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PARADISO "A SHORT HISTORY"
FRIDAY NIGHT MILONGA
open Friday March 27-class 8:30 - milonga follows class
the Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd., Toronto




PARADISO ON RICHMOND ST

In anticipation of Paradiso’s 18th anniversary on April 17, we want to share the history of our milonga with you, our patrons. Milonga Paradiso made its first (tango) steps in April 1997 at a small downtown Italian restaurant on Toronto Street called In Citta. Paradiso was born out of the necessity to dance "argentine tango" on a regular basis because at that time, the Toronto tango community was very small with only a once a month milonga. Fridays was a logical choice; in those years, we tried not to compete with another event that was held once a month on Saturdays and at times on Fridays. There, at In Citta, we first welcomed such prominent tango dancers as Carlos Gavito with Marcela Durán, Hernan Obispo with Mariana Dragone, Florencia Tachetti, Julio Mendez and others.




We felt comfortable at In Citta – that’s where we perfected running a "milonga business" -  it was built on the example of Buenos Aires' milongas. For the first time, Toronto tango dancers danced to music set to tandas with cortinas. We outlived two consecutive owners of the restaurant, but unfortunately, the third one had a vision for In Citta that was not conducive in having our milonga ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­there; they changed the name and made it into an after work noisy bar. They knew what to expect from tango – the idea of axis, balance and the one-drink-a-night(if that) did not sit well. We were asked to practice our tango steps elsewhere.


We were disappointed to lose our familiar and cosy hangout but fate really wanted us to survive and expand; soon we found a funky loft on Richmond street, a cavernous space equipped with a heavy sliding barn door, exposed brick walls, tall windows and filled with theatrical props and sets. We loved it and so did our patrons. “Paradiso on Richmond” was a cool and bohemian place, not unlike milonga "La Catedral" in Buenos Aires (we did not have two matching chairs, just like La Catedral!). For two happy years we didn’t mind dragging our rented stereo equipment and drinks to the 3rd floor (no elevator on site) to our favourite loft, until, once again, we became victims of gentrification.





Like true tango nomads, we moved from place to place; from the Richmond street loft, to a strange theatre studio space on Eastern Avenue, then to a converted church on Ontario street (where we painted floors and walls, as a part of our rental condition), to a Portuguese social club Lusitania on Ossington – until finally, The Dovercourt House that became our permanent home.





Over the years, we were fortunate to host incredible tango dancers and musicians in addition to the ones already mentioned; Graciela Gonzalez, Milena Plebs, Susanna Miller, Enriqueta Kleinman with Ruben Harymbat ("Ruben de Pompeya"), Alberto Dassieu with Paulina Spinoso, Metin Yazir, Marta Anton with Manolo Salvador ("El Gallego"), Ramiro Gigliotti, Elina Roldan, Junior Cervilla and Mylène Pelletier, Nelson Avila with Madalyn, Elias Navas, Grammy Award winner Raul Jaurena, the entire Buffalo Tango Orkestra, Sergio Cortazzo and Gachi Fernandez, Alejandro Hermida, Cynty Fattori with Toto Terri, Carlos Rivarola, Veronica Alvarenga, Alicia Pons, Alejandro Ziegler Curarteto and others.







The most important thing – over the 18 years of Paradiso's existence, we met hundreds of tango dancers, not only from Toronto, but from all over Canada, the United States and all over the world, who came to dance at Paradiso and it is continues to be the most fascinating part of our history.

  • Celebrating 18th anniversary on Friday April 17 at the Dovercourt House
  • Milonga begins at 9:00 (no class this evening)
  • $25 with reservations by April 10
  • $35 at the door
  • to reserve paradiso-tango@rogers.com


 Friday March 27

  • class 8:30 
  • milonga follows class
  • d.j. Patricia
  • $12 admission for milonga (includes class)
  • the Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd., Toronto, 1.5 blocks north of Bloor
  • Parking, free on Dovercourt till midnight
  • Parking, free on Bloor St. from 9:00 p.m.
  • Parking, $2 per car at Salvation Army lot, adjacent to the Dovercourt House
  • Subway: Bloor St. W subway, exit Delaware/Ossington




PARADISO ON RICHMNOND STREET

PARADISO "for the love of tango"
the oldest continuing weekly milonga in Toronto!

