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19/12 Dec 2019

Music notes – Christmas album reviews

by Kevin Pollard   Phil Wickham: Christmas As follow-up to his 2011 holiday debut, Phil Wickham has released Christmas, featuring ten songs with highlights like his fresh take on classics, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “Joy to the World”, and “Away in a Manger”, combined with originals, such as “Face Of God,” which he co-wrote […]

19/11 NOV 2019

The Heart of Christmas – Brian Doerksen

by Marika Siewert   “Magical Lights”, “Just Before the Silent Night”, “Saddest Season”, and “Stille Nacht” are just a few of the titles you’re going to find on the brand-new, highly-anticipated Christmas album from Abbotsford native, and multi-award winning singer/songwriter, Brian Doerksen. The Heart of Christmas is Brian’s first-ever Christmas album, crowd-funded by his community […]

19/11 NOV 2019

Music Notes: Dove Awards

by Kevin Pollard   The milestone anniversary of the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards showcased the diverse genres within current Christian music, while giving props to the veterans who paved the way for these newcomers. The awards were televised on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) on October 20. Highlights from the performances included Southern Gospel’s iconic […]

19/10 Oct 2019

Music notes

by Kevin Pollard   Rend Collective will bring The Revival Anthem Tour to Canada this Fall with stops in Edmonton, Calgary, Kelowna and Vancouver on October 9, 10, 11 and 12 respectively. Hailing from a small town in Northern Ireland, Rend Collective is known as a celebration band since the release of their first album, […]

19/05 May 2019

Music notes – reviews

by Kevin Pollard   Danny Gokey: Haven’t Seen It Yet, Capital CMG, 2019 It’s been more than a decade since we heard the voice of Danny Gokey on American Idol. After his debut country album, Danny began to release a string of Christian albums with hits like, “Hope In Front of Me,” “Tell Your Heart […]

19/05 May 2019

Soul Cries: more than a concert

by Joyce Rempel   You’ve read them, prayed them, perhaps even wailed them in your deepest anguish: prayers from the Bible, uttered in centuries past by real people in real places and recorded for our encouragement in the pages of scripture. Now a Calgary composer, Jayne Luy, has transformed some of these prayers into lush […]

19/03 March 2019

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. […]

19/03 March 2019

Master’s Academy concert choir earns national honours

The Grade 4-6 Concert Choir is coming off an impressive top 10 finish in a recent music competition which attracted more than a thousand entries from across the country. Not content to rest on their laurels, however, the students are looking to turn things up another notch for upcoming competitions. Music teachers, Cheri Peters and […]

19/02 Feb 2019

Hope’s Creed

by Joyce Rempel   Hope’s Creed is a new band turning heads in Alberta’s Christian music scene. After releasing their first EP in 2017, the Calgary-based worship collective won a spot to perform in 2018 at No Greater Love. They opened concerts in Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton for Nashville artist, Jason Gray. They also […]

19/02 Feb 2019

Spotlight on music

Reviews by Kevin Pollard   Chris Tomlin: Holy Roar, Sparrow Records, 2018 Veteran worship leader and songwriter Chris Tomlin releases his eighth album, Holy Roar, with the title track that declares that we are approaching God to give Him what He is worthy of: a holy roar of worship. “Praise Him Forever” is a fun, […]