Blow up your bagpipe, drag out your kilt, it’s time for the Beach Celtic Fest Sept. 10 & 11

Dressing up the bandstand in preparation for the Beach Celtic Festival are (left to right) Lenny Stoute, Volunteer Coordinator; Mark Slater, member of Seasick Sailors; George Watters of Watters Marketing Inc.; Deborah ‘The Massage Lady’ McKeown;, Don Graham; Barry Horn of Yoshi Sweets; and Linda Parsons, Administrative Assistant to the Beach Celtic Festival.

The only outdoor ceilidh in Toronto will be offering two full days of free entertainment and fun on Sept. 10 and 11 to promote Scottish, Irish and Welsh heritage. The event takes place in Kew Gardens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

MC and host, Hugo Straney, will keep the entertainment flowing including Beacher Don Graham (who knows every song you can sing along to), Syd Simkins (who sings every Harry Lauder song ever written!), The Ferriers (local boys who sing the best Irish songs written), The Seasick Sailors (silly boys in kilts who really know how to entertain), The Bold Step Dancers and The Gilchrist School of Dance.

The Clan Keith will be on hand. These guys are descended from those beer guys who claim to have connections to pirates and Al Capone.

This year the fest will be featuring  an amazing display on the historic RMS Titanic, the ‘unsinkable’ luxury liner that was built in Belfast, Ireland, and left on its maiden (and last) voyage from Glasgow, Scotland. Titanic expert George Watters will be on hand to an talk about the Titanic’s Canadian connections.

This year the Festival’s Volunteer Organizing Committee has selected Beach Metro News editor, Carole Stimmell as Beach Celt of the Year, for her volunteer contributions in the community.


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