Musician wants contest win to help with music equipment for burn camp

John Brannen
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Pat Spaulding is hoping that lots of local votes in a CBC Radio competition will make him Canada’s best new artist.

But more importantly, he wants at least half of the prize, $20,000 worth of musical gear and equipment, to go to Philip MacKenzie and the Atlantic Burn Camp.

The local singer and songwriter has often sung for benefits and other charity events, but this is the first time he’s helping his friend with his goals. Last year, MacKenzie donated over a dozen instruments to children, ages six to 17 years, attending the burn camp.

In addition to the guitars, he also donated seven violins to the camp in honour of the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School of Newtown, Conn.

“Philip has just been amazing with his donations to the Atlantic Burn Camp,” said Spaulding. “Music can have a big influence on their lives.”

He said he sees MacKenzie post once in a while on Facebook looking for donations and wanted to help out.

“Philip does a lot and, unfortunately, for some people around here, it’s hard for them to make a donation to something like this. Not everyone is in a financial position to do so.”

Since Spaulding was already a listed artist on CBC Music, he hopes people will support him in the Searchlight contest.

His profile page includes a photo, music tracks and the button to cast your vote. You can only vote once a day.

Spaulding is in the Halifax region of artists and must make the top 10 to move on. After a vote within the top 10, the winner moves on to the national voting. Currently, there’s no way to know how Spaulding is doing in the vote count.

“April 6 is the last day of voting and I’m looking for all the support I can get.”

In addition to the $20,000 worth of Yamaha music equipment, Spaulding will also receive a professional recording of his original song “We hang on.” He said the equipment will be donated to MacKenzie, who will in turn donate the gear to the burn camp.

Spaulding’s CBC page can be found here at The vote button is also located on this page.

“Once you check it out, feel free to share the link on Facebook and Twitter with your friends and neighbours,” he said.

To learn more about the Atlantic Burn Camp, go to

Organizations: CBC, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Yamaha

Geographic location: Newtown, Conn., Halifax

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