Music is the soul of our congregation. The role of music in our community is to open hearts, create community, deepen and develop the themes and messages at our services, share experience, touch and heal souls, express emotion, and create ecstasy through sound.  We are open to and share in music from all times and cultures from around the world.  One week you may hear a Renaissance motet, the next an original folksong, the next a jazz vibraphone solo. Music can touch our essence in a way that words cannot. When we share music at our Sunday services it is not a performance but a sharing of emotion and message made possible by the acceptance and openness of the very community we are sharing with.  When you show your heart you can touch people.  Music moves.

There are many ways to get involved musically with our congregation: sing in community at a Sunday service, join the Spirit Choir or Comfort Choir, attend a Singing Meditation, share at Talent Night, or attend a concert in our Sunday Concert Series.

Please contact our Music Director, Susanne Maziarz (, for more information about music at Neighbourhood.

Spirit Choir

We’re a group of spirited singers who come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds and abilities. This is a non-auditioned SATB choir who are the featured musicians at one Sunday service per month.

We rehearse on Monday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm in the sanctuary. Please contact Susanne,, if you are interested in joining the choir or would like more information.

Listen to the Spirit Choir

Comfort Choir

The goal of the Comfort Choir is to bring comfort, calm, spirit, and a soul-connection at the bedsides of patients in hospital and/or hospice. We are currently in residence at the Toronto East General Hospital Palliative Care unit where we sing weekly.

We sing a capella (unaccompanied), so a level of singing proficiency and a strong ear are required.  If this type of music ministry calls you, please contact Susanne at to learn more.

Listen to the Comfort Choir

Spirit Band

Neighbourhood’s house band is comprised of various members of our congregation. We play every six weeks at a Sunday morning service. Our living tradition draws from many sources including the wealth of rock, pop, and folk music from the past 60 years.

The Spirit Band rehearse on Mondays from 9:00-10:30pm.  Please contact Susanne if your interested in participating,

  Listen to Spirit

Singing Meditation and Morning Chant

An interfaith spiritual practice that combines singing and chanting with group observation of silence. No experience is necessary and all voices are welcome. Participants are welcome to join in as they are comfortable or to remain in silence as the sounds of the voices around them deepen their own meditation.

These sessions are co-led by Fred Habib Maycock, a practicing Sufi who has led sacred chant for many years, and Susanne Maziarz, the music director of the Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Singing Meditation is held one Sunday evening per month from 6:30-8:00pm in the sanctuary.  Morning Chant is held one Sunday per month from 9:30-10:15am in the Meditation Room.  Check the calendar to confirm dates.

The event is free of charge and donations to Neighbourhood are gratefully accepted.

Talent Night

A long-held Neighbourhood tradition, generally held the first Friday of each month (see calendar) beginning at 7:30pm and ending by 9:30pm.

This is an open-mic style evening where talented performers of all ages are welcome to share their talent with an open and appreciative audience.

The event is free of charge and donations to Neighbourhood are gratefully accepted.