Music Mondays final two concerts

Monday,  August 24 at 12:15 PM

Blackwood – Peter-Anthony Togni, organ and piano, Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet perform the world premiere of Peter-Anthony Togni’s Benedicite, commissioned for Music Mondays and the Church of the Holy Trinity. In Blackwood, Togni and Reilly explore the full range of their musical experience, from modality to modernism, in a sound that that is beautiful, mysterious and totally engaging.

Monday, August 31 at 12:15 PM
In our final concert, conductor Evan Mitchell returns with Canzona Chamber Players and soprano Rachel Krehm to perform Richard Strauss’ Vier Lieder, Op. 27 and the cheery and lyrical Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163  by Antonín Dvořák. Don’t miss this one!
Admission pay-what-you-can. Suggested minimum donation $5 Concert starts at 12:15pm.
Hope to see you there!

City of Toronto moving toward Poverty Reduction Strategy


Commitment 2 Community is a loosely woven together coalition focused on improving life for all who live in Toronto. In July City Council approved the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy and now it is being prepared for final approval in November. Now is the time for individuals to make their voices heard:

  • Contact your Councillor by telephone, e-mail or in person. Contact Sean Meagher at sean@publicinterest.caif you are interested in attending a councillor meeting. Tell your councillor: “Please make the PRS a priority and vote to support the Final PRS in November” and add an issue that is of concern to you and your community (e.g. Affordable housing, food security, transit, city services, jobs) If you don’t know who your councilor is, look here 
  • Deputation Training: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015. Location and registration details to be announced soon. This training prepares you to speak in person at upcoming meetings of council and its various standing committees.

The best way to stay up-to-date and active on this issue is to sign up for updates

Here is a short background document for sharing About_the_Poverty_Reduction_Strategy

Anglican Nuns

SSJD-community-photo-Nov2014cYes, we have two Anglican orders of religious women in Canada; the Community of the Sisters of the Church and the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine. This latter order(pictured above) recently sent us their newsletter and a calendar of upcoming events.

Food for the SOUL 2015 to 2016 offers one day reflective events and longer weekend events like Listen to Your life a weekend event led by our own Sherman Hesselgrave. Some of the events are more action oriented like a writers workshop with Kathleen Norris.

You can also choose to simply retreat for the day or days on your own or seek the guidance of a sister. They are happy to host you in the guesthouse and you can discover more here. They also welcome people to join them in their regular worship.

The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine is a contemporary expression of the religious life for women within the Anglican Church of Canada. Nurtured by our founding vision of prayer, community and ministry, we are open and responsive to the needs of the church and the contemporary world, continually seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our life and ministry.

This community is one of several spiritual resources that we have close to home and will be looking at ways to share and highlight these communities in the coming months.

Reconciliation Actions you can take

heart garden creation 1

Lots was said and done when we received the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report in early June. Our heart garden and an Anglican Church timeline poster continue to occupy space in our church over the summer. Some community actions will be planned for the fall.

What can you do to continue your own journey of reconciliation? Read the report and particularly the call to actions that is linked above. Take yourself to events that are hosted by Aboriginal communities. This weekend, August 1 & 2 Diane and Douglas Allen (Holy Trinity members afar) will be volunteering at the Wasauksing First Nation Powwow, on the Wasauksing
traditional grounds, Depot Harbour. Grand entry at noon both days. Details can be found here. Other upcoming Pow Wows in Ontario are listed here.

You might choose to learn more with some Indigenous summer reading recommended by CBC Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers, CBC New Fire host, Lisa Charleyboy, and graphic novelist David Robertson

There are a couple of upcoming festivals highlighting art and culture from a variety of Aboriginal nations. Beginning this weekend Planet IndigenUS  4  gives prominence to the voices, stories and cultures of Indigenous people that are largely absent from the Canadian narrative and will be hosted at Harbourfront Centre and other locations until August 9th. ImagineNative Film & Media Arts Festival will take place in the fall, October 14 to 18, but will also be screening films at Harbourfront Centre over the next two weeks.

