Our Trip To CanadaWe were invited to play at the Mill Race Festival of Traditional Music in Cambridge, Ontario from July 29-31, 2011, and with the help of Brad McEwen, the festival's organiser, and some other friends in Ontario managed to fill almost the entire preceding week with house concerts and other performances. Here's a picture show of 10 wonderful days in Ontario.
We arrived in Toronto airport on Friday 22 July and plunged into the rush-hour traffic in a rental car - not an easy way to start the trip! Our welcome at the Golden Kiwi in Cambridge was a huge relief and we were pleasantly surprised to meet three English musicians now resident in the Waterloo Region and to find a pub (run by a New Zealander) that sold some excellent locally brewed beer and even Fullers ESB! (No Greene King IPA though...)
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First evening with our hostsOur delightful hosts were Russ Bishop and Gwen Potter from Wolf at the Door Molly Dancers. Gwen met us at the pub and navigated us back to their house in Kitchener, where we spent the evening getting to know them and the instruments we had borrowed for the trip: a banjo, a cello and a 1-row melodeon in C.
Trip to OrangevilleOn Saturday we drove up to Orangeville where we played a house concert for Orange Peel Morris (a team we'd met when they came to England a few years ago and went out on a pub night with Pig Dyke Molly). First Port of call was John Burton's house; John had kindly agreed to take delivery of a box of CDs for us. The concert was at Parky and Sidney's house in Sherburn, where we also stayed for the night.
Waterloo Museum Concert and Brad's Birthday SessionOn Saturday 24th July we went back to Kitchener for an afternoon concert at the Waterloo Region Museum. It was so hot we decided the air conditioned lecture theatre was a better venue than the outside patio, where we would have been under cover but much hotter, and the audience would have been in the sun which would have been very uncomfortable. Typical daytime temperatures were 30C with high humidity.
After that we went back to the Golden Kiwi in Cambridge for a session to celebrate Brad's (Mill Race Festival director) birthday, and then drove off to Toronto...
First Day in TorontoWe spent four days in Toronto with Howard and Karen Kaplan, who had arranged for us to do a concert and illustrated talk on song collecting in Cambridgeshire, both at their house. During each day we visited various parts of Toronto, mostly the downtown area, and the waterfront. On Monday we took the ferry to the island which was really lovely.
McDougall Cottage Concert, CambridgeThis is an old stone cottage where they often hold small concerts with a pass-the-hat collection. we decided to risk the elements and play outside. There were a few drops of rain but the indoors alternative inside would have ben VERY hot and humid. Lots of lovely food and drink - a pleasant evening.
Friday night: first festival concert and evening sessionOur first concert was on the Civic Square stage, the festival's largest stage under canvas next to the Civic Centre. Afterward we were in an English Music session with Tethera at the Golden Kiwi (officially part of the festival). This set also includes photos taken elsewhere the same evening.
Saturday: A busy Day at the FestivalOn Saturday we hosted an "accordion workshop" where we met Steve Didunyk from the Ukranian band Zubrivka, and Luzio Altobelli from Bon Débarras; then we were in the "dynamic duos" concert on the civic stage, a performance in the Craft Village acoustic tent and a concert at Café 13. Our photographers, however, were elsewhere so thse pictures show other stuff that was going on the same day. We did see the morris and molly dancers, though.
SundayMary took part in a banjo workshop with Chris Coole, Danny Simmonds and Jean-Franc Duma; we played in the "battle of the sexes" concert with The Saturday Saints and Tattie Jam, and finally we played at the Millrace Amphitheatre in the evening.
We also have a YouTube video of Mary singing Lord Lovell at the skinheads (banjo) concert .