Tackle Queen tunes and ‘Sing it!’ during May 18 cancer fundraiser at McCloskey’s

An image of a wax statue depicting Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury overset on a Nation Valley News file photo of the McCloskey Hotel, site of the May 18 'Sing it!' fundraiser featuring Queen songs in Chesterville. Mercury statue photo by Busspotter [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

CHESTERVILLE  – ‘A Bunch of People’ are at it again, and this time the group invites everyone to ‘Sing it!’ as the late Freddie Mercury would have.

The self-described “transient group of various enthusiastic people,” A Bunch of People Arts and Events spearheads random artistic and culinary occasions to raise money for charity. Their fun activities are usually centred on the McCloskey Hotel where the principals have also recently opened the Victoria Street Café.

And now they’re brewing up ‘Sing it!’ as their latest special event — this time in support of breast cancer — May 18 at the hotel.

All that matters is that you like to sing, want to help raise money for charity and have a good time, organizers say.

“As you know, we are a new organization in SD&G, so we were thrilled to have been contacted by Allison of the Canadian Cancer Society of SD&G and Prescott-Russell, inviting us to help raise funds and awareness of breast cancer,” said Amanda Burger, who heads A Bunch of People and runs the Café. “I am presently in the process of determining which [musical] arrangement to use.”

Burger says the participants will learn and sing some of the favourite tunes from Mercury’s band, Queen — ultimately recording ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions’ in three-part harmony for upload to YouTube, where viewers will have the opportunity to donate to the cause. The production all takes place in the span of one day (10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the 22 Victoria Street establishment.

The local Canadian Cancer Society branch spends $72,000 a year driving cancer patients to doctors’ appointments, Burger pointed out. “I think they could use some help raising that kind of money, and what better way than to sing?!”

“We couldn’t do this without Margaret Whisselle, Kayla Droppo and Elizabeth Barton, though. I am just the organizer,” she  said. “They are the ones who will be teaching each section their part and putting it all together for the video recording.”

Cost of entering the event is $5 per person. Registration runs 10:30 to 11 a.m. The day includes an hour break for lunch, available for purchase at McCloskey’s or feel free to brown-bag it.

Above, Amanda Burger and husband Patrick are shown during the April 6 opening day of The Victoria Street Café that she runs inside the McCloskey Hotel in Chesterville, in the east dining room at the 22 Victoria Street building. Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the place helps to support the staging of charitable events by Burger’s other project, ‘A Bunch of People’ — including the latest upcoming event, ‘Sing it!’ on May 18.


Patrons at the Victoria Street Café, with Amanda Burger (centre). Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

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