Koady Chaisson, one of the member of the award-winning three-man band the East Pointers has reportedly passed away. According to source, Koady Chaisson died on Jan. 7, 2022. However, details regarding his cause of death are still pending.
Koady Chaisson was one of The East Pointers. He plays banjo and tenor guitar for the group, this band came together in 2014. They performed across Canada, the United States, Australia and the U.K. and recorded three studio albums, the last two produced by Gordie Sampson.
Chaisson played banjo and tenor guitar for the group, which included vocalist and fiddler Tim Chaisson and guitarist and keyboardist Jake Charron.
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.
Announcing his death on social media, George Jackson wrote, “Absolutely heart broken to hear Koady passed yesterday. Just the worst news. Sending so much love to Chloe, I can’t even imagine what she’s going through, my heart goes out to his family, friends and band mates. We used to get confused for each other at Australian festivals all the time being the “long haired foreign banjo playing guy”, I had so many laughs with him about that hanging out at Woodford Folk Festival, he was such a lovely guy. The world can be so unfair.”
Lennie Gallant also wrote, “I am shocked and deeply shaken to hear of the loss of an amazing musician, beautiful spirit, generous soul, and friend Koady Chaisson. The music community of the East Coast of Canada and far beyond is hit hard by this news as anyone who ever met, heard, or chatted with Koady would know he had special gifts and touched a great many people with them. To have this happen immediately following his amazing winter swim crusade to raise funds for those musicians in need speaks volumes as to who this man really was. He will be deeply missed on so many levels. It is fitting that a raging winter storm should accompany this news here on the East Coast as that is what so many of us feel right now in our hearts. Deepest condolences to Chloe, East Pointers Tim and Jake, Donald, JJ and all family and his friends, fans and supporters. RIP Koady…We will miss you greatly… May your music and spirit live on, even while balanced so beautifully on one leg.”