Catholic Youth Studio – KSM Inc.
Catholic Youth Studio – KSM Inc. is a Media
Corporation for Evangelization operated by a Board of Directors which
constitutes lay people and Religious who donate their talents and time in order
to promote the Christian faith. Catholic Youth Studio came into existence in
1994 and has its roots in the pastoral ministry of the
Missionary Oblates of Mary
Catholic Youth Studio is more than a
corporation: it is also a meeting place for the young and for adults; for
students and businesspeople. The goal of Catholic Youth Studio is
to reach those who have not yet experienced their "springtime of faith" by means
of evangelization through modern forms of mass media. We invite you to
support us in our mission.
The beginnings of our organization
Our history goes back to World Youth Day 1993 in
Denver, Colorado, when thousands of young people from Canada, the U.S. and
around the world experienced a powerful message of friendship, love and unity.
The enthusiasm of that event and eagerness to build bridges across generations,
races and different nations was present in every person. Following this
great event, many young people in Toronto took part in creating a 30-minute
radio program in Polish that would light a spark of hope in every heart.
The International Festival of Religious
Catholic Youth Studio – KSM Inc. has been
promoting Christian artists not only by way of its broadcasts but also through
the International Festival of Religious Song, which has been held annually since
1989. The Festival has brought celebrities to town from Jamaica, Italy,
Poland, the United States, and many other countries. The Festival has
become a very special venue for amateur artists and professionals alike.
For more information
the Festival homepage.
The John Paul II Silver Anniversary
Gala Concert – October 12, 2003
This event, which was by far the largest event
in Canada paying tribute to the Holy Father’s Silver Jubilee, took place at the
Air Canada Centre in Toronto. About 8,000 people took part in the celebration.
The Papal Nuncio to Canada, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, was the Honourary Patron
for the concert and delivered remarks on behalf of His Holiness John Paul II. Over
200 internationally-renowned artists performed, including Helmut Lotti of
Belgium, Malgorzata Walewska of Poland, Tony Melendez of the USA, Anna
Shafajinskaia of Russia and pan-flute virtuoso Georghe Zamfir of Romania
as well as Franco Tenelli, Kinga Mitrowska, Adrian Anantawan and Lisa DiMaria of
Canada. The 150-voice World Youth Day and SMS choirs performed
alongside a Silver Symphony Orchestra directed by Michael Newnham.
Our 10th Anniversary Celebrations
On July 25, 2004 at KSM’s Annual Picnic at
Paderewski Park, a special Mass of thanksgiving was held on the occasion of our
10th anniversary as well as the 25th anniversary of the ordination of His
Eminence Józef Cardinal Glemp, Primate of Poland, as Bishop. Many members
of the clergy and thousands of faithful from across Southern Ontario attended
this event. The 15th International Festival of Religious Song took place
from November 12-14, 2004 with a number of special events and attractions.
More details on the International Festival of Religious Song can be found on
the Festival homepage. Our 10th anniversary events concluded with our
annual New Year Banquet held on January 9, 2005 at the John Paul II Cultural
Centre. The Skaldowie family ensemble, flown in from Poland, performed a
special Christmas concert titled Moje Betlejem (My Bethlehem) to the
delight of the hundreds in attendance.
The John Paul II Legacy Concert – October 22, 2005
In 2005 on the 27th anniversary of the election of Kardinal
Karol Wojtyla to the Holy See, Catholic Youth Studio organized a concert paying
tribute to the legacy of Pope John Paul II. The concert took place at the
prestigious Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. Attendance was solid with tickets
selling out well in advance. Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow,
long-time secretary to Pope John Paul II, sent a special blessing which was
played for everyone attending the Legacy Concert. Performing on stage at
Roy Thomson Hall were the winners of Catholic Youth Studio's online contest for
the best songs dedicated to Pope John Paul II: Erin Berghouse from the USA, and
Julia and Grzegorz Kopala from Poland. Well-known Polish tenor, Marek
Torzewski, delivered a marvelous performance and received a standing ovation.
In the second half of the concert, participants enjoyed the North American
premiere of the Divine Mercy pop-oratorio which was written by Zbigniew
Malkowicz and beautifully performed by four soloists flown in from Poland.
Media Corporation for
Catholic Youth Studio - KSM Inc.
183 Roncesvalles Avenue
Toronto, ON M6R 2L5
Tel: (416) 588-0555
Fax: (416) 588-9995
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