Friday, October 30th 2015 - 12:00 am
Celebrating 17 Years of Lindy Hop in Montreal October 30th to November 1st, 2015
Registration for full weekend passes is currently open! http://ccx2015.dancecamps.org
In 2008, we decided to celebrate our 10th year anniversary and more than 200 dancers came out to celebrate with us! Since then, it has become an annual tradition and every year CCX reunites Lindy Hoppers and Blues dancers from Montreal and our friends from out of town. This year, CCX returns for the 8th edition, with a new, larger venue!
Join us in Montreal this Halloween weekend for 3 DAYS OF SOCIAL DANCING madness! This year’s schedule includes two nights of live music with Gordon Webster and friends, a late night piano session with tireless Gordon and the glorious 5am survivor photograph. During the day, Nathan Bugh, will lead a musicality class with Gordon and his band and Mike Thibault will share his favorite historical videos. Don’t miss out on our Jedi Jack and Jill, the swing out endurance contest, or Sunday’s soul and gospel brunch.
Join us again this year as we celebrate 17 years of Lindy Hop in Montreal!
Friday main dance, Saturday afternoon and main dance
The Salon 1861
550 Rue Richmond
Montreal, Quebec, H3J 1V3
Friday late night, Saturday late night, Sunday afternoon
3451 St-Laurent #3
Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2T6
Pub St Paul
124 Rue St-Paul Est
Montreal, Quebec H2Y1G6
Friday Night (Costumes Recommended!):
8:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Salon 1861) – BEGINNER DROP IN CLASSES: Never danced before? Want to introduce some friends to swing and social dancing? Or perhaps you just want to brush up on your basics. You might even be an intermediate dancer and you’d like to learn new movement combinations or interesting variations? You’ve come to the right place! Free (with cover charge for the evening) one hour crash courses are offered starting at 8:30 pm – it’s guaranteed to have you stepping in time in no time flat. Afterwards, practice your moves, meet other dancers, or simply enjoy the music!
9:30PM – 1:00 AM (Salon 1861) ($20)– DANCE : The weekend will start off with live music: the Gordon Webster septet! Dress in costume and take advantage of our Halloween-themed photo booth and awesome performances!
1:00 AM – 5:00 AM (Cat’s Corner) ($10) – LATE NIGHT : Dance until the early morning on two dance floors, with both swing and blues music! Enjoy our late-night snacks and crazy shenanigans, or slow it down with our blues DJs spinning vintage and authentic music all night long!
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Salon 1861) ($25) – CLASS: Musicality with Nathan Bugh and Gordon Webster and friends!
3:45 PM- 4:30 PM (Salon 1861) – Jedi Jack and Jill prelims – Compete or cheer on your friends in our famous blindfolded dance contest!
Saturday Night (Dress to Impress!):
9:30 PM – 1:00 AM (Salon 1861) ($20) – DANCE : Join the Gordon Webster sextet for more live swing music by one of the most sought-after bands! In between band sets, enjoy inspiring performances and a crowd favorite: the Jedi Jack-and-Jill!
1:00 AM – 5:00 AM (Cat’s Corner) ($20) – LATE NIGHT : Slow it down with a late night solo piano set with Gordon Webster!
Sunday Afternoon ($15):
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Cat’s Corner) – BRUNCH: Bring it home with a Brunch! Come and share some good times with and good food! You’ve earned it!
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Cat’s Corner) TALK : Join guest moderator Mike Thibault for a presentation and video screening on Lindy Hop, Jazz, their origins, their culture and their development.
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Cat’s Corner) – DANCE : Enjoy a casual afternoon to the sound of Gospel and Soul, as well as friends and fabulous music.
Sunday Evening (Free):
8:30 PM – 3:00 AM (Pub St Paul) – DANCE : Finish the weekend with an introductory Blues class and dance your blues away all night at Pub Brouhaha!
Music and Special Guests
CCX showcases both invited DJs and musicians as well as Montreal’s best local talent.
The Gordon Webster Sextet :
This year, we are proud to bring back the Gordon Webster sextet from New York for two great nights of music! Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the lindy hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide. Drawing on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, Webster serves up a smorgasbord of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible danceability. This year, not only will Gordon lead the sextet for our Friday and Saturday night main dances, but we will also have the pleasure of featuring Gordon on solo piano for a late night set on Saturday evening.
Invited DJs: This year, CCX will showcase DJ talent from Montreal and the surrounding areas!
Mike has been DJing swing and jazz music for over a decade, starting out on the air at RIT’s Swing Show in 1998. Since then, he has gone on to spin tunes for dancers at exchanges, dances and workshops all over North America, and is known for building up the energy of any dance floor. He’s been featured at ILHC, Beantown, Swing Out New Hampshire, and Lindy Focus, and specializes in everything from old school Swing to funky Soul music.
DJs – Local talent:
- Meghan Gilmore (lindy hop)
- Marty Klempner (lindy hop)
- Alain Wong (lindy hop)
- Alain Fragman (gospel and soul)
- Tanya Teal (blues)
- Jody Glanzer (blues)
- Gabrielle Kern (blues)
This year we’re proud to welcome some special guests to our event!
Nathan “Soft Shoe” Bugh
Nathan “Soft Shoe” Bugh presents a unique, rhythmic style of jazz movement on stage, on screen, and in classrooms worldwide. As a national competitor, Nathan has taken 1st place in Lindy, Slow Dancing, Solo Charleston, Team, Jill & Jack, and Cabaret divisions. He is one of the most eminent solo-jazz contestants in the world, having recently won both the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (2012) and International Lindy Hop Championships (2014). He is based in New York, where he is the artistic director of Syncopated City Dance Company.
Mike Thibault : The swing archeologist
Mike is a dancer, a collector a sought-after DJ at dance exchanges. He was also the head DJ for Frankie 100 in New York City. He co-organizes some of the most successful and long lasting events of the continent, Stompology, Swing Out New Hampshire and the Steven and Virginie weekend in Rochester.
In his spare time, Mike likes to research jazz and dance history. He’s been working on a dance documentary for several years. Thanks to him, the swing community was also introduced to Al Minns’ son, Kevin Minns, a couple of years ago.
It became a tradition at CCX, that Mike treats us with a session of old dance and music clips screening. With his 8mm films and his vintage projector, we travel with him in time and in the wonderland of jazz dance. Don’t miss the Sunday Brunch!