Historic Leith Church

The Friends of Leith Church invite you to attend the many events and concerts planned for this year. Proceeds will be used for the continued restoration and maintenance of this 'Auld Kirk'.

For more information on the history of this fine church, click on the "History" tab above.

We have purposely retained our traditional low-ticket prices in order to build an audience for the Leith Summer Festival, which continues to feature some of the finest artists performing today in Canada.

From CEILIDH to CHRISTMAS we present a menu of services, performances and activities that will provide a wonderful introduction to the outstanding acoustics and beauty of our heritage church and its surroundings.

July Events:

Leith Church will be open July and August Sunday afternoons from 2 - 4 pm or by appointment. 
For further information please email info@leithchurch.ca

Tom Thomson Graveside Ceremony - A TOM THOMSON WAKE EVENT

Friday July 21 at 2:30 pm

100 years after Tom's interment

CEILIDH and Highland Concert

Saturday July 22, 7 pm - 9 pm

This year's Historic Leith Church 'Highland Concert and CEILIDH' will feature The Great Canadian Fiddle Show - The Great Canadian Fiddle Show preserves and celebrates Canada's rich musical heritage through traditional fiddling and step dancing. Visiting the breadth of Canada's diverse regional styles, the show captivates audiences with energy and mastery. Also joining us, we have the Celtic Dance Company of Owen Sound, and the Grey County Highlanders Pipe Band. A wonderful evening of roots music and dance awaits the audience.

Admission to the Leith Church 'Highland Concert and CEILIDH is free with a collection taken for the continuing restoration and maintenance of the church. This is an outdoor concert held on the church grounds at the rear of the church, so bringing a blanket or portable chairs is advised. In the event of rain, it will be held inside where seating is limited to 180 persons. 


Mauro Bertoli, piano

Winner of 24 piano competitions, Mauro is an accomplished chamber musician.

Saturday July 29 at 7:30 pm

August Events:

'Under The Tent' our Outdoor Country Market

Saturday August 5, 10 am - 3 pm

Seasonal produce, local Crafts, Writers and Visual Artists, "Second-time Around" booth, and refreshments all at the Leith church.

Come and visit the Country Market

Vendor's Application available here


Back by popular demand.  The Gryphon Trio have mastered the art of ensemble playing.

Saturday August 5 at 7:30 pm

Anniversary Service and 'Lunch Under the Oak'

Sunday August 6 at 11:00 am

This service celebrates the formation of the Friends of Leith Church, the restored Leith United Church building and its establishment as a Church of Scotland (Auld Kirk) congregation by its pioneer founders in 1865.
Worship Leader: Rev Heather McCarrel
Guest Preacher: Rev Jack Fearnall
Musicians: Ann MacNeil, piano, and the Sonlit Gospel Quartet

Following worship, the traditional 'Lunch Under the Oak' will be served; a congenial time of food and fellowship. Collection only.

           LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL- Concert Five 

Rolston String Quartet

First prize winner of prestigious 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Saturday August 26 at 7:30 pm

September Events:
 October Events:

Sonic Palette - A Tom Thomson Event

Saturday, October 21 at 7:30 pm

In 2016, the Algonquin Ensemble formed to musically interpret and celebrate the work of Tom Thomson with original music and visual projections. It's comprised of Kathryn Briggs (piano), John Geggie (double bass), Lisa Moody (viola), Laura Nerenberg (violin), Margaret Tobolowska (cello), and Terry Tufts (guitar hybrid).

 December Events:

"Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols" Readings, Carols & Advent Music.
- Collection only
Sunday December 17 at 7:30 pm


Featuring Amati String Quartet, Guest soloist and Special Guest Readers

Join us in the lamplit 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 read by members of the North Grey community and there will be congregational carol singing of many old favourites.

This is a very popular event and as seating is limited to 150 persons, we suggest an early arrival to ensure a place. Tickets are not needed.

Donations to the Friends of Leith Church and the Leith Summer Festival will be deposited with the Community Foundation Grey Bruce, “Leith Summer Festival Flow Through Fund” and tax receipts will be issued by the Foundation. Cheques should be made out the “Leith Summer Festival.”