Campbellford – If music is food for the soul, then Andrew Queen’s latest release, GROW, plays a dual role.
The CD offers up what he calls “generous helpings of original tantalizing tunes, seasoned with sweet sing-a-longs and sprinkled with silliness,” while getting kids to sing about growing, sharing and eating local, healthy food.
“GROW is an album about community-building and acting local,” said Queen, who will perform songs from his new CD during a Family Day Performance at the Aron Theatre Cooperative.
Queen said he has chosen the Aron Theatre Cooperative as the venue for the release of GROW because of the “vibrant community involvement that keeps the theatre thriving.”
All proceeds from ticket sales and a portion of CD sales will go to a local registered charity, The Isaac Foundation, which was created by Ellen and Andrew McFayden after their son, Isaac, was diagnosed with MPS VI, a rare, progressive disease caused by an enzyme deficiency. Their mission is to raise funds to support research into innovative treatments and potential cures for MPS VI and other MPS diseases, to increase public awareness about MPS diseases, and to provide support and information to other families dealing with this devastating diagnosis.
“The McFaydens have demonstrated such dedication, grace, love and strength in the face of unbelievable challenges,” Queen said. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Family Day and my album release than recognizing this family and supporting their research efforts.”
Beginning at 2 p.m. Feb. 20, Queen will take the stage with local musicians Tim Hadley, playing upright bass, Luke Mercier, playing fiddle and banjo, vocalist Janet Mercier and Ken Layton on drums. During the live performance Queen will screen a new music video for his family farm anthem, “Just Down the Road,” filmed and produced by Warkworth resident Stephen Rapos, of Fiddlehead Studios.
Advanced tickets – at $5 per person – are recommended. Tickets at the door are $7. Tickets are available at the Aron Theatre, Kerr’s Corner Books, The Grindhouse Cafe, and the Campbellford-Seymour Community Foundation. For more information, visit www.andrewqueen.ca and www.theisaacfoundation.com.