You may recognize Anda Zeng as the singing harpist from Tiger Balme, but she’s also an accomplished solo artist. We are so excited to host her On the Hill, on Thursday, August 11th at 7pm, for an evening of captivatingly beautiful music.
Anda writes cinematic night songs for the daydreamer. Years of creating impressionistic blends of harp, piano, dreamy vocals, and visceral lyrics culminated in the release of her debut EP, Night Dress, produced by Jonathan Wu. At once soothing and wounding, Night Dress lures listeners through the small hours into dawn, through the thicket of our illusory selves into our vulnerable human core.
This is perfect sunset music, so we hope you’ll join us. As always, this is a Pay-What-You-Can event and everyone is welcome, so bring your family and friends, your dog, a drink and a picnic. Also we ran out of chairs last time, so if you’ve got a portable lawn chair or blanket you can being, we’d appreciate it! Every bit helps!
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Join us for our next concert tomorrow night On the Hill, where we welcome Alex Pangman & the Sweet Hots. Back in 2020, they were one of the bands we booked for our online concerts, and now we are excited to be hosting them -and hearing them- live! With their swingin’ jazz catalogue, you’ll hardly be able to keep your feet from moving.
Although Alex Pangman grew up a couple of generations late to have sung with Teddy Wilson, the vibrant young vocalist is proud to be known as Canada's Sweetheart of Swing. With pipes aplenty, Juno nominee Pangman possesses the requisite taste, talent and the historical knowledge of an avid record collector to breathe new life into the sturdy standards of the classic jazz era. The “Sweet Hots” are comprised of Nate Hiltz on guitar and Drew Jurecka on violin and reeds.
Show starts at 7, but come early to nab one of our folding chairs, or set up your own lawn chair or blanket. Show is Pay-What-You-Can by cash, credit, or via Canada Helps e-transfer. See you tomorrow! ... See MoreSee Less
We are very much looking forward to hosting this trio (and all their boundless energy) come this Thursday (July 7th). See you at 7, at 111 Manor Road, outside On the Hill!
"A trio in body, but it's so much more in spirit and sound... joy to hear, so kudos to all of these risktakers."
Dan Bilawsky (All About Jazz.com)
GHT began rooted in tradition and has since launched into the unexpected, appealing to more than just your average jazz listener. They’ve rallied impromptu dance parties with hippies on Salt Spring Island, played clubs, theatres and festival stages from St. John’s and Victoria to the Yukon and back again.
GHT’s latest release “Arcade” (2020), is a result of the global pandemic. Social distancing forced the band to give up the familiarity of recording live-off-the-floor to collaborating remotely from basements and laundry rooms across Toronto, Halifax and Germany. This format forced them to think in less conventional ways and resulted in their most experimental album yet.
Their acoustic sound has been augmented by analog synthesizers and chiptune style vintage digital gaming consoles resulting in an 80s themed throwback with a wholly contemporary sound. Both high-energy and unexpected, “Arcade” is what happens when jazz meets the nostalgia of childhood. ... See MoreSee Less
Welcome to #transfigonline and thanks for joining us for worship. We hope you enjoy watching back the Sunday Morning Service from July 3, 2022. The sermon today was from Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 and Michael preached on harvesting through faith.
Please join us this Thursday for our first On the Hill concert featuring the Nathan Hiltz funk trio! ... See MoreSee Less
Due to some tech set backs, we’ve been without quality recordings of Deb’s musical reflections from our services. But since the lyrics of these songs are the most important part, we’re continuing to share her song choices and thoughts behind them!
In light of Pride Sunday, Deb chose to sing what she calls her favourite “Pride Hymn”. Written by Shirley Erena Murray, "For Everyone Born, A Place At the Table" says a lot with it's title alone! The image of Christ's table as an outright celebrational feast is a powerful image; we believe that the more people there are crowded around that table, the happier Jesus is.
Taking part in communion is more than an act of obedience; our communion with Jesus brings us closer to him and closer to one another, nurturing our empathy and goodwill. This inspires us to work for justice and equity -not just for the LGBTQIA+ community, but for all who have suffered oppression due to judgement or neglect. Invited into God's ongoing work of creation and Kingdom building, perhaps this song can help shape our imagination with images of belonging and hope that will keep our hands on the plough, no matter how hard the work gets.
We hope you had a wonderful Pride Month, a fabulous and safe Pride Weekend, and that you find yourself in community with people who know how wonderfully made you are. If you are searching for this kind of community, know you are always welcome at the Church of the Transfiguration. (Where occasionally, even the jello has pride!) ... See MoreSee Less
Summertime is here and Transfig is READY! Our On the Hill Summer Concert Series begins next Thursday, July 7th! Join us for 5 different Thursday evening concerts, July through September, featuring diverse, local musicians, on the church hill. Showtime is 7pm.
Details for concerts are as follows:
July 7th: The Griffith Hiltz Trio (Funk)
July 21st: Alex Pangman and the Sweet Hots (Jazz Standards)
August 11th: Anda Zeng (whimsical Indie-folk)
August 25th: El Ceibo (Argentinian Folk)
September 15th: David King & Deb Whalen-Blaize (Transfig staff who are also accomplished musicians, respectively!)
There’s lots of space, but actual chairs are limited, so make sure to arrive early or bring your own lawn chair or blanket. You are also welcome to bring food and drink, -make an evening of it!
All shows are Pay-What-You-Can; we will gratefully receive your help in covering costs for these shows, including paying artists and personnel fairly. Cash, card and e-transfer are all available methods of payment. Thanks in advance!
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This is such a great line-up!
Nathan Hiltz where is this located! Such a great summer!
Welcome to #transfigonline and thanks for joining us for worship. We hope you enjoy watching back the Sunday Morning Service from June 26, 2022. The sermon today was from Luke 9: 51-62 and Michael talked about the journey of love through God. The Music Reflection that picked up the Scriptural theme was A Place at the Table by Shirley Erena Murray.
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Welcome to #transfigonline and thanks for joining us for worship. We hope you enjoy watching back the Sunday Morning Service from June 19, 2022. The sermon today was from Joyhn 1: 1-18 and Rev. Leigh Kern preached on the pervasive and devastating effects of residential schools on the Indigenous communities. The Music Reflection that picked up the Scriptural theme was Grandmother's Song sung by Sandra Campbell, Wahta First Nation.
This Sunday we observed the National Indigenous Day of Prayer. Special thank you to Rev. Leigh Kern, Sam Boucher, and everyone who contributed to the video content for this service. ... See MoreSee Less
There's something so satisfying and restorative about finding a place where we #belong -and the people to whom we belong. We see this example of #community and belonging in the doctrine of the #Trinity; we see how #Jesus belongs to the #Creator of Heaven and Earth, who belongs to Jesus as a Father, and how the #HolySpirit flows back and forth between them -who then welcomes us into that heavenly community as well!
On Trinity Sunday, our morning community met as usual, and our Water’s Edge community met for our monthly service in the afternoon, which means that Deb shared two reflection songs instead of just one. The first was an old hymn, “Come Holy Ghost”, which speaks beautifully of the relationship of our #Triune #God. The second was Iron and Wine’s “Call It Dreaming”, which talks about belonging and #home revolving around those with whom we have community. Both songs helped us to reflect on this holy mystery of the Trinity, and welcome us into all the facets of God’s presence. ... See MoreSee Less