Toronto Christmas Concerts in 2012

August 19, 2012 No Comments

By Lori Bosworth

UPDATED FOR 2013: Want to make sure that you get a chance to appreciate the full meaning of Christmas before the season passes by? While you can always enjoy the choirs at Christmas Eve church services in Toronto, you may want to consider slipping out to one of the following Christmas concerts in Toronto before the holiday. Whether you enjoy the communal feeling at Roy Thomson Hall or the intimacy of a 19th century Toronto church, the following Christmas concerts in December 2013 should give you that festive feeling.

The Barra MacNeils at Roy Thomson Hall

The Barra MacNeils

The Barra MacNeils, photo courtesy Roy Thomson Hall

The Barra MacNeils celebrate an East Coast Christmas at Roy Thomson Hall on Thurs., Dec. 12, 2013 at 8 p.m. Guests include Bette MacDonald, Maynard Morrison and Jenn Grant. The show will feature seasonal classics at Roy Thomson Hall. Tickets are $29.50-$69.50.

Handel’s Messiah with Ontario Philharmonic

The Ontario Philharmonic conducted by Marco Parisotto performs Handel’s Messiah with Jennifer Taverner, Leigh-Anne Martin, Zachary Finkelstein, Justin Welsh and the Amadeus Choir on Fri., Dec. 21, 2012 at 8 p.m. at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. (just north of St. Clair Ave.) Tickets are Adults $35 to $45 and Seniors/Students $25 to $35 and may be ordered online.

City Carol Sing

The fourth annual City Carol Sing, in collaboration with Citytv, takes place at Yorkminster Baptist Church on Sat., Dec. 7, 2013 at 2 p.m. Special guests to be announced. The True North Brass and the Canadian Children’s Opera Company will perform accompanied by William Maddox on the organ. Citytv’s Gord Martineau will host and the concert will be broadcast by Citytv. Admission is free. A collection will be taken for the Churches-on-the-Hill Food Bank.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra – Pops Christmas

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Steven Reineke and accompanied by the Etobicoke School of the Arts Chorus and soprano Ashley Brown, will perform a seasonal holiday concert on Tues., Dec. 10, 2013 at 8 p.m. and Wed., Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m at Roy Thomson Hall. Conductor Reineke will lead the orchestra in holiday favourites. Tickets for evening performances are $33-$110 and matinees are $29-$82.

St. Michael’s Choir at Massey Hall

St. Michael's Choir School at Massey Hall

St. Michael’s Choir School at Massey Hall

St. Michael’s Choir returns to Massey Hall on Sat., Dec. 7, 2013 and Sun., Dec. 8, 2013 at 3 p.m.2013 at 7:30 p.m. for their annual holiday concert. Tickets are $20-$40.

Free Christmas Concert at Roy Thomson Hall

Roy Thomson Hall hosts a free Christmas choir and organ concert on Wed., Dec. 19 at noon. The Victoria Scholars Men’s Choral Ensemble will join St. Michael’s Choir School in a holiday programme that includes a sing-along with the audience. Jerzy Cichocki and Teri Dunn conduct while William O’Meara is on the organ. Doors open at 11 a.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Amadeus Choir at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

Amadeus Choir performs music for Christmas, Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice on Sat., Dec. 14, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. The Amadeus Choir will be joined by The Bach Children’s Chorus, Conductor Lydia Adams, Eleanor Daley and Shawn Grenke on piano and organ and the True North Brass. Tickets are Adults $40, Seniors $30, Under 30 $25 and Students $15. Call 416-446-0188 or email

That Choir Carols at St. Patrick’s Church

The 5th annual That Choir Carols Holiday Concert will take place on Fri., Dec. 21, 2012 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 131 McCaul Street. Toronto actress will read Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Adult $20, Senior $15, Student/Child $5. Part of the proceeds go towards St. Patrick’s Parish Out of the Cold Program.

Andy Kim Christmas Show at Virgin Mobile Mod Club

The 9th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show takes place at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club, 722 College Street, on Wed., Dec. 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. Andy’s guests this year will be announced. General Admission tickets are $40.25 and can be purchased online.

Toronto Children’s Chorus at Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto Children's Chorus at Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto Children’s Chorus

The Toronto Children’s Chorus, which includes the voices of over 300 children, will be backed up by the Alumni Choir and the True North Brass with Judy Loman on harp and Christopher Dawes on organ at Roy Thomson Hall on Sat., Dec. 21, 2013 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the Toronto Children’s Chorus are $34.50 and $44.50.

Toronto Star Christmas Carol Concert

This annual Christmas concert will take place again this year at St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 227 Bloor St. E. on Sat., Dec. 7, 2013 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The concert features the Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army performing holiday favourites. Donations to the Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund will be collected. Tickets for the concert are free and must be picked up at the Toronto Star Head Office at 1 Yonge Street on Tues., Nov. 19, 2013.

Echo Women’s Choir Winter Concert

Echo Women’s Choir presents their “I Know Moonlight” concert at The Church of the Holy Trinity (west of the Eaton Centre) on Sun., Dec. 9, 2012 at 7 p.m. Special guest is David Sereda. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $8 for underwaged, seniors and children.


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