Entertainment Beat

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Beach Celtic Festival, which will be returning to Kew Gardens on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8.

John McDermott.
John McDermott.

The entertainment highlight of the weekend’s events is singer John McDermott who will perform on the Saturday, as well as performances from the Toronto Black Watch Pipes and Drums. Other entertainers scheduled include Bold Step Highland Dancers, piper Rory Sinclair and Caledon County, the Gilchrist-Canavan Irish Dancers, Don Graham and returning emcee Hugo Straney.

For more on the festival, visit thecelticfestival.com.

Relish Bar and Grill, 2152 Danforth Ave. just east of Woodbine, continues to offer a welcome home to live music on east Danforth.

Tonight, Aug. 27, singer-songwriter Harrison Fine takes the stage. Steven Raiken’s fingerstyle guitar will be featured on Tuesday, Sept. 3, with bassoon quartet Das Faggot Manschafft on Friday, Sept. 6. Tuesday, Sept. 10 features the jazz sounds of the Usual Suspects.

Saturday is New Music Night, with singer-songwriters already booked until the end of October. Samantha Clayton will take the stage on Aug. 31, with High Winds on Sept. 7, and Roger Dory on Sept. 14.

Ongoing events include Bentroots playing ‘swampy N’Awlins blues’ on Mondays, the BTBs playing jazz/funk/fusion on Wednesdays and David Macmichael‘s power pop on most Fridays.

The fifth Jazz in the Kitchen event is approaching, and is proving so popular that a second show has already been added.

Pianist Mark Eisenman will be joined by bassist Steve Wallace and drummer John Sumner, in the intimate setting of a private home on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16 and 17. The trio has been entertaining Toronto jazz lovers for over three decades, as well as working for other well-known musicians. Sumner toured with the Andy Williams show, while Wallace has backed up everyone from Oscar Peterson to Oliver Jones to Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass. Eisenman is a master of 50s and 60s style jazz piano, and should be a household name to Canadian jazz fans.

Monday’s show is already sold out, so act fast to enjoy this rare chance to share a small studio with only 30 audience members, a venue so intimate that organizers say “you will feel like you’re part of the band.”

For tickets to Jazz in the Kitchen, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/447400.

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