True friendship is first inkindled by a spark from Heaven, and heaven will never suffer it to go out, but it will burn to all Eternity
A mix of new and old, blending genres with thematic depth and distinction, marrying the current zeitgeist to the latest songs with an ear for what I need to hear right now.
“Order” is not a word that we relish all too much. It comes with images of armies marching all apace, of monotony and rigidity, like a cultural straight coat. Order seems to ruin all the fun, sticking us in the same old place, doing the same old things, the same old way we’ve always done them.
The film version is a tame, whitewashed version the original play that loses its dark thereby losing its light to a cloudy, unfocused conclusion.
Lovers of Middle-earth may feel that with the Hobbit films being long concluded now, and rumors of a future Silmarillion film being dismantled, that there may not be much left to milk out of our favorite Lord of the Rings stories. But the past few months have included big news for Tolkien fans.
As Christians, we must not get caught up with the notion that our faith must evolve and change to keep up with the times. Our church, the church catholic, is not an ever-fluid, ever-morphing body, but a body set and sealed by the blood of Christ. We go back to find where life began.
Vancouver based musicians Sheldon and Nic Kozushko from sheldoncole came by Converge for a chat. We talked about the West Coast, Jesus, and their new EP: Detroit.
Many of us know the song “Honesty” by Billy Joel from his 1978 album 52nd street in which he declares that tenderness “isn’t hard to find.” But few people know that 5 years earlier on that very same record label Paul Simon released a song called “Tenderness” in which he argues the very opposite to Joel.
Worship wrests us from the stories of earthly kingdoms, and exposes them for the lies they are – whether it’s the story of Trump’s or Hilary’s America. Our public worship stands to destabilize the entire American empire – every empire. There is no more radical act than the worship of the Church.
Paul, in 1 Corinthians, implies that although everything in the Bible is important, not everything is equally important. Some doctrines are more important. To simplify things, we could think of three levels of theological triage.
Ultimately the stability and security and outcome of our souls need to be in the hands of someone who is bigger than our souls and greater than our turmoil. That someone is God, and he invites us to go on a journey of soul discovery and soul health with him.
Last week, I sat down with Josh Garrels to talk about his new Christmas album. we talked about the melancholy and darkness this time of year and what the Incarnation means to him on a personal level. He also had some exciting news to announce! Here is some of our conversation. Listen here: Buy the album here […]
Bobby chuckled—he always did when he didn’t understand a word Mark said—and turned left. Farther into the mountains, higher, higher, because up here it was the three of them and no one else, no one to call Bobby “pervert” and “drunk” and “rooned.” Because up here in the dark of road and forest, Bobby Barnes possessed all the world he needed.
The play was apparently inspired by Norrish’s real life relationship with the protagonist and a desire to work out her feelings surrounding the events. This is a timely and honest play, with – at least in the preview — a good deal of room for growth yet.
22, A Million employs auto-tune in such a way that it makes space for the human, and he likewise employs scepticism in a way that makes space for faith.
On The Life of Pablo Kanye provides nothing short of a full and honest picture of himself, warts and all. At the end of the day what emerges is a picture of a man honestly; albeit disjointed, confused, idolatrous, and misdirected; seeking after God.
Technology can connect us to anyone and anything with just a few clicks. But what about our connection to the physical world? What about being present in the glorious lands and spaces we inhabit?
In Mercedes Brazier Thurman’s new web series, viewers are presented with a unique, yet familiar look into the life of a thirty-something year old woman who is Christian, single, and surrounded by couples.
Converge Magazine makes a point of publishing excerpts from recommended books on our bookshelf. The following is an excerpt from The Romantic Rationalist edited by John Piper and David Mathis, a refreshing and insightful take on Lewis’s work for our generation. We hope you enjoy it, and consider checking out the book, –Erik @ Converge There is […]
The Stanley Parable is a deceptively simple game with seemingly endless pathways and endings that all reflect in one way or another on the possibility of choice and the question of free will.
Lauren Daigle is quickly making her rise in the music industry, her voice is a like a mix between Adele and Celine Dion and her personality in worship is both graceful and humble.
Switchfoot’s latest album was released on July 8, 2016, and it is a powerful new album which raises big questions about the current state of our world, and where meaning and hope can be found. Last week, Converge caught up with the band’s frontman Jon Foreman—here’s some of the things we talked about. Converge Magazine: […]
“We’re all gonna die,” whispered a sullen Sufjan Stevens at the climax to his song “Fourth of July” at Coachella this summer. The concert had been a fairly predictable Sufjan concert: feathery wings were present for his performance of Seven Swans and he had already smashed a banjo.
You won’t want to miss Hunt for the Wilderpeople, New Zealand’s wise-crack epic and number one movie of all time.
As kids, we believed that we could change the world. We wanted to fly to the moon, write novels, and save people from burning houses, but then we grew up and discovered just how much time living takes.
There are 13 million more Christian women in the United States than there are Christian men! I was prepared to wait for 1 in a million, but this is taking it a little far!
Aspiring artists that follow Christ go through a boxing match between their gut and their brain. But I’ve determined that Christian artists need to put the boxing gloves down and get on with it. They need to shut up and work.
It’s true that kindness doesn’t make for very good TV during political elections. And I know that kindness is hard to muster in a world where our social media feeds are full of people saying infuriating things. But we must rise above the vicious, reactive cycle of rhetorical hostility.
Happy things happen and I want to gloat. Sad things happen, and I want to pout. Affirm me, people! But no one in Facebook-land responded for weeks. Not even my family. Not one single like. Not one single comment.
Why would anyone write an entire song romanticizing short-lived, noncommittal relationships and all the emotional turmoil involved in them? Maybe because that’s exactly what the music industry does best.
Room invented a new kind of crying for me: the vomit-cry. This kind of crying is the kind of crying that comes without any build up or any warning—kind of like when you wake up in the middle of the night and vomit.
The gravel poked under my bare feet as I sprinted toward the mailbox at the end of our curved driveway. Reaching it, I opened the creaky brown metal lid as my eyes instantly grasped what I hoped to find.
If we are disciples of Jesus, we see diversity as a very good thing. We honour variety. We don’t place it in a value system where some are more important than others for whatever trendy, political, cultural, or inherited reason.
The picture of God’s deliverance in each scenario encourages us to trust that He is willing and able—that there is a God who cares, who is not far off, who concerns Himself with our concerns, and who is the only One capable of rescuing us.
There’s a fear Christians have. The fear is that if we love sinners without telling them they’re sinners, they might take that as an acceptance of sin. They might even view it as a license to keep on sinning. I think that concern is what leads many Christians to hold back from really loving people […]
Most people are really good at either humility/hearing or courage/doing. To be great at both hearing and doing requires time and effort.
We know God is loving and good, but we also know the Bible addresses homosexuality as a sin. So, what’s the answer?
The best and worst thing about the Internet is that anyone anywhere can post whatever they want any time. It’s a great and horrible thing.
