By Lori Bosworth
UPDATED FOR 2014: Want to appreciate the Christmas season before it passes by? You may want to consider attending one of the following Toronto Christmas concerts before the holiday is here. 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 2014 should give you that festive feeling. Consider enjoying the Nutcracker Tea at the King Edward Hotel before or after your concert.
The Barra MacNeils celebrate an East Coast Christmas at Massey Hall on Sat., Dec. 13, 2014 at 8 p.m. Guests include Rose Cousins, David Francey and Lennie Gallant. The show will feature seasonal classics at Massey Hall. Tickets are $29.50-$69.50.
City Carol Sing
The fourth annual City Carol Sing, in collaboration with Citytv, takes place at Yorkminster Baptist Church on Sat., Dec. 6, 2014 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.
St. Michael’s Choir returns to Massey Hall on Sat., Dec. 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 6, 2015 at 3 p.m. for their annual holiday concert. Tickets are $20-$50.
Roy Thomson Hall hosts a free Christmas choir and organ concert on Wed., Dec. 17, 2014 at noon. Conductor Lydia Adams and organist Shawn Grenke will accompany the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto for the Make a Joyful Sound concert. Doors open at 11 a.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Amadeus Choir performs “Sure on this Shining Night” by Morton Lauridsen and other works on Sat., Dec. 13, 2014 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 Trillium Brass. Ticket prices to be announced. Call 416-446-0188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 7th annual That Choir Carols Holiday Concert will take place on Sun., Dec. 14, 2014 at 8 p.m. at Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East. Special guests are the Cawthra Park Chamber Choir. Adults $25, Seniors/Arts Workers $15, Students/Children $5. Tickets available online or at the door.
The 10th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show takes place at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club, 722 College Street, on Wed., Dec. 10, 2014 at 6 p.m. Andy’s guests this year will be announced. General Admission tickets are $40.25 and can be purchased online.
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. 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the Toronto Children’s Chorus are $35.50 and $45.50.
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. 6, 2014 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and is one of the most popular Toronto Christmas concerts. 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 Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9 a.m. until tickets last. Get there earlier than 9 a.m. as there is usually a line-up.