Will your musical tastes change?
Art | Media & Culture

Will your musical tastes change?

Most mornings I select music for my not-so-intensive workout from my expansive and diverse collection – sometimes spinning a familiar favourite, and sometimes a record I know I haven’t listened to for years. For this purpose I choose a vinyl album: Neil Young, Ultravox, Roxy Music, B.B. King . . . .  Not only does…

Reflecting the Creator
Art | Interview

Reflecting the Creator

Malik Dieleman is a Toronto-based photographer and multidisciplinary artist. In this conversation we explore the process behind his fine art print series titled “Days of Creation”. In this conversation Malik explains the historical method of making cyanotype prints. He talks about how that process intersects with the Creation narrative and what it means to be…

‘The stars are just pinholes’
Art

‘The stars are just pinholes’

Elise Arsenault is a writer and musician based in Hamilton, Ontario. She released an EP called “This is a Reunion” in the Summer of 2019 and is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Christian Courier talked with Elise about her music and…

Homesick
Art | Indigenous | Opinion

Homesick

I’m thinking of home during this holiday season. Usually preparations are being made for the annual pow wow back in my home community, Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation near Kenora, Ont. This year I won’t be able to go back … travel restrictions and all. I will miss the sound of the drum and watching the…

Christmas On The Edge
Art | Holidays | Poetry

Christmas On The Edge

We were delighted to feature Caitlin Ambery’s painting, “Christmas at the Old Quick Church” alongside Malcolm Guite’s poem “Christmas on the Edge” in our 2019 Christmas print issue. Cathy Smith muses on the painting, “Christmas at the Old Quick Church”: Here’s a church at the edge. Nothing around it, no other buildings. All by itself…

Two Montreal Statues
Art | News | Social Justice

Two Montreal Statues

When a bronze statue of Sir John A. MacDonald was pulled down by anti-racism protestors on August 29, it wasn’t the first time Canada’s first Prime Minister lost his head. Erected in downtown Montreal in 1895, the statue has long been a target of vandalism. In 1992 it was decapitated on the anniversary of the hanging of Louis Riel. Since then it has been defaced with paint and graffiti many times.

Passover Exodus
Art | Arts & Culture

Passover Exodus

Contemporary Israeli painter Raphael Abecassis kindly gave permission for Christian Courier to use his vibrant painting entitled “Passover Exodus,” as our feature image for our Easter issue. Abecassis favours bright colours and symbolism to convey Jewish history through his art. He lives in the south of Israel.

Pointing to the Creator
Art | Arts & Culture

Pointing to the Creator

Sonya VanderVeen Feddema interviews Josh Tiessen, about his recently released book, A Decade of Inspiration, written and produced with his mother, Dr. Julie A. Tiessen. Josh’s book deals with his birth to his missionary parents in Russia and their growing awareness that their son had a special gift. Years later, Dr. Joanne Ruthsatz confirmed that Josh is an art prodigy.

He Qi’s ‘Messiah’
Art | Arts & Culture | Holidays

He Qi’s ‘Messiah’

The artist, Dr. He Qi studied at China’s Nanjing Art Institute and the Hamburg Art Institute in Germany. He was the first among Mainland Chinese to earn a Ph.D. in Religious art after the Cultural Revolution in 1992. His art works have been displayed in museums, galleries and churches around the world. He currently lives in Minnesota. The Chinese character in this painting means “good luck arrives,” often displayed upside-down (as it is here) on doorways in China to invite luck or happiness inside.