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Remembrance Illuminated

The sacrifices made by men and women during wartime, peacekeeping and other missions loom large in our collective memory. Christ Church Cathedral will make them loom larger this year through a new project called Remembrance Illuminated. For four evenings leading up to and including Remembrance Day (Nov. 8-11), photos of Victorians and other Canadians will be projected several stories high onto the south tower of the cathedral.   

The public can view the 20-minute show from the south green space known as Cathedral Commons  (Burdett and Quadra) for two hours each evening. There will be hot chocolate provided and people are welcome to explore the wartime display inside the cathedral.  

What: Remembrance Illuminated. 20-minute show When: Nov. 8, 9, 10, 11

Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

Where: Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave.

NOTE: An additional family-friendly concert is in the cathedral on Nov. 10, at 6.00 pm. Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, is a humorous orchestral suite  performed by Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal organist Jean-Willy Kunz. He will be joined by broadcaster and poet Bill Richardson reading his own comic narrative texts. Admission by donation for the one-hour concert.  

“This illumination is intended as a gift to the community – an artistic reminder of Canadians’ role in international conflict from World War I and II through peacekeeping missions and Afghanistan,” said Michael Utgaard, who leads the creative team for the event.    

Coordinated by Christ Church Cathedral, the event is also supported by the Canadian Scottish Regimental Museum and the Regimental Pipe Band. “This illumination project offers a chance for families to reflect on the sacrifices made by our community members and others,” said Ansley Tucker, dean of Christ Church Cathedral. “The Cathedral Commons is a natural gathering place for the immediate neighbourhood and beyond. We welcome people to join us.”