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Kingston musician reflects on performing for Humboldt mourners

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Jay Smith says performing his song 'Leave a Stick Out By the Door" at a memorial for four of the Humboldt Bronco players is the toughest thing he's had to do – Apr 19, 2018

Kingston musician Jason Smith, has just returned from Edmonton where he performed his tribute song Leave a Stick Out By the Door at a memorial service for four members of the Humbolt Broncos.

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Thursday, Smith, better known as Smitty, reflected on the experience of performing in front of 10,000 people grieving over the tragedy.

The Edmonton memorial was for Humboldt Broncos players Jaxon Joseph, Parker Tobin, Steven Wack and Logan Hunter, who were killed in the April 6 bus crash.

Smith says he was invited to perform at the memorial by Joseph’s father.

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“He asked me if I wanted to be part of the memorial service for the boys and I said ‘absolutely.'”

One of the more emotional parts of the April 17 memorial for Smith was the moment he got on stage.

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“I got to see the memorials in front of each of the boys’ position and it was pretty moving. I broke down and cried.”

Another moment that stood out for Smith that evening was near the end of his performance when he made eye contact with Joseph’s father.

“He gave me the thumbs up and to me that made me feel good because I think I did what I was there to do.”

Smith’s song can be purchased on iTunes, with all proceeds going to support the families of the Humboldt victims.

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Service at Rogers Place honours 4 Humboldt Bronco players – Apr 17, 2018

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