QHOchella sees a strong turnout

Queen’s Health Outreach hosts event for eager crowds at Clark Hall Pub

North of Lawrence performing at QHOchella on Tuesday.
North of Lawrence performing at QHOchella on Tuesday.
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QHOchella brightened up Clark Hall Pub on Tuesday with friends, conversation and superb music.

The event was established last year by Queen’s Health Outreach (QHO) to raise funds for needs-based peer education nationally and internationally.

The event opened with North of Lawrence, a Kingston-based pop-to-acoustic-music cover band consisting of members Rob Lannan, PheKin ’15, Arisa Valyear and Andrew Mansfield, both ArtSci ’15.

They were followed by Joseph Kotze and the Spirit Animals and The Attic Kids.

Comm ’15 musician theO — who played bass in a hardcore band for four years before transitioning to R&B music — was scheduled to attend, but couldn’t due to sickness.

North of Lawrence entertained the crowd with a lively rendition of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song, a cult classic. The talented trio’s covers of 2014’s top hits were a crowd pleaser and ended with an updated version of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”.

The band met at Queen’s, and started playing together in their third year after they collaborated for a cover of pop song “Timber” by Pitbull.

North of Lawrence was followed by Joseph Kotze and the Spirit Animals, who provided their own twist on contemporary music as a cover band.

Joseph Kotze — ArtSci ’13 —and the Spirit Animals use the term “band” loosely, and are a group of friends that jam together for campus events.

The Attic Kids — another student band that’s currently comprised of Nick Castel and Fred Kwon, both ArtSci ’16, Adam Noble-Marks, Sci ’16 and Kyle O’Shaunessey, Sci ’17 — turned the night up with lighthearted indie rock.

The band formed in 2013, and released their first EP Where We Belong last summer. They draw inspiration from bands like Tokyo Police Club and Said The Whale.

While the Tuesday evening time slot made it difficult for some students to attend, Clark was full of over 100 students, anticipating a night of great music.

Students assisting with the event expressed the importance of the presence of students like Conley and the role of events like QHOchella in bringing together a variety of students.

Marni Elman, ArtSci ’17, and Casey Goheen, MSc ’16, were inspired to join QHO after a trip to Guyana this past summer and support the diversity of their club and QHOchella.

“What makes this unique is that we have a wide variety of students,” Elman said. “Tons of people volunteer to donate their time and perform.”

The amount fundraised wasn’t disclosed by the directors, but the total will be split evenly among the six QHO initiatives in Belize, Guyana, Kenya, Northern Canada, Kingston and the Northwest Territories.

The presence of a diverse student group at events like QHOchella is what makes the proactive community at Queen’s great, Goheen added.

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