WEmail for Wednesday June 21st 201

Good Day to you all,

Our last week’s activities were quite different from our norm.  It started out last Tuesday evening; Pam and I attended Club Milonga to take the lesson given by two of our favourite people namely Roxanna and Fabian; they are charming people as well as excellent teachers and dancers and whilst they were not the first ones to demonstrate the MILONGA to me, they were the ones that turned me on to the sheer enjoyment of the dance during a private lesson quite a few years ago.

Screen Shot 2017-06-18 at 12.56.00 PMIt is a long time since we were last at Club Milonga.  I was president of the Club during the 2005 – 2006 fiscal year and at the end of my term it was determined that Pam had developed cancer and needed immediate treatment’s to slow it down. This kept us away from Tango for quite a while and perhaps the shocking reminder as to why we stopped going to Tango at Club Milonga may have been the reason as to why we have not been there in years.  I still have duplicates of my final address at Club Milonga along with the Treasurer’s report (Pam was the treasurer) indicating the fact that we had some $20,000.00 dollars in the bank plus assets as in amplifier, speakers, etc. when we left.  Incidentally, my notes indicate that 2005-2006 was a record attendance at Club Milonga.

We attended MALEVA on Friday and I am delighted to say it was quite well attended.  It took place on the ground floor of Dovercourt House which is the coolest of all of the rooms so even though the night was hot, we were quite comfortable dancing.

When attending a milonga one tends to greet others and exchange pleasantries when one first arrives at the venue because unless you are sitting with a group of people and can chat with them one tends only to chat with others either at the bar or between dances as one waits for the onset of the next dance in a given tanda.

Screen Shot 2017-06-18 at 12.59.51 PMMost of us do not talk whilst dancing Argentine Tango; not because we are unfriendly but because we get so wrapped up in the moment.  The pause between dance pieces in a given tanda is usually not very long allowing only for brief conversations such how was your day etc. I did have a chat between dances the other day with my lady partner; I asked her as to how her day had been and I found her response quite interesting.  She told me she had been down to Trinity Belwoods Park earlier in the day and was quite surprised when a group of cyclists, who were part of the World Naked Bike Ride passed by.  She did admit to taking a few photos and said that she would send them to me if I wanted to see them.  I thanked her and said no thanks telling her that I assumed that her subject of interest would be the opposite of mine.  In a manner of speaking, that was about the long and the short of our conversation as the music started up again and we resumed our dancing together.

image[1]-7No dancing on Saturday as we were looking after our grand-daughters Ella and Sophie plus Lucy the dog whilst their parents attended the wedding of a friend.  Pam said we were “baby- sitting” but as Ella and Sophie are becoming quite the young ladies I hardly think that word is the correct description.  No dancing on Sunday either, we had been invited to, and attended, a Father’s Day Dinner at Jonathan’s in-laws.

WE TANGO is scheduled to operate this coming Wednesday evening

June 21st 2017

WE Tango takes place in the air conditioned Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

Of

Swansea Town Hall

Swansea Town Hall is located at. 95 Lavinia Ave.

In

Toronto’s Bloor West Village.

Milonga runs from 8:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Admittance: $10.00 per person. Tea, and/or coffee as well as a small sweet (usually home-made) and fruit are included in the price.

Hosted by Pam and John

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WEmail for Wednesday June 14 2017

Good Day to you all,

Pam and I attended Thursday’s opening of the Toronto Tango Festival at the Lithuanian House rather than the Friday as we normally would have done. The reason for this was so that we could support MILONGA OCHO on Friday. As it turned out this was not to be as Lina and Bulent announced Friday morning that they had decided to close in support midsomer-murdersof the festival. In view of this we stayed home on Friday night and watched T.V. We watched a couple of British shows on TVO one of which was “Heartbeat” which is filmed in the Yorkshire dales not too far from where I was born and the other was “Midsomer Murders” which is filmed in southern England. We enjoyed both shows but as it turned out, the “Midsomer Murders” episode was part one of two meaning the conclusion is next Friday night so will have to decide as to whether to skip Tango then or not.

