Jazz & Reflection with Beachside Brass

Jazz & Reflection with Beachside Brass

Beach United Church is excited to present local band Beachside Brass on Saturday, May 4th at 4:30pm as they present a fun show filled with jazz, pop, funk, soul and more. Get ready to clap your hands, move your feet, and head on down to Bourbon Street!

RSVP here! (Entry is PWYC)

Beachside Brass is a New Orleans style brass band based in the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto. Formerly known as “Black Knight Brass”, the ensemble was formed from Malvern C.I. alumni. Even after graduating, they continued sharing their love of the New Orleans spirit with local and international audiences alike. The group has played venues ranging from Toronto music staples such as Drom Taberna and The Cameron House, to street festivals including Buskerfest and the Beaches International Jazz Festival. As artists in residence with Hope United Church, Beachside Brass continues to actively connect and maintain strong relations with their home community.

Beach United’s warm, inviting hall serves as the perfect backdrop for this concert – the concert is pay-what-you-can, and proceeds support our year-round community programs.

Spring Fling at Beach United featuring Barbra Lica

Spring Fling Concert feat. Barbra Lica

The Beach United Church Choir is excited to welcome special musical guest Juno-nominated Barbra Lica, joined by Tom Fleming on guitar and Mark Godfrey on bass. It will be an evening of music and refreshments to welcome in the spring season on Saturday, April 27th at 7pm

Tickets are $40/Adult and $15/Child with proceeds going towards supporting Beach United Church and its many community programs. There will be a cash bar as well!

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ABOUT BARBRA

JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter-producer Barbra Lica is a seasoned act on the North American club and festival circuits. She has performed everywhere, from New York City’s legendary Birdland to Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall. She has also headlined at festivals around the world including Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Tokyo International Jazz Festival, Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, and Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and opened for the likes of Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, Bob Dorough, and Terence Blanchard. Her 2018 album, You’re Fine, marked the introduction of Folk and Americana elements to her repertoire and amassed over 6.1 million streams to date on Spotify. More recently, her first-ever self produced album, Imposter Syndrome, garnered her two 2024 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations in the categories of Single of the Year (In 40 Years) and Solo Artist of the Year. The album single, The Ghost of Me, took home the 2023 Ontario Folk Music Awards CMRRA Song of the Year prize. In addition to writing for herself, Barbra has written cuts for such artists as jazz crooner Matt Dusk (Entertainment One/Universal), rising J-Pop singer Harumi (Sony Music Japan), and Taiwanese pop recording artist, Morrison Ma (Universal Music Group/X Entertainment). She is also the co-founder/arranger (with Anders Azzopardi), and lead vocalist for the Toronto Chamber-Pop Orchestra, an all new folk-jazz-classical crossover project featuring all-original music cinematically arranged for 14 instruments plus voice.

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Beach United EcoFair 2024

We will be hosting our EcoFair on Saturday, May 4th from 10am-2pm. It’s a family-friendly event, with activities, food, and vendors for everyone! Entry is free and our building is fully accessible.

There will be many vendors at our Ecofair – you’ll find jewelry made from coffee pods, local honey, handmade soaps, eco-friendly cleaning products, art made from reclaimed materials, and so much more.

Also featured will be non-profit groups who are doing eco-advocacy, a new Beach Home Retrofit group, solar co-ops, promoting native plants, a bike repair station, sewing repair station, a repair/reuse hub, and volunteers explaining a biodiversity count project.  

There will be games and activities for all ages including a reading circle for small children.  We’ll also have Indian street food in reusable containers and chai tea and smoothies to tempt your taste buds!

We have an exciting list of speakers lined up as well!

11am: Buying Food Sustainably 
Ronna Manalo, George Brown Chef School 3rd year student/ Gold Organic Campus Designation

12pm: Find out about the new Beach Home Retrofit Group
John Girardo, founding member

1pm: Learn about ElerGreen a new green startup turning waste into energy
Hui Huang Hoe, founder and inventor, UofT engineering student

For photos and videos of our EcoFair last year, please take a look at our Facebook and Instagram posts!

Ecofair at Beach United on May 4th

This event has been sponsored by Switch Heat Pumps, Shining Waters Regional Council, and LID Permeable Paving.

Ecofair Sponsors 2024