Walk Off the Earth gather with fans, friends |as they re­mem­ber band­mate ‘Beard Guy’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS/ENTERTAINMENT -

De­voted fans of YouTube pop act Walk Off the Earth gath­ered Sun­day af­ter­noon in the band’s home­town for an all-star con­cert ded­i­cated to Mike Tay­lor, the steely-eyed and stoic key­boardist sim­ply known as “Beard Guy.”

The Burling­ton, Ont.-raised mu­si­cian, who died in his sleep on Dec. 30, will be cel­e­brated by friends and fel­low mu­si­cians with a free acous­tic show fea­tur­ing mem­bers of the Bare­naked Ladies, Arkells, Scott Hel­man and oth­ers.

It’s an event that Tay­lor would’ve loved, be­cause it’ll unite the many dif­fer­ent cir­cles of his life, said his band­mate Gianni (Lu­mi­nati) Ni­cas­sio ahead of the trib­ute.

He was a prom­i­nent mem­ber of the com­mu­nity not only as a mu­si­cian, but a lo­cal hockey coach and owner of a ship­ping busi­ness.

“It’s go­ing to be a re­ally good tes­ta­ment of how the com­mu­nity comes to­gether in hard times of loss,” Ni­cas­sio said. Tay­lor’s role in Walk Off the Earth rock­eted him to un­ex­pected fame in early 2012 after the group’s YouTube cover of Go­tye’s “Some­body That I Used to Know” cap­tured in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion.

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