We all have blind spots. It’s so easy to see the fault in someone else or in another group but so difficult to see the limitations in ourselves. Unless you learn to see the faults in yourself and your heroes, though, you can’t appreciate how God has gifted other Christians. Only then can you understand […]
From Halloween to Comic-Con conventions, one costume that prevails is that of the superhero. We dress up like them, we fantasize about them, we hang pictures of them in our rooms and offices. Kids and adults alike want to be them. Why? Because the world of comic book superheroes reflects the culture it seeks to […]
“Can we just go ahead and rename Facebook Engagement Book already?” This is the familiar plea of those who are single. And in turn, myself. In the midst of engagement photos and wedding announcements over social media, my future consists of only saying yes to the bridesmaid’s dress. I am afraid I have become a bit of a […]
Famously known for his spoken word on Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus, Jefferson Bethke has challenged the prevailing ideas of what it means to be a Christian in today’s culture. His first book Jesus>Religion topped New York Best Seller’s list and now Bethke has come out with his second book It’s Not What You […]
Revelation 7:9: “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…” I grew up in the suburbs of the American heartland in the WASP-iest of WASP-y neighbourhoods. I knew I was in the […]
As a pastor, I had often felt I ought to preach a series on prayer. But I have to confess that I had always been put off doing so because so many of the sermons I have heard about prayer have made me feel rather depressed. You know the kind of thing: somebody will tell […]
Content adapted from What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality by Kevin DeYoung There is a growing discussion among those who agree that the Bible forbids homosexual practice about whether same-sex attraction itself is sinful. The issue requires careful thought, not least of all in defining our terms. What do we mean […]
As a teenager with worse-than-average body issues, I scrupulously avoided the gym. I was devastated just by a stray glance in the mirror; I couldn’t bear the idea of seeing myself reflected among a thousand other bodies, preening sweatily and (I thought) self-righteously as they loped along on their treadmills. Admittedly, my body shame made […]
My great-uncle Leroy is a man of no uncertain force. After serving in World War II, he came home from the Navy with an imposing anchor tattoo on his forearm. He went from near illiteracy to being a high-school English teacher in only a couple of years. And he loved to box; he routinely challenged […]
There is probably no time of year that people experience a more significant mood shift than spring! Sure the Christmas season brings joy to many, but being around family gives anxiety to many others. Spring is the most universal time for joy and excitement — new life and hope that a warmer/brighter day is […]
Judah Smith speaks with a slight drawl and a charismatic rhythm that draws listeners in. The first thing he tells me, as he sits down for our interview, is that he’s addicted to hand sanitizer. He produces a bottle of Purell from his vest pock and squeezes a generous amount into his hands. I ask […]
Up in the hills above Feathertown, Tennessee, Dellarobia Turnbow is about to turn her back on husband and kin. Then, she witnesses an environmental phenomenon: an enormous population of monarch butterflies have settled into the hills above her small town to wait out the winter. No one understands quite why this is happening, but the […]
Porn. It’s become a hot button issue for more and more people, whether they are coming from a Christian perspective or not. Both individuals and organizations, like Fight the New Drug and XXX Church, are emerging to expose and stand against the ugly truth. Although pornography is a predominantly male-marketed industry, women make up about […]
What you believe drives everything. The way you behave, the habits you form, the character that defines you at your core, all are driven by what you believe. Admittedly, we are in an age where post-moderns believe in everything and skeptics believe in nothing. So, how strongly do we “believers” believe our beliefs? Can we […]
The Joy of Missing Out: How Then Shall We Live in a Wired World? An excerpt from Christina Crook’s new book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World. A painter takes a pause before he starts a stroke, hand hovering inches from the sheen of canvas, as if in prayer. […]
I find it difficult to slough off my cynical skin when I watch movies that have the express purpose of being inspirational. It’s not that I don’t find cinema to be inspirational – quite to the contrary. But rather, when I see and hear the well-worn grooves of an underdog sports movie, the result is […]
Author Tim Basselin speaks on discovering the good in the grotesque One day when Tim Basselin was in the sixth grade, he got called to the principal’s office. His father — a mechanic for a heavy machinery dealer — had been working on a front-end loader when the tractor’s three-ton bucket swung down suddenly and slammed […]
Before he had even released his first album, Andrew Belle was making waves in the music industry. He was awarded a John Lennon Songwriting award in 2009 before he debuted his 2010 freshman album, Ladders. Three years later he released Black Bear, a sweet mix of his poetic lyrics and new electronic beats. We had […]
Blue Like Jazz author talks about writing Scary Close, his first book in five years Every generation of Christians has a voice, a person who takes a stand and articulates the words we need to hear. I remember hearing about Donald Miller’s memoir, Blue Like Jazz, many years ago, being warned about its liberal tales of honesty […]
In the world of worship music, John Mark McMillan is a man that marches to the beat of his own drum. Blending Americana and praise, the North Carolina singer/songwriter has carved out his own path, writing some of the most moving worship songs this past decade including “How He Loves Us,” “Skeleton Bones,” and “Future/Past.” […]
In my early 20s, I still embraced a decision-making strategy that no career counsellor in her right mind would ever recommend. Basically, I collected as many college and university catalogues as possible, and then stared at them in a prolonged and confused state until I ran out of time. In the end, I made a […]
Discussing his spiritual memoir, Rumours of Glory At four p.m., Canadian singer-songwriter legend Bruce Cockburn strides into the hotel lobby in his signature black Doc Martens and shakes my hand warmly. At age 70, he is slighter than he appears in his old music videos. He’s here to talk with me about his spiritual memoir Rumours […]
The first time I read Jack Kerouac’s On the Road it was like hearing a siren’s call during the stormy seas of adolescence. The book articulated the secret longings of my heart: my yearnings to bomb down highways in borrowed cars toward the revelatory music, artistic pals, bohemian women, and the ruckus of big and […]
Christmas music. It’s everywhere. Pop and Christian radio stations dedicate an entire month to playing nothing but festive tunes, and stores are filled with the sound. It’s not exactly my favourite thing, since the ratio of good-to-bad Christmas songs is wildly tipped to the ugly side, but there are some gems to be mined out […]
The Love and Respect Now author and blogger talks about her newest venture, The Illumination Project, a small group study series based on relationships You will only ever have two choices: love or fear. Choose love. (Jim Carrey) Regardless of your religious or philosophical leanings, as human beings we have two choices regarding our approach […]
I nearly flunked English grammar. Ask Mrs. Harding, my seventh-grade grammar teacher, and she’ll validate that. But this much I know: The word Christian is a noun. A Christian is a person who follows Jesus. Follow is a verb. And I’ve learned over the years that nouns need verbs. Jesus loved verbs. Verbs like love, […]
A review of Ben Lowe’s new book, Doing Good Without Giving Up Social change. Whether our attempts at it involve our jobs, our church, a side project, or our way of life, the road to change can be filled with confusion and discouragement. When we enter adulthood, our worldview expands; suddenly we feel empowered and […]
“Blessed is the name, the name be blessed, written on my heart in burning letters. That’s all I know, I do not know the rest.” This may sound like a couple of lines from a poetic praise band, but instead this gem comes from 80-year-old folk poet Leonard Cohen. The legendary Canadian singer/songwriter has released […]
One of the most interesting contributions to any film festival are the local contributions; especially so with the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). Drumming up interest with the #mustseeBC campaign, and highlighting the works of local filmmakers, it can be incredibly rewarding and encouraging to see British Columbian talent emerging onto the scene. But, while […]
These Canadian films are breathtaking, resonant Violent The debut film from director Andrew Huculiak (the drummer and songwriter for the British Columbian band We Are The City), and the team at Amazing Factory Productions, Violent is a remarkable – not only because it’s Huculiak’s first feature, but also because it was made in Norway (when none […]
