Past events


Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 7 p.m.

Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes for Ash Wednesday with special guest, Bishop Jenny Andison

Choral Evensong for the First Sunday in Lent with Schola Eclesiam,
plus refreshments and shortly after 5 p.m., Gounod 200.

Choir Director Clement Carelse examines the life, works and influences of French composer Charles Gounod (1818-93), noted for his Ave Maria, his opera Faust and the St. Cecilia Mass. His huge repertoire includes many other operas and masses, as well as a large number of motets, oratorios, ballet and theatrical pieces, songs of many types, plus instrumental works for piano, organ and violin. During the service, the choir will perform the anthem Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré, one of Gounod’s distinguished contemporaries who was strongly influenced by Gounod’s style. The choir will also perform Ave Maria live downstairs after the service to illustrate Clement’s talk, which will also include several recordings of Gounod’s work.

Sunday, February, 11, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

Annual Thinking Day service for Scouts and Guides with special guest speaker Stephen Scharper, followed by PANCAKE LUNCH. Dr. Scharper teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. His areas of research include religious ethics and the environment, religion and social movements, biotechnology, human rights and globalization. 

Holy Communion for Candlemas followed by light supper and shortly after
7 p.m., Dream Trip to Egypt, an illustrated talk with Debbie Cowling.

Debbie will take us on a guided tour of Egypt through colourful slides of Cairo, the Egyptian museum, camel riding by the pyramids, a cruise on the Nile, the Abu Simbel temples, a Red Sea resort, plus key mosques and Christian churches.



Choral Evensong for Epiphany Sunday, followed by Epiphany Tea
and shortly after 5 p.m., special guest Giles Bryant: Cathedral and Parish Music,
an illustrated talk at the piano.

Giles Bryant will trace Anglican church music from its pre-Reformation monastic tradition, through the establishment of a Prayer Book repertoire in England, to the main forms current today in Canada’s cathedrals and parish churches. His illustrated talk at the piano will focus on Tallis, Purcell, Maurice. Giles is the former music director at All Saints, Peterborough and led the choir of men and boys at St. James Cathedral for 20 years prior to that. He has given many organ recitals across Canada and in England, France and Spain. Giles is a lifelong enthusiast for the Book of Common Prayer and its glorious music.

Holy Communion for Christmas Day

4 p.m. – Family Christmas Eve service – a short carol-filled service designed especially for younger children

7:30 p.m. – Holy Communion by Candlelight for Christmas Eve

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight

St. Olave’s Choir and friends lead this traditional service of Bible readings and Christmas anthems and carols that combine for a beautiful evening together. Reception to follow.

Children’s Annual Nativity Play

St. Olave’s Junior Church presents the 34th annual presentation of the story of Jesus’ birth. Join us during the 10:30 service!

Choral Evensong for Advent Sunday followed by Christmas Tea
and shortly after 5 p.m., Christmas Lights

St. Olave’s Arts Guild and guests present light music and entertainment, including Christmas songs, stories, poems, drama and instrumental solos. Emceed by comic juggler Craig Douglas.

Choral Evensong for All Souls (transferred) followed by Pumpkin Tea
and special guests, City Flutes

The Evensong for All Souls will include an opportunity to remember loved ones who have recently passed away. After Pumpkin Tea, Toronto’s City Flutes return to St. Olave’s to present popular flute pieces, led by founder Lana Chou Hoyt. The concert will include glorious music by Bach, Albinoni and Vaughan Williams, plus Spanish Love Song I Wonder As I Wander and the Greensleeves Fantasia.  

November 1, 6 pm, Theology and Reformation talk

Holy Communion for All Saints Day, followed by Reformation 500
with guest speaker Dr. David Neelands

Dr. Neelands is the former Dean of Divinity at Trinity College, University of Toronto. After a light supper, he will discuss the history and theology of the Reformation and Counter-reformation. This is the day after the 500th anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, starting the Protestant Reformation.