Hello, all! I’ve been hearing from several very reliable sources that there will be an exclusive elite gala entertainment event hosted by the Watch Tower organization, featuring specially chosen Jehovah’s Witnesses of outstanding talent as well as spiritual reputation, at the Sony Centre (formerly called the O’Keefe Centre) in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) as a special “after hours” addition to the 2017 Special International Convention.
Those chosen have to meet very strict criteria, including, not so much technical and popular talents, but, rather, their spiritual maturity which can be easily and practically related to by the audience (i.e., degree of conformity – you know what I mean!). A notable and very well-known professional “super star” from some other country (I don’t know which one) who has achieved highly recognized and popular talent was surprisingly not chosen to participate in the extra entertainment program, whereas other performers with rather ho-hum musical abilities ended up being selected, ostensibly for their altruistic and “theocratic” qualities. (Something tells me that there is going to be some jealousy and indignant, hard feelings over this rather authoritarian, arbitrary selection process. We’ll just have to see!)
Certain specific congregations located near the area of the Toronto Pearson International Airport have been designated to take part, in shifts, in the official greetings of the international delegates as they arrive there.
Locations for the actual 2017 International Regional Convention in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) will include the Toronro Air Canada Centre (the city’s modern hockey venue), as well as the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. (I haven’t checked any other locations in the GTA for the convention program. You will have to see the official JW Website for any other such details.)
The specifics relating to exactly who the participants are in the entertainment program, and any other details relating thereto, are to be kept in the utmost secrecy. I do know, however, that the two cardinal stipulations emphatically imposed by the Governing Body upon all the approved international delegates is that, first they participate in field service arrangements during their stay; and, second, that they agree to attend the special gala evening of “extracurricular” entertainment hosted by the brothers and sisters through the organization.
I was wondering if anyone else has been privy to, or has come upon, any knowledge of these “extra” arrangements to take place during the 2017 International Regional Convention. Has anyone heard about any similar kind of arrangements in your local area? What kinds of similar “hush-hush” preparations and selections of performers might their be in a congregation near you?