Traditions of the Dark Months

Sunday, November 18, 2018

at historic

Montgomery’s Inn


Featuring stellar performers

storyteller Bruce Carmody 

and musicians

Emilyn Stam and Tangi Ropars


Balfolk Toronto

A magical evening of
storytelling and music from the Celtic tradition of Breton folklore,
when during the “Black Months” of November and December all
gathered by the fire to hear the eerie tales of coastal France. With roots reaching far into ages past, this oral tradition stretches from pagan times through the middle ages and even later.

AS Byatt’s prize-winning novel Possession included stories of the fairy Melusina and other bewitching characters, and our evening will take you beyond King Arthur into the lesser-known realms of these rich and spellbinding tales.

By the fireplace at Historic Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St West at Islington; free parking. 

Please note: we advise that some of the stories may not be suitable for children under 12

5 pm: Doors open 

5.30 - 6.30: A simple Breton meal will be served: white-bean soup from a kettle over the hearth, cheese, apples, whole-grain bread baked at the Inn, and a traditional Breton butter and buckwheat cake. (Meal registration is now closed.)

6.30 - Lamplight tour of the Inn

7 - 9.30 - Performance

Hot cider will be served during intermission.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by e-transfer or at the door (space permitting).

Pre-registration is recommended.

Performance only: $27, $22 for students and seniors

Breton supper: $18 inclusive (meal registration is closed, please let us know if you would like to be placed on a mailing list.

Please note that this event is fragrance-free.

Toussaint Registration Form

Contact us at (416) 578-1031 or




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.


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