Sandra ‘Sandi’ Marie Porter passed away peacefully in her Wolfville home on May 19, 2023, surrounded by family. Born April 20, 1953 to the late Roy and Marie Porter, Sandi grew up in Toronto and was the oldest of six children. Sandi was predeceased by daughter, Cassie. She is survived by daughters, Tammi and Leighanne; granddaughters, Sandra Leigh and Jessy; brothers, David, Michael and Steven; sisters, Sharon and Judy; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Sandi is also survived by her two dogs, Lily and Joya - and was forever grateful to Mary and Andrew for lovingly welcoming them into their home.
Sandi was a hard worker who always had a ‘day job’, but her passion was that of being a musician. She spent her life immersed in the music scene - and has left a legacy of music in her wake. She loved to perform and was an amazing songwriter. In her own words, “Music has always been for me, as essential as breathing”.
Over the course of her life, Sandi has made her mark on many musical communities and forged musical circles throughout North America. No matter where she lived, she always felt at home performing or hosting an open mic. And if the opportunity didn’t present itself, she wasn’t shy to make it happen. From Grossman's Tavern in Toronto with her band Under the Bus, to Sunday Beach Jam’s at Lizard Joes in Chelem, Mexico. During her years living in St. Augustine, FL, she was a regular performer at Trade Winds Lounge & Milltop Tavern, among many other venues and festivals. More recently, Sandi was part of the musical scene in and around Kings County - performing regularly over the years at The Noodle Guy, Tan Coffee House, Paddy's Brewpub, and Wayfarers' Ale Society among others.
For making Sandi’s journey so beautiful, her family would like to thank elder’s Carla and David from SANCTUARY at Sipu Gtapegiaqan Geleiwatl for their spiritual and ceremonial guidance; Chandra Lockhart for the beautiful resonant music she so sensitively immersed us in; and Erica Maynard for her compassion and professionalism.
Although Sandi Marie is no longer with us, her musical legacy will live on - and can be found here https://sandimarieporter.bandcamp.com/album/nashville-tennessee-meets-sandi-marie-album On the Monday before her passing, Sandi had the privilege of being interviewed by CBC’s Jeff Douglas. The interviews (radio and video) can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2207531587659 and https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-37/clip/15984860
Sandi died the way she tried to live her life - on her own terms. She will be mourned and missed by many.