We wish to be a vigorous part of an artistic presence in the heart of the city.
Music at Holy Trinity, especially singing, is appreciated for its power to move people and express the divine: we see this as a nourishing and liberating gift and believe everyone’s voice deserves to be heard. We are blessed with gifted musicians — professional and amateur — who regularly offer their musical skills as part of our community’s life.
The church welcomes artists from all disciplines to use our space. We count textile artists, poets, and dancers among our members. In addition, fine examples of carving, stained glass, and painting from 1847 to the present can be seen in the walls, doors, and windows of the church itself.
Opportunities to sing
At least once a month, our Lifting Spirits event hosts Pub Choir — chance to have a glass or two and sing with friends new and old.
There are also opportunities to sing in a spiritual context, including Sunday services.
You don’t have to know how to read music in order to participate.
This weekly, summer noon-hour concert series features a diverse range of musical genres and offers a musical respite to all people regardless of economic situation.
This dramatization of the nativity story has been performed every December since 1937.
Echo Women’s Choir
Holy Trinity has a collection of beautiful fabric art used in liturgy as decoration for the altar. Many of the pieces have been made by Fran Sowton, an artist and member of the community.
Exhibits displayed in the nave and café have included: paintings by participants in the Centre for Creative Opportunity; painting photography, banners by parishioners and local artists; “Passionate Holiness” an exhibit of contemporary icons sponsored by the Toronto School of Theology’s Bisexual, Lesbian and Gay Student Alliance; Coronas Magnas Reginae Caeli by Jacqueline Teloar; and Treaty Canoe by Alex McKay
Acoustics and instruments
Because the church does not use fixed pews, the performance as well as seating space can be configured for a wide variety of needs and numbers of people.
Holy Trinity’s pianos include a refurbished century-old Bechstein model E concert grand with a warm sound and light action and a more recent Steinway. We recently acquired a very lightly used 10-year-old Steinway “B” from a private donor, with the generous assistance of Steinway Piano Gallery.
The church’s pipe organ is a magnificent three-manual German-style Casavant tracker instrument built in 1970 for Deer Park United Church. More information about this organ can be found at the Casavant website.