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CTV News report on Jackie Smith and fundraising

CTV News report on Jackie Smith and fundraising


>>>JACKIE SMITH IS WELL KNOWN AROUND NOVA SCOTIA AS A ROCK MUSICIAN, AND KARAOKE ARTIST AND HELPED OUT COUNTLESS PEOPLE IN NEED THROUGH BENEFIT CONCERTS. TONIGHT JACKIE NEEDS HELP. FIRE DESTROYED THE EQUIPMENT HE USES. RON SHAW HAS BEEN SPEAKING WITH JACKIE AND SOME OF HIS FRIENDS. >>WE COULDN’T GET IN TO GET THE STUFF OUT UNTIL YESTERDAY. >>Reporter: THIS IS WHAT’S LEFT OF $100,000 OF AUDIO AND VIDEO EQUIPMENT. A FEW THINGS MIGHT BE RESTORED. MOST ARE BEYOND REPAIR. (♪♪♪) >>Reporter: JACKIE SMITH SPENT THREE DECADES MAKING MUSIC INCLUDING HIS TIME AS A MEMBER OF POPULAR BAND RAZOR BOY AND DOING ROCK STAR KARAOKE. AN UPCOMING SHOW AT NEIGHBOURS PUB WAS SUPPOSED PART OF A COMEBACK. THIS FIRE IS THE LATEST IN A STRING OF BAD LUCK AND FAMILY TRAGEDY. >>MY SISTER-IN LAW PASSED WAY.>>Reporter: AND NOW THIS, THE FIRE GUTTED THE PUB THAT’S ALSO A FAMILY BUSINESS. FIRE INSPECTORS SAY IT WAS ACCIDENTAL. >>THERE WERE COMBUSTIBLES MATERIALS UNDER A HEAT LAMP. >>Reporter: THE FATE OF TWO FAMILY BUSINESSES IS UP IN THE AIR. ONE DEPENDENT ON AN INSURANCE SETTLEMENT. IT TURNS OUT SMITH HAS A LOT OF FRIENDS. >>HE WELCOMED ME AND HELPED ME LEARNS THE ROPES. HE ALWAYS GIVES. WE HAVE TO GIVE TO HIM.>>Reporter: THE PLAN TO GET JACKIE BACK ON HIS FEET, 200 PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY PROMISED TO ATTEND THE FUNDRAISING EVENT AT THE OASIS BAR LATER THIS MONTH COMPLETE WITH AUCTION AND MUSIC FOR A MAN WHOSE LIFE HAS BEEN MUSIC. IT’S CLEAR WITH THE RESPONSE TO THIS BENEFIT THAT MARITIMERS WILL STILL REACH OUT TO THOSE IN NEED, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S SOMEBODY WHO HAS ALREADY GIVEN MUCH HIMSELF. >>S

  • Fantastic – thanks to CTV for immediately stepping up to put out the word! We're there for ya Jack! Kyle Miller, Razorboy Drummer, Vancouver

  • That sucks, hope the benefits go well…he's an amazing singer, shoulda been a star!
    Well, he IS around these parts! But that don't pay the *&^%^& bills…let's get his butt back on stage where it belongs, lol…

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