St. John's Vocal Ensemble
St. John's Vocal Ensemble is a new initiative for the English Congregation that was formed under Fr. Jordan Wellington and Jenny Cheong, with Jenny as the conductor. Their first rehearsal was October 2014 and they made their debut during the Spirit of Christmas Concert on December 20, 2014.
Eleven active members and three occasional members of St. John's Vocal Ensemble participate on occasions such as Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. All members are talented singers who are passionate about music, and they volunteer to be part of music making for the glory of God.
The group sings traditional hymns and major choral repertoire such as John Rutter's For the Beauty of the Earth. The Vocal Ensemble have performed for Bishop Patrick Yu of York-Scarborough, Toronto, and Bishop Larry of Yukon. They always welcome more members for upcoming occasions. Visit our Calendar & Events section to view our Vocal Ensemble's past events and to see when they'll be performing next!
St. John's choir
St. John’s Choir was formed over 40 years ago and currently has over fifteen members. The choir sings every Sunday at the 11:15AM Chinese service and the members are a very committed group of individuals, having rehearsals weekly from 9:45am to 11:00am. They also take time out of their schedules to run through repertoire for the coming month.
Many of the hymns, choral anthems, and songs are sung in English, so fluency in Chinese is not essential to participate in praise and worship. The choir performs many styles of music from renaissance to contemporary pieces. Regular attendance is expected for most members, but there are some seasonal members as well. The members have a lot of fun and enjoy close fellowship with one another, as they have lunch celebrations twice a year during the summer and Christmas. If you'd like to hear the choir sing, you are welcome to join the 11AM Chinese Service!
St. John's AngELs
The Angels are an all-girl band who initially came together with a common interest of learning the guitar, and together discovered a passion for music and worship. They became an official church band in 2010, and have been dedicated to serving the church ever since.
By expanding their range of instruments and experimenting with different genres, the band-mates have greatly developed their sound to create the band they are today. Their versatility allows them to incorporate various instruments including the cello, trombone, ukulele, djembe, and cajon.
The Angels regularly contribute their musical talents to the 10am English service by leading worship two to three times a month. They love to play covers from their favourite artists - including Hillsong, Starfield, and Chris Tomlin - and play their own renditions of them, therefore making each song unique and memorable. They enjoy sharing their work with the church, and hope that you will join them in worshiping through music at St. John’s!
St. John's Pillar of Cloud
Pillar of Cloud is a praise and worship band composed of young adults from the parish. The name “Pillar of Cloud” comes from Exodus 13:21-22, the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night guided the Israelites during their exodus from Egyptian slavery. This allowed them to travel by day and by night. The pillar is a picture of God’s faithfulness and a lesson to us that God never leaves nor forsakes His people.
Each member of the band brings to the table a wide range of talents to praise the Lord, being proficient in multiple musical disciplines including, but not limited to: keyboard, vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, and percussion. The Pillar of Cloud worship band can be seen playing at St. John’s 10AM English Service on Sundays, at retreats, concerts, and special church events, performing songs of praise from both a traditional and contemporary repertoire. Their mission is to use their musical talents to glorify God and to spread His name. Come join our 10AM service to hear PoC lead worship!