CCX – CAT’S CORNER EXCHANGE – Oct 30 to Nov 1st, 2020
Cat’s Corner invites you to CCX’S 12th Edition, to celebrate 22 years of Montreal’s first Lindy hop school, sharing the love of swinging jazz, Blues, Balboa and Tap
A true Exchange, CCX is a weekend of social dancing, live music, unapologetic pleasure to get together, dance together, and welcome out of towners in our beautiful city of Montreal on Halloween. Come one, come all!
Last year we were sold out, like many previous ones. Will you be with us this year?
Introducing our band leader for the weekend:
Special Guest : Jen Hodge!
Busy Vancouver bass player, vocalist, bandleader, and arranger Jen Hodge is a versatile musician who can be found playing with a wide variety of artists allover the world. Jen’s playing is characterized by hard swinging grooves, an expressive and energetic playing style, and an evident, infectious love for making music. Her steadfast bass playing and consummate professionalism have taken her to stages all over Canada, the USA, China, Spain, France, the UK, Sweden, and the Caribbean. Increasingly in demand in the global swing dance community, Jen has appeared at such notable events as Herräng, Lindy Focus, and Camp Jitterbug. Jen’s 2018 album, All’s Fair in Love and Jazz, spent 8 weeks in the top 30 North American College & Community Radio jazz charts, during which time it was one of the highest charting self-released titles; peaked at #2 in the !earshot Canadian jazz charts; and broke the top 100 in the commercial JazzWeek charts. Jen will be relocating to New York City in late 2019, and she hopes that this will mean she has more opportunities to play for you in Montréal, after we get acquainted this weekend!
“…swinging so hard, with such taste, and individuality.”
– Michael Steinman, JAZZ LIVES, New York, NY
2019 programming (last year)
Cat’s Corner is thrilled to welcome you to our home filled with jazz and friends for an annual weekend of social dancing not to be missed!
- 3 simultaneous party rooms filled with jazz
- rooftop fresh air with a view over the city
- 2 nights of live music led by Canadian bassist Jen Hodge
- late night dancing + late night snacks + late night live music (more bands TBA)
- spontaneous performances
- Musicality workshop with Jen Hodge + friends
- Swing history + Montreal jazz history
- Musical jam sessions
- Food for the soul, brunch style, potluck social, late night snacks
- Lindy hop, Balboa, Blues, Tap
8:30pm: special class with Kofi (Ottawa) & Hannah (Toronto)!
10:00pm the night begins with Jen Hodge & friends
The rest of the evening is full of music, swing, rhythm&blues and other musical surprises with The Countless Cats, and a homemade kombucha bar…!!!
12:00pm old clips projection with our friend Mike Thibault from Rochester! We will be celebrating 10 years of his morning clip sessions at CCX! A true CCX tradition!
3:00pm dance and music workshop led by Jen Hodge & friends
5:00pm Jedi M&M prelims
9:30pm doors open to start the festivities
10:00pm Jen Hodge & friends + Emily Estrella & friends
The rest of the evening will be filled with more music, swing, latin jazz, blues, and more surprises and more kombucha?…
12:00pm bagels & brunch
1:00pm Soul social
3:00pm Jazz Jam (bring your instrument)
6:00pm Movie Night!