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Join us for Holy Week and Easter 2018

posted 21 Mar 2018, 10:32 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Apr 2018, 09:40 ]

Welcome to St. Anne's! Our mission is to be Sanctuary for you as you find your way. Holy Week is an ideal time to reflect on your life in light of these stories of Jesus. Let the drama and music guide you to new insights about faith, community, and the love of God.

It's easy to get to St. Anne's, and a safe inclusive space for everyone.

We look forward to meeting you.

Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore - Friday, January 26 to Sunday, February 4!

posted 6 Dec 2017, 08:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 8 Feb 2018, 09:43 ]

St. Anne’s Music & Drama Society, in its 55th year, will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore from January 26 to February 4, 2018 in the Parish Hall, 651 Dufferin Street. 

"Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse" was the 10th collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan. The "supernatural opera" opened on January 21, 1887 at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 288 performances. 

The opera is a parody of the stock melodrama — the villain who carries off the maiden; the priggishly good-mannered poor-but-virtuous-heroine; the hero in disguise, and his faithful old retainer who dreams of their former glory days; the snake in the grass who claims to be following his heart; the wild, mad girl; the swagger of fire-eating patriotism; ghosts coming to life to enforce a curse; and so forth. 

But as one critic noted, Gilbert turns the moral absolutes of melodrama upside down: Good becomes bad, bad becomes good, and heroes take the easy way out.
MADS performances are professionally costumed, skillfully staged with a large chorus, and musically enhanced by an 18-piece orchestra. Tickets are available at 416.922.4415. 

There will be four evening and four matinee performances at 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively. 
  • Friday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27, 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 28, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 1, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 3, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 4, 2:00 p.m.
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).

Christmas Services at St. Anne's

posted 23 Nov 2017, 11:23 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 9 Jan 2018, 09:17 ]

We invite you to join us at St. Anne's for Christmas! Here is the schedule:

Sunday, December 24, 10:30 a.m. 
Fourth Sunday of Advent: Lighting of all the Advent Candles as the scripture texts summarize a world in readiness for a coming Messiah. This is a one-hour service. Refreshments following the service in the Skey Room.

Sunday, December 24, 5:30 p.m. 
Early Christmas Eve: This all-ages-friendly service includes favourite Christmas Carols and Communion. The large creche figures assist us by travelling down the aisle as we tell the story.

Sunday, December 24, 10:30 p.m. 
Late Christmas Eve: A candlelight choral celebration of the Christmas story, with favourite Christmas carols and beautiful music by the choir and St. Anne's Brass Quartet. 
Monday, December 25, 10:30 a.m. 
Christmas Day: Christmas Day Communion with a sing-along of favourite carols. Help us choose which ones to sing! Christmas cake and Starbucks coffee during the service.

Sunday, December 31, 10:30 a.m. 
First Sunday of Christmas: The rest of the Christmas story, including the blessing of the child in the temple and the arrival of the Magi - people of wisdom from the east to recognize the Holy Birth.

Cantate Community Christmas Concert - Sunday, December 10, 3:30 p.m.

posted 7 Nov 2017, 05:06 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Dec 2017, 13:36 ]

St. Anne's 5th Annual Christmas Concert for our Community: Great music performances; plus sing along to some favourite Christmas Carols. 

This is a benefit concert supporting two local organizations whose work benefits our whole community: Cantate continues to support the C.P.L.C. Youth Scholarship Program, which provides tuition for high school students who distinguish themselves in local community leadership. New this year, St. Anne's is supporting the Food Bank of the Oasis Dufferin Community Centre. 

Musical Guests include Simone Denny, Young Voices Toronto, The Junction Trio, the St. Anne's Brass Quintet, and the Choir of St. Anne's Church, directed by John-Luke Addison. Interfaith guests include Imam Ilyas Ally and friends from the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre, Sister Agnes Roger from the Carmelite Day Nursery. We welcome the whole community to join us! 

Tickets $15/person; $10/seniors & students; $Free/children under 12.

Sunday, December 10, 3:30 p.m. at St. Anne's!

Spooky Hallowe'en Organ Concert - Tuesday, October 31, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

posted 24 Oct 2017, 13:13 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 2 Nov 2017, 07:41 ]

Come hear some scary toccatas and other virtuosic organ repertoire to get in the Hallowe'en spirit! After you’ve finished trick-or-treating at the Cadbury factory (across the street), come into St. Anne’s to listen to some amazing music! Widor and Bach will undoubtedly make an appearance!

