Will Chernoff leaves the band Early Spirit

I’ve parted ways with Early Spirit, the band I co-founded with Gabriel Dubreuil, Ben Kelly, and J. Knutson.

Will Chernoff leaves the band Early Spirit
L-R: Gabriel Dubreuil and Will Chernoff performing with Early Spirit in 2019.

Will Chernoff here – I’ve parted ways with Early Spirit, the band I co-founded with Gabriel Dubreuil, Ben Kelly, and J. Knutson.

Gabriel, Ben, and Jay—thank you so much for the times we’ve shared over the past few years and 100+ performances! It’s been the best few years of my life and this band was a big reason why.

Just a few of the many people I want to thank for helping my journey with the band: my spouse of course, our parents, Michelle Demers Shaevitz, Leonard Podolak, Tom Dobrzanski & Olivia Quan, James Stephens, Andrea & John, Sean & Anna, John & Jess, the Kickstarter backer friends and family who got our album off the ground in 2018, Kirin Lamb, Roger Baird, Hazel Bennett, the Bakkers, Michael & Michael in New West, Derek on Saltspring, Heather & Sean, Kathy Copeman-Stewart, and the folks whom my mum calls “the usual gang”.

Three favourite memories that come to mind right away are:

  • the band playing at our wedding, with Chad on bass and Madeleine & Raquel guesting
  • the frequent ‘start-up’ sessions with Gabriel where we split multiple pots of coffee and planned our album release
  • just driving around BC

My friend Aidan Goheen recently made his debut as Early Spirit’s bassist. I love their addition of Aidan and think he’s the best person possible for the role.

Summer concerts will happen for the band this year…

Looking forward to being an audience member and fan of Early Spirit.