7pm – Volunteer Orientation
- for people who would like to know more about the All Souls event or get involved
- Opportunities for volunteering include evening help with memorials, flower garlands as well as tea making
7:30pm – “Creating Personal Memorials” Presentation and Talk
The orientation will be followed by a presentation by Marina Szijarto, art and technical director of the project, on the creation of personal shrines and memorials.
6-10 pm – All Souls Opening: Music, Tea, Flowers and Candles
The first fires are lit at sundown, and throughout the evening the cemetery comes alive with music, poetry, and flickering candles. Inside the celebration hall you will find tea to refresh you, and flowers, papers and candles for the creation of personal memorials to place on one of the artist made shrines or family graves.
- you may wish to bring a jar and copies of personal photos to make a memorial. Other materials available on-site
Find your Ancestors at Mountain View Cemetery
Mountain View staff will be available this evening for locating specific burials within the Cemetery database and providing maps & information to families.
All Souls Week
7-9 pm – The Celebration Hall will be open for tea and the creation of personal memorials
Quiet incidental music may be encountered in shrine areas.
3-5pm – Mourners’ tea
A community conversation about death & grieving through personal experiences. This is a friendly opportunity to talk about our experiences and learn from others.
7:00 pm and 8:30pm
Leah Abramson’s “Songs for a Lost Pod” (performance are 30 minutes in length)
- a song cycle for 8 voices exploring themes of inter-species communication, inter-generational trauma, and grief for a polluted planet. Read Leah’s “Songs for a Lost Pod” artist’s statement
Presented by “The Little Chamber Music Series That Could”
8 pm Feature Documentary Screening of “For Dear Life”
Bravely filmed over his final three years, “For Dear Life” is the intimate, irreverent and surprisingly humorous story of theatre producer James Pollard as he attempts to adapt his looming death into a lasting final project.
- Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Carmen Pollard and participants
7:30 – 9pm An evening of beautiful music with harpist, Janelle Nadeau
A quiet refuge from the chaos of Hallowe’en. For all ages
8:00 – 9:00 pm Processional Music with Balkan Schmalkan
Closing night procession to the shrines throughout the cemetery
For more details or to get involved,
please call 604-325-2646 or send us an email.
All events are free. Donations welcome.