An interview with the makers of Violent, a companion film to We Are The City’s 2012 album Violent, the debut film from local British Columbian talent Andrew Huculiak, Cayne McKenzie, Joseph Schweers, and Josh Huculiak, was one of the highlights of the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). The film is a companion of sorts to […]
Fall is a time where we as people go one way, and nature goes another. School starts back up, clubs and church programs are back in full swing, a full fall TV slate kicks in, football dominates the airwaves, and everyone seems to fill their calendars and pick up the pace. I am as guilty […]
Part of Converge’s ongoing review of films in the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), on until October 10. Cathedrals of Culture Cathedrals of Culture is the single most disappointing film I’ve yet seen at VIFF. Cathedrals is an ode to modern architecture that is divided into six segments, each covering a unique structure and made by […]
WeMakeStuff Volume 02 features artists like Christina Norman, who challenges us to see the world differently Christina Norman’s lingerie company You & Her has encountered its fair share of resistance. But people have been quick to catch the vision – even those Norman would have never expected. While she was online several years ago, Norman saw […]
Preston Yancey talks about his new book, Tables in the Wilderness I need written prayers because otherwise I become too comfortable with my own haphazard version of grace. — Preston Yancey, Tables in the Wilderness We’ve been hearing the same narrative our whole lives. Gladys and her friends in the seniors’ ministry are holding the […]
This past Thursday marked the official beginning of the 33rd Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). While not the most prestigious film festival in Canada — that honour goes to Toronto — it is one of the five largest film festivals in North America. In many ways, VIFF is about legitimization. Unproven filmmakers offer up their passion […]
Craig Erickson’s one-man comedy gives Christians something to think about “I want to be Your vessel. I want to hear Your voice.” It’s the sincere prayer of many a modern Christian, including Calvin, the protagonist of Craig Erickson’s play Jesus Made Me Funny. In a one-man show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Erickson portrays multiple characters […]
Once, years ago, my daughter and I were watching a television program that showed clips from the filming of the first moon landing. “Look,” I told her. “You are looking at a film of the first man to walk on the moon.” She was unimpressed. “No,” she said, shaking her head. “That’s not real.” I […]
When a theatre full of people doesn’t stop laughing for more than five minutes at a time, chances are the movie is either very funny or incredibly stupid. Guardians of the Galaxy is the former. I loved this movie on first viewing, and as far as I can tell, everyone else I know does too. […]
I really didn’t want to watch The Virgins. Not for any particular reason about the movie itself, or the people involved with it, but simply because it is an independent Christian movie. As I’ve noted elsewhere, there is a certain lack of quality filmmaking within Christian movies, allowing message and content to trump the actual […]
Lightfall, a Toronto-based worship band, released its first EP on June 24, and has already made quite the impact. The album shot up to #1 on the iTunes Inspiration Charts, #36 on the Canadian Top Albums and #67 worldwide (according to UK charts). Made up of five guys who came together from different churches and […]
It’s not often that a film’s opening shot will linger on the back of the Statue of Liberty. Doing so, The Immigrant sets the stage for a more complex rumination on the American Dream than a simple unbridled optimism or cynical pessimism. And it’s just a hint at the undercurrent of subtle complexities running through […]
An excerpt from Emily Wierenga’s new book Atlas Girl Mum had said to sit close to the bus driver, so I sat as far away as possible. And now an Ojibway man in a red bandana and stubble cheek was snoring on my shoulder. He smelled like communion wine, the kind my father served in plastic […]
“I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which ‘Escape’ is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he […]
I have been all over the place lately. Maybe it’s no more than usual but it sure feels like it. The biggest change is probably that I am no longer a student (yay graduation!), and I am now a full time member of the work force. But there’s a lot of minor changes that are […]
Strange dim memories, which will not abide identification, often, through misty windows of the past, look out upon me in the broad daylight, but I never dream now. – George Macdonald, Lilith There is no distinct line that separates childhood from adulthood. The transition is fluid, as our lives flow through a filter of time. […]
I’m sitting in a room at Westside Church in Vancouver, waiting to interview Kings Kaleidoscope. I can hear their sound check upstairs. They’re headlining a show in about four hours, and a local band called The Wind & The Waves is opening. All of a sudden the muffled music stops, and ten minutes later, the […]
Edge of Tomorrow turns out to be surprise, after watching the uninspiring trailer, as it rewards and entertains in a surprisingly unexpected way.
If music be the food of love, play on. Love is a paradox. It’s malleable, yet sturdy. It’s ubiquitous and all-encompassing. It’s infinite and focused. We live our lives everyday in the prospect of love. And even though some of us may feel as if love has forgotten about us, as if it has left […]
A review on the latest instalment of the X-Men franchise “What a refreshingly good superhero movie.” This was my first thought once the credits started to roll on X-Men: Days of Future Past. Critics who complain about theatres over-saturated with superheroes and comic book adaptations (of which there are plenty) may be satisfied with Bryan […]
My family has adopted a sort of tradition at weddings as cousin after cousin gets married. We all pack out a hotel and commandeer their courtyard (or at least an outdoor area with someplace to sit). We talk late into the night until everyone’s eyes begin to feel the weight of the starry sky. […]
“Do you feel restless?” asks Jennie Allen. It’s a simple question, but it’s one that has come to define a new generation of Christians. Many of us feel like we’re meant for something more than “going through the motions” of life — what that is, though, is another question. Allen’s latest book, Restless (Thomas Nelson, January […]
On the corner of Chestnut and Main in historic downtown Washington, Pa., Sean Feucht (pronounced “Foit”), founder and director of the Burn 24-7 movement, tries to fit music equipment, suitcases and product into the back of a Hyundai Santa Fe after a concert. His Trailblazer, roomier by a good foot, broke down on the way […]
One evening our daughter’s best friend Melissa ran upstairs and lamented, “They cancelled the show Surviving Jack!” Her love for the new Fox show, based on an autobiographical book, convinced my husband and I to give it a go. We watched a few episodes, asked her what she liked about the show, and then my […]
With Victoria Day weekend just passed and Memorial Day Weekend approaching, the official start of summer has arrived in both Canada and the US. And whether you’re firing up the BBQ or loading up the car for a weekend of camping in the woods, here are a few songs that will inspire you as you […]
*A review on Iain Provan’s book Seriously Dangerous Religion * When I mentioned to an acquaintance that I thought Christopher Hitchens, in his book God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, had made some fairly accurate points, I was met with astounded unbelief. “But why would a Christian read Hitchens? He is an atheist!” And there […]
As mysterious as the creation of humanity might be, the mystery behind the creation of music is just as elusive. Was there a discovery of harmony? Or is music as natural and unexplainable as love itself? I believe music, outside of Christian circles, has the power to proclaim the love of God beyond the reach […]
Formed in Edmonton, Canada in 2009, Zerbin continues to blow fans away by their complex yet anthemic melodies. They’ve shared the stage with The Flaming Lips, FUN., Said The Whale, and AWOLNATION. We were able to catch up with lead singer Jason Zerbin on making it as a creative, and what it’s like to be a Christian in […]
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a profound connection to music – I’ve hardly met people who don’t. I’d even venture that while many people listen to their favorite genres based on aesthetic appeal, one’s affinity for particular artists and songs come from the deep, soulful intersection of experience, emotion, and expression. If you’re […]
A review on Ellis Potter’s 3 Theories of Everything The year was 1976. He got off the bus in front of a large chalet in the Swiss Alps and wondered if — here, of all places — he would find what he was looking for. He read a carved wooden sign at the end of […]
Although countless worship albums are released every month, they tend to be homogenized, or as I like to put it, Hillsong-ified. Not that Hillsong doesn’t write and record some incredible worship songs, but when every bridge of every song reaches epic proportions… it can get a little weary. Which is why All Sons & Daughters’ […]
We all love summer. It’s the sunshine, the beaches, the ice cream, the flings…right? Or is it the monsters, the mystery, and the action that light up the screen? The summer movie season is upon us with countless trailers, hinting at what’s to come. Here are a few of the more promising and surprising films […]
