About House Concerts

As a result of recent blogs mentioning house concerts I’ve performed of late, there have been a flood of requests to my manager from folks who would like to host a concert in their home. Sadly, several people have become almost indignant when Dave has had to...

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...

Looking Back And Looking Ahead

Every year, about this time, I start getting reflective and slightly misty-eyed about the previous year. And  it was a bit of a nutty yea with my own adult children coming and going, relentless touring, dramatic shifts in business, a new blog-based website, home...

Want to help carry bags?

Music is language. When I was young, in the evenings, after she thought my sisters and I were asleep, my mother would often sit at the piano and play for hours. I would drift in and out of consciousness, aware that I was being bathed in melody and song. You might say...

Message from David Jennings |IncarNATION Ministries

IncarNATION ministries is a Canadian Christian charity recently created to assist and promote God’s revelation to all people through the creative arts and culture. The charity was created in response to the eternal question, so beautifully asked on Steve Bell’s...

Moving Forward

I’m off for the next couple of days with manager Dave Z to meet with a couple of thoughtful gents to try and discern what the next year or two could/should look like for us.  The weather has changed drastically (economically),  perhaps permanently, and so there...

Keeping Christ in Halloween

When I was a kid, Halloween was one of the best nights of the year. We lived in Drumheller, Alberta then. My mom and dad were both quite into Halloween and often lent their skills to the creating of fine, sometimes elaborate costumes.  The costume I remember most...

Drunk Prayers

I just received the latest newsletter from my friend Tim Huff who works with at-risk youth living on the streets of Toronto. I usually find most “ministry” newsletters  laborious to read but I always look forward to Tim’s. Tim is a great, insightful...

A crash course in American coarseness – Tim Rutten

Thought this was interesting – from the LA TIMES  | Steve A crash course in American coarseness How did we get here? It began not with our politicians but with our stand-up comics. Tim Rutten Incivility is the new secondhand smoke. Everyone feels impelled to...

Fast For Change

Some of you know of my relationship to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank over the past several years. CFGB is a hunger relief and development organization that is doing some terrific work. Nanci and I have traveled oversees with CFGB to lands like Ethiopia, Kenya,...
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