California: House Concerts, Mega Churches and Sore Muscles

As I write this, I’m heading south on Hwy 99 from Sacramento en route  to Los Angeles where I’ll be performing and teaching for the next few days.  If it weren’t for the loved ones left behind in Winnipeg  it would be easier to celebrate this sun and...

More Concerts for Haiti

Last week I flew to Calgary to participate in a fundraising concert for Haiti. The concert was organized by Leroy Harder (event organizer for the Canadian Gospel Music Association) on less than a week’s notice and brought in artists from all over western Canada...

Helping Haiti

At first it didn’t occur to me that I should publish what Signpost Music and I are doing to help Haiti. But then I recalled how often in the past I have been inspired by the action of others.  So below is and account of the modest help we are giving to the...

Here Comes the New Year

Well… Happy New Year! By now most of us have settled back into our work routines and gearing up for the next thing.  I hope most of you… all of you… had a chance to rest up, visit with someone you love and eat something unique to the season.  I hope...

Avatar, Parsnips and Aboriginal Agony

I have to admit that I loved Avatar – the movie. I know the writing is a bit lame and there are all kinds of concerns about the message it sends (see thoughtful critique by NY Times op-ed columnist David Brooks). But visually, it is wildly entertaining and at...

Pax Christi or Pax Romana – what’s your pleasure?

The following is a preview of an  article I wrote for the launching of Tim Huff’s new website www.bentonhope.com (the site goes public Jan 1 | 2010). I slipped some proud Grampa pictures in just because 🙂 It seems entirely appropriate to be reflecting on Peace...

Unto Us a Grandson is Born

Our grandson, Pax Carlo Keaton Giardino, was born yesterday morning at 6:15 am. 8lbs, 7oz Already the fan reviews are promising. One lucky Londoner who was able to visit him yesterday in the hospital wrote: “…magnificent….positively...

“Whole be Thou!”

I thought some of you might want to see photos from the recent symphony concerts. It is pretty hard to articulate how meaningful and fun these events are.  The grandeur and overwhelming beauty is almost wounding. I’m not sure how else to say it.  There is a...

Steve with Kitchener Symphony | Review

Below is a review posted by  a concert-goer who attended Steve’s recent concert with the Kitchener Symphony Orchestra (Dec 6 | 09): Dec. 6/09 Approximately ninety minutes ago I returned home with my spouse from the Kitchener Symphony show. It was a magnificent...
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