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“Fresh Breath” concert raises $1500 for the Essex Area Food Bank

by Julianna Bonnett

“Fresh Breath,” a local group known for being “no attitude, all gratitude,” reached a fundraising goal on Saturday evening for the Essex Area Food Bank, just in time for the Thanksgiving season.

  On Saturday night, the husband and wife duo band, Katie and Josh Pascoe, took over the Essex Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 201) to host a benefit concert with special guest musicians, Christine Campbell and Blake Johnston, of Halifax.

  Katie and Josh met through their love of music and through a mutual friend, and ever since then, they have been making music with one another for over a decade. With their recent release of a new full-length album, “The Big Picture,” the couple has been touring throughout 2019 with stops in Alberta, Manitoba, and a special stop in their hometown of Essex on Saturday.

  “We played a benefit concert at the Essex Legion Branch in 2015 and were able to raise $1250 from that one night,” Katie said.

  Katie added that since next weekend is Thanksgiving, it’s the perfect time for them to put on a benefit concert.

  “You know, we want to help out our community as much as possible and what better way to do it than connecting people through music,” she said. 

   “We are happy to be here today and what makes it more special for us is that anytime you’re able to use your passion to help people, [it] makes it all the more enjoyable,” Campbell said.

  Overall, the benefit concert raised $1500.

  For more information on Fresh Breath and to view their new album, check out their website at


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