Young musicians from use the church to gain performance experience for their studies at McGill University and l’Université de Montréal.
Music lovers attend l’Oasis Musicale concerts every week on a pay-what-you-can basis.
Composers write new music for the Cathedral’s choir and organ.
The blue sky, grassy grounds, and traditional architecture provide welcome relief from the glass-and-concrete skyline.
Wanderers and the homeless rest on the grass or take shelter inside the Cathedral, where they know they will be safe and treated with respect.
People from all places and backgrounds attend the 20 services each week, eight of which are Holy Communion.
The Cathedral choir includes 8 professional singers and 18 – 25 volunteers. They sing at several services a week and have recorded many CDs. Some members are music students who gain both salary and experience.
International fair trade products are showcased and sold monthly, sometimes on the Cathedral’s front steps.
The Cathedral has active Amnesty International and refugee sponsorship programs and promotes climate change awareness and action.
The Cathedral is actively involved in aboriginal rights and Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It recognizes that it stands on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples.
The Cathedral is a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights. A rainbow flag hangs near the entrance, and members of the Cathedral participate every year in the Pride Parade.
Roughly 250 people in need enjoy a hot and satisfying lunch on the fourth Sunday of every month, where community volunteers serve as hosts at tables.
People with mental health problems come to the Cathedral for help every day. They are respected, listened to, and can be referred for help.
The Cathedral’s red doors are open every day from 8 to 6, for anyone seeking pastoral care, a place to pray, or just peace and quiet.