Arts

  • The Word That Gives Birth to Art

    Alisha Ruiss

    Montreal actor, singer and writer Alisha Ruiss reflects on the way a collaborative event she long dreamed of creating was given flesh by musical theatre artists at the city’s Segal Centre this past spring.

  • Waiting for Aslan

    Rachel DeBruyn

    An Ottawa production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe leaves Convivium’s Rachel DeBruyn sensing the anticipation of Advent and the impact of the way in which we remember.

  • Redeeming a Doofus Sweater

    John Robson

    Our reviewer, John Robson, caps his acid pen after discovering that a musical version of “The Hockey Sweater” scores where Roch Carrier’s original short story whiffed worse than the Leafs trying to make the playoffs.

  • Religious, Not Holy

    Peter Stockland

    Patti Smith—the punk poet laureate—identifies Christ as an artist, crafting his ideal of salvation with imagination. Smith’s own art and imagination, writes Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland, is a cry against the modern mania for “God usurped by Goal.”

  • Shredded Suite

    Rachel DeBruyn

    Famed street painter Banksy’s sneak attack on his own freshly auctioned work may seem like hanky-panky for philistines, but Convivium’s Rachel DeBruyn contends it’s of a piece with the artistic urge to create, destroy and m’oeuvre it on over again.

  • The Gospel Spell of Godspell

    Hannah Marazzi with Jonathan Harris

    With a new production of Godspell about to open in Ottawa just before Easter, Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi talks to artistic director Jonathan Harris about what makes a 48-year-old play about 2000 year old Scriptures such captivating theatre for today’s audiences.

  • Funny Like Judges

    Erik deLange

    Martin McDonagh’s latest film brilliantly blends the Bible and pitch black comedy, writes Convivium reviewer Erik DeLange.

  • Every Moment Holy

    Anthony Diehl

    Do you have liturgy at the ready for ordinary life? Today, Convivium contributor Anthony Diehl reviews Doug Mckelvey's Every Moment Holy, a liturgical companion that baptizes the everyday in prayer. 

  • Blade Runner: The Miracle of Birth

    Stephen Porter

    Director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is far more than a sequel to the 1982 classic about robot rebellion. It recovers from the dregs of techno-saturated hedonism, Convivium reviewer Stephen Porter writes, a theology of the body making dignity inseparable from sexuality ordered toward life

  • Signposts of the New Creation

    Hannah Marazzi with Makoto Fujimura

    As the Convivium Team reflects on the launch of the Sacred Spaces Gallery, Hannah Marazzi sits down with Makoto Fujimura, artist, writer, and catalyst to understand the role of beauty, belonging, and art as signs of the New Creation. 

  • A Musical Heart Shift

    Brooke Nicholls

    People of faith pursue God, but gospel musician Brooke Nicholls reminds us in this Convivium interview that God also pursues His people. The meeting place between them, the Chatham Ontario native tells Hannah Marazzi, is invariably touched by beautiful song. 

  • Calling And Caravaggio

    Raymond J. de Souza

    Today Father Raymond J. de Souza revisits the light and beauty of Caravaggio's timeless work ‘The Calling of St. Matthew’ and the truth it continues to communicate to viewers in this day and age. 

  • Start the Revolution Without Me

    Peter Stockland

    Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts features a summer exhibition, Revolution, paying tribute to the 1960s. Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland drops by and finds the only thing missing is the whole truth about that often dangerously demented decade. Did they forget how to spell Charlie Manson's name?

  • Dawn

    Linda Couture

    Photographer Linda Couture reveals the beauty of dawn in its promise of new beginning and the surprise of colour that awaits all those willing to seek it. 

  • Art and the Divine

    Peter Stockland

    This weekend our Convivium team is hosting artist Juss Rani Kaur, transforming our office into a showcase for her “Reflective Mantra Art Series" as part of Sikh Heritage Month. Publisher Peter Stockland reports on Kaur's story and her connection to the Divine.