Special Services & Events

Toronto Church Architecture

Friday, January 24, 6 p.m.

A service of Evening Prayer is followed by light supper at 6.30 then at 7, Dr. Carl Benn from Ryerson University’s Department of History, discusses the diversities of Toronto church architecture, from the Neoclassical visions of the Georgians to the Gothic Revival and eclectic tastes of the Victorians. Contributions appreciated.

Ordination of the Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod 

Sunday, January 26, 4 p.m.

St. Olave’s Assistant Curate and Deacon, Alexandra Pohlod, will be ordained to the priesthood with Bishop Andrew Asbil. Reception to follow. All are welcome!


Choral Evensong for the Queen’s Accession

with Schola Ecclesiam 

Sunday, February 9, 4 p.m.

The service is followed by Royal Festive Tea, during which the choir’s director Clement Carelse presents an illustrated feature on what we now call the First Viennese School of composers, which includes Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. This marks the start of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year. Contributions appreciated. 

Thinking Day and Pancake Lunch 

Sunday, February 23, 10:30 a.m.

In recognition of its strong ties to the 101st Scouts Troop and 155th Guiding Unit who gather here, St. Olave’s celebrates the international Thinking Day movement. A pancake lunch is served after the service in in honour of Shrove Tuesday on February 25.


Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 26, 11:15 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Our annual service includes Imposition of Ashes and the Raising of the Lenten Veil.



Choral Evensong for Lent I

with the Healey Willan Singers

Sunday, March 1, 4 p.m. 

The service is followed by light refreshments then at 5, historian and liturgist Dr. Jesse Billett of University of Toronto presents From Plainsong to Anglican Chant, explains and illustrates the gradual transition from the plainsong of Gregorian chant to the glorious Anglican styles of today. Contributions appreciated. 

Lenten Series: The Beauty of Holiness

with the Rev’d Rob Mitchell and the Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod

Five Wednesdays in Lent, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 

A service of Evening Prayer is followed by light supper at 6.30, then at 7, the Rev’d Rob Mitchell and the Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod explore the details of traditional Anglican worship: the structure of Prayer Book services, the items used in worship, the clothing worn by the clergy, and other features that make Anglican services so beautiful. Contributions appreciated.


Holy Week Services

April 5 – 12

Sunday, April 5, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. – Palm Sunday and blessing of the Palms
Monday, April 6, 7 p.m. – Stations of the Cross and Communion for Monday in Holy Week
Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m. – Stations of the Cross and Communion for Tuesday in Holy Week
Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m. – Stations of the Cross and Communion for Wednesday in Holy Week
Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m. – Maundy Thursday Holy Communion with foot washing and stripping of the altar 
Friday, April 10, 10:30 a.m. – Cross of Christ service for Good Friday

Eastertide Series: The Art of the Prayerbook

with the Rev’d Dr. Schuyler Brown 

Wednesdays in Eastertide, April 22, 29, May 6, May 13

A service of Evening Prayer is followed by light supper at 6.30, then at 7, Dr. Schuyler Brown discusses John Wall’s major book Transformations of the Word. First of four Wednesdays; continues to May 13. Contributions appreciated.

Choral Evensong for St. George

with St. Olave’s Choir 

Sunday, April 26, 4 p.m.

The service is followed by St. George’s Tea then at 5, St. Olave’s Arts Guild presents drama, poetry, music and songs, including excerpts from George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Joanna Cannon’s The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. Contributions appreciated. 

Choral Evensong for Trinity Sunday

with St. Olave’s Choir 

Sunday, June 7, 4 p.m.

The service is followed by Strawberry Tea then at 5, guitarist Doug Hibovski presents Mystics and Music for a Summer Afternoon. Doug will be joined by experienced musicians from his Bloor West Music Studios for a delightful sequence of popular, classical and cross-over music. Contributions appreciated. 

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