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‘Remembering Jay Smith’ Benefit Concert On March 26

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

JaySmithIn honour of the late guitarist Jay Smith, a benefit concert in being held on March 26 in Halifax. Proceeds from the event will go to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a non-profit organization that provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, unemployment or economic difficulties.

The event takes place at the The Carleton Music Bar & Grill in Halifax on Wed., March 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets are now available for $25 at

The following is from the Unison Benevolent Fund:

March 26th, 2013 was the date of the last gig Jay Smith – solo artist and guitarist in the Matt Mays Band – ever played. Most of us learned early the following day that Jay had taken his own life sometime during the night after the show. Waves of grief rippled through his immediate and musical families, his network of friends and fans around the country and beyond.

The East Coast musical community immediately took action to organize events in Halifax and Sydney, NS to benefit the two small children he left behind and to help find a focus for its sadness. Those events raised over $200,000 from gate receipts, silent auctions, merchandise sales, and online donations thanks to the live streaming of those efforts.

A year has passed but Jay’s memory is still strong in all who knew him and to mark this anniversary, a benefit for the Unison Benevolent Fund is being held at The Carleton Music Bar & Grill in Halifax on Wednesday, March 26th. The evening will feature video of some of Jay’s performances and the music of Jay Smith performed by the friends of Jay Smith.

Show time is 8 PM and tickets – available NOW at – are $25.

If you can’t make the live show, or live elsewhere in the country, donations may be made to Unison on Jay’s behalf here.

For more information on the Halifax show, or to ask how you can help, contact the Unison Benevolent Fund:,, 416-479-0675. You can also contact the venue at


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