Holiday gift idea #1 (for Toronto music lovers)

I’ve been to this concert last year.

The music will take your soul in a roller coaster ride: you will cry and then be incredibly happy.

The place is magnificent: historic district, intimate concert hall.

The day is perfect, Sunday December 19, and there are 2 shows: one at 2 PM and one in the evening.

So what do you wait? Surprise your soulmate with a pair of tickets to…

(press release)

Andrew Craig’s The Gospel Christmas Project returns to the Young Centre

Only two performances

Toronto, ON – November 24, 2010 – Albert Schultz, General Director of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, today announced the return of Young Centre Resident Artist Andrew Craig’s celebrated concert The Gospel Christmas Project, an awe-inspiring transformation of traditional holiday classics into joyous Gospel masterpieces. Only two concerts will take place on Sunday, December 19, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Young Centre.

The Gospel Christmas Project began as a special concert created by Andrew Craig for CBC Radio in 2006, evolved into a CBC television special that won a New York Festivals International Television & Film Award and was nominated for a Gemini Award, and has since seen a performance at the National Arts Centre (2007), Massey Hall (2007), and two sold-out concerts at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (2008, 2009).

Musical director Andrew Craig infuses the impassioned and inspirational nature of Gospel music into a selection of the world’s most-loved Christmas carols. Craig invites a diverse group of stellar Canadian vocalists and musicians to perform the breathtaking renditions, including Soul vocalist and actor Alana Bridgewater, Juno and Gemini-nominated singer-songwriter Kellylee Evans, vocal powerhouse Chris Lowe, R&B star Toya Alexis, and the Juno-Award winning Gospel ensemble Sharon Riley and Faith Chorale.

An artfully sequenced revelation of gospel music…a surge of joy.”Live Music Report

Andrew Craig is a Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, director, composer and broadcaster, who works in multiple musical genres, and collaborates with artists in every discipline. He has worked with a diverse range of musical artists, including Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson, Measha Brueggergosman, Ashley MacIsaac and Wynton Marsalis, and award-winning playwrights Djanet Sears and Marion Caffey.

The Gospel Christmas Project takes place on Sunday, December 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, located at 55 Mill Street , Building 49, in the Distillery Historic District. Tickets are $45 for adults and $30 plus HST for students. Tickets are available by calling the Young Centre box office at 416.866.8666 or online at www.youngcentre.ca

More information about the artists and the evolution of The Gospel Christmas Project can be found here: www.gospelxmasproject.com

The Young Centre is supported by the Ontario Arts Council. The Young Centre Resident Artist Program is generously supported by Donna and Gary Slaight.

The Young Centre for the Performing Arts is an award-winning, multi-venue performing arts facility located in the Distillery Historic District.  Anchored by Soulpepper Theatre Company’s year round season and George Brown College’s Theatre School, the Young Centre is a home for Toronto’s leading artists and arts organizations across all performance disciplines.  The Young Centre presents the very best in theatre, dance, music and spoken word in a state-of-the-art setting.

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