In our upcoming program “Gloria in Excelsis Deo”, Cantemus Singers explore the delightfully varied and glorious Christmas music of the Spanish and Austrian courts of the 16th century. Lively Spanish villancicos (folk carols) by Encina and Cabezon contrast with the serene polyphony of Counter-Reformation composers Tomas Luis Victoria (Christe Redemptor Omnium) and Francisco Guerrero (Magnificat from the Vespers of the Three Kings). Familiar German carols stand side-by-side with joyful motets by rarely heard Vienna-based masters, Jacob Handl, Philipp de Monte and Jacob Clemens non Papa. A highlight of our program is Mateo Flecha’s ensalada “La Negrina”, that mixes Spanish and African–inspired folksong into a spirited Christmas entertainment.
The concerts take place in two venues. On Saturday December 5th at 7:30 p.m., the choir will perform at the Church of the Holy Trinity in the Eaton Centre. The choir’s second performance will take place the day after, on Sunday afternoon, December 6th at 3:00 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 70 Silver Birch Ave. at Queen St. East. Tickets are $20 general admission, with children under 12 free. They are available at Centre 55 (97 Main St., from Nov. 1st), at the door or by calling 416-578-6602 to have tickets set aside for pick-up. VISA and Amex accepted at Centre 55.
These are benefit concerts to raise money for Community Centre 55’s Share-a-Christmas program that provides Christmas food hampers and toys to over 900 needy families in Toronto’s east end. We hope you can join us to help make the holidays better for those less fortunate than ourselves. Cantemus Singers will donate one quarter of the ticket receipts to this worthy cause.
Church of the Holy Trinity is pleased to host The People’s Assembly from 12:30 to 3:30 on November 20th.
National Housing Day has been marked in Canada since 1998 when the Federation of Canadian Municipalities followed in the footsteps of our own Toronto Disaster Relief Committee in declaring homelessness at national disaster. A brief history with details and links is available here.
Each year the Labyrinth Community Network (LCN) produces a colourful, four-page newsletter. It also maintains an informative website at www.labyrinthnetwork.ca where there are current listings of well over 150 Ontario labyrinths. Through the website, we field diverse questions about labyrinths and fulfill requests for help or information. Facebook “likes” are growing exponentially. LCN continues to host five Open Walks each year to mark the Solstice, the Equinox and World Labyrinth days. The 2016 dates will be posted on their website early in January.
Church of the Holy Trinity has been mounting multiple performances of The Christmas Story yearlysince 1937.
This history is evident in the people who lovingly give many hours of their time for two months each year. We currently have a senior member of cast who also doubles as an usher and can be found in pictures as a young angel from decades ago. Other cast members have been involved since their birth and many crew and cast members have decades of involvement.
The Christmas Story community is one that cherishes tradition and longstanding friendships, but eagerly welcomes the new Baby Jesus and other players. New cast and crew of all ages are welcomed into the community each fall.
Full rehearsal begin this Sunday, November 1 with other smaller rehearsals of key roles taking place on weeknights. Performances begin on Friday, December 4. More information here
“We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?” Wendell Berry
Come and share a Thanksgiving Feast with us at Holy Trinity, after the 10:30 Eucharist on Sunday, October 11, 2015. Bring some food to share if you can, or just bring yourself, and help us return blessing for the bounty of creation with a shared community meal. Helpers to serve and clean up are most welcome!