Peterborough ON – (April 4, 2020) – COVID-19 may keep the community physically distanced, however the social connection has never been stronger. The spirit of giving and support for one another is evident within our communities, andFleming College has proudly released a music video to the song, Lost Together, in support for Fleming’s COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund and the Peterborough Musicians’ Benevolent Association (PMBA). Fleming College, a public asset committed to its community and partners, has been continuously exploring opportunities to support all members of the College and broader community during this unprecedented pandemic. The initiative of #TogetherAtHome is another powerful measure of support.
The music video features the original song, Lost Together (all rights reserved Blue Rodeo) and was produced by Melissa Payne and Michael Hurcomb, directed by Michael Hurcomb and co-produced by James McKenty. #TogetherAtHome features Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo, and brings together some of the finest musicians in the Kawarthas region.
“I cannot think of a better way to bring people together and celebrate the power of what is possible than through music,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “It is so special that we can call on such amazing local talent to help us. Since the beginning of the pandemic crisis, Fleming College has reached out to support the community and the effort to battle the spread of the virus. In addition to establishing the Student Emergency Fund, the College has donated food, medical supplies and special accommodation in residence buildings for healthcare workers. Hundreds of Fleming alumni are on the front-lines of the battle against the virus. The song is a tribute to them and all those in our community working to battle COVID-19.”
The video was also produced in support of the Peterborough Musicians’ Benevolent Association. “Local musicians have also been hard hit by the pandemic,” said producer Melissa Payne. “It was incredible to have everyone so eagerly offer their support for the project.” Donations to the Peterborough Musicians’ Benevolent Association can be made by e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Music brings people together, and I would like to thank all the musicians for coming together apart to create something special for our community,” said Michael Hurcomb.
The College expresses its deep appreciation to everyone who donated their time to individually record their contributions for the digital collaboration, including producer Michael Hurcomb and musicians Melissa Payne, James McKenty, Greg Keelor, Jimmy Bowskill, Emily Burgess, Beau Dixon, Josh Fewings, Rick Fines, Rob Foreman, Matt Greco, Natalie Hughes, Dylan Ireland, Kellie McKenty, Shai Peer, Benj Rowland, Paper Shakers, Kate Suhr, Ryan Weber, Sam Weber, and Maureen Adamson.
Community leaders also offered their generous support and participation. The College thanks Fleming Board of Governors Chair Dan Marinigh, MPP Dave Smith, MPP Laurie Scott, Mayor Diane Therrien, Dr. Leo Groarke and Glennice Burns from Trent University, Dr. Peter McLaughlin from Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Dr. Rosana Salvaterra from the Peterborough Public Health Unit and Liz Stone and Naman Khandelwal from Fleming College.
Turn the volume up and watch #TogetherAtHome here.
About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.
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