Toronto Tango Festival opening night on Thursdays turned out to be very busy and whilst we enjoyed ourselves, we did not dance as much as we normally would.

wcsOn Saturday night we decided to take a lesson in Westcoast Swing at the 30Up Club. We had never tried this dance before and I must admit both Pam and I enjoyed it very much and will continue with more lessons so that we may dance something other than Argentine Tango. Both us found Stilian Kostov to be a very good teacher. He moved around the class correcting students where needed and most importantly described the steps and positions as he either demonstrate them or corrected his students. We may have to skip next week as we are looking after our grand-children but hopefully Stilian will be at the 30Up for a while. It had been our intention to move onto Tango at PALERMO after the lesson and meal which was to be served later at the dance but unfortunately the meal at the 30Up Club was not served until about 9:30 p.m. which meant it was too late for us to go over to PALERMO after we had finished eating.

Sunday we went to The Toronto Tango Club at the Dovercourt House in spite of the weather being as warm as it was. Unfortunately for Fernando it was not especially well attended and I suspect that the rent was not even covered. I suspect that the low attendance was due to a the combination of yesterday’s very warm weather and the Dovercourt House lack of A/C and of course the final night of the Tango Festival.

alertWe enjoyed ourselves although I was somewhat preoccupied by the fact that I had to be at our Dentist’s the following day for a follow up on work done few weeks ago to determine as to whether I need a root canal or not and if I do and he does it then, will I be in good enough shape to run WE Tango this week. At this point I can only assume that I will be O.K. but I will advise you all if there is a change.

One final item, there was an interesting article in this Sunday’s Insight section of the Toronto Daily Star entitled DANCING HELPS US LET GO OF DARKNESS by Claudia Moore – Performer and Artistic Director of Moonhorse Theater (MDT), Curator of Older & Reckless which I found it very interesting and have reproduced it in its entirety for your perusal.

“Quality of life, not quantity of time, is what counts for me. And to improve what’s left of our lives on earth, I say, to quote David Bowie “Let’s Dance.” Let’s dance together, not just alone in our rooms. Let’s dance with neighbours, with strangers, with family, with people of all cultures and of all ages. Let’s share our dances – old dances that have been repeated over the ages and new dances that we make up in the moment.

Dancing lifts our spirits and frees our minds. Dancing connects us to our skin, muscles, bones and blood, to our cells and to the life force in our bodies. Dancing connects us to each other – the holding hands, swinging hips, waving arms, stepping to a common beat on the earth. “Dance, dance or we are all lost,” Pina Bausch says. Dancing opens us in surprising ways and helps us let go of darkness to make room for light”.

WE TANGO is scheduled to operate this coming Wednesday evening

June 14th 2017

WE Tango takes place in the air conditioned Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

Of

Swansea Town Hall

Swansea Town Hall is located at. 95 Lavinia Ave.

In

Toronto’s Bloor West Village.

Milonga runs from 8:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Admittance: $10.00 per person. Tea, and/or coffee as well as a small sweet (usually home-made) and fruit are included in the price.

Hosted by Pam and John

LIFE IS GOOD

 

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WEmail for Wednesday June 7th 2017

Good Day to you all,

This last weekend was a little different than the usual for me and Pam. Our son Jonathan had bought me a couple of tickets for my birthday for the Baz Luhrmann’s musical Strictly Ballroom showing on Friday June 2nd 2017 at the Princess of Wales Theatre here in Toronto.

feature-image-strictlyballroom-02One of the things that I found interesting in the program notes was the fact that David Mirvish & Global Creatures in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse presented the show. Many of you know that I was born and raised in West Yorkshire and as my mother Dora really enjoyed theatre, both my sister Eileen and I were taken to both the local theatres as well as theatres in cities close by, such as Bradford and Leeds to watch plays and of course at Christmas time to watch Pantomimes, but I did not remember any one of them being called the West Yorkshire Playhouse. As it turns out (thanks to the internet) the reason for that is that it did not exist, it was built in Leeds on an old, cleared, notorious 19th century slum site and first opened in 1990 some thirty five years after I left the West Riding for Canada. I was unable to find the link to Strictly Ballroom which is an Australian show with an Australian cast.

We thoroughly enjoyed the show and of course I got a kick out of the Aussie accents for whilst they are different to the accents that I grew up with, the Aussies have very similar senses of humour to the Brit’s.

strictly-ballroomThere was some Tango danced in the show but it was more of the International variety rather than Argentine (which was to be expected), but one dance that was done and that I especially enjoyed was a Paso Doble/Flamenco combination performed by Fernando Mira whose timing and inspiration was superb.

We had gone via T.T.C. which was fine but it turned out that the Blue Jay’s game terminated at around the same time as the show which meant that public transit resembled everyday rush hour.

