20th Anniversary Mardi Gras Party, Tranzac Club, Sat, March 7
Well Folks! A very special event is approaching
Swamperella's 20th annual Mardi Gras!
We are very happy to be celebrating at the Tranzac Club.. The Tranzac has a large wooden dance floor...great service and sight lines...right off the Bathurst subway line at Brunswick just south of Bloor. Bill Russell will be teaching the Cajun dance workshop. Learn the Cajun 2 step and waltz. No experience necessary.As a special feature, we will top off the evening with an acoustic Cajun jam! We invite you to bring instruments and play with us, or just come and hang and listen.
Come in costume and have more fun.
Where: Tranzac Club (back room), 292 Brunswick Ave.
Time: doors open at 7:30pm, dance lesson at 8pm,
band goes on at 9pm, cajun jam session at 11pm
THE STORY FROM SOOZI
Swamperella is celebrating 20 years of playing clubs, weddings, special events and partying up Canadian crowds across the country... As most of you tried and true fans remember, Swamperella started playing monthly dances at the Gladstone Hotel in 1995...long before the venue was a 'venue'...long before it got so beautifully 'Queened Up!'
YOU were all there supporting us all the way!
And thanks to you we kept making it happen all these 20 years.
Anecdotally, many Swamp fans met future spouses at our dances !
-or broke up with boyfriends/girlfriends and met new ones!
-came out of their shells because they couldn't help dancing!
-and even on some occasions came out of the closet - who wouldn't!
All sorts of things happen at Swamperella dances...
including fabulous, infectious music.
Don't let this stop you from coming but here's a good story!
The night Swamperella saved a life!
One man had a heart attack while dancing vigorously to a song called Jig Francais (which the band still doesn't want to play)! The man was a Karate Master and originally an American who just recently moved back to Canada because of our excellent health care system...heard us on CBC and since he was a fan of Cajun music was so happy to come and dance to us!...and fortunately he WAS at the dance because the doctors told him that his heart attack was just waiting to happen and that if this had occurred while he was alone at home, he wouldn't have survived...but there WAS a doctor in the house..yah! and a Coroner no less!..who helped keep the man alive with mouth to mouth and vigorous chest thumping...until the ambulance came!!!!!
The guy had e had a triple bi pass ... all true!
So you are more than safe at a Swamperella dance...in fact it seems we saved a man's life that night!
Yesseriee!!! never a dull moment...
All sorts of people and all sorts of things happen at Swamperella dances!!!!
The great music and dancing notwithstanding!
Hopefully, we will have some videographers circulating so if you are camera shy just make sure you are wearing your Mardi Gras Mask...oh, and by the way...lots of prizes for best costumes / masks and dancing.
To all you Cajun and Zydeco music lovers who have supported us all these years...who have danced and whooped it up in or out of costume... you have given us so much good energy and this party is as much for you as for us!
Sincerely and Gratefully...
and looking forward to seeing you at the dance...
soozi schlanger - Swamperella
Swamperella Releases Leopard Skin Coat, February 2013Swamperella's 4th CD is out. We held a CD release party at the Gladstone Hotel on Saturday February 16th. It's is our funkiest and most rockin' disc yet but you will still hear some traditional waltzes and two steps in the mix.
You can read reviews and purchase copies of Leopard Skin Coat on our CD Page
To listen to some sample tracks check out our profile on CBC Music
Leopard Skin Coat is available on iTunes
Cajun Fiddle Weekend with David Greely
The house concert and fiddle workshop were a huge success. David was a genial and knowledgeable instructor taught the Mazurka de Varise Conner and the Traveler Playboys Special and gave a great view into the mysteries of Cajun fiddle. The Mary Schlanger Auditorium was packed to the ceiling, and Soozi and Rachel joined in on the action.
Brand New Dave
Swamperella has a brand new Dave. Dave #3 in fact! For the past two years we have been enjoying the excellent percussion services of David MacDougall. If you are a dave and looking to get married just hang around us.....thats what seems to happen to all of our daves.
A message from Miss Swampy2009 has been chock full of great Swamperella gigs......the 13th annual Mardi Gras at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto was the kind of event that left me stunned..........(good stunned of course!) I had to wonder how does it keep getting better? The music, of course, with time and effort will always evolve.........but the party itself !!!!....the people...the vibe .....!!!!-and I have to say it ---the love---not groopie love..... but the love of having an excellent good time and everyone putting all they had into it to share that good time.... that kind of love! Sure the band works hard to set up a good party......decorating.....practicing......and recombining 13 years of old costumes so they look like different costumes...... but the whole big bunch of you on the dance floor gave it right back to us...thank you to all involved....bandmates.....Gladstone staff.... dance teachers Maya and Ann- Marie ....and all the people who attended. As if one amazing Mardi Gras wasn't enough...... Ottawa welcomed the band with open arms and dancing feet at the Elmdale Tavern......what a fantastic crowd....there was even a line up outside....filled to capacity.....(well its been known to happen at the Gladstone.....but this was our first Ottawa overflow event.) Thanks to the hard work of Jody and Michael of Ball and Chain who publicized the gig and conducted the dance lesson....----major good energy and great dancing and some pretty creative solutions to the space.....it was so crowded that sometimes waltzing and two stepping became difficult especially with all the support columns .......suddenly I looked up and the support pillars on the dance floor at the Elmdale became props instead of obstructions...This clearly wasn't the nations capital for nothing....... we were among serious professional problem solvers , that was obvious when a giggling conga line at once materialized...slinking around columns...... snaking along......and singing along....(making up the words just like we do!) Thank you Ottawa....see you next Mardi Gras!!!! This year we were again invited to play for Habitat for Humanity at the Air Canada centre (overlooking the hockey rink!!!) This was also a lot of fun......a great cause.....helping rebuild homes in New Orleans...and of course yummie food.....More feathered masks and Mardi Gras paraphanalia for our ever expanding collection were the by-products of a lovely event we played at Niagara on the Lake...... a fundraiser to help preserve the town's high school.......Wow !!!......and we got to meet the only Lord Mayor left in Canada....and we led a rousing version of O Canada ....I almost cried....hand on my heart and all.!!!!!!!....Well, truth be told, it was a patriotic moment to be sure.....but I remember getting a shameful C minus in singing in grade 4 because I sang O Canada....well shall we say in an over big voice.....not in a sweet girl voice....Well, man oh man, did that voice come in handy at this gig..... I sure enough nearly cried with joy...---------now what do you think of that, Miss Wickle?????.....thanks to the very supportive guests and organizers.......oh yes, and thank you for that lovely meal!
Swamperella on CD BabyBlack Cat Boogie and On The Line are can now be purchased over the internet via CD Baby
Swamperella at the Flying Cloud Folk ClubSwamperella performed at the Flying Cloud Folk Club last November. Wil Macaulay was there with his new-fangled electric camera and took some great shots of the proceedings. You can see more by going to Will's site on Flickr
On The Line released fall 2007Swamperella is very happy to announce the release of their new CD, "On the Line". Produced by John Switzer, the album contains a mixture of traditional Cajun waltzes and two steps, Swamperella originals, and some upbeat zydeco numbers. We played to a packed house, and sold lots of CDs and had a great evening.
Tom and Myra have posted a couple of clips of the party on YouTube
ON THE LINE is available on the CD Page on this web site
At our May Gladstone dance, photographer Greg King took some wonderful photos of the band in black and white. Makes us look like serious old folkies. You can see them at our online photo gallery.
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