Events 2016
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The Friends of Leith Church invite you to participate in the maintenance and restoration of this historic 'Auld Kirk' by attending the many events and concerts planned for this year. We have purposely retained our traditional low-ticket prices in order to build an audience for The Leith Summer Festival, which continues to feature some of the finest artists performing today in Canada. From CEILIDH to CHRISTMAS we present a menu of services, performances and activities that will provide a wonderful introduction to the outstanding acoustics and beauty of our heritage church and its surroundings.

  • Summerfestival series ticket information
  • Last years Events 2015
  • Sunday May 8 - SweetWater Concert

    Sunday May 22 [ 2:30 pm] - Memorial Service and Cemetery Decoration Day

    This service honours and remembers those who are interred in the Leith Cemetery and offers an opportunity to attend to the presentation and maintenance of the grave sites. It has become customary for the Friends of Leith Church to designate the graves of those who have served in Canada's military - from the Fenian Raids of the 1860's to the Armed Forces of the 21st century - with the placement of special flags or markers.

    Historical tributes to families represented in the cemetery are also incorporated into the Memorial Service and this year we honour the Telford Family.

  • Leith Church will be open July and August Sunday afternoons from 2 - 4 pm or by appointment, for further information please call 371-5308.

  • Saturday July 2 [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert One - CHENG² DUO
    ... Classical pianist and cellist Silvie and Bryan Cheng

    Saturday July 16th [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Two - PIANO à QUATRE MAINS ... Peter Tiefenbach and Robert Kortgaard

    Saturday July 23rd [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Three - COMMON GROUND: Jazz meets the Classics ... Kornel Wolak and Chris Donnelly Clarinet/Piano Duo:

    Saturday July 30th [ 10 am - 3 pm ] 'Under The Tent' our Outdoor Country Market

    - Seasonal produce, local Crafts, Writers and Visual Artists, "Second-time Around" booth, refreshments, and traditional olde tyme music all at the Leith church. Come and visit the Country Market
    Vendor's application available here.

    Saturday July 30th [ 7 pm - 9 pm] - CEILIDH and Highland Concert

    This year's Historic Leith Church 'Highland Concert and CEILIDH' will feature The Jocelyn Pettit Band - a West Coast Canadian fiddler, stepdancer, singer and composer - featuring blazing New Trad Celtic and World music. Also joining us, we have English Country Dancers, the Celtic Dance Company of Owen Sound, and the Grey County Highlanders Pipe Band. A wonderful evening of roots music and dance awaits the audience.

    Admission to the Leith Church 'Highland Concert and CEILIDH is free with a collection taken for the continuing restoration and maintenance of the church. This is an outdoor concert held on the church grounds at the rear of the church, so bringing a blanket or portable chairs is advised. In the event of rain, it will be held inside where seating is limited to 180 persons.

    Sunday July 31st [ 11:00 am] - Anniversary Service and 'Lunch Under the Oak'

    This service celebrates the formation of the Friends of Leith Church, the restored Leith United Church building and its establishment as a Church of Scotland (Auld Kirk) congregation by its pioneer founders in 1865.
    Following worship, the traditional 'Lunch Under the Oak' will be served; a congenial time of food and fellowship. Collection only.

    Saturday August 13th [7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Four - PENDERECKI STRING QUARTET ... Jerzy Kaplanek (violin), Jeremy Bell (violin), Christine Vlajk (viola), and Katie Schlaikjer (cello)

    Saturday August 27th [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL- Concert Five - SWEET SONGS OF SIN AND SORROW ... Patricia O'Callaghan (soprano) , Andrew Downing (bass) and Robert Kortgaard (piano)

    Friday September 16 [ 8:00 pm] - SweetWater Music Festival

    Friday September 30 [ 7:30 pm] - Allison Lupton Band with Ian Bell and Shane Cook

    $20 general seating - tickets at the Roxy Theatre 519-371-2833 or at the door.

    Allison began her interest in music in rural Ontario singing in the church choir. She later joined the folk band Killiecrankie, regularly featured on Canadian national radio. In 2008, she was nominated in the Traditional Singer of the Year category by the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Allison is joined by a veteran of the Canadian folk scene - Ian Bell (a 2011 & 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee), and Grand North American Fiddle Champion - Shane Cook.

    Saturday October 8 [ 7:30 pm] - Max Clark presents 'Home Coming' “Songs from The Heart”

    Max is a conservatory trained pianist and began at the age of 5. He completed his training by the age of 12. A gifted student (with an attitude) it was his mother’s fondest dream that everyone would have the opportunity to experience Max at the piano playing the music he loved.

    This Concert is Dedicated to Max’s parents Keith and Iva Clark.
    "Thank You for “The gift of Music! These are the Songs From My Heart.
    Love Max"

    $25 (Students $15 ID required) general seating - tickets at the Roxy Theatre 519-371-2833 or at the door.

    Sunday December 18th [ 7:30 pm] - "Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols" Readings, Carols & Advent Music. - Collection only.
    Featuring Amati String Quartet, Guest soloist and Special Guest Readers.

    Join us in the lamplit beauty and warmth of Leith’s ‘Auld Kirk’ to hear again the story of the birth of Christ in word and song. The lessons will be read by members of the North Grey community and there will be congregational carol singing of many old favourites.

    This is a very popular event and as seating is limited to 150 persons, we suggest an early arrival to ensure a place. Tickets are not needed.

    Second Tuesday of each month 'Fiddle Jams'

    At 1:00 pm -
    Jan 12th/2016 [to be held at Seasons 1389 16th Avenue East Owen Sound],
    Feb 9th [to be held at Seasons 1389 16th Avenue East Owen Sound],
    Mar 8th [to be held at Seasons 1389 16th Avenue East Owen Sound],

    At 7:00 pm - Apr 12th, May 10th, Jun 14th, Jul 12th, Aug 9th, Sep 13th, Oct 11th

    At 1:00 pm - Nov 8th , Dec 13th

    - free will donation.

  • All proceeds from these events are directed to the Leith Church Maintenance and Building Fund unless otherwise noted.