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St. Anne's Christmas Concert - Sunday, December 9, 3:30 p.m.

Music at St. Anne's

Music at St. Anne’s brings people together. It supports and focuses the whole community as we join our voices to worship God. 

St. Anne’s has a long history of presenting major choral works, annual musical theatre productions, and concerts. We also have a history of partners who share with us in presenting music to the wider community. Music is part of the DNA at St. Anne’s. 

We are delighted to introduce our new Music Director, Mervin Fick. Mervin is the founding director of the Toronto Beach Chorale, the Artistic Director of the MCS Chorus of Mississauga, and conductor of the PCS Singers of Brampton and the National Award-winning Esprit Chamber Choir. Mervin is a strong proponent of arts education, Mervin presents an innovative and successful interactive arts education program for elementary school students in the Peel School Board. Integrating Canadian visual art, poetry, and music, the program showcases a song cycle inspired by Group of Seven paintings and poetry written by young people. A graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music (MUS BAC), he has diplomas in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as a Colleague diploma and a Certificate in Service Playing from the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Mervin is a wonderful vocal coach who inspires joyful singing. 

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Music Season

This year's music season includes two special events, two regular concert series, and week by week music for Sunday worship.

Special Events:
  • "Cantate": The St. Anne's Neighbourhood Christmas Concert. Sunday, December 9, 3:30 p.m. $15/person (children under 12 free). Proceeds of this benefit concert support two local community organizations: Parkdale Queen West Community Health Care Centre's Four Winds Indigenous Health and Wellness Program and the Oasis Food Bank. Come and celebrate Christmas and the strength of our local community!
  • Concert: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". St. Anne's presents the concert version of Joseph for one performance on Sunday, March 24, 3:00 p.m.

Regular Concert Series:
  • "Come & Sing": An opportunity to gather with others in an informal setting around the piano in the inspiring acoustic of the St. Anne's sanctuary. Share in the joy of singing a wide range of songs drawn from many sources. Audience requests will make the experience even more meaningful and fun. Please email your requests in advance so that we copies of songs in print for everyone to share!
    • September 30, 4:00 p.m. Wonder and wonder?
    • December 16, 4:00 p.m. 'tis the Season
    • February 10, 4:00 p.m. About Love
    • April 28, 4:00 p.m. The Earth and Our World

  • Music @4 p.m. A series of four one-hour concerts including choral, solo, and solo ensemble performances accompanied by piano and organ.
    • May 12, 4:00 Mozart / Hayden Organ Mass
    • June 2, 4:00 Music for Pride

Week by week Sunday Worship: 

You are welcome to join the St. Anne's Choir. Rehearsals every Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Rehearsal 1.5 hours. Preparation includes the Sunday hymns, liturgical music, choral anthems, as well as special concert material noted in the events above. The Sunday worship service is generally 1.25 hours duration. There is a rehearsal immediately before the service at 9:45 a.m.

St. Anne's Choir - Now welcoming new Members!

CALL FOR SINGERS! St. Anne's Anglican Church, with its beautiful setting of Group of Seven art and Byzantine architecture, is one of the most attractive visual and auditory experiences to sing in. The semi-professional chancel choir, made up of approximately 30 voices, is quickly becoming one of the finest and most versatile choral ensembles in the city, as we perform mixed repertoire from Renaissance music to modern anthems. All are welcome to audition! Sunday services are at 10:30 a.m., and choir rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. 
Please contact Director of Music, Mervin Fick:

Gilbert & Sullivan's Comic Operas

St. Anne’s Music & Drama Society, in its 56th year, will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance in the Parish Hall, 651 Dufferin Street. There will be four evening and four matinee performances at 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively. 

"The Pirates of Penzance" is such a timeless comic opera that a revival of it featuring rock stars and staged in Central Park, New York City in the 1980s won many awards, and a movie featuring Kevin Klein and Angela Lansbury took cinema fans by storm.  Gilbert's plot revolves around an English lad who was apprenticed by mistake to a band of pirates; his nursery maid who later falls in love with him; pirates who, being orphans, capture ships that seem always to be manned by orphans and so are set free; and a police force that specializes in trembling.  Topping off this topsy-turvy romp  is a Major General with outdated military knowledge but an exemplary command of "matters vegetable, animal and mineral".  Sullivan's music combines hilarious patter songs with glorious melodies.  "Pirates" is a great evening's entertainment in the hands of the highly talented cast of St. Anne's MADS - their 56th annual G&S production.
MADS performances are professionally costumed, skillfully staged with a large chorus, and musically enhanced by an 18-piece orchestra. Tickets are AVAILABLE ONLINE and by phone at 416.922.4415. For further information, please email royschatz@bell.netYou may also view or download an order form, which gives information about prices and timing, by visiting our downloads page (scroll down to the Music at St. Anne's section).

Partners in Music

St. Anne's welcomes partnership in music and the arts, and we are delighted to introduce our community music partners.

The Junction Trio

The St. Anne’s Ensemble-in-Residence is a versatile and accomplished trio, founded in the spirit of a shared love of music-making. The music is always accessible, and you can expect to be surprised.  Join musicians Jamie Thompson, flute, Ivana Popovic, violin, Janusz Borowiec, cello, and their special guests for innovative and engaging musical events. 

Concerts by the Junction Trio present a range of styles of music from Bach, Scriabin and Vivaldi through to contemporary composers and a wide range of instrumental accompaniment, such as pots and pans, theramin, and found objects. The Junction Trio seeks to de-mystify classical music through humour and juxtaposition. 

The Junction Trio join us for occasional Sunday services. Concerts at St. Anne’s are supported by donation (PWYC – “Pay What You Can” – suggested amount $20/person). 

Concerts and Recordings

St. Anne's is delighted to partner with choirs and musical groups for concerts. The church has wonderful acoustics for professional recordings. 

Please contact us to discuss availability and rates: