Spring Fling/Fringe 2020 Toronto is CANCELLED


Dear All,

It is with regret that we write to inform you that the current situation with COVID-19 has forced us to cancel Spring Fling/Fringe 2020 Toronto.  Given the current travel restrictions, self-isolation and social distancing requirements to “flatten the curve”, we feel it is necessary to make this decision.  Everyone’s registration fees will be paid back.

We are living in unprecedented times and, while our Committee would like to organize this event for a future occasion, we will be delaying a final decision on a future Spring Fling/Fringe in Toronto until September 2020.  This will give us all time to see what travel restrictions, self-isolation and social distancing requirements are in effect that time, and determine if it is feasible to re-plan our event.

We are hopeful that we will be able to welcome you to dance in Toronto some time in the future and we look forward to that occasion.

Spring Fling Toronto Committee

RSCDS Spring Fling 2020 Toronto

May 15-17, 2020
Save the date!

Spring Fling 2020 Toronto & Spring Fringe 2020 Toronto

Spring Fling 2020 Toronto will be the first Spring Fling to be held outside of Europe. Come and join us for this exciting event May 15-17 2020.

If you are between 12 and 35 years old, no matter whether you are an intermediate-level or expert Scottish Country Dancer, you are welcome to join us!  Over 35? Check out the Fringe for the same weekend on this website.


Our sponsors:

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Dance Venues and Accommodations

Fling & Fringe Weekend Programs

Friday Dance Programme
R 8x32 3C/4C set
RSCDS Graded Book 2
J 8x32 3C/4C set
RSCDS 5/1982
S 8x32 3C/4C set
TAC 50 th
R 8x32 3C/4C set
MacCuish Bark leaflet
S 8x32 2C/4C set
RSCDS Leaflet
J 8x40 3C/4C set
Inverness Diamond Jubilee 60th
S 3x32 3C set
R 8x32 3C/4C set
Glasgow Assembly
J 8x32 3C/4C set
RSCDS leaqflet
S 8x32 3C/4C set
J 8x32 3C/4C set
Eddy West
R 4x40 4C set
Doris Robertson
S 8x32 2C/4C set
J 8x32 3C/4Cset
Carnforth 3
  • Not your usual Ceilidh Class
    with Gary Coull
    You've heard of the Gay Gordons and the Dashing White Sergeant but have you ever done the Boogie Dance, the Cornish Pastie or the Buffalo Dance? Then now's your chance! Come and try some fun ceilidh dances that you probably haven't done before.
  • Highland Dancing
    with Linda Henderson
    Highland with a country flavour - a choreographed highland dance, a blend of country and highland steps.
  • Dances with a Canadian Flavour
    with Fiona Philip
    Learn some interesting local dances.
Saturday Dance Programme
Roy Golding
Roy Goldring
Barbara Taylor
8 x 40 J
Book 52
8 x 32 R
Don Bartlett
8 x 32 J
Book 39
Book 36
8 x 32 R
John Drewry
RSCDS Leaflet
The Quinte Gathering
8 x 32 R
Craig Williams
8 x 32 S
Book 35
Book 5
Book 50
Book 23
John Drewry
Book 46
Book 52
Dance Venues and Accommodations


Accommodation and dancing will all take place in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the University of Toronto campus.

We have secured the lovely halls at Trinity college – Seeley and Strachan to dance in.  Accommodations will be at New College Residence, a campus residence a short walk from the dance halls.

Trinity College Map
New College Map
University of Toronto Map
Getting to Toronto

How to Get Here

  • By Plane
    If you are arriving by plane you can fly in to either Toronto Pearson or Billy Bishop airport. There is public transit available from both airports. You can travel from Toronto Pearson to Union station by way of the “UP” train. From Union station it is a short subway ride to the University campus.
  • By Train
    Trains would arrive at Union station and it is a short subway ride to the University Campus.
  • By Public Transportation
    Toronto has a great subway and you can travel from Union station to either Museum, St George or Spadina stations. The accommodations at New College are a 15 minute walk from either Museum or St George Station and a 12 minute walk from Spadina Station.
  • By Car
    Unfortunately, free parking is not provided. For parking costs around U of T see here .


We are very lucky to have three excellent teachers join us for the weekend.
Team member
Originally from North Berwick, near Edinburgh, Linda now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, but travels home to Scotland whenever she can. Linda has been dancing all her life. She began Country Dancing at Primary School and is a former competitive Highland dancer. She grew up in a musical household. Her father plays accordion and she played piano in a SCD Band; her musical background has a big influence in her teaching. Linda has taught all levels of adult and youth classes in the San Francisco Branch, and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. Linda is an experienced ceilidh caller and can often be found leading the dances at weddings and parties! It gives her great pleasure as a teacher and dancer to share the traditions of Scotland through its music and dancing.
Photo of Fiona Phillips, one of the teachers at the Spring Fling 2020
Fiona was born into a family of dancers, and her fate was sealed when at age three, her mom (Jean Noble) brought her along to her children’s class and she wouldn’t sit still! Fiona learned how to dance under the tutelage of some of Toronto’s foremost teachers – Betty Thompson and then Georgina Finlay where she danced for years on Georgina Finlay’s demonstration team. In 1995, Fiona received a scholarship to attend St. Andrew’s Summer School where she attained her preliminary certificate and in 1997, her full certificate along side her husband Colin. Fiona has taught classes and workshops for both children and adults in and around the Toronto area since 1995, and the joy of dancing shows on her face every time she takes to the dance floor!
Team member
Gary Coull began dancing at the age of 10 in Dufftown, Scotland with Jessie Stuart as his teacher and gained his full teaching certificate in 2013. Gary has taught at various weekend and day schools in Scotland, Europe and North America including RSCDS Summer School, the 40th anniversary weekend of the Stockholm Branch, TAC Summer School in Vancouver and the 2016 West End Workshop in Toronto . He dances with the RSCDS Aberdeen demonstration team and thinks the most important thing about Scottish country dancing is having fun!


