Toronto Morris Ale, Canada

Several of our members have taught and toured in southern Ontario in recent years and forged close links with the folk scene of Toronto and the surrounding area. We decided that 2012 was the year to accept our invitation from the organisers of the Toronto Morris Ale. And what a good job we did!

The sun was shining and spirits were high as we set off for the opening massed dance of the Ale where we met all participating teams from Canada and the U.S.A. including Toronto Women’s Sword and Toronto Morris Men among others. We danced in parks and pubs as we toured the city, had a nice lunchtime session and a big sing at the final pub of the day and tucked into a fabulous feast at the Tranzac Club followed by more dancing, singing and merriment. Sunday saw more of the same and we were delighted to be able to perform one of our hardest dances (Mopping the Cedar) with the team that wrote it, Ramsey’s Braggarts, from Minnesota.

It seems like a very long way to go for one weekend, in fact most of us extended the trip either side of the Ale and had a wonderful time enjoying the sights and sounds of Toronto, visiting friends and family and doing some wonderful house concerts. We would like to thank the organising committee, the host teams and the amazing locals who put us up in their houses and displayed hospitality beyond belief for an absolutely unforgettable trip.

Jess and Carmel, Toronto 2012. Photo: Mark Whitcombe

Jess and Carmel, Toronto 2012. Photo: Mark Whitcombe

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