Paradiso, soon to celebrate their 18th anniversary 
in April 2015!!!












March Schedule of milongas

March 20:  d.j. Jorge Andres
March 27:  d.j. Patricia

Each Friday there is a drop in class @ 8:30 p.m. with Regina before the milonga 


Class: 8:30 p.m.
Milonga: follows class till about 1:00 a.m.

Milonga admission: $12 includes class
Class only: $12
Milonga only: $12
Students: $6 with I.D., includes class & milonga or milonga only or class only

CASH BAR - NO PERSONAL REFRESHMENTS PLEASE
"light sweet table"
 "soft silky wood floor"
"ambiance of BUENOS AIRES"
"tandas - all cherished golden age selections"


d.j. Berenice

d.j. Jorge Andres







All events at 
The Dovercourt House, main ballroom
805 Dovercourt Rd., 1.5 blocks north of Bloor St.W.
Toronto, ON
TTC: Bloor St W. subway, exit Delaware/Ossington
Parking:
Free on Dovercourt till midnight
Free on Bloor St. W. from 9:00 pm
$2 per car at adjacent Salvation Army Lot, obtain permit from organizers

Friday Dec.26 "black and white ball"

 "for the love of tango"
Paradiso, the oldest continuous Friday evening milonga in Toronto!

Friday December 26, "black & white ball"








All events at 
The Dovercourt House, main ballroom
805 Dovercourt Rd., 1.5 blocks north of Bloor St.W.
Toronto, ON
TTC: Bloor St W. subway, exit Delaware/Ossington
Parking:
Free on Dovercourt till midnight
Free on Bloor St. W. from 9:00 pm
$2 per car at adjacent Salvation Army Lot, obtain permit from organizers

FRIDAY NOV. 14 ALEJANDRO ZIEGLER QUARTET of BUENOS AIRES plays danceable music

Friday Nov. 14 
PARADISO welcomes

ALEJANDRO ZIEGLER QUARTET 
"buenos aires" danceable music!


ALEJANDRO ZIEGLER (of Buenos Aires) 
and his WONDERFUL QUARTET WILL APPEAR AT PARADISO on FRIDAY NOV. 14. 

This quartet developed its own danceable style based on the music of the GOLDEN AGE tango orquestras, Di Sarli, D'Angelis, D'Arienzo, Pugliese, & Troilo. 
This ensemble follows the idea of the "ORQUESTA TIPICA" with a modern sound. 


NOT TO BE MISSED! 







Tango Class: 8:30
Milonga follows class till late
$12 p/p for class only
$25 p/p for class and milonga
$25 p/p for milonga only

d.j.: JASON JIANG 


FOR RESERVATIONS: paradiso-tango@rogers.com

PARADISO is located at
THE DOVERCOURT HOUSE, main ballroom
805 Dovercourt Rd., (1.5 blocks north of Bloor)

TTC: Bloor W. subway, exit at Delaware/Ossington
Free Parking: Bloor St. W. from 9:00 pm
Free Parking: Dovercourt Rd. till midnight
or $2 per car at adjacent Salvation Army parking lot, obtain permit from organizers!

"for the love of tango" 
Paradiso in its 18th year of continuous Friday evening Milongas!

Tango Milonguero - Alberto Dassieu y Paulina Spinoso



A GREAT DANCER! WE WILL MISS THIS WONDERFUL MAN WITH A GENEROUS HEART AND A MAN WHO HAS DEVOTED HIMSELF TO TANGO FOR OVER 60 YEARS! BLESSINGS TO YOU, GREAT MAESTRO!