by Kevin Pollard
Rend Collective will bring The Revival Anthem Tour to Canada this Fall with stops in Edmonton, Calgary, Kelowna and Vancouver on October 9, 10, 11 and 12 respectively. Hailing from a small town in Northern Ireland, Rend Collective is known as a celebration band since the release of their first album, Organic Family Hymnal (2010); the group’s authentic and energetic style of worship has attracted an international audience. Not only will the band play their hits like “Build Your Kingdom Here”, “My Lighthouse”, “Joy of the Lord” and their biggest song to date, “Counting Every Blessing” but they will also introduce their brand new single from their forthcoming album, “Your Name Is Power,” that is an anthem of hope as they sing, “ Your name is power over darkness / Freedom for the captives / Mercy for the broken and the hopeless / Your name is faithful in the battle / Glory in the struggle / Mighty it won’t let us down or fail us.” In addition, they will probably offer up a song or two from their first Kids’ album released this summer titled Sparkle. Pop. Rampage. Under the new moniker Rend Co. Kids. It’s an album of songs written for kids but with a quality and infectious sound that parents will enjoy as heard on “Feels Good”, “Fun” and “Jericho Song”.
TobyMac Canadian Tour
The Fall of 2019 will mark the return of the TobyMac Theatre Tour with stops across Canada, including Edmonton, Oct. 24 & 26 and Calgary, Oct. 25 featuring songs from his latest album, The Elements. Toby has regularly followed up his studio albums with remix albums through the years but this time around, he got to do something he has been wanting to try ever since dcTalk disbanded. For his fifth remix album, called The St. Nemele Collab Sessions, he has brought in a multiplicity of producers and guest vocalists to offer a fresh take on ten of the songs from his 2018 album and has included one all-new song, “Heart Of My Beat.” The quality of production and the remixes here give fresh life into these songs but it’s the guest vocal collaborations that make this album one you don’t want to pass by. Highlights here include the title track, “The Elements” with Jen Ledger (Skillet), the David Crowder collaboration on “Hello Future” with DJ Maj’s remixed beats, the smooth vocals from gospel artist Johnathan McReynold’s takes “Everything” to another level, Aaron Cole fits “Horizon (A New Day)” perfectly and it’s great hearing MercyMe’s Bart Millard on Overflow. Other artists featured on the project include Jordon Feliz, Cory Asbury, Matt Maher and Sarah Reeves.
Michael W Smith Nov 7 Bellingham, WA
Gospel Music Hall of Famer and multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Winner, Michael W. Smith heads out on his fall headlining tour, celebrating 35 years of his groundbreaking, iconic song “Friends”. The 23-city tour will stop at the intimate Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA on November 7. Smith was recently honoured with a star-studded tribute concert to celebrate his 35 #1 songs, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville by a myriad of legendary performers including: Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Randy Travis, The Oak Ridge Boys, CeCe Winans, Jordin Sparks, Rascal Flatts, Wynonna and many more.
This tour will provide fans the opportunity to hear these hits and experience worship drawn from Smith’s vast career including new music from his latest worship album release, Awaken: The Surrounded Experience.
As Smith was designing this unique show, unlike any tour he has embarked on before, it was decided that he would be his own “opening act,” to spend as much time with the crowd as he could.