Music: Covenant Awards, upcoming concerts and more
by Kevin Pollard
Covenant Award Winners
The 40th Annual Covenant Awards presented by GMA Canada took place in Edmonton, January 24 as Canadian Christian Music was celebrated. Top honours went to the band, The Color, who won six awards including Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Radio Song of the Year. While Jordan St. Cyr earned five awards including New Artist of the Year, Pop Song of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Western Canadian artists recognized this year included Warren Dean Flandez who took home Urban / Rap Album Of The Year, veteran producer/engineer/composer/studio owner Roy Salmond took home Producer of the Year, the Camp Qwanoes album Q-Town, produced by Hokus Pick alumni Russ Smith and Rick Colhoun, took home Children’s Album of the Year while Brian Doerksen’s music was recognized with Inspirational Album Of The Year and Folk Song of the Year.
On March 17 the Juno Awards will air on CBC with host Sarah McLachlan. Nominees this year for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year are: Grateful, Brian Doerksen; Tired Of Basic, LOVECOLLIDE; Into the Wild, Manic Drive; The Buffalo Roadshow, Tim Neufeld & The Glory Boys and Speak, Warren Dean Flandez.
Worship Central Conference
Heaven & Earth, Vancouver, BC March 29-30, 2019
This two-day training conference is designed for church leaders, worship leaders, musicians, and anyone passionate about encountering God through authentic worship. The weekend will consist of large group sessions and smaller workshops designed to equip you with practical and theological tools from leaders: Tim Hughes who leads Worship Central, along with his wife Rachel in Birmingham, England and has written the songs, “Here I Am to Worship” and “Happy Day”, Taya Smith of Hillsong United, the voice behind songs like ‘Oceans’ and ‘Touch The Sky’ and Steffany Gretzinger and Hunter Thompson from Bethel Music in Redding, California.
Hillsong Young & Free: III (Live at Hillsong Conference), Hillsong Music
Hillsong Young & Free, in recent years, has risen from the shadows of their veteran older-sibling band Hillsong United with their youthful EDM-influenced worship songs that have been heard now across the globe. Their fifth full-length album III (Live at Hillsong Conference) includes a 16-song set that showcases not only their high-energy pop-influenced vertical songs but also their lyrical and musical maturity. Highlights include new songs “Let Go” and “Just Jesus” along with favourites “Wake” and “Sinking Deep” along with many of the songs from last year’s III album.
Mark your calendars, as you don’t want to miss their Canadian Tour that will see them in Edmonton on April 5, Calgary on April 9, Kelowna on April 11 and Abbotsford on April 13
Switchfoot: Native Tongue, Fantasy Records, 2019
After the band announced a hiatus back in December 2017, there was some doubt about what the future would be for Switchfoot. Now, after 22 years since their debut album, they have released their 11th studio album. And Native Tongue, once agai,n sees the band offering up sounds that are both familiar and fresh on these 14 tracks. Highlights found here include the electronic pop duet of “The Hardest Art” (feat. Kaela Sinclair), the soft pop of “Joy Invincible”, and the modern rock stylings of “Let it Happen” and “All I Need”. Jon Foreman weaves the theme of love and hope throughout the lyrics found here, as heard on, “Joy Invincible”, which proclaims, “Open your eyes/look to the skies/we are the children of the promise”.
Switchfoot will be joined by Colony House on their tour that stops in Vancouver on April 13, 2019. There are no Alberta concerts planned.
Dan Bremnes Wherever I Go tour
With one date in Salmon Arm, BC and the rest throughout Alberta this April from the 5th to the 28th, you can catch Dan Bremnes live in concert with Covenant award winners, The Color. They will be in Calgary on the 25th and 26th at Sunwest Church, at Victory Church in Red Deer on the 27th and WECA in Edmonton on April 28.
For a complete tour listing and more info and tickets go to www.danbremnes.com