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artist John Southworth

Toronto, ON, CANADA
Sud de Valeur
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John Southworth is one of Canada’s most distinctive and iconoclastic music artists, respected for forging ahead with his own unique brand of music-making, while garnering high praise for his inimitable contribution.  In the last five years John has traveled a rogue whirlwind, releasing the cassette-only SPIRITUAL WAR cassette tape - a collection of modern peasant songs recorded on a shoebox-size Sony cassette corder model TCM-939, an anti-record of actual rejected jingles (Failed Jingles for Bank of America & other U.S. Corporations), the grave and austere synth-rock of 2009’s Mama Tevatron quickly followed by Human Cry's stunning, elegiac balladry, the grand delusional showtunes of West Coast Persona 98 EP, and Easterween, a surreal cabaret-operetta featuring the Klezmer-Stravinskyesque arrangements of Juno-winning composer-bassist-cellist Andrew Downing, hailed as “undoubtedly the most ambitious thing Southworth – or, for that matter, any other Toronto singer songwriter in recent memory - has done” (Michael Barclay, The Record).  Other notorious and distinctly Southworthian albums preceding the aforementioned, include the miniature, dream-soaked songs of The Pillowmaker, the child hymned Yosemite, and his orchestral debut Mars Pennsylvania, considered ”the most original Canadian debut record since Mary Margaret O’Hara’s ‘Miss America’” - Exclaim Magazine.  His songs have been covered by or written for Canadian artists Sarah Slean, Buck 65, Martin Tielli (Rheostatics), Veda Hille, Hawksley Workman and Jully Black.  John has authored a children’s book in the realm of Edward Gory and Lewis Carroll, with illustrations by New York artist David Ouimet, to be published in winter 2014. A key collaborator with Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble, John performs regularly with his band ‘The South Seas’, featuring some of Toronto’s top avant-improv musicians including Jean Martin (drums), Andrew Downing (bass), Thom Gill (guitar), Justin Haynes (guitar), Craig Harley (piano), Felicity Williams (vocal).  

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John Southworth Singer / Songwriter

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jacques tati
johann sebastion bach
john denver
john keats
john sebastion
Failed Jingles for Bank of America & other U.S Corporations
Sud de Valeur
October, 2012
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West Coast Persona - EP
Sud de Valeur
July, 2012
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Easterween
Sud de Valeur
April, 2012
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Human Cry
Barnyard Records
November, 2010
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MamaTevatron
Outside Music
October, 2009
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The Pillowmaker
Sud de Valeur
June, 2006
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Yosemite
MapleMusic Recordings
May, 2005
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Rose Milk Appalachia
Independent
October, 2001
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Banff Springs Transylvania
Perimeter Records
October, 2000
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Sedona Arizona
Water Street Records
January, 1999
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Mars Pennsylvania
Water Street Records
November, 1996
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