(519) 371-5308 petetelford@sympatico.ca




To all Patrons, Supporters and Subscribers of the Leith Summer Festival:

It is with regret, but with a sense of civic responsibility (and common sense), that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 season of the Leith Summer Festival.  We have delayed this announcement until now in hopes that somehow all or some of our concerts could still be staged – but it is not to be. Our five concerts, the Ceilidh, Country Market and Anniversary Service are all cancelled for 2020.

Our intention is to mount a full program of five concerts in the Summer of 2021, bringing you the high-quality performances that characterize our Festival. Hopefully, our other events will also be reinstated.

While we will not SEE you during this summer, we shall strive to stay in touch as much as possible by email, our website, and Facebook page, so that you can be fully informed about our planning for next season.

As a charitable organization that relies on donations and ticket sales (we do not receive government grants), we always appreciate financial support.  Should you wish to contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of the Historic Leith Church (built 1865), donations can be made by e-tranfer to our treasurer at leithfestival@noesgaard.ca.  No password is required. Cheques, payable to The Leith Summer Festival, may be mailed to  Historic Leith Church, 419134 Tom Thomson Lane, Leith, ON, N0H 1V0. Tax receipts will be forwarded in due course for amounts over $20. 

Your generous support is greatly appreciated!

We wish you all the best, and good health!


Pete Telford
Henrik Noesgaard
Mary Reynolds


Penderecki String Quartet – Update:

July 4, 2020    Penderecki String Quartet – Concert 1 at the Leith Summer Festival  – rescheduled to 2021

This year, because of restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, all concerts and events at the Leith Church have been cancelled. The Penderecki has been rescheduled to 2021.

We wish to recognize the Penderecki String Quartet whose performances have been a highlight over the last 20 years at the Leith Summer Festival concerts.

Penderecki Perform on YouTube:

We invite you to have a concert at home and listen to the Penderecki on YouTube.  The selection includes, among others, the following:

Quartetti String Festival October 19, 2018

In Memory:
This is a significant year for the Penderecki String Quartet as their mentor Maestro Krysztof Penderecki, after whom the quartet was named, died on April 1, 2020:
“The PSQ is deeply saddened by the loss of Maestro Penderecki.  We will always be grateful for his music, humanity and mentorship. His warmth, curiosity, sense of humour and singular voice will continue to  inspire us throughout our musical lives.”
See you in 2021
We miss seeing you all, and sharing together in the enjoyment of wonderful music in the Historic Leith Church, but look forward to a better year in 2021



LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL DONATIONS ~ 2020                            


The LSF thanks the following for their generous contributions and support toward the maintenance and upkeep of Historic Leith Church during the year of the corona virus when all concerts and events were cancelled:

Tom Thomson Circle – Donations $1,000 and up


Savvas and Christine Chamberlain

Canadian Tire, Owen Sound: Tony and Diana Ersser

The Betty and Joe Gray Family Foundation

The Rev. Alexander Hunter Circle ($500 – 999)

Katharine Lochnan, in memory of Jocelyn Graham and Jim McArthur

Gordon and Donna Phillips

Adam Ainslie Circle ($0-499)


Anonymous (3)

Nancy Campbell, in memory of Ian C. Campbell

Mary and Murray Hall

Mary and Bruce Hutchinson

Elizabeth Ireland

Susan and Ian McKearnen

Henrik and Charlotte Noesgaard

Heather Sutherland

Sharon and David Turner

Interested In Learning More About Our Community?

Since its formal inception Historic Leith Church has been a centre of our communities ministry on the southern shore of Owen Sound Bay. To learn more about our fascinating church, community, and history, visit the page below.

ALL Up Coming 2020 Events ARE POSTPONED UNTIL 2021


Annual Outdoor Country Market

Dates: Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM "Under The Tent": Annual Outdoor Country Market - CANCELLED Seasonal produce, local crafts, writers, visual Artists, "Second-Time-Around" booth, and refreshments all at the Leith Church. For Vendor Application, click here...

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Anniversary Service

155th Anniversary Church Service followed by " Luncheon Under the Oak Tree",  - REBOOKED FOR AUGUST 2021 , 11:00 AM Guest Minister: Rev. Michael Brooks This service celebrates the formation of the Friends of Leith Church, the restored Leith United Church building, and...

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Lessons and Carols

Date: Sunday, December TBA, 2020 - CANCELLED Time: 7:30 PM Historic Leith Church Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Join us in the lamp-lit 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...

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