On Saturday we were at TANGO LOFT which was also busy enough to resemble rush hour but there was still room to dance and both of us enjoyed ourselves very much staying a little later than we usually do which was probably due to the fact that we had not been out dancing the night before.

mk-sound-iw-85-in-wall-speakerSunday we were at Fernando’s milonga which was quite a bit better attended this week than last week but could easily have accommodated twice as many people as the venue is large. Unfortunately over the evening, there were some sound/amplification issues. We were sitting in our usual corner when the loud speaker immediately above us emitted a very loud bang which almost sounded like a gun shot. It happened several times again over the evening and apparently all of the loud speakers experienced the same problem. Unfortunately the source of the problem was never determined even though the music was shut off for a while as all of the powered loud speakers and 120 volt connections were checked out.

WE TANGO is scheduled to operate this coming Wednesday evening

June 7th 2017

WE Tango takes place in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

Of

Swansea Town Hall

Swansea Town Hall is located at. 95 Lavinia Ave.

In

Toronto’s Bloor West Village.

Milonga runs from 8:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Admittance: $10.00 per person. Tea, and/or coffee as well as a small sweet (usually home-made) and fruit are included in the price.

Hosted by Pam and John

LIFE IS GOOD

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WEmail for Wednesday May 31st 2017

Good Day to you all,

Last week turned out to be much busier than usual due In part due to Adrian and Grace vising here from Houston and the PALERMO/WE TANGO joint celebration party held at the Joy of Dance Studio at Danforth and Broadview Avenues.

Pam and I also attended Milonga Ocho at the SPK-Polish Hall on Friday which was extremely busy, the dance floor was always full and yet some dancers were still doing steps and actions that were quite dangerous to adjacent dancers on the dance floor. At one point during the evening, Lina made an announcement asking any and all who were dancing in this form to please desist this as they may be asked to leave if it continued. Some dancers may have eased up a little, however I did notice later on after Lina’s announcement that one female dancer whose leg kick was so high and wide revealed the fact that she was wearing a pair of black knickers. No further comment is needed here regarding that fact but it just goes to show why Lina needed to say what she did.

The PALERMO 9TH and WE Tango 8TH Anniversary milonga turned out to extremely successful with some seventy people in attendance including the surprise attendance of Roxanna and Fabian. Incidentally, Roxanna and Fabia have an upcoming show and Linda asked if the wanted her to announce it? They said no, we are here to celebrate your anniversaries. Quite the class act. They did however put on both a tango and milonga demonstration for all of us later in the evening.

The anniversary milonga was held in the larger room allowing for around the room and around the dance floor seating complete with small tables and chairs; most inviting and we received many positive comments. Pam made one of her cakes as well as preparing her mixed fruit bowl and we had picked up some five dozen mini empanadas and a couple of bottles of wine. Goren brought cheese, crackers and small oranges as well as his lap top allowing him to DJ. All I did was order and pick up the empanada’s and haul all the goodies up the stairways to the top floor when we arrived at the Joy of Dance venue.

It was a very busy evening for all of hosting this event and I have never been asked to dance by so many ladies as I was on Saturday all after they had come over to offer their congratulations and then they suggested we dance. Pam and I danced together only once over the entire evening.

Everyone seemed to have a great time and we received many, many positive comments and several people wanted to know when we would do it again.

We got home about 2:30 a.m. and I was up at 5:15 a.m. as Adrian had stayed overnight at our place after visiting with his brother Jonathan and family a few blocks south of us but had to leave via cab at 5:30 a.m. for the airport and his flight to Houston. I went back to bed after he had gone but slept somewhat fitfully until finally getting up around 9:30 a.m.

We did go to the Toronto Tango Club at Dovercourt House on Sunday but it was very lightly attended which may have been a benefit for Pam and I as we were both still tired from the night before but if TTC is to remain viable it needs to be much better attended.

WE TANGO is scheduled to operate this coming Wednesday evening

May 31st 2017

WE Tango takes place in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

Of

Swansea Town Hall

Swansea Town Hall is located at. 95 Lavinia Ave.

In

Toronto’s Bloor West Village.

Milonga runs from 8:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Admittance: $10.00 per person. Tea, and/or coffee as well as a small sweet (usually home-made) and fruit are included in the price.

Hosted by Pam and John

Life is Good 

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WEmail for Wednesday May 24th 2017

Good Day to you all,

houston-roofingMany of you know that our son Adrian flew in from Houston last Wednesday evening and joined us at WE Tango.  It also seemed as though Adrian brought with him some very warm weather as it turned out to be a record temperature for this day here in Toronto; fortunately Swansea Town Hall had the A/C switched on making for a very pleasant evening.

