Pax Christi Chorale is known for presenting dramatic masterworks with passion, conviction and heart.

The 100-voice, Toronto-based choir is led by Artistic Director Stephanie Martin, whose imaginative programming often introduces audiences to works that are a bit off the familiar path—music that is exciting and fresh but always rooted in the ancient art of choral singing. 

 

Pax Christi's 2016–2017 Season

 

Edward Elgar

With Meredith Hall, Krisztina Szabó, Brett Polegato, Lawrence Wiliford, Daniel Lichti, Dion Mazerolle and the Etobicoke School of the Arts chamber choir
Elgar’s deeply moving “English Passion” and the prequel to The Kingdom.

Saturday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, 3:00 p.m.

Grace Church on-the-Hill
300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto

 

C.H.H. Parry

With Shannon Mercer and the Aslan Boys Choir
Parry’s pastoral Ode on the Nativity pairs with Palestrina’s ethereal Hodie Christus Natus Est and seasonal carols for everyone to sing! 

Saturday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 11, 3:00 p.m.

Grace Church on-the-Hill
300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto

 

Felix Mendelssohn

With the Bicycle Opera Project
An imaginative re-interpretation of a beloved oratorio infuses the familiar story with fresh meaning, and prompts us to ask, “Who are today’s prophets and how do we view them?”

Saturday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 6, 3:00 p.m.

Grace Church on-the-Hill
300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto

 

The John & Margaret Casey Matching Fund Challenge

Help propel Pax Christi Chorale to a higher level of financial sustainability, and fund exciting programmes that you won't hear anywhere else.

At our 30th anniversary gala on January 28, Board Chair Carol Ringer announced a new fundraising challenge from John and Margaret Casey. In their words:

All of us are celebrating!

  • Pax Christi’s 30 years of artistic excellence
  • Stephanie Martin’s leadership over 20 years
  • Our anticipation of continued artistry and growth under incoming Artistic Director David Bowser.

The Caseys are challenging us to reflect on the extraordinary contribution Pax Christi has made to our lives and the musical community, and donate more than usual.

For every new or over-and-above regular donation dollar that is donated to Pax Christi by July 31. 2017,  they will match it, up to a total of $10,000. We are part-way there, and have already received pledges and donations!

All donations are gratefully received, regardless of size. We are all committed to the success of Pax Christi, and we hope that you will donate as you are able.

Pax Christi has an exciting future to be sure – if we all work to maximize our fundraising and donation efforts. The challenge makes it even easier to support Pax Christi Chorale by matching your new or additional donations dollar for dollar.

– John & Margaret Casey

Or donate via cheque

Please make cheques payable to Pax Christi Chorale and mail to Box 91048, 2901 Bayview Avenue,Toronto, ON M2K 2Y6.

Because this challenge aims to generate new or additional donations over and above regular donation amounts, please indicate on the memo line the amount of your donation that applies to the Casey Challenge.


 

Reviews

From Ms. Martin’s first season as Artistic Director, she raised the bar and challenged the choir with its first performances with orchestra. The choir has steadily added to its oratorio repertoire, enriching Toronto choral music lovers with memorable performances and gaining a reputation as one of Canada’s finest oratorio choirs.

– Choral Canada

Pax Christi Chorale continues to move from strength to strength. Given Stephanie’s imaginative programming, Toronto audiences are being exposed to a broad spectrum of excellent choral music.

– Howard Dyck, CM Conductor and Pax Christi Chorale Honorary Patron

A packed house at Koerner Hall was treated to a rare and stirring performance of Edward Elgar’s oratorio The Kingdom. Here was the full glory of a grand old choral tradition, delivered with great polish and total conviction.

– John Terauds

The choir, under the hand of artistic director Stephanie Martin, has grown more ambitious year after year, and the concerts – and the fundraisers – have increased in beauty and complexity.

– Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star

The performance I attended was a triumph. The work was quite rightly given without intermission and accordingly had real momentum. The combined effect of solo singers, choir and instrumentalists was entirely successful.

– Hans de Groot, The WholeNote