Featuring guest organist, Simon Walker, and St. Anne’s Director of Music, John-Luke Addison.

Free admission! All donations received will go toward St. Anne’s Organ Restoration Initiative.

St. Anne's Anglican Church, 
270 Gladstone Ave, Toronto ON M6J 3L6

Tuesday, October 31, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Ulali Project - Upcoming Concert! - Saturday, November 4 - 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.

posted 10 Oct 2017, 14:47 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 6 Nov 2017, 06:45 ]

Native Women in the Arts is pleased to present - in partnership with St. Anne’s Anglican Church - a special concert by the Ulali Project. 

Ulali Project: The a capella trio Ulali was formed in 1987 by original members Pura Fe, Jennifer Kreisberg, and Soni Moreno. The group really hit its stride with their debut album Mahk Jchi. It seemed like that Ulali was everywhere and their songs were played across Turtle Island and around the world. Soon after the phenomenal success of Mahk Jchi, the Miramax film (now a classic film) Smoke Signals was released in theaters. The film by Cheyenne-Arapaho filmmaker Chris Eyre featured the Ulali songs Forgive Our Fathers Suite (aka Wahjeeleh-Yihm) and All My Relations. Both songs were highlighted in some of the film’s most poignant scenes. The film experienced the same tremendous market crossover and international success that Ulali’s music had. Ulali’s audience went off the charts. Ulali traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe performing at venues like Woodstock ‘94, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the 1997 Smithsonian’s Folkways 50th Anniversary Gala at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the 1998 WOMAD Festival in Seattle, the 1998 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, V Day 2001 at Madison Square Garden, the 2001 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. In 2004 they performed at the Kennedy Center and the National Mall for the opening of the new Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. The list goes on in a wide range of impressive venues and benefit performances. They performed in Canada and abroad in Brazil, Corsica, Fiji, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, New Caledonia and Portugal.

The current incarnation of Ulali Project reformed in 2014. Their first performance was at the River People Music Festival in North Carolina, a festival celebrating southeastern American Indian music and traditions. Their haunting voices and rich percussion have connected with audiences across the United States, and they have shared their music in honour of environmental causes and Indigenous justice issues. The group-currently made up of original founders Pura Fe and Jennifer Kreisberg, along with new members Charly Lowry and Layla Locklear-brings together a unique blend of Native American music, including jazz, folk, and soul.
This concert is part of the Kwe Performance Series. Kwe means life giver/life carrier in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway). The iskwe (women) in our community give us life, carry our teachings and culture, and pass these responsibilities from one generation to another. Indigenous women artists are bringers of life through their artistic practice.

Native Women and the Arts, NWIA, is a not-for-profit organization for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women who share the common interest of art, culture, community and the advancement of Indigenous peoples.

  • Adults $20.00
  • Elders, Students, Underemployed & Art Workers $10.00
The concert will take place in St. Anne's Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue.

Great Lakes Water Walkers - Sunday, September 24, 12:00 p.m.

posted 19 Sep 2017, 11:01 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 25 Sep 2017, 03:39 ]

Great Lakes Water Walkers

St. Anne's will join the Great Lakes Water Walkers this coming Sunday to walk the final portion of the western route. Sunday worship will address the theme of water as sacred, and then we will share rides to join the walkers. 

Background Info: Anishinaabeg Grandmothers will lead thousands of participants in a ceremonial water walk along Toronto’s waterfront trail, with blessing stops at Toronto’s four river deltas (Credit, Humber, Rouge, Don). At the close of the walk, respected Elders Dr. Shirley Williams and Grandmother Josephine Mandamin, will lead a multi-cultural water blessing of the Great Lakes assisted by Elders and Leaders representing all facets of the Toronto community. By sharing the Indigenous practice of honouring our waters, the Great Lakes Water Walk is an invitation to pause and reflect upon what we can do individually and collectively to ensure the health and well-being of our waters for generations to come. Participants are free to join or leave the main walking groups at any point, with times and distances that best suits them.  Everyone is welcome.  We walk to renew our relations with each other and the waters we love. 
If you plan to walk with us, remember to bring water, snacks and comfortable shoes. We welcome drivers who are able to assist with bringing walkers to join the main group near the Humber River.

Please sign up at the Action Table at the back of the church, or by sending us an email!

This is our first walk of the season - soon to be followed by our Fall Colours Hike on Saturday October 21. Please see the Event Page for the Hike.