The weather returned to its normal for this time of year by the time Adrian’s wife Grace flew in from Houston on Friday.  Adrian and Grace were scheduled to head north to Snug Harbor to join up with his brother Jonathan and family plus other friends for the long weekend as they opened up the cottage for the summer.  He and Grace were to drive up using Jonathan and Allyson’s second car. Unfortunately this was not to be as the car developed problems (it did not want to start) and had to be towed into the shop for repair and as it was the Thursday afternoon before the first long cottage weekend of the year, this meant that the car was not available for the northern trip.  In view of this and 2013-nissan-rogue-sv-fwd-suv-angular-rearthe fact that we can get around on T.T.C. we loaned Adrian and Grace our car for the weekend.  We had bought this, then one year old Nissan Rogue from Grace before She and Adrian moved to Houston some five years ago.  The Rogue has all sorts of wireless telephone gadgets in it that we never use but Grace used to use them all the time when she owned it and so it would be like a reunion for the pair of them.

Pam and I went dancing Tango at our usual spots on Friday (MALEVA), Saturday (TANGO LOFT) and Sunday (TORONTO TANGO CLUB) travelling there via T.T.C. and enjoyed ourselves even though we had to leave a little earlier than we normally do as we were not sure as to when the T.T.C. ceased operations for the day.  As usual, attendance at all of the venues was quite slow initially and whilst several regular attendees were absent presumably either at their cottage or the Tango Festival in Montreal, attendance at all of them was quite good.

Whilst we were out dancing over the weekend, several people came over to us to advise that they would be joining us at PALERMO this coming Saturday to celebrate our joint anniversaries.

 

WE TANGO is scheduled to operate this coming Wednesday evening

May 24th 2017

WE Tango takes place in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

Of

Swansea Town Hall

Swansea Town Hall is located at. 95 Lavinia Ave.

In

Toronto’s Bloor West Village.

Milonga runs from 8:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Admittance: $10.00 per person. Tea, and/or coffee as well as a small sweet (usually home-made) and fruit are included in the price.

Hosted by Pam and John

We also hope to see you at

Palermo Tango Club

On Saturday, May 27:

Where we will be jointly celebrating  

Palermo Tango Club 9th Anniversary

And

WE Tango’s 8th Anniversary.

LIFE IS GOOD

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WEmail for Wednesday May 17th 2017

Good Day to you all,

Pam and I experienced quite a change in our activities over the last weekend as Argentine Tango did not occupy the majority of our activities. One of our neighbors has regular tickets to the Etobicoke Symphony Orchestra which they have supported since it’s onset but were unable to use their tickets on Friday and offered them to us as a gift. I used to attend the T.S.O. for their afternoon performances as well as the occasional afternoon Opera but as my small technical sales business grew I had to abandon this activity. Pam was never into either symphony or opera and so I have not been to either in quite a few years, however, she did agree to join me for this presentation and actually enjoyed it.

1493667943320652879503We did go to PALERMO on Saturday both to dance Tango as well as review with Linda our upcoming joint venture on May 27th 2017 at her facility regarding PALERMO’s 9th and WE TANGO’s 8th Anniversary. It was not overly well attended perhaps due to subway maintenance issues but we did enjoy ourselves

Sunday was what I knew as Mothering Sunday when I was growing up and we were invited down to Jonathan’s for Sunday dinner as was daughter-in-law Allyson’s parents, her brother and his wife and children. It was a very good and happy celebration of Mother’s Day as we now call it. It also brought back strong memories of my reciting Rudyard Kipling’s poem “Mother o’Mine” in front of the congregation for my Mother Dora at St. Luke’s church (our local church) on Mothering Sunday when I was about eight years old. I recall my Mother being quite overwhelmed at the time. My eldest brother Eric had bought a small framed version of this poem for our Mother on a previous Mothering Sunday which hung on our kitchen wall which is where I learned it from.

poetry-dedicationkozlick-13-638Mother o’ Mine – Rudyard Kipling 1865 – 1936

We did not totally escape being witness to some dancing on Sunday as grand-daughter Ella (10 years of age), Sophie (8 years of age) and their cousin Hannah (5 years of age) invited us downstairs to witness a small presentation of the three of them dancing. Ella had produced and directed the dances. They danced to the music of some four, (4) songs by a female Canadian pop singer on her Dad’s smart phone. We enjoyed the little show and whilst neither of them are not taking dance lessons today, Ella had tried ballet but quit as she did not like it. Hannah did a small performance where she manipulated a couple of stuffed animals as dancers and what impressed me here was her timing. She turned the little animals used them to embrace one another in perfect timing.

