Join us for the 11th Montreal Summer Tango Fling!
Come and experience our regular hangouts and meet our local dancers. Discover quite simply why Montreal is one the the best tango destinations in North America.
WHAT IS THE FLING?
The Summer Fling runs anywhere from a few days to a whole week. It is usually held on the September long weekend. This year's Fling begins on the Wednesday before Labour Day and continues until the next Tuesday. The Fling is not a festival nor is it a marathon in the conventional sense, but more like a celebration of all the regular milonga weekly milongas held in Montreal topped off with one all-night milonga held over the weekend. Locals and guests alike are encouraged to hit as many places as possible (on many days/nights there are multiple choices!) and to just go out, dance and have a fantastic time. It's a great way for Montrealers to get to know newer milongas and rediscover some of their older favourites and an absolutely splendid way for all of us locals to introduce our lovely clubs to our friends from out of town!
SO HOW DOES IT WORK?
MOST of the milonga details (addresses, times, etc) are posted on the side of this page and the whole list will be updated as more info comes in. For the moment though, all you really need to know for now) is that this year's Fling starts on Wednesday, August 30th and goes for a complete week.
We'll milonga hop every day and evening and a super great time will be had by all!
The basic idea is to go out, have a good time (and we certainly do!) while trying to hit as many of the local milongas as possible. The schedule is packed with milonga after milonga, however many members of the Montreal tango community also manage to find time to organise more . . . keep your ears open for news about cocktail parties, bar-b-q's and other fun stuff.
THE MILONGA SCHEDULE can be found on the side bar of this page (if viewing on a computer) or if you are using a phone, just scroll down to bottom.
CLICK HERE FOR A PDF IMAGE of SCHEDULE
ABSOLUTELY NOT TO BE MISSED ! ON THE EVENING OF SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd
THE FLING WILL FEATURE 4 MILONGAS FOR YOUR DANCING PLEASURE!
(for more info, consult the schedule on the right hand side of this page if viewing on a computer,
or at bottom of page if viewing on a phone)
THE TRADITIONAL FLING ALL-NIGHTER:
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd, 2017
Each year the Fling features an all-night milonga organised by Studio Tango Montreal, often in collaboration with another local tango space. The 2017 FLING ALL-NIGHT MILONGA will be on Sunday, September 3rd and will be held at the Studio Tango Montréal/Tango Social Club shared location at 7755 boul. St-Laurent.
We'll start the evening off with a ''Meet and Greet'' Social at 10 pm, in Studio 200-A. No tango music, but a bar and chilled vibe for any one who wants to hang out.
- The milonga will go from 11 pm and will go to way after dawn *
- 2 dj's: Hernan Prieto from Chicago yay! Plus a local dj to start off the evening (yet to be announced)
- a bagel snack buffet will be served at around 2 am - well maybe not that late, but latish for sure. ( a few munchies will be put out earlier for the early-birds)
- there might be a few other special things as well . . . stay tuned.
- Tickets can be bought in advance : 15$ , or at the door: 17$. We do appreciate knowing a bit in advance how many people are coming so that we can estimate how much food to buy ....... but tickets are plentiful and available at the door as well.
* WHY WILL THIS YEAR'S ALL-NIGHTER START SO LATE?
Because there are 3 other fabulous milongas being held that night (A kind of Mega-Soirée and we'd like everyone to be able to take advantage as much as possible :)
The other Sunday night milongas (see side bar for more info)
- Milonga in Parc St-Viateur: 7 pm until 10 pm, FREE
- Las Piernas Milonga, 1252 de Bleury Street, 7 pm - 11 pm
- The Grand Bal Tango at the beautiful St. James Theatre in old Montreal with perfomances at 11 pm by guest artists Analia Centurion and Hernan Lazart,
We are offering a 5$ discount for anyone who attends either the Grand Bal or Las Piernas before coming to our night. :) Just ask them for a proof of purchase.
Starting at the Studio a little earlier at 10 pm
For those who'd like to come out earlier, or come straight from the parc, we'll be opening Studio A around 10 pm and be holding a kind of meet and greet social. No tango music, but a bar and chilled vibe for any one who wants to hang out.
EXTRA INFO ABOUT THE FLING
HOW DID IT START?
This is how the story goes . . . back in 2006, three of us were discussing over coffee, about how it seemed that most tango visitors only danced in Montreal during big festivals and often didn't have a chance to get to know the local scene . . .
Proud as we are of our local milongas and of our fantastic community, we schemed and plotted, trying to find the best way to show out-of-towners how Montreal is such an incredibly great tango destination ALL OF THE TIME (and not just during the big festivals).
And we came up with this idea to create this “anti-fesival” or ''off-festival''
et VOILÀ: The Montreal Summer Tango Fling came to be!
Now, that first year, we handed out cards at every fest we went to, trying to push and advertise our event . . . . . and it worked: over 75 people came in from out of town for what we had thought was essentially nothing special. With just an on line calendar of the regular milongas + one all-nighter at ''The Studio''......... we wondered, ''was that really enough ?'' Well, the answer was an abounding yes. The charm of our local milongas mixed with the good vibes provided by our local milongueros/as turns out to be a spectacularly contagious recipe - and well, that first Fling was a hit!
