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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  • Seasons Of Operation:
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  • Year Last Renovated: 2016
  • Year Opened: 1888

Facility Info

  • Largest Room 25

September 30, 2022

A fun alternative to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons , this concert pairs concertos for Ensemble Castor’s six musicians with arias and motets by the Venetian ‘Red Priest.’ We welcome the wonderful June Award-winning soprano Hélène Brunet who will unleash her dramatic abilities and virtuosic roulades through arias filled with nature characterizations such as birdsongs, tempests, hunts and pastoral life. The programme features works by the Baroque Venetian composer Antonio Vivaldi. Featured artists: Ensemble Castor from Austria… more

October 14, 2022

Boccheriniana celebrates one of the most delightful and original voices of the classical era, Luigi Boccherini, alongside European composers from the same era: W.A. Mozart, J.C. Bach, and Maddalena Lombardi Sirmen. During this era, famed for its elegant ‘galant’ music, Boccherini championed his instrument, the cello and played as a traveling virtuoso until he settled in Madrid as court composer. This concert showcases a variety of chamber music favorites: flute quintets, string trio, oboe quartet, and quintets with… more

October 28, 2022

During the 12th century, as the famous historian, Georges Duby said, “a new springtime of the world blossomed, on the old Latin stock.” The unchanging social order which prevailed before the year 1000 was now jostled by the feudal system. In southern France castles and monasteries were built, while painting, sculpture, architecture, and music celebrated the beauty of the world in a new way. Diabolus in Musica is a French medieval music ensemble founded in Paris in 1992. Under the direction of Nicolas Sansarlat, the… more

November 25, 2022

Described as the "Eric Clapton of the lute" in a review by BBC Music Magazine , Thomas Dunford performs works by Dowland and Kapsberger as well as his own arrangement of Bach’s Cello Suite in G Major . The lute arrived in Europe from Moorish Spain, spreading rapidly in the 15th century and becoming the most popular instrument among courtiers and commoners in the 16th century. Henry VIII played the lute, and made sure that his three children – the future monarchs Edward VI, “Bloody” Mary, and Elizabeth I –… more

December 1, 2022

The life journey of the Czech nobleman, traveller, humanist, soldier, writer and composer Kryštof Harant from Polžice and Bezdružice ended prematurely on the Old Town Square in Prague on June 21, 1621, when he was executed for participating in the Protestant Bohemian Revolt. The goal of this project of the Czech Republic's Ensemble Cappella Mariana is to present his surviving compositions and introduce listeners to his literary legacy – his record of a unique trip to the Middle East which he chronicled in his book… more

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