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The Ontario Folk Dance
Association is privileged to have among its members, individuals who enrich our
community world both locally and internationally. Do you have a special
news item to share? Let Helen
Al Gladstone was highlighted in the Toronto Star on June 14, 2013 in an
"Flea market philosopher sells his collection and imparts wisdom in a mall
basement" and also in a
Al talks about his life and travels as a folklorist, and folk dance teacher.
Toronto folk dancer Ruth Belick was recently highlighted on the "Hats
for Israeli Soldiers" Blogspot. Ruth combines her volunteer efforts by
knitting hats for the soldiers while simultaneously volunteering at the
outpatient desk at Mount Sinai. She manages to spread the word about the
hat knitting effort as people frequently ask what she is knitting.
Toronto folk dancer Fred Slater proudly reported the success of son
Justin, who won the 2010 Crokinole World Championship and the $1000.00 first
prize, edging out the 3 time champion. Crokinole is an action board game similar
in various ways to pitchnut, carrom, marbles, and shove ha'penny, with elements
of shuffleboard and curling reduced to table-top size. The World Crokinole
Championship (WCC) tournament has been held annually since 1999 on the first
Saturday of June in Tavistock, Ontario. Tavistock was chosen as the host city
because it was the home of Eckhardt Wettlaufer, the maker of the earliest known
board. The reigning world crokinole champion is Justin Slater of Toronto. He won
the 2010 Adult Singles Division and became the youngest champion ever at age 17
after defeating the three-time defending champion, Brian Cook of Toronto, in a
Here is the address to a video as Justin Slater (17 year old son of Fred Slater
and Anna Todorovich)
won the WCC championship in June 2010.
Honouring Teme Kernerman, Founder of OFDA July 2007....
Copy of 2007 Toroto IsReal Festival Announcement
In 2007 The Toronto IsReal Dance Festival, honoured Teme Kernerman. Teme, the
“mother” of Israeli folk dancing in Toronto, has a glorious record associated
with Israeli and International folk dancing. She was a demonstrator for the
legendary Fred Berk, organized a great youth movement festival for years, and
started the Ontario Folk Dancing Association. Teme started teaching in the
fifties (and is still teaching), started a performance group called Nirkoda, and
a seniors’ one called Chai, prepared many dance teachers and encouraged them to
lead groups, and played a major role in Blue Star camps. She has introduced
thousands of children to Israeli folk dancing through participation in Rikudiyah
- a children's dance festival, which Teme started and which she is organizing
now for the 37th year. Teme has taught and is teaching Israeli dance to dancers
ranging in age from children of five to seniors of over 90. Her activity spans
six decades. She started teaching using a record player and is now using a
laptop. Your head spins when you consider her scope of activity. The above is
only a partial list of her accomplishments.
Kevin Budd, longtime OFDA member, steering committee member and
newsletter editor, will soon release his new CD, Deep Breath.
This disc features 12 of Kevin's original, beautiful, catchy, hummable musical
works plus one bonus track of "Sting's Field of Gold." Enjoy pan flute,
transverse flute, alto flute, guitar, and hints of trumpet, caval, recorder and
bouzouki. For additional information, to hear sound clips or to order,
visit Kevin's web page
www.kevinbuddmusic.com or contact Kevin .
OFDA member, ethnomusicologist Judith Cohen, and her daughter Tamar, have a new CD,
called Sefarad en Diáspora / Sepharad in Diaspora. This disc
focuses on the Sephardic diaspora, and the links that songs both create and
reveal among different cultures and times, and how these songs both maintain
their identity and change as they travel, along with their singers, from place
to place. For information and sound clips, visit Judith's website:
http://www.yorku.ca/judithc/MainEng.htm or contact