Events 2015
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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 2014

  • Sunday May 17 [ 2:30 pm] - 17th Annual Memorial Service and Cemetery Decoration Day

    This Annual Memorial service presents an opportunity to both honour and remember those who are interred in the Leith Cemetery. It is also an opportunity to attend to the presentation and maintenance of the grave sites. This year we honour the Fleming Family.

    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 incorporated into the Memorial Service.

    Saturday May 30 [7:30 pm] - Steinacher Bursary Concert

    Eleven years ago at the annual 'Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols', the Friends of Leith Church announced the first recipient of its bursary for advanced music students in the northern Grey-Bruce area, named in honour of the well known Owen Sound musician, teacher and co-founder of the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra, Donna Steinacher. Five amazingly talented young area musicians have received and benefited from this significant Canadian Bursary since its inception.

    The recipient for 2015 year’s bursary is Reanne Kruisselbrink , who is studying for a Master’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Ottawa. She is a student of the violin and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Laurier University, graduating with ‘high distinction. Reanne is one of six very talented sister from the Tara area.

    The Donna Steinacher Bursary, although sponsored by The Friends of Leith Church, has on its organizing and awards committee many well known musicians and arts patrons from the Owen Sound and Meaford area. The recipient of the bursary must be a resident of northern Grey-Bruce counties and will usually be a graduate, or music student soon to graduate, from a baccalaureate level university music program with the intention of pursuing further studies in music performance at the post-graduate level. It can be presented on an annual basis and is valued at up to five thousand dollars, the exact amount to be determined by a combination of concert ticket sales, sponsorship and donations. The generosity of local music lovers and sponsors has assured that all the recipients to date have received the full five thousand dollar amount.

    Tickets are $25 and available from the Roxy Theatre, members of the Donna Steinacher Bursary committee, Georgian Bay Symphony office, or by phone at 519-371-5316. Ticket purchasers who donate additional funds of $25 or more to the Bursary will receive an income tax charitable donation receipt for that amount and an invitation to the post-concert reception.

  • 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 4 [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert One - The Gryphon Trio

    Saturday July 18th [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Two - A Soprano in Hollywood : Rebecca Caine (soprano) and Robert Kortgaard (piano)

    Sunday July 26th [ 2:00 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Three - The Danger Tree ( The Door You Came In ): David Macfarlane (author, novelist and magazine writer) and Douglas Cameron (song writer/guitarist) doing an adaption of David’s novel, The Danger Tree.

    150th Anniversary Celebration August 1st and 2nd

    two days of celebration

    Saturday August 1st [ 10 am - 3 pm ] 12th Annual Country Market

    'Under The Tent' our Outdoor Country Market - Seasonal Produce, Garden Plants, Local Crafts, Artists, Writers, Storytellers, Silent Auction, 'Second Time Round' booth, Historic Displays, 1914 Model T Ford, Memory corner, Olde Tyme Music /Fiddling, Historic Displays, Self directed Leith tour featuring Historic Homes and Fleming Historical Site, "Walk in Tom's Footsteps" "Paint with Tom" group of local artists, Sale of Aniversary Pioneer Cookbook, Refreshments

    12:15 pm - Open Forum at Story Teller Corner
    1:30 pm - Presentation of replacement "Friendship Tree"

    Vendor's application available here.

    Saturday August 1st [ 7 pm - 9 pm] - CEILIDH and Highland Concert

    This year's Historic Leith Church 'Highland Concert and CEILIDH' will feature 'My Sweet Patootie', the Owen Sound Celtic Dance Company with Daniel Carr, world champion highland dancer and piper, and the Grey County Highlanders Pipe Band.

    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 August 2nd [ 11:00 am] - Historic Leith Church Anniversary Celebrations, Service, and 'Lunch Under the Oak'

    This annual service of worship will celebrate the 22th anniversary of the formation of the Friends of Leith Church, the 150th anniversary of the restored Leith United Church building and the 151th anniversary of its establishment as a Church of Scotland (Auld Kirk) congregation by its pioneer founders in the summer of 1862.
    Guest preacher: Rev. David Allen (Executive Secretary, Toronto Conference, United Church
    Greetings from Dignitaries
    Following worship, 'Lunch Under the Oak' with Cutting of the Anniversary Cake will be served; a congenial time of food and fellowship. Collection only.

    12:30 pm - Presentation and unveiling of the Ainslie Commemorative Plaque by the City of Cambridge.

    Saturday August 8th [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Four - Voyages à Paris : Julie Nesrallah (mezzo-soprano) and Caroline Léonardelli (harp)

    Saturday August 22nd [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Five - Viva Espana : Isabel Bayrakdarian (soprano) and Serouj Kradjian(piano)

    Sunday August 30th [ 2:00 pm] - The second 'Steinacher Stars' Concert

    Featuring former recipients of the Donna Steinacher Music Bursary. This fund-raising concert will feature the first recipient of the Bursary, pianist Dr. Kati Gleiser of Bloomington, Indiana and a native of Sydenham Township and the third recipient, mezzo-soprano Susanne Hawkins Holmes of Owen Sound now resident in London, England. Photo of Susanne singing the role of ‘Hansel’ in the British Co-Opera Company’s 2013 production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel.”
    Tickets are $25 dollars (Students $10) and will be available at the Roxy Theatre Box Office in Owen Sound, by telephone at 519-371-2833, or at the door one hour before the concert.

    Friday September 18 [ 8:00 pm] - SweetWater Music Weekend

    Sunday December 20th [ 7:30 pm] - "18th Annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols" Readings, Carols & Advent Music.
    - Collection only.
    Featuring Georgian Bays Children's Choir - 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 13th/2015 [held at Seasons 1389 16th Avenue East Owen Sound],
    Feb 10th [held at Seasons 1389 16th Avenue East Owen Sound],
    Mar 10th [held at Seasons 1389 16th Avenue East Owen Sound],

    At 7:00 pm - Apr 7th, May 12th, Jun 9th, Jul 14th, Aug 11th, Sep 8th, Oct 13th

    At 1:00 pm - Nov 10th , Dec 8th

    - free will donation.

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