Mike Janzen — Canadian Jazz FREAKOn Friday November 6th at 8:00 PM, join Mike Janzen, Larnell Lewis, George Koller and a 19 piece string orchestra at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio for the world premiere performance of the Nudging Forever Project. Nudging Forever is an 8 movement piece that explores themes of Kairos and Chronos following the Benedictine hours of prayer. Joined by some of Canada's finest musicians this concert beautifully melds the beauty of the classical world with the spontaneity of jazz improvisation. Unique, moving and powerful this evening promises to be a soul-stirring experience in one of this country's finest concert halls.
*Mike Janzen is a Manitoba-raised, Toronto based jazz pianist/composer/singer whose music is an engaging blend of Broadway standards, explorative versions of popular songs (Mrs. Robinson, God put a smile/Coldplay), and well-crafted originals. Mike’s primary group, “The Mike Janzen Trio”, has toured across Canada and has been featured at the Toronto International Jazz Festival, the Wreckhouse International Festival and Winnipeg International Jazz Festival (duo). The trio’s members include Mike Janzen (piano/vocals), the luminous George Koller (bass) and the phenomenal Larnell Lewis (drums). The Mike Janzen Trio is a regular national fixture on both CBC (Tonic) and Jazz 91.1 and his song, “There’s no escaping spring” recently won best jazz/blues song of the year at the GMA awards in Calgary, AB. Mike has worked and performed with luminary musicians such as Hugh Marsh, Daniel Lanois, Steve Bell, Kevin Breit, Phil Dwyer, Terry Clarke, Ben Riley, Davide DiRenzo, and Andrew Downing.
Gretta Vosper — Atheist & United Church MinisterNamed one of 2009’s Most Compelling Women in Canada by More Magazine, Gretta Vosper is the author of the national bestseller, With or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important that What We Believe, and Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief, an exploration of prayer stripped of supernatural expectations. Gretta continues to lead West Hill United, a congregation of The United Church of Canada located in Scarborough, Ontario. Recently, the United Church has initiated a review of Gretta’s effectiveness as a minister based on her atheistic beliefs. Non-exclusive inspirational liturgical and music resources prepared for use at West Hill - where those who hold traditional beliefs share the pews with others who don’t - are used internationally. West Hill is featured in the documentary Godless and the upcoming film, Losing My Religion, by Zoot Media. Gretta serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity. She is also a Director and Officer of The Clergy Project, an international network for clergy who no longer believe, and serves as a Governor of Centennial College.
Corban Addison — Author of The Tears of Dark WaterDaniel and Vanessa Parker are an American success story. He is a Washington, D.C., power broker, and >she is a doctor with a thriving practice. But behind the facade, their marriage is a shambles, and their teenage son, Quentin, is self-destructing. In desperation, Daniel dusts off a long-delayed dream–a sailing trip around the world. Little does he know that the voyage he hopes will save them, may destroy them instead. Half a world away, on the lawless coast of Somalia, Ismail Adan Ibrahim is plotting the rescue of his sister, Yasmin, from the man who murdered their father. Driven to crime by love and loyalty, he hijacks ships for ransom money. There is nothing he will not do to save her, even if it means taking innocent life. Paul Derrick is the FBI’s top hostage negotiator. His twin sister, Megan, is a celebrated defense attorney. When Paul is called to respond to a hostage crisis at sea, he has no idea how far it will take them into their traumatic past–or the chance it will give them to redeem the future. Across continents and oceans, through storms and civil wars, their paths converge in a single, explosive moment. It is a moment that will test them, and break them, but that will also leave behind a glimmer of hope–that out of the ashes of tragedy the seeds of justice and reconciliation can grow, not only for themselves but also for Somalia itself.
*Corban Addison is the author of three international bestselling novels, A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, and The Tears of Dark Water, which address some of today’s most pressing human rights issues. An attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of numerous humanitarian causes, including the abolition of modern slavery, gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia.
