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Issue #005 - September 15, 2022

Registration Rates

  • Through 2022: $265
  • Through July 5, 2023: $295
  • Non-dancer: $160
  • First Timer: $230

* rates are per person and funds are in Canadian (CAD).

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In This Issue


How to get to Ottawa

We know you’re getting excited about coming to Ottawa and we’re excited to see you so we want to help you get here.


If you’re planning on flying, here are some options:

You can connect through Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ), but it is the busiest airport in Canada. Travel is increasing as the pandemic (hopefully) slows down and lineups and delays are frequent. If you want to avoid that, consider one of these:

Check out the Ottawa International Airport (YOW) list of direct flights.

We’re hearing that some folks are planning to fly to Montreal to visit that city before coming to Ottawa. That’s a great idea as Montreal is less than two hours from Ottawa either by car or by train. Check out the list of direct flights to Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL).

Of course another great way to make your trip to Ottawa easier is to get help from our own John Faulds. Get in touch with him at


If you live in the eastern or central United States, consider a road trip! There are lots of things to see and do along many routes and there are also expressways right to Ottawa if you just want to get here. Approximate driving times from many cities are on our website.


If you’re a train buff, there are options for you too! Amtrak has a train direct from New York City to Montreal where you can connect to VIA Rail to Ottawa.

Don’t forget you passport if you’re coming from anywhere outside Canada. Now is a
good time to make sure it’s up to date.
Ottawa Information

Tours Update

Join your fellow dancers/non-dancers on some great Ottawa Walking Tours.  Each tour is offered both pre-convention and during the convention.  This issue we will highlight two of the walking tours.  Check out the tours page and sign up TODAY!

Somewhere Over The Rainbow:  Village Walking Tour

Discover the history of Ottawa’s 2SLGBTQI+ community through an informative walking tour.
Stroll along Bank Street, visit sites, and learn about the people, places, topics, and events that helped shape our community.

We’re Off to See The Women:  Women’s Walking Tour

Join this walking tour that celebrates women in Canadian History. This walk stops at points of interest and talks about the contribution of women in Canada, from the Famous Five, who fought to have women legally considered persons, to Laura Secord, A Canadian heroine of the War of 1812.
Browse Tours

Registration Update

Have you registered yet? You should know that the rate goes up on January 1, 2023. You can cancel any time before June 1, 2023, minus a $25 CAD refund fee (to cover exchange rate differences and credit card processing fees) so why not treat yourself to an early Christmas present?

Unlike convention registration, tours can fill up. Again, they can be cancelled before June 1, 2023 minus the $25 CAD refund fee, but you don't want to miss out on touring Ottawa with your friends. Keep in mind, the Fun Badge tour is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another registered convention attendee.

Things to do in Ottawa

In addition to our tours, you can explore Ottawa on your own. There are three or more major tourist areas within walking distance from the host hotel.
  • The ByWard Market is by far the largest; a vibrant area filled with restaurants, bars, pubs, shops, buskers and a farmer's market.
  • Right outside the hotel is Rideau street a shopping destination including the Rideau Centre shopping mall which is directly connected to the host hotel.
  • Closer to the Parliament buildings is Sparks street with more restaurants and shops.
  • If you're interested in something special, make a reservation for High Tea at Chateau Laurier.
  • Take a stroll along the Rideau Canal and visit the canal locks and the Ottawa River.
  • If you're out late near Parliament Hill, be sure to check out the "Northern Lights" sound and light show that begins after sunset.

If you're looking for a little culture, Ottawa has many museums and art galleries.

A little further away from the host hotel, you can visit Elgin street's many restaurants, Chinatown and Little Italy (Via Italia).

And if you have some money to spare, you can visit the Casino du Lac-Leamy, just across the river in Gatineau, Québec. The Hull sector of Gatineau hosts the Canadian Museum of History as well as many restaurants and bars. You can practice your French if you wish or stick with English, no problem.

Ottawa has plenty of sights to see, places to visit, ethnic restaurants you'll love (have you tried Montéal-style smoked meat?) so plan your trip now and sign up for those tours you know you'll regret missing when you hear about them from your friends.

Meal Deal

Want to stay near to the dancing while at convention? Don’t fancy searching for meal options for breakfast and/or lunch while you’re at convention? Have we got a great deal for you!

