Missing Prince

You know how, when you’re searching for something specific on YouTube, that you get distracted in the best possible way, and come across something really special? Well, that just happened to us. Check out this beautiful video made by Choir!Choir!Choir! of Toronto. Unfortunately we lost way too many great musical artists in 2017, Price among them. We used Choir!Choir!Choir! ‘s arrangement of David Bowie’s Space Oddity at one of our concerts last year. Enjoy this moving tribute to Prince – we love the fact that people from so many walks of life, ages, and ethnicities are brought together by one man’s music to create something beautiful…

 

 

Hot off the (YouTube) press!

We just got this video today – thanks to Daryl Barg for the filming, audio recording and editing. This is what you can expect at our upcoming concert, entitled WVGC Unplugged, at 7:30 p.m. this Friday Aug. 26th at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St. Advance tickets for $12 are available at  http://worldvillagemusic.ca/buy-music/. Tickets at the door are $15, kids 12 and under free. For more information, email worldvillagegospelchoir@gmail.com or call us at 204-284-3684

 

 

African a cappella

This is one of our very first recordings, done in the CBC Winnipeg studios for a live broadcast in December of 2012. To think how far we’ve come since then! Our upcoming concert, entitled WVGC Unplugged, will be at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Aug. 26th at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St. Advance tickets for $12 are available at  http://worldvillagemusic.ca/buy-music/. Tickets at the door are $15, kids 12 and under free. For more information, email worldvillagegospelchoir@gmail.com or call us at 204-284-3684

 

More WVGC a cappella!~

Here’s a video of World Village Gospel Choir singing at the African pavilion a few years back. We were so honoured to be invited, and the food was exceptional! You can see us live at our upcoming concert, entitled WVGC Unplugged, at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Aug. 26th at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St. Advance tickets for $12 are available at  http://worldvillagemusic.ca/buy-music/. Tickets at the door are $15, kids 12 and under free. For more information, email worldvillagegospelchoir@gmail.com or call us at 204-284-3684

Famous Brazilian samba gets a cappella treatment!

At our upcoming concert, World Village Gospel Choir will perform an a cappella arrangement of Samba de Verão, sung here by famous Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto. This will be the choir’s first song in Portugese, and this song is so fun and so famous that its jazzy melody can’t help but brighten your day – enjoy!

Our concert, entitled WVGC Unplugged, will be at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Aug. 26th at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St. Advance tickets for $12 are available at  http://worldvillagemusic.ca/buy-music/. Tickets at the door are $15, kids 12 and under free. For more information, email worldvillagegospelchoir@gmail.com or call us at 204-284-3684

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Do you remember the hilarious scene from the Coen Brother’s iconic movie “O Brother Where Are Thou” where three ne’er-do wells, freshly escaped from prison, stumble upon a local church’s riverside baptism ceremony? Well, the song from that scene, “As I went down in the river to pray” can be traced back to the 19th century, although the identity of the composer/lyricist is lost in the mists of time. World Village Gospel Choir will present a new arrangement of this song by choir Co-Director Neil Weisensel as part of our upcoming concert of a cappella (unaccompanied) vocal music.

Our concert, WVCG Unplugged! is at  7:30 p.m. Fri. Aug. 26th at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St. Advance tickets for $12 are available at  http://worldvillagemusic.ca/buy-music/. Tickets at the door are $15, kids 12 and under free. For more information, email worldvillagegospelchoir@gmail.com or call us at 204-284-3684

Check out the scene from the movie below:

MORE A CAPPELLA!

Ok, now it’s going to get interesting – as we delve into our archive, we are amazed at home many a cappella (unaccompanied) songs we have done! Here’s one from the early days when the choir first got together for one of our very first performances in December 2012 – Ride On King Jesus.

Our concert is 7:30 p.m. Fri. Aug. 26th at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St. Advance tickets for $12 are available at  http://worldvillagemusic.ca/buy-music/. Tickets at the door are $15, kids 12 and under free. For more information, email worldvillagegospelchoir@gmail.com or call us at 204-284-3684

A CAPPELLA PAST HAPPENINGS

As our upcoming August 26th concert is all a cappella (unaccompanied” music, we though we’d go back into the “vaults” to see which performances we could share with you. We’re going to start off with a fundraiser we did a few years ago for called Shine Your Light. We performed two African songs that night, Sho Sholoza and Siyahamba. Enjoy!

