Enjoy Christmas carols and seasonal favourites performed by the internationally acclaimed Toronto Mass Choir, Toronto Beaches Children’s & Youth Chorus, Pan Fantasy Steelband, and Tower Brass at Toronto City Hall. The event will also feature a reading by Toronto Poet Laureate, A.F. Moritz, and a special guest appearance by Santa Claus. Bring your voice and carol at one of City Hall’s longest-running traditions, happening every year since the building opened in 1965.
Date: Friday, December 20
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: City Hall, Rotunda (100 Queen St. W.)
* A sign language interpreter will be in attendance. Rotunda seating is limited. A secondary viewing area will be available in the Council Chamber via a live video feed.
Toronto Mass Choir has been forging a unique path for the past 30 years, fusing elements of traditional and contemporary Gospel music with Jazz, Latin and Caribbean grooves. International tours, a dozen recordings and a strong core of vocalists and instrumentalists have sustained the strong presence of this award-winning ensemble on the Canadian music scene. TMC’s 30th anniversary celebrations includes an upcoming tour with renowned tenor Ben Heppner.
Founded in 2006 by artistic director Bronwen Low-Scott with the contributions of drama instructor, Joanne Mitchell, the Toronto Beaches Children’s & Youth Chorus (TBCYC) has grown from 30 to over 150 children and youth from Scarborough and Toronto’s East End. TBCYC welcomes all, offering a high quality musical and dramatic experience in an atmosphere where hard work and fun coexist. Each year, TBCYC choristers are involved in concerts and events throughout the city.
Pan Fantasy Steelband was formed more than 32 years ago by a volunteer group of young people to provide an opportunity for youth in the Jane-Finch community. The goal was, and continues to be, to engage youth and develop leadership skills through the performing arts. Under the direction of co-founder Wendy Jones, Pan Fantasy has become a perennial favourite of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival and have been crowned Pan Alive champions for the past seven years.
An all-star brass quintet featuring some of Toronto’s finest concert musicians. Their performance is supported by The Toronto Musician’s Association.
A.F. Moritz is Toronto’s sixth Poet Laureate. Described as a “master of metaphor,” Moritz has published 20 books of poetry and was the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize winner for The Sentinel. His book The New Measures received the League of Canadian Poets’ 2013 Raymond Souster Award and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. His most recent work is the 2018 retrospective collection The Sparrow. He lives in Toronto and is the Blake C. Goldring Professor of the Arts and Society at Victoria College, University of Toronto.