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Justin Lapierre is an Ottawa-based choral composer; he holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wilfred Laurier University and a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Toronto. His compositions, which often explore themes pertaining to his French-Canadian heritage, have been programmed by many notable ensembles including the Canadian Chamber Choir, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and the DaCapo Chamber Choir, among others.

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Photo : Courtesy of Iman Habibi, 2022

Lux æterna

by Justin Lapierre

SATB a cappella – CP 2338 – duration 5:15

This composition honours the victims of the 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting, where six victims were killed during prayers by a xenophobic perpetrator—it remains the deadliest attack in a house of worship ever to occur on Canadian soil. This piece addresses rising Islamophobia in French Canada through the interplay of poetry by Rumi translated into French and the Christian Lux æterna, illustrating the shared spiritual themes and traditions of Islam and Christianity which can both trace their roots back to the prophet Abraham.
This piece was selected by Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée for his Cypress series. The Toronto Mendelssohn Collection