A few months back, you may recall my brother, Spirit (aka James to his big sister) played a sold out crowd at the Old Firehall in Rossland BC. The show was a great success and the crowd was suitably impressed. Meanwhile, Spirit was working on a very big project, the description of which follows….in his own words.
“I’ll always think of myself as a fortunate person. Why? Because I have the opportunity to live my passion by performing music for a living and share this gift with others. As an “Acoustic Live Looping Artist”, I am excited about performing and growing as an Artist, but also feel I should give back to society and to my community on many levels as I become more successful. This event will definitely be on a new level for me!
The recognition of these gifts I’ve been given starts with my parents, both of whom I lost to Cancer. They were an integral part of my musical beginnings – which I’m sure they knew. That being said, one level that I continually give back to my community is by raising donations for the Canadian Cancer Society. Because my parents dealt with Cancer, I’m under the impression that this disease could be fairly genetically prominent to me.
Moving forward, I will raise funds for the C.C.S. by way of a 6 day musical marathon. Yes, that’s right, I will be playing guitar for a period of 125 hours to break the Guinness World Record set in 2008. The 6 day event will take place at River Rock Casino Resort from Monday, May 7th, 2018 to Saturday, May 12th 2018. Great Canadian Casinos have been a strong supporter of my performances, and they have stepped up in a big way to support this event, for which I can’t thank them enough. I also have many people in my life who challenge me and respect the unique aspect of this event. I’m grateful to have them by my side!”
OK…so scrolling forward…not only did he complete the Challenge, but he also raised over $10,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society!!!!
What a week it was! Our brother, Joe, also a musician, came out from Toronto to manage the event. He had numerous friends also participate and support him. I drove down to Vancouver on Thursday to give Joe a break and I always enjoy listening to my brother play!
There were many memorable moments….at one point, a young woman with a guitar and a backpack came up to the stage to check out the scene. She told me her name was Sarah Wheeler and she was waiting for the bus to go to a recording studio in the Gulf Islands. AND she was a cancer survivor! Spirit invited her up on the stage to play a few songs with him!
At the big finale, there was an elderly woman, kind of reminded me of my mom, watching the show. I spoke with her briefly, she was so impressed…the whole scene was so surreal and so very emotional!
If you are interested in Spirit’s music you can check out the following links…