Toronto Mass Choir
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Toronto Mass Choir

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Discography

“Going Home” - 2007

“The Live Experience” - 2003

“Instrument of Praise” - 2002

“Follow Him” - 1996

“God Is Our Hope” - 1994

“The Early Years” - 1989

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The Toronto Mass Choir (TMC) sparked new fire into their music ministry with the release of their sixth album Going Home, the first studio recording since their Juno Award winning Instrument of Praise. The fulfillment of a deep passion first inspired during TMC’s tour of Barbados and Trinidad in 2002, the CD showcases the choir’s soulful style of reggae, calypso, ska and new sounds with the fusion of jazz and reggae. The September 2007 release of Going Home also marked the beginning of the choir’s yearlong journey, commemorating two decades of energetic ministry. Through worldwide performances, like their spring 2008 missions trip to Poland, TMC continues to inspire and bring on the praise.

Seeds of this traveling ministry were sown during the choir’s initial recording session in October 1988. The choir’s debut album, Great Is Thy Glory, released in April 1990 on the Micah Communications label was re-released as The Early Years. TMC’s second live recording, God is our Hope was released in 1994, followed in April 1998 by its Juno nominated album, Follow Him.

In February 2002, Instrument of Praise was released. That year the Gospel Music Association Canada (GMAC) awarded TMC a Covenant Award for Best Urban/Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year. In 2003, they picked up a Juno Award for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year; the Vibe Award for Urban/Soul Album of the Year, and the Urban Music Association of Canada Award for Gospel Recording of the Year.

In November 2005, the choir broke new ground, using a 20-piece orchestra on The Live Experience, which also garnered a GMAC, Covenant Award in 2006 for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year. A Shai Award, the gospel music people’s choice prize, for Urban/Soul album of the year followed in 2007.

Karen Burke, a graduate of McMaster University, the Royal Conservatory of Music and professor of music at York University, is the director of the diversified group of singers and musicians along with her husband, Oswald Burke, who is Executive Producer, and Assistant Director, Elvis Boddie. “Toronto Mass Choir is proof that Gospel music is alive and well in Canada and it is has been our privilege to share the Good News of the Gospel for almost 20 years,” said Burke. She also conducts numerous gospel music workshops in Canada, internationally, and most recently in Poland.

Now 30-strong plus a four-piece band, the not for profit choir consists of members between their 20s and 40s who are from various local church denominations including Baptist, Church of God, Wesleyan, Missionary, and Pentecostal.

Toronto Mass Choir continues its busy concert schedule, which includes performances throughout Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe. In the summer of 2005, they embarked on a missions trip to Hungary, Romania, and England. The choir has appeared on many radio and television broadcasts for stations such as CBC Radio One, CITY-TV, FLOW 93.5 Fm and been featured on documentaries on “100 Huntley Street” on Crossroads Television System and Vision TV.

TMC has been a special guest at countless church services, festivals, award shows and venues such as The Ottawa Bluesfest, Irie Fest in Toronto, Quebec’s La Festival de Musique Sacree de Saint-Roch, the Shai Awards, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Canadian National Exhibition, Missionfest, the Empire Club of Canada, Roy Thompson Hall with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and at the Gospel Music Workshop of America conventions in Washington, DC, Atlanta and Detroit. The choir has also appeared with well-known Gospel singers such as Tramaine Hawkins, Alvin Slaughter, Take 6 and Jessy Dixon. (04/08)