Events 2017
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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 2016
  • TTW - Tom Thomson's Wake Events

    Brochure of events for Tom's celebration

    TTW - Sunday May 21 [ 2:30 pm] - Author Littlefield and Cemetery Decoration Day

    Angie Littlefield will talk on "The Thomsons of Durham: Tom Thomson's Family Heritage"
    and everyone can go home with a copy (admission $10 / book $10).

    Angie will also have her book, 'TOM THOMSON'S Fine Kettle of Friends: biography, history, art and food' for sale.

    Also on this date, it is 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.

    TTW - Wednesday Jun 21 [ 7:30 pm] - Author Geogory Klages will discuss "The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson: Separating Fact from Fiction".
    The book was included in the Writers' Trust of Canada "Best of 2016" list and was on the July 2016 National Post Bestseller List.

  • 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 1 [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert One - Brett Polegato one of today's most sought-after lyric baritones accompanied our artistic music director, Robert Kortgaard.

    TTW - Saturday July 8 [ 7:30 pm] - The Woods Are Burning : A Celebration of Tom Thomson in words and music -
    Singer-songwriter david sereda and celebrated poet and author Anne Michaels - Toronto's Poet Laureate - explore Tom's life, art and passion in The Woods Are Burning. The stellar ensemble includes Keira McArthur on cello, Tyler Wagler on bass and Sandra Swannell on violin. Readings and poems written and selected by Anne Michaels meet songs by sereda and songs of the time in a one-of-a-kind evening to celebrate Tom's brilliant, mysterious life. On this 100th anniversary of Tom's death, his indomitable spirit will fill the Leith Church!

    Saturday July 15 [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Two - Duo Concertante

    TTW - Friday July 21 [ 2:30 pm] - Tom Thomson Graveside Ceremony 100 years after Tom's interment.

    Saturday July 22 [ 7 pm - 9 pm] - CEILIDH and Highland Concert

    This year's Historic Leith Church 'Highland Concert and CEILIDH' will feature The Great Canadian Fiddle Show - The Great Canadian Fiddle Show preserves and celebrates Canada's rich musical heritage through traditional fiddling and step dancing. Visiting the breadth of Canada's diverse regional styles, the show captivates audiences with energy and mastery. Also joining us, we have 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.

    Saturday July 29 [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Three - ... Mauro Bertoli, piano

    Saturday August 5 [ 10 am - 3 pm ] 'Under The Tent' our Outdoor Country Market

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

    Saturday August 5 [7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL - Concert Four - Gryphon Trio

    Sunday August 6 [ 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 26 [ 7:30 pm] - LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL- Concert Five -
    Rolston String Quartet

    Friday September 15 [ 8:00 pm] - SweetWater Music Festival

    TTW - Saturday October 21 [ 7:30 pm] - Sonic Palette - In 2016, the Algonquin Ensemble formed to musically interpret and celebrate the work of Tom Thomson with original music and visual projections. It's comprised of Kathryn Briggs (piano), John Geggie (double bass), Lisa Moody (viola), Laura Nerenberg (violin), Margaret Tobolowska (cello), and Terry Tufts (guitar hybrid).

    Sunday December 17 [ 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.

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