Sunday, September 24, 12:00 p.m.

Harbourfront Paddling Excursion - Sunday, June 4, 12:00 p.m.

posted 13 May 2017, 07:24 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 8 Jun 2017, 08:14 ]

Has the Paddling Together exhibition left you feeling inspired to hop in a canoe and hone your j-stroke? 

Join us after service on Sunday, June 4 for an afternoon excursion down to the harbour front, where we'll rent canoes and take them out for a spin on Lake Ontario. 

NOTE WEATHER UPDATE: The lake temperature has reached 13C, but the Harbourfront Canoe Club also pays attention to weather (rain) and winds. We are playing it by ear for Sunday. If Harbourfront isn't an option, we'll be canoeing in the Humber River. Toronto Adventures Inc rents canoes a short walk from the Old Mill TTC. Our time slot is 1:45 to 4:00 p.m.

**Please note that the cost of canoe rentals will come out to roughly $25/person.
Leaving from the church following the service. We will participate in refreshments in the Skey Room and then organize ourselves to head to Harbourfront. 

Sunday, June 4, 12:30 departure from the church. 

(In the Wyandot language, ontarío means "Lake of Shining Waters"!) 

"Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing."
Henry David Thoreau

Identities: Musical Stories of Canada - Sunday, May 7, 3:30 p.m.

posted 13 Apr 2017, 12:52 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 9 May 2017, 09:19 ]

St. Anne's Spring Concert, "Identities," will feature music from various cultures of Canada, including Indigenous, Filipino, French, Celtic, and Afro-American, and will be a collaboration with Singing Out, Toronto's premier LGBTQ choir, and Young Voices Toronto Children's Choir. Accompaniment by a chamber orchestra, and special guests include Naulaq LeDrew, an Indigenous throat singer, to provide meditative music.

Paddling Together: An Exhibition of Art by Indigenous Artists & events on the theme of reconciliation, May 13-28

posted 11 Apr 2017, 13:17 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 29 May 2017, 10:32 ]

Paddling Together is an exhibition of art by Indigenous artists and events on the theme of reconciliation. 

Paddling Together - Art Exhibition 

Artists: Merlin Homer, Kevin Lamure, Sage Paul, Louise Solomon, and Mike Ormsby. Curated by Mike Ormsby. 
Artworks are exhibited in St. Anne's Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 13, 12:00 p.m.
Exhibition Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. May 13 & 14, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.; May 20 & 21, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.; May 27 & 28, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

Paddling Together - Learning Events

History Lecture: Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 p.m.
The history of the church in Canada, and its effect on Indigenous cultures. Presented by the Rev. Canon David Neelands, Dean of Divinity at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. 

Blanket Exercise: Saturday, May 13, 1:00 p.m.
Kairos Canada and the Canadian Roots Exchange present a learning experience to explore the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. To be held on the church front steps (weather permitting). 

Opening Worship Service: Sunday, May 14, 10:30 a.m.
Guest Preacher: The Rev. Chris Harper, Indigenous Native Priest for the Diocese of Toronto. An official opening with smudging precedes the liturgy - all are welcome to participate.

"Reconciliation: The Canoe We Are All In" - Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. 
Panel Discussion with Susan Blight, moderated by Mike Ormsby. 

Historic Walk: Sunday, May 21, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.
A walk through the neighbourhood led by Mike Ormsby. The walk will focus on the history of Indigenous peoples in this area from pre-European settlement to the present. 

Panel Discussion on the Art Exhibition: Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 p.m.
Artists Bonnie Devine and Kevin Lamure, moderated by Mike Ormsby. 

Closing Worship Service, Sunday May 28, 10:30 a.m.
Guest Preacher: The Rev. Canon Andrew Wesley. At the conclusion of the liturgy, a closing ceremony of smudging will be performed; all are welcome to participate. Andrew Wesley is an Elder of the Mushkegouk Cree from James’ Bay, and Pastoral counselor for the Council Fire Friendship Centre.

Paddling Together Exhibition Contacts
Mike Ormsby, Curator: 416-436-2669 
Max Streicher, 
          St. Anne's Exhibition Committee: 416-531-7771

Rev. Gary van der Meer, Pastor & Incumbent: 416-536-3160.

Paddling Together is generously supported by the 
Anglican Foundation of Canada

* All events are free. Donations to the St. Anne's Restoration Fund are appreciated.

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