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!



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.

The Octokats at Beach United

Jazz & Reflection with The OCTOKATS

Come experience local big band, The OCTOKATS, as they treat you all to  ‘Martinis with Mancini’ – a special exploration of the musical mind of American film composer Henry Mancini on Saturday, April 6th at 4:30pm.

You may reserve your seats at this link. Entry is pay-what-you-can.

Henry Mancini, born as Enrico Nicola Mancini, was an American Composer extraordinaire! So how is it that this remarkable individual who had 18 Academy Award nominations with 4 wins, 11 Golden Globe nominations with 1 win, and an astounding 75 Grammy Nominations with 20 wins would have a split personality? While one side of his brain would function to achieve very orchestral compositions and arrangements for the movie industry, the other side would focus on the very essence of hip, Cool West Coast Jazz! Known to his friends and colleagues simply as “Hank”, in the late 50s and 60s his iconic work for the Peter Gunn TV series featured many tunes that had a cool vibe reminiscent of other West Coast Jazz artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper and Shorty Rogers. Stay tuned as The OCTOKATS treat you all with an exploration of the darker, hip vibe from the mind of Mancini! 

The OCTOKATS, formed in 2012, specialize in a type of jazz that is quite different from the mainstream jazz bands around the GTA and offer something unique and different. West Coast Jazz was a style of Jazz that was developed in the Los Angeles area in and around the time of the 1950’s. This was the very beginning of the essence of Cool Jazz. Unlike many of the big bands, West Coast Jazz simply focuses on arrangements that are less frenetic yet enriched with smooth voicing and are heavily arranged. This style is very relaxed and calming, a perfect combination for either easy listening or dancing. Sorely missing from the Toronto Jazz scene, The OCTOKATS have resurrected this West Coast Cool Groove while breathing new life into the music with a fresh new zeal. 

Proceeds go towards supporting our musicians and making our concerts accessible, while also supporting Beach United’s year-round community programs.

Organ Stops with Ryan Baxter

Organ Stops with Ryan Baxter

Beach United Church is excited to present organist Ryan Baxter for our final Organ Stops concert of our season on Saturday, March 16th at 4:30pm.



Organ Sonata No. 6 in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn

Trio Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV 530 by Johann Sebastian Bach

12 Characteristic Pieces, Op. 156 by Josef Rheinberger

Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain, Op. 7 by Maurice Duruflé

Ryan Baxter is a student in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music, studying solo piano performance with Professor Stéphan Sylvestre. This year he holds an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, which supports his continued work on contemporary Australian four-hands piano music, including sonatas by Carl Vine and Stuart Greenbaum. He received a Bachelor of Music from Brock University (2019), an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Music Composition from Humber College (2020), and a Master of Music from the University of Manitoba (2022). Outside of university study, Ryan holds LCRM, ARCT, and LTCL diplomas in piano, ARCT, ARCCO, CRCCO, and LTCL diplomas in organ, and an ARCT in piano pedagogy. 

Beyond academic life, Ryan is Music Director and Organist at Rowntree Memorial United Church in London, Ontario, and is currently on the board of directors at the United Church Foundation. Previously he was organist, and later music director, at Trillium United Church in St. Catharines (2016-2021). He has worked as a marker/grader, choral and instrumental accompanist, in-classroom tutor for mathematics and English, MOOC (massive open online course) facilitator, private piano and theory instructor, and in various other education-related positions. When Ryan is not practicing, writing, or working, he can be found walking outside, gardening, gaming on his PC, cooking, baking, and applying to more programs. He is happy to be part of Beach United Church’s musical programming this year! 

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.