The Green Fiddle Year of Morris Dancing


Like most Morris sides, Green Fiddle musicians and dancers practice over the late fall and winter months to be ready for the 'dancing out' season, when they dance in public, often at a welcoming English-style pub (refreshment being a necessity).

The season begins on May 1st, known as "May Day". The tradition is to greet the dawn with an assembly of dancers and musicians in a woodland setting. Green Fiddle supports this tradition, along with four other sides from Toronto (Toronto Morris Men, Toronto Women's Sword, Half Crown Cloggies and Belles of York), plus Orange Peel from Orangeville, Cold Barn from Hamilton, Oakville Ale and Sword from Oakville and Thames Valley International from London. The gathering takes place at High Park, commencing at about 5.45 am (depending on the time of sunrise).
Over the summer Green Fiddle regularly dances out at the Black Swan on the Danforth, the Stone Lion on Queen, the Harbord House on Harbord, and the Marina at Centre Island for the summer solstice.
The other official 'high spot' of the Morris calendar occurs over the Labour Day weekend, when Green Fiddle Morris along with the other Toronto sides host an "Ale". This is a big gathering of teams from all over, who converge on Toronto and spend the weekend dancing, enjoying traditional music, and checking out the local English pubs.  Teams from the north eastern US are regular participants (Ann Arbor, Boston, Washington, Charlottesville) and sometimes a UK side will make the trip to join in (Wicket Brood in 2010).
In return, Green Fiddle may be invited to Ales hosted during the summer in other cities in Ontario and the northern US.