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May 15th 2014

Wake Owl’s Colyn Cameron Has Natural Connection With San Francisco’s CommunityGrows

For Colyn Cameron, singer/songwriter behind Wake Owl, his journeys catalyze his music. Wake Owl’s debut full-length LP The Private World of Paradise arrived in stores in March via Vagrant Records, and it has captivated audiences and critics with a sound that manages to be both nostalgic and innovative. Party Corps caught up with Cameron on his U.S. headlining tour in anticipation of Wake Owl’s up-coming San Francisco show at The Chapel on Thursday, May 22nd. Always curious about the stories behind music and how artists relate to the communities they visit, we asked Cameron what Bay Area issues and nonprofits from our Good Cause Directory best speak to his experience.

Cameron shared how his training in organic agriculture and experience working on farms throughout the UK, Germany, Chile and Canada give him a strong interest in programs that connect communities to the land and their food. He highlighted the work of San Francisco’s own grassroots organization CommunityGrows, which plants youth-education, gardens in low-income communities. The gardens are verdant oases that every year give more than 1,250 youth, ages 5-19, respite from the concrete jungle where they can enjoy free weekly educational programs.Barbara Wenger, ComunityGrows’ Executive Director explained: “Without our organization, these young people would otherwise have little or no access to environmental education programs that support academic achievement, development of healthy minds and bodies and connections to the natural world.”

The power of nature is evident in Wake Owl’s Paradise, described by American Songwriter as an album "painted in varying shades of gloom and lit by flickering candle flame, but every now and then, illuminates something quite gorgeous." Just as Cameron’s music has foundations in his experiences working on farms, the experiences youth have at the miniature urban farms run by CommunityGrows can have a lasting effect on how they see the world. Access to healthy food options and hands-on environmental education reduces health risks and builds safer, stronger communities.

Wake Owl’s The Private World of Paradise is available on iTunes. CommunityGrows’ website features more information about how to support their programs. Party Corps’ mission is to connect the public to grassroots organizations through music. Partnering with Wake Owl, we will be giving away a pair of tickets to the upcoming show on 5/22 to a randomly selected reader who shares a photo of their experience or ideas about “growing community”, tagged #partycorps, on any of our social media feeds. Entries are due by Monday May 19th.

Posted by Leila Monroe


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