Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, 12-10 PM, St. Patrick’s Parade Society of Toronto will be hosting its annual Celtic Island festival on Toronto’s Centre Island.
This event will be a celebration of Celtic music and dance with traditional performances and modern dance music. The day includes fun for the entire family, including children’s activities, food and more. This is an all-inclusive community event with a gorgeous view of Toronto and several live bands to get you dancing all day and into the evening, watching the sun set over the beautiful Toronto skyline.
The Toronto Island BBQ & Beer Company is located beside the main ferry dock on Centre Island. It is fully licensed with cold beverages and delicious food options (including vegetarian). The facility features a huge deck with an incredible view of the city. There are several covered areas for those who want to get out of the sun or in case of poor weather. The event will go rain or shine.
The doors will open at noon and programming will begin around 12:30 p.m. The line-up will feature both modern and traditional music including the following (performers and times are subject to change). Band bios are listed further below.
• Noon – Doors open
• 12:30 PM – Toronto Fire Pipes & Drums
• 1:00 PM – Opening Ceremonies
• 1:10 PM – 163 Pipes & Drums Hamilton
• 1:30 PM – Graham School of Irish Dance
• 2:00 PM – Inez Hargaden & Elaine Ryan
• 2:15 PM – The 67s
• 3:00 PM – The Cheery’Os
• 4:00 PM – Moving Violations
• 5:00 PM – Cèili with Maureen Mulvey
• 5:30 PM – Craic Pipes
• 7:30 PM – Shreem Celtic Remixing
• 9:00 PM – Tiz McNamara
• Available online and at the door (while quantities last)
• Adults $20 in advance and at the door after August 15
• Children under 12 free are free when accompanied by an adult
• Price inc. one hotdog, burger or cold treat (while quantities last)
• Centre Island Ferry schedule – https://bit.ly/2xq2y2C
• Toronto Harbour Water Taxi – https://bit.ly/2O8VVaj
• price includes food (hotdog/burger/cold treat while quantities last)
• dress appropriately, as the island gets cooler in the evening
• bring sunscreen
• sorry, no pets
• limited ATM access
• food and beverage available at licensed venue only
• No outside alcohol. Alcohol can be purchased at the venue
• Last ferry from the island is at 10:30 p.m. For ferry schedule please visit http://www.torontoisland.com/ferry.php
• This is a rain or shine event
“Craic” means “fun” in Ireland. The term was never more accurate than when describing the addictive sounds of The Craic Pipes. Fronted by Michael O’Grady of The Mahones, their insanely upbeat set list includes tracks from the New World and the Old. If you ever wanted to hear your favourite St. Patrick’s Day song played right before “Purple Rain”, this is the band for you.
Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost
Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost (OMFG – ha!) is a 5-piece Celtic outfit that came together in 2012. Best described as ‘high-energy Celtic Folk’, their upbeat renditions of classic Celtic tunes, and a variety of originals, have been inviting audiences to dance or otherwise participate in a fun, energetic stage show that can be enjoyed by all. Based in Toronto, OMFG are playing in support of their second studio release “Far from Shore”. Imagine the smell of the sea, cold pints of beer, old shipwrecks, and boisterous friends sharing a laugh and a song. Now mix it with an instrumentation that takes you on a journey east, and a feeling of being welcomed into your neighbour’s home for a kitchen party! THAT is the essence of Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost.
The Cheery O’s
The luck of the Irish brought Donna O’Regan from Cork, Ireland and Kimberly Ann O’Connor from Stouffville, Ontario together in the spring of 2017. The Cheery O’s band soon formed. They enjoy nothing more than an afternoon working on original tunes or a sunny day on a patio doing an open mic with their friends. With their guitars and ukuleles in hand you can find them singing and harmonizing their charming mix of traditional Irish ditties, original songs and classic favourites.
Shreem Celtic Remixing
Shreem delivers a new sound, blending Celtic, electronic, and other contemporary music styles with hard-hitting drums and powerful, warm melodies. Shreem’s live performance is reminiscent of an East Coast ‘kitchen party’ that incorporates looping, vocal sampling, electronic percussion, beat boxing, and a live fiddler making it NOT your average ceilidh!
The Moving Violations
The Moving Violations are a rock band that play classic rock, new rock, and blues. The band is comprised of Jason Kemp (lead vocals, harmonica), Paul Walker ( bass, vocals), Gerald Beeston (drums ) , Jeff Walker (rhythm guitar , vocals ), and Vince Vitacco( lead, rhythm guitar, vocals). The band have been playing together since the 90’s.
Inez Hargaden is versatile young artists with moved to Toronto in 2014 and has been playing folk, ballads and acoustic pop on the local. A versatile performer who is equal parts music scene, playing all kinds of events from pub sessions to rock gigs, to proudly singing Amhrain na bhFiann at Irish events. Her own songs are a mix of her Irish folk background infused with modern pop rock. This is Inez’s second year at Celtic Island and her music is the perfect soundtrack to a day of sun and merriment on Toronto Island.
Tiz McNamara’s independent releases have racked up over 4 Million streams on Spotify as well as featuring on UK TV shows ‘Hollyoaks’ and Emmerdale. Tiz has received support from some of the industries heavy weights including BBC Radio 2, Amazing Radio and NME. He has also toured with BRITS ‘Critics Choice Winner 2014’ James Bay during his UK Tour. In 2012 Tiz also recorded vocals on a UK number 1 single alongside artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Shane McGowan under the name ‘The Justice Collective’.
163 Pipes & Drums
The 163 Pipes & Drums are a volunteer-based band operating out of Hamilton and serving the communities of Southern Ontario and Western New York. The band has been participating in local parades, fundraisers, special events and Legion functions for over 40 years.