The sounds of heavenly music will once again introduce this year’s Black History Month to Scarborough.
“The Evolution of Gospel Music is a mixture of dance, drama, music and multimedia that takes audiences on a musical journey from the early days of Negro spirituals through the turmoil of the ’60s to today’s contemporary gospel music scene,” event publicist Robin Viau said.
The event features a powerful show focusing on the defining moments of black culture, she said.
“It shows us how people survived the worst of times and best of times with gospel music,” Viau said. “It’s music that kept our ancestors going. It empowers us, gives us strength and a sense hope. Gospel is the music of the people.”
Although Christian singer Joel Anderson, who leads his own church’s praise and worship team, will not be singing in the production, he said he will attend to honour the music that has impacted him.
“I was introduced to gospel music at a very early age,” Anderson said. “It’s so important that we, as a community, pay tribute to something that’s been so influential in our culture,” he said. “It hasn’t only changed our lives, but it’s changed so many others, regardless of their skin colour.”
“Gospel music is the grandfather of all of the Black music that we love today,” Viau said. “The voices belonging to mega stars such as Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson and Whitney Houston are all a testament to the power of this great genre.”
For more information about The Evolution of Gospel Music and to purchase tickets, visit evolutionofgospelmusic.com or call 905-794-1139.