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Published March 2019

JUNO Nominees, Warren Dean Flandez and Brian Doerksen, to perform in JUNOfest Christian Music Showcase on March 15 in London, ON

Compassion Canada is proud to support the third annual JUNOfest Christian Music Showcase by hosting A Night of Music and Meaning. This one-of-a-kind Christian music and worship event will showcase JUNO Award nominees Warren Dean Flandez and Brian Doerksen, as well as London-based worship collective, We Are Worshipers.

“As an organization, we have seen the importance of music and its ability to draw us closer to Jesus, inspire us, and act as an outlet for people to express their God-given gifts,” says Barry Slauenwhite, President and CEO of Compassion Canada. “It’s out of our love for music and our passion to celebrate artists who are creating music around their faith that we’re hosting A Night of Music and Meaning.”

This is the first time the event has taken place outside of the Vancouver area, making A Night of Music and Meaning a great opportunity for Ontarians to attend the showcase and for local London, ON, Christian radio station, 99.9 Faith FM, to partner with the event as a key sponsor.

Event details:
JUNOfest Christian Music Showcase: A Night of Music and Meaning
Friday, March 15, 2019
Gateway Church – London, ON
Tickets: $15 online (plus applicable service charges) and $20 at the door
Click HERE for more event and ticket information.

“Having worked in the secular music industry for many years, including various roles for the JUNO Awards and Juno week events, I saw a gap in the inclusion of Christian/Gospel artists,” reflected Sarah Shandl, JUNOfest Christian Showcase Producer. “It’s difficult to fit this genre of music into the club programming nights of JUNOfest, and so the idea of hosting a specific showcase of ‘music and meaning’ featuring Christian artists was born. It will be a wonderful night celebrating the local music community and JUNO Award nominated artistic creators, as well as honouring the ultimate Creator.”

Vancouver-based artist Warren Dean Flandez describes his music as “songs with purpose” for anyone with a heartbeat. His album Speak debuted at number one on the iTunes Inspirational Charts Top 100 and number 20 on the iTunes Overall Charts Top 100. Speak is a soulfully charged, urban-infused record that is not only inspirational, but accessible to mainstream audiences.

Abbotsford, BC, artist Brian Doerksen is a JUNO award and GMA award winner, with his latest solo release Grateful winning the GMA’s 2019 Inspirational Album of the Year. Brian is also a part of musical group The SHIYR Poets, where he co-writes new inspirational folk-rock settings of the ancient Psalms.

“I think music connects us to one another unlike anything else,” says Compassion Canada’s Artist and Event Representative, Mike deBoer. “Music can be the source of deep joy, deep emotion, deep feeling. It reminds us of our humanity and our togetherness. Music crosses all sorts of barriers: language, culture, geography… and this is why I’m so excited for Compassion Canada to be involved in hosting such a unique music event.”

Tim Schwindt, Music and Creative Director of Gateway Church, and Misty Ropp, Executive Director of Human Resources at Compassion Canada, will act as the event hosts.