Aboriginal Art exhibits:

Now to August 31 Aboriginal Arts & Stories: Youth art exhibit at Parliament Street library. Laying the groundwork for cultural reconciliation and community healing, these young First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists have presented interpretive pieces on Aboriginal culture and heritage through literary and visual arts for a chance to earn national recognition.

August Truth and Reconciliation: Special Exhibit on the legacy of residential schools at St. James Cathedral, 65 Church Street at King

Continue to walk on the path of reconciliation through these and other activities. Let us know what you do 


Lammas Day – Aug 1


Lammas Day is a traditional festival giving thanks for the beginning of harvest. Historically there was a custom of bringing a freshly baked loaf of bread to church and in some traditions the loaf was broken and left in the four corners of the barn to protect the grain.

St. Stephen in the Fields will celebrate Lammas Day this Saturday at 7 PM behind the Scadding Court Community Centre at Dundas and Bathurst.

Together,we bless the produce of the community garden, and bread freshly baked in the park’s wood-fired oven. We remember that even in the city we depend on the goodness of the natural world, and we celebrate the nurture, growth and richness of urban agriculture and food production. The service will be followed by a potluck; please bring food to share if you can.

Read more in this article about a previous St Stephen’s in the Fields celebration.


August 6: Join us in peace…


Ground Zero to Global Zero: Hope after 70 Years.

Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (Free event! All welcome!)

4:30 to 6:30 Community Tables

6:30 Commemoration

8:30 Closing Ceremony

Speaker: Paul Dewar MP, Co-president of PNND (Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament)

Featuring:  Flautist, Ron Korb, The Raging Grannies, Yakudo Traditional Japanese Drummers.

Special  guests: The Pax Christi Chorale

More information at

Print poster

Toronto Homeless Memorial – Tuesday, August 11 noon


Next week and every second Tuesday year round (September 8,  October 13, November 10, December 8, 2015) people gather at noon outside the south doors of The Church of the Holy Trinity beside the Eaton Centre to remember all who have died on the streets of Toronto. The memorial is followed by a light lunch for all.

The Toronto Disaster Relief Committee and The Church of the Holy Trinity put together a Homeless Memorial outside the church in 2000. The photo above is of Bonnie Briggs, founder of the current memorial.  Names have been collected since 1985 and on February 12th, 2013 the 700th name was added. Current list is here:

Homeless-Memorial-OFFICIAL-LIST.July 2015

The Mission Statement of the Toronto Homeless Memorial is: “We remember all those homeless people who have lived in the streets of Toronto, and died as a direct result of homelessness.”

Several stories have been written about the memorial and those who are remembered here:

  • Carol Goar remembers Stewart Poirier who was the 700th name added in 2013.
  • John Bonar of has a collection of audio,  video,  and print stories of the memorial. This is a selection of links, but more exist, if you visit their website; January 2015, October 2014 – videos part 1 and part 2, September 2014 – six names added, September 2010 – five names added,






You can access the church through the mall, from Dundas or Bay streets.

Holy Trinity Member Bill Aide featured August 17 at Music Mondays



Music Mondays hosts lovely concerts every Monday at 12:15 in our
lovely, historic, acoustic space. The series features young, up & coming performers with some longtime favourites who offer up new or experimental repertoire. Upcoming concerts continuing until August 31  are listed in our calendar to your right and the full schedule can be found here.

william aide

August 17th’s artist  Bill Aide is  performing The Romantic Character Piece – A long time Music Mondays favourite explores this  expressive genre. Works include the Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 by Chopin and  Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) Op. 15 by Schumann.


Every concert is recorded and you can listen to past concerts by visiting the Music Mondays website.



Labyrinth Walk – June 21, Summer Solstice

braille labyrinth
Sunday, June 21, 2015 – Noon – 1pm

Join the Labyrinth Community Network in a group labyrinth walk to mark the Summer Solstice 2015.

Toronto Public Labyrinth in Trinity Square Park (South of the church of the Holy Trinity and west of the Eaton Centre).

The path to the centre and out again is ½ mile in length, and within a circle 73’ in diameter.

Everyone welcome.  Live Music.  Wheelchair accessible. Braille labyrinth on site.  Free.  More information

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