Monday, November 30, 2009
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door; Children under 15: $10
“The Prayers We Light”: A celebration of Taylor Mitchell’s life and her music.
Musicians, students, friends and family close to Taylor Mitchell will come together for one evening to honour Taylor Mitchell’s life through words, music and community.
Organized and hosted by Taylor’s producer, mentor and friend Michael Johnston – the celebration will include performances of Taylor’s music, both from her recording, “For Your Consideration”, as well as unreleased, seldom-heard songs.
100% of the proceeds from the evening will go towards paying off the debt still owed to cover her recording costs from last year. The goal is to raise at least $5,000.
Several of Taylor’s young guitar and vocal students – many of whom aren’t yet teenagers – are also expected to attend and play.
“It’s an opportunity for the community to remember Taylor in the way she would’ve wanted – with singing, laughter and a few drinks” says Johnston. “There’ll be lots of music, but also opportunities for people to speak and share memories about her”.
“The Prayers We Light”, a song Taylor finished a few weeks before heading out on tour, was performed at a house concert in Lucasville, Nova Scotia on October 25, 2009, the night before she was tragically killed. Originally a song about a friend returning from Afghanistan, it, like many of her songs, has taken on new resonances since her passing.
A who’s-who of the Canadian roots community will join to form the house band for the evening, all of whom have strong, direct ties to Taylor:
Michael Johnston was Taylor’s vocal coach and songwriting partner, and produced “For Your Consideration”
Lynn Miles mentored Taylor at the OCFF in 2007 and co-wrote three of the songs on “For Your Consideration”
Suzie Vinnick was Taylor’s guitar teacher and co-wrote two of the songs on “For Your Consideration”
Chris Stringer engineered and mixed “For Your Consideration”, and accompanied Taylor on guitar for several gigs
John Dinsmore supplied the recording studio for the making of “For Your Consideration”, and played guitars, mandolin and bass
Anne Lindsay played fiddle on “For Your Consideration”
Jason Mercer played upright bass and banjo on “For Your Consideration”
Noel Webb played drums on “For Your Consideration”
Gord Tough played guitar with Taylor for her CD release show
Other confirmed guests include Josh Finlayson, Andrew Cash, and Ania Ziemiska. More guests will be announced over the coming few weeks.