Our concert, entitled WVGC UNPLUGGED! is at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Aug. 26th at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St. Advance tickets for $12 are available at  http://worldvillagemusic.ca/buy-music/. Tickets at the door are $15, kids 12 and under free. For more information, email worldvillagegospelchoir@gmail.com or call us at 204-284-3684

World Village Gospel Choir – Unplugged!

WVGCA Cappella

World Village Gospel Choir presents: WVGC Unplugged! – an a cappella concert of gospel and world music from around the globe. The concert is 7:30 p.m. Fri. Aug. 26th at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St. Repertoire includes traditional world music songs in Zulu and Portugese, an original song by WVGC Co-Director Rachel Landrecht in Gaelic, plus other a cappella gems. The concert will be opened by a cappella vocal group led my WVGC standout Lianne Fournier, who has teamed up with her cousins, Ginette and Christine Boulianne. Their sound is a beautiful, rich blend of voices and harmonies.

The term “a cappella” refers to group or solo singing without instrumental accompaniment. Thousands of years ago, long before musical instruments were ever invented, people were singing together. The only instruments we will be using in this concert are percussion instruments, as these are traditionally used for African songs. WVGC Co-Director Landrecht notes, “There are no other species, according to our current knowledge, that sing the way that we do. Our ability to create music and sing together is something that makes us unique in our humanity.”

Advance tickets for $12 are available at  http://worldvillagemusic.ca/buy-music/. Tickets at the door are $15, kids 12 and under free. For more information, email worldvillagegospelchoir@gmail.com or call us at 204-284-3684

Founded in 2012, WORLD VILLAGE GOSPEL CHOIR is a unique vocal ensemble that sings Southern US-style Gospel, World Music of many different cultures from around the globe, and dynamic arrangements of music from artists such as Peter Gabriel and U2. They have performed on Vision TV’s documentary series Gospel to Go,  backed up rock band Heart at MTS Centre, and have twice appeared on APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live broadcasts.

Gospel singing masterclass with Dawn Pemberton this Monday!

We have just had a wonderful opportunity present itself. Our friend Dawn Pemberton will be in town this weekend performing at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival on Sunday night 9 p.m. at the Old Market Square outdoor stage. Dawn has availability on June 20th, this Monday evening to offer a Master Class for people interested in learning how to solo in the gospel style.  She is the real deal, a tremendously talented singer, performer, coach, and all around lovely human being.  You won’t just be filled with knowledge by the end of the evening, your heart will be filled with joy and good grooves.

The workshop will be held on Monday evening from 7:00pm – 9:30pm (location to be announced) and the fee per person will be $50 (with a maximum of 8 participants). All monies go to directly to Dawn to cover her fee.  Please let us know asap if you are interested in participating. Email us at worldvillagemusic@gmail.com

Here is a link to her website: http://dawnpemberton.ca/

Class Description for Gospel Soloing 101:

In a fun, upbeat and supportive environment we will explore fantastic tools and techniques to develop and enhance your gospel soloing chops and build your confidence!  We’ll dig deep and learn about the culture and history of African American gospel and how it shapes the music we know and love. We all also spend some time learning some of the best ways to prepare for solo auditions and performances. This workshop is open to all levels and abilities! Together, using inspiring songs from the gospel and soul traditions, we will seek, step up, stretch out and soar! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Dawn Pemberton Bio:

Vibrant, genuine and soulful, Dawn has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk and world music. She has become a staple of the Vancouver music scene and can often be found tearin’ it up as a vocalist, teacher, adjudicator, choir director and “go to girl” for live performances and studio sessions. She currently directs the Roots ‘N’ Wings Women’s Choir and teaches masterclasses and workshops all over Canada. Dawn’s debut solo album, Say Somethin’,  released on DoRight! Music won Best Urban Recording at the 2015 WCMA and has received praise from around the globe forecasting her as “…the  new queen of Canadian soul.”  A passionate educator and performer, Dawn approaches music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package.  Tight, expressive and bold, Dawn will hit you where it counts, funk you up and make you say “Go ‘head!”