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From rocking Halifax's Marquee Club to performing for the masses
at Massey Hall or touring
the country with his father,
Joel Plaskett has forged a reputation as one of
Canada's most engaging
performers and respected singer-songwriters.
Plaskett's songs are a perennial part of the national playlist,
a fixture on "best of" lists, and the soundtrack to the lives of faithful
fans across the country and around the world. His accolades over a quarter
century include a Juno,
numerous East Coast Music, Canadian
Folk and Music
Nova Scotia awards,
and two Polaris
short list nominations.
Plaskett's new project, 44, is his most detailed
musical weave yet. A sprawling
box set comprised of four, 11-song
albums connected visually
and thematically, at its heart 44 is an imaginative rumination on trying
to slow down and grow up in a rapidly
Plaskett began his musical
career in the early 1990s
as a member of alt-rock
favourites Thrush Hermit,
recruiting lifelong fans as the band toured North America in a half-size school bus, setting
up their signature neon ROCK & ROLL sign from show to show.
In the early
2000s, Plaskett started
touring under his own name with his band, The Emergency (featuring Dave Marsh on drums since 1999,
and for the last 14 years, Chris Pennell on bass). Backed
by the Emergency and racking
up a growing roster
of anthemic singalongs, Plaskett worked his way up from small clubs to opening for Paul McCartney and the Tragically Hip, and filling larger
venues with his own devoted
Plaskett is a versatile and ever-evolving artist,
at turns delivering intimate and idiosyncratic singer-songwriter fare (In Need of Medical
Attention, La De Da, The Park Avenue Sobriety Test); incendiary riff-rock (Down at the Khyber, Truthfully, Truthfully), left-leaning folk rock (Solidarity), as well as conceptual epics and off-kilter feats of musical
stamina (Ashtray Rock, Three, Scrappy Happiness, 44).
Recorded to analog
tape, Plaskett's records reflect his attention to detail, his dedication to technique, musical
history and craft,
and a sincere and inimitable lyrical style that runs through
his diverse and ever-expanding catalogue.
In addition to producing most of his own records
since 1999, Plaskett
has also set up shop behind the console at his
New Scotland Yard studio in downtown
Dartmouth, N.S. His work with artists like Jimmy Rankin,
Two Hours Traffic, David Myles, Sarah
Slean, Shotgun Jimmie,
Dennis Ellsworth, Old Man Luedecke, Dave Marsh, Colleen
Brown and longtime collaborator Mo Kenney has led to numerous awards
for production, and turned New Scotland Yard into a popular destination for artists looking
to develop and document their sound.
In front of the studio
is The New Scotland Yard Emporium, where Plaskett has partnered with Halifax mainstay
Taz Records to bring a curated selection
of records to his adopted
hometown, providing a spot where
music fans can congregate to grab a coffee or
beer while they dig for records.
In a world increasingly connected-and disconnected - by digital mediums,
Joel Plaskett prefers
to make his connections the old-fashioned way, building community at his studio
and shop, dedicating himself to the art and authenticity of songwriting and analog recording processes, and moving
audiences with the electrifying, uplifting experience of live performance.
In all aspects
of his work, Plaskett embraces
both the communal
and individual experiences music provides. The ways
music and words combine to connect with the listener,
turning a minute
into a moment out of time, reminding
us that we aren't alone.