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Will Mentor
with Crowfoot

April 10 to 12, 2015
Spring Thaw

Please come dance with us!
Join our wonderful weekend of contra and community!

Share our Spring Thaw flyer with your friends.

Caller: Will Mentor

Will Mentor

Will Mentor is a well-known, high-energy caller who is always in demand! He enjoys calling both contra and square dances. Will has written dances of his own, and also calls popular numbers - both old and new - by other artists. Will is from Northern Vermont, and gets booked to call in halls and churches from Québec to California, and everywhere in between. His teaching style is clear; he has fun behind the microphone; and he always keeps the focus on the dancers.

To see Will in action, here is a YouTube video: Will Mentor on YouTube


Band: Crowfoot


The members of Crowfoot come from all over - England, Canada, and the USA - and include Adam Broome on guitar and cittern, Nicholas Williams singing, and playing flutes, accordion and piano, and Jaige Trudel bowing on the fiddle and the cello. Since 2003, Crowfoot has encouraged contra dancers to take to the floor with a musical offering that draws on traditional tunes, overlaid with new grooves. They'll bring their well-loved sound to Toronto for the first time in many years - so don't miss this chance to hear them!

To see a recent video of Crowfoot in Ottawa: Crowfoot on YouTube

Registration and Prices

Early bird discount available for payment prior to February 28, 2015!

Option 1 Register online to book your spot then send your cheque by regular mail.

Option 2 Print out the Spring Thaw Flyer (PDF). Fill in the blanks and mail it to us with your cheque. (Please provide a legible email address so we can contact you, if necessary.)

Option 3 For Toronto and area dancers pay by cash, cheque or credit card at any TCD regular dance. (See Lee Godfrey to pay). No registration form required, unless you are a first-time attendee.

Option 4 Pay at the door.


Full Weekend Pricing
Includes your choice of a Workshop*

Payment Received by February 28, 2015

Cdn or US $

    General Admission




Payment Received After February 28, 2015
(includes "at-the-door" payment)


    General Admission




Potluck option (if you opt-out of food contribution)


Per-Session At-The-Door Pricing (if space available)

Friday or Saturday Evening


Saturday Morning


Saturday Afternoon


Sunday Daytime


*Workshop: Vocal/Calling/Instrument/Photography
(if purchased separately)



Friday, April 10
7:30 pm

Registration begins

Friday, April 10
8:00 to 11:00 pm

Welcome contras with Will Mentor / Crowfoot

Saturday, April 11
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Contras and variety with Will Mentor / Crowfoot

Saturday, April 11
12:30 to 2:00 pm

Potluck lunch! Bring a dish, or pay $10.00.

There are many restaurants nearby where you can get take out. If you prefer to pay, please do so by Friday evening.

Saturday, April 11
2:00 to 5:00 pm

Dancing - to be announced

Saturday, April 11
7:30 to 11:00 pm

Contras with Will Mentor / Crowfoot

Sunday, April 12
11:15 am to 12:30 pm

Choose a workshop:
Vocal / Calling / Instrument / Photography

Sunday, April 12
1:30 to 2:30 pm

Mostly waltzes with Will Mentor / Crowfoot

Sunday, April 12
2:30 to 4:30 pm

Farewell contras with Will Mentor / Crowfoot


Please bring your favourite nametag / badge and mug.

Please - no scented products or perfume. We're allergic!

The Venue

St. Barnabas Hall

St. Barnabas Church Hall (side entrance):
175 Hampton Avenue, Toronto

For map and directions:

Local Dining

The Spring Thaw is held in an area of Toronto known for its concentration of restaurants, cafés and bistros. For a list of local dining spots, see this printable Restaurant_List.


If you require billeting, please send your request to

If you are finding your own accommodation, we recommend that you find a place near public transportation as the dance is a 5 minute walk from Chester Subway station. Our TTC subway system is clean and safe.

Toronto Bed & Breakfasts Web Site

Toronto Trip Advisor Web Site

Tourism Toronto Web Site

For our American guests

Welcome! We're glad you are coming.You can visit this US Department of State web site regarding entry into Canada and returning to the United States.


Thaw Coordinator: 

Lee Godfrey



Paula Coutinho



Lee Godfrey