Now into our 11th year, our little not-event has become a much anticipated annual affair.
Manual Therapy Appointments
Dancing during long hours requires taking care of yourself! Louis Loprinzi (ex circus performer, tango dancer and Osteopathy student at the College d'Études Othéopathiques) will be available for a select number of body work appointments (at the studio) during the weekend.
Contact Louis directly by email to reserve
Do you live in Montreal and have room to take in a guest dancer from out of town?
Are you from out of town and need a sofa to bunk on?
Contact us at the Studio, we'll see what we can do to help! firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE MONTREAL TANGO SCENE
First established back in the late 80’s the Montreal Tango community has been growing steadily ever since. We are a very “sociable” tango community with hundreds of dancers frequenting our many local milongas some of which have been running for close to 20 years.
THE LOCAL TEACHERS & SCHOOLS
Montreal has quite a few schools that teach exclusively argentine tango. Some hold 2 or 3 classes per night, 6-7 days per week taught by teachers with 10-15 or 20 years experience. Almost all the milongas you will go to during the Fling are held in local tango studios which transform their spaces into milongas one night each week.
Montrealers like to go out, (in fact it is literally possible to dance tango every single night of the year in Montreal). Our tango community is a demanding one when it comes to the quality of our dance halls. “Atmosphere” is omni important here. All our milongas (big and small) have a “club feel” (nice lighting, candles, tables & chairs, bars *), great dance floors, DJ’s who know their tango music and excellent sound systems.
* N.B: Every milonga in Montreal has a bar at which you can buy drinks (some sell alcohol) and at which you should tip the bar person (15% +) It is not cool to bring your own beverages and it is illegal to bring in your own alcoholic drinks. Last call for alcohol is at 3 am, but many milongas that stay open later will continue to sell non-alcoholic beverages until closing. Generally no food is sold, nor are any snacks provided unless otherwise mentioned.
WHAT TO WEAR- HOW TO DRESS
In Montreal anything goes fashion wise, but it should be noted that in general Montrealers tend to dress up a bit more than in some other cities. Think East coast urban mixed with a slightly European flair. Some will tend to dress up a bit more at certain milongas on certain evenings (some of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday places especially), but there is no dress code per se at any place.
Montreal is well known for it's bitterly cold winters, however it should be noted that summer is darn hot and humid here! Unfortunately our clubs for the most part don't have really strong AC. It can be REALLY HOT at the milonga. Some guys might want to bring an extra shirt to the milonga.
CABACEOS, TANDAS & OTHER DANCE FLOOR STUFF
The cabaceo is not used by everyone here. Many just go over and invite. In Montreal it is not uncommon for women to invite men, although perhaps not done frequently between complete
strangers. Hint for people coming alone: Try and hang out near the bar or by the water cooler. In most milongas it is the best area of the room for mingling.
The milongas are less crowded towards the beginning and ends of each evening. Arriving early when there are less people can often help facilitate mixing and meeting new people. Consult the Fling schedule for particular milonga times. Generally, if a club opens at 8:30 pm then the big crush will be between 9:45 pm and 12:00 am. At milongas which go to 3 am or later, expect it to be crowded starting more or less around 11 pm until after 1 am. It is not uncommon for people to arrive at a Friday night milonga for example, around midnight.
Our DJ’s play music divided into tandas. Most in sets of 3 waltz’ , 4 tangos, 4 tangos, 3 milongas
though some vary slightly the formula. At some places a set or two of salsas or swing might be played during the evening.
There are no rules as to how many tandas you can dance with the same person. Some of the dancers who started years ago (like 15 to 20 years ago) prefer to dance only one tanda at a time with a person. So no need to feel insulted or rejected if a Montrealer says thank-you after the first tanda. On the other hand: No one willl care much if you dance 3 tandas in a row with the same person.
As far as the music goes, Montreal is a pretty traditional tango community and the music played is generally from the late 30’s to early 50’s.
Montreal’s tango roots are firmly established in the “salon style”. Most of the local teachers (the majority who have been teaching for over 10 years) were strongly influenced by the maestros who gave workshops here in the 90’s: Pepito, Esteban Moreno, Pablo Veron for example. And our local teachers have for the most part passed on variations of this style to their students. Meaning there aren’t really divided camps of close and open frame dancers here. Most of us tend to dance in a closer type frame, (small V) and move fluidly between close and open during any given dance. Also, there isn’t really a division here as far as traditional and new dance styles go, but common sense is expected on a crowded dance floor.
Aug. 30 - Sept 5, 2017
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30th
STUDIO TANGO MONTREAL
7755 boul. St-Laurent,
Montreal's longest running weeknight milonga.
8:45 pm - 1:30 am, 10$
Good music, great floor, full bar ;) relaxed vibe.