I know many of you have conquered the finish line of your latest term or have real jobs that are now beginning to wind down for summer. But, for me, it’s that crucial point in the quarter: mid-terms. Unfortunately, my graduate school is not on the same schedule as undergrads, so my Facebook news feed […]
Although the newness of spring is still in the air and the flowers are only beginning to bud, we’re already getting antsy for summer. Academic terms are wrapping up, and whether you’re in school or not, the excited youngins in the street have you wanting to see the world or, better yet, just find a […]
Most Christian movies are mocked for eschewing artistic quality in favour of a certain brand of evangelical faith and propriety. While that may be an unfair blanket assumption, more often than not it’s accurate. There have been great Christian filmmakers, such as Tarkovsky, Bresson, and Rohmer, but their films aren’t associated with the genre of Christian movies. […]
Becoming a master satirist is like becoming a master criminal. And most everything I learned about crime, I learned from Hunter S. Thompson: “When you bring an act into this town, you want to bring it in heavy. Don’t waste any time with cheap shucks and misdemeanors. Go straight for the jugular.” If you’re going […]
This is Martin Bonner is a film that has slipped between the cracks of the feel-good optimism of Christian dramas and the harsh severity of Hollywood crime dramas. Are these the only two options? Of course they’re not; but in a movie that follows the interaction between a man working for a Christian prison ministry […]
Since moving from my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii to Vancouver, B.C. two years ago – that is, surviving two winter seasons my island kinfolk know not of – I’ve developed a deep affinity for taking long strolls when it’s not raining. There is probably no better season than spring for whimsically wandering around town. The chill […]
In this Netflix-era of TV, I know many of you readers have yet to watch the final episodes. So I promise, no spoilers. At least, no MAJOR spoilers: if you’ve seen Season 8, you’re safe. Kids. It was emotional. Like that moment when you saw Voldemort burst into pieces or Michael Scott show up at […]
Call me a cynic, but I never thought a film called The Lego Movie could be so fun. But it is. The film is written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, makers of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street; and you should expect similar antics in The Lego Movie. […]
Here are some recent releases from around the web! Turn Blue- The Black Keys New music from The Black Keys makes everyone happy. With “Turn Blue” they do what they do best: rock and roll. There is a bit more synth than the trademark guitar riffs The Keys are known for, but I think it […]
Short Term 12 is the kind of movie I love. Small in stature but big in heart, the film far exceeds its own modest expectations to stand among the best films of the year. Set in a foster-care home for kids awaiting placement, the story of the film centres around Grace (Brie Larson), a compassionate, […]
Instead of lamenting your soggy existence during these rainy spring days, or expending precious energy loathing the faulty button of your purse-sized umbrella, why not allow yourself a few moments of introspection? Rain has an inherent dreariness that is an ideal backdrop for critical personal reflection. Regardless of whether you’re pressed up against a foggy bus […]
One of the images that lingers from Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is that of a huge rock protruding from the sea, with hundreds of screaming people climbing desperately to its top, being swept off like toys by mighty waves. In the background we see the massive wooden ark, peaceful and secure amidst the deadly raging sea. […]
Frances Ha is a comedic drama about the life of Frances (Greta Gerwig), a 27-year-old woman living in New York. The film follows Frances in her quest to not only to become a dancer, but to also figure her life out. Written and directed by Noah Baumbach and shot in black and white, Frances Ha […]
Here are a few songs I’m currently obsessing over. Vampire Weekend “Modern Vampires Of The City” I may be slightly biased, as Vampire Weekend is one of my all time favourite bands. But everyone agrees that this album is quality. Don’t believe me? Check out their 2013 Grammy for Best Alternative Album. Everything from the […]
A show has finally become so popular that it broke the Internet. And though at times it was itself a broken tale, True Detective was about the realization of light extinguishing the darkness. On Sunday night, millions of people tuned into HBO for the finale of the eight part miniseries. But unfortunately many who chose […]
Before Midnight is one of the most uncomfortable movies I’ve ever sat through. It’s like going out for dinner with your married friends, and you can sense the tension going. You know they’re fighting, and it’s awkward for everyone else at the table. But it’s something real. Like the first two movies in the series, […]
This one’s for the dreamers. This one’s for the lovers, the lovelorn, and the lonely. This one’s for anyone dreaming of sunshine on a wintry March day. It’s for the unrequited crushes, the happy flights of fancy, and the lazy mid-spring days. But enough preamble, let’s get into the music. Tracklist: 1. “Argentina (Parts I, […]
They’re re-making Left Behind. Please contain your excitement. Growing up in the church, I heard things about Jesus coming back, and I didn’t fully understand what was going to happen. All this talk about being “taken” scared me a little. Then Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins came along and wrote vivid fictional novels about […]
These songs are the reason iTunes made a repeat button. Coldplay: “Magic” and “Midnight” Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should be well aware that Coldplay has released not one, but TWO new songs! Both tracks are in anticipation of the May 19th release of their new album, Ghost Stories. I am writing […]
Jimmy Kimmel says he has been trying to get Toronto mayor Rob Ford on his show since last fall, when Ford gained infamy by admitting to smoking crack cocaine while in office. Last night, Kimmel’s dream was realized, as Ford appeared on the ABC late night talk show. During the interview, Kimmel didn’t waste any […]
This Sunday America’s dancing queen Ellen DeGeneres will host the 86th Academy Awards. You’ve probably watched a few of the nominated films, but who has time to see all of them? To help you keep up with your film aficionado friends, here’s the Oscar Cheat Sheet: your indispensable guide to talking about Oscar nominated films […]
When everything else seems lost under a winter puree of mud and slush, get lost in our collection of happy-go-lucky tunes from a warmer time and place. Let these warm-up beats ease you out of your soggy chilly doldrums, and help you avoid the fact that summer is still 114 days away. Tracklist: Jinja Safari – […]
Layers of vocals, instruments, and that touch of cow bell, when properly executed form a song that can top your “Most Played” and be put on endless repeat by radio stations around the world. Such songs, you might think, should never be messed with. While I agree that some songs are better left untouched, I […]
This year Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre is doing Shakespeare for the first time in, well, almost ever. Not that it hasn’t been in the works for some time — Measure for Measure is a play artistic director Ron Reed has wanted to produce before Pacific Theatre even existed. To be honest, I generally find Shakespeare kind […]
Congratulations — you’ve made it to Wednesday! If you have managed to make it to work somewhat on time for the first three days of the week (and have only hit one item with your vehicle), you deserve a treat! Here are some tracks that will help you get you through the day. James Vincent […]
Among the many things I could say about Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is this: Scorsese sure does put the f—ing in filmmaking, in more ways than one. The movie is filmmaking par excellence. Bravura. Kinetic. An overwhelming experience. But it’s also overwhelmingly profane, breaking the record for the most uses of the […]
Her is one of the best experiences I’ve had at a theatre in a long time. I was sold on the trailer instantly: directed by Spike Jonze (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) with a score by Arcade Fire? Sign me up. Coming out of the theatre with my friend Greg, we both had those big goofy […]
It’s a strange time for the movie business. We know what to expect from the summer and fall seasons: blockbusters and award bait, respectively. We even know what to expect in December: movies with either big hearts or big budgets. But January through April is a mishmash of award season rejects (The Monuments Men), risky […]
Disney’s Frozen, loosely based on “The Snow Queen,” came out at the end of November to rave reviews. But I’m conflicted. I’m not sure if I can get behind any Disney princess, no matter how many times reviewers use the words “strong” or “sisterhood” to describe the film. I was a cult follower of Disney […]
Kim Kardashian’s presence in the media is ubiquitous — from advertising her clothing, makeup, and nail polish lines, to her books, not to mention her role in one of the most successful reality TV shows of all time. You can’t really escape her larger-than-life image. But whether you’re a fan of her or not, Kardashian […]
