Reviews and Such Music

Potter & Clay, Jaylene Johnson CD Release

Potter & Clay is the latest release by Winnipeg artist Jaylene Johnson. Last night I attended the CD release concert at St. Margaret’s. My familiarity with Johnson’s music is fairly limited. After last night I will be listening to it a whole lot more. Not only is Potter & Clay musically satisfying, it reaches deep into the listener’s heart. Once there it unsettles and resettles the heart.Johnson’s spiritual home is at St. Benedict’s Table. As result her writing is rooted in deeply Biblical…Continue readingPotter & Clay, Jaylene Johnson CD Release

Reviews and Such Restaurants

Sam’s Place – Gathering Spot

This post is only a couple of years old, but Sam’s Place has undergone renovations since I wrote this review. Last year I wrote about my favourite cookbook, More with Less. A Mennonite cookbook it contains many great recipes along with displaying a concern for using earth’s resources well. Combining good food and social concern is a hallmark of many Mennonite ventures, and Sam’s Place cafe on Henderson Highway certainly fits that model.Not only does the cafe serve great food,…Continue readingSam’s Place – Gathering Spot

Reviews and Such Books

I Will Not Be Shaken – Bell, Howison

Tuesday, following my supper at Cafe D’Amour, I headed over to McNally Robinson for a book launch. Steve Bell Juno Award winning singer-songwriter and Jamie Howison priest and writer, were debuting their collaborative effort, I Will Not Be Shaken: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms.Howison is priest at St. Benedict’s Table and has written extensively. Two books that in particular that I have appreciated are his biography/theological study of John Coltrane, God’s Mind in That Music, and Come to the Table, his brief treatise on Open Communion.…Continue readingI Will Not Be Shaken – Bell, Howison

Community Music

Jazz Lab Plus Aaron Shorr Quartet

I’m on holiday this week. The main reason I did this was to take in more of Jazz Winnipeg Festival than I generally do. I got off to a good start on the opening Thursday night. The rest of my first holiday weekend ended up filling up rather quickly. In the end I only caught three or four more acts during the rest of the free stage weekend. Being on holidays allows me to not only stay up as late…Continue readingJazz Lab Plus Aaron Shorr Quartet

Books Common Eating

The Meal Jesus Gave Us (Holy Communion)

The Meal Jesus Gave Us A few weeks ago I sent out a request, via Twitter and Facebook for books on the Eucharist.  In particular, I was hoping to find ones that dealt with the subject of the Eucharist in the terms of a meal. Among the suggestions I received was Tom Wright’s The Meal Jesus Gave Us: Understanding Holy Communion.  The book was suggested to me by my friend and colleague Geoff Woodcroft, who was also kind enough to…Continue readingThe Meal Jesus Gave Us (Holy Communion)