Joey O’Neil escaped the industrial depths of downtown Toronto to the blissful abyss of the Yukon wilderness.
Between chopping wood and conversing with common woodland critters 'round her cozy Klondike cabin, she makes up foolishly heartfelt Canadiana upon her trusty vintage guitar. Plucking folksily, O'Neil spins personal yet universal yarns of yearning and distance.
Though most of her time is spent in survival mode as she cuts kindling and hauls water with her canine sidekick, Oblio, O'Neil released her first full-length in June of 2016. Produced by Nick Ferrio, Far, Far, Far is a collection of twelve tracks which speak of distance through the Canadian landscape, the separating of hearts and the cataloging of time. Train beats, walking bass and swelling lap-steel project these succinct songs into the folk-country realm, often earning a Stompin' Tom Connors comparison as O'Neil patriotically name-drops our nation's places. She often ventures back and forth between her territorial and provincial homelands playing intimate shows along the way.
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August 19th Arts Market Stage (Yukon Riverside Arts Festival) Dawson City, Yukon
September 23rd Main Stage (Musée Des Beaux Arts Benefit) Ontario
August 3rd & 4th, 2018 Main Stage (Keno City Music Festival) Keno City, Yukon
June 30th, 2018 House Concert Dawson City, Yukon
January 26th, 2018 Visitor Information Centre ((S)hiver Winter Arts Festival) Dawson City, Yukon
August 19th, 2017 Arts Market Stage (Yukon Riverside Arts Festival) Dawson City, Yukon
August 11th - 12th, 2017 Main Stage (Keno City Music Festival) Keno City, Yukon
June 21st, 2017 The Heatley Vancouver, British Columbia *with Alissa Arnason, Gillian Moranz
June 19th, 2017 Last Chance Saloon Wayne, Alberta
June 13th, 2017 Gore Street Café Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
June 10th, 2017 The Church Key Campbellford, Ontario
June 6th, 2017 The Rainbow Ottawa, Ontario *with Sean Conway
June 3rd, 2017 Town Hall Centre for the Arts Warkworth, Ontario *with Sean Conway
June 2nd, 2017 The Garnet Peterborough, Ontario *with Sean Conway, Nick Ferrio
May 31st, 2017 The Cameron House Toronto, Ontario *with Cud Eastbound, Joe Thomas (Hungry Lake)
May 26th, 2017 The Garnet Peterborough, Ontario *with Sean Conway
May 15th, 2017 The Garnet Peterborough, Ontario *with Rob Dickson, Ansley Simpson
May 7th, 2017 The Local Toronto, Ontario *with Winona Wilde, Twin Peaks
April 22nd, 2017 Sawdust City Brewing Gravenhurst, Ontario *with Joe Thomas (Hungry Lake)
March 4th, 2017 Sourdough Roadhouse Keno City, Yukon
October 16th, 2016 Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Dawson City, Yukon *with Basia Bulat
August 11th, 2016 The Gazebo (Yukon Riverside Arts Festival) Dawson City, Yukon
July 22nd - 24th, 2016 St. Paul's Church & The Gazebo (Dawson City Music Festival) Dawson City, Yukon
July 18th, 2016 LePage Park (Arts in The Park) Whitehorse, Yukon
July 7th, 2016 Mama Sita's Winlaw, British Columbia
June 29th, 2016 The Cameron House (Album Release Show) Toronto, Ontario *with Nick Ferrio
June 28th, 2016 The Cornerstone Guelph, Ontario *with Matt Monoogian, Nick Ferrio
June 27th, 2016 The Garnet Peterborough, Ontario *with Nick Ferrio, Sean Conway
May 1st, 2016 Last Chance Saloon Wayne, Alberta *with Winona Wilde
April 29th, 2016 Skinny Fat Jack's Vancouver, British Columbia *with Winona Wilde
January 15th, 2016 The Garnet Peterborough, Ontario *with Winona Wilde, Benj Rowland
July 3rd, 2015 Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Dawson City, Yukon *with Dana Sipos, Cud Eastbound
January 9th, 2015 Belcourt Taps Nashville, Tennessee
April 4th, 2014 Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (Gumboot Formal) Dawson City, Yukon *with Ryan McNally
January 12th, 2014 Falcon Ridge Ski Hill Falcon Lake, Manitoba
July - August 2013 Klondike Kate's (Weekly Residency) Dawson City, Yukon
June 12th, 2013 Free Times Café (North by NorthEast) Toronto, Ontario
December 9th, 2012 ODD Gallery Dawson City, Yukon *with Susu Robin
August 10th, 2012 The Central Toronto, Ontario *with Hungry Lake
February 2nd, 2012 The Great Hall, Conversation Room (Album Release Show) Toronto, Ontario
November 29th, 2011 AGO, Art Rental & Sales Gallery Toronto, Ontario
February 20th, 2011 Black Swan Tavern (Winterfolk Festival) Toronto, Ontario
June 26th, 2010 Ledge Stage, Distillery District (City Roots Festival) Toronto, Ontario
"An excellent singer-songwriter with a voice as haunting as a Klondike winter."
"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)
"Her smooth, folk-country vocals are expertly accompanied by twangs from Ferrio on lap-steel on tracks like What The Heck and Canada's Far."
- Tara McCarthy (North Of Ordinary)