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.

General (All)

Accessibility

  • Partially Accessible:

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

Facility Info

  • Largest Room 25

September 29, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017 7:30pm Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver The outstanding features of Steffani's enchanting chamber duets are their contrapuntal sophistication, and the need for extremely accomplished solo singers with the sensitivity necessary for performing complex chamber music. Johann… more

September 29, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver As part of Culture Days, and in anticipation of EMV's October performance of Monteverdi's opera Orfeo at the Chan Centre, EMV will host an open-rehearsal followed by a discussion with music director Stephen Stubbs on his… more

October 13, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017 7:30pm (pre-concert talk 6:45pm) Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver For a little less than a century, the Christian world had its eyes set on Avignon. The wealth, splendor and power of the French popes attracted kings, princes and the greatest artists of the century. This… more

November 3, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017 7:30pm (pre-concert talk 6:45pm) Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver Paul Luchkow and Michael Jarvis join internationally-acclaimed bass viol/viola da gambist Sam Stadlen of Fretwork (London, UK) in a programme exploring this astonishingly inventive repertoire: the place where… more

January 12, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018 7:30pm (pre-concert talk 6:45pm) Christ Chruch Cathedral Vancouver It wasn't until another Leipzig composer, Felix Mendelssohn, led a revival of Bach's music that it began to attain such universal appreciation and admiration. In this programme, Diderot String Quartet… more

January 13, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018 7:30pm (pre-concert talk 6:45pm) Christ Chruch Cathedral Vancouver What we now recognize as the string quartet spent most of its early years in the drawing room, and only in the 19th century did established groups begin presenting public concerts with any regularity. more

February 2, 2018 - February 3, 2018

Friday, February 2 - Saturday, February 3, 2018 7:30pm (pre-concert talk 6:45pm) Christ Chruch Cathedral Vancouver The keyboard music of the early Romantics such as Chopin and Schumann – and even of still later composers – was written for pianos substantially different from the… more

February 2, 2018 - February 23, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018 7:30pm (pre-concert talk 6:45pm) Christ Chruch Cathedral Vancouver For this programme Ensemble Constantinople invite Canadian treasure, soprano Suzie LeBlanc, to revisit and explore new avenues and Italian composers often unknown to the general public, yet among the finest… more

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