Westmount’s Victoria Hall was rocking Saturday evening, last month December 10, as the People’s Gospel Choir presented its fifth annual Christmas concert, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Westmount.
Between the powerful presentation of the choir singing a program of Christmas favourites, original and traditional gospel songs, and the band rocking the hall with guitars, drums, piano and saxophone, the walls were shaking and the windows rattling and the audience clapping, singing and even dancing in their seats. All proving that gospel is infectious. If, as the old adage goes “You don’t have to be Jewish to love bagels,” you don’t have to be Christian to love gospel.”
The choir was founded in 1992 by charismatic choir director Kimble Sherwood (aka Kim). He continues to lead the multi-cultural choir that is made up of members who come from a host of religious and ethnic backgrounds and who range in age from 12 to 72, many of whom have been members since the inception of the choir.
Beyond Westmount, The People’s Choir has enjoyed some notable audiences including performing Lift Him Up for Nelson Mandela when he visited Montreal in 1990. The choir has also performed at the National Arts Centre and Place des Arts.
In 2003 The People’s Gospel Choir’s first CD received a Vibe Award for best Urban/Soul Album of the year.
The Rotary Club of Westmount is the only service club in the city of Westmount. For 87 years the club has been offering members and guests an opportunity to socialize at weekly luncheon meetings while enjoying a presentation by an interesting speaker on a diverse variety of topics. The purpose of the club, however, is to make a difference in both local and international communities. The club meets Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke Street West. For more information contact Roberta at 514-935-3344