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My name is Eddie Coffey, and I was born and raised in the small fishing village of Cuslett, Placentia Bay.

I have 35 years’ experience writing music, singing and playing for thousands of people over the years.

Many of you know my songs — “Grey Foggy Day,” “Jack-of-All-Trades,” and my signature song, “Sweet Forget Me Not.”

This letter is an apology to my fans from Newfoundland and Labrador and across our country, the United States and all over the world, to let you know that I didn’t let you down, Medipac did.

Medipac is a travel insurance company that sponsors the Canadian Snowbird Association Extravaganza.

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We have received emails from fans who want to know why we are not performing at the Canadian Snowbird Extravaganza in Florida, Texas and Arizona in February.

The emails we receive are from retired Canadian and United States veterans and civilians who have attended our many concerts.

We have performed for the Snowbirds, Sky hawks, the U.S. Blue Angels and the United States Thunderbirds.

We have letters of support from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Department of National Defence, the United States Congress and the Johnson Space Center, where 16,000 employees took in the show, and from Central Command headquarters, where Canada and 59 other countries have troops and families stationed.

We also have a letter of support from David Jacobson, U.S. ambassador to Canada, for my 9/11 tribute song “Attack on America,” and for our support to all coalition forces.

Boycotted

My group and I are being boycotted and are not allowed to perform at the Canadian Snowbird Extravaganza, and we’d like to know why.

Each year for the past five years, we have followed protocol as instructed by the Medipac management team, sending CDs, DVDs and all related newspaper articles on who we are and what we have been doing for our troops and veterans and about our fundraising concerts for the Children’s Miracle Network across North America.

What we got was total disrespect, and we were made to feel that all our volunteer work didn’t mean a thing.

An official at Medipac even hung up on us.

Other routes

Rhonda Stamp, one of my guitar players, contacted the Snowbird Association and spoke to the executive director.  

He was very nice, but Medipac is the sponsor, so he advised her to write to the company’s president and to its CEO.

To this day there has been no response.

To all my beloved fans and the thousands who were at our shows at Marine Atlantic in North Sydney, N.S., this summer, we will not be doing the Canadian Snowbird Extravaganza this winter.

We will be promoting Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada as a travel destination this winter in Florida.

Thanks for your support  over the years.

You can find the Eddie Coffey Fan Club on Facebook.

      

Eddie Coffey

Ottawa

Organizations: Canadian Snowbird Extravaganza, Canadian Snowbird Association Extravaganza.Looking, U.S. Blue Angels Department of National Defence United States Congress Johnson Space Center Central Command Marine Atlantic Fan Club

Geographic location: United States, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Placentia Bay Florida Texas Arizona North America North Sydney

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  • Mike Powell
    April 13, 2014 - 19:05

    Eddie; I have been a fan for about 10 years, ever since I heard "Come closer East coaster" I hope you can get the issues resolved so that more Americans (Both U.S and Canada) can get to hear you.

  • Ron Tizzard
    November 08, 2012 - 14:34

    David, thank you, but you have me blushing. My comments were very elementary, and didn't think that they were all that stirring....you're much too easily, too simplistically impresssed which demeans your opinion abilities....which leaves me wondering why you chose that path of comment! Perhaps another day, I'll offer you an opinion on that...no charge! In the interim, when you get a moment, have a peak at your own self-esteem levels...you seem to be too easily impressed, on any front, why is that! But, thank you, nonetheless!. Eddie , if you're reading these remarks, and took any offense at David's remarks, at all...I suggest you print the remarks, go to the washroom and flush them...I'll stop there! I think you get my point.

    • David
      November 09, 2012 - 09:07

      Ron Tizzard, Psychologist, Opinion Editor, Renaissance Man.

  • Ron Tizzard
    November 08, 2012 - 10:30

    Eddie, the acidic, infammatory and demeaning tone of David's comment above, I have to agree with the 'prayer' of his intent i.e. by you're public 'poor me' tone of protest serves no other purpose except to demean yourself. Your are a success in your own mind and in fact...accept that. YOUR 'public' will support you, it will come, and continue to come to see you; they want to support somebody with a full load of self-confidence. Self-confidence and acceptance will get you through your 'leaner days', and not being contacted by people each time a concert is developed. Keep an eye on that...it can cause you to burn out, in fact, perhaps you should take a rest and have a look at how things are going..and why? All of us, from time to time, can get caught up in 'ourselves' forgetting there's an ocean of socialability out there and not all of us depend on 'us' to have a good time, to feel relaxed. For you to go public in this instance should be an eye-opener to step back an re-assess; why are you so upset to go public over this matter...really! Hope this helps.

    • david
      November 08, 2012 - 11:00

      Ron Tizzard, Psychologist, Opinion Editor, Renaissance Man.

  • David
    November 07, 2012 - 13:27

    Dude, have a bit of professionalism and dignity. This letter doesn't convince me that you're someone unjustly wronged by anyone as much as it makes you look like a strange guy with some real coping issues.