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NAIROBI, Kenya - Some church leaders are criticizing a British musicians’ charity group raising funds for the West African Ebola crisis, saying its new single reinforces negative stereotypes of Africa.

At St. Michael’s Choir School, tradition matters

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TORONTO - St. Michael’s Choir School brings Christmas, real Christmas, in six-part polyphony, to Toronto’s Massey Hall for the 49th time this Dec. 6 and 7. But if you haven’t managed to buy a $20 to $50 ticket yet, you could head down to Shuter Street and look for a scalper.

Leahy sets Christmas mood in Toronto

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TORONTO - Fans of the fancy fiddle work of Ontario’s very own Donnell Leahy will have three chances to see the Lakefield native perform in Toronto this holiday season.

A nearly 300-year-old favourite has aged well

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TORONTO - Even after performing Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for almost four decades, Patricia Krueger says the music from this Christmas classic never gets old.

Singing nun covers Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’

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ROME - Italy’s singing nun Sr. Cristina Scuccia, who became a global sensation after winning a TV reality show, has chosen Madonna’s controversial hit “Like a Virgin” as the first single from her debut album. 

Melendez strums a message of hope

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TORONTO - Armless guitarist Tony Melendez wants audiences to walk away from his performances with hope.

Catholic music is a rocking success story

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Under blue skies, dressed in black, stand the members of Christian band Darkness Divided. In the serenity of a forest clearing, the band members’ hands are stretched straight up, revealing streams of thick, dark blood pouring from wounds artificially created on their open palms. In the background, lyrics suggestive of Christ’s crucifixion are belted out supported by the severe guitar and drum sounds typical of a metalcore band. This is a scene from “The Hands that Bled,” a single off the band’s newly released album, Written in Blood.

Show can go on for Turkey’s ‘Rockin’ Imam’

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ISTANBUL - Turkey’s religious authorities have given the go-ahead for the country’s controversial “Rockin’ Imam” to keep on rocking.

Famed organist Christie to perform in Toronto

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TORONTO - Prolific organist James David Christie is coming to Toronto to perform what appears to be a tour-de-force concert.

Composer humbled by continued response to his 1979 hymn

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HONOLULU - Fr. Jan Michael Joncas has composed more than 300 liturgical songs, but his name is widely known for the one that tops a list of favourites: “On Eagle’s Wings.”

New site opens up possibilities for music ministry

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TORONTO - A whole new world of musical opportunity has opened up for parishes and schools with the release of an online church music catalogue through a partnership between Novalis Publishing and LicenSing Online.