Photo courtesy of Sporið
Danshópurinn Sporið, an Icelandic folk dance group, will perform in Ontario and Alberta during its upcoming tour. Sporið – its name means “The Step” – is based in Borgarfjörður, but its members come from various places in southwestern Iceland. The group is known for their spirited and educational presentations of Icelandic folk dances, which are drawn from all the way back in the 13th century to the present day.
Sporið’s first performance on this Canadian tour will be in Toronto at Morningside High Park Presbyterian Church, 4 Morningside Drive, on Sunday, October 2, at 2:00 p.m. They will be joined by the Danish Folk Dancers of Toronto, who will perform two dances at the beginning of the program. Admission is $10 at the door and there will be treats and coffee afterwards.
On October 3, the group will embark on a day-long trek to Midland and Kinmount. At Midland, they will visit Ste. Marie Among the Hurons, a recreated French Jesuit Mission from the 1600s, where they will enjoy a guided tour. At Kinmount, they will be received by local historian Guy Scott, who will talk about the history of the first large group of Icelanders who lived and worked at building a trestle bridge as well as the railroad track at Kinmount in the 1870s. Sculptor Gudrun Girgis will speak about a memorial raised in 2000 in honour of those who came to Canada. The memorial, “In the Presence of a Soul,” commemorates the 25 Icelandic children who perished during the first two months in Kinmount and who are buried in unmarked graves in the area.