Christians who write
and record popular
music are a small but
vital community in
Canada. Will things
change after their
awards finally hit
television this fall?
By Jeff Dewsbury
Ali Matthews remembers an 11-year-old Justin Bieber busking in front of a theatre in their shared hometown of Stratford, Ont. He was in Matthews’ daughter’s class in school, so she knew his family, and it wasn’t uncommon for her to throw a loonie into his guitar case.
“He used to play songs he learned on the worship team
in his church, songs by Mercy Me and other Christian
bands,” she says. “I stopped once and told him he should
try recording some time, and he said his mom was looking
into it for him.” She laughs, thinking of Bieber’s current
international fame, and jokes, “Where’s my interest on