Jazz & Reflection featuring Ben Bishop and Jonathan Meyer

Jazz & Reflection with Ben Bishop & Jonathan Meyer

Join us for our kick-off concert on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 4:30pm featuring an incredible duo, Ben Bishop and Jonathan Meyer on jazz guitar and bass.

Reserve your tickets here!

Jazz Guitarist Ben Bishop favours a freewheeling, bop-based guitar style, most reminiscent of the classic guitarists of the 1950s and 1960s. Players including Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, and Grant Green are major inspirations to his sound and musical approach. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada, where he regularly performs with many of the city’s finest jazz musicians. After a number of years living in New York, during which he earned a DMA in Jazz Studies from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, he is also active as an educator at Toronto’s Humber College.

Jonathan Meyer, born and raised in Toronto, has performed professionally for over fifteen years with internationally renowned and award-winning artists such as Peter Appleyard, Allison Au, Tony “Oulabula” Bazley (Wes Montgomery, Leroy Vinnegar), Ned Goold (Harry Connick Jr.), Pat Labarbera, Michael Kaeshammer, Bill Murray, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, and David Virelles to name just a few. He has played on numerous film and television soundtracks including the Chet Baker biopic “Born to be Blue” and has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. He has recorded over twenty albums with artists encompassing a diverse range of styles, including jazz, rock, pop, folk, avant-garde electronic, and everything in between.


Beach United’s warm, inviting hall serves as the perfect backdrop for this concert – donations are welcomed, and proceeds support the Beach United Church food programs.

Ukraine Concert Fundraiser with Oleg Samokhin

An Evening with Concert Pianist: Oleg Samokhin

A fundraiser concert for the people of Ukraine, featuring the incredible concert pianist Oleg Samokhin as he performs the works of Liszt, Debussy, and Ravel.

Funds raised will be donated to the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation’s Ukraine Surgical Educational and Training Partnership with three hospitals in Lviv, Ukraine.

Freewill Offering, minimum $30 donation at the door recommended.
Reserve your seats here.

Oleg Samokhin’s repertoire includes more than 50 solo and chamber programs.

In the reviews devoted to the concerts of the Russian born pianist Oleg Samokhin, it is written:

“He is a musician with an impeccable taste, an admirable sense of style and extraordinary animate intonation”.

“The Culture” – newspaper The Musical Review noticed that “he has a versatile possession of the expanse of sound field; a talent for creation and management of time music streams; along with that he has inimitable and distinctive professional characteristics”.

According to the Dialogue “the individuality of this pianist is bright and unique, and it is evident in his interpretations of the musical stylistic trends that interest him: whether it is baroque or Vienna classics, or romanticism, or the music of the 20th century”.

This event is sponsored by Beach United Church.

Jazz & Reflection - Winter/Spring 2023 lineup

Jazz & Reflection – Winter/Spring 2023

Beach United Church is excited to present another season of Jazz & Reflection with you! Our upcoming lineup is incredibly exciting, and we hope you can join us at the concerts below. As always, tickets are free and donations are welcomed; proceeds support our food programs.

Spring 2023:

Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 at 4:30pm
Bright Eyes
Faith Amour (vocalist)
Eric St. Laurent (guitar)

Saturday, Mar 4, 2023 at 4:30pm
Summertime in the Beach
Paul Novotny (bass)
Robi Botos (piano)

Saturday, Apr 1, 2023 at 4:30pm
Sounds of Spring
Tom Reynolds (piano)
George Koller (bass)
Lorne Nehring (drums)

Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 4:30pm
Theme: Time
John Amato (vocals)
John Kervin (piano)
Matt Savard (bass)

The Bob Dylan Story: An Online Lecture/Concert with Dr. Mike Daley

Listen to Dr. Mike Daley in the comfort of your home and let the music and lyrics of Bob Dylan speak to you during these challenging times.

Dr. Mike Daley is a musicologist and lecturer on music history as well as a longtime professional musician, working with the likes of Jeff Healey and the Travellers. In this recorded lecture-concert, Mike tells the fascinating story of the Bard of Hibbing, Bob Dylan, interspersed with several of Dylan’s most iconic songs. Following the posting of the lecture, Mike will answer your questions about Dylan in a livestream on YouTube.

To receive your link to The Bob Dylan Story:

  • Register on Eventbrite to receive the lecture/concert link via email when it goes live (if you need assistance with this, email jolaforty@gmail.com).
  • The link you receive by email will go live on April 9 and remain live until April 23.

You will be able to watch Mike Daley’s Lecture/Concert as many times as you wish during this time period.

Mike will host a 30-minute livestream Q & A on YouTube on April 20, at 11.00 am. You will receive an invitation with a link to this via email
Donations appreciated, $10 suggested.

Beach United Church, like many other organizations, has lost most of its income. Your generous donations will help us continue to:

  • Share a weekly take-out lunch for those in need
  • Provide quality programs on our website
  • Support our community through phone calls and food delivery
  • Pay for the services of professional musicians & presenters

Check out the event on Eventbrite!