Steeped in tradition, The Beach Celtic Festival is held in the beautiful setting of Kew Gardens with lovely trees, woodland and Lake Ontario at the base of the Park. Traditionally held the weekend after Labour Day, Toronto’s only outdoor ceilidh started in 2004 by Sandy Graham – a first generation Scottish Canadian. When Sandy’s Mum was passing away, she asked not be mourned but to be celebrated. After the first year, the event has now grown into what is now a local tradition, celebrating the Scottish, Irish and Welsh diaspora who came to Canada to start a new life.
We've never been to this festival and I've wanted to check it out. I'm originally from Nova Scotia and grew up listening to Celtic music. We were going to head over yesterday but it was pouring rain.
There were lots of vendors ...
|Gord love love loves hats and was tempted!|
|The blue one in the middle is the Nova Scotia tartan.|
|I love Walnut Whips but forgot to stop back when we left.|
|Alas, our office building doesn't use these guys :(|
|I wanted to try some but there was always a line-up.|
The entertainment was great! When we got there about 1:30pm, Bernie Jessome, a Roy Orbison impersonator, had just started. He played a couple Irish tunes and finished with the Orbison classic Pretty Woman.
The emcee for the day was comedian and singer, Hugo Straney. Here he is introducing Megan Bold of Bold Steps Dance Studio and her dancers.
|The wee ones were cute!|
Next up was John McDermott ...
|This woman was drawing McDermott when he was on stage.|
|There was a big crowd for McDermott!|
|Eleanor McCain joined McDermott on stage.|
|They sang Song for the Mira together.|
|John finished with a moving a cappella version of Danny Boy.|
It was a fun festival to check out!