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All Souls events honour dead through ceremony and celebration

October 24 2017

Music performance at All Souls event

All Souls returns to the City of Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery with a series of events from October 28 to November 1 that honour the dead through ceremony and celebration.

The event gives the public an opportunity to remember their dead, whether they are interred at Mountain View Cemetery or not, in a quiet atmosphere of contemplative beauty. 

Curated by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto, the week of events features music, film, discussions, and the chance to make memorials.

All Souls launches on October 28 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the cemetery's Celebration Hall (Fraser Street at East 39th Avenue). The family-oriented evening will include:

  • Music
  • Warming fires
  • Fragrant teas
  • The opportunity to make personal memorials

Event schedule

Sunday, October 29

  • Mourners' Tea, 3:00pm to 5:00pm: A community conversation about death and grieving through personal experience.
  • Songs for a Lost Pod, 7:00pm and 8:30pm (30-minute performances): The Little Chamber Music Series presents Leah Abramson's Songs for a Lost Pod, a song cycle exploring themes of inter-species communications, intergenerational trauma and grief for a polluted planet.

Monday, October 30, 8:00 pm

  • For Dear Life: A feature documentary by Carmen Pollard, chronicling the end of her cousin James Pollard's life and the devotion of his friends to fulfil his final wishes. The film will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and participants.

Tuesday, October 31, 7:30pm to 9 pm

  • An evening of beautiful harp music with Janelle Nadeau offers a quiet refuge for Halloween.

Wednesday, November 1, 8:00pm to 9:00pm

  • Music by the East Vancouver orchestra Balkan Schmalkan highlights the closing night procession to the shrines throughout the cemetery.

October 29 to November 1, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

From October 29 to November 1, Celebration Hall will also be open nightly from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for memorial making and tea.

All events are free and wheelchair accessible. 

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Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver's only cemetery, opened in 1886. Owned and operated by the City of Vancouver, the cemetery is situated on almost 43 hectares of land (106 acres) along Fraser and Prince Edward Streets between 31st and 43rd Avenues. Renovations and improvements have revitalized this important civic space, providing new facilities and interment options.