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I’m leaving the band Early Spirit

I performed over 100 Canadian dates, with three awesome friends, in the best few years of my life. Thank you so much!

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.

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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!

By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff—known as Will to friends and colleagues—is a jazz musician, podcaster, YouTuber, and writer. He records and performs under his own name, William Chernoff.

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