Truth and Reconciliation: A Look Back on Five Years of Commitment to Social Justice

It’s been five years since Christ Church Cathedral’s Social Justice Action Group (“SJAG”) started working with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (“TRC”). During this time, they have taken action to make amends for the suffering caused by Canada’s residential school system. In honour of this five-year anniversary, Rising Up! presents a short overview of the history of residential schools and a timeline of the group’s efforts to mitigate their residual effects. Continue reading “Truth and Reconciliation: A Look Back on Five Years of Commitment to Social Justice”

Montreal’s treasured Christ Church Cathedral a testament to 19th-century Anglican modesty, says restoration expert Julia Gersovitz

The cornerstone for Christ Church Cathedral was laid in 1859, during a period marked by great popular interest in the Middle Ages. Tennyson wrote the Arthurian-themed Sir Lancelot and Idylls of the King. William Morris’ company began production of furnishings with medieval themes. Aristocratic British families had themselves painted in 14th- and 15th-century dress. The popularity of Gothic Revival architecture reflected a yearning for the spirituality associated with the early church. Rising Up! spoke to Julia Gersovitz, who is heading up the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral, to sound her out on the importance and appeal of the Cathedral’s architecture. Continue reading “Montreal’s treasured Christ Church Cathedral a testament to 19th-century Anglican modesty, says restoration expert Julia Gersovitz”

A new piano for Christ Church Cathedral? “It’s all about nuance,” say the experts

The Christ Church Cathedral piano has been played by some of the best musicians in the world. Through the Oasis Musicale series, the Cathedral presents the finest in classical and modern music. Read on as we explore the origins of the instrument and talk to concert pianist Viktor Lazarov about the joys and difficulties of performing on the Cathedral’s Yamaha grand. Continue reading “A new piano for Christ Church Cathedral? “It’s all about nuance,” say the experts”