Fundraisers for family of East Coast musician Jay Smith

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East Coast Music Community bands together for a second event to raise money
for the Smith Family Trust at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre in Sydney, Apr. 8

HALIFAX - Cape Breton musician, Jay Smith passed away suddenly on Mar. 26 while on tour. To support his family and two young children, his friends, family and members of the East Coast Music Community have rallied to host the Jay Smith Memorial Benefit Concert & Silent Auction at Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax on Sunday, Apr. 7. A second benefit event has been confirmed to take place at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre in Sydney, NS, Monday, Apr. 8 at 7 p.m.

100 per cent of all proceeds from both events is going to the Smith Family Trust.

Performing at the Sydney event will be Carmen Townsend, Slowcoaster, The Squatters, Tom Fun Orchestra, Gordie Sampson, Matt Minglewood, Joel Plaskett Emergency and Matt Mays.

Admission is $35.00 including tax and applicable surcharge. Tickets are available at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre box office, by phone at (902) 539-2300. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event is licensed, restricted to ages 19 and over with reserved Cabaret Seating. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Since 2007, Smith was a member of the Matt Mays band and recorded the Juno-nominated record, Terminal Romance and the highly acclaimed CD, Coyote. He is also known for his work as front man and singer-songwriter of trio, Rock Ranger and won a 2009 East Coast Music Award for SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for the song “We Are Young And So Is The Night” which he co-wrote with Gordie Sampson. He released a self-titled solo CD in 2011.

To donate to the Smith Family Trust, visit: http://www.mattmays.com/

Organizations: Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, Smith Family Trust, East Coast Music Community Casino Nova Scotia Tom Fun Orchestra Terminal Romance

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Sydney, Cape Breton

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