Salomon Ligthelm is a filmmaker and creative director at Hillsong Church. How did you know making your creative passion your profession was the right thing to do? I just went for it. I had parents who were extremely open with us kids. They wanted us to do the things we really felt like we wanted […]
It was while Jon Bryant was driving on the Trans-Canada Highway that reality came crashing in, rudely interrupting the game of avoidance he says he had been playing. “I wasn’t able to process anything for a long time. The feeling of being alone or homeless was something I ignored because it was easy,” Bryant says. […]
No one says Christmas quite like Sufjan Stevens, possibly because no one has said it, or better yet sung it, quite so much. With precisely 100 published Christmas songs to his name, Sufjan is the Christmas minstrel of our day. This Christmas journey for Sufjan began in 2001, when he recorded his first Christmas EP […]
In the summer of 2005, Cheryl Strayed set out on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) — a 2,663 mile trail running through California, Oregon, and Washington, stretching from the Mexican to Canadian border. Strayed was 26 at the time and reeling both from the death of her mother four years previous and the more recent […]
The first thing you notice watching Catching Fire is the change of colour. Gone are the lush greens of the forest. Now our eyes are filled with greys and browns: the muted colours of the dead of winter. We meet our hero, the steely Katniss Everdeen, in the woods, but she is anything but victorious […]
The Father Nothing has the power to throw you back to 1999 like listening to Creed’s “With Arms Wide Open.” (Let’s be honest though, Brittany’s “Baby One More Time” is a close second.) Scott Stapp wrote that Grammy-winning song when his son, Jagger, was born. And now Jagger is already writing his own songs and […]
Sitting in the car with Dad, listening to the good old classics of the ’70s, like Alice Cooper’s “School’s out,” or The Kinks’ “Lola.” Good times. Phil Keaggy was on his way to becoming one of these rock legends; in fact, his band Glass Harp opened for many of the power-rockers you listened to with […]
At 23 I am technically a real adult and should, by virtue of that fact, have grown out of the adolescent tendency to need to belong to a clique or group. However, at 23, I also find myself undeniably tethered to a strange identity that has been twisted into a baffling paradox. Yes, ladies and […]
“There’s something wrong in the heart of man,” sang lead singer Win Butler on 2004’s Funeral, and Christian fans of Arcade Fire have been nodding along ever since. For the attuned ear, it can be easy to spot the Biblical references and themes throughout the band’s catalogue. There are so many that you can play […]
In a recent episode of Girls, Hannah, the main character of the show, snorts cocaine, goes to a club where she literally loses her shirt (and for the rest of the episode she wears a mesh tank top and no bra), imposes on her best friend during a one-night stand, and then seduces a former […]
In the week leading up to her return as the host and performer of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, bets were taken on Miley Cyrus’s performance. (How risqué would her outfits be? How many times would she pull a Gene Simmons with her tongue? How controversial would her skits be?) But after the 90-minute show was […]
I discovered Mutemath at Creation Fest in 2005. They’ve been one of my favourite bands ever since. I’ve followed their progression closely since they started out on a Christian label playing youth conferences. They’ve now jumped ship from the church scene and are forging their own path through heavy touring, developing an original style in their […]
It was around the end of high school that my musical tastes took a drastic turn. An older friend burned me a CD (so throwback) featuring some early White Stripes, Modest Mouse and selections off Radiohead’s Kid A. It took multiple listens to get over how odd the music sounded to my unaccustomed ears; but […]
Today’s Best Podcasts I am a podcast junkie. I love them. I have probably test-driven well over 30 podcasts over the years, keeping some and discarding the rest. This process has taught me the number one rule of listening to podcasts: never listen to a podcast unless you really want to. There are far too […]
January 2012. I ejected the last DVD and breathed a satisfied sigh. I had finished the tenth and final season of Smallville. The journey that had begun when some friends introduced me to this television retelling of Superman’s teenage years had come to a close. Sort of. Because, on the way, I had been instilled […]
Have you ever challenged yourself to read one of those books that everyone says is a ‘must-read’? Maybe you’ve been told that tackling The Brothers Karamazov, or War and Peace, or the Bible from cover to cover, will change your life. I must admit that I’m usually not one to take on such challenges, but […]
People often ask me what kind of music I like. I’ve found that the most true, all-encompassing answer to them is this: “Music you would probably call ‘depressing.”’ Although I don’t find it depressing. I actually enjoy a healthy portion of melancholy in my headphones. But it wasn’t until I got my heart broke that […]
Dan Bremnes is an award-winning BC based worship leader who has toured all over the world. Converge caught up with him to ask about where he came from, and how he likes touring across Canada. Hey Dan! So… tell us a little about yourself? Hey! Well I was born in Kamloops B.C. and lived there […]
After eight years of studio album hibernation, French musicians Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of the famed robotic duo Daft Punk have released their greatly anticipated Random Access Memories (R.A.M). Already touted as a major success — their first single, “Get Lucky,” sits atop the charts in the U.K. and several other countries — […]
Writer-director Brad Wise talks about what’s important, and what’s not, for a Christian who makes movies. It’s not like I was a kid dreaming of making movies one day. I never really set out to do any of this stuff. It just kind of happened. Brad Wise has the shell-shocked look of a guy who just […]
Josh Taylor is 24 years old. He’s married. He works with his dad creating patent drawings. He lives in Hermitage, Tennessee, a Nashville suburb where was raised and homeschooled with his brother, Jordan. Then, a few years ago, things got weird. I’m past the point where I’m stressed about it; I’m just kind of enjoying […]
The gold that everyone in Hollywood was looking to find was story. The way that you arrive in New York City expecting to be mugged, or in Bogota expecting to be kidnapped and held for ransom, I arrive in Los Angeles fully prepared to feel inferior. That’s why the stories I’ve heard of people (from Lana […]
Now, I love rap music. I mean, I really love it. Part of me feels that as a husband and father approaching 30, I ought to “grow up” and change my taste in music. I listen to lots of other stuff as well, country, rock and crazy ’70s dance music are all on my ipod […]
So a couple of weeks ago, Jeremy calls me and says, “Would you be interested in attending this conference? Let me know by the end of today, because early registration is ending.” Normally, I’m not really a conference kind of girl… (And trust me, there are conference girls. Guys, too. They’re like those kids at […]
A woman’s naked back flashes across the screen. A servant massages her with oil, then starts applying an ancient form of make-up upon her face. In a room lit only by a few candles, Middle Eastern guitar music plays in the background while the narrator talks about the power of her seduction. Who knew the […]
Famous Christians, Fished from Obscurity The reputation of these good little bad boys was built on the devoted backs of countless teen girls, particularly those sheltered in evangelical circles, who felt the tugging of a desire they wouldn’t understand until seeing their first Marlon Brando movie. If you’re one of the fifteen million official fans […]
Kids who grew up in the church during the ’90s had lots of Christian-themed entertainment options. Some preferred Adventures in Odyssey, while others loved McGee and Me. My favourite was the Donut Man. His voice sounds gruffer than I remember hearing it as a child. “Hang on, I’m picking up my lunch — stand by,” […]
“True Confession Tuesday”…how’s that for a catchy subheading? Anyway, that’s what you’re getting today, because I have a true confession to make. And, like a Peter Jackson movie, it comes in multiple parts. Part 1: I am not cool. I regard Radiohead with caution. I tolerate the Album Leaf. I actively dislike Sigur Ros. If ever I arrive […]
Famous Christians, fished from obscurity As a friendly American, I really hope that Canadians had access to the 1990s primetime sitcom “Step by Step.” If you didn’t, I’m worried you won’t appreciate that its breakout star, fêted by North American evangelicals for his outspoken affiliation, may now be residing quietly within your borders. Remember Chris Castile? […]
I was going to title this “Free Music Tuesday,” but that headline lacks in ring, doesn’t it? I should probably save the free music posts for Friday. But I don’t know how long this free spell is going to last on the entire catalogue from this Denver, Co. band, who make worship music as Page […]
Here’s our monthly staff playlist, fresh tunes for a fresh start.
