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Events Blog

Notes regarding our events, concerts, workshops, tours, etc.

A Black and White Christmas - New Intercultural Album!!

A Black and White Christmas album coverWe're excited to announce that our newest album, A Black and White Christmas, is finished and now available! You can listen to samples and get it right now in CD form or as mp3 download (saves the environment!) through our sales page. In the coming weeks (by mid-December) it will also be available through all major online retailers. A joint production by MelodicArts Media in association with Raga Gospel Ministries, A Black and White Christmas is a wonderful IndoCanadian fusion approach to traditional Christmas carols from Canada and India, featuring the amazing talents of Hamilton, Ontario sitarist and vocalist Neeraj Prem in partnership with Bruce Harding (flutes, voice, guitar, bass and percussion). Bruce and Neeraj worked on the project when they were together for their BC tour in April, 2009, putting final touches to the recordings this September. What a feast of Christmas music it is!

We launched the album in Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday, November 21, in a dinner concert with amazing food and, of course, amazing music! Thanks to all who came out and supported us.

Shashi Lata Virk in concert tomorrow (October 9)!

I'm excited about tomorrow night's concert by Shashi Lata Virk, an amazing singer of North Indian classical music and ghazals, and a good friend. Shashi doesn't do many concerts in the Vancouver area, despite being a Canadian resident since the early 1970s - she spends most of her touring time in India, singing on All India Radio, television broadcasts, and concerts - so it is a rare opportunity to hear her do her thing. Shashi will be accompanied by me on flutes, Ed Henderson on guitar, Amarjeet Singh on tabla, and a host of students and other music guests, so a rich musical experience is in store for all. Come join us! Saturday, October 9, 6:30pm, at the Douglas College Performing Arts Theatre in New Westminster, BC. Tickets: $25.

Naramata Deja Vu

It seems like we've been to Naramata already this summer... Oh yes, that's because we have been twice this year! Our second week of music leadership has just ended and we're on the highway to home. Thanks to everyone - staff, participants and volunteers - who made the week so great. For your continued singing pleasure, here are the scores for the songs we wrote to help make the theme come alive:

  • Network (pdf)
  • The Circle of Life (pdf)
  • Generations (pdf)

We also used an earlier song of ours, a song written for intercultural ministry, during the Wednesday community worship:

  • Alpha and Omega (pdf)

Finally, on the way home, a new song written during the week which didn't end up getting used for worship morphed into a wonderful, energetic Amen!

  • Amen, Praise God! (pdf)

We would appreciate it if you would ensure the full copyright credits are included on any copies you make, and if you have a license from www.licensingonline.org, please record any songs of ours which you use in worship to help support us in our music making. You can also make a donation anytime for the use of our music, as you see fit, by clicking on the Pay Now button on our MelodicArts sales page, or search through our full catalogue of pdfs, mp3s, CDs and songbooks. Thanks for supporting our ministry!

And if anyone wants the full list of songs we sang during the week, let us know and we'll email you the spreadsheet. Blessings!

"Wake Up" at Naramata Centre

We're just wrapping up a fun week of music leadership at Naramata Centre in the Okanagan Valley, a time of playing with the theme for the week, "Wake Up," and with the overall summer theme of "Awakened Body, Awakened Purpose." Thanks as always to the staff and volunteers at the Centre for all that they do, and to all the participants who made our week so great! If anyone would like a full list of all the songs sung during the week, contact us and we'll email it to you.

For your continued singing, here are a few key songs which we sang with the children's programme and during community gathering times:

Enjoy! We would appreciate it if you would ensure the full copyright credits are included on any copies you make, and if you have a license from www.licensingonline.org, please record any songs of ours which you use in worship to help support us in our music making. You can also make a donation anytime for the use of our music, as you see fit, by clicking on the Pay Now button on our MelodicArts sales page, or search through our full catalogue of pdfs, mp3s, CDs and songbooks. Thanks for supporting our ministry!

A wild weekend in Toronto!

What an amazing whirlwind of a weekend we just had in Toronto at More Franchises: A Second Cup, a conference sponsored by The United Church of Canada in partnership with Emmanuel College, Toronto. Over 500 participants, over 100 workshops, an intercultural band of ten wonderful musicians - what more could we ask for?

Where Two or Three are Gathered - in Japanese, French and English

And in the midst of the event, we celebrated the 85th anniversary of the United Church with a big worship service at Metropolitan United Church, with participation via video feed and Twitter from across the church, the whole thing streaming live to the internet. An amazing experience, and an honour to be involved in organizing and leading such a Spirit-filled service! The service is now archived online.

A big thanks to all our musician friends who helped lead music for the weekend: Maki Fushii, David-Roger Gagnon, Linnea Good, David Jonsson, Amy Lee, Lloyd MacLean and Neeraj and Sajan Prem. I couldn't have done it without you!

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