It was a most enjoyable evening and needless to say we left around 9:00 p.m. as they needed to go to bed as Monday was a School day.

As we left, Jonathan wished me an early Happy Birthday and advised that he was getting me tickets for the “Strictly Ballroom” show as a birthday present but had not bought them as yet as he wanted to know as to what dates were suitable for us.

WE TANGO is scheduled to operate this coming Wednesday evening

May 17th 2017

WE Tango takes place in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

Of

Swansea Town Hall

Swansea Town Hall is located at. 95 Lavinia Ave.

In

Toronto’s Bloor West Village.

Milonga runs from 8:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Admittance: $10.00 per person. Tea, and/or coffee as well as a small sweet (usually home-made) and fruit are included in the price.

Hosted by Pam and John

Hope to see you at

Palermo Tango Club

on Saturday, May 27:

Where we will be celebrating the anniversaries of

Palermo Tango Club and WE Tango.

Palermo Tango Club’s 9th Anniversary

and

WE Tango’s 8th Anniversary.

LIFE IS GOOD

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WEmail for Wednesday May 10th 2017

Good Day to you all,

Pam and I went to the milonga’s that we regularly attend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday over this last weekend but there were some changes in my activities there especially on Saturday and Sunday. I danced at all three venues but on Saturday I was involved with a fairly lengthy conversation with Carolyn regarding the city of Blackpool.

lancashire_mapBlackpool is on the eastern seacoast in Lancashire England and is some sixty mile away from where I was born and raised in Yorkshire. I went to Blackpool many times with my Mother and sister Eileen as a kid but not as often as we went to many seaside resorts on the Yorkshire’s east coast (Scarborough, Filey, and Bridlington) which was a few miles closer and nowhere near as hectic. Many of the trips to Blackpool were day trips to see the Illuminations which were quite spectacular and which one was able to view whilst riding on a tramcar as one travelled along the main road (promenade) toward Fleetwood with the seashore on the left and the buildings/illuminations on the right. . The line dates back to 1885 and is one of the oldest electric tramways in the world and runs for 11 miles (18 km).

Blackpool’s Population in 1951 was 147,000 and in the decade after the war the town reached a zenith of 17 million visitors per year.

I have not been to Blackpool since the early 1950’s whereas Carolyn and Pat were there not too many years ago to take in the world renowned International Dance Competitions which are held at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom where they even hold Argentine Tango competitions now.

The subject of Blackpool Rock even came up. For those of you not familiar with Blackpool rock, it is a stick of white candy about 1 ½” diameter by some 12” long (my guess) coated with a pinkish outer covering and the name Blackpool running down the entire middle of it. Most Brit’s are known for having a “sweet tooth” and have eaten Blackpool Rock so it is quite well known and indeed George Formby, a very well-liked known singer from Lancashire sang a song about it. I have shown the opening verse below as well as a verse that may be the reason why some of us dance tango in close embrace (just kidding).

George Formby With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock

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Every year when summer comes round, off to the sea I go.
I don’t care if I do spend a pound, I’m rather rash I know.
See me dressed like all the sports, in my blazer and a pair of shorts.
With my little stick of Blackpool Rock, along the promenade I stroll.
It may be sticky but I never complain, it’s nice to have a nibble at it now and again
Every day wherever I stray the kids all round me flock

With my little stick of Blackpool Rock,
Along the promenade I stroll
In the ballroom I went dancing each night
No wonder every girl that danced with me, stuck to me tight

One final note: When I started taking ballroom/Latin dance lessons at the Scottish Club just south of St. Claire Ave. on Dufferin St. in the late 1950’s my teacher (Lilian Gillespie) was a Ballroom Gold Bar winner from Blackpool and one of my favourite friends was also born in Blackpool which means that a Yorkshireman (Red Rose Country) had and has good connections to people from Lancashire (White Rose Country).

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WE TANGO is scheduled to operate this coming Wednesday evening

May 10th 2017

WE Tango takes place in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

Of

Swansea Town Hall

Swansea Town Hall is located at. 95 Lavinia Ave.

In

Toronto’s Bloor West Village.

Milonga runs from 8:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Admittance: $10.00 per person. Tea, and/or coffee as well as a small sweet (usually home-made) and fruit are included in the price.

Hosted by Pam and John

LIFE IS GOOD

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