A few weeks ago I received a message on Facebook from the singer of a band I booked at the Centre St-Ambroise several years ago. He sent me the message on probably the busiest day I’ve had since leaving my job at St-Ambroise, and normally I would wait a few days before even checking a message on Facebook, let alone when I’m swamped with work. But I remembered this band. I had been waiting 3 years for this message. So I watched the video right away, then I watched it about a dozen more times throughout the day. And then I started emailing everyone I knew in the industry, there was a band they needed to see: A Secular, Rabble-Rousing, Barn-Burning, Queer-Positive, Feminist, Anti-Racist, Subversive Gospel Music Band: http://www.vimeo.com/23268340 ***** Back in May of 2008, I was in my first year of programming the newly created Centre St-Ambroise. There was pressure to make the space viable in the first year, so choosing which events were booked at the space was extremely important. I tried to ensure that the artists/bands that were booked had some kind of online presence, gig history and a tangible sense of a fan base that would come to the show. Well, I threw all that out the window for Irreverend James and the Critical Mass Choir. I received an e-mail from the band asking if they could play at the space, and they sent along a MySpace link. There was only 1 song on the page, along with 1 photo, which wasn’t even of the band. Plus they had no gig history; this would be their first show. Normally, I would’ve disregarded the request or tell the band to find other acts they could play with before booking them. But after 1 listen to the song on MySpace I was hooked. I decided to take a risk and book the band. I figured at worst, I would work the bar and not pay myself so the space wouldn’t lose money, and I would get to see a live gospel band.