The breakfast/lunch meal plans, which are partially subsidized by convention funds, will help us meet our food and beverage agreements and will provide hot and delicious buffet-style breakfasts and lunches without ever leaving the hotel.

Your purchase of a meal plan goes a long way to helping make this year's convention the best ever so head on over to our registration page and sign up now!
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40th Anniversary Merchandise

The 40th anniversary of the IAGSDC convention is a big deal and we've added some special merchandise to help you commemorate it.

This custom embroidered logo was designed by our very own Pat Vandesompele and is available on a men's or women's polo shirt, on a t-shirt or on a stylish laptop travel bag (limited quantities).

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to our online store and get one of these beauties before they run out!
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Specialty Tips

We know that some of you were concerned that your favourite specialty tips might not be included in the Ottawa convention schedule. Perish the thought!

As our schedule finalizes, we will reveal additional confirmed specialty tips.

Bear Tip

Each year convention offers a Bear Tip for those of hairy disposition and/or large girth, and their admirers and this year will be no exception. Wardrobe selection is pretty simple: bare chests recommended.

Magic Underpants and Pop Star Patter

Darren Gallina has graciously agreed to reprise his famous Magic Underpants and Pop Star Patter tips so start planning your outfits for these fun sessions.

Meet Your Callers

In this edition of the Dorothy Dossier, we continue introducing our fabulous world-renowned caller line-up with a spotlight on Sandie Bryant.

Sandie Bryant

Club: Chi-Town Squares
City: Chicago, Illinois
Distance to Ottawa: 1,211 km (752 miles)
Sandie Bryant was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, where she still lives with her husband Albert. She started square dancing at eight years old in Girl Scouts. After college, in 1978, she returned to dancing with gusto, studied from call lists, and learned all the way through C4 in one year! She called her first straight National Convention in 1980 and established herself as one of the premiere callers in the country.

In 1988, Chi-Town Squares cofounder Ron Goodman contacted her to ask her to call for the club. When he told her Chi-Town was a gay club, she responded, "And I'm a black caller! Do you still want me to get my calendar?" They had a laugh and she has called for Chi-Town ever since, including every Crossfire fly-in there has ever been. She has also called for 23 IAGSDC conventions, starting with Seattle 1993. 

With a record like that, you know she is good! Her deep sultry voice will move you and her choreo will delight you. Let's give her a little extra love in Ottawa, as she'll be missing her evil twin who retired last year. Or was she the good twin?


Emerald City of the North

As the final tour set sail from the harbor in Philadelphia in July of 2019 a wave of peace washed over me. A successful convention under our belts and my job as tour coordinator had for the most part been a great success.

If you would have told me at that point that three years later, after a global pandemic, I would once again be on the convention board; planning for the anniversary convention in Ottawa... I would have called you mad. Soon after however the the opportunity to get involved once again came knocking on my door.

Since my acceptance to the position of Volunteer Coordinator I have had the privilege of falling in love with this beautiful city of the north; making frequent visits, exploring it’s beautiful sites, and making friends with its beautiful people. It truly has become a wonderful home away from home. 

So, why do I think your time here in the nation’s capital will be great? It is because you are all about to enter the embrace of this emerald city of the north; a history and heritage, food and culture, that is some of the best Canada has to offer.

For those of you visiting from out of town, and especially those visiting for the first time, I am envious! I often wish I could relive that first time I discovered my favorite breakfast spot downtown, had my first cheese curds in in Byward Market, went underground at the Diefenbunker, walked Rideau canal at sunset, or had a glass of wine by the falls.

I am excited for all of you to come and make your own “first times” in this city and encourage you all to take advantage of all it has to offer as Canada’s shining capital of the north.

- Josh Yoder

Fun Facts About Ottawa

Cats on Parliament Hill

The Parliament Hill cat colony was a clowder of stray cats living on Parliament Hill, in a cat sanctuary set aside for them.  The care of the cats and the maintenance of the sanctuary was carried out by volunteers, and the effort was funded by donations.  The colony was closed in January 2013 after the remaining cats were adopted into homes.

In winter the frozen Rideau Canal forms the world’s largest skating rink. It is 7.8 km (4.8 mi) long. Too bad you're visiting in July where temperatures range from 16 to 28 Celsius; that's 61 to 82 Fahrenheit for our American cousins.


A convention is an expensive event to run and we would like to thank our sponsors and all those who donated their time and/or money to this endeavour. Our gratitude knows no bounds.

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