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artist Joel Plaskett

Halifax, NS, CANADA
MapleMusic Recordings

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biographical info

Whether it’s touring in Canada, the US, Australia or the UK – with his rock band The Emergency, or more intimate shows as a solo artist – Plaskett consistently excites and inspires his audiences. As a writer, performer or producer, Plaskett will to continue to influence the music scene for many years to come.

Canada has produced some of the world’s most enduring songwriters and Joel Plaskett is hailed as one of the best. With countless awards to his credit, thousands of tour dates, and numerous recording and producing projects under his belt, Plaskett remains one of the most innovative and prolific artists on the scene today.

2013 has seen the completion and and launch of Joel’s new recording studio, New Scotland Yard. In demand as a producer, Joel has produced recordings for artists such as Sarah Slean, Al Tuck, David Myles, Steve Poltz, and most recently, buzz act Mo Kenney. The next year will see him continue to amass production credits with several projects already on the schedule – including a new record of his own.

In 2012, Joel and The Emergency worked around the clock, sending weekly volleys to fight off the seasonal blues: a brand new song – recorded, mixed, mastered, and released – every single week for ten weeks, accompanied by snippets of video documenting the process in-studio. It was an epic undertaking,which came together in the physical release of his eigth recording, Scrappy Happiness. The album garnered outstanding reviews and Joel Plaskett and The Emergency have been touring steadily since its release.

Scrappy Happiness is the follow-up to Joel’s hugely successful triple record, Three, which garnered overwhelming media response and caught the attention of international audiences. Where Three is a thoughtful solo record that offers up gems that range from pure pop to soul stirring folk, Scrappy Happiness is an epic melodic rock record powered by stellar songs and a sense of urgency.

In addition to his eight recordings, a DVD and a restrospective LP, Plaskett still has the creative energy to work on outside projects. He masterminded a reunion Thrush Hermit Tour and Box Set, started a boutique record label (New Scotland Records) for which he produced and released a 12-part 7” vinyl singles series featuring artists ranging from Jeremy Fisher to Ana Egge.




Sheri Jones Manager
Scrappy Happiness
April, 2012
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EMERGENCYs. False Alarms...
New Scotland Records
June, 2011
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Joel Plaskett/Shotgun Jimmie
New Scotland Records
April, 2011
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Three More 7"
New Scotland Records
June, 2009
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MapleMusic Recordings
March, 2009
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CBC Radio 3 Sessions: Volume 3
Maple Music
October, 2007
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Ashtray Rock
Maple Music
May, 2007
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Make A Little Noise CD/ DVD
MapleMusic Recordings
April, 2006
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La De Da
MapleMusic Recordings
November, 2005
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Truthfully Truthfully
Maple Music
January, 2003
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Down at the Khyber
May, 2001
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In Need of Medical Attention
September, 1999
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upcoming shows

Jan 31 Truro Marigold Cultural Centre
Apr 11 Thunder Bay Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Apr 28 Miramichi Théâtre Gilles Laplante du Carrefour Beausoleil
Apr 29 Saint John The Imperial Theatre
Apr 30 Charlottetown Homburg Theatre
May 07 Victoria Alix Goolden Performance Hall
May 09 Edmonton Union Hall
May 10 Lethbridge University of Lethbridge Theatre
May 11 Medicine Hat Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
May 14 Saskatoon The Broadway Theatre
May 15 Regina Darke Hall
May 16 Winnipeg The West End Cultural Centre
May 19 Waterford Old Town Hall
May 20 Kitchener Centre in the Square
May 22 Toronto Danforth Music Hall
May 26 Parry Sound Charles Stockey Centre
May 28 Montreal Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
May 30 Moncton Tide & Boar
Jun 04 Halifax Rebecca Cohn Auditorium


You Let Me Down 2:30

You Let Me Down

Joel Plaskett - You Let Me Down

Fashionable People 4:25

Fashionable People

CD: "Ashtray Rock" (2007)

Through & Through & Through 4:29

Through & Through & Through

Joel Plaskett, Rose Cousins and Ana Egge in Through & Through & Through

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