Launch song Kune

Release of the new song Kune by artist Geneviève Labbé

Victoriaville, November 24, 2021 - Singer-songwriter Geneviève Labbé will present her new song Kune on December 1st during a videoconference launch at 7 pm, along with the musicians-artists who participated in the musical project. The event, which will be broadcast live on the Artists for Peace Facebook page, will celebrate the release of the new song and explain the creative process of this collaborative work that brings together artists from around the world.

This collaborative work brings together First Nation, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Baha'i and Buddhist artists. Geneviève Labbé, Fran Avni and Gustaff Besungu had met at the Interfaith Peace Festival in Montreal in 2019 organised by Interreligious Forum for Peace.  As this festival could not take place in 2020, the Canadian Center for Ecumenism launched a call to artists for the creation of a collective work.  These three artists set out to create the song together and Geneviève Labbé invited several other artists to contribute.

"The word Kune means ‘together’ in Esperanto," explains Geneviève Labbé. This song had been evolving in me for 3 years, and to produce it, I wanted to bring together artists that life had put on my path. Finally, the collective creation brings together more than 15 artists from all over the world (Apache, Innu, Peul, Jew, Quebecois, Indian, Cameroonian, Bengali, Persian, etc.)!   It is a song that we created out of friendship, inhabited by voices that are both free and united. It speaks of harmony, openness and hope. To bring out the beauty of the human being, it is one of the most beautiful things that art can do", ends the artist.

The music was composed by Geneviève Labbé on piano and the arrangements were composed with Ovide Coudé on bass, Khosrow Maghsoudi on Persian kamânche and Jean-François Sauriol on cello.

To view the launch event (Wednesday December 1st, 7 pm), visit the Artists for Peace page:énismeCanadian-Centre-for-Ecumenism-164298790249210/

Youtube link for the KUNE music video (released at 8 pm December 1st, 2021):

About Geneviève Labbé
Geneviève Labbé is a singer-songwriter. In 2008, she created the children's album Sous un même soleil,  whose songs she performed in nearly 200 concerts in Quebec and India. In 2015 she released her album Dunes, with pop-jazz fusions and mystical themes.  An artist committed to peace, she has been involved in cultural mediation projects for several years, including the musical La rivière en toi. In parallel to her many artistic projects, Geneviève Labbé works with refugee families arriving in Quebec.


Roman Orona: Apache singer-songwriter, actor and director living in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lauryna Tshernish-Grégoire: Young Innu singer from Uashat, has participated in Petite Vallée en chanson and in collaborations with Florent Vollant, Scott Pien-Picard and Shauit.

Ilam: Popular singer-songwriter from Montreal, of Senegalese origin, has received several awards including Révélation musique du monde by Radio-Canada (2016)
and the ADISQ (2020)

Gustaff Besungu: Singer-songwriter and percussionist of Cameroonian origin, he recently moved from Montreal to settle in the Madelaine Islands.  In KUNE, he plays the djembes and sings with his wife, Mira-Clair Lepage, and their baby.

Surojit Chatterjee: Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, well known and loved in India, especially in his home city of Calcutta.

Fran Avni: Hebrew singer-songwriter who has directed several projects and choirs from her base in Montreal.

Robin Gorn: Montreal-based singer and multi-disciplinarian artist of diverse backgrounds.

Ianne Neome Sanico: Singer originally from Manila, Philippines has been living in Quebec for several years. This artist is dedicated to promoting the rights of foreign workers.

Indra Singh: Artist-sculptor who grew up on the banks of the Ganges in India, is known for his visionary approach to ecological themes. He has lived in Quebec for 20 years.

Guest musicians and members of the group Mosaïque Musique (Saguenay Lac St-Jean):

Ovide Coudé (bass)

Khosrow Maghsoudi (Persian kamânche)

Jean-François Sauriol (cello)
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Declaration for Indigenous People

Under the patronage of the Canadian Center for Ecumenism, the members of the Interfaith Forum for Peace, representing different faith communities, would like to express their support for the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis communities following the tragic and heartbreaking discovery of the remains of 215 unidentified children from a boarding school in British Columbia.

