Mark Masri — Recording Artist, Tenor, Pianist"Music is kind of like medicine, I guess; it heals the body and soothes the soul." This philosophy is what guides Mark to create the haunting lyrics and melodies that have become his trademark. With his powerful tenor voice, Mark is taking on the songs of love and loss, sorrow and hope. In his upcoming 2015 release, by multi-platinum producer Patrick Hamilton of Belgium, Mark is showcasing his unique theatrical pop style and exceptional writing skills with songs that will make you dance and songs that will make you cry. Whether he’s performing with The Vivaldi Orchestra in Moscow, headlining his own North American tour, or guesting on David Foster’s, Hitman Returns Television Special... Mark is opening hearts and minds with thought provoking songs, a charismatic stage presence and his sensuous tenor voice. Mark’s genre bending style and eclectic taste in music is evident in his previous releases. "See My Face" is a collection of covers and originals that lean toward soulful. “La Voce” includes songs in six languages and collaborations with Jon Secada and Jim Brickman, highlighting Mark’s jaw dropping range and classical training. Mark’s 2011 album “Intimo” is a tribute to the most loved Italian songs set to classical guitar. Duets with international stars Olivia Newton-John and Delta Goodrem have become instant classics on adult contemporary radio.
*Riding the recent success of his televised PBS special, Canadian Music Week presents Mark Masri and special guests, The Maple Syrups Wednesday May 6th, 8:00 PM @ The Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst Street, Toronto. Tickets are $47.50/$37.50/$27.50.
Dave Blundell — Brother of Canadian Radio Shock Jock, Dean Blundell Author of
Professionally Religious: The Spiritual Poverty of Spiritual LeadersWe are all tired of hearing about the failure and recession of the Western Church. We are also tired of trying to find methods to resuscitate it and see a resurgence of its impact. Church leaders need to stop looking at ways to renovate the Church and first look at themselves. They need to examine their own spiritual poverty as the leading cause of the Church’s failure to be more than it is now. Spiritual leader Dave Blundell, strongly believes that the spiritual transformation of the church's leaders will result in the spiritual transformation of the Church. Professionally Religious is for pastors, directors, CEO’s, boards, elders, teachers, managers, parents, and anyone concerned about spiritual influence.
*Dave Blundell is the Founder and Executive Director of Hungry For Life International. Hungry For Life works with Pastors and ministry leaders around the world to help alleviate spiritual and physical poverty. He served as a Pastor in the Christian & Missionary Alliance and was ordained in 1998. Dave holds a Bachelor of Theology and a Master of Arts in Leadership.
Priscilla HalfyardOn March 22, 21-year old Priscilla Halfyard was driving her 6 year old brother to his hockey game. Tragically, they never made it to the game. They were in a head-on collision and her little brother Spenser was killed. Priscilla survived the accident, but broke her arm and crushed her foot. Approximately six weeks later, Priscilla was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, one of the rarest forms of soft tissue cancer that fiercely targets adolescents and young adults. Although this cancer is aggressive, more aggressive is Priscilla's faith in God and determination to complete her bucket list which includes attending her own living-funeral and to finally marry her fiancé who has been by her side through all of this.
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This Week's Recording Artist — Ambre McLeanCHECK THIS VIDEO OUT!
Some things need to be felt rather than summed up with words. Some things are better understood by that shiver down your spine, that smile on your face, or that tear that sneaks down your cheek. Whatever soul means to you, experiencing the music of Ambre McLean, may just leave you with a new definition. A veteran of the Canadian music scene, with her genre defying style and indie approach, Ambre McLean has carved her own path along the way. After years of performing with bands Kyn, and Sharon Said, Ambre released her debut solo EP “Just Passing Through” back in 2004, showcasing her ever-evolving craft. Since then Ambre has released 3 studio album’s, garnered numerous accolades and has appeared regularly on the Canadian music festival circuit. Currently touring in support of her brand new album “Me”, McLean is truly one of Canada’s rising stars. She has been called “Canada’s best kept secret”. With songs that will stick with you, and a voice bound to haunt you, this is one secret you’ll want to be in on.
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1/ Would you give money to a ministry that wanted to fly to another planet and tell it's inhabitants about Jesus? (Yup – we just asked THAT question!)
Televangelist Creflo Dollar wants his supporters to buy him a $65 Million dollar jet so he can fly to countries that really need to hear about Jesus from him. He also said to his church that if they think asking for money to buy a jet is crazy, wait until he asks for a Billion dollars in order to fly to another planet to tell it's people about Jesus! He drives luxury cars and lives in a multi million dollar mansion. In contrast, people seem to have fallen in love with this new Pope (possibly for the first time ever) because Pope Francis has set aside papal luxury afforded to most Popes. So do you think that Jesus would be cool with a rich pastor? Do you think Jesus would be cool with a rich Christian – period? Should ANY spiritual leader of ANY faith be“rich”? Yes, having it means that you can use it for good and give more away, but if that's true, then how could that person still be “rich”? Rich Pastors – Oxymoron? How rich is too rich?
2/ Should officials allow a swingers' club to open up shop right beside a Christian school?
But wait! There's more! Should the swingers' club be allowed to call themselves a “church”? Seems that becoming a “church” is the only way that the club would be allowed to move into this facility – first amendment rights and all. When the zoning plans were originally submitted, two rooms were called “Dungeons”. Now one is called “Choir” and the other “Handbells”. Their religious belief system is brief: “Do not steal, do not lie, do not cheat, do not take the life of another, do not commit adultery — without the knowledge and consent of your spouse.”
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