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Voices of War, Dreams of Peace: The Legacy of the First World War

October 4, 2014 @ 7:30 pm


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St. Andrew’s Church presents  Voices of War, Dreams of Peace

A First-Hand Look at How a Toronto Church Community Faced WWI


August 21, 2014 – Toronto, ON – Join respected foreign correspondent Brian Stewart on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. for an up-close and personal look at how a small church community in Toronto experienced the First World War in Voices of War, Dreams of Peace: The Legacy of the First World War. This commemorative event, presented by St. Andrew’s Church Toronto, will give voice to the 28 congregation members who died in the war and to their loved ones who waited at home. Their wartime stories will be told through talks, dramatic readings, a big-screen visual show of archival photographs and the music of the era. Featured speaker Brian Stewart, a long-time member of St. Andrew’s and a Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs, will delve into how the church survived the losses and the grief of First World War. He will also examine the powerful legacy of that global conflict. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Advance tickets and information at www.standrewstoronto.org. Cash or credit card at the door. St. Andrew’s is located at King W. & Simcoe Streets, opposite Roy Thomson Hall.Maj John Kay - photo courtesy of 15th Batt CEF Memorial Project

“As the regimental church of the 48th Highlanders of Canada, St. Andrew’s was deeply shaken by the First World War,” notes Rev. Will Ingram, “more than a quarter of our congregation, 166 people, enlisted in the war. Twenty-eight young men didn’t return home – an astonishing fatality rate of 17%. This was a pivotal time in the history of our church and of our city – and definitely worth a look back.”

Classical music expert and speaker Rick Phillips will set the scene in Voices of War, Dreams of Peace, recalling the culture and music of 1914 and “Toronto the Good.” Actors Florence MacGregor and Kirk Dunn will read moving, first-person accounts from the letters and diaries of the fallen soldiers, their families and church members. (A team of researchers spent months tracking down archival material for this event.)

Featured throughout the evening will be the evocative music of the period. The eclectic lineup will include It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Keep the Home Fires Burning, Waiting for the Sunrise and Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations performed on St. Andrew’s Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano and Karl Wilhelm organ. Jazz pianist Jordan Klapman will perform the era’s popular songs by composers such as Irving Berlin (Alexander’s Ragtime Band, When I Lost You), Jerome Kern (‘Till the Clouds Roll By) and George M. Cohan (Over There).

A reception will follow the program and the 48th Highlanders of Canada Museum (located inside St. Andrew’s Church) will be open for visits.

Media Contact:  Helen Kampfmuller (416) 694-5640; Helen-kampfmuller@nullrogers.com



October 4, 2014
7:30 pm


St. Andrew’s Church, Toronto
416-593-5600 ext.231


St. Andrew’s Church

73 Simcoe St



M5J 1W9


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416-593-5600 ext.231