Ivan & Alyosha builds their legend, one thoughtful, exuberant pop song at a time. Despite nods from Filter, Spinner and National Public Radio, Ivan & Alyosha retains a thin veil of fashionable obscurity. This is probably due to the band’s patience in building its fan base, anthill-style, from the foundation up. Six years, three EPs, and […]
James Franco stars as Oscar Diggs (Oz) in Disney’s new movie Oz the Great and Powerful. The film represents a prequel to the original Warner Brothers film The Wizard of Oz (1939) starring Judy Garland. I was privileged to view the film with a member of the visual effects team, and without being too biased, I must say the […]
Coming next at Pacific Theatre is Mother Teresa is Dead by Helen Edmundson, a look at the reality of charity in the West through the lens of a young mother who abandons her husband and son in London to care for street children in India. In a story that draws together the needs of the […]
Pacific Theatre’s latest play Leave of Absence opens Friday. About the show: Blake is an audacious young girl who sees life differently from her peers at her Catholic high school: while “Our Father” is lost on her, she finds solace in God as Mother; she sees the holy in everything from a squashed worm to a […]
We’ve asked a few of our music-loving friends to compile a list of refreshing songs of new and old, original and classics, for our readers to get ready for the holidays with a jingle in their day. They may not all be Christmassy, but Stephanie Ip brings you a mixtape of her favourite chilly songs […]
A story told well is one that reaches beyond its own literal limits, and gestures toward something worth having outside of these boundaries. For instance, later readers of ancient Greek and Roman epic were able to find in these stories — often grim stories about concrete affairs such as bloody battle and death — a […]
We’ve asked a few of our music-loving friends to compile refreshing playlists of Christmas songs of new and old, original and classics, for our readers to get ready for the holidays with a jingle in their day. Instead of bringing tidings of tinsel-tunes, this next Christmas tracklist by Sam McLoughlin plays off the West Coast mood […]
When CS Lewis was a child he had an imaginary land called “Animal Land” that he would often make up stories about. One of his favourite characters was a heroic mouse named Peter. Sound familiar? Lewis insisted to the end that he did not write the Narnia books to be an allegory for the Christian […]
We’ve asked a few of our music-loving friends to compile refreshing playlists of Christmas songs of new and old, original and classics, for our readers to get ready for the holidays with a jingle in their day. This next Christmas playlist by Craig Ketchum brings an hour of sing-a-long songs and chillingly beautiful hymns. Don’t be fooled: […]
It’s difficult to go a week without hearing about Gandalf’s first visit to Bag End, the intrusive company of dwarves with confusing names, or the moment Bilbo first encounters the Ring of Power. As a follow-up to the incredible Lord of the Rings series, The Hobbit is set to hit theatres this December. But what’s […]
Christmas this year We’ve asked a few of our music-loving friends to compile refreshing playlists of Christmas songs of new and old, original and classics, for our readers to get ready for the holidays with a jingle in their day. Here is our first (of the series) Christmas playlist by Birds Of Canada: a mix of […]
The electro-pop band Kye Kye from Camas, Washington will be releasing their second full-length album, and they need your help to make the project happen. The goal is to reach 40K in 30 days. This kind of fan fuelled funding is not new and is beginning to gain prominence in the music industry. The Ember […]
The day hurricane Katrina hit we were sitting around tables at a restaurant somewhere outside of Atlanta. I finished my pizza, fidgeted with the salt shaker, and glanced at the corner of the room where a television hung, fixed on CNN. I remember the text as it crawled across the bottom of the screen, and […]
Coming up this week at Pacific Theatre is a staged reading of Wittenberg by David Davalos. Like Pacific Theatre’s last staged reading of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, this play takes the historical, theological, literary, and scientific, and crams it all into one play. This one takes three iconic characters, […]
Originally printed in the September-October issue of Converge magazine. Photos by Royce Sin and Ryan Wong for Converge magazine I’m lounging in a plush leather seat in the lobby of a moderately swanky apartment building turned hotel. As I wait for Joseph Vincent to arrive, I look over my notes for the interview. Don’t have […]
Catchy electronic pop making mid-20’s Adam Young, more widely known as Owl City, isn’t about to let summer go out with a damp fizzle. With his latest album “The Midsummer Station” on the rise, and his dance-inducing collaboration with B.C.’s Carly Rae Jepson closing yet another great season, he’s taking the good times on the road! Starting […]
Opening today at Pacific Theatre is The Spitfire Grill, a bluegrass-style musical where a young woman is released from prison and goes to a small mountain town to start again. With rich themes of forgiveness, redemption, and new beginnings, this play makes a great opening to this faith-based theatre’s season. Produced by a group of […]
They Call ’em Rogues kicks off what we hope to be a long lasting bromance with the Vancouver International Fringe Festival with a dynamic, big hearted hit, The Best, Man. In this laugh-out-loud and hand-to-mouth-I-can’t-believe-he-said-that face (a box of chocolates will never be the same again), writer Arlen Kristian Tom keeps abreast with today’s quick-paced generation […]
As the saying goes, all wonderful journeys must inevitably come to an end. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, the rousing final chapter in his Batman trilogy, which began with 2005’s Batman Begins and spectacularly continued in 2008’s The Dark Knight, is a propulsive ten tonne juggernaut of a motion picture; slightly lumbering out of the gate but ultimately […]
An understandable shockwave of geek-rage exploded in early 2010 when Sony Pictures, amidst rumours of cost-cutting and ongoing arguments over creative direction, scrapped series helmer Sam Raimi’s gestating Spider-Man 4 in favour of a full-on reboot. After all, while 2007’s Spider-Man 3 was a somewhat messy (studio-compromised) disappointment, the film still earned a robust $890 million dollars worldwide and […]
Here we have a prime example of a movie that’s shamelessly entertaining in spite of the fact it’s not very good. Adam Shankman’s off-Broadway play adaptation Rock of Ages is cheesier than a Wisconsin fondue party, and sloppier than Motley Crue’s dressing room, but I’ll be darned if it didn’t win me over with its infectious combination […]
Here’s what went down at our First Annual Social. Converge Social 2012 from Converge Magazine on Vimeo.
Snow White and the Huntsman is a film peopled by actors not quite known for their portrayal of strong characters — swoony vampire crushes, roaring Norse gods, and alien monsters all come to mind. As one might expect, the acting in this film is not memorable — or so I am told — I myself […]
There are two movies locked in a stubborn struggle for supremacy in Ridley Scott’s muddled Prometheus, a sorta, kinda prequel to his landmark 1979 classic Alien. On one hand, we have a through-and-through science-fiction horror exercise that, akin to its predecessor, chronicles what happens when a group of unprepared, short-sighted humans step foot on a […]
Peter Berg’s Hasbro game adaptation Battleship is an obnoxious all-out assault on the senses and grey matter wrapped up in an insincere flag of American jingoism and military fetishism. This is a picture that paints itself up like a U.S. Navy recruitment commercial – boasting endless gliding shots of state-of-the-art war tech accompanied by a fist-pumping hard […]
Pacific Theatre’s 2011-2012 season concludes with Kate Fodor’s 100 Saints You Should Know directed by Anthony Ingram. Saints is a probing and thought provoking tale of five people in search of faith and answers to poignant spiritual questions. Despite some talented acting that highlights the realism of the characters and the play’s topical relevance, the […]
There are doubtlessly several directors capable of turning a campy long-running soap opera into a compelling two-hour movie. Alas, Tim Burton really doesn’t belong on the list. The spooky, kooky auteur may be our most successful oddball visual stylist, but as a storyteller he often tends to lose focus – sometimes pleasantly and sometimes maddeningly […]
The human brand We like our heroes to be linear. We like to see them grow at a steady incline until they transcend all possibility of self-doubt and failure. Ideally, they’ll do more than show us the way — they’ll walk it on our behalf. And if they stumble, they’ll at least deliver a handsome […]
To Afghan Canadian filmmaker Brishkay Ahmed in any and all cases the burqa is a tool of oppression. Ahmed begins her film, Story of Burqa in Vancouver where she stands on a street corner and asks a woman passing by to try on the full-length veil. The woman obliges and Ahmed instructs her to walk […]
“Everybody loves a hero. People line up for them, cheer them, scream their names. And years later, they’ll tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who taught them how to hold on a second longer.” -Aunt May, Spider-Man 2 That wonderfully sentimental and corny speech from […]
When it comes to romantic comedies, there’s only so much conflict an audience can be expected to endure before any hope for a believable happy ending goes sailing out the window. It’s a tricky, indefinable line in the sand – structurally, the genre depends on conflict to fuel a big, sappy, crowd-pleasing third-act reunion – […]
James Cameron’s Titanic is a glorious feat of epic-scale blockbuster engineering. Revisiting the sweeping, tragic tale of the unsinkable ocean liner nearly 15 years after it dominated theatres for a record 15 weeks, tallied up 11 Oscars and sparked an adoring inferno of Leo-Mania, it’s impossible not be impressed by the brilliance of its construction. Blending together […]
Most are familiar with the story of Judas Iscariot. The apostle has been a major player in the morality tale that warns Christians about the evils of greed. Although sincere repentance on the part of Judas remains somewhat of a mystery, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot hopes to shine a light on the possibility […]
