Special Guests

  • Makoto Fujimura — Internationally - Renowned Artist, Arts Advocate, Author of Silence and Beauty
    “It's been a quite a journey being a special advisor to the film "Silence". It was my meeting with Martin Scorsese that began this journey toward "Silence and Beauty" www.silenceandbeauty.com, and he kindly invited me to join him and a few others to preview the film before it was released. I was waiting for the film to begin, but we were all waiting for Martin Scorsese to be seated when his assistant pulled me aside and told me "Marty would like to speak to you." We met for ten minutes privately, while everyone else waited. He told me that he had enjoyed reading my book. We spoke of our various journeys and how this film had both challenged and created a new vista for him. A few weeks later, he sent me the following endorsement for my book: "Makoto Fujimura is a remarkable artist and writer and his engagement with the writings of the great Shusaku Endo—and Silence in particular—is deep and impassioned, as you will discover on every page of this book. By way of response to a great artist, Fujimura has created a quietly eloquent meditation on art and faith, and where they converge." ~ Martin Scorsese on "Silence and Beauty"

    *Makoto Fujimura, recently appointed Director of Fuller's Brehm Center, is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. In 2014, the American Academy of Religion named Makoto Fujimura as its ’2014 Religion and the Arts’ award recipient. This award is presented annually to an artist, performer, critic, curator, or scholar who has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the relations among the arts and the religions, both for the academy and for a broader public. Fujimura’s work is represented by Artrue International and has been exhibited at galleries around the world, including Dillon Gallery in New York, Sato Museum in Tokyo, The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Arizona, Gallery Exit and Oxford House at Taikoo Place in Hong Kong, and Vienna’s Belvedere Museum. He is one of the first artists to paint live on stage at New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall as part of an ongoing collaboration with composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra. A popular speaker, he has lectured at numerous conferences, universities and museums, including the Aspen Institute, Yale and Princeton Universities, Sato Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum. Makoto’s second book, Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture, is a collection of essays bringing together people of all backgrounds in a conversation and meditation on culture, art, and humanity. In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible, Crossway Publishing commissioned and published The Four Holy Gospels, featuring Fujimura’s illuminations of the sacred texts. In 2011 the Fujimura Institute was established and launched the Four Qu4rtets, a collaboration between Fujimura, painter Bruce Herman, Duke theologian/pianist Jeremy Begbie, and Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis, based on T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.

  • Laila Biali — Award-Winning Canadian Pianist & Vocalist
    Laila Biali has been garnering world-wide recognition for her music which she has performed at prestigious venues including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, and Carnegie Hall. She has toured with GRAMMY award winners Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported international icon, Sting. Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination in 2011 for “Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”, and her follow-up album, Live in Concert, was given an enthusiastic four-star review and named one of the “Best Albums of 2013” by DownBeat Magazine. In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms – an indie-pop project featuring Lisa Fischer (Rolling Stones, 20 Feet From Stardom), Jo Lawry (Sting, Paul Simon), Alan Hampton (Robert Glasper), and the Toronto Mass Choir. Her accolades include “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “Keyboardist of the Year” at Canada’s National Jazz Awards.”
    *Laila will be performing at The Rose Theatre in Brampton on April 18, but you’ll have to see her next time because the tickets are SOLD OUT!

  • Tom Doyle — Author of Standing in the Fire: Courageous Christians Living in Frightening Times
    Not even ISIS can scare them off. Christians continued to be the most persecuted group across the globe in 2016. According to a recent study, 600 million Christians were prevented from practicing their faith. The findings continue a disturbing trend from the previous year in which Christians around the world endured horrific acts of persecution, including imprisonment and beheadings. The powerless deserve to be protected, but their stories also deserve to be told to replenish Christians across the world with hope that God is in control. Tom Doyle wrote Standing in the Fire to demonstrate the church was triumphant through the lives of people who stood strong and didn’t run away in the face of overwhelming danger. The flames of persecution are blazing. But new heroes of the faith are not afraid. Their stories will inspire you, and show you a way to a deeper, fearless faith.
    Sponsored By HarperCollins Canada

