Look at the front page news, and you can see how our cultural differences bring out
the best and worst in societies. All to often we cite our differences
as a justification for political and social conflict. Through music, the
U of T Multifaith Centre highlighted our similarities via songs of
faith, peace, devotion and unity. The message filled not only the 2nd
floor concert hall, but also the minds and hearts of all who attended.
With so many amazing sounds, the only way we could do justice is to
write specifically about each incredible performance. You will find our
thoughts of each performance above the respective photo collage.
We were given the pleasure of enjoying Jewish songs of faith with a wonderful twist. Presented by a lively choir group the Varsity Jews had
us all tapping our feet to their acappella sounds. Colorful and
uplifting, they gave us some insight into the deep faith of Judaism.
A stunning group of musicians hailing from
around the globe. Perfect harmony was on display through their devotional and uplifting music. Fusing traditional Indian instruments
like the harmonium, bamboo flute and mridanga with bass & acoustic
guitar gave their sounds a truly universal appeal.
First Nation House Drummers
Taking from the roots of the
first North American people, the First Nation House Drummers
represented the broadest mix of both cultures and ages. The characteristic monophonic drumming resonated the proud traditional of
the first nations. Something we all to often overlook.
Ismaili Youth Choir
Presented simply through vocal and simple percussion. The Ismaili Youth Choir gave a commanding performance of
traditional and modern faith songs. Their four part verse of different
multi-faith chants was brought to life through audience participation.
U of T Gospel Choir
Faith & fun…. a gospel choir is
perhaps the best at unifying the two. No matter what your background is,
you can't help but feel the beat and energy generated with soulful
singing. The group had everyone clapping and tapping away. Side Note:
Clapping and tapping while taking a photo doesn't produce the best
Organizers & Audience
The organizers did a fantastic job
of creating a talented and diverse lineup. Their humbleness kept the
words short so they could let the music do the speaking… and the
message was clearly understood by all. Kudos to the University of
Toronto, the Multifaith Centre, the emcees, organizers, performers and a
all who attended for a unforgettable evening.