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Thank you all for supporting
the 10th Annual Beach Celtic Festival !

 See you at the Park September 6 & 7, 2014.

All Things Celtic and Bold Steps Dancers - Come Into The Kitchen!

Boardwalk Place

Many thanks for the generous support of Boardwalk Place
for the 10th Annual Beach Celtic Festival

September 7 & 8, 2013
Kew Gardens, Toronto
9 am - 7 pm

Free Admission, Free Music, Free Fun!

Talent Lineup for the Beach Celtic Show 2013

John McDermott
What better way to celebrate our 10th Anniversary than with the special guest appearance of Canada’s own Celtic treasure, John McDermott. John McDermott is such an established name, there is no need to describe the talent of this amazing Canadian tenor. But there is so much more to this man, both in song and spirit. The thing that strikes you the most when you speak to him is his passion for life, music, family and tradition. John Charles McDermott was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but immigrated to Canada with his family in 1965, becoming part of the major diaspora that came from across ‘the pond’ to settle here for a better life. Like most Scottish/Irish families, he learned his love of music with the Saturday night sing-a-longs at home, where neighbours and friends all gathered to sing Harry Lauder, Andy Stewart and all the other songs 'from back home' that kept their heritage alive in this new country.
Saturday Sept. 7 Performances
Hugo Straney
Hugo Straney
Our special host and official MC of The Beach Celtic Festival will be gracing our stage again this year, with his wit and wonderful singing talent as well. Blessed with a great set of Irish lungs, and a love of both Ireland and Canada, we would like to honour Hugo Straney this year by making him The Beach Celt of the Year for 2013, on this very special celebration of our 10th Anniversary. The Beach Celtic Festival wouldn't be the same without Hugo.
Saturday Sept. 7 & Sunday Sept. 8 Performances
The Toronto Black Watch Pipes and Drums
The Toronto Black Watch Pipes and Drums
It wouldn't be a Celtic Festival without the sound of the bagpipes and TBWPD are a wonderful and celebrated pipe band in their own right. Officially recognized by The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada in Montreal, many of the drummers and pipers played in the Montreal band as well. Sandy Graham's grandfather, Pipe Major Donald Sutherland of served in WWII, and wrote 'The Red Hackle' which is performed by the band at the Beach Celtic Festival.
'Across the Hills the Pipes are Heard and Ancient Highland Blood is Stirred.'
Saturday Sept. 7 & Sunday Sept. 8 Performances
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.
Saturday Sept. 7 & Sunday Sept. 8 Performances
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!
Sunday Sept. 8 Performance
Don Graham
Don Graham
Don Graham is Sandy’s brother, and has a recording and songwriting career in the country music business. Every year he comes back to the Beach Celtic Festival to celebrate his Scottish roots and to honour his parents and grandparents from the Graham and Sutherland Clan. ‘Pipes and the Mist’ is a song he wrote specifically for his Mum when she passed, and every year it is sung in her honour, accompanied by the great guitarist, Bobby Cohen, another Montreal friend of the family.
Saturday Sept. 7 & Sunday Sept. 8 Performances

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!
Saturday Sept. 7 Performance

Bernie Jessome
Bernie Jessome
There is a first for everything and this is the first year Bernie Jessome will join us to celebrate the Beach Celtic Festival and his Irish heritage. Bernie is one of North America's finest Roy Orbison impersonators. He has toured with Legends of Rock 'n' Roll and was a long time cast member of Rock 'n' Roll Heaven. Sam Orbison, Roy's brother, said he had an incredible range in his voice, mirroring the remarkable presence of his brother. But Bernie has his background firmly set in Celtic, having been born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, and spending his teenage years here in the Beach. He will be singing his favourite Irish tunes, and if we applaud loud enough he might even be coaxed into doing 'Pretty Woman'.
Saturday Sept. 7 and Sunday Sept 8 Performances
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