Fanshawe students and alumni shine in second Quaran-2unes playlist

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The playlist acts as a way to help artists by giving them a platform during the pandemic, when they were struggling to perform in-person.

One year after the release of the Spotify playlist Quaran-tunes, a new playlist made up of 63 tracks by 31 Fanshawe students and alumni is now here, titled Quaran-2unes.

Fanshawe’s Social Media Communications Officer, Sarah Wells initiated Quaran-2unes, as a means of helping Fanshawe students and alumni, particularly involved in the music industry arts (MIA) and audio post production programs.

“Quaran-tunes started last year,” said Wells. “We released a playlist that featured music from students from our MIA and audio post production program. It was music they created during the pandemic and when the music industry was really turned upside down. So, we really wanted to do something that showcased those students and supported them and introduced them to a new audience.”

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Wells collaborated with current and past students from the MIA and post production programs at Fanshawe to help form a playlist. The playlist acts as a way to help artists by giving them a platform during the pandemic, when they were struggling to perform in-person.

“This was my idea, last year, when we were kind of heading to the one-year anniversary of the pandemic and we went, ‘okay, so how do we interpolate the occasion?’ Because we really wanted to find something that’s shared with students on that occasion that was kind of a lighter message. So, we worked with a lot of MIA artists in the past, and we’ve been following them and saw them putting music they’ve been creating, despite not being able to go out or things like that, and that’s how the idea was born,” explained Wells.

Notable alumni from the MIA program on the playlist include, Haviah Mighty, Lost In Japan, New Friends, Jesse Slack, Dogmatics, and more. Furthermore, Wells has also partnered with the London Music Office to help their playlist grow.

Last year, the original Quaran- tunes playlist received awards for being the Best Multi-Platform Campaign of the Year at the inaugural Best of Higher Ed Social Media (#HESM) Awards. Wells is eager and proud of all the achievements and successes of Quaran-2unes and hopes to highlight more students and alumni from Fanshawe.

“It’s been a lot of fun to put this all together,” she said. “It’s been really great. We started off by contacting artists we’ve worked with before and said, ‘Hey, if you know anyone else, let them know about this opportunity,’ and it’s been really great! We’ve been introduced to a lot of artists and this year, we did call-outs on our Instagram stories asking for submissions and we’ve had a couple of different submissions already this year. So, it’s a fun place to create and easy because we have such a great music community at Fanshawe. Everyone’s been so wonderful and so keen to participate and be a part of this playlist!”