Monica Lee, Vancouver singer/songwriter is planning to use the next Bandcamp Friday (Sept. 4) to donate sales of her latest single “What Went Wrong” to the Vancouver Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. It is a cause close to Lee’s heart, and directly inspired the writing of “What Went Wrong,” which appears on her latest album, Farewell. Living in East Vancouver, Lee regularly encounters women in crisis and wrote the song with the aim to try to understand the underlying circumstances of their pain, addiction, and homelessness.
“It’s not my fault, he bruised my cheek”
She asks, “Where did I go wrong?”
She packs her pipe
And pulls long and strong
The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre provides practical support to over 500 women, children and seniors every day, as well as offering a refuge and shelter from conditions of poverty and violence. The Centre provides basic necessities like hot meals, free clothing, secure mailing addresses, phone and computer access, functioning and secure toilets and showers. They also help reduce the effect of economic disadvantage by providing toiletries, feminine hygiene products, computer access, harm reduction supplies and first aid.
Lee explains “The Centre assists women with their immediate and crisis needs so they can develop stability and access the resources they need to improve health, family, employment and housing situations. They promote positive change by offering individual long-term support, education, advocacy, peer mentorship and exposure to alternatives. I’m proud to donate all Bandcamp sales on Friday Sept. 4, purchases that will go towards helping women in need.”
Seamlessly blending country, blues and jazz, Lee’s recent album Farewell marks the end of a long creative journey that included her taking time off to give birth, and finding out she’s had an undiagnosed hearing impediment for most of her life. Correcting that through the use of hearing aids brought a whole new perspective to the album and motivated Lee to embrace an entirely new musical identity.
You can check out all the tracks on Farewell including the single “What Went Wrong” right here. Bandcamp Friday will take place this Friday, September 4. If you want to purchase the single “What Went Wrong” to support Lee’s initiative, check out her official Bandcamp page.
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.