We’re hiring!

Communauté Cat’s Corner is looking for a new co-director ! Write to us if you have any questions about the job posting or to send us your CV & cover letter. info@catscorner.ca

After 5 years in the role, Meghan is making a career shift! You will still see her often in classes, on the microphone and in the DJ booth. She was a volunteer and teacher long before becoming director and will be here to support the organization for a long time to come!

It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride since starting on this leadership journey with Anaïs in 2019. Now that we are settled in our new home, it’s an excellent time for a new person to step into the role and begin building the connections that will support this community in it’s next chapter.

Full job posting in english and french in the PDF below:

In 2023, Cat’s Corner has become a Non Profit Organization

Many of you have told us that our values can be felt when you walk through the door, and many of you have encouraged us to tell our story so that others can hear us, and appreciate what is actually going on behind the scene. 
So first of all, thank you from the bottom of our heart to those who support us tirelessly and give meaning to everything we do.
Here is the story of our last 4 years.

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Our social enterprise and circular economy project

These two years have been full intense reflections that have allowed us to make some radical decisions. These choices sometimes seem counter intuitive to the needs of a business: to generate revenue, to meet demand, to be equipped with every possible promotional strategy to sell registrations and fill dance classes.

The biggest decision we made last year was to move to the southwest, to Pointe St. Charles, to a community organization.
This choice was driven by a vision:

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Swing l’Été is Back this summer 2022!

On August 20th and September 17th, Swing l’Été is back by popular demand! Same summery atmosphere, by the water, picnic on the grass and dancing all afternoon.
We will start with an all level swing dance class (beginners welcome) at 1pm and end the dance about 5pm.

Practical information can be found on the website: www.swinglete.ca

FREE admission. Swing dancing for all.
When: 1PM – 5PM
Where: Serres de Verdun
Toilets on site

Register on Facebook to receive useful information shared before and during the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1211926222954093/

Summer program 2022

Our schedule for the summer has begun and we look forward to seeing you for weekly social dances and classes with plenty of opportunity to socialize and get to know the community.

Wednesday classes in the park
Every Wednesday we will be on the canal near the Atwater Market for outdoor classes. We’ll start at 6:30pm with solo jazz for all (45min) and then partner swing (45min). The price is $20 for 90 minutes. If you can (or want to) only do one part you are welcome to join us. We also invite you to bring some food and have a picnic with us after the activity. You can register individually or use the multi-pass: https://www.amilia.com/store/en/cats-corner/shop/programs/calendar/68803

In case of rain the event will be cancelled for that week. Be sure to register in advance to get the latest updates about changes due to weather.

The location this year will be on the south side of the canal near the intersection of Charlevoix and Saint Patrick (google map link here)

Friday Social Dancing
Every Friday, including holidays, we are open for an evening of swing dancing. Introductory class at 7:30 pm ($20) and social dance with DJ at 8:30 pm ($10)Plus, there will be a few live music nights on July 8, August 5 and August 26. Social dance is what we are all about! We give classes to improvise and socialize together on Friday nights. Come and put your feet on the floor, have a chat and spend your friday evening with great people. 

Free summer activities

On Sunday June 26 from 4-6pm we will be at the Guinguettes du Sud-Ouest on the canal for some swing dancing in a great atmosphere. There will be a bar, food trucks and swing music. We’ll have workshops, performances and you’re all invited to dance. It’s a great afternoon to join us on your bike. http://lesguinguettes.ca/
August 20 + September 17 is the big return of Swing L’été at the Verdun greenhouses! A great tradition in the Montreal swing scene. Bring your picnic! We dance a lot, we take advantage of the summer to meet the many dancers of the city and those who come from outside just for the occasion. A great day for an afternoon of social dancing. https://swinglete.ca/

Social dancing every Friday

For more than 20 years we have been hosting a Friday night social dance and you are invited!

We are a social economy NPO. Accessibility is a priority for us. Full-fare tickets enable us to finance solidarity fares. Please refer to our pricing policies: https://www.catscorner.ca/en/prices-and-policies/

Location of activities

1956 rue Frontenac (opposite Frontenac metro station)

Introduction lesson

There are 4 drop-in classes offered each week, including an intro-to-swing lesson at 7:30pm. (see drop-in class weekly topics at the bottom of the page)
No partner and no experience required.
Register online or at the door.
Rates: 20$ on regular dance nights. 25$ on live music nights. The price is for the whole evening of dancing, including all 4 drop-in class options!

Social dancing

Regular Fridays: From 8:30pm the doors are open for social dancing. Our DJs play the best recordings from the swing era and today focusing on big band jazz and the music that makes us swing.
Rates: $15 on a regular evening.

Live Music Friday (monthly):
Rates: $25 (includes the intro class at 7:30pm) Tickets online or at the door.
Upcoming live music dates: Jan 19, Feb 16, March 15, April 12-13, May 10, June 14 2024

BLUES SOCIAL once a month in the upstairs room. Next dates: January 26, February 23, March 22, April 19, May 24, June 28
“Fast Feet” SOCIAL once a month : Feb 2, March 1, April 26, May 3, June 7…

  • Wear what you like, there is no dress code. People often make an extra effort on live music nights. It’s a personal choice.
  • You can come alone or with a parter or friend. You can accept or refuse any dance. It’s a social activity and we encourage you to meet lots of people in the room but there is no obligation.

Want to see what it looks like? Check out the videos and photos we share on our instagram and facebook stories.

Want to know more? Give us a call or text at 514-874-9846
Or by email info@catscorner.ca

Drop-in class programming each Friday (Feb, March, April 2024)

“When will Friday night dances come back?” and other FAQ

It’s been a long pandemic, a hot summer, and a big move for the studio. We know you’ve got lots of questions so we’ve compiled a few answers for you here. Rest assured, we love hearing from you and will be glad to answer any questions you have if you want to give us a call or send an email.

514-874-9846 (text or call)

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