Celtic Artists Help Raise Funds and Awareness for Julliette’s Place

Bold Steps Dancers at the Celtic Festival

By Sandy Graham

Wednesday May 11, 2011, The Beach Celtic Festival, performers and friends will be banding together to help raise funds and awareness for Juliette’s Place (Homeward Family Shelter), a women’s shelter in Toronto, Canada.

With the location, food and staff generously donated by  Dora Keogh (Pub), the event will have the true feeling of a ceilidh, with glasses raised, songs sung, and dollars given in donation for a good cause. 

Long time MC of the Beach Celtic Festival and radio host of Toronto’s Irish Programme on CHIN Radio (Sundays 10 am – 11 am) Hugo Straney will once again grace the stage at ‘the Dora’, along with a slew of talent that will include The Bold Step Dancers, Don Graham, The Sea Sick Sailors, along with very special guests Cara Butler and Jon Pilatski of Step Crew, who you night recognize as the talented dancers with the legendary Chieftains. 

Beacher Don GrahamBeacher Don GrahamThe event will host an evening of talent as well as auction items that include theatre tickets, Mother’s Day gifts, and items donated from the long time vendors at The Beach Celtic Festival.

Jon PilatzkeJon PilatzkeThe Beach Celtic Festival was started by Sandy Graham, COO of Cashbox Canada, when her beloved Scottish Mum, Jemima Blackie Sutherland Graham, passed away. As most Celtic people know, our loved ones ask not to mourn but to celebrate their lives, so Graham thought a one off party in Kew Gardens in the Beach would be a great way to honour her upbringing. Now in it’s 8th year and growing to be a two-day event, Graham had no idea it would grow to be a tradition and two day event, now encompassing the Irish, Scottish and Welsh diaspora, with vendors food and music, all for free for anyone that would like to come experience this heritage.  This year’s event is scheduled for Sept, 10 and Sept. 11 – www.thecelticfestival.com.

Cara ButlerCara Butler‘Every year we try to give back to the community; in past we have given funds to The Rotary Club of Toronto Beach, donated dollars to help renovate the historical Gardener’s Cottage in Kew Gardens, helped by kilts for The Toronto Black Watch Pipes and Drums; this year we are proud to align ourselves with Julliette’s Place, a strong but mighty Women’s Shelter. Abuse can happen to anyone and awareness is just as important as raising the dollars to keep these places available to those in need.”

“Dora Keogh is ‘the heartbeat of the parish’ and when we approached John Maxwell about this idea he generously offered his location as well as assistance for a pre-press party prior to the auction event.  The history of the celtic people is all about clan & family, and there is no better place we could have held this event but the ‘Dora’. Many years ago, I was at this pub with Paddy Maloney of The Chieftains. It is really serendipitous that his fiddle player and dancers have joined with us to continue the legacy of giving. Jon Pilatski and Cara Butler  have created a truly unique dance presentation that combines Ottawa Valley stepdance, Irish stepdance, and tap. This is just a wee taste of what the talented Step Crew has to offer.”

Seasick SailorsSeasick SailorsAdding to this evening of entertainment are Meghan Bold and her wonderful Bold Steps Dancers, who combine highland and step dancing that will stir the blood of any stoic spectator. Don Graham, brother of Sandy Graham, will be offering his heartfelt, self-penned songs to his Mum, one specifically written on her passing ‘The Pipes & The Mist’. The Seasick Sailors are the newest addition to the Beach Celtic Family, and their zany renditions of traditional songs along with their own antics will add to the humour that encompasses the true heart of a celt. All this rounded up by the indefatigable Hugo Straney and the blueprint for a great evening is all there.



Fling with the Bold Steps DancersFling with the Bold Steps Dancers


Hugo StraneyHugo StraneyAdmission is free at The Dora Keogh but come early as it is sure to be packed. 7:00 p.m. starts the entertainment, and there is food for purchase and auction will start at 8:00 p.m.

All events need support and I would like to personally thank all the entertainers as well as John Maxwell of the Dora Keogh, and Heather Ostertag and Associates and Lenny Stoute for making this possible. 


For further information contact Sandy Graham at 416.686.9231.

Dora Keogh

141 Danforth Avenue (Broadview Avenue)

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