One does not simply get excited about summer in Canada. One gets RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED (1). It’s warm, there is sunshine, and everything and everyone comes alive. Really, there’s nothing like it. And since we like to party like nobody’s business in summer, we’ve put together a list of our favourite outdoor dance activities!
WHERE TO DANCE (Summer 2019)
Begins June 2, runs til about the end of September
Montrealers rejoice! Fiesta Olympica is back this year! Every Sunday from 4pm to 11pm the de l’Esplanade area, located just behind metro Pie-IX, transforms into a Latin dancing paradise. Listen to good music, relax in lawn chairs or poofsa, or hit the outdoor floor and show us your moves. And it’s FREE! (Food and beverages available for purchase) Visit their facebook page for more details. You won’t want to miss these hot hot HOT nights.
Outdoor Dance Floor -- Lachine
May 20 – August 17
Take advantage of the warm evenings and the beauty of the river in Lachine and come out to dance! Mondays offer line dance; Tuesdays are country dance; Wednesdays are hip-hop nights (oh yeah) as well as Zumba gold; while Thursdays are regular Zumba! An annual event and open to the public, no registration is necessary. Just bring your dance shoes and hit the floor! Find the outdoor dance floor behind the Lac Saint-Louis Game Hunting and Fishing Club (3051 Boulevard Saint-Joseph).
Montreal Verdun Greenhouses
May 25 – August 25
There’s something happening every night of the week at the Verdun Greenhouses. From line dance to swing dance to tango to social dance, there’s something for everyone. Check out the website for a full schedule and be sure to look for their special events as well!
Swing l’été! -- Verdun
June 22nd July 20th, & August 3rd 2019
Swing l’été is an admission-free outdoor swing dance event which aims to unite the Montreal swing dance community. It occurs three times throughout the summer, one Saturday per month (June, July and August) and is organized in collaboration with the City of Verdun and with Montreal’s swing dance studios (Cat’s Corner, Swing ConneXion and Studio-88-Swing). Swing l’été offers beginner classes for the curious and intermediate classes for the regular dancers as well as social dancing and performances for all! Visit their website for all the details!
Salsa at City Hall
Wednesdays, July & August
Ottawa's favourite summer salsa dance event is back! Come out every Wednesday evening (6pm to 11pm) in July and August for a night of Latin music, dancing, and fun - all for FREE! Learn salsa, bachata, kizomba -- no partner needed! Visit the website for all the details.
Latin Sparks Ottawa 2019
May 30th to June 2nd
Albert Island, 6 Booth St (beside Lebreton Flats)
Get your groove on and join Ottawa for a Canada’s largest Latin Block Party. Check out the website for tickets and all the details!
Salsa in Toronto
Calling all Latin dancers! For the month of July, Toronto is going to be muy caliente as it celebrates Latin dance, music, and food with outdoor dancing, classes, and more. And the best part? FREE. Check out their website or facebook page for more details.
Dancing on the Pier – Harbourfront Centre
June 27 – August 29
Starting on June 27 through to August 29, come down to the Harbourfront Center between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to dance in the open air every Thursday. Each week you’ll learn a new style of dance and join countless others as we dance the evening away for free!
So there you have it. It’s summer in Canada. You now know where to dance. We’ll see you out there.
(1) For those of you who are not in Canada and have never experienced a Canadian winter, come spend January and February and March with us and then you’ll understand why we go bonkers.