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Thank you all for supporting The Beach Celtic Festival!
Join us next year for our 12th Annual
on September 12 and 13, 2015!

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Bold Step Dancers

Bold Step Dancers Choreographer Meghan Bold
Among the artists lined up to entertain are the Bold Step Dancers, one of the finest Scottish Dance troupes in the city and a not to be missed experience.Bold by name and bold by nature, Meghan Bold has never been shy about taking a big step and every year, we are so pleased to have her talented troupe of Highland Dancers who also present an amazing presentation of what is known as Step Dancing originally taken from the Ottawa Valley settlers. Bold Step Dance Studios is located in the heart of the Beach and accepts students of all ages.
Bold Step Dancers are part of the Beach Celtic Festival and helps to celebrate with us every year.

Old Man Flannagan's Ghost

While several generations Canadian, Old Man Flanagan's Ghost (OMFG) has members with ancestry from both Scotland and Ireland (doesn't everyone?). Tracing back to Enneskillen, Ireland, and with a father who created a cassette tape of Irish music and who played with a group called the Molloy Show Band, the Lamb brothers (Stephen and Bryan) definitely had some Celtic influence growing up. Percussionist and Bodhran player Scot Allan has ties back to Kirkcaldy, Scotland and is primarily associated with Clan Ranald of the MacDonald Clan (i.e., Clan Donald), but also with Clan MacFarlane, Clan MacKay, and Clan Grant. Brooke Richardson, an accomplished violinist and fiddle player is sure to delight audiences, which she started doing at the age of nine. Her Great Grandparents hailed from both Belfast, Ireland and Aberdeen, Scotland. Matti Palonen is Finnish...but can play Celtic music like no other!

The Mahones

From an Irish pub to an Academy Award winning movie: The Mahones have come a long way in 24 years! Heralded as pioneers of the Irish punk scene, and internationally recognized as one of the best and hardest working punk outfits around, The Mahones formed on St. Patrick’s Day in 1990, and have been working on their own brand of Irish punk ever since. With a working class ethic and a love of classic punk, Finny McConnell formed the band to combine his love of punk rock and his Irish culture.

As special guests of Meghan Bold and The Bold Steps Dance Studio, The Mahones (who are Beachers) are a fitting tribute to the next generation embracing the Celtic ways.


Mimi O'Bonsawin with Thomas Wade
This year we welcome fellow Beacher and up and coming artist, Mimi, who will bring her mix of music to us with her producer and musical director Thomas Wade. When the Scottish and Irish settlers came to Canada they were homesick for their music and house parties with their new Canadian friends helped to soothe their souls. With her aboriginal (Abenaki) roots as well as the music and traditions of her French Canadian heritage, Mimi is a perfect fit for our Beach Celtic outdoor Ceilidh.

The Gilchrist-Canavan School of Irish Dance
The Gilchrist-Canavan School of Irish Dance Choreographer Patricia Gilchrist
Nothing is more Celtic than the offerings of the wonderful Irish dancers, and The Gilchrist-Canavan School of Irish Dance has been with us right from the very beginning of this Festival. Steeped in tradition, these young dancers show that heritage and history in dance do matter. Thank you Patricia for showing up year after year to give us our Irish flavour of dance!
The Gilchrist-Canavan School of Irish Dance

Piper Rory Sinclair and Caledon County

Piper Rory Sinclair and Caledon County
Caledon County is an unlikely trio of accomplished musicians playing together with the united love for traditional Scottish music. They are a high-energy group, dedicated to crafting their music around ancient melodies merged with modern twists. Caledon County consists of Rory Sinclair: Bagpipes (highland and small pipes) Stephanie Miletic: Fiddle Gaye Zimmerman-Huycke: Acoustic Guitar. This is their first year performing at the Beach Celtic Festival and we hope it will not be their last. A thousand welcomes!
Don Graham
Don Graham
Don Graham is Sandy's brother and for the first time in years he will not be on stage at the Beach Celtic Festival. As much as he will miss our annual Clan gathering, we wish him the best as he will be appearing during Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta both as a host and as part of a showcase. Don will be with us next year and at our Come Into the Kitchen Show on November 22, 2014 in Toronto.

Boardwalk Place

Many thanks for the continued support of Boardwalk Place
for the Annual Beach Celtic Festival

September 6 & 7, 2014
Kew Gardens, Toronto
9 am - 7 pm

Free Admission, Free Music, Free Fun!

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All Things Celtic Inc. is a registered not for profit that produces The Beach Celtic Festival. Founded in 2003 by entertainment professional and first generation Scottish Canadian, Sandy Graham, the annual Festival is a tribute to her late mother, Jemima Blackie Sutherland, who was a highland dancer from Edinburgh, Scotland. Our mandate is to keep alive the heritage of the Scottish, Irish and Welsh people who came to Canada while inviting all cultures to celebrate with us every year at a free event.
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