Feel like taking a class before the milonga? Luis Lopez, (international Argentine Folkdance mega-star and 25 year veteran with the Cirque du Soleil will be giving a Chacarera class at 7:30 before the milonga. Class fees are 23$ (includes free entry to the milonga) Contact Studio Tango to find out more
THURSDAY, August 31
MILONGA CHEZ COCO
Rialto Hall 5711 av. du Parc, 2nd floor,
Open class 8 pm
9 pm - 1 am DJ Michel Auzat. $10
FRIDAY, September 1st
LAS PIERNAS, 1252 de Bleury
12pm - 4pm, 10$
Montreal's most popular weekday afternoon milonga!
STUDIO TANGO MONTREAL,
7755 boul. St-Laurent, 200-A
Practica: 5:30 pm - 8 pm, 8$, FREE for Studio students
Class with PABLO PUGLIESE & NOEL STRAZZA at 8pm.
For intermediate and advanced dancers. 26$ + tax, includes free entry to the practica held just before.
AIR DE TANGO
4324 St-Laurent Blvd.
Dj: Mylene Pelletier,
Usually closes at 3 am, but will go later for the Fling!
9 pm until ?, 12$
5588A Sherbrooke W.
Connexion Tango Practilonga
9 pm - midnight
Known for its friendly ambiance, MonTango offers a welcoming and laid-back Friday night. It starts with a mini-lesson for everyone, taught by directors, Andrea and Wolf. Then the lights are dimmed for a more milonga-like atmosphere and dancing continues until midnight.
$8 members, $10 non-members
SATURDAY, September 2nd
TANGUERIA, 6396 St-Hubert
Le Bal lo de Laura
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm, 10$
LAS PIERNAS, 1252 de Bleury
Practilonga, 3 pm - 6 pm, 7$,
2164 de Maisonneuve East.
8 pm - 3 am, 8$
TANGO SOCIAL CLUB
7755 boul. St-Laurent,
9:30 pm - 3 am, 12$
Saturday night tango in Montreal!
Good vibes and a full dance floor.
Guest Dj : LaRubia
SUNDAY, September 3rd
MONTANGO, , 5588A Sherbrooke W.
''CAFÉ DOMINGO'', 1-5 p.m.
12 pm: Class with guest teachers Pamela Ramos Aracena and Theddy Lizama
1-5 p.m.: The Café Domingo Milonga
Enjoy a warm welcome and varied music at this afternoon milonga. Come have a coffee and a croissant … or a glass of wine and an empanada … and dance to the rhythms chosen by DJ Andrea.
class and milonga: $18 members, $23 non-members
milonga only: $10 members, $12 non-members
TANGO at PARC ST-VIATEUR
7pm - 10 pm
Last milonga of the season
With live orchestra
dj Elias Navas FREE
LAS PIERNAS, 1252 de Bleury
7 pm - 11 pm, 10$
Intimate milonga with a casual vibe.
Special BONUS for Las Piernas attendees: bring a proof of purchase with you to the All-Nighter at the Studio and you'll get 5$ off your Studio ticket!
LE GRAND BAL
at the unique and grandiose St-James Theatre!
7:30 pm OPEN CLASS with special guests ANALIA CENTURION & HERNAN LAZART $15
Milonga starts 8:30 pm $20
Performances by Analia & Hernan at 11 pm
*Table reservations at the St-James are possible by message or telephone: 514.578.3871
Special BONUS for GRAND BAL attendees: bring a proof of purchase with you to the All-Nighter at the Studio and you'll get 5$ off your Studio ticket!
THE ALL-NIGHTER !
Sunday, Sept. 3rd
THE ALL-NIGHTER! (11th anniversary) organised by Studio Tango Montreal
at 7755 boul. St-Laurent, 200-A&B
This is the traditional fling event. The one we wait for every year!
@ 10 pm - Meet & Greet cocktails in studio 200-A
11 pm - 6 am, in both studios, enter via 200-B
- TWO DJ'S: HERNAN PRIETO + DHRUV SINGH
- late night bagel snack buffet
Tickets: 15$ in advance, 17$ at the door
Attend either Las Piernas or the Grand Bal before coming to the Studio All-Nighter and we'll give you a 5$ discount.
MONDAY, September 4th
POST ALL-NIGHTER FLING AFTERNOON MILONGA at the Studio.
3 pm - 7 pm, 10$
DJ : Cenker Uzun
"AFFOGATO" MONDAY MILONGA @ TSC
7755 boul. St-Laurent, 200-B
8:30 pm - midnight,
DJ: Rahul, 8$
Outside milonga on the South shore organised by Tango Rico, in collaboration with L'Association Bellerive,
behind the Jean-Béliveau Coliseum, 1755, boulevard Jacques-Cartier East, Longueuil
7pm - 10 pm DJ Serge
Access by bus # 20 from métro Longueuil. Get off at boul. Jacques-Cartier East / ch. Du Tremblay.
- Tuesday, Sept 5th
1252 de Bleury
Happy Hour Tango, 4H30 pm - 7:30 pm, 8$
MILONGA NOCHE de TANGO @ COZY ZONE,
2164 Boul de Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC H2K 2E1
Dj: Guy El Irlandais
8pm - 1am