Layla Claire Concert

Join us on Sunday October 16 at 2:00pm for the rare opportunity to enjoy an intimate recital by one of the world’s premiere sopranos, and benefit an equally rare heritage building. Experience the oasis of tranquility that is the historic Meeting House on Yonge Street, while enjoying a small bouquet of songs sung by Layla Claire and accompanied by Michael Shannon.

The 1812 Quaker Meeting House, still an active place of worship for the Yonge Street Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), is also a significant historic asset for the Town of Newmarket, and for Canada.
This old Meeting House has required expensive updates to become accessible. The building now has an elevator, accessible washroom and other amenities. Costs of these improvements have been substantial for the Meeting House members, who are gathering support from many sources

One such source has been the generous donation of Layla Claire’s time and talent to provide a fund-raising recital of songs from her most recent recording. Coming from a long ancestral line of Quakers, Layla is singing to help raise money as a great-granddaughter of the community. With accompaniment by pianist Michael Shannon, who joins us from the Canadian Opera Company, the event promises to be one of the most intimate classical performances possible. There are only 150 tickets available, as seating is limited in the Meeting House.
$30. Please visit and enter Layla Claire in the search box.
The Artists
About Layla Claire
Praised for her colourful, flexible voice and graceful stage presence, Layla Claire has an exciting season of Mozart in 2016-17 including her Salzburger Festspiele debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni; she reprises the role for Opéra de Montréal and in a return engagement with the Opernhaus Zürich. The Canadian soprano made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Don Carlo led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and has since returned to the Met for several appearances.

Highlights of past opera seasons include a debut at the Festival d’Aix-en- Provence as Sandrina in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera broadcast throughout Europe on ARTE, bringing the soprano immediate European attention. An expressive and experienced concert singer, Layla Claire enjoys an ongoing association with the Boston Symphony Orchestra having performed Mahler’s Second Symphony under both James Levine and Michael Tilson Thomas. Her extensive recital presence on international stages has included programs of art song at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, CBC Glenn Gould Studio, and a multi-city tour of Canada as the winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition.

About Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon, a native of London, Ontario and music staff member with the Canadian Opera Company, will accompany Ms. Claire on the piano. Most recently, Michael has been engaged by Tapestry Opera, The Banff Centre, University of British Columbia, UWOpera at Western University, The Schulich School of Music and Opera McGill, The Federation of Canadian Music Festivals, The Brevard Music Center, Calgary Opera, Atelier lyrique de I’Opéra de Montréal, and Syracuse Opera. This upcoming 2016/17 season, he joins the COC music staff for The Magic Flute, Tosca, as well as a recital with critically acclaimed American tenor, Issachah Savage.

Plan on meeting the artists over light refreshments following the recital.
Additional Information
The event begins at 2 p.m. sharp! Please plan to be in attendance before that time.
If you will be attending using a wheelchair or walker, please email in advance so that we can best accommodate you.
Dress is casual.

For further information
Telephone 647 231 7587

Accessibility Project Almost Completed!

IMG_1426Thanks to the generous donations of many F/friends, federal grants, the Samuel Rogers Memorial Trust and Canadian Yearly Meeting we have almost all the funds needed to complete the accessibility project. It is looking good!

This 1812 Quaker meeting house is a historic place of worship on Yonge Street in Newmarket, Ontario. While the rapidly growing community develops around us, our meeting house appears as it did in 1812, and remains an oasis of tranquility and reflection. The meeting house is a place of worship and the active centre of community life. The building hosts a range of Quaker activities as well as programs for the broader community.

You can still help us to raise the last few thousand dollars needed

to help us make this significant building accessible to all.


NEWS SHEET: August – September 2016

Address: 17030 Yonge Street, Newmarket, ON

MEETING FOR WORSHIP: Sundays at 10:30 AM
All are welcome…. Bring your friends

First Day School is available on request during Meeting
for Worship every Sunday. Contact Sherita.

Tuesday Daytime Worship Sharing will soon begin meeting again. Contact Marie

Mid-Week Meeting for Worship: held Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM. All are welcome.

September 25: Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business Please send agenda items to Barbara
There are several issues in business arising from the June meeting. Please check your minutes or notes to see whether you or your committee is due to report.

Accessibility Project:
The project is almost complete!!
$6,500 is still needed to complete the project costs. Cheques (with a notation Accessibility) can be mailed to the address, below, or contributions can be sent by e-Transfer to

Cleaning bees are scheduled for 2 Saturdays – August 27 and September 10. There are jobs for every skill and ability. The more, the merrier.
An Official Opening will be planned later in the fall.

The Recital: Layla Claire, on Sunday, October 16
Who is Layla Claire? Check out the official website of this Canadian opera singer:
Details about this exciting performance at Yonge Street Meetinghouse will be available soon, regarding promotion, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, ticket purchases, etc.

Other news:

Saturday, Sept. 24: Canadian Friends Historical Association Annual General Meeting
• Uxbridge Historical Centre, 7239 Concession Road 6, Uxbridge
• Starts at 9:30 for Business meeting, followed by lunch, bus tour, and dinner, with keynote speaker
• Keynote speaker is Allan McGillivray, who will also serve as bus tour guide
• Registration required for meals and bus tour – go to
• Register by Sept 7 for the full day – $65; after Sept 7 – $80

CYM Offers two free on-line courses, 6 weeks each, mid-September to late October:
• “Uh, Uh, Was that a Leading?” (Richard and Robin took this course in the spring and recommend it)
• “Introduction to Quakers and Friends Ways”
• Facilitator: David Summerhays, Montreal Monthly Meeting
• Sign up by September 6 by emailing:
• Provide your name, email address, telephone number, time zone, and your Meeting or Worship Group

Canadian Yearly Meeting
• Our delegates will report details at the September meeting, but note that CYM is having a “fallow year” in 2017 and will not meet in session.
• In 2018, CYM will meet at Georgian College, in Barrie, Ontario, which means Yonge Street Meeting will be the Local Arrangements Committee! Yikes!
• Meanwhile, in 2017, Friends General Conference is meeting at Niagara University, in Niagara, New York, from July 2 to 8. Watch for their registration information at That website also has an interesting newsletter, Book Musings – worth checking out.

Olive Oil and Peace

Have you enjoyed Zatoun Olive Oil. We sell it at our Meeting House. Here is a video of an interview conducted with Robert Massoud on his peace building project. It is a you tube video. If the link does not work, copy and paste it into your browser.


First Day School is available for children during meeting for worship on Sundays.

yonge st meeting

With gratitude to the Samuel Rogers Memorial Trust for their generous contribution, the meeting house is wearing a new cedar shake roof. With winter bearing down on us we are optimistic that the furry critters have found alternative lodgings and our attic will be quiet again.

The electrical wiring in the attic has been replace with “chew-proof” cable and the meeting house is taking on a spirit of preparedness!

Last spring a severed electrical cable which was caused by the digging of the natural gas line resulted in a power failure.  The sump pump is a real necessity in the spring of the year and the loss of power allowed for major flooding in the lower level of the meeting house.  We are grateful to report that all the repairs have been completed and everything feels secure again.