2019 Last Minute Updates

New October Update, earlier start time Friday morning: Pro Am Male Showcases will start at 8:30am on Friday Oct 11th

New earlier start time!
Due to the large number of entries, we will begin the Amateur Showcase Competition on Thursday October 10th at 2pm.   

FREE admission: The Amateur Showcase Competition on Thurs. Oct. 10th from 2pm-6pm will be FREE for all spectators so tell all of your friends & family to come and cheer you on! Paid admission still in effect for Thursday evening and Friday daytime. 

Competitors, please register in advance. Due to time constraints on Thursday and Friday, some Amateur and Pro-Am Showcase divisions will fill up by September. Please register online in advance for all competition divisions. It is cheaper for you and easier for us to organize and plan the competition.
Sept 28 update: All Showcase divisions that are competing Friday morning are now full including Pro Am Female Showcases, Pro Am Male Showcases and Junior Showcase divisions. All Showcase divisions that are competing Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening are still open. All heated divisions are still open.

Competitor Check in Times:
Thursday afternoon competitors (Amateur showcases and Amateur solos) MUST check in between 12pm and 1:30pm on Thursday Oct 10th with the competition coordinators in the Imperial Room. If you do not check in by 1:30pm, you do not compete (no refunds).

Thursday evening competitors (Teams, Same Gender, Pro heats, Pro showcases) MUST check in between 12pm and 6pm on Thursday Oct. 10th with the competition coordinators in the Imperial Room. If you do not check in by 6pm, you do not compete (no refunds).

Friday daytime competitors (Pro-Am showcases & heats, Am-Am heats, Junior divisions) MUST check in between 12pm and 6pm on Thursday Oct 10th with the competition coordinators in the Imperial Room. If any competitors are not arriving until late on Thursday, the final check in will be from 8am -9am on Friday morning in The Ballroom (convention floor). If you do not check in by 9am on Friday, you do not compete (no refunds)

Picking up your pass: Everyone must show Photo ID to pick up your weekend pass, no exceptions. You cannot pick up the pass for a friend. Note that the registration office closes at 1am on both Thursday and Friday night. If you do not arrive before 1am, you will need to pay the late night entrance fee if you want to attend that night’s party as our security people do not have access to the registration database.

 No outside alcohol is allowed in any of the ballrooms (ie. alcohol not purchased at the Royal York bar).  The congress security will be checking and confiscating any alcohol that is not from the bar.  There are very strict liquor laws in Canada and the hotel could lose its liquor license. Please respect the laws.


2019 Highlights

Salsa Certification Course with Tito Ortos (Puerto Rico), Monday October 14th, 11am to 6pm. The Salsa Certification Course by Tito Ortos is geared to salsa instructors or to those dancers who are thinking of becoming salsa instructors in the future.  The course is also open to those salsa aficionados who would like to delve deeper and learn as much as possible about the art of Salsa.

The course will include both theoretical and practical components and will cover topics such as the history and evolution of Salsa music and dance, musicality and timing and teaching methodology including the Tito Ortos Method, NEW material this year will include technique for Salsa, Pachanga, Boogaloo, Cha Cha Cha and Palladium Style Mambo as well as an intro to Bomba y Plena. A written summary of the topics discussed and a certificate of completion will be given to each course attendee.

The History of Salsa component has been moved to Sunday so that there is more time on Monday for the new material and for dancing. History of Salsa component will be on Sunday Oct. 13 for 1.5 hours (from 1:30pm-3pm) and is optional for those who took the course last year.  Discount for everyone who took the course last year. 
Email info@canadasalsacongress.com for the discount code. 

If a school has 4 or more instructors/dancers that want to participate, email info@canadasalsacongress.com
for a $50 off per person coupon code.  Register on our Tickets page. Early bird ends September 20th at midnight.

Salsa on 2 Master Intensive with Eddie Torres (New York), 2 hours, Sat. Oct. 12 (from 12:30pm-2:30pm) & 2 hours Sun. Oct. 13, (from 11:30am - 1:30pm), Royal York Hotel, Tudor room

We are honoured to have Eddie Torres, the Mambo King himself, in Toronto for the first time. He will be teaching a 1 hour workshop on Saturday and a 1 hour workshop on Sunday as part of our regular workshop schedule and these are included free for anyone with a full pass, performer pass, competitor pass or day pass.  

In addition, he will be teaching a 4 hour Eddie Torres Salsa On 2 Master Intensive (2 hours on Saturday and 2 hours on Sunday, extra fee applies) comprised of a Shine Intensive including footwork, combos and musicality and a Partnerwork intensive including turn pattern combos, musicality and theory. Come learn from the master himself!
Register on our Tickets page. Early Bird prices until September 20, 2019.

Stage Makeup for Dancers, with Christine Cho. Saturday Oct. 12th, 3pm-5pm
Royal York Hotel, Confederation Room #3
FREE for everyone with a Full Pass, Performer Pass or Competitor Pass, No need to pre-register

Christine Cho is professional Makeup Artist and on air Beauty Expert on CTV's The Marilyn Denis Show. Christine has worked backstage at fashion week, MMVAs, TIFF, and other red carpet events with celebrities, models, musicians, actors, and dancers; she regularly features makeovers and beauty tips on television in Toronto and across Canada on various shows.