  • Dane Johansen & Tristan Cooke — Cellist/Ex. Producer (Dane) & Director (Tristan) of Camino Documentary Strangers on the Earth
    Strangers on the Earth encounters a disparate array of characters – lovers whose entire relationship plays out in a matter of a few weeks on the walk, self-styled philosophers, wounded people recovering from illness or mourning the loss of loved ones – all of whom traverse the storied paths of Europe’s famed Camino de Santiago. Over goat-skins of wine, we hear their thoughts on life, love, the nature of reality and the existence of a higher power. With a title taken from the New Testament, Strangers on the Earth follows the remarkable, almost foolishly-ambitious mission of cellist Dane Johansen. At first a pilgrim among many, Johansen’s singular drive to walk the 600-mile, month-long journey carrying his cello on his back sets him apart. His purpose: to perform and record Bach’s Cello Suites in 36 ancient churches along the Camino. Johansen's stumbling, recorded takes and retakes of his narration mirror the unexpected difficulty of not just his own challenge, but that of every pilgrim in the film who seeks personal meaning from the Camino. The musician, who foresaw the walk primarily as a recording project, is surprised by the demands of the hiker/performer lifestyle that greet him daily as he arrives exhausted at each church only to find it filled with an expectant audience. Along the way, his take on Bach’s Cello Suites provides the film’s own moody and contemplative soundtrack. The subject of previous documentary works like Walking the Camino and the Emilio Estevez/Martin Sheen feature narrative The Way, Tristan Cook’s acclaimed Strangers on the Earth is an all-new experiential piece of filmmaking – marking a musical artist’s personal journey against a universal backdrop.
    *Strangers On The Earth will be playing at the Toronto Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema for 1 week beginning April 22. Check out the trailer!

Meanwhile, Back On The Farm...

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Week's Recording Artists: Chris Antonik & Brian Houston
    What does it take to forgive? When is it time to let go and let live? The answers to these questions are always found in deeply personal, closely guarded corners of every heart and mind. Until we shine a light to explore those corners, we just might be driving blind on a collision course with heartbreak. We can all suffer setbacks in life, but it is in the aftermath where the heart and soul can find healing. While creating his third album Monarch, critically-acclaimed guitarist/singer/songwriter, and Maple Blues Award nominee, Chris Antonik focused inward on his own deeply personal corners, against the backdrop of a marriage coming to an end. Following up his self-titled debut in 2010 and his sophomore release Better For You in 2013, (named Blues-Rock Album of the Year by Canada’s Blues Underground Network), Monarch closes a trilogy of self-expression. Traveling from an earnest desire to give more and make things better to a destination of peace and forgiveness, Monarch embodies an artist moving on with newfound energy, momentum and an understanding of the past. While forgiveness is free, there are most certainly tolls to pay along the journey. The songs on Monarch cover every mile of that emotional terrain as they ride through a rich and varied blues landscape punctuated by Antonik's searing guitar work. Joining Antonik are Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck) on drums, Guenther Kapelle (Wild T and the Spirit) on bass, Jesse O’Brien (Colin James) on keyboards, former TDMS guests Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar on harmony vocals, and many others. Monarch was recorded by multiple Grammy and Juno award-nominated engineer Jeremy Darby (U2, Pink Floyd), and co-produced by Antonik and Ted Onyszczak. While Kris Kristofferson may have surmised that “freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose,” then perhaps forgiveness is just another word for everything to gain.

  • AND
    Brian Houston
    Brian Houston is a professional singer songwriter and experienced worship leader from Belfast Ireland. As a songwriter and performer he has shared stages with the likes of Van Morrison, Robert Plant, Chuck Berry and Elvis Costello. Houston’s debut gig in America was opening the first ever Worship Together event in Franklin Tenn with Chris Tomlin. In the CCM world Brian has worked with Third Day, Michael W Smith, Delirious?, Rend Collective, Matt Redman. Bethel Music, Chris McClarney, Larry Norman, Kirk Franklin, Jason Upton and Kevin Prosch. Signed as a recording artist and songwriter with Capitol Records and Thank You Music, Brian is also an accomplished record producer and skilled recording engineer. Producing more than 25 albums for artists such as Robin Mark (Days of Elijah, Revival in Belfast) as well as being an influential worship leader at CFC Belfast, Ireland and Catch the Fire Raleigh NC. Brian has conducted worship and songwriting workshops all over the globe, including the UK, Europe, Canada and more than 30 states in the US. Hailed as one of Britain’s great songwriters by veteran DJ Bob Harris, Houston recently relocated back to Ireland from Raleigh, North Carolina where he lived and worked for two and a half years serving various churches.

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  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!) Today's W.T.F. Guest: Julie Zauzmer - Religion Reporter for the Washington Post.