After the success of last year, we will also be hosting another Sanctuary Concert, with amazing music and performers, while raising funds for LGBTQ+ charities. The Sanctuary Benefit Concert is included in the Spiritpride Conference registration, and is open to the public by donation at the door.
Join us for a night of community, inspirational music, and messages of inclusion, hope, and love. Special musical guests include award winning gospel singers Marcus Mosley (BC Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee), Vancouver’s own Universal Gospel Choir directed by Lonnie Delisle, and other guest performers (watch for more details!).
Funds raised will go to Vancouver-based Foundation of Hope, supporting service organizations that work directly with LGBTQ+ Refugees, Immigrants, Asylum seekers and Migrants, and to Affirm United, works for the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in communities of faith.
So let’s come together to declare that HOPE is RISING, and to show it by our presence, our singing, and our act of giving and generosity!
The concert will be held at St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, 1022 Nelson Street (Burrard @ Nelson), Vancouver BC, and is sponsored by Spiritpride- an LGBTQ+ Spirituality Conference held the first weekend of Pride Week, July 28-30, 2017. See spiritpride.org for conference details.
The Universal Gospel Choir
One of Vancouver’s most enduring cultural treasures, the Universal Gospel Choir (UGC) has been bringing the healing and inspiring power of the world’s spiritual music to appreciative audiences for 30 years. A multi-faith, multicultural community choir, UGC is renowned for its big sound, infectious exuberance and eclectic repertoire that blends old school and urban gospel with social justice anthems, world rhythms and uplifting pop in a uniquely exhilarating mix. This dynamic musical diversity combined with the choir’s dedication to building community and raising social awareness through song has garnered UGC an intensely loyal fan base that grows with each concert. Led by music director Lonnie Delisle, the UGC deliver a diverse, powerful, and soul-soaring repertoire.
Marcus has sung throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the South Pacific and Australia an in May 2016 was inducted into the BC entertainment Hall of Fame. From Ralls, Texas, Marcus grew up immersed in the music and culture of the Gospel tradition. He made Vancouver his home in 1985 and became a Canadian Citizen in 2008. Since then he has starred in the stage productions Ain’t Misbehavin’, Black and Gold Revue (Arts Club) and Show Boat (Livent). He also created and directed It’s Time to Sing (Arts Club), a chronicle of African-American Gospel music from slavery to present time. Marcus is also a member of the award winning roots Gospel trio, The Sojourners (2014 WCMA Best Spiritual Album of the Year) who have opened for Gospel legends The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Dr. John & David Sanborn. Marcus has led Gospel music workshops across Canada and in 2011 he founded the Marcus Mosely Chorale.
Charities that this concert is supporting: