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Redemption Songs

U of T's Gospel Choir gives the closing performance at the Toronto Jazz Festival

Photo: Bryan McBurney

In July, the award-winning U of T Gospel Choir closed the Toronto Jazz Festival with a free two-hour concert at Nathan Phillips Square. The 37-member group of U of T students and alumni belted out several tracks from their album, Send Me (released last year), as well as “This Little Light of Mine,” a traditional children’s gospel song, which inspired the audience to clap, whoop and sing along.

Rhonda Toussaint (BA 1996 New) established the choir in February 1995 for a “one-time” concert at Hart House to celebrate Black History Month. But the group was so popular (the show sold out), and the members so keen to keep it going, that the concert became an annual event. The choir began touring and recording, and later this fall they will release a second album, of Christmas songs. Two Toronto-area concerts will follow in December. Hallelujah!

Click here to hear the U of T Gospel Choir sing “I Surrender”

Click here to listen to the U of T Gospel Choir sing “Send Me”

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