Parish brings unique artists to Oakville

by Roy Campbell

From gospel hymns to opera to slam poetry, spoken word and rockabilly music, St. Luke’s Palermo Oakville is bringing performances from a wide range of artists to its community over the next year.

This exciting event, titled St. Luke’s Concert Series, was conceived to let local people experience a variety of different arts in one location for a low price. The concert series is one part of St. Luke’s vision to transform lives and build community by serving as a local hub for people of all walks of life. The series includes 10 events and 10 artists, each taking place on Friday evenings every other month.

St. Luke’s Concert Series, sponsored in part by an Ontario Arts Council grant, combines live performances with arts education. The featured artist or group performs a short concert followed by an interactive Q&A session, where audiences learn about their techniques, inspirations and history. They have been chosen not only for their unique gifts, but also for their uplifting and empowering messages.

The first event in the series was held on January 25th and featured husband-and-wife duo Infinitely More, who performed their blend of gospel-infused folk, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll for a rapt audience.

Infinitely More
The first event in St. Luke’s Concert Series featured Infinitely More, the husband and wife duo Allison Lynn and Gerald Flemming. They performed their blend of gospel-infused folk, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll for a rapt audience. Every artist has been chosen for their unique gifts and their uplifting and empowering messages. Photo: Roy Campbell

The next concert (April 6th at 7:30 p.m.) features the poetry and folk music of singer-songwriter Kate Reid. Kate is a bona-fide storyteller, poet and LGBTQ activist who has performed across Canada. She brings rapid-fire rhymes that are honest, poignant, hard-hitting, sometimes hilarious and always insightful. It is sure to be a memorable evening.

Other upcoming performances include spiritual musician and ordained minister Glen Soderholm (May 25), Indigenous opera singer Kristine Dadavino (July 27), spoken word artist and Poet Laureate of Mississauga Wali Shah (January 25, 2019), accomplished composer and steelpan musician Joy Lapps (March 29) and Vili Verhovsek, a powerhouse singer inspired by old-school rockabilly, bluegrass and other styles (May 31).

St. Luke’s Concert Series aims to inspire greater harmony and cultural understanding in our diverse community through the power of the arts.

Everyone is welcome to participate.

Tickets ($10. for one event or $20. for three events) are available on Eventbrite. Support persons welcomed at no charge.

Contact us for information below or at 905-825-3364 (ext. 82).

Roy Campbell is the Community Centre Coordinator at St. Luke’s Palermo.