It was the summer of 2005 that I discovered the rambling wit and disarming charm of one Donald Miller on display in a weathered copy of Blue Like Jazz I borrowed from a friend. This was after my first year at university, a year filled with strange moments, people and ideas that punctured my faith and punctuated […]
If ever there was a franchise built on a heaping, Olympus-high mountain of wasted potential, it’s Warner Bros.’s Titans series. 2009’sClash of the Titans, a remake of Desmond Davis’s 1981 cult hit, stuffed a monumental cast of thunderous mythological heavy-hitters into a stolid, directionless hack ‘n slash bore-a-thon that struck with all the sound and fury of […]
For the month of March Pacific Theatre’s rendition of John Patrick Shanley’s (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea), Doubt a Parable has been getting much acclaim from both theatre enthusiasts and drop-ins alike. And how! Directed by Ron Reed, twisting the perception of both the characters’ in the play along with the audience’s, and challenging […]
The Hunger Games is a good story in desperate need of a workable screenplay. An adaptation of the juggernaut young adult publishing phenomenon by Suzanne Collins, it’s yet another troubling entry in an increasingly long line of book-to-film translations – including Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and the Twilight sequels – that forsake narrative coherence, pace and energy in favour […]
Spoiler warning! My best compliment and worst criticism of the highly acclaimed and awarded The Hunger Games trilogy is bound into one simple confession: I’m hungry for the Games. Call me a blood-thirsty, heartless, ‘Capitolesque’ snob, but all I want are the Games. They are what is truly unique about these books. They are the […]
Ever since Pirates of the Caribbean unexpectedly morphed into a multi-billion dollar juggernaut Walt Disney Pictures has been on a tear to unearth a new live-action tentpole franchise capable of attracting young males to the multiplex by the horde. So far, this questionable business objective has motivated the company to foolishly squander bordering-on-obscene resources on the synthetic, terribly […]
There’s an unmistakeable glint of deceitfulness in Woody Harrelson’s piercing blue eyes, like he knows he’s getting away with something. They stand in sharp contrast to his honest, gentlemanly Southern-fried accent and give him the air of a born con artist; a good-natured dim bulb who is, in reality, ten steps ahead of everyone else, gleefully working out new angles […]
Classic Crystal Every few cycles the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences give up on trying to appeal to the elusive young ‘uns and play to their loyal audience of blue hairs. Sunday night was such a night. In a nice recovery from 2011’s flop-sweat-stained Oscarcast, which saw Anne Hathaway and James Franco miserably failing to bring youthful cool […]
In the annals of Marvel Comics motion picture adaptations, 2007’s Ghost Rider is a sad, misguided footnote barely worth expending the energy to mention. Helmed by Daredevil director Mark Steven Johnson, it was a tediously limp franchise launch that impressively managed to render a tragic flaming biker skeleton boring. No mean feat, that! However, despite toxic word of mouth […]
One single alarming, unlikely thought nagged at me incessantly during Daniel Espinosa’s slick, hyper-edited Training-Day-meets-The-Bourne-Supremacy mash-up Safe House — a thought I never dreamed I’d have: Boy, I really wish Denzel’s usual collaborator Tony Scott had directed this nonsense! For at least Scott, a shameless four-decade veteran of flashy, enjoyable trash such as Unstoppable, Enemy […]
In the beginning of February, I AM MADE Entertainment brought to Vancouver the L.A. local online singing/songwriting sensation Jason Chen for INSPIRE 2012. After long moments of swooning over his smooth vocals in covers of musicians like Bruno Mars or Jason Mraz, and a few of his originals, we got the opportunity to sit down with him and […]
Ask any relationship counsellor, and they will tell you prolonged ruts are detrimental to a healthy romance. How can love be exciting when the couple is simply going through the motions with nary a spark of inspiration or enthusiasm? Sadly, the same charge can be levelled at the Hollywood romantic comedy. Once an infectiously winning […]
“They know we’re wounded…” Those ill-omened words, spoken with characteristic gruff solemnity by Liam Neeson during a tense encounter with a hostile wolf pack, strike right to the anguished heart of director Joe Carnahan’s meaty, contemplative survival thriller The Grey. Deceptively marketed as a fist-pumping man vs. nature action flick on steroids, the film is, in […]
Revere hosted ‘An Evening with Mia Fieldes,” Dove award nominated songwriter and worship leader from Hillsong Church, in Sydney Australia.
It’s not at all hard to see how the Australian-Korean musical twin sister duo captured the hearts of their 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. You could say it’s their on-screen charm, their dazzling smiles, their angelic voices or their silly sisterly banter. But what really charmed us about the these sisters were their down to earth […]
James Fagan Tait’s musical adaption of Fyodor Dostoyesky’s The Idiot whisks you into 19th century Russia on a haunting ride through the dark but comic trials of the innocent and honest ‘idiot,’ whose own goodness pulls him into the struggles of two families, love, a femme fatal and the merciless claws of society. The story begins […]
Few genres come burdened with a heavier air of self-importance than the biopic. For they are expected to not only tell an entertaining story, but also serve as a compelling tribute to their famed subjects’ profound importance and exceptionalness. Muddying the waters further is the fact that, frankly, reality isn’t cinematic; serious artistic license and […]
The reality seed Poor Little Rich Girl has sixties style icon Edie Sedgwick in her New York apartment acting out a day in her own life. The beginning scene shows an out-of-focus Sedgwick sleeping, then waking up to talk on the phone, smoke cigarettes, put on makeup, and try on outfits. It was Warhol’s films […]
Late last year Victoria’s The Wicks put out Clouds– a highly worthwhile EP for the winter season. A precursor to a full length set for release some time this spring, Clouds shies away from being either rock or country, choosing to reside in the divine space in between. In The New Sea and Whiskey are reminiscent of alt-rock […]
Pacific Theatre’s production of John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is a moving, funny and provocative performance. Directed by Jason Goode and starring Aleks Paunovic and Lori Triolo, it is a play that challenges you to think about the nature of self-abuse, forgiveness and our profound need for others. Danny and the […]
There’s not a whole lot in Contraband, the new heist thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, you haven’t seen done better elsewhere. This is another one of those B-movie plots about a former criminal being forced, through unpleasant circumstances, to abandon peaceful retirement and take on One. Last. Job. You know the type of job I’m talking about: […]
Sports and religion have long been connected. As a kid I remember being told about the religious convictions of Eric Liddell who, at the 1924 Paris Summer Olympics, withdrew from the 100m race, his best event, because the race was to be held on a Sunday. When I first heard of Eric Liddell I was […]
While parts of the world are in great need, other parts of the world pursue things that they don’t need at all. It’s a sobering thought, and one that more people should really reflect on. To illustrate my point, let’s look at just how trivial people can be. Some gadgets become useless over time. Others […]
As I said in my countdown of 2011’s Top 10 Films, there was no shortage of rewarding film choices this past year. Unfortunately, though, as is always the case, there was also no shortage of cinematic landmines; dreadful movies that made you want to flee the theatre in barely muted horror, and later motivated you to question the value of the art-form all together. I […]
What can be said of Free Thyself From The Fetters Of This World by The Hidden Words is that it explores sacred themes without excluding non-proponents of the sacred themes from enjoying it (the same can be said of the music of Bodies Of Water or The Welcome Wagon). Lead singer and writer Alden Penner’s songs are […]
This new video is turning society’s standard of beauty on its head with this clever video. See in jump.
It’s easy to mistake 2011 as a weak year for cinema. After all, how else should one sum up a year that had few universally acclaimed masterpieces-in-the-making or zeitgest-altering blockbusters? A year that will likely lead to Michel Hazanavicius’s adorable, but inconsequential, The Artist nabbing the top prize at the 2012 Oscar ceremony? However, scanning over the 90+ releases I saw in […]
Before people start accusing me for hopping on the Walk off the Earth viral video bandwagon, I’d like to bring out the inner hipster and say this: I liked them before they were cool! This homegrown talented band from Burlington Ontario spread across the internet like wildfire after doing a ‘5 person 1 guitar’ cover […]
Check out college student Raychel Manko’s version of the popular Nicki Minaj song ‘Super Bass’. Pretty hilarious and complete opposite message from the original. Would love to hear what you think! Video is in the jump.
Welcome to the world Blue Ivy Carter! Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed their first child, a baby girl, on Saturday. Not even a week old and she’s already laying down the tracks. Hear Jay-Z’s new track here!
2009’s surprise smash Sherlock Holmes, which reinvented Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s master detective into a hyper-aware bundle of anti-social neuroses and peculiarities
We were at The Tapestry to see the Advent Tour with Future of Forestry and Kye Kye. What an amazing experience to finally meet them both in person and hear them live. If you think they sound great recorded, you must attend the next available performance. They do the Advent Tour not out of promotion […]
When we first meet Brandon, the haunted sex addict played by Michael Fassbender in British director Steve McQueen’s potent second effort, Shame, he resembles a living corpse.
