Master and Commander

A Weekend in Nelson’s Navy


October 18 - 20, 2019


at historic Montgomery’s Inn

additional sites will be announced

Theme for 2019


The year is 1812. Standing on the deck of a British warship, you hear the wind snapping her sails and the creak of her wooden hull. Then — a strange ship is sighted on the horizon, and you’re off in hot pursuit! 

This event offers a unique immersive experience: you will spend the weekend in the world of the Royal Navy of 200 years ago. Master and Commander, made into a major motion picture starring Russell Crowe, was just the beginning. 

You will learn about every detail of life both aboard ship and on shore, from writing with quill pens to eating the foods sailors knew, learning the dances they loved, tying knots and watching a duel! 

Popular ballads and sea shanties, lake cruise aboard a tall ship, five historical meals by firelight, an open-hearth cooking workshop, daily rations of grog, dancing, mustering to divisions and reading the Articles of War, demonstrations, and much, much more! You can do pay-as-you-go or register for the full weekend. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, and meals must be booked in advance.

Featuring speakers

Chipp Reid

Tom Hurlbut

Kimberly Alexander

Dane Morrison

and more! 

Principal site: Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St West at Islington; free parking. 

Please note that the registration form offers two sets of prices, in both Canadian and American currency, and that there are discounts for students, seniors, veterans, serving members of the forces, re-enactors and members of historical societies. 

Preliminary Schedule

Friday, October 18

A cruise aboard a tall ship

An evening of music, food, firelight and naval conviviality at historic Montgomery’s Inn

Saturday, October 19

Fireside breakfast at Montgomery’s Inn

Daily issue of grog

An afternoon of lectures, workshops, presentations and historical games 

1812 dance workshop

Dinner and traditional toasts

Ball with live music and naval decorations

Sunday, October 20

Fireside breakfast at Montgomery’s Inn

Daily issue of grog

Divisions & reading the Articles of War

An afternoon of lectures, workshops, presentations and historical games 

Trafalgar Dinner

Trafalgar Pub Night

Travelling to Toronto

Toronto Brigantine pre-sail waiver form


Getting around the city once you’re here

Toronto, Ontario

Contact us


Karen Millyard has been organizing cultural events and teaching historical and modern English Country Dance for years. She is a choreographer, researcher, event organizer, consultant and professional dance teacher who works in theatre, museums, schools and the community. For information on her classes and other events, click on the links below.


     To hire Karen for a gig, please contact her at < danceweavers at danceweavers dot ca >


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