Category Archives: Events

Announcements about events taking place at Holy Trinity or organized by members of Holy Trinity.

Celebrate Sanctuary North’s 15th Anniversary on November 5th

Saturday, November 5 from 5 to 9 PM Celebrate Sanctuary North’s fifteenth anniversary! There will be supper, a bar, music, entertainment and a slide show of Sanctuary North’s fifteen year history here in the church, 19 Trinity Square. This event is hosted by the Sanctuary North Board and related organizations.
Sanctuary North would not exist if it hadn’t been for a sixty thousand dollar grant that the congregation approved from a “windfall” we received just before the turn of the century. A lot of people from Holy Trinity and San Esteban communities have been involved from the outset though Sanctuary North has welcomed refugees from many different communities.
Please speak with Lee or Michael Creal or Ian Sowton to say you are coming so we can plan for realistic numbers. Email It will be a great occasion. A Holy Trinity achievement worth celebrating!

Photo: Looking out from the porch of Sanctuary North over the York River. Sanctuary North is located north west of Bancroft, ON.

Elora Festival Singers Concert October 16 3 PM

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir brings the Grammy-nominated Elora Festival Singers to Toronto for an intimate concert of a cappella music by the Italian Renaissance master Palestrina, complemented by contemporary works.

Palestrina: Missa Ut, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La
Morlock: Exaudi
Tavener: The Tyger
Tavener: The Lamb
Pärt: The Woman with the Alabaster Box
Pärt: The Deer’s Cry
Bach: Lobet den Herrn (Motet 6)

Read more and listen here

This Saturday, Oct 15 is Panter’s Pub 16 – Fight the Power (w Jon Brooks)

Featured artist this month is Jon Brooks.
“I write songs to calm those who’ve looked into, and seen, what is in their hearts.  I also write songs to terrify those who have not.” — Jon Brooks 
Nearing the end of a year of travel in 1997 throughout Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and particularly, throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jon Brooks discovered what kind of song he wanted to write. In 2005, he began writing and performing that song – the song that looks for the soul of things. In 2010 Jon became the fourth Canadian since 1975 to win the prestigious Kerrville (TX) New Folk Award. Founder of The Kerrville Folk Festival, the late Rod Kennedy, said of Jon: “(Brooks) speaks and sings words that need to be spoken and sung and he does it beautifully, perfectly, and with absolute finesse.” He has now been nominated four times for ‘English Songwriter of the Year’ by the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2007, 2009, 2012, and 2015). Jon’s fifth album, The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside, was released November 1, 2014 by Borealis Records and was nominated for two 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards: ‘Contemporary Album of the Year’ and ‘English Songwriter of the Year.’
Pay What You Can

Doors open at 7:30pm

Open Mic at 8pm
Featured artist at 9pm
Dancing at 10pm

Pot luck munchies and BYOB.

Potluck Supper 5 PM followed by walk to Sisters in Spirit Vigil

Treaty People of Holy Trinity will gather for a potluck supper and time together in the west end of the church (19 Trinity Square) by the kitchen to share food before we join the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto

Come join us on Tuesday, October 4th in this annual event as we raise awareness and honor the lives of murdered and missing Indigenous women.

Vigil will take place at Allan Gardens starting at 6:30pm with Aboriginal speakers and performers, painted rock installation, and a moment of silence with candle lighting to honor MMIW.

Autumn Equinox Labyrinth Walk September 20

Join the Labyrinth Community Network in a public walk on Tuesday, September 20 at noon.  Free

Several times a year the network hosts public walks accompanied with music. Although you are invited to walk the labyrinth anytime it can be a particularly moving experience to walk it with others in the presence of inspiring music. Live Music by Michael Franklin

Wheelchair accessible with braille labyrinth on site

Next up Wednesday, December 21 at noon for Winter Solstice

ECHO Women’s Choir returns to Holy Trinity tonight!

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Echo Women’s Choir celebrates it’s 25 year, and began a new season on September 6.


There will be a welcome tea for new members on September 13.

If you would like to join Echo please register on our website.
Spots are available for our next season starting in January:

Other things to add to your calendar 

Echo Open RehearsalOctober 4, 7pm (please arrive fragrance free)

Echo Winter Concert December 11, 7:30pm

To get an idea of why you would join a choir watch this CBC video.

Tomorrow! Homeless Memorial Tuesday, September 13 at noon

We meet monthly to remember all 833 people whose names are recorded here and the countless others who have been forgotten by some.

The June memorial marked the adding the 831 name to the Homeless Memorial which is not a milestone to be proud of, but one that was marked none-the-less. The Toronto Star wrote an article on this event that quietly took place outside the church on the second Tuesday of July.

Read the article here

We spoke out against police violence that led to “John Doe’s” death, observed our moment of silence for him and all those who have died. We heard Bonnie’s poem and shared announcements of actions we could take to change the system so that no more deaths will occur.

let's talk housing


Make your voice heard on a new national housing strategy by visiting the Federal Government input page Let’s Talk Housing.

Panter’s Pub kicks off 3rd season Sep 17

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The third season of of our pub party in the old chapel here at Holy Trinity starts Saturday, September 17.
Doors open at 7:30. The show starts at 8pm.

My old band Merbecke is getting together to play through our old recording, a few other favourites and one new tune. We sounded pretty good when we got together privately last winter, so I have high hopes for a fun and rocking show. I know we’re up against TURF, but sometimes that’s the way it goes with hard to schedule events like a Merbecke reunion. The name was originally Merbecke Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, but since nobody knew who the heck Merbecke was anyway, we decided to shorten it.

There will still be an open mic portion at 8pm, so if you have a poem, song, or something else you want to try out with an audience, let me know so I can schedule you in.

I’m turning 50 on September 15. While there likely won’t be much in the way of official birthday activities here (and please don’t bring presents), this will likely be the closest thing to a party that I arrange.

Panter’s Pub is a semi-private party upstairs in the old chapel at Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto where local singer-songwriters, poets and radicals gather to have a good time and maybe plot the revolution. It’s for members and friends. If you’re seeing this, you’re almost certainly a member or friend. 🙂 Feel free to bring your own friends too.

Open Mic at 8pm,
Merbecke (Judy Steers, Caroline Owen, Keith Nunn, Neil MacNaughton) at 9,
Dancing at 10.
Entrance by donation,
BYOB (We also have wine, beer and seasonal cocktails if you just want to show up).

RSVP appreciated, but not necessary.

There are many stairs, I’m sorry. I will have some more ground floor events soon.

Fashion on Yonge – Wednesday September 7 at 6 PM


We love being a good neighbour.

Our great relationship with Downtown Yonge BIA has included the storage of their Play in the Parks equipment for their summer concert series and some shared advocacy for new bike racks on the square.

As fall approaches and we look into our closets for warmer, fashionable inspiration Fashion on Yonge comes to the rescue.

Join us Wednesday September 7 for a FREE Interactive Fashion Experience as Fashion on Yonge hits the Catwalk for it’s fourth year!

Everyone is invited to come see the hottest looks for fall 2016 available at the different retailers in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood. During the event indulge in a little pampering courtesy of local salons and spas and enjoy food and beverages from local bars and restaurants.

From 6:00 – 8:00PM we invite you to step inside the historic Holy Trinity Church for three runway shows featuring falls best fashions. Space is limited inside the church, tickets are required.

This may not be a traditional church event, but when were we ever traditional. Come enjoy another aspect of our vibrant, downtown community!