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Event Archive - Joel Kroeker, Guests TBA

Wed. April 18th 2007 Logan's Pub (No Minors)
Tickets at: Lyles Place,
Presented by: Atomique Productions
“If there’s a story so far this year in Canada it’s Joel Kroeker”
- The Calgary Sun
“When I first heard Joel Kroeker play guitar it reminded me of a modern pop version of Lenny Breau.
His guitar playing, and phrasing are very reminiscent of Lenny. His playing is familiar sounding but
with a new approach to standard riffs and things which gives him his own unique style right from bar
one.” - Guitarist Randy Bachman
“Joel is the kind of artist that True North can take around the world. I think he’s got one foot where
Paul Simon is, and one foot where Jack Johnson is.”
- True North president Bernie Finkelstein
A strikingly original singer/songwriter, Joel Kroeker debuts on True North Records and Universal
Music Canada with the memorable album, “Melodrama.” The recording--consisting of 12 original
songs by Joel--indicates a comprehensive understanding and passion for alternative folk, rock, and
jazz genres.
Recorded with producer Danny Greenspoon at Canterbury Sound in Toronto, the album features a
band that matches Joel’s sizable talent: guitarist Kevin Breit (Norah Jones), keyboardist Gary Breit
(Bryan Adams), drummer Gary Craig (Bruce Cockburn), bassist George Koller (Peter Gabriel), and
with background vocals by Kathryn Rose and Susie Vinnick. Guesting on “With Me” is former Guess
Who/Bachman Turner Overdrive guitarist Randy Bachman. Joel returned the favour to Randy by
performing on his 2004 album “Jazz Thing” on Maximum Jazz.
at the 2004 Western Canadian Music Awards along with Sarah Maclachlan, Nelly Furtado and Jann
Arden for his new True North Records release, Melodrama.
Joel completed a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Guitar Performance at the University of
Manitoba and then a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies from the
University of Alberta in Edmonton. Joel’s debut CD “Naive Bohemian,” released independently in
1999 by his Dancing Monk Productions, reached # 7 on the Canadian National Campus Radio
Specialty chart. The same year Joel was named Best New Recording Artist by the Alberta Recording
Industry Assn., and won the Film Score of the Year category for the documentary “Tokyo Gardens.”
Joel also went on to share stages with such top Canadian acts as Sarah Harmer, Bruce Cockburn,
Hawksley Workman, Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, Colin James, and the Payolas. In addition,
Joel’s songs have been covered by several artists in the past year. Toronto cabaret singer Patricia
O’Callaghan recorded “Naked Beauty” as the title track of her recent Marquis album. Lee Aaron
included five Joel co-writes on her 2004 album “Beautiful Things” on HipChick Records; and Toronto-
based band Micro Maureen recorded another Joel co-write, “We’re Still Here” on its Aquarius debut in
2003. “Melodrama” is a map of Joel’s music; it defines the territory he claims without quite fixing his


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Joel Kroeker

JOEL KROEKER is a strikingly original singer/songwriter, blending rock, pop, jazz and folk. His memorable True North Records debut "Melodrama" is a poignant, often radiant reminder of the power of contemporary pop music that balances the needs of commerciality and conscience with a rare delicacy. Joel's dynamic performances have shared the stage wi... more info
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