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Remembering Jay Smith

Shaun Verrault and Kendal Carson at the Jay Smith tribute at the Imperial,

Shaun Verrault and Kendel Carson at the Jay Smith tribute at the Imperial, Vancouver, April 1 2015. Christopher Edmonstone photo.

Photos – Remembering Jay Smith: Unison Fundraiser with Dustin Bentall and Friends at the Imperial, Vancouver, April 1 2015

– photos by Christopher Edmonstone

On Wednesday night, musicians paid tribute to East Coast guitarist Jay Smith. Smith, who is best-known for his work with Matt Mays, took his own life in March of 2013.

Following the musician’s death, two benefit shows were held in Halifax and Sydney (in Cape Breton) to raise money for a trust fund dedicated to his two young children. The shows raised over $200,000.

The proceeds from the Smith benefit in Vancouver will go to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a charity that offers counselling and emergency relief services to artists in the music industry. Guest musicians included The Odds, Kendel Carson and The Matinée.

Edmonstone writes of the event, “This was the show of the year so far! It was a full-on tidal wave of ROCK N ROLL!!! So many killer musicians on stage. Seriously off the hook and all for a great cause in remembrance of Jay Smith. The bar has been set high for anyone to top this lineup.”

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