Smitty Kingston donates song proceeds to Humboldt Strong
The song comes in the intimate, hushed tones of a man who can’t sleep but is trying to work out his grief without waking the rest of the household up.
“As a Canadian, as a father, as a person who grew up around hockey, I just had to write it and get it out of my head,” Smith said.
Smith had a visceral reaction to the tragedy unfolding in Saskatchewan, in part because he played many years of competitive hockey and spent hours on the bus with his own teammates.
“[I’ve] travelled on the bus with my teammates and friends and done all of the same things and yes, it just kind of hits home real big.”
By early Tuesday afternoon, the Facebook post had been shared more than 11,000 times, and had more than 1,000 comments.
Smith said that he’s surprised by how far the song has travelled and suggested that if it helps even one person find some solace, then his goal in writing it has been accomplished.
Smitty is a solo artist from Kingston Ontario.
He has shared the stage with great musicians like The Tragically Hip, Blue rodeo, Kim Mitchell, David Wilcox, and Ambush. Smitty has played hundreds of shows over the past 20 years with his bands 49 STARES , Crooked Rain, The Tonekats, while keeping his solo career going. If you have been to The Brass Pub on a Sunday night over the past decade you have seen Smitty have the bar hopping and the patrons singing along with him! He now fronts the trio of veteran musicians called ” The Furleys“. Smitty resides in his hometown of of Kingston.
You can catch Smitty Live at local pubs and bars such as The Brass, JAKK Tuesdays & The Merchant!