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Heart and Vision

The Toronto United Church Council’s annual Heart & Vision Awards Concert celebrates our Church's commitment to social justice and recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to social justice initiatives in Canada and internationally. 

This year's concert will take place on October 15th 2018 at Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen St. East in Toronto). Award recipients will be announced in June. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Council Office at 905-771-5124.

On May 15, 2017 Dr. Cindy Blackstock and the Very Reverend Stan McKay were honoured for their advocacy for Indigenous peoples in Canada. Musical entertainment by Jackie Richardson, Kelly Holiff, Richard Margison, Monica Schroeder, Brenda MacIntyre, and Spirit Wind was enjoyed by all. Host Jesse Wente and guest speaker the Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell shared their wisdom. Funds raised through ticket sales and donations associated with the event will support Council's Community Relief Fund. Highlights of the evening are featured in the video below. The full length award acceptance speeches and the guest address by the Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell can be viewed on Council's youtube channel along with footage from previous years.



Proceeds from the concert support social causes initiated by the church. In 2009 and 2010, the 40 Oaks project in Regent Park was the beneficiary of the evening’s fundraising. In 2011 and 2012, funds were raised for capital construction and maintenance at the children’s camps with which Council partners. In 2013 income from ticket sales and donations supported Council's work in church "greening" and in 2014 a wide range of Council's initiatives in youth programming, social outreach ministry, and environmental justice received funds.

Council is proud of this program which permits us to say “thank you” to those heroes in whose lives we witness an exemplary dedication to the betterment of society.

Click here to read the biographies of the Heart & Vision award recipients, 2009-2017.

Click here to read about the event hosts, 2009-2017.

Click here for a list of performers, 2009-2016.


The Toronto United Church Council works with the church community to connect resources with ministry. Offering access to professional advice, financial support and leadership development, Council helps our church address the social and spiritual challenges of the day.