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September 21, 2006

Attention: Religion, News, Features, Lifestyle, Entertainment Editors

Canadian Bible Society's Centennial CD, Film Recognized

TORONTO, ON — A music CD and a dramatic film, both produced by the Canadian Bible Society in honour of their Centennial Celebration year, were recently recognized for their excellence by industry peers.

Good News Celebration, a unique compilation CD of Canadian artists singing original songs inspired by Scripture, has been nominated by the Gospel Music Association Canada's Covenant Awards for Special Events/Compilation Album of the Year.

Executive produced by Peter Fleck and Martin Smith, the CD features 15 Canadian Christian artists from coast to coast representing various musical styles and traditions. The deliberate use of Scripture is the common thread that weaves the selections together.

"Scripture tells us that God's Word does not return to Him without accomplishing its intended purposes," says Fleck. "When this living Word is combined with inspiring music, it becomes an incredibly potent force in people's lives.

"This nomination will undoubtedly expose even more people to the CD," he adds. "As more people discover the album, more will be impacted by its life-changing message. That's exciting!"

The 28th Annual Covenant Awards will be presented October 27 in Calgary.

Meanwhile, the brand new Canadian Bible Society film, KAHAHA:RA'S ... I Take the Path has been declared a semi-finalist at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, in San Antonio, Texas.

The short, dramatic film tells the historically accurate story of Teyoninhokarawen-a First Nations warrior who led his Six Nations people as allies to the British against the Americans in the War of 1812. Also known as John Norton, this man would become the Bible Society's first translator, translating the Gospel of John into Mohawk 200 years ago.

Executive producer and writer of the film, Dennis Hillis says having the film make it to the semi-finals, "lends credibility to the piece. It means that we've come close to our objective-to tell this incredible story clearly and to impact viewers on a mental and emotional level."

The film, together with other semi-finalists, will be screened before hundreds of viewers at the Gonzales Convention Centre in San Antonio, October 19-21, 2006. Winners will be awarded at the Jubilee Awards presentation ceremony October 21, 2006.

"We are very proud of both fine pieces of work," says CBS National Director, Phyllis Nesbitt. "The Good News Celebration CD and KAHAHA:RA'S ... I Take the Path were both designed to be tools that would not only help to further our mandate, but that would help to mark this very special, 100th anniversary year in the life of the Canadian Bible Society. Receiving such recognition is really a lovely and meaningful honour."

The Canadian Bible Society translates, publishes, distributes and encourages the use of the Bible throughout Canada and the world. Chartered in 1906, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) formed when 14 regional auxiliaries of the British and Foreign Bible Society in Canada (dating as far back as 1807) joined together.

The Canadian Bible Society is a member of the United Bible Societies, a fellowship of more than 140 national Bible Societies around the globe.


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