I’ve parted ways with Early Spirit, the band I co-founded with Gabriel Dubreuil, Ben Kelly, and J. Knutson.
Gabriel, Ben, and Jay—thank you so much for the times we’ve shared over the past few years and 100+ performances! It’s been the best few years of my life and this band was a big reason why.
If you’ve followed Early Spirit over the years, I took a few minutes to document my thoughts around making this decision and you can check it out here:
That’s about all I got on my mind, but please leave a comment in this thread to archive any favourite Early Spirit memories you’d like to share.
Just a few of the many people I want to thank for helping my journey with the band: Anna of course, Michelle Demers Shaevitz, Leonard Podolak, Tom Dobrzanski & Olivia Quan, James Stephens, Andrea & John, Sean & Anna, John & Jess, my parents and Anna’s parents, the Kickstarter backer friends and family who got our album off the ground in 2018, Kirin Lamb, Roger Baird, Hazel Bennett, the Bakkers, Michael & Michael in New West, Derek on Saltspring, Heather & Sean, Kathy Copeman-Stewart, and whom my mum calls “the usual gang”.
Three favourite memories that come to mind right away are:
- the band playing at Anna’s and my wedding, with Chad on bass and Madeleine & Raquel guesting
- the frequent ‘start-up’ sessions with Gabriel where we split multiple pots of coffee and planned our album release
- just driving around BC
My friend Aidan Goheen recently made his debut as Early Spirit’s bassist. I love their addition of Aidan and think he’s the best person possible for the role.
Looking forward to being an audience member and fan of Early Spirit!