Looking for answers

Published on November 7, 2012

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.

Looking for answers

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