Jowi Taylor and his guitar Voyageur

Jowi Taylor and his guitar Voyageur

Guitar tunes into heritage

Jowi Taylor and Canadiana-pieced guitar come to North Okanagan this week

It contains a piece of Paul Henderson’s hockey stick from the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviets.

There’s also a piece of a ski Nancy Greene used to win Olympic gold.

Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame forward Henri Richard donated a piece of one of his 11 Stanley Cup rings.

Toronto-based radio personality Jowi Taylor took a bunch of Canadiana and created one very special guitar.

Taylor and the guitar named Voyageur will be in the North Okanagan this week, guests of the Community Foundation North Okanagan (CFNO).

“The guitar contains more than 60 different pieces of Canadian memorabilia,” said Dave Fletcher, CFNO executive director.”

“Taylor wanted to create something that shows Canada has much more meaning, philosophy, and more to us than most people see everyday. He represents those feelings in his guitar.”

Taylor and his Six String Nation presentation with Voyageur will appear at all seven high schools in the North Okanagan Tuesday through Friday.

He will be the special guest as CFNO celebrates its 40th anniversary Thursday at the Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge with dinner, drinks and music.

Taylor spends time on stage introducing Voyageur to thousands of people at festivals, concerts and clubs, and he speaks passionately about the role Canada’s songwriters have played in defining this country.

But he is no guitar player himself.

Andrew Mercer of Vernon-based band Cod Gone Wild will get a chance to play Voyageur at the anniversary celebration.

Popular Morning Star columnist Ken Mather (Ranch Tales) has written a warm and witty cowboy poem for the foundation and its special event.

Tickets for the evening are $100 which includes a $50 tax receipt.

Proceeds are going toward the CFNO’s Smart and Caring Communities/general fund which is used for educational scholarships.

You can get tickets for the evening by calling CFNO at 250-542-8677.