The East Pointers rocker Koady Chaisson has passed away aged 37.
The musician, who played banjo in the indie group, was about to depart on a world tour as a group with his two fellow band members next month.
The band’s management confirmed his death to CBC News Friday morning. No cause of death has been released.
The group formed in 2014 with Koady, Tim Chaisson and Jake Charron.
Their banjo-infused sound include hits like Wintergreen.
As a group, they performed across Canada, the United States, Australia and the UK.
In 2016, The East Pointers won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Ensemble of the Year.
They accepted the Traditional Roots Album of the Year Juno in 2017 for their first album, Secret Victory.
The trio also won the East Coast Music Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2020, after taking home the Song of the Year ECMA for Two Weeks the year before.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, which followed on the heels of the release of Yours to Break and its single Wintergreen.
The East Pointers stayed busy by coordinating livestreamed weekly readings from the Prince Edward Island classic novel Anne of Green Gables.
Koady Chaisson read the first chapter of the L.M. Montgomery book in that “#Annedemic” project.
The band went on to headline a live reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown on December 16 but a second performance scheduled the follow day was cancelled because of new COVID-19 public health restrictions.
As of Friday, the band’s website was still listing more than a dozen upcoming concerts in the United Kingdom and the United States, starting in February.
Fans have taken to social media to remember the rocker.
Taking to Twitter, one fan penned: We’re all saddened to hear of Koady Chaisson’s passing, our deepest condolences to his family and band mates in the East Pointers. Canada and the world’s music community has lost a real talent.
Another added: “Incredibly sad news about Koady Chaisson. Heartfelt condolences to his family and the band, a huge loss.”
A third person posted: “Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Koady Chaisson of the PEI roots group @TheEastPointers.
“We made a point of seeing them any time they were in Alberta, and were looking forward to seeing them again in Rollo Bay this summer.”
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While a fourth social media user said: “My heart like many of yours is broken with the passing of @TheEastPointers Koady Chaisson. A gem of a human and a brother to so many of us. My heart goes out to his family. You will be so missed.”
A message posted on Winnipeg Fold Fest’s account read: “Our hearts are heavy today as we learned of the passing of festival friend Koady Chaisson of @TheEastPointers.
“The trio brought so much joy to our stages at the 2016 Winnipeg Folk Fest. Our hearts go out to Koady’s friends & family through this heartbreaking time.”
No cause of death has been released.
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