By Derek Downham
Let’s hear it for Joan Smith, ok?
The term “badass” gets thrown around a lot these days, but I can’t think of a term more fitting for a player like Joan.
She has been cutting her teeth in Toronto’s cover band circuit for years now, adding her unique octane to every band she joins.
But for me, it’s her output as a guitar-forward songwriter/live performer that is most impressive.
I first saw her perform years ago at respectable live music haven, The Dakota Tavern, with Little Foot, Long Foot. They quickly became one of my favourite acts to see and hear, combining passion and conviction with layers of fuzz and fury.
Since then, she has also been touring the world with a cornucopia of top artists, notably with my dear friend in songwriting, Serena Ryder.
This woman doesn’t stop, and we are all the better for it.
Now, on April 28th 2018 (7-9pm), she releases a solo EP “Normalize” as JOAN SMITH & THE JANE DOES. Expect a deadly cast of Toronto’s finest in her band, certainly.
You should probably start lining up at the door, er, yesterday. ;)
I don’t know a guitarist who can bend and shake with growling grace and still sing with phantasmic fearlessness like she can.
Joan Smith the adventurer laureate of Toronto rock.