We also have wonderful musicians.
Team member
Laura Risk’s fiddling has been described by filmmaker Ken Burns as “a revelation and achingly beautiful” and Living Tradition hails her “powerful, percussive style... bursting with energy and passion.” Originally from California, now living in Montréal, Laura performs and teaches Scottish and Québécois fiddling internationally and has over a dozen albums to her credit. She has played for Scottish Country Dancing for over two decades, primarily with Nicholas Williams and their band Les Joueurs de Bon Accord, and has recorded three CDs of dance music. Laura has been a staff musician at Pinewoods Scottish Session and English-Scottish-Contra Session, and Scottish music coordinator for the Pinewoods English-Scottish Session. Laura holds a PhD in Musicology from McGill University and recently joined the faculty at the University of Toronto.
Team member
Nicholas Williams has developed a reputation as a versatile and sought-after musician in the traditional music scenes of Québec and New England. He has been playing for Scottish Country Dance for over 15 years, with Laura Risk and Les Jouers de Bon Accord. His rhythmic and nuanced style of piano playing is influenced by his experience playing for Québécois, English, and Contra dances. Originally from Ottawa, Nicholas completed a BFA in world music and composition at York University, then moved to Québec in 2000, where he has enjoyed full immersion into the rich Québécois traditional music scene. Also an accomplished accordion and piano player, he currently tours internationally with the renowned Québécois band Genticorum, with Alex Kehler & Nicholas Williams duo, and with fiddler Laura Risk.
Team member
“Scotch Mist” was formed seven years ago by Laird Brown and members of “The Scottish Accent Band”, after the death of Laird’s father Bobby Brown. The musicians of “Scotch Mist” have over 30 years of performing Scottish and Celtic Traditional music, for Scottish Country dancing, Ceilidhs, Social Dances, Weddings, Concerts, Variety Shows, Highland Games, Radio and TV Shows across North America and Europe. The core group of “Scotch Mist” is led by Laird Brown (Lead accordion), with Donny Wood (Piano), Warren Beesley (Percussion), and Roger Moniz (Acoustic Bass). The Band has a long standing association with TAC (Teachers' Association, Canada) and is proud to call RSCDS Toronto Association their home. Scotch Mist have made two CDs: “Coast 2 Coast” features dances from across Canada & “Around the World with Scotch Mist” features dances from across the world.
Team member
Mara Shea has been playing with violins since childhood. After studying classical violin for 10 years and then taking a break, Mara discovered folk and dance music. She has been playing for dancers since the 1990s—various styles of English, Scottish, contra, ceilidh—her fiddle has taken her to balls, dance weekends and concerts throughout North America, Britain and Europe. She has served on the music staff at many dance camps including Pinewoods, and TAC Summer School. She has numerous recordings with her contra dance band, The Elftones, as well as with other wonderful musicians. In 2018-19 Mara lived for a year in Scotland, where she earned an MLitt in Ethnomusicology from the Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen. Mara lives in Raleigh, North Carolina where she teaches Celtic fiddle and plays for dances.

Registration & Pricing (CAD)

Early Bird Spring Fling rates:
– until March 15 with accommodation (inclusive)
– until March 31 without accommodation (inclusive)
Accommodation Fling Fringe
Early Bird Regular
Shared Members $275 $300 $340 (sold out)*
Non-members $300 $325 $365 (sold out)*
Single Members $300 $325 $365 (sold out)*
Non-members $325 $350 $390 (sold out)*
Without Accommodation Members $170 $195 Postponed until April 1st (subject to availability)
Email springfling2020.toronto.wl@gmail.com
to get on a waitlist
Non-members $195 $220
Read Details Below
*Registration for Fringe with accommodation is open for people accompanying Fling dancers with accommodation
*Costs for the weekend will include:
1. singe or shared room with breakfast each day (if accommodation is included), 2. dancing classes on Saturday morning, afternoon and Sunday morning, 3. evening dances on Friday and Saturday 4. dinner on Saturday
*Parking is not included
*Cancellation Policy:
Admin Fee $25 CAD if cancelled prior to Feb 12; Admin Fee of $100 CAD (shared accommodation) or $125 CAD (single accommodation) if cancelled after Feb 12 and prior to April 14; No refund on or after April 14, 2020.

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Video & Image Credits:

RSCDS video & screen capture

Night Toronto skyline: Photo by Stephen H on Unsplash

Strachan Hall, Trinity College: Dave, The Lazy Photographer

Twirling dancers: Lisa, Absolute Sunday blog

Trinity College, University of Toronto

“Who” background: Vintage photo created by kjpargeter – www.freepik.com

Day Toronto skyline: Photo by James Thomas on Unsplash

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