1. Bridges for Youth 2 - A conversation turned lesson moments before our street walk with Patrick

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    Patrick Sullivan (Program Co-Ordinator and Educator of Bridges for Youth 2) is a beautiful blessing in the lives of those he teaches and a living example of extraordinary ordinary grace. I am honoured to be his friend and share the footage of this rare moment captured between us. I've also included a wonderfully insightful article about Patrick's work at Bridges for Youth 2 by Stephen Crane. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the program, you can email Patrick directly at bridgesboy2@gmail.com. ☮♥ That’s God, That’s God, That’s God DISCLAIMER: This article includes some disturbing and graphic elements. It is intended for mature audiences only. Faggot… Whore… Junkie… Deadbeat bum… “It pisses me off to hear you say those things,” Patrick replied. “You’re talking about friends of mine. These are people that I love. And these are people that God loves.” The high school kids I was sitting with stared back at him blankly, not sure how to respond to his candid reply. He had, in fact, asked them to list off the derogatory expressions as part of an exercise he was conducting, but he’s still troubled every time he hears the words said aloud. Not only have his friends been branded with those offensive terms, but he has as well. I first encountered Patrick as a factual character in a book written by Sanctuary’s pastor, Greg Paul. In God in the Alley, Greg describes Patrick’s story in vivid detail, but he was still in abstract form. The stories told were certainly gut-wrenching, but a book still keeps it at arms’ length. You can always close it up when the story gets to be too much. Patrick has been giving “social justice education” to youth and adults for years. But now I’m here. I’m at Sanctuary, and I’m looking at Patrick. I’m hearing his voice. I’m watching his mannerisms. He is no longer words on a page. He’s very real, and I can’t “close the book” as his story unfolds. Patrick invited me to join him on a chilly, autumn morning as he took a group of high school seniors on a “street walk” around downtown Toronto. Every year, the Catholic high school, located about an hour outside of city, sends seniors to Patrick as part of their social justice curriculum. He is their guide, educating them on the issues that plague the marginalized and taking them on a journey of hearts and souls. “What you see today may make you feel very uncomfortable,” he explains to us. “And I don’t apologize for that.” ... To keep reading Part I and then Part II visit http://www.worldnextdoor.org/2011/12/that’s-god-that’s-god-that’s-god-–-part-i/

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    • Interview with Grandma, Anice Kulak

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      An interview with Anice Kulak, the inspiration behind Anice Jewellery. Video shot by Lefteri Alexander (alxpetro.tumblr.com).

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      • Jeff Bien - Let It Be [Official Video]

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        www.jeffbien.com http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/songs-of-forgiveness-prayer/id505410817 Internationally recognized poet Jeff Bien's work is widely known, and has been published, translated and performed in over 30 countries. His first recording of song, "Songs of Forgiveness & Prayer", features his own original music in collaboration with many of Canada's finest musicians, with fraternal greetings from Leonard Cohen, accolades from Mercan Dede and a host of other international artists. His music has been praised for its vision and lyrical quality, and for inspiring and awakening social and spiritual consciousness. An all-star ensemble of musicians gathered at Hugh's Room in Toronto to celebrate the national release. Performing with Bien were George Koller (bass), Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Rick Lazar (percussion), Ravi Naimpally (tabla), John Gzowski (oud/guitar), Anne Lindsay (violin), Richard Underhill (saxophone), Ray Montford (guitar), and Kobena Aquaa-Harrison (African drum and vocal). "Songs of Forgiveness & Prayer" has been nominated for a National Folk World Music Award, received repeat airplay across the country, been profiled nationally on Bravo, selected by Fresh Air, CBC, as one of the releases of the year, as well as being broadcasted on Radio Canada International and other countries. Besides appearances at such Canadian venues as Ontario Place and The Great Canadian Theatre Company, he has performed at Amadeo Roldan, Havana, and at an open-air concert at Shakespeare & Company in Paris, which drew one of the largest audiences in their landmark history. He has recorded two CD's of poetry to music, "A Taste of Creation" and "America & other poems", along with his premiere recording of song. He has performed on many occasions in Europe during tours sponsored by the Canadian embassy and the Department of Foreign Affairs, and on each occasion was joined by Canadian and European musicians to accompany lyrical performances and songs which received enthusiastic responses. In addition to the musical guests who joined him for the CD launch, he has worked with a wide spectrum of Canada's most prominent musicians including: the late Oliver Schroer and Jamisse Jamo, David Travers-Smith, Mercan Dede, Mark Duggan, Jason Fowler, Andrew Downing, Thom Gossage, Ken Pearson, Michel Pepin, Danny Greenspoon, Yannik Rieu, Frédéric Alarie, Rob Frayne, John Geggie, Joel Zifkin, Kim Richardson, Derek Debeer, Kebba Jobateh, Quammi Williams, Pierre Cormier, Armando Borg, Rob Graves, Ted Warren, Trevor Ferrier, Bill Gossage, James Parker, Bob Cohen, Tim Walker, Erich Kory, Rob Frayne, Kate Mossman, Sheila Hannigan, Mariusz Monczak, Dàma Scène, Chris Coleman, Robert Windsor, Dave Gossage, Kim Richardson, Ellen Hamilton, Michel Ballèt, Julie Michels and members of Montreal's Jubilation Gospel Choir. Bien has recorded in numerous studios here and abroad including, in Montreal: Frisson, Fast Forward, Study Piccolo and Silent Sound Studio; in Toronto: Canterbury Studio, Found Music, Reaction, Halla Music, and SoundHole; and most recently in Kingston at Leopard Frog Studios. He has worked with established engineers/producers including David Travers-Smith, Rob Heaney, Jeremy Darby, Morris Apelbaum, Barney Beninger, Phil Bova and Chris Coleman. Internationally, Bien has recorded at Teatro Amadeo Roldan, in Havana, with: pianist Roberto Carcasse, composer/pianist Alexis Bosch Mendez, and saxophonist Jose Carlos Acosta Embale; and at New York Studio and Studio Ohm Sweet Ohm, in Paris, with: guitarist Pierre Chaze, and vocalist Jessica Rose Princeston (Notre Dame Choir). A number of his poems have been given musical treatment by Emmanuel Reverdi (Paris) and released internationally on CD (Access/9 Ave. B), Melodie Records, as well as EMI.

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        • JEFF BIEN - THE TASTE OF THE LOTUS BLOOMING

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          www.jeffbien.com

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          • Valtari Mystery Film Competition - Ég anda (I breathe) - Sigur Rós (2012)

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            Director's Comments: The word 'to inspire' in Latin is 'inspiratus' and literally means 'to breathe in'. As a witness to the song -- the inhalation is what I have tried to genuinely requite as a visual exhalation. One complete unbroken breath, imagined into the imaginary. It mirrors our own exploration of consciousness, between human and celestial nature, bending light to the whirling sounds, dynamically still. I first saw Sigur Rós at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver BC. I was studying at the university, a solace on my sojourn, from there to here. My most striking memory, was of the moment between each song -- there existed an exalted silence, without the cacophonous  roars of hands clapping -- until the very end, a final ovation.  In the opening of that space the music whispered to my soul. In its present incarnation, I know now what it was saying then.

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