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Lifting Spirits 2019

cocktails, food, singing
& conversation

Refreshment for thinking (and singing) people.

The 2019 series started Thursday, September 19 and continues

Doors open at 5:00pm
19 Trinity Square (that big church/castle behind the Eaton Centre)
5-7pm — food, drink & conversation with your friendly bartender and others
7pm — Pub Choir (singing while lubricated)
8-9pm — ongoing bar service and conversation

Happiness and community

One of the items on this morning’s broadcast of Metro Morning was coverage of a report on the happiness of Torontonians (or rather the apparent lack thereof). One of the things that emerged from the conversation is that often people in smaller places are happier because they have stronger community connections and that sometimes the connections we make in cities feel more fleeting.

Like many people I have felt some version of this. One of the places that has tried to hang onto stronger connections is churches. Churches however are also struggling against (sometimes justified) suspicion that they have another agenda to win converts. Like many churches we want to keep the vision of an intergenerational community alive, but we have never been about evangelism. If we are evangelistic about anything, it is our desire for a more just and caring neighbourhood, city and world.

We want you to feel welcome to join the HT community, but no specific belief system is required–just a desire to be part of a community that cares about you and others. Many of us are Christians, but we hold an assortment of beliefs with respect to spirituality, including some who are entirely non-theistic. We host events and activities that we hope appeal to people in different places in their lives from cocktail parties, and discussions of the issues of the day to Sunday worship, and concerts.

We have begun developing co-working space in our historic buildings to let us build partnerships with people and organizations who would like to join and build a strong and diverse community of common care in downtown Toronto.

If any of this resonates or you’re curious about this weird and wonderful place, please check out at an upcoming event (I personally recommend Lifting Spirits) or talk to our Community Director about how we might connect with you and what you care about.

Keith Nunn, 2019 OCT 10

CANCELLED: Lifting Spirits Jun 21

cocktails, singing
and stuff to eat

CANCELLED JUNE 21 because of a watermain break in Trinity Square Park. We have no water and can’t go ahead. See you in September.

We’ll be opening early for a summer solstice edition of Lifting Spirits. Our Refugee Committee is hosting its annual book sale in support of settling the refugee families we are sponsoring this year. Proceeds from bar sales until 5pm will also go to our refugee work.

I’ll be spinning records in the main church from noon onwards and we’ll have snacks and sharing plates available from about 3pm. We hope you’ll find some time to walk the outdoor Labyrinth and reflect on the turning of the year.

Full Schedule

Noon-3pm — limited bar service (wine, beer, cider, soft drinks). It’s a beautiful space, bring your lunch or buy something from the Trinity Square Cafe.
3pm — full bar service begins in the main part of the church and so does conversation with your friendly bartender and others. I’ll be spinning vinyl new and old and we’ll have snacks and sharing plates available from then also.
4:30-7pm — full food service and ongoing music and conversation
6-7pm — Pub Choir — we’ll be singing songs with a solstice angle and also celebrating the work of indigenous songwriters. Alan Gasser will be helping lead the singing including a chance to try a little Georgian singing.
7-9pm — ongoing bar service and conversation

Lifting Spirits and voices

Lifting Spirits just finished its second edition. Thirty years earlier, almost to the day, The Cowboy Junkies recorded their breakout album, The Trinity Session right here at HT. The sound in our space is amazing and we made good use of it. Pub Choir sang three songs from that album and did three more that were a little easier to wrap our lips around and made the room ring.

James Harbeck took some great pictures, though they seem to miss many people, maybe he has more to share. 🙂 Continue reading Lifting Spirits and voices

Lifting Spirits

soup, cocktails, singing
& meaningful conversation

Refreshment for thinking (and singing) people.

The 2018 series starts Thursday, January 25th and will include some intentional discussion of important issues in our city. Here are some dates to put in your calendar and share around:

  1. Thurs, Jan 25 – Reclaiming our City – cocktails, dinner, Pub Choir,
    and group discussion with special guests TBA
  2. Thurs, Feb 15 – Cocktails, dinner, Pub Choir
  3. Thurs, Mar 8 – International Women’s Day – mimosas, flowers, dinner, Pub Choir
  4. Thurs, Mar 15 – Reclaiming our City (housing focus) – cocktails,
    dinner, Pub Choir, and group discussion with special guests TBA
  5. Thurs, Apr 5 – Cocktails, dinner, Pub Choir
  6. Thurs, Apr 26 – Reclaiming our City – cocktails, dinner, Pub Choir,
    and group discussion with special guests TBA
Doors open at 4:30pm
19 Trinity Square (that big church/castle behind the Eaton Centre)
4:30-6pm — food, drink & conversation with your friendly bartender and others
6-7pm — Pub Choir *
7-9pm — ongoing bar service and conversation

Continue reading Lifting Spirits