Barn, Community & Ceilidh          

"Barn" dances listed here generally have caller (dance leader) taught/prompted dances in the style of a Barn or Community dance, or English Ceilidh. See also Contra, eCeilidh, traditional Square & Old Time dances for a similar level of energy or type of music

North to South - Islands


Contra/Community Dance at the Merrville Hall - 1245 Fenwick Rd, Merrville, BC - Comox Valley    Craig Freeman 250.339.4249  

"The Funtime Fiddlers hold an Old Time / Contra dance at the Merville Hall, generally on the third Saturday of the month, from September to June (though sometimes the dates are changed due to availability of players, caller and hall)."

[Dance evenings provide much opportunity for couple dancing and Old Time musical sets with about four contra/ceilidh/community/set dances. Mailing list available]

Qualicum Beach

Coombs Old Time Fiddlers - Dance to Old Time Fiddle Music
Thursdays, Sept to June, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Rotary House, Corner Beach and Fern
Admission $2.50 and snack included. Non-alcoholic refreshments are provided
Info: Nell at 250.752.4185

"The Thursday Dances are an established Oceanside tradition for those who enjoy Old Time Fiddle music and lively company. A variety of dance styles, including waltzes, reels, jigs, two-steps, polkas, schottisches and more are played by the Coombs Old Time Fiddlers from a large repertoire of traditional tunes. The Fiddles are accompanied by piano, guitars, banjos, augmented at times with mandolin, spoons, bass, and accordion in a band of 15 to 20 players. The format is two hours of dancing with a half-hour intermission."


Nanaimo Contra and Ceilidh Dances
hosted by the VIViD – Vancouver Island Vintage Dance Society

Saturdays at #256 Legion or Forest Park School from 1:30 p.m.
Schedule, dance program and other information
Need not bring a partner along. Each dance will be taught. Please be fragrance free

Live music with Graham and we welcome other musicians to join us. We have printed music available or musicians can play by ear. We are looking for violins (fiddles), bass instruments, simple percussion, clarinet, flute, guitar, banjo, piano, piano/button accordion. It is a drop-in “collective band” and nobody need feel pressure to attend except when they want to. It is not a paid gig. We play for the enjoyment of playing the music with other musicians and the pleasure of seeing the dancers dance to our playing. Our music has a “celtic” flavour


The Victoria Folk Music Soc. hosts an annual Yule season Community dance, this year with Rig-A-Jig and JD (John) Erskine, Sunday 17 Dec 2017. Included are a Yule season Mummers Play, Long Sword dances and other Morris dancing courtesy of Island Thyme and Quicksbottom, and Holly Tree Morris.

Prairie / Fiddle Dance - "Daniel Lapp fiddle students occasionally host, 'old time' Fiddle Dances. Held in small venues, these fun, affordable family Saturday nights are an opportunity to learn and enjoy some of the dances that our parents and grandparents enjoyed. Our 40 piece all ages student orchestra, led by Daniel Lapp, will have you kicking up your heels to some Polkas, Waltzes, Foxtrots, Schottisches and more."  See their News page or contact Daniel or his House of Music for more info

In hiatus:

The Victoria Experimental Contry Dance Party & Urban Barn Dance first offered in 2011 returned in 2014 with the DIY Barn Dance!  See it's page for more info. While has not been repeated since similar events are considered. Drop a line if you wish to see more community based events like this


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