By 'Editor, LDSCaNews'
Homeless Choir, From Print to TV
MONTREAL, CANADA -- They've appeared in the Church News. They've
appeared in the Montreal Gazette. They've even appeared in Reader's
Digest. Now the Accueil Bonneau Choir has appeared on TV.
The choir, made up of homeless men and organised by LDS Church member
Pierre Anthian just before Christmas 1996, appeared on a CBC special
this past Thursday. Shirley Douglas narrated the documentary on the
life of the choir. In an effort to provide an unbiased story, Douglas
steered away trying to "sentimentalize the choir".
And it was more than just showing how some are talented while others
are not. The choir sells their music in the form of albums, and each
choir member makes some money from the sales. While some of them see
it as a way to clean up their life and escape from poverty, others
only see it as a quick and easy way to get money for alcohol.
Bickering and belittling frequently creep into the choir as well,
which has been compared as a microcosm of humanity.
Globe and Mail, 04Jan2001
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