At her congress workshop, attendees will learn how to design and execute makeup looks for dance performances - face sculpting, dramatic eye makeup, lashes crystals and appliqués, tools and techniques, etc. Giftbags (valued at over $200) will be provided for the first 30 attendees (first come first served, one per person). Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own makeup and brushes for the hands-on portion. 

2019 Performer Deadlines

Hotel Early Bird Pricing ends on Thursday August 8th at 5pm. The $179 early bird rate applies to a limited number of Fairmont rooms so book early! 
Book your room by October 9th and mention the congress for discounted congress rates. 

Friday August 31st - Performer Early Bird Ends! Save money by purchasing your Performer Pass by August 31st.
On September 1st, the price of all performer passes will increase by $25 and the competitor pass will increase by $20.

All Performers must purchase their performer pass online by September 18th. All performers must register by midnight on September 18th to ensure that their team's performance spot is reserved, their performer name has been verified by Congress registration staff and that they have been entered into our registration database. If a team has several dancers that have not purchased by September 18 we may revoke the team’s performance spot.

After September 18th, any performer who has not already registered can still purchase online, however the price will increase by $5 per day

Performer Registration will be closed on October 8th. Any performer that has not purchased by October 8th will have to pay for a full attendee pass, no exceptions. 


2019 Competitor Deadlines

Friday August 31st - Competitor Early Bird ends for both competitor weekend passes and competition entry fees. 

On September 1st, the price of the competitor pass will increase by $20.

On September 1st, the price of all showcase and heated division entry fees will increase.

On October 9th at midnight, the price of all showcase and heated division entry fees will increase to at-the-door prices.



2019 Music Requirements

Music for performances and competition showcase divisions need to be submitted in advance: Please submit your music for each performance in advance via email. Here’s how:

Deadline to submit music: Monday September 9th

How to submit: Go to www.wetransfer.com and upload the file. It’s FREE! Send to music@canadasalsacongress.com and make sure that you include the EXACT team name in the message box (ie Steps Dance Company, Amateur Team) especially if your school/company has multiple teams performing at the event. If it is a couple performing, please include first and last name of each dancer.

File Naming: Detailed naming of your upload file is very important to the efficient organization of the DJ for tech rehearsals, performances and competitions. Please name each file as follows: 







Music Format: MP3 with preferred bitrate of 320 (minimum bitrate of 220) or WAV format or Mac AIFF file. Make sure you are submitting good quality files, ie not music downloaded from YouTube.

Any performance music not submitted in advance will only be accepted at tech rehearsal during the congress weekend in USB format (one track only), clearly labeled with name of the performance team/couple. 

Any competition showcase music not submitted in advance will only be accepted at competition check in on Thursday October 4 between 12pm and 6pm. USB format (one track only), clearly labeled with name of the competition team or couple and the division.



2019 Performer Registration Info

All performers, competitors and instructors MUST register online in advance. From anywhere on the Congress site, click on "Tickets" or "Register Now". Click on "Performers". Choose Performer Pass.

Our staff will be verifying all of the performer names that are submitted. Only team members that are actually performing at the Canada Salsa & Bachata Congress are eligible for the performer discounts. 

There are no refunds on performer passes. If you can no longer perform but are still attending the congress, you can transfer the amount of your performer pass to the purchase of an attendee pass. If you would like to transfer your performer pass to a team member who has not yet purchased their performer pass, you may do so before September 15th. After September 15th there will be a $30 administration change fee. 

All performers will receive a clear wristband at the event. The transparent wristband must be worn at all times including when you are on stage. If you remove or lose your wristband, you will need to purchase a new one at full price. NO EXCEPTIONS.  

To pick up your performer pass, bring a piece of Photo ID and a printout of your performer registration confirmation with you to the registration booth at the Hotel. You MUST have a piece of photo ID to pick up your performer pass. Each person must pick up their own performer pass – you cannot pick up passes for your teammates.



Tech Rehearsal Info

All performers MUST attend a technical rehearsal at the performance venue (Hotel, Concert Hall) from 5-7pm on the day of their performance.  

Tech rehearsal for the Emerging Artists Showcase on Sunday afternoon will be held Sunday morning from 8am-10am in the Concert Hall. Tech rehearsal Sunday morning is not mandatory but you must ensure that you have submitted your music in advance via wetransfer or drop off a USB with one song only on Sunday morning.

The order of the performances will be determined and posted at the end of each day’s technical rehearsal by the stage manager.



Call Time For Performances

All groups/couples must be present in the stage holding area at 8:15pm in full costume (Confederation Room, 1 floor below ballrooms). If your group is unavailable at the stage call, you will not be allowed to perform. Shows will start each evening at 9:00pm sharp and run approximately until 10:45pm. The stage itself is approximately 28’ x 20’ (length x depth).

For Sunday Afternoon show, all performers must be present in the Concert Hall (there is no holding room) at 2pm in full costume.




For questions regarding competition, contact Jennifer at info@canadasalsacongress.com

For questions regarding performer registration, contact Maria at register@canadasalsacongress.com