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Emily Armstrong — Baha'i, Porn, Epilepsy & JesusGrowing up, Emily was a perfectionist and a "gifted" kid. She became a Bahai in college and started dating a "hostile agnostic" shortly after converting. Trying to balance those two things, she eventually gave up her spiritual efforts in defeat and decided that making money was the most important thing. Then Emily started into a get-rich-quick scheme, populating sites with porn links, but actually made no money at all. Emily and her hostile agnostic boyfriend were invited to an introduction to Christianity course called Alpha. She went for all ten weeks, but the hostile agnostic just said "that's nice, good for you." Eventually she started reading the Bible, then creepy things started happening. One night, she was scared so much that she decided to become a Christian. Now she she deals everyday with three kids, epilepsy, and homeschooling!
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This Week's Recording Artist: Danielle ToddCHECK THIS VIDEO OUT!
Danielle can silence a room with her nightingale voice, capture a crowd with her gripping songwriting, and move each soul to tears with her delicate story telling. From the moment she steps on stage to the very last note that echoes through the room, Danielle manages to invite each audience member into her life and to become part of her family. Both on and off stage Todd believes that it is important for each fan to relate to her. Whether it is through a cheerful song about her first love, a spine chilling story about her best friend’s heartbreak, or a quiet and intimate one on one conversation offstage, Danielle opens her heart up to each and every one of her fans. She invites them into her life. She lets them become her family. “One of my favourite moments that I’ve ever experienced in this industry was at a show in Sauble Beach. I sang a song that I wrote about mental health and talked about how mental health awareness is important to me. After my set that night, a woman came up to me almost in tears and thanked me for the song. All I could do was hug her because I knew she was struggling. I will never forget the moment we shared. I was happy that I helped her even if it was just a little bit.” In 2011, Danielle released her first CD “Between You and Me…” with wild success. Since then she has been touring Canada, Australia, and the States. In 2014, Danielle released her next 4 song EP “The One for Me” recorded at Northwood Studios. This EP was sold offstage for a year while she planned her next project. Danielle has just released her most recent CD “Danielle Todd Live at Two Chick’s Café” which was recorded live in Sauble Beach on the May 24 weekend of 2015. With fireworks in the background, Danielle serenaded the crowd all weekend. “I am so happy I decided to do a live CD. The audience became a part of the recording which I think is very special. Music is like my journal. I literally wrapped up my weekend in a melody and my fans and I will be able to relive it over and over.”
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This week on The Pub Crawl:
Bruxy Cavey – Author Of The End Of Religion, Teaching Pastor at The Meeting House
Dr. Paul Metzger – Author, Founder and Director of The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins at Multnomah University, Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture. Editor of Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture, Blogs at Uncommon God, Common Good.
1/ Where is the interfaith trend taking us? Will we all eventually become liberal, pluralistic & kumbaya about our faiths (and is that a bad thing) or will it eventually hit a wall and reveal just how different our world religions are?
"A Muslim, a Jew, a Christian, a Pagan, and an Atheist walk into a coffee shop. And they talk, laugh, drink coffee and become good friends. It's not a joke. It's what happens when you're not an asshole."
So here's the question: Is it only the Evangelical Christians who can't play nice with others (assholes) and if so, why? Does this all come down to them needing to convert people in order to save them from Hell? And if that's the case, isn't that kinda sorta... admirable? And isn't there some truth to the fact that at the core of all major world religions, there are clear and vast differences in their doctrines? So much so, that if discussed, wouldn't the end of that discussion arrive sooner rather than later? Maybe the only way to actually keep the interfaith discussions going is to shelve or sweep under the carpet those major theological / doctrinal differences? And if someone just keeps avoiding the divisive issues, doesn't that make them a wimpy liberal watered down believer? Or is that just what Evangelicals teach? These days it certainly seems that anyone who actually stands for a religious belief, in it's entirety, seems to be one of society's new pariah/assholes.
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