Joey O’Neil has escaped from the industrial depths of downtown Toronto to the blissful abyss of the Yukon wilderness.
We find her in a Klondike cabin, clad in plaid. In between chopping wood and conversing with woodland critters, Joey makes up folksy songs upon her trusty 1965 Gibson archtop. After living a lifetime in Canada’s largest city of concrete, The Great White North has been quite the literal breath of fresh air for this artist. Though most of her time is spent in survival-mode as she fetches kindling and hauls water with her canine sidekick, Oblio, she is currently crafting a collection of new songs in her cozy cabin across the Yukon River; a collection which will culminate into her first full-length album.
As a FACTOR grant recipient, Joey released her 5-song EP produced by Gregory Pepper (Gregory Pepper & His Problems) 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-show 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.
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"O'Neil is like a brunette version of Joni Mitchell..."
- Grant Lawrence, Radio Host (CBC Radio 3)
(On the song: Hard Times) "There's just so much honesty in the lyrics and the performance, it's hard not to get carried along. My only complaint: at two minutes, I wish the tune was longer."
- Dave White, Radio Host (CBC Radio 1: Airplay)
"My favourite thing about Joey is that 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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