St. James Cathedral
65 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5C 2E9
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
The Cathedral is open during the following times – everyone is welcome:
Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am – 5:30pm
The Cathedral is located on the north east corner of King and Church Streets. The Cathedral Centre is located immediately north of the Cathedral on the south east corner of Church and Adelaide Streets. (For information on St. James Cemetery and the Chapel of St. James-the-Less, please visit the Cemetery site). View DIRECTIONS to the Cathedral or Cathedral Centre. View a list of PARKING available nearby. (Parking in the Cathedral lot is very limited).
The Archbishop of Toronto & Metropolitan of Ontario
The Most Rev’d Colin Johnson
The Dean of Toronto and Rector of St. James Cathedral
The Very Rev’d Andrew Asbil
Dean Andrew Asbil’s appointment took effect January 25, 2016. He was installed on January 31 at 4:30pm during a celebration of the Eucharist at which the Archbishop presided and Bishop Walter Asbil preached.
Tel: 416-364-7865, ext. 228
The Sub-Dean and Vicar
The Rev’d Canon David Brinton OGS
The Reverend Canon David Brinton OGS Associate Priest at the Cathedral since October 2000, was appointed Vicar effective 10 October 2004. He was appointed an honorary Canon of St. James Cathedral by Archbishop Johnson in 2005 and Sub-Dean of the Cathedral in 2012.
Born and raised in Toronto, he completed undergraduate studies at Glendon College and a Master of Divinity at Trinity College, Toronto. Following ordination as a deacon in 1982, Fr. Brinton served as Assistant Curate at St. George’s Oshawa, where he was priested in 1983. He has been incumbent of Holy Family Heart Lake and St. Matthias Bellwoods, and Regional Dean of Parkdale. Between 1996 and 2000, he provided interim ministry in a number of parishes in the diocese.
In 1999 he made his first profession as a member of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd, a religious society of the Anglican Communion, founded in 1913 in Cambridge University.
The Archbishop has accepted Canon Brinton’s request to retire. His last Sunday at the Cathedral will be May 28, 2017.
Tel: 416-364-7865, ext. 235
The Vicar of St. Bartholomew’s, Regent Park
The Rev’d Dr Walter Hannam
A native of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, Father Hannam held the chair of Theology and Anglican Studies at the College of Emmanuel and St Chad in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for seven years before his appointment at St James Cathedral and St Bart’s. He holds degrees from the University of King’s College (B.A. Classics, Philosophy), Dalhousie University (M.A. Classical and Patristic Philosophy), and Boston College (Ph.D. Theology). Father Hannam was made Deacon and ordained to the Sacred Priesthood in the Diocese of Saskatchewan, where he served as Chaplain of St Mary’s Church, Prince Albert; he also served as Honorary Assistant at All Saints’ Parish in the Diocese of Saskatoon. Father Hannam is married to Sarah, a professional librarian.
St. Bart’s Rectory: 647-479-7408
The Rev’d Leigh Kern
The Reverend Leigh Kern was born in Pembroke, Ontario. She received her undergraduate degree in history and religious studies from the University of Toronto in 2013. She completed her Masters of Divinity in May of 2016 from Yale Divinity School. In New Haven she worked as chaplain to the Community Soup Kitchen for two years. Mother Leigh Kern has a history of engagement with the arts, social justice, and anti-oppression organizing. She is a musician, artist, and printmaker. Mother Leigh was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Johnson on January 14, 2017.
Tel: 416-364-7865, ext. 237
Assistant Curate, Mandarin Ministry
The Rev’d James Liu
Tel: 416-364-7865 ext 288
The Rev’d David Bousfield
The Rev’d David Hoopes OHC
The Very Reverend Duncan Abraham
The Rev’d Canon Susan Bell
The Rev’d Pearce J. Carefoote
The Rev’d Canon Edmund Der
The Rev’d Orville R. Endicott
The Ven. Thomas M. Greene
The Rev’d Canon Elizabeth Kilbourn-Mackie
The Rev’d Canon Kate Merriman
The Rev’d William Watson
Director of Music
A devout ambassador for the Anglican choral tradition, Robert Busiakiewicz has given concerts and services all over the world, including Australia, Russia, the United States, and throughout Europe. A multi-award winning and versatile musician, most recently he was presented the Lord Mayor of London’s Prize in Composition (Commotio for solo organ) and admitted to the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Holding a deep commitment to education, and having taught at King’s College London (UK), he specialises in fugue, counterpoint and orchestration as well as privately coaching voice, improvisation, jazz, and theory. A sought after choral motivator, conductor, pianist, saxophonist, big band leader and singer, Robert has given master-classes across England to choirs of all ages. He has performed in The Royal Albert Hall, Blenheim Palace, Banqueting House, The Barbican, RAC Club Pall Mall, Sydney Opera House, the Hermitage Theatre, Washington National Cathedral and The Royal Festival Hall. Although equally comfortable conducting for the theatre and concert platforms, his background lies in Cathedral music, frequently singing on radio, disc, and international television.
