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Coquitlam students go viral with music

Viral Cause Instagram performances raise $3,000 to help residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Viral Cause performers
A collage of the performers for Viral Cause, which airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday's and Fridays on Instagram. Coquitlam students want to bring music to the community to inspire people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A group of Gleneagle secondary school leadership students is sharing their love of music and hope for people living on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by hosting twice-weekly concerts on Instagram.

Lucas Hung, who plays the piano, said Viral Cause is a way to share music while also raising money for the A Better Life Foundation and the DTES Response to help people during COVID-19.

So far, nearly $3,000 has been raised for the organization.

“All of us really love music, and with live performances off the table we wanted to find a way to connect people through music.”

Student performers stage a 40 minute concert via Instagram at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, with dozens of people watching.

Hung, who is working with Gleneagle students Jay Hamidova, Melissa Bouwmeester, Sam Loiselle and Deon Feng on the project, said Viral Cause been a great way for isolated students to connect and share their music.

“It is so easy to lock yourself off emotionally. If you open yourself up, and maybe even perform for us, you can keep this feeling of community going.”