Queen's University

Concert boosts awareness of mental health initiatives

Jazz singer Melissa Stylianou

Queen’s is hosting a concert to raise awareness of mental health initiatives at the university. The concert features Brooklyn-based jazz singer Melissa Stylianou, a rising star on the New York jazz scene who recently released her fifth album, Silent Movie. She will perform in Kingston with her band as part of a four-city tour through Ontario and Quebec.

“I hope we can have a great concert, sharing some wonderful music together, but I also hope this contributes to efforts in reducing the stigma around mental health,” says Ms Stylianou, who grew up in Toronto and whose younger sister studies at Queen’s. “This is an issue that touches many people and most families. I hope this concert helps people feel okay to talk about it more openly.”

Principal Daniel Woolf – who has spearheaded mental health initiatives at the university – will speak before the Queen’s concert. “I am a long-time fan of Melissa’s music,” says Principal Woolf. “I am looking forward to a great evening supporting a very important cause.”

Megan Hamilton, a singer-songwriter and Queen’s staff member, will open the concert. She is an accomplished musician and an old friend of Ms Stylianou’s from theatre school in Toronto.

“Melissa and I have talked about playing together for a long time so this is a wonderful opportunity to do that and support a great cause,” says Ms Hamilton, who describes her musical style as indie folk rock. “Mental health is a really important issue and this public event is an excellent way to keep the conversation going.”

The concert takes place Friday, November 16, 7:30 pm at Chalmers United Church, 212 Barrie St. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $20 for adults. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Queen’s mental health initiatives.

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