As an interfaith dialogue group that has been working for several years on issues of peace and social justice, we are deeply aware of the pain that you are experiencing.

We remain convinced that reconciliation is realized through the expression and sharing of our joint sorrows, by welcoming of each other unconditionally, and through collective prayers. When words are not enough, we keep a moment of silence. This is exactly what we have done to express our solidarity with you.

We wish you much courage.

Interreligious Forum for Peace
Canadian Center for Ecumenism
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June 5: Abide in My Love: Cross-Canada Online Celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Saturday, June 5, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT

Organized by The Canadian Council of Churches in partnership with The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism and The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism

Download the poster

For over 100 years, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) has gathered Christians around the world in ecumenical prayer and fellowship. The worldwide WPCU is traditionally held in January and during the Pentecost season. This year’s theme, Abide in My Love and You Shall Bear Much Fruit (John 15:5-9), calls us to nourish unity with God and with one another through prayer, contemplative silence, and common action.

Amid this year’s unique challenges and possibilities, The Canadian Council of Churches and its ecumenical partners, The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism and The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, invite you to a special event

Abide in My Love: Cross-Canada Online Celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Saturday, June 5, 3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT

Gathering as branches of Christ the True Vine, let us experience, and bear witness to, God’s abiding love during this season of Pentecost!

Leaders from diverse Christian traditions in Canada will offer prayers and Scripture readings. The Rev. Michael Blair, General Secretary, General Council, The United Church of Canada, and His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada, will offer homiletic reflections.

This event is bilingual (English and French), with simultaneous translation in both languages. 

This online celebration is free for all who would like to attend, but a small contribution to offset the cost is welcomed.

Please register on Eventbrite:

For more information, please contact Maria Simakova, Program Coordinator, Faith and Witness,

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42nd Christian Commemoration of the Shoah

42nd Christian Commemoration of the Shoah

at Montreal West United Church on April 11, 2021
Montreal, March 29, 2021. The Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal (CJDM) will hold its 42nd annual Christian Commemoration of the Shoah online on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 10:00. The host Congregation this year is Montreal West United Church and the theme is “No time for silence”. The service will be available at .
This event will bring together Jews, Christians, and others to commemorate the six million Jews and one million other victims of the Holocaust, also known as the Shoah (“the annihilation” in Hebrew), during World War II.
Presided by Rev. Rosemary Lambie (Executive Minister, Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council), the commemoration will include an intergenerational interview with Holocaust survivor Eva Kuper by a member of the MWUC youth group. A candle-lighting ceremony will be led by Rev. Mark Hammond and Rabbi Sherril Gilbert in remembrance of all the victims of the Shoah. Songs and music will be performed by singers Fran Avni, Evan Burman, the MWUC Choir, and organist Owen Spicer. A message will be delivered by Hon. Irwin Cotler, Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism. Online fellowship will follow. All are welcome.
Yom Hashoah (“the Day of the Shoah”) was established in 1951 by the Knesset, the Parliament of Israel. In Montreal, the first Christian Commemoration of the Shoah took place at Christ Church Cathedral in 1979. Since then, different Christian churches have engaged with members of the Jewish community in a shared act of remembrance on the Sunday closest to Yom Hashoah. In 1999, the National Assembly officially recognized the observance of Yom Hashoah and invited Quebec citizens to share in the memories and mourning of the Jewish community and to ponder the lessons learned from the Shoah.
Founded in 1971, the Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Montreal is composed of representatives of various sponsoring organizations, who come together on a regular basis in order to build and strengthen mutual understanding and support between Christian and Jewish communities.

Information: Montreal West United Church (
Contact: or 514-482-3210.

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The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism will always be committed to safeguarding our donors’ and benefactors’ privacy and personal information. We look forward to continuing our commitment as we operate in line with Law 25 in Quebec, which strengthens the privacy rights of all individuals. For more information on Law 25, please enter the link here.