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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 Immaculate.

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 Song

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 visit 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. 

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Catholic Youth Studio - KSM Inc.
183 Roncesvalles Avenue
Toronto, ON M6R 2L5

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