The genius of Marilyn Monroe was that she never appeared to be trying. Whether delivering a saucy punch-line, uttering breathy come-ons or cooing and slinking her way through a seductive musical number, there was never a sense of performance.
You used to be called “Paper Rings” and released an album under that name. Why the name change? Yes, our former name was Paper Rings under which we released our first official record. We recorded it in our basement about two and a half years ago by ourselves and did it on a small budget. […]
The Descendants is a film you just want to bask in. Playful, poignant and leisurely, it’s the kind of story they don’t tell enough of these days;
To those who are unfamiliar, every Sunday evening C4 Awakening holds a worship service targeted to young adults at the Carruthers Creek Community Church in Ajax, ON (outside Toronto!).
Dec 12 edit: If there was ever any doubt, we are pleased to announce that Marc Martel has won the contest to play the part of Freddie Mercury in the 2012 Queen Extravaganza Tour! Watch out for the Downhere vocalist and five other lucky contest winners (a second vocalist, 2 guitarists, a drummer and a bass […]
After an intentional hiatus from her junior album The Reminder, Leslie Feist did some soul searching before erupting our eardrums and souls with her latest (and might I add highly anticipated) album, Metals; released October 3rd.As a Canadian native and world traveler (she spent time in places from Paris to New Mexico before recording and […]
Clint Eastwood is not exactly a sure-fire bet as a director. Since striking sweet, sweet Oscar gold with 1992’s instantly iconic western Unforgiven, his output has often sling-shotted wildly back-and-forth in quality
Recently I read Blake Mycoskie’s book, Start Something that Matters. Blake is the founder and “Chief Shoe Giver” of TOMS.
Despite everything that meteorologists tell us about weather and seasons and such, Canada doesn’t really have four seasons. Why anyone would believe this, I don’t know. In fact, Canada only has three seasons; Winter, Hockey, and Bug Seasons.
Martha Marcy May Marlene is a truly fear-soaked experience that drags its viewers down a spiral of sadism, abuse and sorrow.
Photos by Grace Lau
That pretty much sums things up. Yesterday morning came and went and a Steve-Job-less Apple stage released no iPhone 5. Instead, almost every existing Apple product ended up looking exactly the same. They came out and patted their backs on the explosive growth of Apple products sold. The iPod line remains mostly unchanged, aside from […]
Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 29, 2011: In a tiny dressing room beneath the stage, Drew Shirley and Chad Butler of Switchfoot are all smiles. As far as rock musicians go, these guys are probably as nice as they come. It’s always interesting to meet the men behind the music. Some artists make you […]
In May 2011, I went to Sasquatch, my first big music festival. I know some of you are thinking, “A four-day drinking spree sound-tracked by noisy rock music in the middle of a field? No, thanks. Not for me.” But I beg to differ. Rock and roll culture has always had a mixed reputation in Christian […]
Pacific Theatre doesn’t call themselves a Christian theatre company but they do talk about the fact that Christians founded the company — a lot. “I think Christian is a very awkward adjective,” said Ron Reed the founding Artistic Director. “But, it is a great noun and I am proud to be a Christian.” Now in […]
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Source Code, a sci-fi suspense film with an incredible storyline. Gyllenhaal plays the role of Colter Stephens, an army captain who finds himself trapped in the body of a man he does not recognize, while seated on a commuter train headed for Chicago. In front of him is a woman who […]
How did you first get involved in pageants? Tara Teng: I was studying at university and I mentioned to a friend that I had come across an article about the Miss British Columbia pageant. He was just like, “You gotta do it.” It was really a way for me to challenge my fears and just […]
Converge Magazine caught up with Parachute Band members Sam De Jong, Omega Levine, Elliot Francis, Callum Galloway, and Jeremy Gregory on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon at a quaint coffee shop in old Fort Langley.
Of Gods and Men allows us to take a close look at the real meaning of Love Thy Neighbor.
Jaeson Ma tells us his life’s story — from gang affiliate to hip-hop pastor. We first ran this article in the inaugural issue of Converge.
Burlap to Cashmere is back with a newer more refined, but familiar sound. The band was popular during the 90’s and had won two Dove awards for their work. But their success came quick and was taxing. In the late 1990’s they each decided to go their separate ways. Lead singer Stephen Delopoulos did some solo […]
I once had a classmate in one of my English Lit classes who claimed his favourite book was To Kill a Mockingbird. I know for a lot of people this novel was required reading in high school, but rarely do people say that this book is their definitive favourite. If you’re like me, you probably […]
The official trailer to Blue Like Jazz, the film adaptation to Don Miller’s book, went public as of the other day. Release date: Apparently sometime this year. I hope its soon, because my movie senses are tingling.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out The Great Divorce put on by Pacific Theatre. Our writer Natasha Irvine went to check it out last night. Her review is below. Pacific Theatre’s production of The Great Divorce is a creative and compelling rendition of C.S. Lewis’ unconventional meditation on heaven, hell […]
Salvation Boulevard was featured at this year’s Cannes film festival. Hollywood is never very kind to Christianity, and this doesn’t seem any different. If you can take the jokes with a grain of salt, this might be an interesting film to watch. It may be a unique take on how the rest of the world […]
Switchfoot’s last show of their tour was at the Vogue theatre in Vancouver! We sat down with two of the band members, drummer Chad and guitarist Drew, during set up and chatted for a while. And just as they say they are, these guys are a bunch of really nice failed pro surfers who’s passion […]
Despite a few technical difficulties, here are the photos from last Friday. Please click on the full dimension as some photos will appear cropped. If there is no watermark, you know something is wrong. Just click on the dimensions above the photo to view it full sized! Thank you to our photographers Grace Lau and Carmen […]
MC Jin Inspire 2011 concert review & more Queen Elizabeth Theatre was alive last night with fans of MC Jin, the Hong-Kong American rapper who’s break out claim to fame was winning seven Freestyle Friday competitions on BET. Jin almost didn’t make it to the show. After an 11 hour flight from Hong Kong earlier […]
1. Princess Diaries “the drab to fab princess” This movie has the element we all love in a feel good rom-com — an epic makeover. It’s hard to imagine Anne Hathaway looking so nerdy and disheveled now, but back then as a relatively unknown star, she blew us out of the park with this […]
Sports somehow have a way of bringing the people together like nothing else. Here’s an interview I did with Paolo Aquilini, part owner of the Canucks for BC Christian News last year around this time. Click here for the unabridged version: http://bit.ly/iJmiPA I’m trying to think back to that day. I was so incredibly nervous. I […]
Soul Surfer is an American film about the life of Bethany Hamilton, an award-winning surfer from Hawaii who had lost her left arm in a shark attack. Struggling with faith, appearance, and getting back to the waves, she pulls through to fulfill her dream of becoming a pro-surfer. The movie is based on the […]
I wouldn’t say I read a lot of young adult fiction but every now and then I’ll pick up the latest craze. I read the first four books of the Harry Potter series, then stopped. Read one of the Twilight books then put it down. With those books I felt like the stories would go […]
While driving to work this morning I tuned in to the local radio show. The hosts began their usual Hollywood gossip segment and of course the topic of the day was Charlie Sheen. They played a few clips of his interview with 20/20 and commented about how he was living with two porn stars. Obviously […]
The face-consuming glistening eyes. The gravity-defying hair. The exaggerated facial expressions and overly dramatized text. These are things that could characterize the artwork found in manga. For those who are unfamiliar with manga, manga is the Japanese styled comics and cartoons. Think Pokemon, Sailor Moon or Dragon Ball Z. It’s quite the contrast to the […]
There was so much hype surrounding the decision to give hosting duties to Anne Hathaway and James Franco for this year’s Academy Awards. It was a bold decision by the Academy. I thought they were a good pairing–the eccentric indie actor and the talented yet safe movie darling. The previews were hilarious and I was […]