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A feel good pandemic story, because we need one

By Don Fennell

Published 12:00 PST, Mon January 11, 2021

Facing the same challenges and responsibilities as everyone else, a local group of folk singers felt compelled to write and record a song to illustrate their efforts during the pandemic.

“Wear a Mask” by the Stone Poets, Greater Vancouver’s beloved modern folk trio, speaks to the months of social isolating and adhering to health department regulations after COVID-19 forced the cancelling of all the group’s live concerts—including festivals and private shows. Hot off an Eastern Canadian tour in the fall, their career was literally stopped in its tracks.

Weary of watching social media and news channels showing people refusing to wear masks, and participating in freedom rallies, Cherelle Jardine, Marc Gladstone and Scott Jackson were inspired to voice their view. While they say the song steps outside their usual genre, t used their musical platform to write an upbeat, danceable song to get the message across to the majority.

“We wanna get back to the way life used to be,” sings Jardine.

They also put a fun video together to inspire people to wear a mask.

Recorded at Zed Productions with Sheldon Zaharko (Juno-nominated producer/engineer and winner of the West Coast Music Award for engineer of the year), Gladstone (keyboardist in the Canadian band Prism) along with bandmates Jardine and Jackson added a pop/funk flavour to the track with the guest appearance of internationally- renowned guitarist Brian Poulsen. The video was put together with friends and fans that sent in their photos to support the message.

"It’s such a simple task … please wear a mask." 

Watch the video on Stone Poets Youtube page at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlj2gIHYt_A.

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