PEI

Kris Taylor playing rare show to fundraise for young triathlete

A P.E.I. musician is putting on a set of rare performances in Hunter River, partially thanks to a young Island triathlete.

P.E.I. musician hoping to raise money for Island athlete Martin Sobey

Singer-songwriter Kris Taylor poses inside the Harmony House theatre, where he will be putting on two rare performances next week. (Submitted by Kris Taylor)

A P.E.I. musician is putting on a set of rare performances in Hunter River, partially thanks to a young Island triathlete.

Singer-songwriter Kris Taylor, who co-owns the Harmony House Theatre, will be playing there twice next week. That includes a fundraiser for Martin Sobey, a triathlete he coached at the Canada Games in 2013.

He has been toying with the idea of returning to the stage for a while now.

"I'm at the theatre a lot and I constantly get asked when am I going to play again? And I had somebody put me on the spot this spring and I said, 'Okay, I'll do one this fall,'" Taylor told CBC Radio's Mainstreet P.E.I.

Offset the struggle

So he planned a date at the theatre for Nov. 12. About a month ago, he decided to add another date on Nov. 10, this one a fundraiser for Sobey.

"Martin's a special kid," Taylor said. "He just had that extra thing that he was dedicated."

Taylor said Sobey is now training with the national team and has Olympic potential — accomplishments that come with a price tag.

Taylor's Nov. 10 show will be a fundraiser for Island triathlete Martin Sobey, shown in the foreground. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

"There's always a struggle there for athletes," said Taylor, who used to race bikes in his teens. "You might need a new tire for the next race but where are you going to come up with $70? You know, you've got to put groceries in the fridge."

He is hoping the athletic community will come out so they will be able to offset some of the costs for Sobey.

Taylor plans to play some new songs, as well as music from his past three albums.

With files from Haydn Watters

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