Joey O’Neil has escaped from the industrial depths of downtown Toronto to the blissful abyss of the Yukon wilderness.
In between chopping wood and conversing with common woodland critters around her Klondike cabin, she makes up foolishly heartfelt Canadiana upon her trusty vintage guitar. Though most of her time is spent in survival mode as she cuts kindling hauls water with her canine sidekick, Oblio, Miss O'Neil has just finished recording her first full-length album in Ontario. Produced by Nick Ferrio, the collection of twelve tracks is to be released come spring of 2016. Stay tuned for Far, Far, Far: personal yet universal stories of yearning and learning, distance and dreams.
As a FACTOR grant recipient, Joey released her 5-song EP produced by Gregory Pepper entitled Playing Dumb Songs in February of 2012. Joey earned a spot as one of Yukon’s Top Ten Regional Finalists in the 2014 and 2015 CBC Searchlight competitions. She has taken on such projects as writing and recording a song for a fashion video by The Hudson’s Bay Company, as well as composing and performing music for Quality Slippers Production‘s puppet musical, Tabitha & The Time Machine. She often travels back and forth across Canada, playing intimate shows in between.
She’ll let you know when she strikes gold.
What The Heck!
* = with Nick Ferrio & Brandon Monro
+ = with Matt Monoogian
June 26th The Windjammer Inn Port Stanley, Ontario
June 27th The Garnet Peterborough, Ontario *
June 28th The Cornerstone Guelph, Ontario * +
June 29th The Cameron House (Back Room) Toronto, Ontario * [ALBUM RELEASE]
July 4th HoJoe Kenora, Ontario
July 18th Arts In The Park Whitehorse, Yukon
July 22nd - July 24th Dawson City Music Festival Dawson City, Yukon
"O'Neil is like a brunette version of Joni Mitchell..."
- Grant Lawrence, Radio Host (CBC Radio 3)
"There's just so much honesty in the lyrics and the performance, it's hard not to get carried along."
- Dave White, Radio Host (CBC Radio 1: Airplay)
"Her lyrics are clever - she can melt you one minute and have you chuckling the next. Canada needs to make artists like Joey O'Neil more famous!"
- Jaymz Bee, Radio Host (JAZZ.FM91)
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