Festival Lineup

An overview of all the things happening at the Festival of Faith

Interactive Arts

Music with the Mobile Arts Program (MAP) is a programming platform where experienced facilitators run music workshops that explore various aspects of song creation as a way to expand creative capacity and healthy forms of self-expression.
Experiment with different colours and explore your creative side through the intersection of art and spirituality.
Experiment with different colours and explore your creative side through the intersection of art and spirituality.
DJ in the house—make a request
DJ in the house—make a request
Bring your own tunes to the silent dance party
Shine at the lip-sync uncompetitive competition

Fun for All Ages

Put your athletic shoes on and get ready! Join hundreds of people at GC and across the country in a fun run/walk. 

Check out a fascinating Taoist Tai Chi demonstration at the Festival.
Drop by and observe and practice skills for developing strong relationships with your elected officials.
We need you to help us break the World Record for "most people hugging soft toys simultaneously."
Experiment with different colours and explore your creative side through the intersection of art and spirituality.
Experiment with different colours and explore your creative side through the intersection of art and spirituality.
DJ in the house—make a request
DJ in the house—make a request
Bring your own tunes to the silent dance party
Shine at the lip-sync uncompetitive competition
Enjoy carnival games and bouncy castles for various ages. Challenge a friend, or the Moderator to tackle the super-fun 60-foot inflatable relay course. There is something for everyone!

Enjoy carnival games and bouncy castles for various ages.

Coffee House

This project aims to bring awareness to people who live with autoimmune and other chronic illnesses.
Come and enjoy a creative, refreshing, and thought-provoking experience of poetry, spoken art, and music—all with a global twist.
Denise McLeod will share stories about her own experience in the reclamation of her Indigenous identity.
Jermaine Henry is a social art entrepreneur who infuses hip-hop with philanthropy to bring about social change in various communities in Canada.

The Coffee House will be open for people returning from excursions or from whatever they were doing during the afternoon off.

A talk and Q & A where Martyn will also discuss the ideology behind his song writing and give some insight into what inspires him.
Trans-Script is an original play, written by Rosemary Nolan and Eleanor Crowder, that explores love and relationships in the context of transgender experiences.
Music with the Mobile Arts Program (MAP) is a programming platform where experienced facilitators run music workshops that explore various aspects of song creation as a way to expand creative capacity and healthy forms of self-expression.
Join this interactive design jam where mentors will guide a process that helps us connect scripture, as well as other spiritual writings, to the work of the church.

In Concert

Turpin’s Trail is a Kingston, ON based quartet that uses a closet-full of instruments in its performances and plays original and traditional songs.
Embracing a focus on "Open Heart, Open Mind" and "Faith Like Jazz," EvenSong places the emphasis on the power of music, love, and community to empower us to overcome our global and personal challenges.
Well-known for their sizzling, high-energy performances of classic 60's and 70's soul, R&B, funk, and Motown music, Professors Of Funk are a celebrated musical institution in the Durham region.
Driven by passion, social awareness, and love for his craft, Martyn Joseph has created a versatile and unique percussive style that he combines with his powerful, show-stopping voice.
As an artist who is socially aware and committed, Janne Mark's work draws on the freedom of jazz and the breadth of Scandinavian folk tradition.

Workshop

This workshop focuses on material and practical activity. It will include...
Explore how communities of faith can experience transformation and live out the Song of Faith.
Learn and dream about how your local community of faith can engage with global partners in new and exciting ways, both at home and abroad.
This workshop will discuss how Indigenous peoples and many newcomers in Canada share a similar history and experience of colonization.
Participants will be introduced to liturgical dance in worship. No dance experience necessary to participate in this workshop.
Spark  ideas of the challenges and opportunities, and have the ultimate aim of addressing  efforts to widen the scope of participation  in the church, particularly to more fully  include people with disabilities.
This workshop will show that unused and underutilized space can be used to engage with and give back to community.
Explore medical assisted dying (MAID) and the importance of engaging communities of faith, and the broader community, in conversations about death and dying.
This workshop will show that the church can be a leader with the power to move the needle on massive social voids that are affecting communities across the country, such as affordable housing, community hubs, and inclusive communities.
This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to explore the music of the blues and the lament Psalms as resistance, prevailing and persistent speech in the midst of discontent and disorientation.
This workshop provides a very basic experience of Godly Play, which is a faith-formation curriculum and spiritual practice used around the globe with people of all ages and capacities.
Together, we will walk. We will stop for prayer, scripture, reflection, and joyful song.
This workshop includes opportunities to experiment with scripture, connect with other creative individuals across faith communities, and foster collaborative art or performance pieces for use in worship.
In this workshop you will have the opportunity to design and build a nativity from recycled material.
We will be looking at the take-home message of the Gospel’s call to work in solidarity with our partners who stand for peace, dignity, and human rights.
Participants will learn practical ways for growing faithful presence, fostering missional engagement, and leading with others in the neighbourhood.
Come on a gentle walk and experience the practice of forest therapy, inspired by the Japanese movement of Shinrin-Yoku, or “forest bathing.”
Participants will immerse themselves in a dynamic, modern worship experience, and discover how to build an intentional community of faith.
The workshop will help participants understand the impact of a mental illness, and develop strategies for helping themselves, or others, struggling with a mental illness.
Participants are invited to take part in a transformation dance that works best with 15 to 100 people. Incarnational and two-life cycle teachings arising from the dance are shared.
In this workshop, Dr. Arch Wong will share the results from interviews and focus groups with Canadian church leaders.
This interactive workshop will include time for individual reflection, small-group work, and large-group discussion. Participants will be encouraged to deepen their learning outside of the workshop.
This workshop will provide a catalyst for further discernment and discussion on whether the Messy Church model would help your community of faith.
This workshop invites participants into conversations around the Living Apology Project.
In this workshop, we’ll highlight Affirming journeys and ministries through the presence of Affirming, and in the process congregations, presbyteries, Conferences, and outdoor ministries.