Events 2014
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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 2013

    Sunday April 27 [ 2:00 pm] - Brian Pickell's Band $20 general seating - tickets at the Roxy Theatre 519-371-2833.

    The Brian Pickell Band features the fiddle-power of Shane Cook, multiple winner of the Canadian Open and Grand Masters Fiddle Championships. Also driving the music are Ottawa legend James Stephens on fiddle , mandolin and viola, combined with the incomparable tandem of Pat O’Gorman on flute, pipes and whistle and Julie Schryer on keys. Brian stirs it up with guitar, mandolin, banjo and vocals.

  • Sunday May 18 [ 2:30 pm] - 16th 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 Campbell 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.

    Sunday June 1 [ 11:00 am] - Union Anniversary Communion Church Service

    Sunday June 8 [ 2:00 pm] - Walter Buczynski (piano) concert with Melanie Conly (soprano) and Richard Herriott (piano)
    joining him. Adults $25 general seating - tickets available at the Roxy Theatre 519-371-2833, students with ID $15 at the door.

    Walter Buczynski won first prize in CAPAC's composition competition (1954) at the age of twenty one and from 1962 to 1969, Buczynski taught piano and theory at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. From 1970 to 1999 he taught at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto where he was a Professor in the Theory and Composition Department. In 1976 he received the Queen Elizabeth medal for his contribution to the Polish musical scene in Canada. For many years, Buczynski's dual commitment to the piano and composition found him giving one, then the other, his attention. As an outstanding concert artist, he has performed and recorded the music of Chopin and many Canadian composers as well as his own compositions.
    Toronto Star Interview Jan 24,2014

    Praised for her "passion and charm" (Now Magazine) and for her "sweet voice delivery" (Toronto Star), soprano Melanie Conly is rapidly establishing herself on stages across Canada. Ms. Conly commands a wide range of genres from baroque to contemporary music, and is consistently acclaimed for her distinctive voice and musical understanding. She is sought after for her commanding performances of new music, and has premiered a wide range of repertoire including opera, oratorio, song and chamber music.

    Renowned pianist and composer Richard Herriott is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading Dance Accompanists, having worked with the Northern Ballet and serving as Guest Pianist for the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Lviv State National Ballet Theatre of Ukraine, and most recently The National Ballet of Canada.

  • 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 12 [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert One - The Penderecki String Quartet

    Saturday July 19th [ 7 pm - 9 pm] - CEILIDH and Highland Concert

    This year's Historic Leith Church 'Highland Concert and CEILIDH' will feature 'Nonie Crete and The Celts', Daniel Carr and Owen Sound Celtic Dance Company. A wonderful evening of roots music and dance awaits the audience. We are also happy to have the Grey County Highlanders Pipe Band joining us this year.

    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.

    Saturday July 26th [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Two - The Lafayette String Quartet

    Saturday August 2nd [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Three - Musical Mosaic : Lara St. John(violin) and Serouj Kradjian(piano)

    Sunday August 3rd [ 11:00 am] - Historic Leith Church Anniversary Service and 'Lunch Under the Oak'

    This annual service of worship will celebrate the 21th anniversary of the formation of the Friends of Leith Church, the 148th 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.
    Following worship, the traditional 'Lunch Under the Oak' will be served; a congenial time of food and fellowship. Collection only.

    Saturday August 9th [ 10 am - 3 pm ] 11th Annual Country Market

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

    Sunday August 10th [ 2:00 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Four - Afternoon Fantasy : Roberto Prosseda (piano) and Alessandra Ammara(piano)

    Saturday August 23rd [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Five - Hallelujah! Trish sings Cohen and more! : Patricia O'Callaghan(soprano) and Andrew Downing ((bass) and Robert Kortgaard (piano)

    Friday September 19 [ 8:00 pm] - SweetWater Music Weekend

    Saturday October 24 (8:00pm) - SweetWater presents Marc Toth pianist playing Bachs Goldberg Variations BWV988 and Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata Op.106

    Sunday December 21st [ 7:30 pm] - "17th Annual 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 14th/2014 [to be held at Seasons 1389 16th Avenue East Owen Sound],
    Feb 11th [to be held at Seasons 1389 16th Avenue East Owen Sound],
    Mar 11th

    At 7:00 pm - Apr 8th, May 13th, Jun 10th, Jul 8th, Aug 12th, Sep 9th, Oct 14th

    At 1:00 pm - Nov 18th , Dec 9th

    - free will donation.

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