He holds music degrees from the University of London, the Royal Academy of Music, and the University of Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar at King’s College. He has prepared scholarly editions of renaissance polyphony for Mapa Mundi and composed for artists such as the Britten Sinfonia, Lontano Ensemble, The Mercian Consort, Siglo de Oro, Stamford Choral, Sloane Square Choral Society and the choirs of Massey College, Toronto, Southwell Minster, and King’s College, Cambridge. His music has featured on BBC Radio, in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music and is recorded by Priory Records. Recent tenor solo engagements have included Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (RAM), Bach’s St. John Passion (KCL) & Magnificat (KCC), Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Scarlatti’s Dixit Dominus, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Nikolai, Nelson and Cellensis Masses (Stratford Choral Society), Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro and Requiem (Grace Church on-the-Hill), Handel’s Messiah and Britten’s Abraham and Isaac (Archbishop’s Palace, Nottinghamshire).
The grandson of Polish refugees, he spent his formative years in Vienna, Austria and Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. In 2014 he moved to Canada and founded the professional vocal ensemble Opus 8; he has since worked with the Elora Festival Singers, Choir 21, The Mendelssohn Choir and the choir of St. James Cathedral.
Tel: 416-364-7865, ext. 224
David Briggs is an internationally renowned organist whose performances are acclaimed for their musicality, virtuosity, and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages. With an extensive repertoire spanning five centuries, he is known across the globe for his brilliant organ transcriptions of symphonic music by composers such as Mahler, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Bruckner, Ravel, and Bach. Fascinated by the art of Improvisation since a child, David also frequently performs improvisations to silent films such as Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Nosferatu, Jeanne d’Arc, Metropolis, as well as a variety of Charlie Chaplin films.
At the age of 17, David obtained his FRCO (Fellow of the Royal College of Organists) diploma, winning all the prizes and the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. From 1981-84 he was the Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge University, during which time he studied organ with Jean Langlais in Paris. The first British winner of the Tournemire Prize at the St Albans International Improvisation Competition, he also won the first prize in the International Improvisation Competition at Paisley. Subsequently David held positions at Hereford, Truro and Gloucester Cathedrals. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at St James Cathedral, Toronto.
David’s schedule includes more than 60 concerts a year, spanning several continents. Deeply committed to making organ music vibrant for future generations, he enjoys giving pre-concert lectures designed to make organ music more accessible to audiences. In addition, he teaches at Cambridge (UK), frequently serves on international organ competition juries, and gives masterclasses at colleges and conservatories across the U.S. and Europe.
David Briggs is also a prolific composer and his works range from full scale oratorios to works for solo instruments. He has recorded a DVD, and 30 CDs, many of which include his own compositions and transcriptions.
Visit David’s website at www.david-briggs.org
Tel: 416-364-7865 ext. 236
Music Assistant & Artistic Director for Cantatas in the Cathedral
Tel: 416-364-7865, ext. 288
Lanadee Lampman, R.N.
Tel: 416-364-7865, ext. 232
Health & Foot Care Clinic Coordinator
Gloria Wiebe, R.N.
Tel: 416-364-7865, ext. 230
Archivist & Museum Curator
Tel: 416-364-7865, ext. 233
Pastoral Associate, Young Adults
Administration & Property
Director of Operations & Finance
Tel: 416-364-7865, ext. 225
Administrative Assistant, The Dean’s Office
Tel: 416-364-7865, ext. 229
Tel: 416-364-7865, ext. 258
Tel: 416-364-7865, ext. 221
Tel: 416-364-7865, ext. 824
To get in touch with the Wardens, Council members, or Synod delegates, please contact the main office.
People’s Warden: Robert Hart
Deputy Warden: Angela David
Rector’s Warden: Don Solomon
Deputy Warden: Jayne Hobbs
Cathedral Council Members: Pauline Brown, Susan Brown, Carole Chabot, Gerald Courage, David Crawford, Barbara Hirst, Joe Minta, Joan Peters, Samanda Shu, Kate Uchendu
Ex-Officio Council Members: Rob Saffrey (Operations), The Dean, The Sub-Dean
Lay Delegates to Synod: Angela Carroll, Carole Chabot, Christine Hillyer, Ed McBride, Bob Simpson
Synod Alternates: Robert Hart, Sandra Mowat, Sybil Wilkinson
To get in touch with Cathedral Lay Leaders, please contact the main office.
Altar Guild: Yosola Adeoye
Amnesty Action Circle: Carol Burnham Cook
Archives & Museum: Nancy Mallett
Book Club: Ruth Davis
Carillon Bells: Annie Odom
Change Ringers: Madeleine Cheesman
Greeters: Yvonne Joseph
Health Council: Joanne Short
Lay Visitors: Cecil Fennell & Lanadee Lampman
Outreach Committee: Jenny Formanek
Servers & Sacristans: Paul Seddon, Leslie Derbecker
Sidespersons: Barbara Hirst and Bob Simpson
Stewards (9:00am): Rob Haines
Tour Guides: Nancy Mallett
York Group: Ann Abraham