Que­bec singer’s wwoof­ing tour ends in Stanstead East

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singer-song­writer, Matthew McCul­lly, known for his per­for­mances which high­light the fab­ric of Cana­dian ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, has been on an 11,000 kilo­me­tre mu­sic/video tour which be­gan from his home in Sher­brooke, Que­bec, on July 20th. Af­ter trav­el­ling across the coun­try to pro­mote sus­tain­abil­ity, vis­it­ing and per­form­ing at about twenty fam­ily and or­ganic farms which are part of the World Wide Op­por­tu­ni­ties on Or­ganic Farm­ers (WWOOF) or­ga­ni­za­tion, Mr. McCully will fin­ish this tour with a per­for­mance at the Ge­orge Weller or­ganic farm, in Stanstead East, on Au­gust 30th, be­gin­ning at 7:00 pm.

“Wwoof sup­ports this pro­ject,” com­mented Becky Young, co­or­di­na­tor of Wwoof Canada, “be­cause it brings to­gether mu­si­cians, writ­ing of mu­sic and songs show­cas­ing al­ter­na­tive and tra­di­tional ways of liv­ing, and cap­tures the sto­ries of dy­namic Cana­di­ans on video to share.”

A multi-tal­ented mu­si­cian, Mr. McCully’s trade­mark has be­come his per­for­mances in non-tra­di­tional venues which draw at­ten­tion to im­por­tant as­pects of Cana­dian life. A re­cent Her­itage Tour took place in his­toric build­ings in ru­ral Que­bec, li­braries, schools and homes and he re­cently com­pleted the Sugar Shack Ses­sions which fea­tured five mu­si­cians at five tra­di­tional sugar shacks in the Eastern Town­ships. Dur­ing each per­for­mance he in­cor­po­rates lo­cal mu­si­cians and other as­pects of lo­cal life. The ses­sions are recorded for later use by par­tic­i­pants.

“I wanted to do a se­ries on or­ganic farm­ing, be­cause it’s a value I share, and I wanted to cre­ate a greater aware­ness and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the peo­ple who work hard to feed our coun­try. Re­sponse from Wwoofers to the mu­sic tour has been over­whelm­ing. What’s re­ally amaz­ing is the wide range of farms I’ll be vis­it­ing, from small fam­ily farms that grow their own food to laven­der farms and vine­yards to full scale ranches where bi­son or alpacas are ranched,” said Mr. McCully be­fore the tour.

Que­bec luthier Marc Sau­mier was in­spired when he heard about the tour pro­mot­ing sus­tain­abil­ity, and has spon­sored McCully with a beau­ti­ful hand­made gui­tar. The one of a kind fanned-fret in­stru­ment was con­structed from lo­cal wood that Mr. Sau­mier har­vested him­self or saved from the pulp mill, and wa­ter based non-toxic lac­quers and var­nishes were used to cre­ate a pris­tine fin­ish. “It has a beau­ti­ful, full sound, and a unique look. It will make me a bet­ter player,” Mr. McCully added.

Wwoofers have also added their own di­men­sion to the tour. A Wwoofer in On­tario wanted to high­light the Plant a Row pro­gram which is gain­ing mo­men­tum across the coun­try as a means of feed­ing the com­mu­nity’s less for­tu­nate. An­other in Calgary sug­gested host­ing the per­for­mance in the lo­cal com­mu­nity cen­tre to raise funds for re­cent flood vic­tims. In Al­berta, a Wwoofer sug­gested invit­ing hosts who are bil­let­ing French-speak­ing chil­dren to hear their na­tive lan­guage spo­ken by a Que­be­cer. “It would be a truly Cana­dian ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said. “A bilin­gual, English-Que­bec singer speak­ing French on a farm owned by English western­ers, to French-speak­ing chil­dren.”

And venue sug­ges­tions were equally di­verse, from per­for­mances on a yoga plat­form un­der the stars, to a pic­turesque vine­yard, a teepee and, the piece de re­sis­tance, found in McCully’s own neigh­bour­hood of Stanstead where he will end the tour Aug. 30th: an air­plane han­gar on an ex­pan­sive or­ganic farm.

Any­one who would like to at­tend this free con­cert is wel­come. Be­fore the evening con­cert, peo­ple are wel­come to pick their own ap­ples, pears, pota­toes, toma­toes, tomatil­los and broc­coli at the Weller or­ganic farm, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, then at­tend the potluck sup­per at 6:00 pm.

Singer Mathew McCully is per­form­ing a free con­cert in an air­plane hanger on the Ge­orge Weller or­ganic farm, in Stanstead East, this Fri­day evening.

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