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

Session: October 18th

We are happy to announce that the October ToQueTrad traditional quebecois music session is on and will happen at: Time: noon – 3PM Eastern time.Date: Sunday, October 18th Format: while the pandemic continues to blanket the land, we will come to you over your electronic tubes (Zoom session). Please send an email to toquetrad@gmail.com for the Zoom link if you wish join us. Come one, come all. We welcome learners and accomplished players alike. Quebecois music: the best way to stay warm on a chilly autumn day!

Session on Sunday, July 19th

Again with the late notice! Summer is here in full force, and a bit of relief is certainly called for. To take your mind off the heat and the plague, there is a ToQueTrad online session tomorrow (Sunday, July 19, 2020) at noon. We will be using the same Zoom format we have used in the past. Contact toquetrad@gmail.com for the link to the session and feel free to share! That being said, there is a lot going on this week and we want to be sure that, in your excitement to attend our session, you don’t miss out on Read More …

Session: Sunday, May 17, 2020

Our last session in April was our first test of remote session online. We are happy to report it was not a complete failure! As such,we are happy to report that we will try this great musical and social experiment again on Sunday, May 17th, with another TOQueTrad session from the comfort of your own home! Again, the session will be an online session. We’ll be doing a Zoom conference where we can each lead a tune or set, and all others can play along. As all but the leader are muted during the tune, each participant will hear themselves Read More …

L’homme à deux femmes – trad.

Today’s tune-to-learn has two segments, which I will be calling «L’homme à deux femmes (I)» and «L’homme à deux femmes (II)». I have recorded them for you, both at once in the at-speed version and then separately in the slower-so-you-can-hear-what-I’m-doing versions. This traditional tune is named after the dance figure of the same name, which Donna ensures me is also called “the wheelbarrow (la brouette)” as well, and not some sort of tawdry love-triangle. Video 1: «L’homme à deux femmes (I)» and «L’homme à deux femmes (II)» – at speed Video 2: «L’homme à deux femmes (I)» – slow Video Read More …