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Here is your Toronto Swing Dancing 411 for the week of July 20th-July 26th, 2015 

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Highlights of this week

 

***TUESDAY: Bees’ Knees Dance “Stompin’ at the Steady” DJ’d social dance.

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Location: The Steady Cafe & Bar (1051 Bloor St. West)
Time: 8pm-11pm (free beginner lesson at 8pm)
Cost: Pay-What-You-Can at the door (suggested: $5)
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“Bradley & the Bouncers” at the Reservoir Lounge

Location: The Reservoir Lounge
Time: 8:45pm till Close
Cost: $5
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***WEDNESDAY: UT-Swing is hosting their weekly Social Dance

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Location: Cartwright Hall (St. Hildas-44 Devonshire Place)
Time: Beginner lesson at 7, with social dancing starting at 8-9pm
Cost: FREE
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***THURSDAY: Tia Brazda ‘Bandshell’ Album Release Party @ Lula Lounge with special guests, The Willows (a 3-part harmony, retro style a Cappella group) opening the show!

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Dancers Encouraged to come!

Location: Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St. West)
Time: 6:30pm Doors Open // Show: 7:30pm
Cost: $20 / $18 adv. (includes 1 signed CD or digital copy)
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Blues Fans can also hit up the Monarch Pub for “Don River Blues Band”

Location: Monarch Pub (33 Gerrard St. West)
Time: 8pm till Midnight
Cost: FREE
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Beaches International Jazz Festival STREETFEST Begins (of 3 nights).

Showcasing the finest in Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Smooth, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, Funk, R&B, Ska and Soul sounds that Toronto has to offer. Over forty Canadian bands entertain you along a closed to traffic 2.5 km stretch of Queen Street East.

Location: Queen Street East located between Woodbine Avenue to the west and Beech Avenue to the east.
Time: 7pm-11pm
Cost: FREE
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***FRIDAY: NYC The Hot Sardines are in town to play for the Pan Am Games and you can see them FREE (and with dancing space) at the CIBC Pan Am Park (CNE grounds).

Time: 7:15pm till I’m assuming around 8:30pm
Cost: FREE

If you don’t know this band…go and see them they are amazing!! and on repeat on my playlist.
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AFTER your done at the Hot Sardines head over to the Gladstone hotel (DOWN THE STREET) for the:

GTA Swing Band Vintage Spectacular Dance” in conjunction with Lindy Hop Revolution

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This HUGE Big Band is amazing and play all the songs you loved from the swing era (last event they kept the dance floor filled with dancers all night long).

Location: Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St.West)

Doors open at 7:45
Dance Lesson by Lindy Hop Revolution at 8:00
Big Band Swing Dance:9:00-1:30am
Cool Jazz After Party: Midnight to Last Call! with “Gin Joint Jazz Combo and Mim Adams on vocals” (included in entrance)

Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (entrance includes after party)
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ALSO Night # 2 of the Beaches Streetfest (see Thursday above).
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***SATURDAY: Big Band Stage at the Beaches Jazz Festival-FREE and there is a dance floor.

Location: Stage is at the Corner of Queen St. East & Northern Dancers Blvd.

12pm-Bees Knees Dance demo
12:30pm-George Lake Big Band
3:00pm-Swing Shift Big Band
5:45pm-Vegas North Orchestra
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“The Happy Pals” are at Grossmans Tavern

Location: Grossmans (379 Spadina Ave)
Time: 4:30pm-8pm
Cost: Free (tip the band)
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Then..TLH THEME Night at Saturday Night Swing at the Dovercourt House presents “Shannon Butcher Swing Band”

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THEME: “Summer Picnic”. Perfect for warm nights at the Dovercourt. Come dressed anyway you would for a picnic.
PLUS..we are doing our First EVER “Floorcraft Obstacle Course”! Details to come.

Location: Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Rd)
Time: Beginner Charleston 7pm, Beginner Lindy Hop 8pm.
Swing Dance Party 9:10pm to 1am.

Cost: Dance Party $13, $15 with one class, $18 with both. $3 off for full-time students.
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ALSO Night # 3 of the Beaches Streetfest (see Thursday above).
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***SUNDAY: Big Band Stage at the Beaches Jazz Festival-FREE and there is a dance floor.

Location: Stage is at the Corner of Queen St. East & Northern Dancers Blvd.

12pm-Bees Knees Dance demo
12:30pm-Bob Cary Orchestra
3:00pm-The Jazz Mechanics
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SUNDAY: “New Orleans Connection Allstars” are at Grossmans

Location: Grossmans (379 Spadina Ave)
Time: 4:30pm-8pm
Cost: Free (tip the band)
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Sunday Serenades” at Mel Lastman Square for the summer featuring some of Ontario’s best live swing, big band and jazz acts.

THIS WEEK: “JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band”
Location: Mel Lastman Square,Toronto (5100 Yonge Street)
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Cost: FREE

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