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Island folk artist rises from injury that robbed her ability to enjoy music

Yellow Point’s Marian van der Zon’s ‘Still Rising’ focuses on themes of rehabilitation
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Marian van der Zon, under the stage name Of the Sun, is hosting a CD release party for her debut solo album ‘Still Rising,’ which was created over years of rehabilitation from injuries she sustained from a 2013 vehicle collision. (Submitted photo)

A Yellow Point folk artist is holding a CD release party for her new album about the difficulties of rehabilitation after a collision “turned her world inside-out.”

On Sunday, June 25, Marian van der Zon will celebrate the launch of Still Rising, her debut solo album under the moniker Of the Sun.

According to a news release, Van der Zon, a former university professor, media activist, and member of folk duo Puzzleroot, was involved in a vehicle collision in 2013, which left her unable to work or to even listen to music with rhythm due to a traumatic brain injury.

Through her difficulties, “a batch of songs with sweet folk melodies and introspective lyrics began to form, representing a crucial component of … rehabilitation,” the release said.

In addition to close friends who helped with the album, Still Rising was created in collaboration with two-time Juno award-winning guitarist and producer Steve Dawson.

The release party will feature a full band with Van der Zon on banjo, Duncan Symonds as lead guitar, Shelley Brown on guitar and backup vocals, James Scholl on bass, Roman Tomé on drums and Sylvia Humble providing backup vocals.

The party will begin at 2:30 p.m. at 3034 Giovando Rd. in Yellow Point. Admission is $20 via e-transfer to vanderzon@gmail.com.

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