Vancouver

Christ Church Cathedral

  • 690 Burrard St
  • Vancouver, BC V6C 2L1
  • Phone: 604.682.3848

Vancouver’s oldest surviving church, Christ Church Cathedral, has welcomed the community at the corner of West Georgia and Burrard for 125 years. Once the brightest and tallest building in the city, it was known as ‘the light on the hill’, used by mariners for navigation as they came into port. Today, the Cathedral stands as a place of open-hearted spirituality for tens of thousands of people who come to worship, reflect and celebrate the milestones that mark our community’s past, present and future.

In 1994, the Cathedral community embraced an ambitious plan to restore the fabric of the building, reveal its heritage features and strengthen its foundations through a seismic upgrade. More than $12.5 million has been raised to date, completely renovating the interior, installing a new pipe organ in a ‘floating’ choir loft, restoring Vancouver’s WWI and WWII Regimental Colours, as well as making the building functional and accessible for all people.

As part of this final phase of rejuvenation, the Cathedral’s presence in the downtown will be enhanced with a 100-foot tower of steel, clad with 60 feet of stained glass, to be custom-designed by Canadian artist, Sarah Hall. The glass spire, entitled ‘Welcoming Light’, will be one of the most significant investments in permanent Canadian public art in the province in recent decades. Four custom bronze bells installed in the spire will ring at the beginning and end of each work day, on Sundays prior to church services, in celebration of holy days, and to mark the civic events and holidays of our interfaith neighbours.

‘Welcoming Light’ will be a guiding beacon that proclaims a spiritual heritage and that signals our city as a place of compassion, justice, peace and hope, expressed through good works and the inclusion of all people.

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  • Distance from Convention Centre (Blocks): 4

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  • Year Last Renovated: 2016
  • Year Opened: 1888

February 3, 2023

Presented by Early Music Vancouver with featured artists Reginald Mobley, countertenor; the Pacific Baroque Orchestra directed by Alexander Weimann Reginald Mobley returns to Vancouver to share his incomparable artistry with Alexander Weimann and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in a unique recital. Reggie’s strong devotion to social and political activism has helped him focus on a desire to make a difference within the arts, particularly with the massive inequality regarding race, gender, and sexuality within the… more

February 17, 2023

Featured artists: Consone Quartet from London, UK London’s Consone Quartet is the first period instrument quartet to be selected as ‘BBC New Generation Artists.’ Praised for their honest and expressive playing; they are fast making a name for themselves in classical and early romantic repertoire. This programme presents works by Mozart, Haydn, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and Fanny Mendelssohn. “…instantly leaps out of the stereo at you as something special” ( The Strad , 2019) Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard… more

March 3, 2023

Featured artists: Hana Blažíková, soprano; Bruce Dickey, cornetto; the Breathtaking Collective During the height of its popularity, from the mid-16th century into the 18th, the cornetto was frequently depicted in art as an instrument of angels. Paintings, sculptures, and engravings abound in which the cornetto takes a prominent place among the choirs of angelic musicians. The connection with angels in this program serves as inspiration for an aural journey that ranges from 1600 to the present day, exploring the ways in… more

April 21, 2023

Featured artist: La Rêveuse – directed by Florence Bolton and Benjamin Perrot Through fascination for birdsong this programme brings to life a vision of the music of the 17th and 18th centuries focusing on nature and illustrated with arrangements for early instruments of some essential pieces of the 20th century inspired by Couperin, Rameau and Corrette. In 2017, La Rêveuse was awarded the Gold Medal of the Académie Arts-Sciences-Lettres. Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC April 21, 2023… more

May 26, 2023

Featured artists: Constantinople directed by Kiya Tabassian; Federico Tarrazona, charango; Jonatan Alvarado, voice and guitar This concert explores the juxtaposition of indigenous South American musical traditions with the ‘new’ repertoire introduced by the European colonizers in the 16th to 18th centuries. The two main sources used to explore this repertoire are The Trujillo Codex from Peru and the Codice Luz y Norte published in Madrid but written in Mexico. The charango and pan flutes featured in this concert are… more

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