The eight annual Canada Salsa Congress will take place Thanksgiving weekend from Thursday October 7, 2010 to Monday October 11, 2010. The largest Salsa dance festival in Canada, this annual event will feature extraordinary performances from around the world, full days of workshops, nightly dancing, and live music.
“Last year we hosted more than 6,000 salsa lovers and we expect an even larger turnout this year,” says Jennifer Aucoin, producer of the Canada Salsa Congress. “Salsa dancing is taking the world by storm, and the Canada Salsa Congress is an exciting event for those already passionate about salsa, and for those who wish to learn more about the dance.”
The great line up of performers include the spectacular Swing Guys from Italy, “Lunch & Learn Seminars” on the history of Salsa by the legendary Albert Torres & Tito Ortoz, and a concert from the Puerto Rican Salsa band Orquesta de Menor a Mayor.
Canadian Qualifier for World Latin Dance Cup
This year’s Canada Salsa Congress will also host the Fourth Annual Canadian Salsa Championships on Thursday October 7. This official qualifying competition will send first place winners in the professional division to represent Canada at the 2010 World Latin Dance Cup in San Diego, CA in December. There will also be an Amateur Division, a Pro-Am Salsa Division, and a Pro-Am Hustle Division in the competition.
Canada Salsa Congress 2010 Highlights
The Congress highlights include:
- Three days of more than 35 intensive salsa workshops (beginner to advanced levels) with top instructors from Canada, Puerto Rico, Italy, Mexico, Miami, Los Angeles, New York and more.
- Over 60 electrifying dance performances by some of the world’s greatest salsa dance companies.
- Live salsa band performance by Orquesta de Menor a Mayor, from Puerto Rico
- Four nights of sizzling salsa parties with dancing until 4 a.m.
- The salsa concession area, where attendees may purchase salsa-related products including shoes, clothing, music and instructional DVDs.
Moved to Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
The Canada Salsa Congress, previously at the Toronto Sheraton, has moved to a new location to the waterfront Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. This beautiful hotel boasts a huge ballroom and comfortable rooms with lovely lake and city views.
Guests of the Congress are encouraged to stay at the Hotel to take full advantage of all the workshops and activities during the Congress.
Canada Salsa Congress by TTC
To arrive at the hotel at 1 Harbour Square via TTC go to Union Station and take the 509 Harbourfront streetcar (accesible from the east side of the station) towards Exhibition. Get out at the first stop which is “Ferry Docks”. The Westin Harbour Hotel is located right across street from LRT exit.
Canada Salsa Congress Parking
If you are driving, public Green P parking lots are located to the east and west of the hotel along Queens Quay West. There are about 6 parking lots in total, all for $10 a day, and overnight till 7am.
There are also arrangements with the underground parking lot at the Pinnacle Centre, located at 16 Yonge St on levels P1 and P2:
- Friday is $12 during day, only $5 after 6pm.
- Saturday is $12 during day (6am to 6pm) and $15 in the evening. If you are staying all day and night for workshops and dancing, tell the attendant that you are with the Salsa Congress or show your pass or ticket and they will charge only $20 from 10am to 4am.
- Sunday is $12 in the day and only $5 after 6pm.
If you want to park at the Hotel the fee is $25 a day for self parking, $40 a day for valet parking.
About the Canada Salsa Congress
The Canada Salsa Congress is produced by Steps Dance Studio of Toronto. For more information about the 2009 Canada Salsa Congress, including details about schedules, artists, competitions and passes, please visit www.canadasalsacongress.com.