover-style antics. [This paragraph brought to you by Hoffa’s Hyphens. Don’t bury your hyphens in turgid prose. Call Hoffa’s Hyphens. Hoffa’s will give you concrete examples of hyphen-appropriate phrases for your friends and family! An offer Read More …

Session: Sunday, May 16, 2021

Spring has arrived in Canada at long last. There is hope (and pollen) in the air. Many of us have vaccinations and we can see the glimmerings of a world where the sessions we new and loved can happen again. Naturally, we rejoice for a return to those days where we can see our friends again, and hugs are once again in fashion. Naturally, we have also been able to develop friendships with those who would not have been able to join us in person for our sessions and we value the time and tunes we have shared with them Read More …

Session: Sunday, April 18, 2021

Spring is (almost) here! The pandemic is (almost) brought to heel! Not really. Toronto is staggering under third-wave onslaught of COVID variants. So help us to weather the storm by joining us locked down in our homes for some more of that delicious Quebecois music that we love so much! As always, nothing like a last minute announcement for Q-music, so here it is! What: Toronto monthly Quebecois music session!Date: Sunday, April 17, 2021Time: Noon Eastern (9AM Pacific)Where: Zoom link. Send request to ToqueTrad@gmail.com for a link. So much has happened since our last session. Last month we attended the Read More …

Danse Neige : no Toronto Session

Just letting you all know that there will be no session this weekend.  But there is a great recurring event called Danse Neige, which is a usually a great dance weekend in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.  This year, it is this weekend, online, and free to sign up.The learning sessions have already started, but it’s not too late to join.On the program:Today SATURDAY 20 MARCH 2021 WORKSHOPS Virtual Room A Virtual Room B 10h Accordéon intermédiaire | Gino Lavoie Gigue 3/2 | Yaëlle Azoulay 11h Volon intermédiaire | Lisa Ornstein Chanson | Nicolas Boulerice 12h Conte | Donald Dubuc 13h Read More …

Session: Sunday, February 21, 2021

It’s time once again for another session to sweep away the cabin fever. During the best of times, the February chill and short days can drive most anybody to the edge. This pandemic has added a new layer! Want to get away? There’s no-place that will have you, without significant political blow-back! So come to the Sunday February session. I know, it’s on Zoom, so it’s not quite like the real thing, but take heart, it will remind you of better times and you’ll be glad you joined us. Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021Time: Noon – 3PM EasternWhere: Online via Read More …

Session: Sunday, January 17, 2021

We’ll be hosting another online session this coming Sunday for the first of 2021. Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021Time: Noon – 3PM EasternWhere: Online via Zoom. Send email request for link. As always, all are welcome to join us to play your favourite Quebecois tunes. This month, we’d like to highlight a recent request by the fantastic AlgomaTrad organization on the glorious St. Joseph’s Island in Northern Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron. They have been doing some amazing arts advocacy and education, and have built an incredible dance floor on their property. Now they have the opportunity to Read More …

Session: Sunday, December 20th, 2020

Once again, we will be hosting our holiday session, and once again, the internet will have to substitute for our beloved Tranzac Club. We miss the hectic atmosphere of the Holiday Craft Sale and the kids preparing for the evening Mummer’s Play at the Annual Tranzac Holiday Celebration (still on at 8PM on YouTube the evening of December 20th). We will be overjoyed to have you join us for a smattering of our favourite Québecois tunes, tomorrow: Date: Sunday, December 20th, 2020Time: 12:00 noon Eastern timePlace: online Zoom link – contact us at toquetrad@gmail.com for the link. Normally, Elizabeth brings Read More …

Session: Sunday, November 15, 2020

A reminder that this weekend’s session will happen via Zoom on Sunday, November 15, from noon to 3 pm. Lead a tune, request a tune, or just come and listen. If you would like to join us, contact toquetrad@gmail.com for the link to the session and feel free to share! Sign up for the mailing list (at right) to get these posts emailed to you. See you all soon. Rob and Donna