Joel Schwartz is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, and a unique voice in the Canadian music scene.
As an in-demand freelance musician, Joel has toured and recorded with a diverse range artists. Recent credits include Amelia Curran, Birds of Chicago, Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, The Lovelocks Kate Rogers, Andrea Koziol, Aviva Chernick and many others. Joel's playing can also be heard on television and film scores by Ari Posner and Rob Carli.
Current original projects include Love Scene, a multimedia project that performs to projections of old black and white films, and Tarbelle, a soulful, gritty, and powerful duo with Andrea Koziol. Joel's first original project, The Outlanders, released an album of instrumental music entitled …and this is how his story goes (Ontario Arts Council).
Collaborations include "Borrowed Horses"; an album with Joel Fafard which garnered a 2014 Western Canadian Blues Award nomination, and Aviva Chernick's "When I arrived you were already there"; an album Schwartz contributed production and writing credits, which was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award in the world music category.
“...beautiful and intelligent ethereal twang. The melodies are, in every sense of the word, haunting.”
“Think country gentleman guitar-slinger hanging out in Chicago to mend a broken heart.”
Review with Great Lake Swimmers:
..."Dekker started the intro to “On the Water” and the band slowly started to trickle on stage. The song featured multi-instrumentalist Joel Schwartz playing some incredible resonator guitar. I really felt the bands chemistry during this song and it was my highlight of the evening. “Cornflower Blue” followed up and saw Schwartz steal the spotlight with beautiful mandolin work."
-Jimmy Coulas, Scents and Subtle Sounds, Great Lake Swimmers in Chicago May 2nd, 2012